Hey everyone! This is Jason, Kazu's lead production assistant. I know we've been quiet for the past few weeks, so I wanted to send you all a long overdue update on what's been happening at the studio.
On June 28th Kazu was admitted to the hospital with a case of bacterial meningitis. After 5 days in the ICU and nearly two weeks of recovery, he's home and resting. He's been completely cured of the disease and he's slowly getting back to being the same old Kazu, but for the time being he's taking it easy.
In Kazu's absence I've taken over everything production related and tried to keep things moving forward. Production on the book has continued, so here's an update on our progress over the last few weeks.
First, I know Kazu has talked a little bit about cleanup in these updates, but I wanted to clarify exactly what that means for you guys. Back when Kazu was first working on Daisy Kutter, he was racing through pages as quickly as possible in order to make extremely tight deadlines for each book. As a result there wasn't very much time for cleanup, so I've gone back over every page and removed errant pencil marks, specks of dust, and cleaned up the toning to make sure everything reads as clearly as possible. Here's a before and after example of a panel from the book.
The proofs for the book came in a couple weeks ago and as a result of all this work (and the 4-color printing) they are absolutely gorgeous. Everything is much cleaner, clearer, and sharper than it has ever been in print. It feels like Daisy Kutter HD. Needless to say, we okayed the proofs and the book is off to the printer!
We have also printed the bookmarks and have them in the studio. They look really great, and will definitely be a nice bonus for everyone with signed/sketched copies of the book.
Because we're printing overseas we don't have a clear picture yet for when the books will be in, but I'll be sure and update you all once I have an idea of when we'll get the books in and be able to start shipping.
So what's next? Soon we'll be sending surveys out to the backers with original art purchases so you can clarify which characters you would like in your piece. We'll also be doing a random drawing to determine which 10 backers with signed/sketched copies will get an original CHARACTER DUOS piece.
Once we have requests Kazu will start working on the original art while we wait for the books to arrive. We'll be sure and update with a couple pieces once he has some to show.
We'll also be sending a survey a little later on so you can provide a shipping address for your books. I'm going to hold off on this until we have an ETA for the books, just in case anyone is moving or needs to change their address before they arrive.
So again, I apologize for the delay on getting all of this information out to you guys. With everything going on over the last month it's been a little hectic here at the studio. The books are being printed and I'll be sure to update once we have a more concrete idea of when we will be shipping.
And thank you guys so so much for your patience and support. We promise the book will be worth the wait.