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The other picture is of the extremely limited edition Rainbow Orchid Custard Creams. This was to pay off a bet I made with Dave West and Colin Mathieson (Accent UK) at last year's Caption. To learn more, go to the Accent UK site and follow the links for events - 2006 - BICS.
I should also mention that the Rainbow Orchid forum is back up and running if you have anything to say, questions, or... you know, forumy stuff.
As well as the three above, these included Neill Cameron, Dave West, Colin Mathieson, Sean Azzopardi, Shane Chebsey, Andy Luke... and more! It was a great day to chat about comics with the like-minded.
Below are a couple of drawings from a proposed comic I did, but I don't think it's going to see the light of day for a very long time... other things to work on now.
Is it available yet? Is it sold out?
No - it has not yet been published. I think it will be available sometime in October 2007. First chance to buy a copy will go to those signed up to the newsletter as a registered reader.
What are the contents?
It is part one only (that's episodes 1-5, or strips 1-133), in full colour, with a short introduction at the beginning, and a few bits of extra artwork at the end.
How much will it cost?
I am thinking around £25 (tbc). Yes, it is quite high - but the main reason I am producing the book is as a fundraiser, so purchasing it is supporting the continued development of the comic. The price also reflects the fact that this is a one-off limited edition, and each copy will be signed, numbered, and include an original sketch/line drawing by me.
Why only 50 copies?
I want to keep this as a special edition, and limiting the run to 50 copies preserves its rarity, therefore making it... special!
Will the other two parts be published in the same manner?
I'm not sure - there may be a part two, but part three will depend on any publishing contracts that (I hope) will happen. At the moment, this is just a one-off.
At that point, Orchid will become a priority, and 'proper paying work' secondary (though I'll still be doing it, of course). I am going to be poor, but Orchid will get done!
Also good news is the first sighting of the special limited edition hardback of part one. I am printing only fifty copies of this, and 10 are spoken for. It is a fund-raising book, so the price will be a little higher, but each copy will be hand-numbered, signed, and with an original ink drawing inside.
I've not had a great financial year (hence the fundraising book). I did have a wonderful comic strip job lined up, so turned down a couple of longer-term jobs, expecting to start the comic at a moment's notice. Sadly, it didn't work out... I'm not exactly sure why. But there's new stuff for me in the pipeline, so we'll see what happens over the next few months.
In the meantime, here are some photos of the test book - it's going to be a couple of months before I can announce the finished item available to readers. Looks good, eh?