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"Child, they're seeking weakness tonight."

Cloudy here today. Cloudy and rainy and currently only 64˚F. The only upside is that Memorial Day weekend has been ruined for the tourists flooding into South County.


Yesterday, I wrote 1,636 words and finished Alabaster: Boxcar Tales #13. Which finishes Alabaster: Boxcar Tales.

Spooky and I both got weepy, reading back over the last script.

Last week I spoke with my editor at Dark Horse and told him that it was time for me to step back from both Dancy and comics for the foreseeable future. That, after almost two years of pretty heavy involvement on this project, it was time to refocus my attention on my prose work. It felt a lot like I was tendering my resignation, like quitting a job, though it doesn't truly amount to quite that. It just means that, for the time being, I'm choosing to concentrate on other projects. In a lot of ways, working in comics is far more stressful than prose publishing, and, right now, I've got to decrease the stress in my life.

That said, working with Dark Horse has been a marvelous experience, and I thank everyone I've worked with – Rachel, Jemiah, Daniel, Shantel, Mike, Steve, Greg, Rachelle, Augie, and Spencer – for making Alabaster: Wolves and Alabaster: Boxcar Tales happen. I'm not an easy person to work with, and you've all shown admirable patience. I especially thank the many readers and reviewers who've believed in the books. Thank you. And if you are a fan, don't be sad.

There will be additional Dancy material from Dark Horse, but I'm not yet at liberty to announce what it will be or when it will be released. I'll make those announcements when I'm told that I can.

Into the Light of the Dark Black Night.
Aunt Beast


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May. 24th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
Congrats on finishing the project!
May. 24th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
In a lot of ways, working in comics is far more stressful than prose publishing, and, right now, I've got to decrease the stress in my life.

I am glad these two series exist, and that you had the chance to bring them to the correct conclusion. I am looking forward.

(And for the sake of gods one may or may not believe in, I hope this gives you some time off.)
May. 24th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)

I hope this gives you some time off.)

Probably not. Mostly, it means more time spent of novels and short stories. Though, the end of May and most of June will be light (especially since eight days in June will be spent on the trip to New Orleans).
May. 24th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
As always, I'm impressed by what you've accomplished and I look forward to what you're going to do.
May. 24th, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, and--even though it is always so reductive to describe people based on their siblings--you can say that you have a professional working relationship with the brother of one of the people who wrote the John Carter movie, which is irrefutably bow tie.
May. 24th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Sorry you continue to suffer such shit weather. But the story must be extra excellent if it made you 'weepy eyed'.
May. 24th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Will Boxcar Tales be collected?
May. 24th, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
Alabaster: Wolves is honestly what re-sparked my interest in comics again. I hope Boxcar Tales is released in a single volume. I enjoyed it very much and it added more layers to an already great character.
May. 24th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on finishing Alabaster: Boxcar Tales. I was waiting until all the installments were released in order to read them all at once, but knowing both you and Spooky got weepy over the last script is tempting my patience to start now!
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