So, many of you are wondering, â€śHey, Dirk, you finished Part Three back in November, and launched it in January. Why the hold up for Part Four?â€ť The answer, my friends, is that Iâ€™m getting ready to go a on Book Tour next month. Starting the first weekend of April, Iâ€™ll be doing four conventions in a row: Anime Boston, Tekkoshocon, The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and finally, Anime St. Louis, where I will the Artist Guest of Honor!
While Anime Boston will be a local show for me, the others will be taking me back into the Midwest. Considering I mostly recently hailed from Chicago, and my home town is near St. Louis, I have decided to make a road trip out of it. Iâ€™ll be leaving for Pittsburgh for Tekkoshocon a few days after Anime Boston, where I will be joined by my talented brother Kurt. After that, I will spend a couple of days visiting friends and family in Ohio and Michigan before arriving in Chicago, where I plan to stay for a few days on each end of C2E2, so I can visit a few more people. I will then make my way down to St. Louis and visit my folks before arriving at Anime St. Louis. Finally, I will make the two-day trek back to Boston, arriving just under three weeks after I left. In addition to visiting friends and family, I will also be taking time to do some research trips around the region to scout locations and take photos for scenes in the upcoming book. I may also drop in on a few comic shops and deliver a few copies of PS on the way. I will also be making frequent updates from the road, and Iâ€™ll let you track my progress as I go.
If you plan on coming to any of these upcoming conventions, please take time to come look for me. Iâ€™ll be at Table #53 (Row P) in Artistâ€™s Alley at Anime Boston. Likewise, Iâ€™ll also in Artistâ€™s Alley at Tekkoshocon, though I do not have my table assignment #, yet. Look for me at Havenâ€™s Indy Island at C2E2. As a Guest of Honor at Anime St. Louis, in addition to a table, I will also be giving an art workshop and Q&A during the weekend.
I must admit Iâ€™m delighted to be invited to Anime St. Louis as a guest this year. While most of you know me as a Chicago guy, I actually spent my junior high and high school years in St. Louisâ€™s Metro East (the IL side of the Mississippi), and the convention will be held only a couple of towns away from where I graduated. Quite honestly, I doubt I would be drawing comics if I hadnâ€™t moved to that area, because it was there that I first discovered comic books, role-playing games, anime, and other geeky pursuits. So in some ways it feels as if Iâ€™ll be coming full-circle as I return next month, almost exactly 20 years after I first started drawing comics in high school.
So, when can you expect Paradigm Shiftâ€™s triumphant return? I decided to delay the launch of Part Four until after I completed this marathon, because itâ€™s highly doubtful Iâ€™ll be doing much drawing while driving halfway across this beautiful country. I also promised myself I would not start drawing until I had a completed script in hand, and I intend to keep that promise. After launching this website at the end of February, Iâ€™ve been spending this month deep in the writing process, and hope to have a completed first draft of the Part Four script in hand before I leave, so I will be ready to start drawing again upon my return. Expect the launch of Part Four sometime in May. Iâ€™ll continue to post more daily artwork until itâ€™s ready to go. Thanks again for your patience. I promise this season break will be worth the wait!