I was going to wait to publish my new alterations and additions until the BOOK ONE collection came out. But as I was looking at my current stock for an upcoming convention, I was seriously low on issue one which isn't a good thing if you're trying to introduce a character to a new group of people.
So I came with a one time only printing idea that would keep my costs low (and in turn lower copy price, cheaper than buying separately), a SPECIAL EDITION. For only one run, I am putting issues #1 and 2 together. Within those pages, I have my "remastered" pages along with a bunch of sketches and behind the scenes type stuff. Already got a proof and it turned out very nice. Makes me feel like bigger volumes are the way to go. And for new buyers they can buy issue #3 when it comes out. REMEMBER those that that show me they bought #1 and/ or #2, I will give you a discount when I have BOOK ONE out on the table. If you have both you get a bigger discount.
This edition also has the three page bridging scene between issue 1 & 2 I didn't include in issue 2 because of pacing. It connects the stories as I had originally planned for a fuller read that just wouldn't have worked if you picked up #2 months later as I published it.
Issue #3 is progressing. Here's a penciled page. It's the day after the events issue #2. I do all the figure work and then work the backgrounds tighter in inking. Usually I adjust as I go also. I could have posted the inked version to show what I mean, but thought there weren't enough pencil stuff up on the site. Color version looks nice. But you'll have to wait to you see that in print.
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.