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DEANSPEAK
November 28, 2011
from Paul Dini

Wow. Four years since my last update. I am mortified it has taken me this long to get back to posting news here on the Jingle Belle site. But now that I know how to make updates (with the help of my wizard assistant Tyler) and thanks to this nifty dictation program (a gimmel spin of the Hanukkah dreidel to Brian Michael Bendis for cluing me into that) I hope to be making these posts much more often, especially during the coming Christmas season.

So what’s up in Jingleland? The big news is the latest Jingle Belle comic, JINGLE BELLE: GIFT WRAPPED which will be sliding down the chimney into your local comic book stores on Dec. 14th. This issue contains a reprint of last year’s Harvey Award nominated story “Grounded,” and features four new stories starring Jing, Santa, Krampus and Polly Green, all drawn by the awesome Stephanie Gladden!

It’s hard to believe, but 2011 marks the 10th Christmas we’ve put out a Jing comic! Oh yeah, we skipped a couple of years since Jing debuted back in 1999, but each year the elf-girl manages to pop up somewhere in print. As I gradually figure out the whys and wherefores of doing online comics, it looks like Jing will be appearing on your computer screens more often next year. Our goal is to keep doing strips featuring Jing and the rest of the extended Dinicartoons family (Polly, Ida Red, etc.,) on a more or less regular basis. Then we’ll collect those strips into one big end of the year volume each December. At least that’s what we’re kind of working toward for the end of next year. Right now I don’t know if the strips will run here or on a new Paul Dini website that is currently under construction. I guess I’ll have more to say about that once we get closer to the website’s launch date. You can check back here throughout December for more updates, or follow me on Twitter (@Paul_Dini) for quick news bites and other blurts of varying interest.

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