Manga'esque comic strip/ graphic novel devoted to the adventures of three teenagers, Cary, Gina and Rabby whose dystopic and dysfunctional existence is alleviated via their online exploits in the cyber world of Cloud 109.
At the risk of repeating myself, I am posting a blog which I put up this morning over at the Book Palace Blog concerning our forthcoming Heros the Spartan project. As many of you know, aside from my day job, I have been working on helping launch Illustrators Quarterly. As a brief aside, we now have the most amazing team of contributors who are all pooling their considerable talents to make this publication worthy of it's subject matter. But there is no getting around the fact that editing a publication such as Illustrators is a really full on job, so what I have attempted to do, with the aid of the team, is get issue 2 pretty well resolved way ahead of final copy date. I will be talking a bit more about Illustrators and the people behind it in the not too distant future. But on to Heros, which has also been occupying a lot of my time for the last few months. So ...
Let me fill you in on a few of the details, so you can get a handle on
what is happening. Firstly and most importantly the format; the book is
going to be the same size as our Wulf the Briton epic, so it's
Gi-Normous, so that you can fully appreciate the artwork as Frank
Bellamy intended it to be seen. Interestingly, Bellamy was such a
perfectionist that he often worked on his strips the same size as they
were reproduced, and never more than a quarter up, so he knew exactly
how each pen line and brush stroke would reproduce. In addition and such
was his professionalism, he reduced the number of bottles of colour
Pelikan ink he worked with to ... 3, plus black. The reason being that
Eric Bemrose who printed the Eagle would often have to retouch art which
had colours that were proving unco-operative in repro and such work
resulted in the publisher having a re-touching surcharge added to their
bill. Bellamy's work NEVER incurred one of these charges.
So the good news is that, as with Wulf, you are getting the optimum best
job we can deliver in terms of the pages being as Bellamy intended.
There is one compromise we have had to make and that is that the book
will not be presenting each double page spread on a single page. We
fully explored the feasibility of such an approach, but we were left
with two alternatives, one being a greatly reduced size for each Heros
spread, the other being a book that would have to be bound along it's
longer edge and would cost a fortune.
in the end sanity prevailed, we went back and looked at the double page
spread in our companion volume Wulf The Briton (there is one from
Christmas 1959) and looked at the all important gutter. The wonderful
thing about Prolong is the quality of their binding, the books are bound
in signatures of four sheets and open out flat with no problem
whatsoever, so in the end we decided that the answer to our problem was
right under our noses. In addition the book will be much easier to
handle and more of a reading experience. Plus it will greatly help in
keeping the cost of this book down. So all in all we decided it was by
far the best route to take.
Anyway and because I know you are keen to see something more substantive here are some before and after restorations plus...