Everyone that donated to the Kickstarter, thanks for being patient. We hit a few delays due to the loss of our dog, Red, and my broken collar bone/shoulder which delayed The Wake. But me, my wife, and my students are almost done making the final touches, and we hope to have digital and hardcover editions available soon.
I'm thrilled to say that 3 out of 5 of my students have landed work with major publishers--two with Marvel and one with Boom! Studios...and Cafe Racer isn't even out yet. I'd love to think that the Apprenticeship had a hand in their success, but the truth is that each artist got work based on the caliber of the talent they possessed long before I got my hands on them. I did what I could for them on my end, which included sharing all my editorial contacts, vouching for their professionalism with publishers, and advising with contracts where I could. When Cafe Racer is published, I plan on handing out copies to every editor I can while visiting the Marvel and DC offices until I get 100% placement for all my students.
If you're interested in attending, the next session will be in summer 2015 (we'll make plenty of announcements before then to take applications). Not only is summer a better time to be in Maine, but I find this will open it up to college students. The Apprenticeship works best for students who've attended art college in some form--whether you're a graduate or soon-to-be (but it's not required).
A focused class like mine can take the cream of the crop and give them the next steps toward being a professional:
1) a pro work environment with a consistent, repetitive 9-5 schedule to work out your kinks
2) inside knowledge I've collected from friends and colleagues at the top of the biz (as well as one in-person guest speaker and other personal Skype sessions)
3) access to any networking connection I have
Thanks again for all the support, and spread the word!