Getting Down to Business

I’ve been chugging along on a lot of different things lately. Some might say too many things and those people I’d say…well, I’d say you were probably right. Between the vagaries of the personal life and my day job I’ve been trying to get ready for the Robozoic Age Kickstarter, work on a pitch for Rusty Nail, finish the next Winston & Churchill story and start poking at something new to pitch as well. It’s kind of nuts but that’s just how I roll I guess. It’s not entirely fun mind you, bouncing back and forth from task to task but that’s just sort of how my brain works at this point and I think I’m better off not fighting it and just going with the flow of what’s working and what isn’t.

To that end, first first draft of the next Winston & Churchill story (A WOLF IN WOLF’S CLOTHING) is done and I’ll hopefully finish editing it over the course of the next week. This one kind of got away from me and is the longest W&C story to date at the moment sitting at a whopping 15,000 words. There’s some stuff I can trim from that but that’s a bunch. I try to shoot for them being 10,000 at the most but those that know me know that I tend to get a little…verbose. I think with some judicious hacking I can get it down a bit but it may still end up sitting at the top of the “wordy” pile. I’ve been having a lot of thoughts about the Winston & Churchill stories lately and how to get them in front of more people and what the “end game” for that is, plus trying to figure out if they’re going to be in print and if so how and all that jazz. It’s vexing.

The Rusty Nail pitch is mostly done and off to Michelle to see what she thinks. Sending stuff to artists is often a special kind of anxiety because no matter what they say initially there’s always that fear that at some point they’ll read something of yours and go “Wait, what?” and then that’ll be the end of it.

As for the Robozoic Age Kickstarter I’m still tweaking some stuff, getting quotes from places, waiting on artwork and trying to get folks lined up to talk about it when it comes out. I can assure you there’s something completely and totally terrifying about trying to do this Kickstarter and get things as funded as possible. We’re asking for a very modest amount ($1,700 is the goal, but $6,500 will fund the all 6 issues) so I’m not too worried…but at the same time I’m stressed out of my mind about it. I’m trying to cover all my bases and make sure every little bit is accounted for but there have been plenty of stories about folks letting stuff slip through the cracks. It’s nuts, but there you go. We’ve already been pushed back a little bit, but we’re getting close now.

To that end, here’s a preview of Tony and I’s labors: the first seven pages of Robozoic Age. Enjoy!








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Thacher Cleveland

Thacher E. Cleveland is a contributing writer & columnist for, co-host of the Super-Fly Comics & Games PodCast, novelist & comic creator. Originally from New Jersey and previously from Yellow Springs, Ohio, he currently lives in Chicago. You can find him on Twitter (@demonweasel), tumblr, his personal website and even on Google+

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