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Just got back from the storage facility that is housing the 13 pallets of books that arrived -- at long last -- this morning.
Thirteen pallets is a lot of books, my friends. It's a lot of books.
There were 303 cartons of the Lady Sabre trade alone. That's the Book in Cloth Covers edition. 303 cartons.
The books, they are beautiful.
To give you a sense of scale, the basic trade was packed in boxes of 10. The Script Book was packed in boxes of 64. The Pocket Guide? Boxes of 122. Rare and Royal got treated like a princess, and only was packed with five other boxes, scented with rose petals.
Shrink-wrapped, no less.
Behold their beauty! Soon, yes, soon, they shall be in your hands! Rick arrives in Portland via Seattle a week from today, and together he and I will begin signing, inscribing, remarquing, and otherwise defacing the books. We're still awaiting the arrival of the patches, the paper dolls, and the bookplates, but everything for each of those items is now finalized and either undergoing printing or about to be printed.
Your patience will soon be rewarded, as will, we hope, your faith.
Thank you again. We think you will be very happy with the books you helped us make.
A second update will follow this one with specifics about Emerald City Comic Con and Bridge City Comics Launch Event pick-up.
We come to the end of our long silence, with apologies for the same.
These past several weeks have been a waiting game, final checks on all the bells and whistles, negotiating the last remaining problems and outstanding issues on those things that were not The Books, but were rather everything else - patches, triptychs, keychains, paper dolls, and all the rest.
According to the printer, the books will arrive some time next week. Our first priority will be a quality and quantity check, and then we'll move forward with the personalizations, inscriptions, remarquing, etc, with the goal of beginning to ship out the books to you in April.
COUNTDOWN TO LAUNCH
We'll be holding a launch party at Bridge City Comics in Portland, Oregon, on April 5th, from 5pm until 8pm. "We," in this instance, means Rick, Eric, and myself (Greg) -- we'll all be on hand at the store. If you are a backer and want to pick up your book in person, maybe hang out and chat for a while or simply point and stare, you are cordially -- even eagerly -- invited to come and do so.
So, launch party, Bridge City Comics, April 5th, 5 to 8 pm. We would love to meet you, we would love to hand you your books in person, and we think it'll be a heck of a lot of fun.
As an aside, if you do plan on attending the event AND are a backer who wants to pick up your books, please send us a message here on Kickstarter so we'll have an idea of how many to bring.
Depending on our final inventory count, and presuming that we've enough extra to justify it, we may have additional copies for sale, prices TBD.
Rick, Eric, and I will be at Planet Comicon this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Well, Eric won't be there Sunday, but Rick and I will. We will not have books to sell, but we should have our first bounds on display if you want to take a look at them in person.
March 28th, 29th, and 30th is Emerald City Comicon, and Rick and I will both be attending. Again, we'll have first bounds on display, but at this point I do not think we will have copies for sale.
And now... back to finishing dotting 'i's and crossing 't's!
"Doc" Newsom received the test copies of the trade yesterday, and recorded this little video to show all of you how they came out. All three versions of the trade are presented here (The Book in Cloth Covers, The Style to Which She is Accustomed, and The Rare & Royal), and I've got to say... they look very, very pretty.
These are the books you guys helped us make.
These are the books as we'd imagined them at the start.
They're now real, and by the end of March, we should have them in hand to be able to start sending out to all (well, most, I mean some of you went digital only *ahem*) of you.
Check it out!
And there was much rejoicing!