Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Book 4 problems

I just got the quote back from the printers in Hong Kong who did my last two books, both of which featured some of the best printing I'd seen. Unfortunately for a number of unavoidable reasons the price has gone up considerably (about 50%). I've asked for a couple of other quotes but last time I asked Quebecor and Brenner for prices, they didn't bother writing back.

The Scary Go Round collections are a really delicate ecosystem; they take months to break even and involve as large a financial risk as I can afford to make. I don't want to do shorter collections more often so unfortunately, this might be the end of the road. This is pretty sad so I hope I can think of something.

13 comments:

fontgoddess said...

This news makes me very sad too. Although I am poor, the SGR books are at the top of my buying list every time a new one comes out, and, if I can, I buy your time to draw something cute on them too.

Because I know you are independently publishing your books, and because they're so darn good, I do not mind paying more money for them. I hope that you find a way to publish the next book without risking your financial independence (starving is way over-rated).

Roman said...

"Skellington" was a very fine looking book. Too bad using that printer may not be financially feasible.

Clickie said...

How much per book are you looking for, and how many are in your standard run? I ask because possibly the power of many searching people on the internet may be able to help.

bad movie night said...

noooooooo i'm waiting for the fourth volume!!!!!!!!!!!
i lurved the last volume so much, i got a tattoo of the picture you drew for the personalization!!!
there will be tears!!!
:(

DeJinn said...

I agree with clickie...I mean I have a friend who owns a printing...um...thingie...he does flyers and books and stuff. Maybe I could talk to him? Get him to give me the friend's discount or I'll have sex with his sister? Again?

Nathan said...

The printer I use to do Computer Source do a darn fine job, and they've continually been the least expensive option I've found, tho admittedly, I haven't tried Hong Kong. If you're interested, I'd be happy to put you in touch with my print rep (Greg) for a bid…

John A said...

Nathan, I would be very grateful for your Greg's details. Drop me an email at the usual address. Thanks!

Megan, if I'd known you were going to etch one of my drawings onto your body for the rest of your life, I'd probably have taken more care! Do you have a picture? (Do not worry if it is somewhere private, like your leg, I understand that some things are private.)

Slava said...

Off topic, but I love seeing 24 references on the SGR front page! Don't forget to set up a perimeter AND open a socket!

bad movie night said...

Yesh, I do have a picture!!!
Don't worry, I lurved the picture, I think you did just a fine darned job. I'm planning on perhaps getting some more Scarygoround characters tattooed, because, to be honest, this is the best darned comic I have ever read, no lie.
Here's the picture! :)
http://freespaces.com/takeowizard/december%20027.jpg

Jay said...

Oh noes! Would it help if you asked for say X number of pre-orders before placing the print order, where X = enough to break even, perhaps with a price increase as well?

I'd certainly be willing to entrust an advance payment to you, even if it takes a considerable period of time to gather what you need. Maybe you could even have a pre-order thermometer or something on the front page to keep track of the progress.

Just thinkin' out loud - brain's a bit scattered after a long day so forgive me if it rambles a bit. :)

James said...

If all else falls through, maybe people could purchase a digital/.pdf version of the comic?

John A said...

Selling it as a pdf version would be kind of a step down, don't you think? I might as well wear a sack as clothes. "Well, I had clothes in the past, but I had to downgrade to a sack. But no, no, things are fine".

As for pre-orders, the problem was that the quote from my preferred printer was vast. I had saved up a wheelbarrow of cash already (I am a "businessman") but Hong Kong unexpectedly wanted two wheelbarrows! I am now looking for a one wheelbarrow deal, but deals are appearing on the table.

Laura said...

Wow Megan that tattoo is amanzing! I wish I didn't have a needle phobia!