Over the past few months, my posts here have been few but that's not because I haven't had anything to post about. No my friends, I have not been idle. I have been hard at work planning/ structuring/ figuring out/ composing/ writing and (finally) DRAWING the next incarnation of Blink after So Far.
During the seven years I spent creating what ended up being So Far, I had no idea what I was doing. I had a vague concept of what I thought I wanted, but no concrete construct or definitive plan. As a result, I spent a lot more time lost, uncertain of what the best direction was for me to go and just generally fumbling around (mostly in my own head). I did that about 70% of the time--rather than actually creating. It was like I wandering on the side of some huge, fog enshrouded mountain with no map, no lantern and no clue. But when So Far finally came into existence in March, I was able to see the fruits of my labors all at once. I had reached the mountaintop and could see the arduous path I had traveled. I was able to get my bearings and plan out my path for climbing the next mountain (which I can see a lot clearer).
So, that's what I've been doing for the past two months, planning and actually working on that next journey in Blink. So It Goes is what it is-- the follow-up to So Far...and it's gonna be awesome! There are 13 chapters which will be published on a quarterly basis* and I figure when it's all said and done the entire book will be over 350 pages! That's right-- the next Blink graphic novel is going to be over three times as long as the last one. If all goes well, I will have the So It Goes completed in time for Christmas, 2014.
Check this out (spoilers): in the first chapter, which is titled “Wonka Wonka Kochalka,” I'll be introducing three characters who were mentioned in the free Blink mini-comic Let It Be As It Is, and they're going to be major players in this new novel. I'll also be weaving in bits of story/conversation that were mentioned in the very first Blink story “Poetic Pop” (published in 2003) and in “A Brief Hopeless Case” (which was first published in 2006) AND we'll find out a hefty bit more about Blink's cartooning gig(s).
In the coming weeks, I'll be posting images from WWK (right now, it's a mass of scribbles and notes). But that's enough for now. I need to get back to the drawing board.
*Chapter one will be published in August 2011, but I have to hold off on chapter 2 because I have another assignment that has nothing to do with Blink but is uber cool and will be in color and I can't say anything more about it publicly (yet). So chapter 2 will be published in January 2012, and chapter 3 in April, chapter 4 in July and so on...