Okay, gang, I promise that this is the last page of rabbit gore for awhile.
MEANWHILE, over on the Dylan Meconis Library Kickstarter, the news continues to be awesome. We’ve got 18 days left to go and we’re climbing towards $22k! That means we busted past 20k, so everybody who’s getting a copy of Danse Macabre 2.0 will also be getting a set of Skullhouettes prints. This is one of my favorite designs, and I am VERY excited to be able to give it to more of my readers!
Next up, when we reach $25k, I’ll be making an embroidered patch for Outfoxed, and there are even more things I look forward to doing beyond that. Most of all, I am looking forward to spending so much of this year working on, you know, my own work, and not having to knuckle down through months of paying off a big print bill and wincing every time I print out a shipping label.
Thank you to everybody who’s contributed so far (and thank you for the patience and the cheering-on from those of you who aren’t able to this time around.) Check in on Kickstarter for more updates!
Man, what a week! The 2012 Library is now over $18k on Kickstarter, which means that all three books will be going to print, and that the anniversary edition of Bite Me will have a new 11-page short story! All of that is a very big deal for an indie artist/publisher like me. Thank you to everybody who has pitched in so far! And hey, the rest of you: the books will never be cheaper online, and they certainly won’t come with as much cool cool extra stuff. You have until July 17!
(And, if we hit 20k, you will have a shot at getting a set of Skullhouettes prints, aka my fastest-selling design ever.)
In other news, Portlanders may have been seeing even more of my illustration work around town lately. The last two weeks of the Portland Mercury have both featured art by me – last week’s Pride issue included one of my Lady Parts images, and this week’s story on wind energy had me drawing Senator Ron Wyden in lumberjack mode:
It’s not every day you get paid to look up photos of lumberjacks. It’s a fine job, my job.
And now, on to pagan rituals in the back woods of Moravia in the 18th century! Here’s your teaser panel for this week’s page of Family Man:
Warning: we are back into Bunny Guts territory. If you do not care to gaze upon (tastefully rendered) rabbit innards, put this one off until you’re feeling a little more up to it!
Moon and stars and snow and wolves! And that dang gun. Next week: what have the ladies have been up to?
This work week finds me busy at work on a project that will be launching next Wednesday. I hate those “OOH SECRET PROJECT I CAN’T TELL YOU ABOUT” posts that everybody falls victim to posting online; if you’re only an occasional peruser of my work, this is just your official advisory to check in sooner rather than later. Your bookshelf will thank you later.
Lastly, if you’ve been looking for some more 18th century historical fiction, I’ve been plowing through the prose novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell.
Mitchell is a wonderful stylist, and when he’s in Historical Mode he does a marvelous job of taking a setting and wrapping it around your head. (His plotting can be rather cruel, though, so if you’re squeamish about characters being knocked around, seek comfort.)
…nyeah, I’m just gonna mess with y’all a bit longer on the neck-strap thing, although you’ve totally gotten some clues. And, for the concerned, I do promise: no loose threads when the story is over. Everything has a point!
I had a lovely time at VanCAF last week! If you live in the Pacific Northwest but didn’t get the chance to attend or exhibit, I highly recommend you make plans to go in 2013.
The crack team of organizers and volunteers put together the show that the great city of Vancouver has long deserved. Thank you to all the splendid Canadians (and assorted expats) who spoke with me!
Highlights included getting to talk comic books and animation with Steve LeCouilliard (Much the Miller’s Son) and share an Eisner-nomination-handshake with Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk). Be sure to check out their fantastic work!
Mother knows best. Or does she? Maybe next week you’ll find out what that leather neck strap is for, at least…
This weekend I’ll be in beautiful British Columbia, at the first ever Vancouver Comic Arts Festival! You can’t miss me – I’ll be right by the entrance at Table 30. I love Vancouver and I’m really excited to finally have a comics convention that gives me an excuse to visit.
Admission to the Fest is FREE, so Vancouver residents, please come by and support the show!