Blogkeeping

So here I am, back at the blog, and hopefully I’ll be posting more often from now on.
Here’s what’s been going on:

As you probably know, I got pretty sick for quite a while, and even after having gall bladder surgery last summer, it’s been a long, slow, recovery process. I’m still not back to 100% (or 100% of whatever percent I functioned at, back when things were clicking), but I’ve recovered enough to get work done more steadily, at least. Not fast, mind you, but faster than the near-standstill I’ve been at the last few years.

The first evidence of that is that ASTRO CITY returns to publication tomorrow, and I’ve done enough interviews around the ‘net about that that I won’t go over the details again (there’s a link to one of those interviews in the previous entry), and I couldn’t be happier about it. Brent and I have been slowly shambling forward on the book the whole time we’ve been “gone,” but it’s great to be back trading e-mails and phone calls with Alex Ross, John G. Roshell and Alex Sinclair as we get issues lettered, colored and cover-arted. Everyone’s got new energy and new ideas, so we’re working as a familiar, friendly group, and everyone’s bringing new stuff to the mix.

[I should take note, here, that Brent’s son, Bryce Anderson, has just graduated from high school as we launch the new #1. He was just being born as we started the first series, so that’s quite a reminder of the inexorable passage of time, but one to be proud of—and a double reason to celebrate. Congrats to Bryce and his parents!]

Beyond ASTRO CITY: I’m still working on BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT with artist John Paul Leon, and while I can’t judge the story, I can say that the art’s just stunning. Hopefully we’ll get going a tad bit faster now that I’m not quite so dysfunctional, and you’ll eventually get to see it.

Beyond that, I have other projects in the works, some of which you’ve heard of and some you haven’t, and we’ll be launching them as they’re ready to go and as my improving health allows. Hope you’ll enjoy what’s coming.

We will be making a few changes at the blog, here, as we update the software and hopefully make it easier for me to post new entries. Maybe that way I won’t just post stuff to Facebook and Twitter and leave in unblogged, like the lazy bum I am.

But hey, speaking of which, J.G. talked me into starting up a Facebook page for ASTRO CITY, and you can find it here: Astro City. Brent, JG, Alex Sinclair and I are all “managers” of the page, and we’ll be adding links, previews and other bits of this and that as the spirit moves us and opportunity arises, so you might want to check it out.

And we do intend to get the old AstroCity.com website back up, either as its own site or as part of Busiek.com, and to find a way to resurrect the Herocopia.com project. But give us some time—first priority is getting the books coming out regularly, and providing new stuff for those sites to be about.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go proofread the lettercol to ASTRO CITY 2, and then hop in the shower. It’s sweaty work, creating new characters like Doctor Sarchophagus, and he’s just one of the new characters I outlined today…!

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