Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I Must Save Christmas!

Gang, I have some bad news. Christmas is in danger this year, that's right. Christmas might be canceled. My deadline situation has grown so dire, so ridiculously down-to-the-wire, that I may be churning out illustrations on Christmas morning! I'm close, SO CLOSE to wrapping everything up. But the loose ends that pile up on a graphic novel project (or two projects, in my case) are astounding!

I have until the 15th of this month to get everything in. These things include, but are not limited to:
  • Covers
  • Title Pages
  • Endpapers (?)
  • Bibliographies (in comic form!)
  • Author pages (you saw one yesterday)
  • Timelines
  • Short biographies of each historical figure to appear in the books (and portraits)
  • A mini comic about Historical Research
  • A mini comic about Crispus Attucks (hardly mini--it's seven pages!)
  • Proofreading passes for both books (since I'm hand-lettering them all, there is no spell or grammar-check built in. Everything has to be reviewed, then carefully re-lettered by hand.)
Not to mention the other big job I'm working on (the big textbook has heavy deadlines each week. Three spreads a week, each spread features around six full color illustrations)

If I slip up on any of this stuff it will RUIN Christmas. So I have to get it all finished--I have to SAVE Christmas.

What does this all mean?

It means you are going to have to wait for the end of the Taco Hell story. Cliffhanger and all. I just can't fit it into my horrific schedule right now. I can't do it. To save Christmas, I must kill the blog!

I even had a Christmas story all lined up for this month--I'm scrapping that entirely. We'll see that next year, I guess.

We're going to re-run last year's TWELVE LEGO BOTS OF CHRISTMAS posts starting on the 13th. And the conclusion to the Terror at the Taco Hut will resume, deep breath, in January.

I'm sorry. Is there anything worse than an interrupted story?

Yes, a ruined Christmas--a ruined Christmas is worse than an interrupted story.

But trust me, in January, when the story picks back up, I'll make it really good.

Now back to the deadline death march.


DavidM said...

I love the bots!

Mike Blake / Monisawa said...

If you ever need a helping hand, I have LOTS of freetime. (I'm actually being serious. haha)

Sarah C. said...

Aw shucks! May you be fleet of hand and sharp of brain.

victoria said...

We forgive you. Best of luck with all you have to do!

Jennifer said...

Good luck with everything!

edith said...

Is it vintage bots? Like, before the book version?
Good luck on your deadlines. At least you're too busy, as opposed to not busy enough, eh?

Anonymous said...

The only way I'll be able to live with the suspense is knowing that the postponement is to save Christmas...
Good luck with the deadlines:(

Wes and Jess said...

And then take a nice long winters nap:)

Debbie Barr said...

As much as we all love the webcomic, I think I can safely say your readers would rather have you finish your -book- work than support our Taco Hell addiction.

Best of luck to you, and see you in January!

Mike C. said...

It is okay to kill the blog for December. I did the same for mine. I look forward to the new year and lots of SSN material.