Yes, this is really a blog, again. I will write about the why next time. For the first post, I'd rather just go with the planned structure of twice-a-month updates. A newsletter that doesn't show up in your inbox (wow!). You have enough mail. And it's not really the same thing.
If you're coming here from The Platform We're All Kinda Tired Of, there will be some overlap, so bear with me for a minute. If you're coming from the old blog, thank you for the patience, and here's a recap of what I'm working on.
What am I working on?
I have mostly been working on a very dense sci-fi short story called "Indivisible Man" for a while now, and I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on that one. It's turning out well, but it's also the last time I write a story that way god damn it (for now). All I have left to do is rewrite it three or four times and draw the entire thing, but that's the easy part. (no joke)
The next short was supposed to be another very dense story, and a story that I'm excited to do, but I couldn't handle the thought of working at the same pace for a several more months, so I sat down last Thursday and came up with a brand new thing and a brand new family for it, and the aim is for "Grid Family Deliveries," as it's currently called, to be in the next RAID Studio Anthology this summer, RAID.TWO.
(If you don't have the first one, there's even some sketch editions still available. There is an eight-page Hard Planet story of mine in there.)
Last years's Inktober is creeping towards a print edition -- I have talked to five different printers since February. For some reason, this one is twice as expensive to print than a full-color comic. In the goal of keeping the price down, it will be in black and white, at least this first run. I know you will miss the blue ballpoint as much as I do. If anyone knows Gerhard Steidl, maybe we can do some proper cloth-bound editions sometime.
Update on this soon, but the idea is to have boxes of them ready for TCAF, in May.
(I will be at TCAF, by the way. TCAF is the best. You should come. Go TCAF!)
In the work for hire department --
-- I have been working almost exclusively on covers in the past few months, while other things get going and while I battle with my own scripts. Here are a few recent ones for Valiant Comics:
I have been using the iPad more on these, doing layouts, pencils, and early stages of painting on it. It's worked out pretty well so far. I wouldn't yet attempt to do finished work entirely on it, but It has saved the day a few times already, particularly during flu season, and while in Ottawa train stations. Please don't ask me which app it is, or what brush, or how to hold the pencil.
-- itself is being updated too, throughout April and May. Worry not, it will not languish in "under construction" hell. It works now and it should look very nice on your tablet and computer. I will be adding more recent and more older work to make it a somewhat comprehensive overview of work I did since 2006 or so. I've already added a complete four-page story, for an example.
That's enough for now --
-- what is this, a newsletter? Less next time.