Pictured above, viewed amongst varied detritus, set upon the desk that birthed it, is the physical manifestation of my own labors combined with a Xeric Foundation self publishing grant. That is to say, I've finally got my book, "!" all printed up!
I never expected this to take me so long. Some readers, if they've stuck around, may remember the original incarnation of this comic, which was serialized right here on this blog. But for the initiate: ! follows a handful of disparate characters, navigating their way through a day filled with trials and triumphs, expectation and disappointment. It's a love story (or several), or an adventure or a vengeful morality play. It all depends on how you look at it. It's also, by my estimate, the longest (printed) gag strip ever, clocking in at just over 35 feet long (but accordion folded to a more manageable 10" x 7 3/4")
For those who remember it's predecessor: this version has been completely re-drawn. It's like the original in scope and appearance, but edited and clarified (and a tiny bit longer now too, actually)
And of course it's also ready for you to take home and call your own.
I will be returning from the dead, or the unannounced hibernation (evidenced by this blogs recent lack of activity) to debut the comic at the Minneapolis Indie Xpo on Saturday, August 21st. But you can also order the book through my site right now for $15 (postage paid, US). You could also click on that paypal link below.
To those of you who've stuck around to see this, I thank you for your support. I've put a lot into this comic and I hope that it does not disappoint.
And to everybody reading this: we'll talk again soon.