Well, kind of complete. I have finished the meat and potatoes of the book (the inside pages – 80 of ‘em!), now I just have to do all the “fun” computer stuff to get the book ready for print. I should probably draw a cover, too. I have Part 3 all mapped out, as well, and will jump into drawing that soon. I also have a new comic that I’ve been writing which I am quite excited about. More on that later, though.
Still plugging away at chapter 2. I am finishing up inks on a scene with Powell & Corr, then I have one more scene to go (guessing that will be 8-9 pages). I have spent just over a year on this second chapter (chapter 1 was finished last May) and I feel like I’ve had a decent output for a year’s work. Must be around 70 pages, although it feels like a lot more. But still, it feels good to be actively making this book. It really fulfills that need to create like nothing else can.
So, I have been slowly plugging along on CARBON here and am happy to report that I have 51 pages done of Chapter 2. Not bad. I have another 25 or so to go in Chapter 2. Not sure if I will release a print version or solely run on the web. Without any shows to head off to this year, it seems kind of pointless to spend money printing books that I can’t sell. I have a few months to figure all that out. In the meantime, I will just keep working on the book and posting pages here for all to enjoy. Peace out, boy scout.
I am really excited about what’s in store for Carbon. The next chapter is really pretty awesome. It has a lot of cool surprises and I wish I could show you it right now, but, alas, we must wait. When I’m working on my comics, the one thing that keeps me going is what lies ahead. I am always excited to work on the next scene and then the one after that and so on. It is a painstakingly slow process, of course, so I do implore the tortoise’s strategy, believing slow and steady wins the race, or, at least, finishes the comic book he’s working on. So, what is the point of this? I dunno. Just…stick with me on this Carbon thing and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. Oh, and tell your friends. Or your cat.
So, I am ever-so-slowly continuing to plug away at Carbon. I used to feel like there was this clock I was working against when making my comics, but that clock has either crapped out or been put away for now. I don’t exactly feel like there is any real need to produce X amount of pages a month or force myself to stick to some production deadline. Doing that shit just leads me to feel like a failure when I fall short of those self-imposed goals. So, screw it. The clock’s gone. Carbon is still moving forward, I’m still working on it, in some way, every day. And I’m really excited about where it’s going now. It may take years to complete it, but that’s okay with me. That’s just the kind of comics I like to make – long-form sprawling narratives.
Anyway, the scene I’m working on right now has a flashback sequence in it involving detectives. My kinda comics!