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10 February 2011 @ 12:14 pm
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Hey guys,

Just thought I'd give you an update so you can all know my pain... I have these things to finish before the end of the month:

1) a comic for an anthology that we all love
2) 100 pages of colors for another excellent comic I'm contributing to
3) edits on ~280 pages of colors for 2), which should be completed by the end of the month
4) 21 pages of pencils for a kid's book I'm also working on

For those of you without a sense of scale for comics work, this is an immense workload. I'm actually not sure how I'm going to make it, it's by far the hardest art schedule I've ever had. I think I'll be okay if I stay on task, but that means definitely no Meek until the first week of March (probably not like, March 1, I'll likely be passed out). The super crappy thing for us is that I managed to ink the next page this past weekend (before my latest assignment came in), but I literally don't have the hours in the next 18 days to color it ;n; Torture!

So! Just know that I am thinking of all of you and I hope I will survive the month intact for the posting that will follow. After this I only have two more projects to work on, and they shouldn't impact my Meek update schedule at all (which will get back to 2-3 times a week).

Speaking of which, I'm sooo stoked to finish this chapter. It is the last of the intro chapters and after this we will get into the meat of the story. I just have to make it through the next three weeks. Thanks to you all for your understanding!!!

Here, have a preview anthology Quetzalcoatlus.

See you in March (hopefully)!
Chishu KelegherChishu Kelegher on February 10th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
That workload looks immense! Good luck with it and looking forward to March! This comic is so amazing its definitely worth waiting for! You must spend so much time making the pages the quality that they are, never mind the time spent working out the layouts and storylines that make "The Meek" so captivating.
Laur: Sokka heavy bearpsychoe on February 10th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
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That workload is INTENNSEEEE! But I'm happy to know to you're busy and productive - stressful but somewhat fun times, I hope. :D

Let's make a sandwich!draike on February 10th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
D: That schedule is NUTS! Best of luck to you and your poor soon-to-be aching hands.

Would fanart or guest pages be helpful to you? Not sure how you feel about filler pages from others.
tingirltingirl on February 10th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Ooooh my sweet cuppin' cakes. I DO have an idea of the workload involved in comics, and that..that's crazy talk. You're gonna die, aren't you? You're gonna die and we're never going to see the way The Meek was supposed to be told and years from now you'll be remembered as one of the great Tragic Artists and people will gather at your grave with a monument made of half-finished pages and tack their layouts to the monument hoping you'll wield off their urge to bury themselves in artistic overachievement. I'll try to get you canonized at the Eisners.

Seriously tho-that's your deadline schedule? I hope you've got peons to take care of your food prep and breathing, because wow. I THINK WE CAN WAIT, ok? Just...just don't die. >frets
D Helmeralexds1 on February 11th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Haha, well, I've already got significant progress on 2/4 up there, so it's doable. Just not very pleasant (the pencils were sprung on me this weekend so I didn't have time to make room in my schedule for them, arg).
beltaguisebeltaguise on February 10th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
That sounds like quite a lot of work. Good luck to you!

And now the dinosaur/prehistoric reptile things nerd in me is very curious about this anthology.

Julieta Colás: Méxicoengelen on February 10th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
D Helmer: meowface albatrossalexds1 on February 11th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
A giant pterosaur! From Texas, where everything is bigger.
Julieta Colás: Méxicoengelen on February 11th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
Ok, I learned something today.
I was about to ask you "Why did you call it Quetzalcoatlus if it's not a feathered snake?"

Which reminds me how much I wish I knew more náhuatl than just words, such as coatl, xochitl, quetzal, ozomatli, ome, papalotl, piochitl, tonatiu, etc...
gene_ha on February 12th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Quetzcoatlus is a pterosaur (flying reptile from the age of dinosaurs) that was named after the Aztec god.
Julieta Colás: Méxicoengelen on February 12th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
yes, alexds1 explained that to me :)
_w_o_o_d__w_o_o_d_ on February 10th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
That... looks like a lot of work.

Bon courage ! Kill this february month. Kill it dead.

Bananakin Skywalkerhicat on February 10th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
all of that in the shortest month?! Crazy talk! .... I am also wanting to know about this anthology thing!
wanderingdreamr: echowanderingdreamr on February 10th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
O.O That's not an immense workload, I don't think there's a word big enough to describe how big it is! Good luck on all of that and if anyone complains about the lack of updates, well, you probably have enough comic pages to drown them in so you don't have to listen to them.
Scrambles the Death Dealer: Destroyer of Poniesyappatan on February 10th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
That is a huuuuuuuge amount of work! You'll hear no complaining from me about lack of updates.
estarial on February 10th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, that is vast quantities of work. Good luck!
Prosecutor Weirdredvelvetaddict on February 10th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)

The Meek in "fill" and "gradient" will be intense I promise.
Also lense flare.
D Helmeralexds1 on February 10th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
Harry's Death Eater: raptorharrysde on February 11th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
Remember to eat and sleep at least once every few days!

Love the quetzalcoatlus.
raptorbane on February 11th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
I will pray to the comic gods that be for your survival in this troublesome era of WHOASCHEDULE.
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p_a_sabrina: Cookiepretty_angel on February 11th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
GOGOGO!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!! *cheers*
neverfilledvoidneverfilledvoid on February 11th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
That looks inhumane! D: Must be really stressful...
You work entirely alone with TM right? There are a lot of web comic artists who are more than one working on the project. Color blockers and such...
D: Don't drown yourself in too much work! Don't feel pressured that you have to come with a new page as soon as possible, you deserve a week rest after that schedual >>
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Sninkira1 on February 12th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
Wait, you're doing this.. and school? What the hell?
Please take care of yourself! And congrats for so much work! 80
D Helmeralexds1 on February 12th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
Ahaha, no, school was last year :) This year is work! Thanks for sticking around XD
Snuowl_eyes_4ever on February 12th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Will you link or somehow plug those other projects when they are available for public viewing?
D Helmeralexds1 on February 13th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
Absolutely! The anthology will be out for SDCC I think, the two kid's books will be out in spring '12 (the first one I worked on for the same publisher is here), and the 288 paged book that has been hijacking my time... I want to share it SO BAD, it is such an amazing story and I love all the characters. The second I'm able I'll be plugging it all over the place!
samuraiartguy: Panic Attacksamuraiartguy on February 14th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
I've done comics... that's frakkin' INSANE.
And here I was feeling sorry for myself with a relatively human workload of three late and large Print projects and and a flock of howling Web Design projects.... don't forget to BREATHE.

Dark. Chocolate. Covered. Espresso. Beans.
Amphetamines of the GODS.
D Helmer: Grr!Lucaalexds1 on February 14th, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
lol, I wish. I recently found out that I oughtn't have dairy D: Chocolate is now forever out of reach... the horror!!
Arijan (pronounced "AH-ree-yawn"): a dizzying intellect!tobu_ishi on February 14th, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
I'll have you know that I was already grinning the minute I saw the frontpage Valentine today, but when I scrolled down to that awful, wonderful zinger at the bottom, I snorted the most undignified laugh straight out my nose that I've had from anything online in weeks. ♥

Well-played, Amen. Well-played.
blastedheath: Newnymphblastedheath on February 14th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Holy schnitzel. You had me at '100 pages'.

Best of luck with all of that, and everything that crops up in between!
Carolynmurphychacho on February 14th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Damn, I've only dabbled in comics on and off for a few years and even I know that's an insane workload.

Best of luck getting it all done. Don't worry too much about The Meek. We'll all still be here when you get back.
Karin Rindevallkarrey on February 15th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
You are insane! Good luck! Don't explode on the way, and take your time with the Meek, ok? I am forever patient! <3
littledekuscrub on February 19th, 2011 08:53 am (UTC)
Maaan. That is intense! Good luck! D:
(Also, I didn't mean to hit "Join this community." I meant to hit "Watch this community." Sorry!)
Arijan (pronounced "AH-ree-yawn"): YokoKamina - love and peacetobu_ishi on April 11th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
Nolite te illegitimi carborunderum, love. ♥ Your comic is amazing and anyone who thinks they're "entitled" to an update just for obsessively refreshing the page needs their head examined. Keep on fighting the good fight, okay?