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18 June 2009 @ 11:50 am
Take A Chance  

I left the house to go on a walk this morning and a few doors down the postman said to me, “I’ve two packages for ye, is anyone there to collect them?”, so I turned around and came back home to collect them.

One was full of enough Pop Tarts and macaroni and cheese to last us the rest of the year. Lisa is the best human *ever*, and I owe her something spectacular (like postage, at the very least).

The other was full of issues 1-4 of Take A Chance.

Holy crap, guys. This is the first time I’ve seen most of these (I saw #1 at Forbidden Planet, bought it, and ended up signing it for Neil Gaiman at his own signing at Chapters in Dublin), and I’m completely stunned. The production quality is gorgeous, and…

…when I saw #1, I’d been looking at it for so many years online and in printouts that the impact was kind of lessened. But seeing four issues all together? That’s impacty. I’m honestly stunned. It looks like a comic book. I mean yes, of course, that was the idea, but I’m just…wow.

I have to admit that I mostly see two things when I look at these. One: I see the *incredible* talent of my team. Ardian Syaf’s art is consistently gorgeous, Jason Embury’s colors are just fricking phenomenal, and Melissa S. Kaercher’s letters bring the book together for me in a way that–you all know by now I’m not a visual person. I go over the pages and the colors, but they come alive for me when the words go in, so when I get the lettered pages it’s like seeing everything for the first time. I very, very literally couldn’t do this without these guys, and I am just blown away to see all their work gathered into comic form at once. Wow. *Wow*.

…the second thing I see, of course, is how I could have done better as the writer. Where I’ve screwed up. But honestly, I’m not really coming down on myself with that. The important thing is I /can/ see where I need to improve, so I won’t make these same mistakes again. (I will possibly make all-new exciting mistakes, but that’s inevitable. :))

Wow. Just, wow. This is pretty cool, guys. God, I’m going to be *beside* myself when the graphic novel comes out! Speaking of which, sort of, with any kind of luck the fifth issue will be in the stores by mid-July. It’s in Melissa’s hands now for lettering, and hopefully it’ll be to the Dabels by Monday to head into production. Sorry about the delay there. I blame the economic crisis. :)

Also, did I mention Ardian is now NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING ARTIST Ardian Syaf? As he said, “That’ll look good on my CV.” *laughs out loud* YAY ARDIAN!!!!

God. *Wow*. I feel like some things that have been idling have just kicked back into high gear. That’s a very exciting feeling. It feels *good*.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
Current Mood: gratefulstunned
 
 
 
Pamela: Happy Pandajeditigger on June 18th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
So exceedingly happy for you. :) GO YOU.
Trent the Uncatchable: comicsknappenp on June 18th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
Is this a package from Dabel or did someone beat me to the surprise package I'm slowly putting together for you?
kit: takeachance_murkowskiraarmizkit on June 18th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
From the Dabels. Keep right on with the surprise package if you like, I've only got a handful of copies of the fourth issue and need to send some to my team and use others for promotional & portfolio stuff, so I can use more... :)

<3 your icon :)
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kitmizkit on June 18th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
It did, and I had cherry poptarts for a snack. :)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on June 18th, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
The other was full of issues 1-4 of Take A Chance.

Damn it, they beat me to it. I'm going down to Denver TODAY and was going to hit the comic book store and send you a little care package.
kit: drwho_bigsmileymizkit on June 18th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
I have good friends. :)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on June 18th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
*grin* Yes, yes you do.
Lady Doomlithera on June 18th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
And some day, darling, we will do San Diego again.

Even if I have to fly you out.
Alana Joli Abbottalanajoli on June 18th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I am *still* waiting on my copies to arrive at my FLCS from Dabel Bros. We ordered them ages ago. :( I really dug the FCBD short that you guys put out, and I'm really looking forward to the actual series!
irishkateirishkate on June 18th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
hmm - was about to yell "Mine" but it sounds like a small pack of comics so I shall have to source mine another place I think...

good day though
Brian: evil kitty laughlogrusboy on June 18th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds to me like comic book publisher might actually be an excellent fallback alternate additional career for you. You seem to have quite the gift for assembling talent....