Well, between Birthdays and Movings-Out, I’ve failed to get everything done that needs doing.
The Schlock Buffer stands at 12 inked, but only 5 colored-and-uploaded. There are 5 GWAVAMan strips needing pencils, inks, and colors this week. Oh, and by February 15th I need to be starting work on the GWAVAMan fold-out comic (cover, two interior action-packed pages, watermark on the back) for BrainShare. My deadline on those is probably going to have to be March 1st, which will mean enormous amounts of “crunch” right at the end. See, this comic will feature numerous caricatures and characterizations of Novell GroupWise partners, and will be used at BrainShare as part of a promotion by the GWAVA team to drive delegates to all participating partner booths where they’ll surrender business cards (and their attendant contact information) for the opportunity to win prizes. Those partners featured in the comic have to pay up-front to get included, which of course means that a week before I’m supposed to be finished with it I’ll be asked to insert panels because somebody’s check cleared.
(If there are GroupWise partners reading this Journal, get with The Bliss NOW)
Yes, GWAVAMan is a total sell-out for me. As if working for Novell for a decade WASN’T? Yeesh. At least THIS sell-out leaves me a modicum of creative control, and lies within a field of work I truly love. And it’s hard work– easily the most challenging art-and-story I’ve done since scripting the Death of Captain Tagon.
So, the point of all this: I need to have the rest of the GWAVAMan weeklies pencilled and inked today (tomorrow at the latest), and colored by Friday at the latest. During “rest-the-hand” times I need to be scripting Schlock Mercenary, so that from February 7th through the 15th I can aggressively grow that buffer, hopefully through March 7th. By March 7th I should be done working on GWAVAMan, and I’ll be free to work on Schlock full-time (I know, I know… some of you may have been under the mistaken impression that I’ve BEEN doing Schlock full-time. Not so!) and growing the buffer in preparation for my busy conference schedule in mid-March, April, and May.
In short, to punnishly paraphrase Johnny Storm, “Game ON!”