That was before changes happened that increased the storefront fees and necessitated me increasing the price to correspond with them. I'm not particularly thrilled about it, either.
The problem with Chapter One at this point is that the comics you see on the web are the ONLY versions of them I have. Anything Chapter Two onward has 300dpi originals, suitable for printing, but Chapter One is stored entirely at roguhly 90dpi or so. That's... considerably less suitable for printing. Putting those up would require me rescanning and re-editing all of them, and unfortunately, many of those were only done in pencil, and pencil has this tendency to fade over time, especially cheap pencils on cheap printer paper...
This isn't to say I won't ever make a Chapter One book. It would, however, involve me redrawing the entire chapter from scratch. That might be an interesting project, but it's not something I'm going to try just yet. You know how slow I am with this.
Each book is 8"x10.5" and kinda-sorta around a half-inch thick. Chapter Three is a little bit thicker. In the event this isn't helpful enough, the following pictures of Chapter Two's book should clear things up:
And, for further information, here are a couple shots of the inside of the book:
Yes! There's links right on the main book page! They're free! And they've been specifically mashed down to fit in under 100MB just in case you want to stuff them into Google Books!
That's not likely. eBook formats tend to be closer to HTML than book layouts, and that would require me to redo the entire thing from the PDF-centric format I've got now. Sorry about that. PDF will be the closest I'll have.
Chapter Two had a different problem than Chapter One. Thanks to a poor choice of file format, I couldn't reopen the art files that contain the actual text. However, unlike Chapter One, I COULD get to the artwork itself. So with that in hand, I re-texted every single comic. It cleaned stuff up a lot, but there's a few changes compared to what was on the web before:
Chapter Three had some minor fixes, but I retexted all of it for consistency's sake regardless. That didn't change much, though: The font was already Blambot Casual, the bubbles were already somewhat standard once I switched to Inkscape, and the comic didn't need much rewriting.
They are! Chapter Two and Chapter Three on the web are now up-to-date with the retextings in the book.
Lots of stuff. Thought processes, silly trivia, sensible trivia, art notes, history, details, whatever comes to mind, the origin of Bean Man, that sort. You know, commentaryish stuff.
There's also a ton of extra doodles and such in both books. Chapter Two's bonus doodles are all scanned in from my sketchbooks and made just for the book, plus one or two full-page, full-color drawings. Chapter Three's doodles are all tablet-drawn from the ground up, so they're all much cleaner and crisper, plus there's more full-color stuff in there. Unfortunately, none of them are scans from my sketchbooks at the time I originally drew the comics, as I couldn't find them.
Do note that the commentary and sketches are written for people familiar with the comic up to the point of publication. This means that the discussions WILL involve spoilers. Chapter Two's commentary was written around the start of Chapter Six and Chapter Three's was written around the end of Chapter Seven, so plan accordingly.
The printing is handled by Createspace. They're the print-on-demand arm of Amazon. I did have another place in mind, one that's actually more specialized towards comics, but they suddenly closed up shop about a week before I had the first draft ready to roll. Drat. This is why the books are a nonstandard 8"x10.5" size, and why any future book will probably remain 8"x10.5", just to be consistent.
With the closing of Createspace's own internal eShop interface, sales are now handled directly by Amazon. I don't really have a choice in the matter, I'm afraid. If I'm not mistaken, this also means the books will show up in general Amazon searches, which will be really confusing to people who stumble across it randomly. Hi, new people!
That's all Amazon's territory. You'll have to ask them.
Looking over my distribution options, I think that's presently limited to North America and Europe (including the UK). More specifically, anything covered by Amazon in those areas.
I'm afraid not. If I could, I would, but Amazon doesn't let me tie Createspace-made books together in a bundle like that.
Oh, come on.
Well, like I said, Createspace and Amazon do all the printing and shipping. So, the books never come through me, thus I never have a chance to sign them or anything like that.
However, I'm considering the logistics of just ordering a few copies, signing them as need be, and shipping them out myself. It might drive the price up a bit, but that'd be the only way to do it, short of asking me to sign a copy in person or whatnot. More on that once I've decided how it'll all work.
Of course, if you DO find me in person and ask me to sign a copy you brought with you, I'll probably do so.