The devils are in the details. In putting out Rogue Satellite Comics and The Complete and Annotated Oz Squad, I’m finding that as I’m trying to get the two books off to the printer, there are tiny little details that need tweaking here and there. Some of it is stuff new to me as I’ve usually worked with books and not comics. It’s a learning process and big thanks go to Chris Reilly for helping me navigate some of the finer points of the business. From the wording needed on copyright pages to locating original pages that were missing from previous editions (from other publishers) it’s been an interesting journey. All going toward putting out the best product we can. And putting it out in time for the San Diego ComicCon.
Thankfully we’re looking successful on both counts.
In other news, I’m coming close to completing the book on Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrel. (And on the TV right now is A Star Is Born starring Ms. Gaynor. The SFWA Bulletin is going off to the press today. And I’m working on some new cover designs, and fielding calls from the son of Buckwheat (from the Our Gang/Little Rascals crowd). The Design Integrations book is nearly done. I just have to put in the index, and make a few last-minute replacements on some of the tables. All in all, it’s nice and steady right now, and things seem to be on schedule and looking good.
I love it when that happens. I know I said I wouldn’t weigh down these entries about my work, but it’s been a while since I’ve talked about it in detail, and it’s either this or rant about the frustrating process of trying to buy a house. We’re just waiting on some final details, but it looks like our closing is going to be delayed a few days. Argh. I don’t know this for sure, but if it’s still happening tomorrow, it means titanic, supernatural forces are at work. In a way, at this point it would be eaiser to have a couple of extra days room so I can arrange utility-changeovers (gas, electricity, water), but at the same time we just want to ge this all over with and start the moving process.
As my man Kurt Vonnegut was so oft fond of saying…
“So it goes.”
On a totally unrelated note, it struck me this morning that “Balls To the Wall” would be a great name for a punk band. Extensive research (2 minutes on Google) has revealed that it’s the name of an album and a song by German metal band Accept, but I don’t see it being used as a band name. Not yet. I think the boys from Fat Wreck Chords should give me a call. I’m full of great ideas like this.
Today’s link takes you to the website of David Lee Ingersoll, Illustrator and Cartoonist. He’s the chap who did the cover work for The Complete and Annotated Oz Squad that TumbleTap is putting out this year. He does some fine illustration work and his site is worth the visit. He’s done a number of illustrations for Cthulhu-related gaming materials, and his sketch blog can be found here.