Hot Off The Press
It feels good to finally write that...
In late December, Jeff was sent preview copies of the softcover for his approval. The full run of softcovers is now off the press and about 600 are at the fulfillment center (for 1 or 2 book orders) and the rest are going to Jeff to deal with for the larger orders.
Here's a couple of shots of the book. The left shows the late Quinton Hoover's beautiful two page spread, the right gives you a little taste of the spot gloss treatment used on the cover:
And here's a pic of just a few of the boxes that have arrived at Jeff's place!
This edition's interior pages are off the press and they're currently being bound into the book casing. Once the initial sample is approved by Jeff, the rest of the run will be bound and prepped for shipping.
The Numbered Collector's Edition
The extra elements that make these volumes different from the regular hardcover edition all present additional steps in design and production. Finding a sufficiently heavy, quality material for the slipcases gave us fits, but that is finally resolved to our satisfaction.
This edition's additional elements - hand-numbering, hand-fitting books into slipcases, including a special page inserted in the text block - all add significant time. All of this was expected but the delay due to the slipcase issues means that the numbered collector's edition is running further behind the other editions. Jeff is pressing to wrap it all up, but It will be a little longer before this edition will be ready to ship. As soon as we have a date, and samples, you'll see them here.
It's entirely possible that if you ordered more than one book, they may arrive separately. Jeff doesn't want to sit on books unnecessarily. Everything will go out as soon as it is ready.
The Promo Cards
It's time to unveil the four promo printed sketch cards every backer will be receiving. Here's Jeff's modeling the four cards -
From left to right, that's Melissa A. Benson's Nightmare, Doug Shuler's Serra Angel, Bryon Wackwitz's Urborg and Ken Meyer Jr's Erhnam Djinn.
While the full set of 400 cards are numbered, these four cards are labelled as "Promo" though they are effectively cards 401 through 404. These four artists were chosen for the promo cards because they produced the largest amount of pieces for the set, and this was our way of saying "thank you".
Anyone who purchased a book in advance of the December cut-off date, through Kickstarter or Paypal order, will get the four promo printed sketch cards with each book purchased. Yes, each book, not each order. So for those of you who ordered extra books as gifts you don't have to sacrifice your set of sketch cards to include them with your gift.
The hundreds of sets of promo cards are currently being stuffed into envelopes so they can ship with all the books. This is just a teeny tiny segment...
The Printed Sketch Card Sets
The extremely limited 400 printed sketch card set is currently on the press. More on the card set soon.
Oh, and the promo cards will be included in the card set too, so it's actually a 404 card set.
And One More Thing...
If you've gotten this far, then we have a small treat for you. Here's a brief leafing through the book as a preview of what you'll soon be able to do yourself...