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3/21/2013 8:49:41 PM By // Alec Longstreth

As Jon mentioned a few weeks ago, we are very close to finishing Drop Target issue 5.  A few weeks ago I traveled out to Vermont to teach some classes at The Center for Cartoon Studies where Jon and I both work.  Every spare moment was spent working on the zine, and I mean every spare moment!

Creating Content on I-89At one point we had to drive up to Burlington, which is about an hour and a half from White River Junction.  We decided to put that time to use!  Jon grabbed his laptop and I actually wrote a few articles for the zine while zipping down the freeway at 70 MPH.

Jon told me that a few times in the past he had stapled his zines in a car, en route to a festival, but this was the first time he'd ever seen someone actually creating their zine in a moving car!

Sadly, my week in Vermont was not quite long enough to finish off the zine, but we did manage to nail down the final page count (64!!!) and Jon printed up the covers and the center spreads.  I worked on my remaining pages during the next leg of my trip, toBahrain in the Middle East.

I was in Bahrain to teach a series of comics workshops with my boss, James Sturm.  During our long flight over, I mentioned to James that I really wanted to try and play some pinball while I was in Bahrain, if such a thing was possible.

Amazingly, a few days into our trip, without any prompting from me, our contact at the US Embassy mentioned that he had rescued a pinball machine that was going to be thrown out, from the US Navy base in Bahrain.  A dinner was arranged at his house, and BAM!  Just like that, I was playing pinball in the Middle East!  

Alec and Batman

I'm back in the US now, and wrapping up my last few pages of Drop Target.  We should have everything set and proofread by this weekend, so issue 5 will be going to press very soon!  We should have ordering information to share with everyone by the end of March.  Thanks for your patience while we get this issue together.