Offset Books Done!

The offset book was not merely an afterthought of this whole endeavor, though admittedly the primary goal was to be able to print it letterpress. Regardless, the offset books are absolutely beautiful in their own right. They certainly had their setbacks, twists and turns, but thanks to Charles at Eberhardt printed, problems were surmounted and new and creative solutions discovered.

Embossing is Awesome 

The dust jacket was one of those things. I didn’t set out with that idea; but Charles sold me on it because we could emboss it and make it just as tactile as the letterpress. Also it turned out we had issue with a flood color on the inside cover, but instead we reprinted the entire cover design on the inside (in 2-color!) and I even redesigned it in the process, making it even better.

Unlike the letterpress, the illustrations are full bleed, which lets them take over the page. In my mind that was an excellent compromise for not having the depth of a letterpress print.

Both letterpress and offset are, ultimately, everything I wanted them to be. You can tell just by looking at it that it’s special. It’s not glossy and shiny, desperately seeking attention in an already crowded children’s bookshelf. It quietly presents itself just as it is.

And it is wonderful.

 

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First round of letterpress books

“Perhaps I imagined the whole thing…”

So this journey is coming to a close. The books are scheduled to be in my hands this week, both letterpress and offset. I’ll be spending the week wrapping & packing them all. They won’t be in people’s hands before the holiday, but the arrival is imminent and they’ll be delivered before the month is over.

In some ways I don’t want this to be over. It was just a little over a year ago that I approached Clare about the vague possibility of making this book letterpress, and here we are. It’s a real thing, and even better than I ever thought at the outset.

Not sure what’s next. I enjoyed making the audiobook immensely, and my kids adore it. I could easily do more of that, so I suppose it’s time to start writing more so as to have something to turn into an audiobook. But I’ve been toying with the idea of collaborating with a writer to allow me to focus on the illustrations, which I think would be just as satisfying and perhaps a bit less intense. There will always be the possibility to write and draw, but only working on one might be even better.

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