I've been negligent of our Comic Curve lately, and I think it just points to how much energy I'm spending on the actual construction of my comics.
Public Education 3 has gotten off the printer and I'm reading through the proof copy tonight. The printer had a few problems on his end, but I have not had a hard release date for this (my third) book of the year. The dimensions of the book have gone a little smaller, but I'm saving a couple hundred dollars on the printing of volume 3 and that feels fantastic. I was also lucky enough to snag a pull quote from David Price from 11 O'Clock comics. This past year has felt like the first I've been able to start leveraging connections in the comic world into tangible benefits to the work, and that also feels really good.
I'm almost a third of the way through the pencils of Maps 3. The pencilling itself hasn't been too difficult, but I've been doing a fairly large amount of rewrites and edits from the layouts, and that slows down production on each page. With the amount of massaging to the pages Timothy will do during inks I don't have to worry about fully rendering much of anything. Instead my time is being spent on composition and the reading flow from panel to panel.
My skeletons work is erratic at best. I normally pound out several weeks worth of material, build up my back log of strips, and then leave it alone for a couple weeks. I don't think this will be too problematic so long as I always do more in my on times than I take weeks off. It's nice to be able to focus on Maps predominately as my webcomics roll along at a leisurely workload.
I also think I may purchase a table for the Tidewater Comic Con. This convention is super super close and the table prices seem reasonable. If we can do as well in Virginia as we did Indiana we could even turn a profit on the trip. I don't think we'll sell as many books without a panel to help introduce people to the work, but it would be nice to have an additional con to try and work out the table before next year at Appleseed.