I meant to do that for all of you, but as time wore thin, I found that I had to cut out everything except what was absolutely necessary to get things done in time to get to the printers—to get product to the convention in time.
However, there is so much that happened that I think is worth chronicling and sharing that I want to take some time to look back on the road that brought me there.
Reversal #1: Getting the comic book to the print shop on time
After getting me extension after extension, my business partner and investor (also the music composer for the Animus webseries) finally got to a point where we could not push things back a single hour. I had to create lettering and finish color work in a matter of hours, without a script. It got done, but it was insane how many corners we cut on the comic book (which is probably a can of worms to save for another blog post).
I got to the last stage, down to the wire—which, as a professional, one should never be, and I missed my deadline by—not miles, but inches. It was minutes, not hours or days later that I delivered my files. (The massive inner resistance I was facing—which has been huge—left me dangling, getting files done, but not with enough time to export and send—which is of course, no good.)
There was a hard moment I had to face when I realized I was on the verge of losing my investor—who had always been one of my best friends through the hardest times in my life. I called him, left messages. Begged him to work something out—he could have all the income from that con. Just give me another chance!
I was literally crying. This was the end. I was ready to burn it all—take all my Animus work, and all the pain it had caused me and those around me, and burn it all. Maybe go to work in real estate. Some place where I could actually make money.
But, then, I got a phone call. Somehow, my investor pulled it out—made it work! Somehow he had negotiated to get the comic printed. It was then that I knew once and for all that I'd made the right choice to partner with him.
reversal #2: opening the boxes and seeing the comic for the first time
We arrived, and waited to be served. My investor shared some jokes about how we'd use the money when we were rich from the endeavor, and talked about our love lives. Finally, our 11 boxes of comic books began to be transferred to the loading dock, and we had to wait some more—so, hospitably, our corporate host took us on a tour of Holland Litho's enormous facilities, including the multimillion dollar press machine that had actually run the print of our comic books.
It was all very exciting, but once we had the boxes loaded and were back on the road to our next stop, I almost had a heartstopping moment. "Open the boxes!" said my partner. "Let's see one!"
He insisted, and I gritted my teeth—forced my way through the fear—and faced opening a box.
I was suddenly in awe. I think I remember cheering out loud—really, loudly.
Yup. Those are some of things that happened. Absolutely white-knuckle.
And then also—brilliant.
Of course, that's only the beginning of the 4 major reversals that happened while creating this comic.
So, stay tuned.
More to come!