No, big brother, it is not a Harry Potter event. It’s major con #2 for Chicago! This is the one I used to go when I was a comic book neophyte collecting EVERY X-Men related title that was being released. Wizard World is hitting Chicago this month and my wonderful artist, the talented and amazing Sarah Benkin will be tabling in Artist Alley! Stop on by and visit her! Be sure to tell ‘em Jenna set ya! Muahahaha!
So, I just received more pages from my wonderful artist, Sarah Benkin. Four completed pages (lettering included) that took us all of the way through page 55. Page 55 of what…70? 72? My brain gets a little foggy at the details of DETOURS, as I’ve had this script completed for about six years, but it did strike me quite succinctly that we are in the home stretch.
The home stretch.
HOLY…I feel a bit like Italian football player Luca Toni. He got his first cap for the Azzurri in 2004 at the ripe age (for a striker) of 27. Two years later he would lift the World Cup Trophy in Germany.
It’s been such a long journey and now the payoff is about to come. The book is almost completed, then comes the printing. As soon as I hold the first copy in my hands, I know I’ll be lifting it and kissing it just like every player and coach has done with the World Cup.
I can say with a fair degree of certainty that this book can be completed by the end of the year, or shortly thereafter. Now I always carry a dose of realism with me to keep me in check with things like this and never bet on uncertainties, but I actually have a degree of excitement and optimism about my comic projects like I haven’t had in some years. I’ve finished a first draft of book three, getting started on a smaller one-panel series and continuing to create.
On top of that, I’m starting to streamline activities and such to create more time for myself in which to write and create. Are these all byproducts focus and direction? New territory for me, so I’m still working it out.
What I do know is that Sarah: you can be my Marcello Lippi any time.
It’s been a bit of a struggle to post on here when I feel like I’ve got nothing in particular to post about regarding my writing endeavors. Detours is still in production artistically, thanks to the continued efforts of the amazing Sarah Benkin, and I’m hoping to have it wrapped up by fall. Giving Up The Ghost has been tweaked, and I will probably tweak further as soon as Sarah starts the artwork on that one. I’ve been writing my scary stories script and, shame on me, need to get back on the writing horse and finish the first draft of that one. More work is starting to trickle back out of me, so I feel good and excited about my writing endeavors!
I went to the Loyola University Museum of Art’s Edward Gorey exhibition this weekend with my good friends Dave and Heather. Admittedly, I was really excited creatively by the exhibit. Lots of his work on display (in particular The Tunnel Calamity) and it set my mind running about creating work on a smaller scale to help fill some gaps in between projects/keep the creativity flowing during projects. I’ve corralled another good friend, Idriys, into giving her fine art skills a stretch and do some illustrations for this project.
I’ll be posting the work on this blog as they are completed, so do visit this site for future updates! I’ve got stuff to show off, so I’ll definitely be updating with a higher frequency. PROMISE.
Consider this picture my pregnancy test coming up positive. One of the few times in my life you might ever see me write that about myself. And by a few, I mean that more books (babies) will be had. I consider my mind very fertile. Oddly enough, this will probably take the same timespan to be produced…
Sarah Benkin (image copyright her), my artist of note, is going to knock this out of the park. Excitement abound!
Fangirl moments galore at C2E2 this year. The pictured moment tops it. Other highlights: Bill Sienkiewicz talking shop with me and signing my copy of STRAY TOASTERS, and listening to James Cosmo talk about his death scene in BRAVEHEART.
Tip of the hat and a hearty thanks to my partner in crime on this adventure, KatHall.