Yeah, me, too. I wish the original artist, who is also my best friend, could do the new book. But he has a graphic novel he's doing with his wife.
I have gotten some great artist samples from people. It'll be tough picking the new guy.
You guys are in for a long haul. The new artist is gonna have to realize that he'll be carrying the workload and the book. It's hit or miss if people don't respond to his work. That's pressure.
The new artist is going to have to be able to convince his wife, family that the amount of focus and work he's going to have to commit is worth the sacrifice of not spending time with them.
The new artist is going to have to be able to deliver page after page of a style that is competitive and yet refreshing to a world wide audience, as well as define his own voice while still being able to carry your voice as the writer Shawn.
You? You're the head of that hydra, and as the writer and sub-publisher/editor of this whole effort you have to keep everyone in line while pleasing them at the same time and still hope for a win.
Good luck, I hope you guys make it through, and if you need any help as far as promoting or reviews, interviews to get the word out, let me know, I do a column called Indy Hunter and it's meant for guys like you. The only problem is I'm in the same boat as you guys in trying to make all the cogs run.
I feel your pain.
I wish I was a capable artist though, so I could throw in my hat, but I'm still trying to find my own voice as well as I'm heading waaay too many projects now as is.