It's been a while since I've posted regularly, both here and on Twitter and Facebook, so I just wanted to give an end of year/beginning of year update on what's been going on with me lately and what you can expect for 2011.
To say the last 5 or 6 months have been a rollercoaster for me is an understatement. There were lots of ups and downs both personally and professionally that kept my focus away from comics and the internet. Most everyone knows that creating comics is my primary job, and I of course do commissions, freelance work, and sell original art to help supplement my income. I'm very lucky in that I get to work from home and spend a decent amount of time with my family.
But there's also a downside to that. While comics is my primary job, being a house dad is my secondary job. My wife works outside the home, so it falls to me to hold down the fort and care for my 2 kids during the day. While I do enjoy it, it sucks a great deal of time and energy away from me. In fact, most of my drawing is done in the wee hours of the night, from about 9 or 10 o'clock until 4 or 5 in the morning. It results in very little sleep as I'm sure you can imagine, and I've been maintaining this schedule now for about 4 years.
I realize millions of people have it a thousand times worse than I do. I'm very grateful for the position I'm in and the only reason I'm telling all this is to give you background on what eventually happened. Basically, I'm a workaholic and I knew I had been wearing myself thin for some time. This last year in particular, I did 4 issues of the Witch Queen, an issue of Ghostbusters in between those 4 issues, about 300 sketchcards, an artbook, and completely revised and re-lettered all 6 issues of Black Harvest for the new trade edition. All of this, on top of over a hundred commissions and of course all the stress and drama that comes with day to day life. And it all caught up to me.
Several weeks ago, I got sick. Really sick. Probably the sickest I've ever been in my life. On top of that, I had some adverse reactions to some of the medication I was on that only prolonged my recovery. I hadn't been knocked on my butt like that in a while, so it was a big wakeup call.
Thankfully, after much needed rest, I'm feeling much better. I'm a very private person, so unloading all this isn't easy for me, but I thought I owed everyone an explanation for my erractic online presense, late emails, and even later commissions. You guys are incredibly patient and understanding for which I am very, very appreciative.
So where does that leave things for 2011? Well, the truth is that I had hoped to have a new book out by now, or at least by March or April, but that's just not going to happen. (Except for the Witch Queen trade paperback coming in March). But I promise - a new book is coming this year, very likely sometime this summer, I'm just not ready to announce it yet. But you guys will be the first to know, so stay tuned!
P.S. Almost forgot! In the midst of all this, there has been some good news. The day before Thanksgiving, we finally received the first official offer for the Dead@17 movie, largely thanks to the efforts of producer Alexandra Milchan (for DiBonaventura Pictures) and Javier-Grillo Marxuach, who will be writing the script. Since then, things have moved to the negotiation stage, and of course it's possible things could fall apart at anytime. But God willing, things will continue to move forward and the great team we have assembled will finally be able to get to work on getting Nara and Hazy to the big screen!