The dreaded "To Be Announced." I've seen it on countless books, movies or video games. Never in a hundred years did I think I'd ever use the term. But as of this post, I am.
It's hard. I'm extremely close to getting to the production stage, full rendered colors (most pages are at least flat colored), lettering, putting the pages all together, to print. But with the holidays, and even with my part time design schedule it's just not going to be this year when I get it done.
It's depressing. But I have to own up to it. It's better than continually putting a new month on when I'll be done and be disappointed. As an example, I got up early Friday with intentions to draw. But a client who I had been trying to get her book done before Christmas so she could use it for gifts, threw some changes in on me. Before I knew it, between that and a few trips out to get a handle on my Xmas shopping, the day was gone and I just couldn't finish the page I had started two days before.
This is hard. I knew it would be. But more than anything it's hard just finding the time to do it. Forget having to come up with panels to draw. The actual process of putting a comic together, almost by yourself (the coloring is the only help I get) is just a big weight that sometimes is hard to manage. I understand why they assembly lined the process at the big two a long time ago.
I won't ramble on more. This is more to say I'm pretty sure it will be done in January. But in case it isn't, I'm not advertising it as such.
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.