by Nicholas Killewald

About: The Physical Books

(Those things you can buy)

You can order yourself copies from Amazon. You can check the pages for Chapter Two and Chapter Three. Each one's $30. They're pretty cool.

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.

So, remember how the original books were 8"x10½"? And how I mentioned that was apparently a non-standard "custom" size, and that it was that way to begin with for historical reasons and was stuck there because I felt I didn't have the time to reformat it into something more standard like 8½"x11"?

Turns out that, in the grips of a global pandemic and slowly losing my mind to cabin fever, I found the time. And, in the midst of reformatting everything, I took a second look at all of the commentary and tweaked some of it. And hey presto, now there's a second edition! At time of writing (March 13, 2021), I've uploaded the new, US-Letter-sized second edition of the PDF version of Chapter Two to the website. Chapter Three will be on the way later.

Of course, as you may have noticed, this does make the book a more "standard" size, which in turn opens up my options for print-on-demand publishers instead of just KDP. I've got one in mind, but at present, only the first edition is available in physical form. More on this as it develops.

The only thing is, if I'm reading this right, it might make things rather more expensive, which I'm still not particularly thrilled about.

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.

NOTE: This covers the current books as they stand at time of writing, March 13, 2021. Stuff is underway which may change the book sizes soon.

Each book is 8"x10½" 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 for convenient downloading!

By "mashed down", I mean the image quality is reduced from the 300dpi originals down to whatever it took to get it just under 100MB. Also, some pages and text changed to account for having a bit more freedom in a digital format like that. Most notably, two-page spreads are combined into single pages. Other than that, it's the same content.

That's not likely. eBook formats tend to be closer to HTML than hard 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:

  • I use Blambot Casual (the current speech bubble font) from the get-go, rather than start with Chiller and change after the demon chicken part.
  • All of the text/thought bubbles are cleaner and look more like how I do them nowadays, rather than how they were done back then. This one's more minor, but you might notice it.
  • Some parts of the comic have been rewritten slightly. Most of this was just to reword awkward sentences or fix some typos or whatnot, some of it was to fit text better with the switch to Blambot Casual, but there are a couple spots where major inconsistencies or plot holes got patched up. Most notably, Salthalus talking about Marzos has been fixed to match up better with Chapter Three.

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.

Please be quiet.

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... ah, dangit, what did they rename it to this time... "Kindle Direct Publishing"? It's what used to be Createspace, the print-on-demand company Amazon purchased. I did have another place in mind way back when I did the first book, 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"x10½" size, at least for the time being (see earlier note about the second edition).

To that end, sales are handled directly by Amazon. 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!

I'll be honest, in a lot of ways I can't really blame you. But, I'm working on something with that. Stand by.

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 KDP-made books together in a bundle like that.

Well, like I said, KDP does all the printing and Amazon does all the 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.

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