Dear patient backers,
I came to post an update and realized how long it has been and wow. My apologies. The separate "more frequent updates" have been minimal too. Time has been passing faster than I'd care for it to. But, work critical to getting things ship-shape has been happening in the meantime.
I've been focusing on trying to get the freelancing ball rolling past the point where I can actually have a surplus to start saving, (This has been making the rounds lately if you want a peek into the life of a somewhat average comic artist. It's pretty bleak. Working in comics isn't always like that, but often can be. Live the dream, everybody! :D * ) and that took way longer than expected due to a project that I was working on that I thought was a Sure Thing, but then wasn't. (Note to anyone pitching comics: Never count on one thing, no matter how sure things might seem. Also be prepared to wait FOREVER.) Throw in various therapeutic things I needed to do to undo burnout/unbreak my brain, and that equaled a filled schedule. But, now I have a long term (for comics) gig at Image (to be announced at Image Expo) and finally have my ducks in a row to get things back to where they need to be for the book to complete, print, and ship.
When I last checked in on shipping rates (shortly before when Things Fell Apart) the shipping quote I had from DHL was way higher (by 15-20USD each) than I was given when I started the campaign. Not exactly sure why that happened. DHL can be...byzantine. There was a general DHL rate increase, but not that much. So I need to earn money to pay for that, plus to pay some people to delegate various tasks to so I can streamline the fulfillment process, and pay down credit cards a bit so I can have some financial padding built in.
So long story short, I've been rebuilding my mental and fiscal foundation so I can do things right, and am finally properly entering the "make money money" stage, after which I'll take a break to finish book art (we are about 90% finished) and get it formatted for the printer, printed and shipped. (and copy edited, for those who are painfully aware of my poor grammar/syntax) Due to the timeline for the comic gig, and how back-end money is paid out (I'm getting a page rate too, but it won't be enough alone to cover everything) we are looking at next spring for a ship date. I'll release the Ebook as soon as it is formatted, so people won't have to wait for print if they don't want to.
Still lots of work ahead, but I'm excited to see this project finished and get out in the wild. Any reports of the death of my enthusiasm for this project are greatly exaggerated. (apologies to Mark Twain, there.) I'm just sorry a bunch of personal stuff got in the way of that happening sooner than later.
I'm going to start doing Symbiosis work as part of my warmup, so there will be more art to look at soon, as well.
Again, thank you all for your patience and support, full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes, etc., etc. Feel free to message me or email me (my name ran together at gmail.com) with any questions or comments.
All the best,
*Regarding the whole "it's hard to make decent money in comics" thing, you just learn to deal with it or find other revenue. That write up was presented more as a source of an insider's viewpoint vs a cork-popping for a pity-party.