The hardest part of any project for me is the last 10%. I haven't put out a book in eight years (!) and I want this to be worth the money and time put into it, so I've been (among other things, like having my car explode) going through all the stories in the book and making sure they're where they need to be.
First came the cover. I knocked around the last one for a while and realized that it just wasn't working. It was too calm, not dynamic enough, didn't communicate the fact that I wanted the book to be sort of unsettling and threatening. So here's the new one.
One of the book's longest stories, The Cloud Eater, is a curious homage to 70s Marvel comics with a little twist of the creeping horror that characterizes the book. I finished the story but every time I looked at it I didn't think it felt right. Here's what a page looked like:
Eh. It just didn't sing. So I turned the existing pages into bluelines, re-inked them, and then started messing around with them until I found something I liked. Here's what that same page looks like now:
Just a lot better. I've been doing little tweaks to some other pieces too, but nothing this major (and that story was 18 pages long, so it was a big chunk of the book).
There's only one story to finish, the longest one. Here's what it looks like now:
I'm running about a page a day on it, so next few weeks should see it finished. Then I package up the PDF for original art backers, re-connect with printers for updated quotes, get the best one and send it off. The book's ISBN number and barcode have been purchased, as well.
As in previous updates: if you believe it has been too long for this project to be fulfilled, or for any other reason, you may request a refund no questions asked. So far only one backer has done so, but I won't feel bad if you do.