I’ve been twittering about this so much it almost slipped my mind to mention it here — but I’ll be at the Alternative Press Expo this upcoming weekend, October 4th and 5th, 2014, at Fort Mason in San Francisco, California!
This is my first big event since the kickstarter — and yes, I’ll have the new books there! (Kickstarter backers, I’ve got your copies reserved – I’d rather wait until after the show to send them out, but let me know if you’re coming by to pick them up at the show. I’m happy to be flexible, but I also really, really want to make sure the right books get to the right people. It’s been a long, strange trip so far, but we still have a ways to go.)
What’s going on?
I’ve gone ahead and made a quick video explaining things for you:
Short Answer: I thought I could finish up Volume Two without taking a break like I’ve done in the past. Turns out I needed it after all, so I’m taking it now.
Long Answer: It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and I’ve been working on things — but I’ve also been reworking them, testing things, recalibrating, and throwing around (and out) multiple prototypes and versions of the bonus material and the covers.
Turns out I do better when I’m under at least a little time pressure, since I’ve been able to continue posting the comic in spite of everything else — get the basics up by midnight on Saturday/Sunday, color things within the next day if I hadn’t done so already, lather, rinse, repeat — so I’m holding myself to that standard with the Kickstarter pieces right now in place of normal updates.
I’m giving myself eight weeks because it’s a nice round number, and because the last thing I want is to take a big hiatus like this and still need more time. I’ve put this off for far longer than I should’ve, at least in part because I kept trying to make it work otherwise — but further delays won’t help here.
So what does this mean for you?
If you’re a backer: You’ll see the bonus pages / covers get posted one at a time over the next few weeks. Ideally by the end of the eight weeks you’ll get your digital copies of the books.
If you’re just coming to the site: I’ll be posting the covers here as well, but I’m also posting some of the bonus content from Volume One — specifically, that “bonus story” that’s been a tight-lipped secret for the past three years. Those of you looking to maintain your hipster cred should go ahead and buy the first edition of Volume One before I have to amend that product description if you’d like to read ahead and/or feel smug.
Either way, there’s still plenty of reading material coming everybody’s way — it’s just the main story that’s been put on pause.
Oh, and… if you’ve ordered a cameo and yet to send me details on that cameo, either through kickstarter messages or email… please do so now. Your stuff’s been sidelined as well until the books are sent off to the printer, which is why I’ve not kept up with most of you, but that won’t be case much longer.