Submitted by Alexander Danner on May 9, 2008 - 02:39
I havenâ€™t done a projects update in a long time, mainly because there havenâ€™t been any projects to keep folks updated on. As I may have mentioned, I started teaching this past September. And one teaching job quickly snowballed into four teaching jobs, plus occasional speaking engagements. Which is greatâ€”I love the work Iâ€™m doing now. I love teaching, I love speaking to audiences, and Iâ€™m always happy to be in a classroom, regardless of which side of the big desk Iâ€™m on.
But, Iâ€™m discovering that teaching does eat away at my creative energy, not to mention my time.
The good news, though, is Iâ€™m cutting back on my teaching schedule for the summer, so I can make some progress on writing projects again. Hereâ€™s what I have coming up:
- First, of course, is Bring Your Daughter to Work Day, illustrated by Edward J. Grug III. This one is already running and is about half done. Iâ€™m very please with how this one is turning out, and hope to have some print minis available at MoCCA.
- Also at MoCCA will be the first issue of Inbound, the anthology of The Boston Comics Roundtable, which will include Lending Can Openers, the story I did with Steve Harrison. Also included will be â€œWhat I Learned from the Executive Bathroom,â€ a new one-pager also illustrated by Steve. (Of course, the anthology comics by a lot of other awesome people as well. You should check it out.)
- Next up should be Uncertainty, illustrated by Tym Godek. This is another sizable story that Iâ€™m really excited about, especially since Iâ€™ve wanted to work with Tym for a long time. This will probably begin regular updates sometime in the next couple of months.
- I have a couple of other short stories that I placed with artists a while ago, but havenâ€™t heard any updates in a while. Iâ€™ll need to check up on those.
- Iâ€™m now working on my first new script in a whileâ€”a 4-5 pager which will most likely be illustrated by my friend Dan Mazur. Itâ€™s another office story, but this one prominently features underwear.
- Most of the above mentioned stories fit that office theme. My goal, once they are all completed, is to collect them, along with Discovery of Spoons and Mug, into a print collection. The fool in me hopes to have this done in time for SPX. That probably wonâ€™t happen. But it will definitely happen in the next year. After that, Iâ€™m getting off the office theme. Iâ€™ve pretty much run that horse as far as I can, and itâ€™s time to do something else.
- I also need to get back on track with articles for Webcomics.com. And I had an idea for a new column for Comixtalk as well, time permitting.
After that, things get more difficult. I have no shortage of ideas right now, but Iâ€™m having a hard time deciding which project should come first.