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Guest Strip by Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper)

March 7, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Thanks very much to Tom Brazelton of Theater Hopper — one of my best buds in webcomics — for helping me out with a guest strip. Tom and I have been in the Boxcar Comics collective together (in fact, he brought me into the fold, I think) and, of course, the late, lamented Triple Feature podcast, and we still talk constantly on Twitter and via e-mail and all of that. He's an awesome guy; very, very funny; and you should check out his comic RIGHT NOW.

I've been in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon, which was seriously the best time I've ever had at a convention. I sold every book I brought by 4pm on Saturday (oops!), I met a ton of awesome readers, made a bunch of new readers (I think), and got to hang out with Dave Willis (Shortpacked!) and Joel Watson (HiJINKS Ensue) a bunch, which is always a lot of fun.

I'll post a couple of sketches I did at the show over at Deleted Scenes in the near future (and if I gave you one at the show, I'd love you forever if you took a photo or scanned it and sent it to me).

I'm still aiming for two updates of my own this week — on Wednesday and Friday, so I'll see you then.

cut/paste:

SHIRTS ON SALE! I have a clearance sale on all of the T-shirts in my store at the moment. Copyright shirts have sold out (thank you!!), but the Workplace Romance, Popcorn and Breakfast Club are all $4.99and even the über-popular Michael Bay is the Devil shirt is only $12.99.

There's a new T-shirt design up in the story — the Ozu's the Boss? T-shirt worn by Jason in Multiplex #555 is now available for PRE-ORDER at the bargain price of $14.99.

Order it NOW (especially if you want a Ladies size, or either a Men's Small or 2XL+) because otherwise they might not get made, or available in your size!


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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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