We’re taking a skip week.
We’ve actually reached the halfway point of book one – 72 pages of the first 144—and we need to let Paul get his breath back for a week.
Six pages a week, including colour, is actually a fairly punishing schedule. It’s why the artists on 2000AD, the seminal British weekly sf comic, all look like bent-over pensioners before they’re forty. (Unless they were simply inhuman, like Carlos Ezquerra, who would sustain that kind of output for 26 weeks at a time in the 80s. But even then he wasn’t producing the kind of colour work that Paul does.)
It’s my fault for wanting my own weekly sf comic 2000AD-style, really. I was never going to get published in 2000AD, because I like owning the things I create. But FREAKANGELS is very much the sort of thing I’d write for a British weekly. It is, after all, terribly British.