This evening I did a quick-and-dirty computation of the amount of work I need to get done between now and the evening of the 23rd when I leave for Worldcon. I’m fast approaching my print deadlines for Schlock Mercenary: The Blackness Between, you see…
For reference, when I say “row” I mean “one row of comics taken through one of the four steps of creation.” This means that pencilling a row equals “one row of work.” By this standard, each week of Schlock on the web takes 36 rows of work.
So… In the next 14 work-days available to me (excluding Sundays, but including everything else) I need to do the following:
Script, pencil, ink, and color three weeks of Schlock for the web. That’s 36 rows times three, or 108 rows.
Script, pencil, ink, and color up to six more pages of Bonus Strips for the book – I’ve scripted, pencilled and inked two pages already. Plus I need to color those two inked pages. At four rows a page, that’s 6*(4*4) + 8, or 104.
14 days. 212 rows. 15.14 rows per day. Or 16 rows for two days, and 15 rows for 12.
Today I pencilled and inked 8 Bonus Strips, which means 16 rows. So today I worked hard enough.
Yes, I have a contingency plan for “failure to get enough done.” I don’t like it.