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Update #5

February Update: Covers! News!

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It's still February! Technically!

Progress goes well. This month saw the completion of one of the longer stories in the book, the 18-page "The Cloud Eater." I don't want to spoil anything about it because it's a favorite, but here's a page for you to puzzle over:

 Got some pretty amazing news this month, also. Faultine, the Pushcart Prize-winning literary journal of the University of California Irvine (which has published authors like Richard Ford and Geoffrey Wolff), will be publishing comics for the first time in their 2014 issue. The comics? An excerpt from Cloud Stories. So that's really, really gratifying and flattering to me. The issue comes out in early June.

The rest of the book is going well. Moving on from "The Cloud Eater," I'm still knocking pages out for "Smoke Runner" and filling gaps for some other short stories.

Finally, I've been grinding away on some cover designs, and here are five comps (ie NOT FINAL ART, just quick sketches for layout). I'd love to hear feedback on them, either in the comments or on Twitter.

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COVER D
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COVER E
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 Thanks for your patience! More updates soon.


Update #4

January Update

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I promised an update every month and by God I'm going to deliver it. Pretty solid month of work, all things considered (especially since the kids were out of school for two weeks). A bunch more Smoke Runner pages done, and the lion's share of another of the book's longer stories is pencilled and inked. Here are a few more pages to look at.


Update #3

Slower, bigger, harder, more painful

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Well, hell. As you can probably infer from the lack of updates here, things have gone A Little Off Course.

The original plan was to draw the majority of the book over the summer, but once June came I had a shocking realization: my kids aren't in school during the summer and I have to take care of them. So that kind of put the kibosh on that.

The other shocking realization I had was that diabetes costs a hell of a lot of money. So I've had to take on extra work to handle the family's increased expenses. Extra work = less cartooning time.

In addition, the book went through some changes. One of the longer stories in the book, The Smoke Runner, I had originally pegged at around 30 pages. Then I did the breakdowns for it and realized that there's absolutely no way in Hell it would come in under 50. You can read the first five pages below.

Here's an update on the book's progress. 91 pages are completely print-ready, with an additional 80 or so to complete. I am back working at full speed, a half a page to 3/4 of a page a day. It feels good and the work looks good.

I've also been completing the postcard drawings for backers. 100 of them are done. Here's a photo of some of them.

Here's the first five pages of The Smoke Runner. Please do nag me on Twitter or through Kickstarter or by email or however you want to inquire as to my progress.


Update #2

End Of May Update

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I certainly wanted to update this a little earlier, but things have (as always) been chaotic. The book is coming along really well - over 60 pages are ready for print, with another 20 or so waiting to be scanned. Here's some more preview art to whet your appetites.

The book will be distributed to bookstores by Alternative Comics, publishers of Red Eye, Black Eye (my last book). I am still on schedule for a Fall release for the book if I draw like a madman.

Backer surveys will go out closer to the release date so I can make sure to have up-to-date mailing addresses. The blank cards for the cloud drawings are supposed to get here tomorrow, so I'll probably post a bunch of those in a few weeks.

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Update #1

Funded!

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First and foremost, thank you everybody who pledged to this project. It's amazing and gratifying that enough people believe in these weird-ass comics. You've really made my year.

It's been a very eventful week and change in the Jensen household. Come along with me, won't you, and let's revisit.

We launched on Monday, February 4th. I posted on Facebook and by the end of the next day we were already 1/4 of the way there. 

On Tuesday, February 5th my wife's biological father, who she'd just been reunited with after 30 years, died. She wrote a really beautiful thing about it here. I would literally be nothing without my wife - she's the rock that makes my life possible and I love her forever.

On Wednesday, February 6th Kickstarter picked the book as a Staff Pick and put it in the weekly newsletter. Thank you, Kickstarter! It's obvious that my book is... a little different from most of the comics projects here, so this really helped. By the end of the week, we would be 3/4 funded.

On Thursday, February 7th my son Henry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He'd been getting up a lot in the middle of the night to pee so we decided to have him checked and thankfully we caught it. My boy is a ridiculous, charismatic genius and he might just have a little cartoonist in him if this is any indication. My wife took him to Children's Hospital in Seattle while I stayed back with our daughter because.

On Friday, February 8th I took my daughter Rylie to the annual father-daughter Valentine's dance in our small town. It was really important for me to take her because I knew that things were going to be tough on her for the next little while. Here she is dancing with her bestie. She is an incredibly kind, considerate and clever girl who we adopted last year and has belonged with us since the moment we met her.

On Saturday, February 9th Rylie and I took the ferry to the mainland to be with them. Here's a picture of a cloud from the trip. When she got to the hospital, they both exploded with sheer joy at seeing each other.

On Sunday, February 10th we all came home. The past week has been spent getting used to the ins and outs of living with diabetes, for Henry and for all of us.

All of the people I have been talking to about this have told me that in addition to doing everything I can for him, I need to find something for myself and give myself permission to do it. Cloud Stories is my "thing for myself." I'm super excited to finish this book. More pages will be posted when the campaign ends.

If we keep getting pledges, I'm talking to the printer about nicer paper stock and color signatures. We'll see where we end up.

I'm also going to donate 10% of the final profits from this book to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

Here's a bonus for backers: a new rare non-Cloud Stories comic called Trickster Loses Most Of His Penis. Potentially NSFW due to non-realistic illustrated genitals. Enjoy!


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