UpdatePosted: April 1, 2012 Filed under: art, publishing 1 Comment
I’ve been ignoring the blog because real life has gotten in the way.
I have several projects on my drawing board, most of which I can’t talk about because I don’t know if they have been announced yet. Since Greg Gillespie announced Barrowmaze II, I can mention I have been working on that, plus I am doing stuff for Goodman’s DCC RPG (I think the art for the rulebook is all done; we are now working on ADVENTURES!). Plus there are more than a couple new things that I don’t think have gone public yet, so stay tuned.
I’ve just heard that my the non-profit I work for is laying us off indefinitely because of funding issues. Since I am an ‘independent contractor,’ there is no severance or unemployment compensation, so I have to go back on the job market. I might get called back if the restart the program, but the economic pressure is unwelcome.
For the past 3 days I have been in “layout hell.” The not for profit I work for (which will soon be ‘the not for profit I used to work for’) publishes a newspaper for an underfunded high school in urban Detroit. The last four days have been filled with last minute edits, trying to get people to send in materials, articles, photos, etc., that were due a week ago, trying to fit as much as possible into those pages, answering questions about when the word “captain” is capitalized,* struggling with Adobe InDesign and simultaneously attempting to interpret the wishes of several different people, all of whom have management stake in the project but are seldom in the room at the same time.
In other news, I got my copy of Barrowmaze in the mail yesterday. Haven’t had a chance to do more than flip through it, but it looks great.
*English Major bonus question: “When do you capitalize the word ‘Captain’?” I was asked this question at 9:00 pm last after having worked on the publication for hours and not having a brain cell to spare for a question like this. I answered from my gut. I said that “captain” was capitalized when used as a person’s title (i.e.: “That Captain Jack will get you high tonight,”) and not capitalized when it was simply describing a position (i.e.: “The volleyball team has a captain.”) Was I right?
Aye, you were spot on. Here’s how Wikipedia puts it:
Sorry to hear about the job news. That sounded really worthwhile, and obviously good for your cashflow. Good luck!