I'm over half-way through the initial hard edit of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II. I finally feel as though I've made enough progress to start scouting for prospective artists.
First of all, no, Lobo Leo is not going to be among them. Disappointing, I know, but I just don't think it would work out. I will contact Dirk Tiede as a courtesy since a) he did excellent work in the first book and b) his art style closely resembles that of Leo's, but given his situation I'm not sure he'll be up for the project. This means there's a good chance all the illustrations in book II will be provided by new artists. I don't have anyone in particular at mind at present, so if you have any suggestions I'd be happy to take them. Just bare in mind their style should at least somewhat resemble Leo and Dirk's, i.e., realistic comic book/anime. This is more for consistency's sake than simply trying to emulate the previous artists. I'm also going to need a couple of dedicated editors (I may even hire a professional one if everything goes well; see below).
As some of you may remember, I'm going to try to fund this project via Kickstarter (most of the costs will be artist fees). I'm still working out the details, but once I've found some willing and capable artists I'll set a minimum goal with stretch goals being additional illustrations (and/or more full color ones). Perks may include advance copies of the book, signed copies, additional Daemoneye Publishing merchandise, a commissioned story from me or piece of art from the artist(s), a cameo in the story, and more.
Make no mistake, the finished product is still months away, but for the first time I can see the finish line.