April 28th, 2008 was the first time I met with Swifty Lang and Chris Mangun to discuss a concept they were collaborating on that we were alternately referring to as COYOTE, BECOMING, and RAW DOGS. On May 6th, 2011, after approximately 3 years and 160 pages, we delivered the final content of the final issue of the book that has become FEEDING GROUND.
It goes without saying that this could not have been done without the generous patience and support of our ladies, friends, and family as well as the time and talent of our translator and fourth Beastie, Nathalia Ruiz Murray. But, I won't go thanking everyone just yet, because we're not done.
The six issues of FEEDING GROUND will be collected as two separate hardcover books (one in English and one in Spanish). Rather than treat this thing as just a collection of our previous material, we want it to be the definitive version of our story, something we will be proud to see on bookshelves into the future. It's a first work, so, there will always be a certain dread in seeing our learning curve etched on the page. However, we owe it to ourselves, the reader, and the characters in the story to at least bring all that we learned over these six issues into crafting the best possible product at this point in time.
Thanks for reading and more to come...
(attached, you'll see the first drawing I ever did in conjunction with this book - ABOVE, along with the final drawing I did on 5/3/11 - BELOW)