***Some of you have moved since the campaign ended, and you've been sending me your new addresses. I appreciate you keeping me up to date, but don't worry about letting me know your address for now. I'll ask you for it in a survey once I know the books are on their way. Kickstarter will organize them all for me in a spreadsheet which *should* help me out when I start shipping them.***
OK! So now for the update:
In mid April, the printer I hired to produce these books botched the job for the last time. After finally getting them to admit their mistake, my option was to wait another 2-3 months to have them print the books again, or get an (almost) full refund. I had a tough decision to make, but ultimately went with a refund.
After dealing with mistake after mistake through the entire process, I had no confidence that after the 2-3 month wait, I would get a properly made book. I was worried that after 3 months, I would once again get a book that was printed wrong, and need to wait ANOTHER 3 months to get them printed again, and quite possibly be stuck in this Twilight Zone loop, thus never getting these books to all of you!
I immediately contacted another printer, Shanghai Offset. They came highly recommended by George Rohac, who has helped a lot of other cartoonists print their books after their own Kickstarter campaigns.
I was scared that it would be the same experience all over again, but with no delay Shanghai Offset sent me proofs, and a dummy book with gorgeous paper. Unlike my previous experience, these proofs were done correctly on the very first go. They have been fast with responses, and fast at sending me anything I ask for. So far everything has been beyond my expectations in speed and quality. I only wish I had gone with them from the beginning.
The downside is that the wait is a little longer. The paper is being ordered from Japan and the lead time on it is 4 weeks.
The books are scheduled to arrive at my house in late August, at which point I will work tirelessly to get them all sent out to you. I wish I could make them print sooner, but I'm at the mercy of the printers and the shipping company. I'll be shipping a few boxes here via airmail so that I can get a head start on sketching in the books. At the moment that's the best I can do to lessen the delay.
One last thing!
I want to say thank you. Your responses to these delays have made a stressful situation much easier to bear. I'm convinced I have the nicest group of people supporting me. I've thought of a way to thank you all for waiting for this book to be ready. It's not much, but since the books are being reprinted anyway, it seemed like the perfect opportunity...
1) I've made them larger. (photos attached) One thing I noticed when I got the advance copy of the book, was that it just felt small and cramped. So I increased the size of the margins by 2mm all around, made the gutters an extra 3mm wide, and the overall image is also ever so slightly bigger.
2) I've gone with a MUCH higher quality, beautiful paper from Japan. Unfortunately you won't be able to see or feel the difference with the old one, but I think you'll be happy with it.