~ A monthly letter from cartoonist Drew Weing, the creator of the Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo series. ~
Fingers crossed, but with any luck Margo Maloo book 3: The Tangled Web - should be hitting bookstores tomorrow (December 7th) for reals this time! The fact that the international book supply chain is currently some kind of Gordian knot kept it from arriving in time for Halloween, but you can't keep Margo down forever.
Check your local bookstore, or order online from any of the usual suspects. Book 2 also hits in paperback on the same day, if you'd like to give a copy for the holidays. The release plans got kinda disrupted (ok, entirely thrown out) but I'd really appreciate it if you'd spread the word about the new book - share it on one of the Social Medias, or write a review - heck, just tell someone you know! I'm extremely bad at this whole book promo thing in the best of circumstances.
Life in the Desert (formerly, Life in the Woods)
Was it really July when I last wrote one of these newsletters? The fam and I are back in Arizona after our east coast jaunt, including spending a good chunk of the summer in rural Virginia. It was time to finally say goodbye to the place where I grew up - a big two-story brick house in the middle of the woods that hasn't much maintenance over the last five years. The Virginia woods are beautiful, and they also want to devour the works of humankind. I truly thought I'd be able to spruce up the house while getting a little writing and sketching done. Ha! Instead we spent almost every day of those two months packing, sorting, repairing, and in general pushing back the forces of entropy for another day.
Then we spent October in Athens, GA, catching up with friends and trying to keep a foot in what we still consider our hometown, even if we'll be gone for another year. We had our Halloween there, and Danny made an extremely cute lightning bug this year (toddler pics below).
Now we're settled again in Arizona. This might be the longest period of time I've ever been away from working on Margo in the last five years, and I never want it to happen again -- because is is SO HARD to get my obstinate, lazy brain back in that creative space.
Reader Corner: Questions and fan art from readers!
Egh, it's been so long since I did a newsletter, I don't have any current reader questions or fan art! Send 'em to email@example.com if you'd like and I'll include in a future newsletter!
Alright, I'll keep this one short - If I don’t write again, I’ll just go ahead and wish you a happy holidays and a happy new year!