2012 Blogging Hiatus

Thu 1/12/2012

Last week I went home to Seattle for a few days, to visit my family. I'm back in Vermont now, and as far as I can tell, that trip was the calm before the storm.

This semester is going to be my busiest yet at CCS. In addition to co-teaching Publication Workshop with Jon Chad and Senior Thesis Seminar with Steve Bissette, I am also going to be standing in as Acting Director this semester while James Sturm is on sabbatical.

This position is a lot of responsibility, and it is also going to require a lot of my time. I've been trying to figure out some areas of my life where I can cut back this semester, and sadly, I feel that this blog is one of them!

So instead of breaking big news up into separate blog posts as I usually do, I thought I would just do one big MEGA-post tonight, outlining all of the stuff I am going to be working on this semester and my plans for the future, and then I can take a blogging break until this summer. Without further ado, here is just such a post:

1) Basewood! The story is done, but there is still a lot of work to be done to make it into a book. Max has finished the translation and we are currently working on all the production ins and outs for the French edition, which should be out from L'employé du Moi before the end of the year. It is going to be big and beautiful and I can't wait to hold it in my hands. "But Alec!" I hear you ask, "What about an English edition?!" Well...

2) After some serious hemming and hawing, I have decided that I'm going to toss my hat in the ring for the very last Xeric grant. If I am awarded the grant, cool! I will self-publish the book and put it in people's hands. If I am not awarded the grant, I will start exploring other options...

3) Meanwhile at my drawing table, I am going to be scripting new comics projects which will hopefully be released later in the year, or in the near future. They include: A) a two-issue run of Phase 7 all about my favorite band, Weezer B) a fantasy webcomic for kids that I'm working on called Isle of Elsi and C) a picture book I am illustrating which was written by my sister, Galen Goodwin Longstreth.

4) I will also be finishing up the colors for Aaron's second Walker Bean book this semester, though who knows when that will be released. Big publishing moves pretty slowly.

5) I'm still going to create paintings for the 100 Watercolors challenge on my illustration blog. I need to keep up with that site, because I might need to start freelancing again soon...

Aha, yes, you see, the BIGGEST news of the bunch is that Claire and I have decided to move back to the west coast at the end of this semester (!?!) We're not sure exactly where yet, but we both want to be closer to our families (in Seattle and Santa Fe respectively), so it'll be somewhere over there in the West. Claire is all set up to attend Toy Fair 2012 in February, so hopefully she'll be able to do some good research and networking, which may give us some hint of where to head next.

Annnnd, I think that's about it! As you can see, it's going to be a very busy time. If you're dying to know what I'm up to, I'll still be updating my twitter account, which also reposts on the homepage of this site. Of course, now that I've said I won't use this blog until the summer, I'm sure something really exciting will happen and I'll be tempted to post... I'll get to it if I can, but I might be too busy!

2 comments on this entry

Congrats on the Acting Director assignment! That's a testament to your teaching skills. Fantastic news.

Good luck with the planned move. Aim for Portland -- we're hoping to get there in a year or so ourselves!

hey illinois isn't very close to where you want to be but it's closer then you are now

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