Sorry for the lack of new posts, been a real busy non-comics time around here. Which of course, messes around with a lot of things, but hey, gotta pay the bills.
I have tried to at least doodle a little at night despite being really tired from my daily work. I've tried to keep up with the Inktober challenge. Haven't done very well, but Aiden has every night. Might post some of his stuff if he'll let me. It's amazing how much he's growing as an artist. Probably won't be anytime, you'd rather see him draw the book than me.
Finishing issue #3 kind of came to a stop last week when a big design job came in, so it will probably be the later part of this month before it's done. I hate it. I have yet to hit any of my deadlines with this book. But since, at the moment, it's not bringing much revenue in, I can't replace it on my schedule like I would like. I am taking some steps over the next few months that might help me not only finish it, but get BOOK TWO done for the new year.
Doing this book on my off time is quite a challenge. The biggest one is keeping from putting the paid stuff to the side and just work on it. My art desk is just five feet from my computer and design desk. So close, I have to fight it off. And everytime I slip, I usually have someone emailing me or calling me about a job they need NOW. Which makes me straighten myself up and fly right.
It's frustrating. And it also affects how much PR I can do for the book. Thank you for coming to site, if I haven't said that in awhile. I actually have a pretty decent stream of weekly traffic. I wish I could put more and more stuff up but time isn't always my friend and I try to use my free time to work on the book. Then, I'm also cautious what I put up. I figure most of you are those that have read my books and are coming here for updates. But I'm afraid to post sketches or comments that might spoil parts of my story to those that have been referred here and don't have the book. But then that opens the whole, "I need a store to sell the book thing" and I just haven't set that up yet. I do have one convention I plan to go to in November (tentative so I'm not jinxing saying which one until it's more firm) and I'll have everything for sell then.
I'm rambling. I'm good for that. Just wanted to post a quick message to everyone what was going on. Gonna have some time today to draw, might have to turn off my phone to do so, but trust me, I won't mind.
A lifelong comics fan, Mike W. Belcher is the writer/artist of MAN IN THE MASK. A story he's had with him for over 20 years.