Today I received a package from my printer. Inside were some goodies. Here is what I found.
This is the cover proof with cloth binding. It looks beautiful too! I am always worried about how the image will line up with the cloth and logo and stuff but once again, Chris Kosek did a great job making sure all the files worked together and the end result is amazing.
Above, it is folded like a book. There is a slight morie pattern on the cloth in this picture so just ignore that. Below are the fake Volumes inside the new slipcase! I need to make a note for the printer to make sure the size of the new printings exactly match the first printing. You can see here that the new printing (Volume 2) is slightly taller than the first printing of Volume 1.
Below is the slipcase that Christopher Kosek designed. It’s nice and subtle and super cool looking. I really compliments the books well. It’s hard to see in the pictures but the log is just a spot gloss. It’s not printed on the art but you can easily see it because it’s the only shiny part of the slipcase.
Here is the other side.
It looks sooooooo good I almost peed my pants.
If you like this slipcase but didn’t pledge on my Kickstarter, but you really want one, then you should join my mailing list becasue I will only sell them on my website for a super limited time early next year. I’ll also be selling them at a few conventions while they last. I ended up printing 1000 slipcases but about 800 are already pre-sold. You can join my mailing list to be notified when I announce a pre-order here: http://www.remindblog.com/subscribe/
That’s it for now. See you soon!
Things are moving along smoothly with the printing of reMIND Vol 1, Vol 2 and slipcase. I received that proofs about midway through last week and made my small notes and sent everything back. There was only the new cover of Volume 1 that was missing so I’m waiting for that still. We are still on schedule for me to get the books at the end of January too. Here are some pictures I snapped of some of the proofs.
Here are the digital proofs. This is what I look at to make sure the color looks exactly right. These digital proofs are what the printer people will try to match the final colors too. So if these are off then they will be trying to match to off colors. These turned out perfectly though. :)
Next were the Ozalid Proofs. These are to make sure everything is cropped right and the pages are in the correct order. Usually ozalid’s a very ugly with horrible color but for some reason this time, they looked great.
Here you can see how they are made out of signatures, as they call it. A signature is pretty much just like a comic book. Each signature is printed on one sheet of paper and folded over and over and trimmed until it looks like this little booklet. These signatures are stapled but the book itself will be sewn. In this closeup you can see a little number for each signature so the binder will know they have the signatures in the correct order. This is the Ozalid for Volume 2.
Next are the Wet Proofs. These are actually printed on the printing press and they are trying to match the colors to the digital proofs above. In this case they were pretty close but some of the yellows had a slight green hue so I made a note to adjust it. Other than that the Wet Proofs were spot on. You will notice that the wet proofs are all cropped sloppy because it doesn’t matter.
There were also Wet Proofs for the cover. A glossy and unfinished version. I approved the glossy version. The left side is what the back cover will look like.
Here is a picture of almost everything, minus the slipcase proof and Volume 1 proofs.
That’s it for now! We are getting so close I can feel it.
In other news, reMIND Volume 1 made it onto a state reading list for Arkansas! I don’t know how it happened but I am honored that any state would entrust their children to read reMIND. :) Thanks again for all your support!
I came home from work today and I had a nice shiny package waiting for me from my printer! Book dummies! Yay!
So what is a Dummy? It depends on who you are talking about. Kidding. A dummy is a blank book that has the correct paper, trim, and binding. It’s exactly what your book should look like but without anything printed on or in it. I also got a dummy slipcase which looks great too.
Volume 2 is slightly thicker than Volume 1. Above is a close up of the binding.
For those of you who are wondering, Volume 1 is EXACTLY the same size as the first printing. I tested it out by slipping a first printing of Volume 1 into the slipcase along side the dummy for Volume 2 and it looks seamless together. I gotta say, this thing actually feels like a collectors item now. I think everyone who ordered the box set will be very pleased.
Here’s one last picture of the back of the slipcase.
Oh yeah, and look at one more thing:
Everything is pretty much finished now. I’m just in proofread mode. A bunch of my friends and family are reading it all as we speak, giving me notes or pointing out any mistakes they can find. Soooo close!
See you soon,
Here is the new progress chart!
Actually the lettering still has a few pages but I got excited about blocked it out because I’m letting my editor take a stab at some of the missing dialogue. Even so, it’s an amazing feeling to be finished with all the artwork for this book now. No, serious. In fact it’s kinda hard to explain really. Let me try.
With the brunt of reMIND finished I’ve been spending my free time these last few days cleaning the massive piles of paper and random stuff that have been collecting on every surface in my studio for the last 2 years. I never felt like I had time to do anything but work on the book since I made a tight deadline for myself. After the first printing ran out of stock I just kinda went into obsessive mode to get things finished. My wife would want me to clean up piles of junk around my desk but I would instantly get overwhelmed because I knew it would take 2 weeks to organize and clean and I wouldn’t be making progress on the book. But now that I have time I find myself in a curious situation.
I just started digging through piles of artwork. Bills. Scraps of papers and letters. Things that need to be tossed. Things that were thrown aside in a rush and then buried. I’m finding memories from the last 5 years of working on reMIND in it’s various forms and it’s starting to feel kinda strange. The closest thing I can compare it to is digging through someone’s house after they passed away. It’s sounds kinda morbid but it’s not really. Don’t misunderstand, I don’t consider reMIND dead in any way, in fact now is when its life will truly begin. But the time that it was being created has passed on and now it will always just be a memory of the journey. Finding old art is like finding old photographs. And now it’s time to start packing those memories away and organizing it as best as I can so I can finally move on. It’s kinda sad but it’s also a relief.
I really am excited to see reMIND venture out into the world on its own as a complete story finally. I’m even more excited to start working on some new projects. I clearly remember the time that I decided not to touch any other personal projects until I finished reMIND to ensure that I actually finished it.
Okay, enough of my long, strange, state-of-mind ramblings. Plus I need to start packing for New York Comic-Con! If you see me wondering around I’ll probably have a complete copy of reMIND 2 on hand. ;)