I wanted to share a little glimpse of what I've been up to, and am deep into at the moment. Remastering the lettering of the book.
Now that I've gone through all 300 pages and adjusted the levels specific to each page to make the files as pretty as possible, I've popped them into an all new InDesign book document. Look at all them pages...
After 10 years, the only files I had from this book were from a flattened PDF that I used in 2015 the last time I sent it to print. So in adjusting the levels in the artwork, it also adjusted the levels of the text and balloons and caption boxes... Which really made them look like crap. So I was a bit scared...
UNTIL I found the ORIGINAL InDesign doc, created way back in 2008! Only problem was, all those original artwork files were missing, or in InDesign lingo, unlinked! So I can't print from that document, the art is useless, the images are basically previews of what SHOULD be there... BUT, the text, and balloons and caption boxes are all in place and beautifully crisp and vectorized...
Here's the difference between the adjusted flattened beautiful art with crappy letters, and the unlinked, missing artwork with beautiful letters...
SO to get both beautiful original lettering and newly adjusted beautiful art... Here's a look at what I'm currently doing for each of the 300 pages...
It's going to be totally worth it though.
This also gives me a chance to double check that all the newly dropped in pages are in the right order, as well as the opportunity to fix any typos that have been bugging me for a decade.
So that's what I'm up to at the moment. In addition to that, my new cover for the book is almost ready to show off, I've spoken to Kevin Eastman about his cover, which is just about ready as well, and I'm almost done the new behind the scenes section in the back of the book, which will be chock full of "making of" sketches and "pop up video" like commentary about the process behind the creation of this thing.
Thanks for your patience while I make certain this is the best version of a 10 year old book 2018 can offer. I want to make it worth the wait, and it will be.
Surveys will go out soon, don't worry if you have recently moved or are planning to move soon, I don't have your address yet, so there's no reason, or way, to change it. :)
PS: I couldn't let the 10 year anniversary go by without commemorating the book that changed everything with a (completely safe) hotel tattoo from a friend.