Exciting News! Old & New Artist Friends
Hey everyone! Apologies for silence. I was on a crushingly exhausting 10-day roadtrip/film shoot with pretty much zero internet access. It was quite an adventure driving from NYC to Mexico City. I'm kind of in love with South Texas now... at least in winter. America is a gorgeous place, and so is Mexico.
If you like Frank Black (Pixies), a music video I did for him and Violet Clark (aka Grand Duchy) was just released, you can see it here: http://vimeo.com/36097256
Now for Ashes. The nice thing about getting away for a bit was, well, getting away from the internet. I did a lot of thinking on I-81 about how to proceed with the book, and decided to go back to my original plan of having different artists draw different sections of the book. Ashes breaks down really nicely into 20-50 page chunks (and a couple really small sections, 3 or 4 pages) based on location, time and secondary characters.
I only started reaching out to artists yesterday, so a lot still needs to be done, but I'm delighted to tell you that Igor Kordey is coming back to do a 20-page flashback sequence that literally I know he will draw better than anyone else in the world (sorry, everyone else, but it's true). Colleen Doran has also said yes to a short sequence that's mainly stand-alone involving possibly my favourite secondary character in the book: a young American widow.
So, there you go. I still have a lot of sections to nail down and am waiting to hear back from a ton of people. This is super exciting for me because there are some wonderful artists out there (such as Colleen) that I'd just give my right arm to work with... but they can't commit to a 252 page book. They can commit to 24-40 pages, though, between other projects/books.
I hope to bring you more news of our developing artist lineup soon. I am aiming high, in terms of art. I think you'll be surprised and delighted. The one issue is that our timeline is likely to slip, though. As soon as I have artists for the entire book, I'll work out with them a NEW timeline and let you all know. But if it makes a massive difference to you that you won't receive the first issue in March, well, you won't receive the first issue in March.
Just to remind, the refund offer still stands -- anytime, for any reason, up to when we ship the first issue (at which point I'm afraid you're stuck with it). The offer still stands the other way, too. If you asked for a refund and now are like, hm, I actually want to be a part of this again, just message me on Kickstarter or email me on email@example.com .
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