Rewriting and revising about 8 stories while with what little brain real estate is left I have 2 stories I’ve just started and another idea gestating. This is the most real work I’ve done in months and holy hell it’s tough, yet satisfying. My brain hurts, but not hemorrhaging yet, so there’s still more I can do.

Two stories had decent enough act 1’s that after 9 straight hours of work I was able to send material to the artists. One story resulted in 32 pages (a full issue) and the other only 17 pages. 9 hours for almost 50 pages.

And that was the “easy” stuff.

*Insert the “Peter, You Suck” song from Forgetting Sarah Marshall here*

The story I thought was pretty much done is one of the worst offenders. I have to restructure the story because I’m switching protagonists, plus a ton of other structure issues. ARG!!!

Enough of this hard work. I’m here to read and then off to play with one of my newer ideas.

I will be attending, mostly floating around and attending meetings.  I’m not on the official Arcana schedule, but since I’m assured at least the first issue of my new mini series “Blood, Shells, & Roses” will be there I’ll probably be there sometime or another.  Keep checking in and asking my whereabouts!

If you’re attending, let me know if you’ll be walking around or at a booth (and the location and times).

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There was a previous Chaos Campus series to test the waters with the concept.  Those issues were collected within the Chaos Campus: Orientation TPB.  You can snag a copy of that physical 162 page book right here.

Interviews & Reviews!
Chaos Campus Interview via Revenant Magazine
Chaos Campus Interview via CosmicBookNews
Chaos Campus Interview via Broken Frontier
Chaos Campus #1 & 2 Reviews via Heroine Addict
Chaos Campus #1 Review via From The Tomb
Chaos Campus #1 Review via Broken Frontier
Chaos Campus Survival Guide Review via the Comic Book Bin
Behind the Scenes of Chaos Campus #6
Alex Thompson interview via ComicNews.info

It is with great sadness I’ve learned that Pat Carlucci died this morning.

The following is from Pat’s wife Dawn via Pat’s DA:

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Patrick Carlucci passed away this morning after a 5 year battle with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends.

I want to take this moment to thank everyone for their prayers, donations, and support for Pat and his family during this difficult time. Pat touched so many people through his art, his appearances at shows, and through the kindness he expressed to everyone. He was a very talented artist and will be greatly missed!

My family and I send our love to each and every one of you! I will post details regarding his funeral arrangements some time tomorrow afternoon.

Best regards,

Dawn Carlucci
(Patrick Carlucci’s wife)

P.S. Update: Pat Carlucci funeral arrangements

If you haven’t already heard, great guy and awesome artist Pat Carlucci is terminally sick with Lymphoma.  This really sucks… comics doesn’t really have health care/medical insurance (unless you’re in the Big Two), so if you could, any donations to Pat’s Paypal would be appreciated: darthcrypt1@aol.com

What can I say about Pat that everyone doesn’t already know?  I first met him at one of the conventions- our booths were in the same area and we dug each other’s work.  Stayed in touch via ComicSpace and eventually on DA when I rejoined.  My best wishes to him, his wife, and his family.  I hope he pulls through and we can hang out at one of the shows this year.

Stop by his page for more information and/or to show your support: Pat Carlucci

P.S. Artist Chad Fuller is also having a rough go right now.  Stop by his page, too and show some love.

I just got the e-mail that Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #11 has just been added to the online store!  This issue makes me happy on so many levels… it’s our second issue in the double digits (we’ve finally met and crossed that threshold!!!).  It’s the second time team Thompson, Baal, Baal, and Bedwell have collaborated on a Chaos Campus issue (the first time was the legendary Chaos Campus #6).

But the biggest factor?  The series crossing over into Dan Schaffer‘s Dogwitch universe!  What can I say about Dan and his works that haven’t already said by more focused and well-spoken individuals?!  The guy is a class act, talented, and one of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet.  And the Dogwitch series?  I had pretty much given up reading comics, but for a few years it was just Dogwitch and Strangers In Paradise that kept me coming to the comic store on a regular basis.

Though the Dogwitch series ended with #18, the characters live on and I wanted more!  I proposed the crossover idea to him, and he was game!  I did the script, he loved it.  Showed him the art as it progressed, and he dug those, too.  A great time had by all!  🙂

And now, here it is… all that love and work finally paid off!

Spent yesterday lettering CC #16. Three pages to go needing three bubbles of dialogue. I’m sure John will take care of them with ease.

In other news, yesterday I discovered I went too deeply in-depth with all the characters in the new project I’m working on. The characters from the intended prologue took lives of their own and demanded their own story. So now I have two stories. Oy. Now one story has a the cool hook and about 9 decently scripted pages… with 91 pages left of I have no freakin’ idea. The other story has almost fully developed characters, maybe 3 decently scripted pages, pretty much a decent outline and bulk of a full story, but now I have to figure out a sellable hook.

Again I say, oy.

I almost look forward to my crappy day job tomorrow just so I can develop these stories some more.

Oh, and my amount of needed research has just doubled. Weee. @_@