Apologies for the lack of updates lately; things in my personal/work life (they've been kind of the same for quite some time) hade kind of gone all pear-shaped and it was rather distracting.
The short version for people who just want to know "where's my stuff/when is it coming out?"
I plan to have the book to the printer by sometime in October, hopefully early-mid. I'll post updates on a time schedule for shipping the physical books at that point, and I'll send out PDFs of the Ebook as well.
Long version for people who want to know what the deal is with the (new) delay:
I've never handled stress terribly well, and kind took the "pressure cooker"/"don't bother anyone with your problems" approach to dealing with it. The length/scope of this project plus a number of other factors basically made me feel like I was at my breaking point, where it took all of my energy to just work on the book, much less do 'normal' living, from more or less January to late August, at which point I felt like "I guess I need to draft up some kind of plan to deal with this Kickstarter after I'm dead, because I just can't take any more of this. I'm done with everything forever."
Fortunately, instead of everyone getting a rather bleak email explaining what would happen to Symbiosis without me on this planet any longer, I went through some stuff that knocked some major rocks loose in my head, and made me realize that everything isn't going to go wrong forever if this book isn't absolutely perfect, and that it's definitely not worth dying over. (Who knew? Not me, apparently.)
So that's probably a pretty intense sort of Kickstarter update, but I figure it's just me doing this book, not some company with PR to manage, and I don't know if just pretending that this whole thing didn't happen would be terribly helpful. (for anyone wondering, I'm getting help through a variety of resources, and things are much better, so.)
Something else that happened, which I found fascinating and horrifying, was when i told my friends about the whole work stress/depression/suicide thing, the number of people who replied with their own similar stories was rather striking. It was at the point where I wonder if a majority or near majority of people freelancing in comics or illustration or whatever are often in some pretty dark places.
So, if you're a fan, realize that this is hard work where you are alone with yourself for most if not all of your day, and your brain will tend to eat itself if you don't have good habits built up to deal with stress and social isolation. Comics/art/freelancing can be a "fantasy job," but it can also be a terrible meat grinder at the same time.
If you're a pro or are going to be one, and if this even sounds vaguely familiar, go and get some help, because it probably won't just resolve itself. Feel free to contact me if you'd like. Most cities have therapists available on sliding scale payment systems. Or go get some books on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to get a toolkit on how to become more comfortable in your own skin.
Anyway. The book's still going to come out barring some unforeseen disaster, I'm just going to be a lot more calm about things, and I look forward to getting Symbiosis into your hands with joy instead of dread and depression. :D
I hope you are all well, and take care of yourselves.
More later as things get rolling, and thanks again for your support and patience.