Best wishes, happy holidays, and safe travels from Greg, Rick, and myself. Our story burns on in 2015!
By now you’ve probably figured out that we aren’t posting on a regular basis. If you’re disappointed by this, so are we. We had hoped to be up and running again by now, but there’s something that keeps this from happening. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s called Life. You know, that ubiquitous annoyance that gets in the way of doing the things you really want to do. Yeah, that.
Greg has a lot going on right now. I won’t go in to the particulars; that’s for him to do, if he wishes. What that means for Sabre in the meantime is that the story can’t yet move forward. Eric and I could take the reins and write something, as we know where the story is headed, but it wouldn’t be writing of the quality you’re used to or deserve. So, for now, the story is at a standstill until Greg is back at the helm. That way we can push on to the end without any break in posting.
In the meantime, so you won’t lose the habit of dropping in a couple of times a week, Eric and I will be posting essays on this, that, and whatever comes to mind. Since I’ve always heard “write what you know”, my posts will mostly concern comics. They could be about the history of the medium, both comic books and comic strips. They could be process posts on how things are done, or personal stories from my 30+ year career. I’ve had the pleasure of working on a number of interesting projects and with a lot of great creators. Doctor Eric Newsom is a walking encyclopedia of pop culture and social media knowledge. His posts could be about nearly anything. Who knows? I may even illustrate the posts.
But you have a role to play, as well. From the beginning we wanted this site to be interactive. We wanted you to feel a part of the process, a member of the crew. To that end we’d like you to tell us what you’d like us to talk about. Or maybe there are aspiring writers out there who would like to take a crack at a Sabre short story. Artists are always welcome to send in their interpretations of the characters or the world that live at this site. All we ask is that you keep the submissions PG, so we don’t have to do any editing for content.
As always, thank you from all of us here at Aether Central. Your loyalty and support have made this possible. You are part of this team. Never forget that.
If you ordered a book and haven’t received it yet, you will soon. Greg’s wife, Jen Van Meter, is packaging them and sending them as fast as she can. We’ve heard from some of you and you seem to be pleased with the volume. Thank you for the kind comments.
Well, that’s the plan for now. We will resume spinning this yarn as soon as possible. We’re nearing the climax and we still have a few more surprises ahead. Now, more than ever……
I hope you’ll forgive a short break through the end of April as we endeavor to fulfill our obligations to Kickstarter backers. Rick is in Portland as we speak, beginning the process with Greg of signing all of those bookplates, and I’ll join them next weekend for our signing at Bridge City Comics (more on that below).
Rather than have you all checking in every week between now and then to see if we’ve posted new installments, we thought it best to call an official hiatus. And, knowing what’s going to happen next, let’s just say this is a nice place to take a brief rest.
And don’t forget…
If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you there. If you’re a backer, and would like to pick up your book at the Bridge City event, send us a message either through the contact form, or through the Kickstarter page, so we can be sure to have your order prepared.
And…uh…I’ve been instructed to bring my ukulele along for the trip. You’ve been warned.
If you are one of our backers who supported the Lady Sabre Vol. 1 campaign and will be at Emerald City Comic Con this coming weekend this is directed at you!
Backers who are attending Emerald City Comic Con can pick up their books early, but only if they let me (Greg) know they’ll be doing so before this coming Wednesday.
Both Rick Burchett and I will be at the show, and would be happy to meet you, hand over your books, and shower you with gratitude and praise.
If you’re attending and would like to pick up your order, please contact me through the Lady Sabre website and let me know you’ll be there. That way, you see, I can make certain we have your books.
We come to the end of our long silence, with apologies for the same.
These past several weeks have been a waiting game, final checks on all the bells and whistles, negotiating the last remaining problems and outstanding issues on those things that were not The Books, but were rather everything else – patches, triptychs, keychains, paper dolls, and all the rest.
According to the printer, the books will arrive some time next week. Our first priority will be a quality and quantity check, and then we’ll move forward with the personalizations, inscriptions, remarquing, etc, with the goal of beginning to ship out the books to you in April.
COUNTDOWN TO LAUNCH
We’ll be holding a launch party at Bridge City Comics in Portland, Oregon, on April 5th, from 5pm until 8pm. “We,” in this instance, means Rick, Eric, and myself (Greg) — we’ll all be on hand at the store. If you are a backer and want to pick up your book in person, maybe hang out and chat for a while or simply point and stare, you are cordially — even eagerly — invited to come and do so.
So, launch party, Bridge City Comics, April 5th, 5 to 8 pm. We would love to meet you, we would love to hand you your books in person, and we think it’ll be a heck of a lot of fun.
(As an aside, if you do plan on attending the event AND are a backer who wants to pick up your books, please send us a message via Kickstarter so we’ll have an idea of how many to bring.)
Depending on our final inventory count, and presuming that we’ve enough extra to justify it, we may have additional copies for sale, prices TBD.
Rick, Eric, and I will be at Planet Comicon this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Well, Eric won’t be there Sunday, but Rick and I will. We will not have books to sell, but we should have our first bounds on display if you want to take a look at them in person.
March 28th, 29th, and 30th is Emerald City Comicon, and Rick and I will both be attending. Again, we’ll have first bounds on display, but at this point I do not think we will have copies for sale.
And now… time to finishing dotting ‘i’s and crossing ‘t’s.