Well, I did not get back to you all ASAP, as I promised in the last post. Shame lies like burning coals upon my head.
Onto other news...
The Graphic Medicine conference in Chicago was awesome. The book and our presentation were really well received, and we made some contacts both in the medical field and in the world of comics. We had a great time and even sold some copies of the first volume of Peoplings both at the conference and at a book signing at Quimby's bookstore there in Chicago.
Out of this conference, we were asked to write an article for Atrium, a publication out of Northwestern University's medical school. The piece should be coming out soon.
Wait a minute, the first volume?!?! What was that up there? Yes, you did read that right, we did print out our first volume of the book. No, we did not tell you, our loyal and beloved supporters, about it. (Any issues with misinformation, disorganization, or poor communication should be directed to and are almost assuredly a function of the "Courtney" side of this collaborative team. Jeff is a paragon.) Anyways, volume 1 is really gorgeous, has a fantastic cover designed by Jeff and our pal, the brilliant Monica Meehan, and contains the first 70 pages of the book (which most of you have seen on the website). There are currently a couple of copies available for purchase on the website (www.peoplings.com) and I hear our paypal button is now functioning. Copies cost $12 with $3 shipping and handling outside the Albuquerque area. We are hoping to print up a new batch of volume 1 soon, which will cost a little more, just to better help us cover our costs. If you want a copy at $12 you can order now. (Those of you who will be getting free copies eventually, we haven't forgotten about you. It will happen when it's all done.)
In addition, we are well on the way to being print ready for volume 2 (chapters 1-3, weighing in at 116ish pages). We will try and keep you posted as these things actually happen.
Currently, I am writing chapter four, while Jeff is inking on chapter 3, which ************ spoiler********** includes a formerly feral nudist at a dinner party. Really, the whole thing so far is really really beautiful. I am blown away when I come over to the studio and see Jeff's work for our meetings.
Odds and ends:
We have been promoting Peoplings at various comic cons (Denver, Austin, Albuquerque etc.)
Jeff and I participated in a panel on the current state of comics at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
We are currently out of our anthology Yesterday and Maybe Tomorrow Too, but will be printing more copies soon.
Bram Meehan, the awesome spouse of the brilliant Monica, has helped us get things ready to submit to various publishers and printers and is currently talking with us about how we might better present Peoplings in digital formats.
We will be having our fourth anniversary (of working on the book) in early March. Would we have started this if we had known? The world may never know.
That is all for now, my lovelies. Thank you so much again for your ongoing support and encouragement. Feel free to contact Jeff or I at any time if you have any questions, comments, cookies, or critiques.
Courtney (and Jeff)