Ardian Syaf, the artist I've been working with on Chance, is GOING TO BE THE DRESDEN ARTIST!
I heard about the Dresden comic early enough to be able to say, "Er, do they have an artist? Because I know this really talented guy..." Jenn sent the Dabel Bros Ardian's deviantart gallery, and the next thing any of us knew they wanted to talk to him and he was doing concept sketches!
So, of course, I threatened Jim with bodily harm if he chose poorly, but I suspect Ardian's talent and willingness to work with comments went miles further than my puff-up, puff-up routine. :) On Saturday Ardian emailed to let me know he got the contract, and I have been going OH! MY! GOD! with glee every since.
This is the best damned scenario working with Ardian could have come up with, as far as I'm concerned. I knew literally the moment I opened the email from him with his audition pieces for Chance a year and a half ago that he had the talent to hit the big time and my dearest hope was that I could in some way help that to happen. This couldn't be better. I am so. *Incredibly*. Happy!
What it means for Chance, for those of you who are interested: Ardian will be completing the first 6 issues, at least (issues 1-4 are done in pencils, and issue 1 is done entirely). Whether his schedule (or my pocketbook) will allow him to work on the story beyond that is up in the air, but he'll do at least that story arc that we've agreed on. I would dearly. Dearly. *Love*. To have him continue, obviously, but we'll see what happens.
*rattles around with joy* *beams and beams and beams*