First of all: The War at Ellsmere is done! Yes, it's very lovely. It's exactly sixty pages longer than Zombies Calling (yet drawn in the same amount of time, go figure) and has grayscale shading and lots of other lovely things. I've just now finished the front and back covers for it, so here you go:
(Aw. Cassie is so small and adorable.)
Ellsmere is in this month's Previews with the code OCT083789, so please ask your local comic store to order it in. It'll be out on December 3rd. I've worked reaaaallly hard on this book, and I really see it as a step up in both my artistic and storytelling skills, so ... I hope you'll order a copy (pretty please?). I've put up a little mini-website for Ellsmere here, which has pre-ordering info as well as development sketches. I also had a couple of interviews about the book, one with Blog@Newsarama, the other with Publisher's Weekly (!). And in case you missed it, here's a video of an exhausted me yapping about the book at Comicon. Srsly, so tired ... so very very tired.
Otherwise, there's going to be an Ellsmere contest! Yes, you can win original artwork from me and/or a signed copy of the book. All it requires is a little imagination and maybe some stick-figure drawing skills. Go here for information, and get those entries in.
Okay, ICE! Yes, the elephant in the room ... obviously, I have had little to no time to work on Ice this year. People have asked me about it and when I'll be back to updating it, and the sad thing is that I don't know. There will be no break between Ellsmere and my next graphic novel project (hopefully I'll be able to announce that soon. Because it's a pretty damn big deal) But! Here's what I'm planning to do: I'm taking a good three weeks off at Christmas and packing it back to Ontario to spend it with my folks. Since there's only so much time I can spend lolling about in my pyjamas and eating turkey, I'm going to work on Ice over Christmas. I don't know if I'll be able to get all of it finished (probably not), but I will try my hardest to get a good chunk done. So look for a chunk of Ice in January. Hahah! ... I mean, yeah. ;)
But I just want to make sure people know that finishing Ice is important to me, and I want to get it done. The story deserves to be finished.
Anyway, I think that's it ... if anyone has any questions, give me a shout here or on smuu, my personal LJ. Which is not really personal anymore, since I just yap about comics and sucky television ...