Live from Gen Con 2018
Greetings from Gen Con 2018, Tour de Lovecraft travelers. Both Ken and myself are here in Indianapolis, Indiana, as we are most years, working with our various day-job companies. Ken is here with Pelgrane Press showcasing his recently released GUMSHOE Fall of Delta Green book, and Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition, which he had a major hand in, also makes its debut here. I’m here with Green Ronin Publishing, where we’re promoting all our game lines and the upcoming brand new RPG for James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse. If you can buttonhole us while we’re here, we’ll be happy to talk to you about Tour de Lovecraft, or any other Atomic Overmind Press products.
Tour Business at Gen Con
While here, we had a meeting with Mark Richardson, the cartographer for the Lovecraft Country map that will be part of Tour de Lovecraft: The Destinations. We hashed out the format, style and process for producing it, and may have also come up with a cool thing to add to the expanded edition of The Tales as well. More on that as it develops.
We’re happy to announce that original Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales interior artist Toren “Macbin” Atkinson will be adding more of his excellent pen and ink work to the expanded edition of it. The artist for The Destinations will be by a gentlemen named Domenico Neziti. Domenico is known mostly for his color fantasy and superhero work, but I discovered he has a really cool pen-and-ink style that will work wonderfully for the next type of illustrations we have in mind for the book.
We *still* haven’t found the right artist for the luggage labels yet, but I am hoping to find some good candidates here at Gen Con. A lot of really great artists are set up here, and I should be able to find someone. Since the printing of those is something that can be done while the book is at press, it's less time critical, but I'd like to have the right artist working on them ASAP.
The Tote Bag Cometh
Despite Ken's eye-rolling and protestations, the tote bag project moves on as well. I friend hooked me up with a guy who does sourcing for just this kind of item and he found a tote-bag that's really quite good. The seams and handles are all sewn and it's of a good ply of cotton canvass, pretty durable. He put together a prototype for us, that you can see above. This version of the tote bag has digitally printed images, and I’m not satisfied with the resolution of and durability of the printing. Silkscreening is an option as well, and I think that’s likely the path we’ll go. It’ll bump up the manufacturing cost, but this tote bag is more something I wanted to for fun than a profit center, so I doubt it’ll change the cost to backers in the end.
That's all for this update (posted live via dodgy wi-fi from the convention floor), but we'll post another one (as well as further updating of the progress spreadsheet) after Monday when we're both back home.