LULU by John Linton Roberson (c) 2012.
I Didn't Write That!
28 May 2003
  VITRIOL Almost Finished! Also: Pork In The Treetops

That's right, only two more pages(of what looks like 250) to go. And I get slower and slower as we get towards the end; I am the living demonstration of Zeno's Paradox.

Has it been worth six years of my life? I'll have a lot to say on that once I actually finish. I did expect it to be done long before now, however. I think the total time I've actually worked on it, if you were to group it all together, would total maybe two or three years of that; after 9/11 I didn't work on it for about 4 months, for instance, as I did not a year later when I put WORKING FOR THE MAN together. And frankly working a day job at the same time often makes one simply want to go home, get intoxicated, watch TV and refer not one bit to art or drawing. So no, I haven't worked on it every night, more in periods of weeks followed by periods of sloth.

But even though I've come up with many, many ideas I haven't been able to follow up on(if I'm writing I want my slate clean of other projects) because of trying to focus on this, I will once it's done and that's a lovely, lovely feeling. I think it kind of had to take this long. For one thing I had to relearn how to draw and improve from where I'd been when I'd previously forsaken it for writing. The first I did. The second some tell me I never shall do, but whatever.

I do know that for a while(like with the Eros stuff--and be sure to check out MENAGE A TROIS #3, which is all me and my perverse autobio story "October Surprise", out in June, as well as another shorter piece I'll announce later featuring my new character Vladrushka, Siberian Porn Star), I'll be doing shorter stuff that either requires no major writing or is written by others. I have plans for more big projects but I need to write them out first. I need rest.

Though with only a few readers(some new ones--hi Patrick!) I'm not sure why I rip myself up for my lack of discipline and energy. Nobody really cares. Well, I do. That's one.

But at least I'll have one completed graphic novel, whether anyone ends up seeing it or not.

By the way, if any of you do read the damn thing in its current serial form, I have a question: do you think the grey tones I used in the Unbound version should be kept, or would you rather see it as it was originally printed, in straight-ahead black & white? My future projects will actually incorporate more greys and colors and digital drawing; when I began this I hadn't even touched a computer(man, that WAS a long time ago) and besides, needed to print in the simplest possible way. To try to improve what I consider now the inferior art in the first 3 issues of PLASTIC, I added the greys. Do they help or hurt? Do you not mind seeing the earlier cruddier art as is, or do you think improvements are in order? (Limited ones: I'm not spending ANOTHER 6 years retouching it) Whatever. But e-mail me with your opinion at john_roberson@prodigy.net.

There will be editing even from the Unbound version, but in the sense of cutting stuff in retrospect I don't think worked. (as a novelist will do with a work that was serialized first) But I'd like to know if anyone really cares before I waste time doing anything more than scanning the bloody thing. I will say this: the repro quality you've seen on both editions of the serialized version in PLASTIC will be far better on whatever sort of collection, e-book or real book, it ends up being. (it will at least be the former) The original art beats the repros I've been stuck with all hollow.

Oh, and numerous copies of #5 and #6, and #8 are still available for $5 postpaid apiece [US] to Paypal. My ID is the same as the e-mail address above. Be sure to specify issue number.

I'm also willing to sell original art now(as with scans the originals have become irrelevant). E-mail me privately and make an offer if you like.

That's all for now. But at least I'm talking about something besides fucking politics for once...

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