I fooled myself into confusing the menu and the meal, and have thought myself to be so very busy. I'd forgotten one simple fact; in most visual mediums you haven't made a thing until you've made a thing.
I've got so many scripts in place, so many ideas being worked out, but no one cares about the work that I am about to do, currently doing or thinking of doing.
Very very few comic book writers can garner excitement over the announcement of an idea. I'm way down the totem pole of indie creators, and I'm not helped by having a lot of issue ones on my convention table.
Issue one says "here's an idea I'm forming". Lot's of issue ones say "here is a collection of ideas I haven't been able to finish".
Four years into this, and I still only have Omnitarium as a completed story.
Single issues, as I have talked a lot about in the past, are a hard sell for indie creators.
I was speaking with a very knowledgable comic book dealer recently, and, as he put it, single issues have an inbuilt shelf life. We've been trained to think of them as disposable, as ever changing - get the latest issue while you can! If you have a single issue for sale at a con, that's great for the first year - but every year that you have that issue on your table is another year where you haven't been able to sell it.
I need to focus on finishing some of these ideas off and getting some trades out, increasing the shelf life of these stories somewhat.
Again, I am leaning towards the idea of releasing digital singles, and print collected editions. I think I'd enjoy doing a name your price week at initial release on digital (using Gum Road), and then setting the price at a uniform level. I'm also underway in getting books onto Comixology.
I'll now indulge somewhat and spill exactly where I am at with the books I'm working on.
Department O - The arc "Body Politic" is going to be tied up in 3 issues - the last one being an oversized issue to finish things off. We should be starting work on issue 2 in August, and issue 3 soon after.
Hero Code - the arc Menace of the Mannequin (with Jonathan Rector) has stalled for a couple of years now. Jonathan is still finishing off other commitments. Once these are done, work on the remaining four issues will start up again.
|Art by Jonathan Rector|
|Art by Gary Lister|
|Art by Agustin Calcagno|
|Art by M L Harris, colour by Heather Breckel|
|Design by David Brame|