Hide and seek

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I know, I know… it’s late. And I promise not to use the “it’s Friday somewhere…” joke. I’m getting tired of that one, too.

At this point, Accidental Centaurs needs to go on a bit of a break. I’m running out of pages of script, and we’re in the home stretch. Plus, I’ve got a kajillion (which is 10 raised to the umpteenth power) things to do in Real Life. So, I’m going to hit the pause button, finish the rest of the story and we’ll be able to continue until this bad boy is done.

Progress report

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It’s a been a while since I’ve hit PAUSE on Accidental Centaurs, and I wanted to give you a little update on what’s been happening behind the scenes…

Accidental Centaurs News

Lair of the Insectaurs: The story is finished. The script is written. Now, I’ve just gotta draw the thing. Seriously, there’s about 25 more pages to this thing. It seems like a lot, but things are going to move very, very, very fast. They’ll all be posted here, possibly on a daily basis when they’re done. And I mean done… as in “inked and colored done“. Also, be looking for an announcement about Patreon and the final 25. Before the end of the week. Promise.

Year Two: Did you notice that “Year One” in the logo? The one that’s been there since the comic was rebooted back in 2010? That’s about to become “Year Two”. That signifies the start of Alex and Sam’s second year as centaurs. This is going to be a huge, single arc that starts with… well, let’s just say the events of the “Lair of the Insectaurs” ending play directly into it. There’ll be some announcements regarding this coming. Right now, I’m outlining the entire “year” and putting together into discrete episodes, as well doing some design on characters that will be a part of this arc.

Comic books: The entire run of “Year One” will be available (eventually) as comic pamphlet magazines. Right now, I’ve got “Accidents Happen”, “Accidental Unicorn”, “Pointing Hooves” and the first part of “Dictating the Course” ready for print. I’m hoping to have them all on sale at DragonCon. Eventually, the remaining three parts of “Dictating the Course” will released in this format (I’ve gotta finish the covers) and then I’ll be publishing the finished pages of “Lair of the Insectaurs” in a similar fashion. All told, “Year One” will be made up of 12 to 13 issues…

Plain Brown Wrapper: Rather than collect the PBW stories into printed comic books, I’m going to release them online as they’re done. I’m also going to stop building Kindle and ePub versions. No one is buying them. So… sales of watermarked PDFs will be done at pbw.accidentalcentaurs.com.

NSFW Friday: This could possibly return as a Patreon perk. I’m still working on it, and haven’t had much time for consideration. Announcement coming soon.

Non-Accidental Centaurs News

“Dethany in VirtuNoir”: As some of you know, I have been working with cartoonist Bill Holbrook for the last year-and-a-half on an iPad app based on the character of Dethany from his syndicated strip On The Fastrack. We reached a major milestone in the development: the first complete build of the app. We’re currently beta and experience testing. Our plans are to have it ready to show off at the booth at DragonCon. It’ll be available for sale on the Apple App Store… whenever Apple approves it.

“Nancy®”: The first collection of Nancy strips written and drawn by my friend and boss, Guy Gilchrist, is now available for pre-order! I designed and laid out this book, which has 144 pages of the misadventures of Nancy and Sluggo! It’s only $10 and you can order it here!

The dreaded PAUSE button…

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This is as a good a point in the story as any to make this announcement. Yup… it’s a hiatus!

Here’s the deal: work work work. Sound familiar? Well, it should. However, once again, the Real World and Clients Who Expect Me To Work intrude upon my schedule.

This is going to work out for the best, however. I’m almost out of script pages, and we’re very close to the end of “Lair of the Insectaurs”. This pause will allow me to script the remaining story, refine and hone it to a razor’s edge, and maybe even do the pages in color (no promises, but I’d love to do that). I’ll also get that pesky Real World work done.

The big question is when will we be ramping up again. I can’t say for certain, but I don’t think it’ll happen before DragonCon, which is only six weeks away (and part of the reason for the hiatus so prep work for DragonCon… I intend to have Accidental Centaurs books ready for sale. During the week of August 25 (which is the week leading up to DragonCon, which starts on the 29th), I’ll announce exactly when we start up.

When the story resumes, it will be a sprint to the finish line. That’s the whole point of the hiatus. In the meantime, there will be announcements here about other things going on, such as another PBW story that will be released very soon and progress in migrating the color Accidental Centaurs books to the more affordable formats on Lulu. So keep coming back.

And remember, your purchase of downloads and books supports Accidental Centaurs. There’s a Plain Brown Wrapper story that’s brand new and available for purchase (link takes you to the purchase page). There’s also a new download, issue 4 of Accidental Centaurs, which collects the first 25 pages of “Dictating the Course” (this will be one of the comic books coming out for DragonCon).

A word about books: “CHEAP”

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One of the problems I’ve been grappling with is the price of the books I’ve been offering. Frankly, they’re expensive. They’re really expensive.

This isn’t because I’m greedy. The print-on-demand model has the drawback of not having the economies of scale that mass production provides. While doing books through Lulu gives me the advantage of not having to tie up vast amounts of capital in actual stock, it means that prices are going to be rather high. It’s just basic economics.

Well, up until now. Lulu has introduced a new line of products that will allow me to do the same quality books as before, but at much, much more reasonable prices.

So… I’ve started migrating the books over to this new value line. If you hadn’t purchased a book before because they were to frakkin’ expensive, now’s the time!

What are these new prices like? Check this out: the collection of Chapter 4, “Dictating the Course” was $55. That was for a full-color, 130-page book. That same book, at the new price, is just $19.95! That’s almost one-third of the original price.

I’ll be migrating more and more of the books, but for now you can order the “Dictating the Course” collection right now. Remember, purchasing the books helps support Accidental Centaurs, so what are you waiting for?!

UPDATE: I just received orders copies of these new books from Lulu. Hoo boy… I have pulled the books from availability because they’re… well… they’re just awful. The colors are washed out, the paper is thin and uncoated and while the covers look great, the books are just frakkin’ bad.

I’ve pulled them, and I’m looking at other options.

Random Acts of Nancy

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random-acts-logo-swankyIt’s random! It’s Nancy! It’s live!

For the last several months, I have been honored to be working with the great Guy Gilchrist, who writes and draws the classic strip Nancy®. The first product of this work debuts today on GoComics: Random Acts of Nancy!

In this feature, we’ll be taking classic Ernie Bushmiller panels from Nancy that were offbeat and wacky to begin with, and then pull them out-of-context so they become even more bizarre and surreal. It’s a Dada experience that would make Jean Arp’s head explode, and it starts today at the Random Acts of Nancy page on GoComics.com.

UPDATE: The links now take you directly to the Random Acts page on GoComics!

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