Here is the second spread (pages 3 and 4) of reMIND. The text isn’t final and most likely it’ll change because I’m trusting it to Jeremy Barlow who agreed to help me with the final writing of this book. He’s a writer for Dark Horse working on many Star Wars titles, graphic novels as well as his own projects. We use to go to the San Diego Comic Con back in the mid 90’s when we were young lads. It’s funny how we both made a career out of our hobbies.
As you can see, every page of reMIND is drawn as a spread. I hear that this method will make it harder to publish with problems like pages not lining up and things getting cut off in the fold but I’m dedicated to this idea and I can’t turn back now. Not that I want to. The whole reason I’m building it this way is to control the mood. In film you are forced to feel the mood on screen at any given time and in the same way I’d like to control the colors and feel every time you turn the page.
This is also limiting the formats in which I can publish this. If I publish it as a softbound book then you won’t be able to open the pages wide enough to see all the details close to the fold. Hardbound seems like the only way I can go about it, but that’s exactly the feel I wanted with this book so I’m not to worried. It does, however, mean expensive printing costs so I’ve been looking into printing presses in China. The two that I’ve heard about and briefly talked to are:
I’ve gone to the Crossblue office in LA about two years ago and I was very happy with what I saw and the quotes they gave me. I heard about Regent from a friend who published through them but it took about a month and a half just to get some paper samples as well as waiting weeks to hear back from emails. But the quality of their books are very nice. I still need to get a quote so we will see how they stack up to Crossblue.
Does anyone have any other suggestions of good printers that do high quality books at a good price?