Thank you for your patience as Dex and I work on initial drafts for our forthcoming work with Oni. Cura will return on Thursday, January 8, and proceed on a T/TH schedule!
Neal (and Dex)
Dexter and I are doing a book for Oni.
THERE. I said it. I’ve been keeping that secret for a while, and now I may unburden myself! I cannot give you details yet, but details will, of course, be forthcoming.
I have other news, and related. Making a comic for Oni will take some time. The script is finished, but Dex still must draw the thing. We’re still figuring out just how much time it will take and making a schedule, but one thing we know already is that the time involved will require modifying the Cura schedule.
Yes, boo, I know. BUT, let me reassure you of several important things. One, this Oni book, it’s an awesome thing for both of us, and Oni books in general are awesome for everyone. It is our goal to produce something worthy of their slate. You will, I hope, find it worth the modified schedule when all is said and done. Two, Cura is not going away, and the change will be relatively minor. Barring death, dismemberment, or the internet disappearing, we are still riding this story all the way to its crazy conclusion. Even death wouldn’t stop me, because it’s all outlined in a word document for someone else to pick up if I am carried off by baboons. So don’t worry. About the story, I mean. Babboons? You never know.
Since the world seems to take a collective sigh and disappear toward the end of December, Dex and I plan to take a brief hiatus from Cura December 15-30 to work on thumbnails and prep work. Should that go well, then we can immediately start work, which means that in January we will resume Cura at the schedule of two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, with regular updates while we work on the Oni book, maybe even pages to tantalize, depending on what my editor is cool with. We will continue on this schedule until the book is finished, and only the experience of creating it can tell us how long that will be. Hate to be that vague, but if creation were like punching a clock, everyone would do it, right?
I am more than open to any questions and concerns you may have, feel free to comment, and I will respond. I can’t give away story, but I can take suggestions and speak to the way this will impact Cura.
I am humbled and honored at the chance to be able to work with Oni. It’s been a longtime dream of mine. Many of the writers I most admire have worked for Oni and it is, to my mind, one of the absolute best indie companies ever founded. Thank you all for your support in this endeavor.
That’s right, folks! Our Kickstarter for my children’s book that I made with Robin Robinson starts today! Check it out:
It promises to be quite a hoot, so please, give it a look. Good for kids and adults! Check it out here!
The Truth (About Your Parents) is a children’s book that, in secret, I have been working on with Robin Robinson of The Last Keyhole, Ushala at World’s End, Wanda’s Wart, Meet the Bad Day Monsters, and much, much more. We’ve plucked away over the last year, and we are finally ready to KICKSTART this crazy ride!
What happens after your parents put you to bed? Well, first, they make sure you’re really, really asleep. Then, they take off their parent masks, put on party hats, and eat ice cream that children could have eaten, because ice cream that children could have eaten keeps them strong.
Think that’s bad? When they’re finished, they get in the flying car they hide from you and fly to their home planet, where the cotton candy flows like water and there are carnival rides ALL NIGHT LONG.
Of course, as they do this, they leave you to face the EVIL CLOWN (TM). The horror!
The Truth is a book that respects the fact that kids are smart and can handle conflict, and it’s also a demented story that parents will enjoy, we hope.
We’ll be teasing out more details as the week goes by, but our current, tentative plan is to Kickstart from November 25-December 23rd. Watch this space for updates! You can also like our Facebook page here!