It's done! This morning I did the last brush strokes on the final panel of Chapter 2 of the Wormworld Saga Graphic Novel. That's a very strange feeling. My normal impulse after finishing a panel is to immediately load the next panel and continue my work. Well, no next panel there! I guess, that's ok. :)
But this is not to say that there's no work left for me now. Before I can present Chapter 2 to you I'll have to:
- layout the final artwork onto the infinite canvas
- finish the text
- layout the word balloons and sound fx
- send out the scripts to the translators and layout the four core translations for the app
- prepare the special content for the Collector's Edition of Chapter 2 inside the app
That's right, because I'm going to launch new chapters on the website and inside the app at the same time, the web launch has to wait a bit for the app content to be finalized. I pondered quite some time on the question what a good release date would be and I figured out that - as we'd come close to that date anyway - we might just do it like last year and make Chapter 2 an additional Christmas present for all of us. So:
Chapter 2 will be released on 25th December 2011.
Alright, and now it's time for the preview panel of the last milestone. This preview might very well be considered to be the ultimate spoiler:
However, since almost every fan of the Wormworld Saga knows this painting and since the title of Chapter 2 is already revealed to be "The Journey Begins" it should be quite obvious that this scene will take place in the upcoming chapter.
I can't tell you how excited I was to reach this point. Being able to finally embed this key visual into the narration gave me an undescribable feeling of accomplishment. And painting the panels AFTER this point was a real thrill for me because I was finally able to set the character free from his static pose and let him actually start his adventure into the great unknown beyond the magic canvas. Finally I'm able to invite you into the Wormworld and I can't wait to open the doors for you!