Monday, February 20, 2012

The Road to CAKE (Part 1)

The exciting news here at King Crow Comics is that I will be exhibiting at the first ever Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). I can't tell you how excited I am about this. I feel like I'm taking my first steps into a larger world.

I've felt I needed a deadline for as long as I've been doing this. Up until this point, I've been drawing and making comics with no real goal besides completing a story. Now, I have an actual date (which, by the way, is June 16). This is a much more concrete target.

Still, I'm sort of terrified. I have a lot to get done between now and then, and I really am new to the comic-creating lifestyle.

So I've done what I always do whenever I have a lot to get done: make lots of lists!

The first list is of projects listing their completed and thumbnail pages. It looked like this:

Ok, you probably can't read that because of my sloppy chicken-scratch.

Basically, I have 5 pages of Bone Dog complete and 2 more that I've thumbnailed. I have two other projects that I'm calling PK and NMV (Sorry, these are two projects that I want to keep under wraps for now). I have one page of PK completed and there is a second page on my drawing board at the moment. I haven't done anything for NMV besides thumbnail about 9 pages.

I also have a "Needed" column which is how many pages I need to have completed by June. I'm planning on collecting my Bone Dog and PK in a mini-comic (8 1/2 x 5 1/2), and NMV is a stand alone story that I will be doing in micro-mini size (5 1/2 x 4 1/4). I'm not sure how long the mini is going to be since I see it as an anthology of all my work. The micro is going to be two full sheets folded into quarters, so it will be 16 pages including the covers.

Whew, that's a lot to think about.

Anyway, expect more on this in the coming months and weeks. In the meantime,CAKE-lovers, here is a picture of a cake my wife made this weekend:
Note: we're not religious; we're just into self-denial.