I've found artists to work on my comic book. We haven't drawn up any contracts yet, but both are ready and willing to do exactly that. And they're both lady artists, which I think is great because there is a lack of representation of females in the comic book industry and because there is a lot of sex (much of it queer) in the book and the male artists I've spoken to over the years focused too heavily on the Horror aspects of the art and made the male characters look, well, unfuckable. The male characters in the story need to be diverse and unique, but they also need to be understandably attractive to straight women and gay or bi men. And the women need to be not just your typical comic book/ pulp horror pin-up babes all with the same faces and limited range of emotions: the girls in my story are all different ethnicities, backgrounds, ages and body types. Many of the characters I write about are sex workers and I've known IRL enough sex workers to know that they don't all look or act the same as each other. Because you know, they're individual people not necessarily defined by what they do for a living. (So, this Halloween, please think about what you're actually saying when you slap on a mini-skirt and whatever accessories and say you're dressing as a "Hoe" this year. Most actual street or brothel ladies dress in unnoticeable, perfectly normal street wear, like jeans and a weather-appropriate jacket. No go-go boots, no stiletto heels with fluffy fur vests over jeweled thongs. This isn't Time Square in the 70's.)
My point is, I'm little by little making my dream happen. I've found people I'm on the am page as who are excited to work with me on my project and have the talent and drive to actually follow through. I too am excited, and nervous and anxious and feeling over-loaded, but mostly the good excited feelings. I'll post artwork here and on Facebook when it's ready. For now, I need to register a web domain (how do I do that?) and maybe start a web site to help promote the comic before it comes out. I want to take it to Kickstarter and then to Image Comics, but that's months or a year away. @honorandvision, and @dominicdavi, you're both good at business and have some experience with this kind of thing, right? Any advice would be welcome. Warm wishes and happy thoughts are also welcome from everyone. This is a really big deal for me.