I remember finishing Chrononauts last year about six months before the first issue came out. I’m starting the second arc at the end of Summer and all these various bits and bobs now about a year ahead, which is weird. I feel like I’ve bumped forward in time, reverse-jet-lagged and sending stories back into the past. I’ve always generally stayed very close to wherever the artist is, usually about an issue ahead, so it really is weird to be writing THE END on Huck, for example, 5 weeks before the series gets officially announced.
That said, I love what it means for the stories. I love being able to fine-tune stuff and go back to issue three when I need a set up for issue five. I started doing this a couple of years back and it really makes writing a lot easier, especially the chance to write something exclusively for a couple of months when comic guys generally jump around a lot, spinning plates, writing part 3 of this story while wrapping up THAT story. It saves you the huge amount of time you need to re-engage with something you maybe last wrote three weeks before and this is the way I plan to work forever. I totally recommend it to newbies and established pros alike.
As for the project I plan to start at the end of the week, I still haven’t decided what that is yet. I’ve blocked out time and last week drew out 12 potential first issue covers over 2 A4 pages to see which one really jumped out. They all excite me and are a combination of new concepts and returning series. I have until Thursday to make up my mind and a batch of artists on stand-by to start on the other side of summer when I complete whatever series this turns out to be. I bloody love doing creator-owned. Readers and fellow pros, there is no greater feeling than being master of your own destiny.
I think you’re all going to dig Huck quite a bit. Wait until you see this art.
Now, time to go to work!