Whatever happened to my CSS?
Yes, it's time to put a few books and e-books out there, including Rats in the Cellar.
Here's the scoop.
Step One : Find a satisfactory publishing option in paperback by producing a printed version we like of the Bikini Babes in Peril stuff. This was accomplished a few days ago, and if you're interested, you can purchase the paperback version of Bikini Babes in Peril, Collection 1: Calendar Images 2011-2013 here: www.amazon.com/Bikini-Babes-Pe… .
The preview on the Amazon page is taken directly from the file used to print the thing, and it looks a little bit faded because the hard print on paper came out looking good with those settings. I have sitting here next to me at my desk the final proof of the book in question, based on those settings, and the cover is really on fire, if I do say so myself. The interior art (full color) is not quite as good, not being printed on glossy paper, but it's something I can be proud of and is not too expensive. So, Step One is done, and we have a good avenue for publishing Rats in the Cellar.
Step Two : Do a test print of black and white art of the Demon's Due style to measure legibility of print size versus drawing size and nail down the format. collared-by-faile is working on this and is finishing up the final proof-reading while she bugs me to arrange the cover for it, and then we'll submit it for the same process. The book in question is a comparison she is making of the old Rats and new Rats versions on facing pages (38 from the original, and 40 from the revision), with relevant original artist comments and the date of posting on DA. Seems kind of odd to produce a collector's item design like this before the original work is actually available, but we live in odd times, and we've never considered ourselves to be much like the rest of the people we know, anyway (there are some utterly joyous similarities! ). Think of it like the McDonald's Happy Meal promotions that come out before a movie release... Or, don't... Our goal with it really is to get the text and picture format arranged and the printing settings pinned down so we can do the real Rats publication. So, Step Two is almost done.
Step Three : Design the cover for Rats in the Cellar. I've actually had this one mostly done for a couple of months now. I was going to do a full-color illustration in the Bikini Babes style, but I decided to hold on that until we release a "Director's Cut" style version in the future. Therefore, the cover of this Rats publication is done, and it is sleak, dark, and sexy. So, Step Three is done.
Step Four : Get the narrative finished. This is a work in progress, and progress is being made by one more skilled with the writing pen than I. Other versions that have been done will be included in the future digital version if the authors are still interested. In doing these other steps we've come upon an interesting bit about Rats in the Cellar and some of the other chapters in their current form, they're a bit long for a paperback hardcopy. What this means is that Rats may actually have to be printed in two parts, and the more I look at it, the more I think that's the way we'll have to go. Bare Necessities, Coils of Fate, and Bookbinding will likewise be split into two parts for publication--it's either that or shrink the art down in size so much it'll defeat the whole purpose. The digital versions would be okay, of course, which is why I'm considering keeping the hardcopy versions titled Rats in the Cellar, Part 2, and so on instead of coming up with new double-entendre names for the second halves. It's a decision that needs to be made soon, for as soon as the narrative for the first half of Rats is complete, I think we'll be putting it together and getting some printing proofs before final publication.
My aim is to have Rats in the Cellar (full chapter or first half) available in hardcopy by the time I post the last page of Bookbinding. By my best estimate based on my current rate of production, that is in about a month-and-a-half--say, by April 1st.
That's where we stand. As always, thank you for your interest and support, comments and compliments, suggestions and speculations. You all make it more fun for us.