I didn't use the environmentally friendly website. Why? Glad you asked. Because the initial quote I got from them got hiked up by $1000. And I am not made of money. If I had paid for that comic, I would also have drained my entire bank account.
I went with a local print shop which I heard about at mini-comics day (more on that later, sorry I have been a bit crap at updating), and I am seeing the proof tomorrow. Which sets off internal screaming whenever I think about it.
ON TOP OF WHICH Phoebe introduced me to David Small, the author of "Stitches". It's one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. It's a beautiful convergence of all things needed in graphic narrative. The angles and the story and the panels...I could moon about it forever. Anyway, David visits U of M every year to talk to the freshmen and I've missed his lecture every year because I had another class.
But I didn't want to miss it again, so I skipped class.
His lecture was fantastic, and afterwards he came to Phoebe's electronic book class to talk to them about narrative. I was just introducing myself to David and his assistant when Phoebe runs out of the room saying "I'm getting coffee! Meggie, show them your comic!"
Up until this point, the only human to see the whole damn thing has been my friend Sid, who I used to edit and revise it. And Phoebe did not warn me of this. And right then and there I had to show my crappy little IP horror of a project to a guy that's won multiple Caldecott awards and is one of my idols.
To be honest, I'm not sure what happened. I remember pulling up my comic and showing it to him but my brain sort of blacked-out because it was so terrifying and so amazing and so many kinds of wonderful and scary. I remember that he was nice. He gave me criticism kindly. And he gave me figure drawing advice. And there might have been a compliment.
And my heart was racing and I was sweating and David Small looked at my comic. DAVID SMALL LOOKED AT MY COMIC. And I got to talk to him and we shook hands like we were both cartoonists and were cartoonists shaking hands. All of IP was probably worth it just for that.