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Monday February 2, 2009
Getting Out From Under a Weak Title
In March of 2004 when I first started work on the strips that are going into the upcoming book I decided the book should be called "Out From Under New Management." I was planning to get Xinchub sold into slavery, and get the Toughs into Petey's employ, and the title seemed to fit.
I realized years later that "Out From Under New Management" and "Under New Management" were fairly likely to confuse people, so I shortened the title to "Out From Under."
As you may know I've been recoloring the strips that comprise this book, and re-reading them in the process. A new, stronger title leapt out at me. Unlike the old title, it is a phrase that appears in the book at least twice.
The new title is Schlock Mercenary: The Scrapyard of Insufferable Arrogance, and the recoloring project is 85% complete. I should have the book sent to the printer by the end of February, which is only three months after I wanted to.
Pre-orders should open sometime in March or April.