Anyway, so here are the most up-to-date statistics available about the current status of Comic Whispers 5.
Of a total of 81 panels, 63 panels have been completed. That means that we're more than 77% finished. Four panels are currently being worked on, but I don't have them back yet.
The good news: We're almost done!
The bad news: The downside with this particular format is that, as it progresses, fewer and fewer people can work on panels simultaneously. For weeks and weeks, eight people could work on them at the same time, which meant that panels got churned out fairly quickly. But now that we're down near the end, the panels are coming in much more slowly. This is, unfortunately, also due to personal problems that have cropped up in the lives of the artists, and I'm taking that into account as much as I can, and that is slowing things up a bit. But things are progressing, and I'm hoping (knock on wood) that the entire thing will be done by the beginning of October.
Rest assured, though, that work on it has been continuous--there haven't been any "dead" weeks; this is just a very large, ambitious project that's taking a bit more time than anyone anticipated. But it's still on track, and, as I think I've said before, I do believe you'll all be pretty darn pleased with the final results--this Comic Whispers is seeing some of the very best art of any so far, and there's more than a little wackiness going on, that's for sure. The story is going off in all sorts of weird but entertaining directions, which will certainly make for an unusual final product. But I do think it will prove to have been worth the wait.
So, anyway, that's it for this update... But we're in the home stretch now, so please just be patient, and if you still have panels coming, expect them to show up relatively soon. Thanks for all the good work so far, and there's just a little bit more to go!