The first four issues of RASL were 32 pages and were published on a fairly relaxed 3 issue-a-year plan. When I came up with this format, I thought the extra pages would make up for a slower release schedule, but the demand for more issues gets louder every time a new chapter comes out. I think everyone I heard from liked the extra pages, but they’d rather have less time between issues.
So, starting with RASL no.5, the black & white comic books will be 24 pages, and in the Fall begin a bimonthly schedule.
I have to admit it makes sense to me too, especially at deadline/crunch time when instead of dealing with18 to 22 page stories which is standard, I suddenly found myself wrangling an extra 10 to 14 pages which almost made my brain explode!
I still have to make room for some scheduling conflicts this summer (for a couple of projects that I’m not ready to announce yet,) but, here’s the schedule for the next few issues:
RASL no.5 July [secret project over the summer months]
RASL no.6 October
RASL no.7 December
RASL no.8 March 2010
We’re very excited to announce that RASL volume one: The Drift is shipping this week!
To prepare for the release of the first RASL trade collection, Jeff gave an interview to Jennifer Contino over at the Pulse. You can read it here. It’s all about the inspirations for the characters and the wild science behind the story!
Not too long ago, a team from PBS NEWSHOUR came out to Columbus to visit with me and check out the exhibit at The Wexner Center. The segment is going to air tonight, July 21, 2008 on The NEWSHOUR with Jim Lehrer.
There will also be a live on-line forum next week on Wednesday, July 30 @ 11:30 EST. Check local listings for times.