Gorgeous, but Delayed
The good news: we finally got on press yesterday, and I'm pretty happy with the result. My goal was to capture the physical reality of each piece, so you feel like you could pick it up off the page. I think we've come close, the stochastic screening is remarkably lifelike.
The holy grail of print reproduction has always been continuous tone, and through the years I've published projects using the best technologies of the twentieth century: Color collotype at Max Jaffe in Vienna for a portfolio of prints by Lisbeth Zwerger; Facsimile reproduction by the Akademische Druck for a manuscript by Marie Angel, and very early 300 line offset by Meriden Gravure for a book about Lance Hidy's Posters, to cite just three examples.
This is the first project I've produced using stochastic screening, and it's the best tech yet, with an unprecedented combination of butter smooth gradation and incredible edge resolution. On the back cover of the calendar, which is comprised of 220 small details, you can actually read everything! Having said that, there was a steeper learning curve than I expected, and I now understand why some printers are reluctant to do it.
We ended up on press nine days later than I predicted in my last update, a delay caused by my perfectionism compounded by missing press time in December, which is like trying to get on another plane when you get bumped during the holidays. I am truly sorry for the delay, because it means that we'll be unable to deliver before Christmas. I hope when you see the result you'll feel that it was worth the wait.
The sheets are drying today, and go to the binder tomorrow. We may be able to get a few copies before Christmas, but the bulk will ship in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
For those that planned to give a calendar as a Christmas gift, I'll do whatever I can to mitigate the situation:
• If you're in the Bay Area, I'll try to get you a calendar in time even if I have to deliver it in person.
• If you're not local, I can supply a PDF of the complete calendar, or perhaps a printable prospectus for presentation on Christmas day.
• If you ordered more than one, we'll be happy to drop ship your gift(s) so the recipient will have them in hand at the beginning of January.
Let me know what you need, and I'll do my best to accommodate you.
Cheers, and best wishes for your holidays,