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Hey guys. While laying out the current CN:H issue I realized that I have four plots colliding in this one. Roderick and the rescue of Nyx. Max and his issues with Gavin. Moraine and the gate. Puck's plan. On top of all that, a major event that will shake things up character-wise.

There's also a great deal of action in this one. And the truth is... I'm freaking out a bit here. I've never done an issue with this much going on in it before. We're going well outside of my comfort zone here.

Normally I can work with a basic list of what needs to happen in an issue. This one turned out to be too complex for that. These last few days have been spent trying to map the various points of the issue into something coherent and, hopefully, exciting. Matt went over the rough outline yesterday and said it's solid. I'll ask him to look over the more panel by panel layout this evening.

As a result, I don't have pages for you this week. Instead, I have a photo of the outline laid out on the floor, with a closer shot of some sketches for one scene. Less interesting, but necessary this time around.

I tend to listen to certain songs on repeat while working out an issue. If you'd like to hear some of the ones I listened to while mapping out Issue 23, please click on the links below.

Due to the fact that so much of this issue is visual heavy, I won't be posting any work in progress shots on Tumblr until after a page has gone live. There's too much potential for major spoilers this time around.

I apologize for the delay. We'll return with the comic next week. Thanks guys.

 
Brighttail
2016-04-27 18:41:48 
I like these little insights into your creative process. I have faith that you will be able to juggle it all and if you can't, you may put something in another issue or an aside or you'll figure it out. You have done it for so many issues prior! I have faith.
Iron Ed
2016-04-27 21:04:21 
I agree with Brighttail on this one. I've always liked watching your process and behind-the-scenes sketching. To my inexperienced eye this looks very much within your capability, even if not your comfort zone. Goferit!
Siraj
2016-04-27 22:05:05 
Holy smoke-a-roonies! Two things, then: One, if you feel the need to split the plots into two issues, by all means, do so. Especially if it'll make things easier for you. Two: I love the outline pages. That's so fascinating!
Genthar
2016-04-28 00:30:21 
Not a problem. I'm excited to see what you've come up with! You've risen to the challenge every time, I'm sure you can hit this one out of the park!
Ladyfox7oaks
2016-04-28 03:53:00 
That's a WHOLE lotta work going on! WOW... and BTW, I LOVE love LOVE the Narnian Lullaby! And yes, I am in complete agreement with the others, if you need to split things into two or more issues, then please do so! (I think we'd all much rather have the little bit of wait, than an artist burnout/implosion) :D
vegascat
2016-04-28 07:42:13 
I read all the back issues last week and I *love* your comic, the story and the characters are really wonderful! Please take your time with the upcoming pages, we'll be here waiting with baited breath for each amazing page.
Allen
2016-04-28 09:07:41 
It's very interesting seeing behind the curtain to catch a glimpse of your creative process. It is easy to assume these stories spring whole and complete from your mind as story and art combine "effortlessly." I think I understand how much time and effort go into your creation. Seeing the creative process in mid flow is fascinating. Thanks!
Shadowkey392
2016-04-29 13:43:02 
Ooh, Preliator! Good inspiration for action sequences, that one.
Xarmar13
2016-04-30 05:47:23 
I have heard a couple of these songs before and loved them. Personally, one song I have heard before may fit in with this type of action. "Uprising - Audiomachine"