Size Comparison, and me ranting about printers!

Okay, I don’t rant that much, but I still had a few things to say about how inconsistent the printers have been with me lately. I am still working on getting things right with them, but with the service I get (print on demand) this sort of thing is bound to happen. Still, it’s fun to rant about it.

I said I didn’t want to go into much detail about the interior print issues, but for the curious few here’s a bit more ranting…I mean…information, on these issues. Remember; these issues have now been corrected.
Let’s start with a bit of background info; I wasn’t sure what type of paper to use for my books, so I ordered coated paper first. This made the book pages have a glossy texture to them, and makes them look wonderful…however, some pages wound up looking like this:

Now, I wasn’t sure why this happened, so I got in touch with the printer and they said it might have to do with the type of paper I chose, so I decided to order the book with uncoated paper, which worked out cheaper as well, but the issue still remained.


If anything, I thought it looked worse on the matt paper, and the images didn’t look as clear or vibrant. So I ordered another copy in coated paper, and guess what? The issue was gone!

But oh dear, a new problem! All the other books didn’t have alignment issues, but for some reason this one did. I got it fixed in the final version.

So after much hassle, and many headaches, I got the final copies I liked. But as mentioned in the video, the stock still has a fault on the spine of the books. *Sigh* I have fixed it now, so any online purchases won’t get this problem. I hope to have more information before the convention, including the location of our table!

Thomas

Specimen G-13 Update!

It’s not a big update, but since this book is the bad boy I have been working on for goodness knows how many years, it’s an important part of the Jinimaru series and deserves even the slightest shout out for an update. Basically, I have changed the Volume 1 summary, release date and uploaded the front cover artwork. I have had to reschedule the release date since I am moving house, and I will also be away in Japan early next year so I won’t be able to order any proof-copies of the physical print. I will likely release the EPUB before the print version, but again this won’t be until early next year. You can find the artwork for the front cover in both the gallery and on the Jinimaru Novel page. Unlike the other books I have done, this one will have the same FRONT cover art on all volumes, but in different colours. There is unique artwork for each volume on the back of the books.

Just another thing to mention; Volume 3 of Jinimaru Folklore is finished, but I still haven’t received the final draft from my proof-reader yet. Just in case I cannot get it printed in time for the convention, I have ordered one copy that has the first-draft printed inside it, but the cover art and inserts are the same as those found on the final version. It will just be there as a sample, just like the copy of Subject 218 I will be taking as well. Volume 4 is finished too, but I don’t want to take another sample that doesn’t even have the finished draft inside.

Anyway, it’s a short update but it’s something! Hopefully I will have better news in a week or so, as I am chasing my proof-readers, but I also understand that they have their own lives to get on with as well.

Thomas

Colour Print samples have arrived!

I mentioned a while ago about my recent arrangements with a printing service that will allow me to buy, and sell, full-colour prints of my books at a far cheaper price; well I can now tell you that the first samples have arrived! I have noticed some flaws, and have contacted the printers who have been very helpful in getting the prints sorted out to look the best they can, whilst keeping the costs low.

The first samples were printed on coated white paper, this gives it a more glossy texture and is harder to stain, but selecting this option caused a new problem. Because several images are heavy on the use of black ink, this type of paper has caused some of those images to smudge or leave black dots on the pages during printing. The printers suggested I go for un-coated white paper and see if they look any better, so I have done just that. Once the sample arrives I will make a video showcasing the scales of the books, since a video will display the sizes of the books and the quality of the prints better than just a simple photograph.

For convenience, I have also started a page in the “Written Work” section of the site, which will help readers decide which version of a book is best suited to their budget and/or needs, as I can only provide discounted colour books at conventions or by selling leftover stock on etsy. Information on the book publishing process will also be available to read, for the curious few.

Thomas

Epubs! Epubs for all!

No, an Epub is not a place where we Brits go to drink. They are E-Books!

I already had Subject 218 Volume 1 up for sale in Epub format, but now everything else is available. So, if the book has a print out now, the Epub will be available as well.
Why are Epubs important? Well, you can carry a physical copy of a book anywhere really, but sometimes you leave the house without it, get stuck waiting for hours on a train, or need a more readily available read when you’re out and about. The Epub books can be read on tablets, mobile phones and E-readers like the Kindle or Nook. Plus, they are cheaper.

All Epub books are priced at £1.99 except the Jinimaru guide, which is £3.99. All Epub artwork is in full-colour unless you are viewing the book on an ink-based E-reader. The books will be in full-colour on your phone and tablet.
Thanks for waiting! (If your Ebook looks odd, like misaligned images or big gaps between paragraphs, please drop me an e-mail with the model of device you are using, as I am only able to test my Epubs on two types of E-readers right now. Also remember to try adjusting the font size on your E-reader.)

Thomas

The Guide is finally finished!

It has taken many years, and at least two revisions, to get the guide finished. However, because of the higher price for printing in colour, there are two versions available; full colour and Black & White (B&W).
The benefits of the B&W version are the price and majority of the guide not needing full-colour. You do miss out on the location indicator maps featured on all 16 breeds pages, as regions of the map they live in, or are extinct in, are highlighted in various colours. Regions they live in or are extinct in are still listed in writing, you will just be missing out on the colourful visualisation of it.

You can find the B&W version here.
Full-colour version is located here.

I have set up a Lulu Xpress account for making print-on-demand copies of the Guide in Full-colour, which will be priced the same as the Black & White version found online, but they will only be for sale at the convention (though leftover stock will be sold on Etsy) since they are only printed when I order them myself. Next on the agenda is finishing the artwork for Volume 3 of Jinimaru Folklore, and then completing the first run of books with Volume 4!


Thomas

2018 Forecast

Please note that all the below information is subject to change.

September – Jinimaru Folklore Collection 1
All four volumes of the first collection of Jinimaru Folklore, including the Guide, will be available in print.

Mid October – Specimen G-13: Volume 1
The first volume of the story that started it all is scheduled for release, roughly around the 20th anniversary of its conception.

October 26/27/28 – MCM London Comic-Con
I will be attending the convention as a stall owner, selling books and prints, plus basic costume components. I will also have some previews of other books that will not be available until later in the year.

Early November – Subject 218 Volume 3
Currently in early draft, Subject 218 Volume 3, Figure: BREAKING POINT, is scheduled for early November for purchase.

Early December – Jinimaru Folklore EPUBs
All four volumes of Jinimaru Folklore will be available for purchase as prints and EPUB. The Guide will be included.

Late December – Subject 218 EPUBs, and Tutorial Section
All three volumes of the Subject 218 series will be available for purchase as prints and EPUB. By this point I also hope to have enough content edited to provide tutorials for basic costume crafts.

Progress report!

Good evening readers! Time for a progress report!

Well the family and I are in the process of sorting out our house, in preparations for moving in the near future, but this hasn’t stopped me from writing! All four books have been written now, and the first two are available to buy as prints! However, volume 3 and 4 have yet to be proof read, or are missing the internal artwork. They will not be available for purchase by the deadline as originally planned.
As for the guide? That is finished, but I am now going through the process of cutting out certain parts that one of my proof readers felt was not necessary, and would be better off left to the imaginations of you readers! It will not be available for purchase by the deadline date either. *sigh*
HOWEVER, just because I failed to meet my target this month does not mean they will not be ready in time for ComicCon! The books are scheduled to be available by then, plus much more, but right now I have been riddled with delays from the resulting move plans. I will keep you all posted, but right now I do not know when this Big Move will happen.

Thanks, as always, for being patient!

Thomas

Progress Report!

Good day to you, readers! It’s time once again for an update.

As previously mentioned in the last update the Jinimaru Folklore stories are well underway, and all is progressing smoothly towards the deadline for the 1st of July. The guide is also almost ready, so by the end of July the first whole series will be available for physical printing. EPUB versions will come out sometime at the end of the year.
Next on the agenda is the website. I have made some artwork for it, and have begun tidying up the pages as well as started adding new ones like a tutorials page (which are under construction).
Okay, now onto the big thing; Comic-Con.
I have been working on the books as well as other arts and crafts for many years now, only ever selling one or two items at a time because I didn’t feel ready to put it out there, but that is changing. This October, I will be attending Comic-Con as not just a regular con-goer, but also as a seller in Artists Alley. As of this moment I have a brief list of what will be available, what day I hope to attend as a seller, and very rough pricing.

 Jinimaru Folklore (Each)Jinimaru GuidePrints (286 x 439 mm)Jinimaru Cosplay Tails (Each)Convention Commission
Price at the Convention£3.99£6.99£9.99£5 to £10£5 to £10
Price Elsewhere£4.50£8.99£12.99N/A (Con exclusive)Commission prices vary

I intend on having a stall on the Friday or Saturday, as my family and I have a long drive back home on Sunday evening and we want to beat the traffic. I will be in cosplay throughout the entire convention as a character from one of the books, but right now I have nothing to even tease which it will be. It is a Jinimaru character though.

I look forward to the release of the series, and attending Comic-Con at the end of the year! To those already attending the May London Comic-Con, I hope to see you in October!

 

Thomas

Revisions take soooooo long!

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Hello again Readers!

Well, Volume 1 of Jinimaru Folklore is available, as are the first two volumes for Subject 218 (Tales of Tim), however I noticed an error in Volume 2 of Subject 218, nothing major but it still irks me a lot, I have already fixed the print version but the EPUB still has the error and needs reformatting since I accidentally deleted the EPUB files (oops!) For now, only volume 1 is available in EPUB.

Next on the agenda is Jinimaru Folklore and the infamous Guide (that takes forever to do). Volume 2 of Jinimaru Folklore is currently being proof-read, and after a day or so of editing after the proofing process it will be made available for print as well. Volume 3 and 4 are half-written but I intend on getting them done ASAP so they can be proof-read in time for the end of July. As for the guide? That is perfectly fine, it just needs the rest of the artwork! As usual though I am juggling too many tasks at the same time, so once I have the short stories proof-read I will return to doing the missing artwork for the guide, get that published, and then make the artwork for the interiors of volume 3 and 4. All books currently in progress now have their cover arts finished, and can be seen on their relevant novel pages as well as the gallery.

Thanks for being patient, as always!

Thomas

Jinimaru Folklore has begun!

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Greetings readers! I have some great news!

As you may have noticed, I recently added a countdown widget to the sidebar of the website, which is currently counting down to Subject 218’s first two volumes. Well, that’s just the start of the good news; Jinimaru Folklore Volume 1 is finished and is now available for print. However, I would advise waiting a little bit longer before grabbing a copy, as I am not far off finishing A Beginners Guide to Jinimaru and I am currently looking into ways for you lovely folks to grab the first Folklore story when you get the Guide for a discounted price. Of course I can’t promise this, it’s just what I want to be able to do.
Volume 2 of the Folklore stories is finished but is missing its artwork. I will be placing it up for print shortly after the Guide is finished, that I am certain of. The Guide is missing 10 of the 16 Jinimaru breed drawings, two anatomy sketches, plus a whole bunch of old artwork from 1999 that I finally found after months of frantic digging around in my old school textbooks (yes, I still have them!)

I am still working on redesigning the website. Remember; all current Headers are temporary. I am making unique artwork for the site that won’t be used in my books or anywhere else! I was going to prioritise the site graphics over the Guide, but I can’t bring myself to do that. Both will be getting worked on at the same time!

Thanks for being so patient, I really hope you enjoy the books. They’ve been a tough labour of love for me, and now I can finally share them with the world. I’ve hit a lot of bumps along the way, and done a lot of things I wasn’t happy doing, but to get a physical copy of one of my childhood dreams in my hands? That’s just something I have always wanted to do. So go out there, reader; chase your dreams. It might be difficult, but if you want that dream bad enough, you’ll pull through.

Thomas