That’s right, folks! I’ve got some crisp, new copies of DETOURS hot off the presses and itching to make their way into your hands! The first 15 copies sold will be autographed by yours truly and might just include a limerick. Crapshoot on which one you might receive!
The proof of a proof! Detours is almost here and I just about cried when I got this baby back from the printer’s on Friday. If you know me, you know it’s been a long time coming.
It looks so nice! I sprung for a fancier paper grade and full-bleed for this bad boy and the results are spectacular.
I should be getting this back from the printer’s in the next few weeks and then it’s up for sale! I’ll be adding a SHOP page to this website, and links to purchase through PayPal. I’ll do my best to make it as simple as possible for people to purchase.
We’re going through Keness for printing services and so far they’ve been extremely easy to use. Ken, who runs Keness, is very responsive via email and had a super-quick turnaround on getting me the proof. Rates are very reasonable, so I’m hoping the rest of this experience keeps u pas well as it’s been so far.
Sarah and I will be at DanCon in Orland Park, IL on Sunday, March 22nd. Stop by, have a chat, purchase a copy of the book and enjoy this gem of a con!
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.