love to see them try to get rid of that"disloyal"AI lol
Dunno if this has been offered, Steve, but have you reached out to your fans for some inking talent, probono? There are those of us who'd like to help move the story forward by capable means.
There is the problem of who would want to do it versus who could do the job well, kind of thing. In the end, I'd want to/have to pay for the kind of talent I'd like to have out of my own pocket, since the comic won't turn a useful profit. (the comic only made any net with face to face going to convention sales- a situation that is becoming less possible) All that being said, I could script and rough pencil pages easily enough. But who to ink? And at what price? I might be able to budget one to two thousand per issue, though would want to pay more. Then publishing formats? I really like how Phil is doing Girl Genius, do content on line then collect and publish. Possibly with print on demand?
That might be another argument in favour of looking into funding printed editions, both re-prints of old volumes, as well as finalising and printing new content, through Kickstarter. You are at full liberty to research any such costs in advance and then factor them into the project budget.
If the community wants the product — which in this case must be considered a foregone conclusion — the project will succeed, and the costs will be covered up-front.
Getting any kind of reprint done is no problem, several publishers have voiced interest. Very limited up front investment needed to do so. However, any new content done with assistance, would need rather more speculative up front investment. Either out of pocket or through some form of crowdsourcing could take care of that, though it would need to be managed by someone else, ideally a publisher, who can make sure things are properly taken care of.
In that regard, my tip would be to talk to John Fleskes of Flesk Publications.
He expressed an interest in just such a project a couple of years back when I chatted to him about it.
Erma Felna EDF page 505Starting in this issue and intended to continue thereafter was going to panel by panel explanations of some of what is going on to avoid excess on page text. A trick I copied from Carla Speed McNeil's Finder series, which is so setting dense that it almost need a whole page to explain all the background in each panel. I'll include my version at the end of the regular pages.