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A female cropduster pilot fights to save her daughter from Nazis in 1940's Texas! DOWNLOAD THE FIRST 40 PAGES FREE! Read more

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A female cropduster pilot fights to save her daughter from Nazis in 1940's Texas! DOWNLOAD THE FIRST 40 PAGES FREE!

Los Angeles, CA Comics
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Duster Is Moving Forward!

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Hello, Duster Army! 

We're sorry that it’s been so long since our last update... you must have thought you’d all been decommissioned--but we’re back with news! 

Again, we apologize for our lateness, and doubly so for those of you who felt like you had been forgotten. Over the course of this project we’ve been operating on the theory that our supporters would rather be disturbed with good news than badgered with no news, so, given the pace at which we’ve been moving forward, we’ve kept communication to a minimum. We knew that approach would work for some of you, but not for others. It was a judgement call. Please know that you have not been forgotten—not for one day. We do expect the pace of updates to pick up sharply in the coming weeks as we head into the final stretch. 

So what’s going on now? Well, a few weeks ago Duster was still a mishmash of loose pages, most (but not all) of which were in the hands of our Book Layout Designer, Chris Dickey. The table of contents: the 215-page main story, two prequel stories, pinups by C.P. Smith, Charlie Adlard, Donna Barr and Jok, section introductions, a foreword by a bestselling author whose name we will reveal in our next update, and a big ol’ pile of development art. Now, with the last few pages of colored prequel art due to arrive this week, that giant heap of stuff is rapidly becoming an honest-to-god BOOK. Chris is hard at work, laying out all the pages, creating a unified look, creating a package for the printers, and making sure that we’ve got our ISBN/UPC on straight--and we’re very happy with what we’re seeing. 

On a separate track, we’ve been getting bids from printers and we’re close to signing a deal. 

In short, we are--at long last--on the final leg of this odyssey. Thank you all for sticking with us for sooooo long! More news soon... 

—Jay & Micah

So... Close...
So... Close...

Duster: In Final Stages of Prep!

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Hello Duster Backers!

Well, we hit a few snags with the production process, but rest assured that we are plunging ahead. We had a few art errors we noticed in the final proofreading (people who were dead earlier in the book suddenly coming back to life in the backgrounds of later pages, stuff like that). 

As of this morning, our art is all done, and the final text corrections have taken place, and last week we hired a layout specialist to ensure that the book is printed to the best possible standards. That's something we didn't want to risk learning "on the job" which would probably result in you receiving a book with pages out of order, or with the art printed too close to the spine, etc. It was an unexpected expense, but we figured you want a PERFECT copy, not an okay copy with a lot of excuses. 

Our printing expert is currently putting the entire package together for the printers. Sorry for the delayed notifications... we were hoping for everything to come together faster and we apologize for not updating you all earlier.  

As soon as the book has gone to the printers, we will let everyone know.  We expect that process to take about another 4 weeks, but as we've learned, every time we think we have a book this big wrangled, up pops another gofer we need to mash with a mallet.  :/

Do not worry, you WILL get your books.  We can't emphasize that more.  We have plenty of money to print and ship them, it's just a matter of making sure it's a quality printing which is taking so long.  

In the meantime, we leave you with this picture to ensure you that we know how you feel... :)

yours,
Team Duster

Hostage Crisis
Hostage Crisis

Coloring, Lettering, Sound Effects!

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Duster Army, at long last, lettering and effects are complete! Our special donor characters have been finalized and put into the book. Final color corrections are still coming in, and Part 6 is going out to our editor this week for notes, but for all intents and purposes, Duster... is... FINISHED!  (And, no, we’re not going to show you the two panels that go behind these horrifying sound effects--that would be telling!)   Next up we will prepare our book document for printing, adding title pages, guest artist pinups, and the Duster Prequel stories... then, it’s off to the printer!   The road to Morton, Texas, where Duster takes place, has turned out to be a lot longer and bumpier than anyone expected, but we have never stopped chugging along, and now, finally, we are within sight of the goal.  We’ll update you as soon as we know more.  Thanks, once again, for your incredible patience!

--Micah and Jay

Noises, Horrible, Horrible Noises
Noises, Horrible, Horrible Noises

 

Coloring Finished!

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Hello, Duster Army!

We are pleased to announce EXCELLENT news: Duster is fully colored! After a few small color corrections are made, we need to finalize the color of the sound effects for the action-packed (and noisy) conclusion, then final edits of the text by our awesome copy editor, and then the book will be ready for pre-press. We are heading into the final stretch, folks!  Attached is a low-res color version of Page 215 which we posted the inks to just two months ago!

We will keep you informed as we move into the final production process. We know we've been slower than some other books on Kickstarter, and we appreciate your patience. We've learned a lot of hard production lessons on this book, and we promise we won't make the same mistakes again (we'll probably just make all-new mistakes, ugh). Anyway, we're confident that the high quality of the final product will prove worth the wait, and we look forward to shipping you your hardback copies before too much longer.

yours,
Team Duster

Color!
Color!

Finished Inking!

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Hello, Duster Army!

We are pleased to announce EXCELLENT news: Duster is inked! After a few small corrections are made to the final 16 pages, we will be completely finished with the book's inking. At that point, we estimate that coloring and lettering will take another

months, and shortly after that, this book will be ready for the printing press! There is light at the end of the tunnel! Attached is a low-res inked version of Page 215 which we posted the pencils to just 2 months ago or so!

This is a great day for everyone here. We hope that you are as excited as we are, and we can't wait to ship your copies to you!

yours,

Team Duster

Page 215! The Final Page!
Page 215! The Final Page!