I've just gotten everything confirmed and sent off to the publisher. My first sold story will be accompanied by a Tim Sale illustration! I'm so giddy with excitement. And honored to have such friends.
If any of you are wondering, Tim Sale is a comic book artist very well known in his field for work on Batman: The Long Halloween, Spiderman: Blue, and numerous other runs. His work is also seen predominantly in the show Heroes. I have been a regular poster on his message boards for the last few years, and we've met a few times at different events. When he heard about my first story sale to The Drabbler, he offered to illustrate it.
The editors seem almost as excited as me!
I got to see his initial sketch and the finished inks, and they're so much fun. This will be a publication I treasure forever. For so many reasons.