See you later, Sera.
That… is a big pile of ME.
On Monday I got another package from China with the whole book in it, unbound and ready for review. They aren’t “proofs,” exactly; they’re the actual pages that will get folded up and bound right into the big monster hardcover. And oh my goodness, these things are SWEET.
Sweet, and HUGE.
I’m not sure what kind of complicated origami formula leads to these particular pages ending up right next to each other, but I figure people way smarter than me have it all sorted out, so YAY! (And look how impressed Dr. Faustus is back there!)
That was officially the last bit of business I had to take care of before the printer could fire up their presses and start launching out your books. I have to admit I had a moment of absolute nerve-shattering panic when we opened up that package Monday night. I’d opted for this shmancy textured paper for the cover, and for some reason didn’t demand to see a test print way earlier in the process. (I saw color proofs on similar paper, but without the texture.) When I finally saw it earlier this week… GREAT SCREAMING NEURONS, the texture made it look like I was seeing my cover through a screen door. (And the spot gloss felt like someone was chucking motor oil at the screen.) I think the nubbly paper is more for highly graphic covers, not super-fussy, highly detailed ones like mine.
To stay on schedule we had to start printing books Wednesday. HORROR. My brain seriously felt like one of those jellyfish with its arms tearing themselves off.
BUT… it all turned out okay. We got it all sorted out in the morning and everything’s fine. Everything’s being printed right now with no “oily screen door” look, and the schedule hasn’t been destroyed. All you guys will still get your books in May.
Lesson learned: Always do tests.
Once the books are printed, they’re scheduled to hitch the next boat ride out of Hong Kong on March 26th, and they’ll be here at my house for the Great Shipping Nightmare a month later. Between now and then, I’ll be doing all the original sketches (please send your idea if you haven’t yet!) and hopefully posting them for everybody to look at here. Should be fun!
Sorry for letting a month go by before updating you guys. It’s more or less going to be weekly here on in. Thanks again for everything, everyone! Talk to you soon.
Well, that’s it. I’m depressed now.
You saw the title there. I was hoping this project wouldn’t have your standard-issue Kickstarter delays and all your books would be in the mail at the end of this month, but it is not to be. I’m a dope. The books won’t be in your hands until May.
I’m so sorry, you guys. This sucks.
Chalk it up to me being a total noob when it comes to dealing directly with printers. When they told me I’d get the books in 6-8 weeks, I thought “WOW! I can send them out by the end of January!” But it turns out “6-8 weeks” means “6-8 weeks from final approval,” and the approval process is a fairly drawn out thing involving several different checkpoints and various packages of “proofs” going back and forth between here and Hong Kong. (Do you know what “ozalid proofs” are? I sure don’t, but I know I approved some today!)
Ultimately it’s a good thing that they ask me to sign off on every stage of the process, but it does add a LOT of time, especially when there are slight corrections here and there (as there have already been). So between the approvals, the corrections, the Christmas break, and Chinese New Year (Two weeks off in HK. Great for them; they should get two weeks! Bad for us, though.), we’re way behind. And, of course, this is all before the books get on their month-long journey on the proverbial slow boat from China. These are all things I should’ve seen coming, but, well… noob. I’m sorry for letting you down.
BUT. On the plus side, I can tell you this book is going to be utterly GORGEOUS. They sent me a blank “dummy” copy of the book this week, and I couldn’t be happier with the paper, binding, everything. This thing is a MONSTER. The print quality in the proofs is just incredible. We’re making some minor tweaks to the color now, mostly because I’m an insufferable stickler, but everything should be sorted soon. I’ll post some photos along the way.
Apologies again about the delay, guys. It’s no one’s fault but my own. If you were planning to give this book to someone as a gift between now and May, please send me a message and we’ll work something out. I’ve got all the art books and pendants here now, and everything else should be finished within the next few weeks, so we’ve got some options. I might even be able to get some advance copies by the end of March.
I’m trying not to stress out too much here… I owe you guys a lot, and the worst thing to do right now would be to rush through this approval process. I hope you can forgive me for my total ignoramousness.
(NOTE: As soon as I get the books, I’ll message all of you to make sure I’ve got your addresses right. No moving worries!)
THANK YOU SO MUCH!