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