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Well, thought I’d be finishing off a big assignment days ago, but I was set back by a week of four migraines and other personal drama. While the medication kept me working, it kept me working at half speed. I think my next blog post will be an in depth look at the domino effect of Real Life intrusions into Work Space.
As soon as I wrap up this job, it’s back to the art on the Neil Gaiman book.
Also, my first order of business where ADS is concerned is to finish off the limited edition print which you guys so kindly paid for in advance. If you are still interested in one, the donation button is on the side. I am able to afford to up the print run, so yes, some copies will be available for after-sale.
While the expense of restoring ADS and getting it back into print looked like it was just going to be too much at one point, we’ve rounded the corner. Volume III is the last with missing pages, and I think it’s only missing a couple dozen. We have all pages for Volume IV. Even so, Allan Harvey is doing most of the clean up, and doing a fantastic job. While that increases expenses somewhat, overall expenses turned out to be less than I feared by a wide margin. We will definitely be in the black sooner rather than later. Also, not having to clean up the art myself frees me to do other work. It takes weeks of full time work to do the clean up on the originals. Working part time can take Allan months.
Please forgive some late shipments. I appreciate every order, but I have been unable to get out to ship for the last couple of weeks. As soon as this job is in the can, I will ship everything that is on hold. And I will send everyone who placed an order some nice extras. Many apologies.
We do need to get orders up on the GN’s by just a few hundred copies per volume, so if you would kindly share your interest in A DISTANT SOIL with your friends and fellow fans, that would be a great help.
I’m really happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train.
Thanks so very, very much for all your support.
Some snaps of colleagues.
Barry Lyga and Carla Speed McNeil
Author Laurie Penny
Colleen Doran. Don’t know who took this one, actually.
Jim Valentino, Jeff Smith, Neil Gaiman
Dave Sim, Jeff Smith, James Owen, Neil Gaiman, me.
At the printer. Right now. This is the final printed cover.
Alternate cover. Slightly different dimensions. The cover has to be positioned to fit our die cut window, so much of the figure work gets pushed out of the pic. Also, I did a repaint on D’mer’s face for the final. I thought D’mer looked harsh here.
The book with the die cut cover. The color image is printed on the first page, and the cover itself has a window so the pic can peep out.
We got some lovely reviews on Volume I, but there is a lot of misinformation in some of them. One person reviewed an out of print version of Volume II instead. I’m still laughing. Also, someone wrote a review claiming the book was “digitally inked”. No. It wasn’t. There are no digital inks in this book. All of my inks are by hand.
He also wrote that he felt the best pages were the pages printed “from the original pencils”. There are no pages printed from the original pencils. One assumes that he is praising our lovely chapter headings and full page illustrations. Those aren’t printed from pencils, those are cover paintings printed in interior black and white. I guess people can’t tell ink from pencil, or a watercolor painting printed in black and white, but there you go.
There was an early, discarded edition of this book from a small press in the 1980′s. It is very amusing reading reviews by people who have never read it, or think they can recall it, and then claim that the current edition is a restored version of that edition.
It isn’t. I completely discarded some 300 pages of work and rewrote and redrew it from scratch. I haven’t used a single page of that work since 1985. Not five lines of dialogue in total, and did not even lightbox or trace a single solitary panel. About three pages or close or similar, but I redrew them entirely. I did reprint a couple of my covers. That’s it. I own all rights to that work, but I won’t reprint it. I even destroyed most of the art.
People also have a hard time understanding what digital restoration is. There are a lot blogs writing reviews that really don’t know anything about comics production. They don’t even understand what I mean when I say the printer lost the negatives. One guy asked the same question three times about why I draw the art a certain size (it has to do with the use of tone sheets) and he got angry that he couldn’t understand things like moire, and aspect ratio, became frustrated, and flounced off. It was really funny.
Anyway, these graphic novels have been published by Image Comics since 1996. In 2006, our printer lost the negatives, and we’ve had to track down art or do digital restoration from printed copies of the book to get the book back in print. It looks much better than it did before because the technology did not exist then to produce the quality we get now, so in the end, it’s all good. But it’s been a long, expensive process and we still have about a third of the series to restore. My digital restoration guru Allan Harvey has done all the heavy lifting on the book, and it is the best black and white reproduction I’ve ever seen.
We will have copies of Volume II in about two weeks, and of course, have copies of Volume I. Here they are available at my bookshop. Of course I love it when you order from your comic shop, but I realize some people don’t have access to one. And I will happily sign anything you order direct from me.
In case you missed the news, I wrote and drew issue 6 of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES so be sure to pre=order it from your friendly neighborhood retailer!
Also, A DISTANT SOIL volume II is at the printer and we should have copies soon.
Thanks for all the fantastic support!
I am finishing off a short job, probably today, and getting back to the Neil Gaiman graphic novel I have been working. When that is finished, I get to work on new issues of A DISTANT SOIL again. Not much longer, I promise!