It’s been a busy year, with much of my writing being overshadowed by family, my day job, and freelance editing jobs, but things are slowly starting to move again. With GrayHaven Comics, our site has been down since the New Year, and that is for several reasons. One, the site no longer served the company’s needs, both in selling our books and promoting those same books. Two, the cost of the site for the company’s Publisher was also too much. Finally, the delay in getting a proper replacement going has been due to lack of time, but we think we’ve finally found a cost-effective replacement that will hopefully take form soon. More on that, as well as GrayHaven releases, as we know more, but also expect some possible movement on the digital end for some select titles.
In terms of my own writing, unfortunately, I missed the Alterna Comics IF submissions again, or, rather, at least in terms of a new story. I was going to work with artist Greg Kimmett on a new story, but neither of us could find the time to really sit down and get anything going, so instead, I submitted an old published story at the last minute that did not get in, which is fine. Alterna Comics’ publisher Peter Simeti has been overloaded with great submissions the last few years, and this was one of my older works and not really representative of what I do now, so I really wasn’t surprised there were far better options to go into the book. Maybe next year…however, I do have an older story I’m revising and having colored for a possible submission to the company’s It Came Out on a Wednesday series of books, so fingers are crossed. The last colored page should be done this week, and then I’ll redo some of the dialogue and get it re-lettered.
With that said, I was picked up for a ten-page story for an Australian anthology published by Comics 2 Movies. I’m finishing up the last couple of script pages to send off to the company to review for any edits/changes and then on to the art stage. I’m not sure of their timetable for having the book come out (I know it will likely be Kickstarted, since their last several books were successfully done that way), but I imagine it would be late this year or into 2019.
Beyond that, I’m also going to start work on a fantasy/sci-fi comic adaptation of a book for a client, likely for an initial five to ten pages to shop around for interest, and if there is, I’ll finish up a full script for it. The author has an artist selected, and his work is beautiful, so I look forward to seeing what my script pages will look like. More details as I’m allowed to say, though…
Sadly, one of my other prior projects will not see the light of day. The artist/co-creator for the project suddenly passed away late last year, and as this was a project he shopped around to me, I don’t feel right attempting to continue on. It hadn’t gotten past the scripting stage, and other than a few sample pages and character sketches, there really wasn’t any art to speak of, but after mauling over asking the family their thoughts, I decided it was in bad taste. So that project is officially over, though some of the ideas I brought to the series were too fun to not use elsewhere, so at some point, I may try to bring them to a new project. We’ll see, though.
You should also still expect to see a Red Rooster one-shot, which is a follow-up to the introductory story published by Alterna Comics in their 2016 IF Anthology. It’s in collaboration with creator Brian Cole’s superhero universe (the Red Rooster is appearing as a cameo in one of his books). That will be fun to get back to that character.
Two prior series that I had started work on (one of those with completed art), New Providence and The Forgotten, will come back, and I’ll be finishing the scripts to their first issues sometime this year. After that, there are still a few other projects looking for an artist to love them, so I may try to shop around some of those later in the year once the priority projects are taken care of.
Anyway, as I said in the open, things are starting to take shape again, and it feels good. I hope to be able to talk more about these projects later this year, but in the meantime, please continue to follow me here on this page as well as on Facebook and Twitter.