Get yer 90’s on!
Stan Sakai, as many of you probably know, is the long-time creator of Usagi Yojimbo, an anthro comic set in feudal Japan. Sakai has been producing this excellent book for decades, since long before there was any market for Japanese inspired comics in America. Its a fantastic book, totally unique and an obvious labor of love from a very talented creator.
Yesterday was the day when, had things gone according to plan, chapter two of Echo Callaway and the Mists of Pelleon would have been submitted here and around the web. Sadly, this chapter is not ready, and, unlike Douglas Adams, I’m not enjoying the sound of my deadline wooshing by. Apologies to all who’ve been looking forward to a new installment; here’s my explanation, and an update on where the progress actually is right now.
Why is it late? In short, my house burned down. This actually happened way back in January, but what’s happening now is I’m trying to move my family into our new home, which is literally being constructed around our efforts to move in. The interior, at least, we bought a house and have done extensive renovations. So my nights and weekends, which are typically when I work on Echo, have been spent moving furniture, laying hardwood floors, painting, tiling, and coordinating this increasingly gargantuan undertaking. The move-in date has dragged from Sept. 1, to mid October, to last weekend, and we still aren’t there yet. I’d like to say one more week will do it, but every time I say that, it proves false, so I’ll just say that I’m hoping its soon.
The only other factor here is a professional project, modest in size, but not something I can talk about yet.
Currently, chapter 2 is almost exactly half-done. I expect to finish by the end of January, a full two months late, and it really is an agonizing delay for me. I love this story and these characters, and really would like nothing more than to work on this full time. Until that’s the case, I’ll do my best, but, as you can see, that’s not always enough to hit even modest deadlines.
Anyway, if you care to chime in, let me know if you’d be interested in seeing what *is* finished from chapter 2. That, I could upload relatively soon (just need to drop it into the flash engine), and while it would definitely be fragmentary, I’d be happy to share it if you are interested. Or, if you’d rather wait for the complete piece, I can just keep pluggin’ away. So weigh in, and tell me what you think.
Still fighting the good fight,
I’m not an artist, but I have more than a few friends who are, so I thought this might be a good thing to post.
Preach it, Scotty! ”Own your free work,” no better advice out there.
New Post has been published on http://echocallaway.com/comic/99/
Lot’s of work lately, but not a lot to show for it. Chapter two is going to be late, sad to say; in my defense, my house did burn down. More specifically, We’re moving into a new place, and my weekends have been spent laying floors, designing trim and tile patterns, etc. For some reason, my wife thinks this should take precedence over making free comics to put on the internet. :) Anyway, here’s some love for Sati; she didn’t exist at all in the early drafts of this story, but now I can’t imagine it without her.
Hey, guys! I did an Adventure Time cover for Boom Studios a couple months ago! :) It’s kinda silly, and I had a lot of fun on it. I think the story looks awesome — I’m a fan of non-conventional storytelling, as you all know! :D
Awesome! Congrats Ru, this is a fantastic cover.