Dream-Quest Kickstarter Update, 9/27/2011
Thanks to everyone’s generosity — thanks to everyone’s shares, tweets and spreading the word — thanks to everyone, the Dream-Quest Kickstarter has been funded! We did it, and there’s still six weeks to go! I’m so amazed and grateful, I don’t know what to say.
Today I finished scanning all the pages of the original Dream-Quest comics. Now I have to go over them, clean them up and make whatever changes and tweaks are necessary and I can fit in in time for publication. Most of this will be simply redoing the lettering in the early issues, straightening the panel borders, cleaning up white-out stains and other necessities. The screentones which I bought at FLAX art supply in San Francisco back in the ’90s and used for gray effects in the original comic (which was filmed photographically, not scanned) have yellowed and in some cases fused inextricably with the Bristol board they’re stuck on. This isn’t necessarily a problem if the tone still looks good and will reprint properly, but in some places the tone has crumbled off selectively, or gotten so muddy I’ll need to redraw sections. I’ve also got to make some changes to The Strange High House in the Mist and Celephais from the versions that are currently online. One of the pages of Strange High House has to be redrawn completely since I lost both the original art and the high-res scan through a series of misadventures.
What I’m really enjoying right now, though, is working on the cover and on the map which will go on the inside endpapers of the book. The cover lineart is drawn and Jay and I are working on the colors now. I’m still pencilling the map but I hope to have something to show at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco this coming weekend (Oct. 1-2). I’ll be at the Couscous Collective booth with my friends Shaenon Garrity, Andrew Farago, Pancha Diaz, Liz Conley and Konstantin Pogorelov. If you happen to be on the American West Coast that weekend, please come by and say hello!
Anyway, lots of work to do over the next few weeks, and more posts soon! And again, thank you! I couldn’t have done it without you!