Well, I think it’s finally sunk in. Uptown Girl’s adventures are over.
When I finished the last book in February, I felt the same way that I felt whenever I finished a book. Relieved, happy, proud and a little worn out. Finishing ‘The Lazarus Heart’ didn’t have the emotional oomph of the conclusion of the series on top of it. I prepped the book for printing with getting it proofread and made the corrections, brought it to the printer and then picked up the proof.
Paging through the proof was when it hit me. About two months passed between drawing the final page and seeing the proof in my hand. It’s not uncommon for me to take a little time off after finishing a book but I always would return to the world I left. But with this, there was no going back. Then I got depressed.
I am keeping myself busy with other artwork and I will be announcing the next project in the next couple of weeks, but it is very melancholy to feel the elation of having another book finished mixed with knowing I am not going back.
I am also feeling a little bewildered and stunned that the book itself is finished when a few months ago I never thought it would be completed.
After I picked up the book from the printer I put a copy on the shelf next to the others and just looked at them for a while. Not counting the monthly series, this was the result of years of work, countless panels, hundreds of pens, over a thousand pieces of bristol board and an ocean of ink.
Thank you to everyone who patiently waited for this book. I am excited for you to read it when it goes on sale in 2 weeks at MSP ComicCon.