The page is going to be going up later today. Byron was exhausted last night and needed more time to get the colors done, and I am a benevolent dictator who completely understands the effect that medicines/illness can have on energy levels. Look for the page later on this afternoon!
Plus I was in bed, asleep, by the time he texted anyway. I’m starting a 4 a.m. – 11 a.m. Part Time job tomorrow and have been trying to get used to having to wake up at 3 in the morning. It’s going to be nice to be done with work that early, be able to go right up and work the horse (on days when it’s not freezing-freaking-cold), come home after and still have a few hours to work on comic (and Kickstarter!) stuff, but so far waking up at 3 just makes me feel like the day drags on a million times longer than normal.
Speaking of the Kickstarter, currently as I write this, it is $55 away from being 1/3rd of the way funded! Woo-hoo!! At the $1000 mark I am going to give all backers a sneak peek at the robot form of LUCY, from the extra comic that will be in the book!
(If you are seeing this on Tumblr and there is no comic image yet, here is a link: http://adrastuscomic.com)
Let me tell you what all I’ve been working on?
If you’re part of the Patreon campaign, you’ve already seen the photo here. If you’re among the Patreon backers, let me tell you what this is all about!
I announced in the last blog post that I was planning for the first-ever Adrastus Kickstarter. At the time I was slotting it for both Book Three and Book Four. That plan has changed- the Kickstarter will be just to print Book Three and get reprints of Books One & Two. So that’s the first major change. There are several reasons for the omission of Book Four from this KS campaign. The big one being that taking a book out allowed me to drop the goal amount by a grand, which makes it much more feasible of a goal to hit. Also, there was no way I could think of to present a campaign for two new books and two old books and make it completely clear what people were getting as rewards and how everything was going to be handled. Confusing campaign = failure. So I decided that it was best to give one new book a better chance at happening than dooming two new books.
The good news is that I tentatively have a Book Four KS campaign scheduled for later in the year, should this first campaign go well. Fingers crossed.
Now, these guys to the left of your screen? They’re going to be the main characters in an all-new bonus story in the back of book 3. World, I’d like to introduce to you Sean and Danny Browning.
This story will be all new and will focus on a different angle of the Adrastus world. While Sarah, Michael, and Sector Seven are busy dealing with the huge Varugo invasion force, who’s watching out for the little invasions? The radioactive hamsters from Nadiavittor who dig up gardens and eat all the vegetables? The joy-riding teenager aliens from Yerkes who make crop circles in their stolen saucers? Adrastus: ROGUES (working title) will answer just that question. Brothers Sean and Danny Browning travel the country in their vintage muscle car, LUCY, and watch the local tabloids for the tales of the weird. The script was written by Kurt Sasso of TGT Media and I’m very excited to start drawing it!
Working on these character designs as warm-ups the past few days has been a nice change. I’m really eager to finally work on this script, which was written for me a year or two ago when I first had the idea for this side-story. Exploring some more of the “Adrastus Earth” is going to be fun. And I get to draw new characters, new robots, and new aliens!
Again, this story is going to be EXCLUSIVE to book three! So if you want to see it, please pledge when the Kickstarter is up and then help me spread the word to new readers!
Right now I am planning to have the Kickstarter go live on my birthday, February 22, 2015. This may change if I run in to snags with recording a video or getting everything together in time, but it’s looking pretty good at the moment.
Also, the plan between Byron and I is still to have new Adrastus pages starting next Monday, Februrary 16th. I hope you’ll come back and join us then!
I wanted to post in here just with an update on a few things. First of all, Ohayocon was amazing this year and thank you so much to everyone who came by my table! It was a fantastic weekend and I’m so happy that we got to go, even if it was last minute and stressful. I sold out of one print and a lot of buttons, so sales were great! Feedback from everyone who came by was amazing too. It was just a great convention and I can’t wait to go back again next year if they’ll have me. And hopefully my friend who has super-cute jewelry will also be able to actually come, too!
Now that it’s been a few weeks, and I had Ohayocon, I’m feeling quite energized again. I’m starting to lose weight! So I know that the chemical anti-depressants are out of my system finally. I’ve been taking supplements since I got off the pills, and everything seems to be going okay. I had a few mood swings that were pretty bad back before the convention, but I took the pills that were prescribed for me to take when that happens and they helped. So I feel like I’m on the road to recovery here, and that’s great. I’ve been doing some art again, and trying to teach myself how to draw “environments” for the comic to make it better. I’m really excited to show off the next few pages of Chapter 16, actually, because I’m working hard on them and I think they’re looking better than before!
Also, it’s now officially official that Byron Wilkins will be coming back as the colorist for Chapter 16! He’s offered his help, and I have graciously taken it. It’s going to allow me to concentrate on making the pencils and the inks as good as I can make them right now. So many thanks to Byron for doing this for me, it’s such a help and has taken a real load off my shoulders. He’s already working on coloring pages and I’m working on inking, so we’re hoping to get a few pages done ahead, and starting to post them February 16. So, next week, Adrastus should be back! I’m going to be posting more previews on the Patreon page (which you can get to by clicking on the big banner to the left) so if you’re not partying with us over there, come join in!
FINALLY- and this is a big thing- I AM CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF PUTTING TOGETHER THE FIRST ADRASTUS KICKSTARTER. It came to my attention at Ohayocon that I am running very low on books. Plus, Chapter 16 marks the end of Book 4, and Book 3 was supposed to be out last year, and it didn’t happen. So the Kickstarter will be to print all four books of Adrastus- reprints of Books 1 and 2 and to get the brand new books 3 & 4 finished and printed! I’m hoping to have this Kickstarter up by my birthday, February 22, at the earliest. If that doesn’t happen then it will be live by the end of the month for certain. So mark your calendars and hang on tight! I’d really love for this first Kickstarter to be a success!
That’s all for now. Byron and I will see you all next week with some new comic pages! Have a great week!