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.