SOUND WAVES -- Wow. I got almost nothing done. I have part of page 1 of issue #9 penciled and inked. Also, wrote the script for the Sound Waves Christmas Special to come out around November. So, if I didn't get much done here, where did the time go? It went to....
HEAD ABOVE WATER -- As I've mentioned, this series is harder to do because the art is more detailed and I am continually fretting the pacing, the layouts, the symbolism, everything. Not to mention trying to use the artwork to convey the emotional thrust of the story. Sound Waves is pretty straightforward, HAW isn't. Last month, I had just barely gotten #3 done by the end of the month.
This month? I'm halfway done with page 9 of #5. That's right, in one month, I penciled and inked 30 pages of this. Assuming I don't fumble (which, given the massive amount of distractions I have, could happen. Like they say on MythBusters, failure is ALWAYS an option), I am on track for the March launch of the series, all five issues will be out before Wizard World Chicago. I have 28 days to finish another 14 pages. I better do it.
Once I get that done, I need to start laying out the comics and doing the cover art. I'm not sure just yet what I will fill the other two pages with (22 pages for the story, two left over for whatever). Stress Puppy strips are out, as that's a comedy and HAW is a serious moody existential fantasy. I somehow doubt I'll get enough immediate interest for letter columns, so I'm thinking of putting the test sketches in there, showing the evolution of Amber and Becca.
I'm actually glad I've hit a stopping point with page 9. Issue 5 is the climax. After everything she's been through in the first four issues, Amber now has to face her past if she wants to have a future. And I am working to make every pose, every gesture convey every emotion the characters are experiencing. Once this page is done, the ultimate conflict kicks in for the next 9. This is where the whole thing either comes together or falls apart. Keep them fingers crossed for me.