It's On Like Donkey Kong
Greetings. I've been busy lining up artists for Ashes since I last wrote a week ago. The good news is, we're 95% there. As you will see there are still a couple "TBC" (to be confirmed) slots... in these cases artists are interested and have the script, and I'm waiting for them to read it and hopefully confirm their involvement. There are also a couple extremely short sections (3 pages, 1 page) where I'll be confirming hopefully two VERY high profile artists in the next week or two.
In any case, the project has come back together strongly enough that I feel confident in moving forwards with it. If for some reason any artist drops out in the future (as can happen -- sometimes life, or cushy Big Two projects, intervene), there are a couple others who are booked up for the next couple months but have said, "get back to me in the summer if you're stuck".
So, without further ado, here is the run list of artists for Ashes, in order of appearance. The script divisions are based on location and secondary characters, so when there is a change in artist it will also equal a major change in location and/or time -- which will hopefully make the style transitions less noticeable. You will recognise some of the artists, but maybe not all. Each has been chosen because 1) I think they're really really good; and 2) Their style/talents/experience perfectly fits the section they are working on and the overall tone of the book. I really can't express to you how excited I am to work with each and every one of these artists, from giants of the medium such as Igor, Milton and Colleen, to up and coming stars like Greg and Mack.
- Milton & Felipe Sobreiro: http://www.milton.sobreiro.com/arte.htm
- Igor Kordey
- Richard Pace: http://richardpace.daportfolio.com/
- TBC (London chapter)
- Mack Chater: http://mackchater.blogspot.com/
- Colleen Doran: http://adistantsoil.com/
- TBC (the very short pieces)
- Greg Smallwood: http://www.gregsmallwood.darkfolio.com/
- RM Guera (best known for Vertigo's SCALPED): http://rmguera.com/
- TBC (painted pages)
I expect to have the TBC sections confirmed in a week. As noted above, I'm in active discussion with specific artists for them.
As for release dates, though we haven't set a formal schedule yet, I expect the first digital instalment of the book (55 pages, comprising Chapters 1 and 2) to be released to backers and retailers around June 1st. Then we'll hopefully be monthly thereafter. I'll be posting progress art and sketches here, too.
Valentine is moving ahead as well (at last!); the printed edition cover is going under the brush of Steven Belledin in the next couple weeks... you can follow the progress here: http://stevenbelledin.blogspot.com/ . The 40-page backup story exclusive to the print edition is being drawn by Cassandra James: http://comiccharm.tumblr.com/ her tumblr doesn't show much of her sequential work, but I've seen a lot of it and it's awesome.
So, usual story. If you want a refund, you may have it at any time, for any reason, up to when we release the first digital instalment to you. Please quote me the Amazon Payments reference number (big long #) you received when your payment went through as I've already made one mistake (hi, GM Jordan!) refunding the wrong person. I can't give a refund without that #. For those no longer part of the project and wondering why you're still getting these darn updates, unfortunately Kickstarter and Amazon Payments don't co-ordinate very well together and I can't take individual people off the Kickstarter backer list.
If you have found out about this project through The Interwebs and want a book/want to support the project, or you got a refund and have now changed your mind, please please PLEASE, BUY FROM ONE OF OUR RETAILERS! I really want you to do this, and will love you more for buying from them, than for sending me orders directly. Why is this important? A big reason we made our funding goal and were able to make the book at all is because a lot of retailers came in with orders. If you buy books from them, it will confirm to them that not only is this project a good idea, getting involved in indie/Kickstarter projects in general is a good idea. So it helps me, it helps forward-thinking and proactive comic book shops, and it helps future indie creators... everyone wins.
Here are our list of retailers. You may need to email them with a link to this Kickstarter for them to make the order/reserve your book and your digital codes (YES, when you buy from a retail shop YOU GET THE DIGITAL VERSION TOO)
- Ace Comics in Colchester www.acecomics.co.uk
- Gosh Comics in London www.goshcomics.com
- Dave's Comics in Brighton www.davescomics.co.uk
- Page 45 in Nottingham www.page45.com (also do great mail-order)
- Forbidden Planet International in The North www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk
- Paradox Comics in Dorset www.paradoxcomics.co.uk
Ireland: The Big Bang in Dublin www.thebigbang.ie
Germany: Comic Cafè in Bremen, Germany: www.comiccafe.de
Australia: Alternate Worlds in Melbourne www.alternateworlds.com.au
- The Beguiling in Toronto: www.beguiling.com
- Strange Adventures in Eastern Canada: www.strangeadventures.com
- Little Shop of Comics in Scotch Plains, NJ www.littleshopofcomics.com
- Discount Comic Book Service (mail order): www.dcbservice.com
- Dragon's Lair in Texas: http://dlair.net/
- Big Planet Comics in the DC area: www.bigplanetcomics.com
- Isotope Comics in San Francisco, CA: www.isotopecomics.com
- Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC: www.acmecomics.com
(While you're putting in your order, can I recommend Blank Slate Books' NELSON, Linda Medley's CASTLE WAITING, Brubaker/Phillips' FATALE, and Justin Jordan's LUTHER STRODE? Oh and if you haven't read Urasawa/Tezuki's PLUTO yet, it's another doozy. You may also want to ask the nice people at the shop what they recommend; all of them care deeply about the medium and can steer you towards some real gems.)
Lastly: so many of you have taken the time out of your busy lives to write me notes of support, and though I've tried to answer everyone individually, I also want to say here how much it's meant to hear from you and have you say that you want this project to move forwards. Your support and messages have been a big part of what enabled me to pick myself up and get Ashes back on track. Thank you.