First and foremost, I finally got the free time to create this nifty Invisible, Inc. pint glass which you may not have been clamoring for, but I’ve always wanted. It features one of my favorite pictures in the series — the debut page of Blackbird, glaring into the camera. Tomas absolutely nailed it. And years later, I’m still proud of this logo. It’s not quite art deco, but it’s enough that it spans a lot of decades, much like our story. You can buy one in the store right now. Go! Have fun! Get drunk from it!
Second, and of much more import, we say a sad farewell to Tomas. Although he loves the book (and I loved working with him on it) his schedule had become cluttered and despite our making every effort, production had slowed down considerably. He told me repeatedly how if he had his way he’d be doing only Invisible, Inc. but I can’t begrudge him when opportunities come along with bigger publishers who recognize his worth as much as I do. We hope to see him complete issue 3, or at least a soft transition from his thumbnails, pencils, and even inks to the new team.
It’s a real loss for the book, as his contributions were immense. You’ve seen some of my character designs on Sketchy Saturdays past, and then I’ll run the version Tomas bounces back to me — not only springing to life and into depth and detail, but incorporating ideas he had based on my descriptions of the characters’ backstories. Occasionally a costume design or body language even shifted the story, as I would accommodate their mysterious origins to what we could tell about them from Tomas’s art.
And what would Invisible, Inc. be if not for his attention to detail even crazier than mine? I’m sending him photos of what NYC newsstands and bus stops look like (before the city revamped them all a few years back. Curse of our slow production, I guess. Even the decades eventually catch up to you) and he’s replying back asking for shots of a streetcorner wastebasket to make sure everything looks authentic. And he’s dead right — a Chicago municipal trash can doesn’t resemble one in La Plata, and a New York one is yet another.
Man, I still have folders full of images and clippings for him. I think when we started this there was no Google streetview or it had just started. I remember we used Google Earth and that helped because there was a 3-D layer for all these skyscrapers. It was fun, tracking fight trajectories across the boroughs with a pen pal.
Anyway, that’s the sad part. The GOOD part is we now welcome the talents of Rodolfo Buscaglia, who has already begun issue #4 and may end up taking over the end of #3 if I ever admit I don’t have time to draw it or the talent to do justice to Tomas’s layouts.
So get excited! We’re cooking on the front burner again!