Well I hope you all had a great time over the festive period and got some enjoyment from my magikal meanderings throughout the month of December with my Blog-a-day writings. I was going to take the festive header Blog logo down and replace it with the regular one, but with this extended cold snap in progress I thought it apt to keep in on here for a while.
Thanks to everyone that sent Christmas cards and greetings either via snail mail, or email…it’s always a pleasure to hear from folks.
Well the UK, nay the entire Northern Hemisphere seems to be locked in the icy and snowy grip of winter and although it looks beautiful, I hope everyone is keeping warm and safe. I’ll maybe even publish a Blog of wintry photos and thoughts before long. In the meantime here is a photo of my little mate, Bentley Bogtrotter sporting his first Santa coat. He now has a new one complete with hood. I have recently found out that he likes playing in the snow as he does Bog-trotting.
The pace will now slow down to my normal Blogging rate, as even though the December Blogs were written and published in advance, they did take an awful lot of time to produce.
As promised I will be looking at more comic/sequential art/graphic novel/storytelling anecdotes and observations, which will be longer than most of late.
2010, for me personally though, means all hands on deck to see the publication of the much-vaunted “Worlds End” graphic novel series with Volume 1 “The Riders on the Storm” .
I cannot thank Yelena enough for her diligence and work ethic, whilst producing the flat digital colours, without which I would still be a way down the path from completion.
I am presently working my way through digitally painting the pages, whilst James is casting his editorial eye over the wordage. As I have mentioned before, you hit a point, especially after such a lengthy process, whereby, if you are not careful you cannot see the wood for the trees, hence my hiring his much-appreciated services.
Once this is finalised and we are happy with the outcome I will then be passing the final draft of the script along with the pencil art in digital form over to the Font-meister himself, Richard Starkings to perform his typographical magik with the captions, dialogue, and SFX.
All the above means a lot of my time is going to be spent painting on the computer, so I ask the indulgence and patience of any regular readers, whilst this is done. 2010 is going to be a very busy year for me here at the Keep, with the launch of the graphic novel, colouring book, sketch book(s) and more, so please feel free to keep tuned in for more updates.
There are also plans for a new range of Giclee prints and posters, as well as some other goodies too this year.
Then there is the second volume of Worlds End, which is all ready to be drawn, once all the above are in place.
I also wish to start work on my first creator-owned illustrated children’s book. This is something I have wanted to see in print since I wrote the initial draft way back in the seventies, as a sixteen-year old sixth-former.
A clue to the book’s content for those that know me well lies in my early letterheads, before the inception of Wizards Keep that and Marvel UK…talk about cryptic.
Oh, yes and if you have been to my parent’s house you will have seen the lead character in question residing in a frame on the landing wall.
So I hope you can forgive me if the Blogs are spread out a little this year, not too much, but just enough to enable me to complete the above tasks on schedule.
My convention schedule is fully dependant on the workload/deadlines being met this year and I am looking to attending more European ones and maybe even a US one too, but I’ll keep everyone informed of these, as I confirm for definite.
I have already been asked to several and will be looking at when they are alongside my schedule/diary here at the Keep, before making any firm commitments.
As always I look forward to your comments, emails and requests.
May 2010 bring you health, wealth and all your dreams fulfilled!!!
Until next time have fun!
January 6th 2010