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Guest strip by Howie Noel (Tara Normal)

August 4, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Thanks to Howie Noel of the awesome sci-fi mystery action romance Tara Normal for today's Rise of the Planet of the Apes-themed guest strip! Who's going to go see that movie this week? I'm way behind on movies and will probably try to finally see Captain America instead, but I think Rise looks pretty fun.

Thanks again to all of the other cartoonists who helped me out with guest strips in my time of need. Until I manage to get them added to the Guest Strips second, you can get to them with the calendar menu in the left sidebar. There will be at least one more guest strip in the near future, by a good friend of mine, but I'll be trying to get caught up again on my own personal updates — while also gearing up for heading straight back to Sweet Home Chicago for the 2011 Chicago Comicon next weekend.

No rest for the weary, right?

See you tomorrow with my own second update for the week.


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Multiplex is taking a short break.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Longtime readers of the strip know I don’t just stop updating. Three years of grad school, and I’ve missed maybe one update. But as some of you may know (from Twitter or the Multiplex Facebook page), a friend of mine died in a car crash on Wednesday.

Ryan Love and I went to school together from 3rd grade until graduating high school, and he was probably the one person most responsible for me getting interested in comics. When we were kids, I read all his He-Man mini-comics, because my parents never bought me any of those toys. After I got into comics, he read my DC stuff, and I read his Marvel comics. He bought my comics for me on the sly when my mother banned me from reading them for getting “bad grades.” We co-created a ton of really dumb superheroes together, plus a couple of cool ones.

We drifted a bit after high school — different colleges and just part of growing up and being interested in different things. We kept in touch (not as much as we should have), and when we got together, we mostly talked about comics, he would badger me to join our high school friends’ Fantasy Football League (never going to happen), and we’d argue about something or another. He was great at arguing.

Since I was back in my hometown (Peoria, Illinois) for the Artist and Comic Expo, we had lunch on Monday, two days before he died. I hadn’t seen him in about three years, since the last time I had visited Peoria. This time we talked about comics, Age of Ultron, Game of Thrones, and how we’ve both recently become engaged. He badgered me to join our friends for their annual get-together to watch “the draft.” I think that has something to do with football.

I also gave him a copy of Multiplex: There and Back Again. I inscribed it, “This book is all your fault.”

Even though we didn’t talk nearly as often as we did when we were little, time doesn’t change how much friends meant before, or how much of them was and continues to be a part of you.

Multiplex needs to take a short break while I head back to Peoria to go to his memorial service, and then immediately turn around and head over to Denver Comic Con. Hopefully I’ll find time to work on the strip somewhere in there, but in any event, I’ll start posting new strips in two weeks.

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