I'm back in Beirut now and today is the big day where Malaak IV gets launched with the appropriate to-do! We also managed to release the revised iPad app in time with the new chapter.
I have been writing chapter 5 and I'm excited to start drawing again, though I need to plan much of the last 2 chapters before I start, since the threads of the story are all entwined now.
This update is mainly to inform you of the status of the packages. All "The High Ones" prints have been mailed, including a replacement for one that got pinched en route (I'll take that as a compliment). I have a few extras to cover such "accidents", so if you don't receive yours within a week or so please let me know.
A few packages remained behind and are still with me: due to weight restrictions I couldn't take them all with me, and had arranged for a friend to bring the rest with him, but he never made it to London in the end. Ouch! So I'm arranging for other "carrier pigeons" as I find them, and the delay should not be too bad. In the worst case, I'll be back in the UK myself in about 6 weeks.
The reason I'm not mailing them from here is the properly insane increase in postal costs that hit me when I mailed a single comic, locally, for near $10, and the rising breach of privacy that's making me uncomfortable, as they take my phone number and a photocopy of my ID whenever I mail something made of more than one sheet of paper (they also open and check every envelope). However, should anyone who didn't receive their goods want their package mailed without delay, please let me know and I'll get it done within the week. As you can see this is a long-term issue I'm trying to find a solution to!
Emails to those who pledged for cameos will go out soon :) And finally, I got the materials I needed in London for the original inked pages, so I'll start work on those soon as well!
Thanks again for your support! If you like, let me know in the comments how you came across this campaign in the first place?
Have a lovely week-end,