The artwork has been started for the cover, I had to wait for the artist for Walking Dead to complete that work before he could begin to work the concept for Conception's cover.
Some additional news, I am now starting to ramp up the effort behind writing the concluding volume of the trilogy, Confrontation.
The first two volumes were written to be stand-alone novels, neither requiring the reading of the other to appreciate. However, this third volume, which picks up the action in the Darkside Universe about a decade after the events in Discovery and Conception concluded will require some backstory.
Since there is so much back story in the first two volumes that lead the reader into the events, and flow, of the concluding volume I am facing issues of how much expository back story to include.
Ah yes, the trials and tribulations of following Daniel Burnham's missive of "Make No Small Plans."
There is a time and place for info dumping. My only advice is to provide just enough info to peek the new readers' interest, while at the same time recessing the current readers' memory; sort of a 'nod, okay I understand'. All the while not disrupting the flow of the story.
Just to get into the flow of the next book, I would write a large backstory - an entire chapter. Then I would edit it down after finishing the rest of the book. Nice to spread the backstory throughout.