It's getting to be a bit of a habit this, apologising for our silence.
Jimmy and I have had a heavy couple of months I'm afraid. In my case surrounding the health of my partner who, bless her, has been suffering from a particularly debilitating condition for knocking on two years. The good news is that she has finally received much-needed surgery and things look to be on the up. I'll be honest though, the knowledge that someone's about to open your loved-one's skull and start ferreting around in it for five hours has been a massive distraction over here and my work has been suffering as a result.
She's now back home, the operation appears to have been more successful than we could have hoped for, and things are getting easier, so I'm able to start rushing around to catch up on everything. GOLDTIGER wasn't the only thing affected, I am surrounded by lovely, supportive publishers who have been restraining the urge to have me beaten up by Deadline Enforcers.
We are working very hard to get back on schedule. Real life often gets in the way of these fun imaginings but we're determined that you lot shouldn't have to suffer unduly for them!
Work never ground to a halt though, and the good news is that the book has started spinning off in a few new directions. The enthusiasm for GOLDTIGER really gave Jimmy and I a boost. We always viewed this as something major for us, the book that we would put at the top of all others. We thought we were working at the top of our game on it, then we had a couple of fresh thoughts that made us push even further, we really can't wait for this thing to be out there so you can all read it.
We've also made some new discoveries! We always knew that there were a couple of gaps in the run of GOLDTIGER strips, holes that we would have to fill using other sources (such as original scripts and excerpts from Louis Schaeffer's novelisations) but we've discovered a reprint edition that neither of us dreamed we'd ever set eyes on: a hardback album that came out from World Distributors in the UK! Records showed that the entire run of the book had been lost due to a fire in the warehouse and yet this one copy has come to light offering a chance to include a few extra strips. To top it all off, they're in colour
Another happy discovery has been the handful of never before printed strips written and drawn solely by Baretti after discovering Baskerville Newspapers had declined to run GOLDTIGER. Bizarre pieces, directly addressing the audience (and, rather critically, his script writer) these will also be included in the final book, the first time they've ever been printed.
So, while the last couple of months have certainly been chaotic they have also been fruitful.
The pick of the bunch below!
We'll speak again soon and thank you so much for your patience and for your continued support.
FAB! J and G.