Sunday, April 12, 2015

Penny-wise and everything-else-foolish.


Welcome to the latest update of "Saturday" the book. If you're just joining us, "Saturday" is the story of an odd little girl named India McGreevy, her parents Fred and Elizabeth, a rotten week and the wild ride back to almost normal.

Progress report: I'm editing page 11 at the moment. That doesn't seem like much progress, seeing as how the book itself is 35 pages long. But not all the pages need editing and all the pages that needed major editing are finished. So I'd guesstimate the edits are maybe 75% complete. Which is awesome.

As for the publishing arena, things are pretty much the way they were last time we talked. I haven't found an agent or a publisher who wants to represent "Saturday" and it's looking more and more like I'll be doing this thing without commercial backing. But I'm not actually all that disappointed. It will take a little time to save the money to print these, but I'm still excited to share it with you. So no bigs.

In the meantime, here's a good example of what the editing process looks like. This panel is from page 10, which I just finished up:

In this scene, India's mom Elizabeth has just signed a school citation India received for drawing in class and not using her time wisely. It may surprise you to know that I was once (and by "once", I mean on multiple occasions) similarly accused of not using my time "wisely".

These days, of course, I'm a grown man who draws comics and cartoons and other goofy things for a living. I spend a decent amount of my free time daydreaming about what crazy or goofy thing I'm going to draw next. I also write and illustrate books that, apparently, no self-respecting publishing company would touch with a ten-foot pointy stick. It seems like any rational person would, upon reflection, decide to make better use of their time.

I, on the other hand, can't believe how lucky I am to describe my job and my life in that way. And I can't wait to share this lunacy with you.


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