So begins Chapter I proper, and with it at last dialogue will begin in the graphic novel. I had hoped to post the finished artwork for page 23 today; however, in light of recent events (see last week’s post on this and my main website–jmdesantis.com–for more on that) I was generally unmotivated to do much of anything for quite a few days last week. Thus, at the eleventh hour last night, with the page unfinished, I was forced to make a choice between the lesser of two evils: finish the artwork and post the page unlettered or scan the unfinished art and letter the page. I chose the latter, mainly because I had promised dialogue (at last!) with this new chapter (as was the plan from the start), but also because, though many have complimented me on the artwork in the book thus far, story is still my first consideration.
That said, I won’t leave the page unfinished forever. Whether I get right into finishing it or immediately move on to page 24 and finish it as I go is yet to be decided. I want to continue with the Tuesday posting schedule, however, last week’s setback may have me running behind for a few weeks until I make up the time somewhere. I suppose, for now, it will have to do, imperfect though it is. This author, at least, hopes his readers will forgive him that much.
Well, back to the drawing board. There’s a lot coming in the next few months as Chapter I is posted: new characters, new information, an explanation of what exactly was happening in the Prologue, and yes, Chadhiyana. Stay tuned and read on. I’m very excited to hear what people think of this story of mine as it unfolds. Cheers!
J. M. DeSantis