Things I meant to mention but kept forgetting

Jeroen’s 24-hour comic from October 7;
Jelena’s 24-hour comic.
I haven’t seen much of Erik Wielaert’s 24-hour comic, which he’s now shopping around to print publishers. I’ll probably buy it when it comes out.

My old pal Sven van der Hart and his brother are opening a new Apple Store in Tilburg on Saturday, October 21. They didn’t want to sponsor me, the bastards, but maybe if those of you living in or around Tilburg drop by on opening day and tell them Reinder sent you, they might change their minds. The brothers have a cute photo comic about themselves, by the way.

I have just finished Friday’s Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan update, which means that I’m somewhat buffered again, and will have lasted six weeks in the Lazy Grind. I’m not sure how I’m going to get through week 7 – if I finish the next Gang of Four page by Friday, I should be able to get some more updates out, but that’s a big if, considering how slowly work on the past few pages went. I don’t quite know why they take me so long, but I have been eliminating distractions from my work space lately, which should help.
Next week’s work is going to be complicated, involving a lot of new character design and environment design. The Rogues’ homestead should be expanded and brought up to date so it fits the style in which the costumes are drawn. I was unhappy with the look of buildings in the scenes set in and around the Sheriff’s office; buildings and interiors are a weak spot that I still need to work on.

I do believe I’m taking progressively more difficult hurdles while keeping ROCR on track. Initially, I had a bit of a lull in my workload, with nothing else demanding my attention other than Gang of Four. This month, work for the Comics Museum was added to my load; in November, it will be many hours of teaching in Drenthe, much of which will be for teenagers with special needs. That’s going to take a lot of time in preparation and travel.

In December? Well, I hope I’ll have another lull, but it’s equally likely that the teaching engagements continue to trickle in. I’m already pre-booked for a series of introductory workshops at schools in Groningen in January as well, so keeping up the level of work to create three updates a week of a similar quality to the most recent ones will continue to be difficult.