Sorry to have kept you folks in the lurch for so long. I wanted everything on my end to be resolved before I posted about it, but since that's taken so much freaking time, I've got to just go ahead here.
Here's the situation: I made some seriously amateurish layout mistakes in the final Volume One PDF - resulting in cropped/cut text and incorrect page flow, among other undesirable elements. Correcting these, along with the understandable delay to get the corrections approved by the printers (they do, of course, have many other projects to attend to other than mine) has proven to be extremely time-consuming and frustrating, mostly because it's made me realize that my bull-headed insistence on doing all the book work by myself was pretty stupid and misguided. If/when I do another book project, I'm going to put everything aside from the content itself in the hands of an actual graphic designer so nothing like this ever happens again.
ANYWAY, the upshot of all this is we finally have an ACTUAL, LEGIT SHIP DATE. Books are arriving on MONDAY, AUGUST 20th
and shipping over the span of the 21st and 23rd.
Thank GOD. I know it's been a long time coming, but rest assured that there actually is months worth of extra work in this book.
And now, to resume the long-overdue unloading of revised pages! DIRECTOR'S NOTES on this one, if you care:- Aside from the obvious changes in line weight and smoothness, the most noticeable changes have to do with keeping the characters on-model with how they appear later in the story. The fat Jiiha dingbat and Flashdance-mode Asuka changed pretty drastically over very few pages, and that bugged the heck out of me even as I was drawing them. It felt nice to finally have them given a more uniform look
- Simon is rounder and more childish-looking in the new pages; I wanted to give a bit more contrast between here and his brief foray into BADASS SUPERCOP territory. He was just kinda weird-looking before, mostly 'cause (like with lots of the others) I just hadn't really figured out how to draw him yet
- SUPER-SECRET BEHIND THE SCENES! When I posted the original page, I had completely forgot to draw the money the fat guy's holding. I caught on, but I did a slapdash edit job and made him awkwardly holding the bills between his knuckles or something, which of course looks retarded. The new page features him holding the bills like, y'know, a human being might actually hold some money! HOORAY -previous--next-