Some bad news. The editor-in-chief and some higher ups had a look at my Chapter 1 for “The Dreaming”, and apparently “has extensive notes for [my editor] on that and the series as a whole”. They’ve all left for some retreat so I won’t get the notes by the end of this week, but I’ve been told that the changes COULD be fundamental. Well, I knew that rewriting parts of this story is required sooner or later, but I didn’t expect it to happen at this stage. I’ve been told to stop all inking and toning until the end of this week for that purpose, since the changes they demand could be large.
If this turns out to be completely different to what I want it to be, well, I shouldn’t be TOO surprised. Luckily I don’t feel “The Dreaming” is going to turn into an utter mess if rewritten, so if I’m asked to rewrite fundamental parts of the storyline, I would HATE it, but I won’t be traumatised. In fact, in retrospect I’m glad that “Block 6” wasn’t accepted by TokyoPop.
I have to wait until Friday, but I know for certain that if the changes they demand are fundamental, I could get quite annoyed. I’ll finish it, and I’ll do my best to put out a good product, but I really wish for me and not editorial to be the driving force behind the story. Hopefully the art and storytelling will come along without a hitch too, though there could always be the possibility of changes. Luckily my editor has told me the original deadline has been extended – I certainly won’t be able to get it done if it’s not changed.
Other stuff: This is a pin-up for a local fanzine, Generation 2005. I’m beginning to think I’m getting the hang of drawing Chinese opera singers. It doesn’t look exactly the way I want it to, but close enough.