Long story short: didn't want to move up stuff I have planned for the summer, needed to push back "My Cage," Viga showed me this one and it's nice and short, so I could put it together in three days. ^_^
I never actually give Al any direction. He just asks for a comic cover and a description of what happens in the comic and he comes up with it himself. I only tell him what to do when he can't think of an idea.