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Quite the Week

And the thing was, I told myself I was taking the last week off. I really did tell myself that.

Silly, silly me.

Started the Great Big Project in earnest last week. Research mostly, looking to script some pages for the Mystery Artist this week so he can start to drawing. Will spend today in fictional Portland as well as the real-rain-soaked-one to get the next issue of Stumptown finished for Matthew. For those of you who’ve been dialing in to hear Dex’s duclet tones on voicemail, look for a new message to coincide with the release of issue #3. And yes, I’ll be announcing its release as soon as I have a hard date from Oni.

The kerfuffle seems to be dying down a bit, now, which I suspect is for the best. I must admit, I’m feeling a bit anxious, as one might expect with the start of any new venture. DC has been a very comfortable, very stable safety blanket, one that I have sincere mixed emotions about leaving behind. It isn’t easy to walk away from a passion, and I truly believe that one cannot write well if one isn’t passionate: about story, about characters, about what one is creating.

Still, there is much ahead to be passionate about. So this week…it’s time to write.

For Q&C and novel fans out there, I’ll be posting the “Pre-Operational Briefing” (also known as “the prologue”) from The Last Run here later this week, so stay tuned!

11 Responses to Quite the Week

  1. Kat

    I’m still totally amazed at some of the kerfuffle. I, mistakenly, asked that any replies to a thread at a discussion board be sent to my inbox and then didn’t check for about a day. Yeeesh. I guess there will always be that aspect of fandom as much as I find it distasteful.

    I’m looking forward to more Q&C in any form as well as Stumptown.

    And as someone who has recently walked away from a comfortable job into something entirely new, I’m very familiar with the twitchiness that comes with having to let go of the previous comy tree branch.

    I wish you nothing but the best.

  2. Evan

    Good news on the whole. As the Great Big Project evolves, it would seem you would need to visit some places out East, since an awful lot of the action happens out this way. I can’t wait to see what you do with the work. Of course, I am on pins and needles waiting for Stumptown to resume and I have my eye on “The Last Run” as well. Might make it out your way in August, and if you are around . . . ? I am sure with so many projects up in the air, scheduling is going to be a bit of a nightmare. Good travels and passionate working!

  3. Rob

    Going to miss your work on Batwoman and *really* miss your work on The Question, but looking forward to more Stumptown, and can’t wait for the next Q&C novel, which comes out a week after my b-day. Speaking as a USNA grad, I really dug what you did with Kate at the USMA, btw. That was deft and really well done.

    The family history/military project/thing isn’t grabbing me right out of the box, like, say Q&C or the Kodiak books do, but when it happens, I’m sure to give it a shot. Best of luck.

  4. Jared

    mystery artist = Lieber! :)

  5. Greg

    Not Lieber! :D

    I’ll be posting a design image soon…then we can play the “guess who drew this!” game.

  6. Jared

    Ha nice. I’m always game for a little “guess the artist” action!

  7. Mike

    I disagree, Rob. I think the idea for the Great Big Project has a lot of promise, especially if it goes into the changing attitudes and beliefs about war and the military throughout history. As someone who detests war but has great reverence for our military, I am intrigued.

    And if anyone missed it, this is what Greg said about this project, from the Comics Alliance transcript:

    “Another thing I wanted to do is called “American Soldier.” I’m still doing research on this. The idea is… it starts in 1750, follows the service of a man, probably from Pennsylvania, in the Revolutionary War. That’s the first volume. The second volume is the War of 1812, and it’s sister’s grandson. And then, say, the Civil War, and then the Spanish-American War. To take this family’s tree as described by their service to their country all the way up the present. That’s a ten-year project! So I don’t know if I’m even going to get that thing off the ground, let alone find some poor son of a bitch willing to publish it. Or worse, who wants to be the guy or gal who has to draw that? Because I’d love to have the same artist all the way through. That would be so cool!”

  8. Jared

    You know, its funny, i hadn’t had a chance to check out the audio or the transcript – i think that idea sounds awesome.

    I kind of reminds me (in a very basic way) of that old Marvel book Semper Fi (it had a super short run somewhere in the mid 80s ) I always liked that book conceptually…..

  9. SK

    Your work will be missed at DC but wishing you all the best on your new ventures.

  10. Nick

    Very cool to hear that you will be changing the voicemail for the Stumptown number. It is a cool little add-in for the readers of the series.

  11. Nick

    Well, I see that they didn’t change the message to coincide with the release of issue 3. That is a darn shame as I was quite looking forward to it. Oh well, what are you going to do?

    The issue was quite good and a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see how this arc wraps up and can’t wait to see what else is in store for Dex and Ansel for that matter.

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