I’ve wanted to talk about this for a while, but I decided the best time would be when I actually finished what I was working on. For the past several months I’ve been diligently coloring the strips that will be going into the very overdue Bardsworth volume two print edition. I am happy to say that as of last night, after six years of obstacles, set-backs, and delays, I colored the very last strip that will go into the book.
Let me tell you – it felt darn good. Those strips have been haunting me for years and I’m glad to finally have them off my plate. I don’t know how many of you know this, but when I started Bardsworth I knew nothing about preparing strips for print. So a good chunk of my early work is unusable to just plop into a print book. To get it ready for the book, I had to go back to the original scanned files, touch those up, and then color them using the previously finished versions as reference. I wanted the strips to look as close to what I put up on the web as possible, only in color of course.
I still have a lot of work left to finish the book, but that was the bulk of the job. However, I think that I can get this thing finished by early-to-mid spring. Right around the time that the Bardsworth novel should be released. So that’s two new things to look forward to!
I hope you’re as excited as I am. This has been a long time coming, and I’ve had many people ask me about it over the years. And now that I have somewhat of a system down, it shouldn’t take me as long to get the third one out. I hope.
Here’s the uncolored cover (one of my next projects to finish) to get you psyched up…