51BX4AbYaTL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Having spent the better part of the last year on one single chapter of Ellie Connelly, I’m feeling like mixing things up a bit creatively in the next couple months. I’ve got small projects I’d like to wrap up, and am in an experimental mood.

First thing I’m going to do is finish this Arrest of Arsène Lupin mini-chapbook. It’s only 12 pages with spot illustrations, most of which are already done. The remaining illos shouldn’t take more than a couple days to put together, and then there’s a cover, and layouts. So, probably by the end of January.

The chapbook format has me intrigued, so I’m also going to be working on a new short story of my own, to be published in the same format, text with illustrations. Not sure how long it’ll be yet, it hasn’t been written. I’m going to shoot for 20 pages of text, probably less, with at least one illustration per page. Hoping to have this done by the end of February.

I started work on rewriting the first chapter of Ellie Connelly last night, and it was not the pointless task I had feared. This is the ‘Priests of Atlas’ scene at Dorothea Peacock’s party. Revisiting this familiar setting again, with new goals and a better handle on Ellie as a character, is going to be pretty rewarding, I think. I think this 10-page sequence will be the next set of full pages that I draw. I’m looking forward to starting to replace these pages in the archive.

When I finish layouts for these 10 pages, I’m going to jump back into scripting chapter 5. I posted a loose doodle of the cover over on the Patreon process feed, and now I want to get into the pages. There’s some great character stuff in here, and some really great plot developments I’m looking forward to.