Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Path: 1926 cover preview and the Business End of Things

Here's the in-progress colors from Jeremy "Sloo" Hamilton for the "The Path:1926" Wizard World Philly exclusive cover. Pretty fucking sweet, right? The story's shaping up pretty damn nicely, too...thanks in no small part to my one-woman focus group (who shall remain nameless for security reasons).

So...yeah, I know. Still no updates.

Well, here's the thing: I run the business end of everything too.
Which, annoyingly, isn't as big an end as it used to be since my publisher isn't...well...publishing anything. I love everybody over there to death, but there's been no word on printing in months. To be honest, BT never actually DID anything for me I couldn't/haven't been doing for myself. In fact, it cost me more $$$ to get my own comics for a con through them than if I had stayed self-publishing.
So lately I've been running around getting promo material made up, designs off to various printers, books off to be published, arguments with companies that owe me money, working on bother versions of The Path and The Rioteer and (late) commissions worked on and sent out. It's a lot for one guy to do on top of a regular job and a relationship. I really appreciate everyone's patience.

So I'm falling back on self-publishing again. Because that way, if the book's not coming out, I only have myself to blame. Plus, I have stores waiting for new issues that are going to start dropping me pretty damn soon. I'm not about to let two years of hard work go down the drain.

That's about it for now. Catch you hip cats and kittens later!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Technology still hates me, The Path: 1926, and Wizard World's dying off.

How were everyone's respective celebrated holidays? I took the little lady back to NY with me to meet my family. I think they like her better than they like me now. Which is cool. That'll just make things easier when the wedding bells ring down the road.

So, technology and I continue to be the worst of friends. The new monitor for my computer's reolution isn't supported by Windows XP/my graphics card. So, I'm working on getting new drivers to trick it into cooperating with me.

The upside to all this downtime is that I'm working on (wait for it) ANOTHER "PatH" REWRITE!

But why? Well, because I fell asleep on the couch one day watching cartoons and woke up to find that I'd drawn a picture of Chance in 1920's garb and one of Kat as a gypsy. This led to my feverishly transposing The Path into the 1920's and, well...I REALLY like what I came up with. "The Path"'s regular run will continue, but The Path: 1926 (working title) has rapidly become a project I want to subject my ever-diminishing sanity to. Watch this space for updates/preview art.

Those of you in the know have found out that Wizard World LA has been post-ponned until further notice and Wizard World Texas has been CANCELLED! WWTX is a huge loss for me, because that's always my best con of the year. Le SIGH. Hopefully you crazy Texans will put up enough of a fuss to get it on again. If not, well...give me suggestions of other good cons to go to down there! The Path has a disturbingly large following in the Lone Star State, and I wouldn't want to lose you guys!

That's all for now. I'll catch you hip cats and kittens later.