Greetings and salutations! By now, you all should have your books. (Ohmigod, if you don't have your book email me NOW: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will figure out where it went and get another one out to you).
As this is the Season of Gifts, I wanted to mention I still have about 50 of the cased hardbacks sitting in my garage, as well as comps of Grindhouse #1 and #2. If you would like to GIVE THE GIFT OF COMIX!!!! and know someone who would love Smoke/Ashes or Grindhouse, please get in touch (again, email@example.com) and for a mere $40 of your earth dollars plus shipping, I can send a signed hardback edition plus a handwritten note to the lucky friend of your choice. Grindhouse, too, obviously, if you want to give the gift of totally porny and violently inappropriate comix.
Also, as hopefully you've all seen the book now, I wanted to share some of Carla Speed McNeil's pencils with you. Carla is OLDSKOOL and pencils in the letters so she knows to leave enough room (THIS IS A WONDERFUL THING, says the girl who letters). Of course, sometimes she gets bored and pencils in OTHER dialogue than the script... especially with the alligators in the next two pages.. they didn't originally have speaking parts, but after seeing Carla's pages I wanted to find out a way to have speaking alligators.
(Final shill: Carla and I wrote/drew My Little Pony: Friends Forever #1 from IDW, out in mid January. If you have young people in your life, or just love ponies and slapstick, please check it out!)
Anyway, this is probably my last update. I am planning other Kickstarters for the new year, which will be hopefully simpler and less dramatic than this one. The BEST way for you to stay in touch/find out about them is to follow me on twitter: @alexdecampi . Thank you, and good night!