Update #16: Back in the Saddle

sample49Been coloring this page today.  Wanted to start giving you more of a peek at what you’re getting! For those keeping score at home, this is Page 49 (almost done with the inking on the book, but I wanted to show you more or less completed page, just for fun… dialogue is omitted for spoilery reasons).


Well, it’s been a hell of a 2-week period.  An out-of-town funeral, an in-town wedding and rehearsal, and the wedding aftermath (cleaning up, gathering leftovers and beverage returns, etc.).  I have to say, I’m quite happy to be back at the drawing board.  I picked up a pocket watch last weekend, in order to keep tabs on my production time (as I tend to ignore the clock on my Windows taskbar, as it auto-hides for more screen access).  I tend to rough out pages VERY fast, and I tend to ink in an odd way (when I work digitally, which is often, I do less penciling and more straight-up drawing with ink, as it’s easier to erase digitally than even the lightest pencil on board), which takes a little bit longer.  I find that on a good day, I can have two pages ready for coloring in about six hours, sometimes less, depending on my own flow for the day, which is good, especially when that’s the bulk of work left on a project.

To give you an idea of where we are at, with the recent week’s events putting me back a smidge, here goes:

If I’m not done with book production by the day of Planet Comicon (which is March 14-16 at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, if you want to swing by), I’ll be damned close to it.  The publication date is April 30th, and I’m doing everything I can to maintain that date (meaning that a week prior to that, the Early Bird  and Kickstarter Special Editions should be getting mailed out).  It’ll be tight, but it should not be a problem.  If there are any hiccups due to printing, I will let you know as they come up, both here in Updates and on my White Worm Facebook page, as I want everyone who has backed the project to be in the loop.

After the books  out of my hands and into yours, I’m going to be at work on another book, which I think you might like quite a bit (it’ll certainly be a change of pace and scenery), but more on that after this project is shipped off.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to drop a line!

Mike Keener


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