Sunday, February 14, 2010
My art journey has been interesting this year. I wanted to give Print On Demand (P.O.D.) a try and see how that system worked and if it would meet the standards that I have for the books I want to produce for you. While I was satisfied with the quality, the production cost of a color book was too high to make the price affordable for everyone. There are about 130 copies of the LuLu edition of JUNK (we'll call that JUNK BETA) out there and that's all there will be.
I have decided to go back to the same printer that I worked with on B-SIDES and officially start my new series of art books. I'll be keeping the name JUNK for the entire series and running them in volume numbers. JUNK ONE, JUNK TWO, etc.
With JUNK I'll be trying something new. Unlike my previous sketchbooks, this will be 100% original material. No Spider-Man covers, No Batman commissions, No X-Men character designs. I want to start the tradition of providing you with art books that contain work that you can't see anywhere else outside of my books or site. You will get the chance to see my sketches, doodles, paintings, scribbles, experiments, successes and failures. It will be a wide range of the artwork I produce outside of my comic book pages and covers.
JUNK ONE will be 100 page of full color and black & white images. 8.5x11, softcover with a beautiful Spot Varnish treatment applied to the cover seen above. The price will be $30 (a giant leap down from the $100) and each copy ordered online will be signed.
If you were one of the few people that picked up JUNK Beta then there's a surprise. Over 60 pages are brand new images not see in the previous P.O.D. version.
I am very proud of this book and can't wait to get them in my studio to start shipping out. When I get a bit closer to the ship date, I will open things up for pre-orders. Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm over the years. Hopefully you'll enjoy the book as much as I did making it!