a little over a year ago, i simple couldn’t wait to share with everyone the fact that Derek and I had finally got Little Gotham off the ground and into an actual series thru DC. A passion project that took over 6 years to get picked up, endless nights after hours, after “real” work ( imagine drawing 16 hours a day 7 days a week- thats normal work hours for a monthly comicbook), countless trial and error, lots of naysaying, and more conventions than i wanted to do every year to spread the idea that this COULD work as a book.
In part of a pitch to the big guys upstairs, i expressed that this “is as close to a creator owned batman book that i can get without EVER owning anything”, they finally let us do it. we pitched 12 chapters, they gave us 24. It was more than we could have asked for. Obstacles didnt mean a thing along the way, we did the best we could with what we had- and what characters we had.
tonight, i painted my last Lil Gotham page and it feels AMAZING.
I am optimistic of things to come with both the sales in the trade and the printed issues that will run well into 2014. I know the stories to live on thru collections, the growing development of digital distribution, and really- just the many word of mouth that got us picked up in the first place, by folks that genuinely understood the fun and heart that goes into our stories.
thank you guys. Everyone that’s ever re-blogged, tumbled, re-posted a sketch, picked up a print and said to a friend or stranger passing by them on the convention floor, ” oh this? dustin did this, his table’s over there” or just simply gave the post a like- your support is definitely appreciated. You got me this gig.
Could there be more Lil Gotham in the future? Again, optimism takes over and i i honestly cant see why the hell not, we got this far.
I got teared up reading this, not going to lie. When I first heard about Lil Gotham at the last NYCC and again when I picked up that first book a little over a year ago, I knew I was reading something extraordinary, but I had no idea the sheer extent of that. Somehow, this book became not just the thing I looked forward to the most every month, but it has literally changed my life. So to the entire creative staff, but most of all to Dustin I say “thank you”. Thank you for everything you’ve done, not just for me, but for all of us. Thank you for all the hard work you put in, for all the late nights, and for taking the time to share all of this with us. Thank you for being an amazing friend, a continual inspiration, and for all the laughs (and of course the puns!).
Lil Gotham may be over (for now), but it will forever be one of the things in my life I am the most grateful for.