CCS Deep Girl Exhibition Recap

Before I launch into my CCS recap, I want to announce (loudly, boisterously) that Paper Rocket will be at Comic Arts Brooklyn this Saturday. CAB is Brooklyn’s newest, most anticipated comics festival. The show is managed by my boss, Gabe Fowler of Desert Island. I’m super excited!

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I had a sweet, but way too short (less than 24 hour!) visit to The Center for Cartoon Studies last weekend. I was there to give a talk at the opening of Ariel Bordeaux’s new exhibition. It was great to see Ariel again, and we also got some quality time with James Sturm.

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The show is great, and there’s a room full of Ariel’s Deep Girl pages.

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I talked briefly about Ariel’s Deep Girl years, and then I went into depth about the production details of The Complete Deep Girl. I also talked briefly about micropresses, a concept that the students are familiar with–they have one in town (Good Pals) and CCS grad Chuck Forsman runs one of the best micropresses around (Oily comics).

Ariel followed my talk with a reading from her book. We had a smart and friendly audience. Lecturing for CCS students is always a treat.

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Ariel and I, looking fancy. Here’s hoping I can make it back to CCS soon.

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Robyn and Ariel at the Center for Cartoon Studies

This Friday Ariel and I will be at CCS to celebrate an exhibition of her artwork, which will include many pieces from her Deep Girl days. The exhibition is part of White River Junction’s First Friday gallery walk, and it’s free and open to the public. Ariel and I will be talking from 6-7pm. The Complete Deep Girl will be available for sale, and Ariel will be on hand to sign books.

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Free Shipping on New Titles!

I did some number crunching this morning. I’m trying to find out how I can make distribution affordable, which means knowing the true cost of production (down to each staple). To make any profit on Lovf via wholesale distribution, I’m going to have to raise the cover price by a dollar. There’s no way around it: the store takes a cut (usually 50%) the distributor takes a cut (in my case, 10%) and then I have to cover shipping!

This doesn’t really affect how I price things in my web shop. But I don’t like the idea of my books costing different prices in different places.

So here’s a solution I’ve decided on. I’ll raise the price of Lovf to $9. BUT, shipping is free when you order from my store.  And I’m extending free shipping to all my new books (The Complete Deep Girl too!) Head over to the shop to enjoy the discount!

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And, retailers, please contact Tony Shenton to order Lovf or Deep Girl.

Paper Rocket at MoCCA this Weekend!

It’s that time again! MoCCA is this weekend. Stop by the Paper Rocket table (G205) to see what’s new. And visit with our table guests: Ariel Bordeaux, Rick Altergott, Jesse Reklaw, Ellen Lindner and (of course) myself (Robyn Chapman).

MoCCA Fest
April 6th & 7th, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue in NYC

We have a lot of new stuff!

Lovf New York: Destination Crisis

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The Complete Deep Girl

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Crafts and jewelry!

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And more! Be there or be square.

Binding Deep Girl

I spent all last week printing, binding, and shipping about 40 copies of The Complete Deep Girl. It’s slow going, especially the binding. There’s a learning curve, I’ve never bound a book like this before.

The Complete Deep Girl is 128 pages, too large to be saddle stitched. I had to create a faux square binding method using paper, heavy duty staples, and binding tape. I’ll walk you through the steps.

First, I have to collate the book. It has a small color section and a large black and white section. To keep the printing cheap, I had to split the book into two pdfs and have them printed separately. By the way, my printer for the last two years has been Best Value Copy. They are super cheap and the quality is quite good. They’ve never done me wrong. They don’t have a brick and mortar shop, you have to order online and receive your copies through the mail. Tell them I sent you, I think I get something!

So, I ordered 70 copies of two printed files and they arrive by mail. I take that big heavy box to Kinkos, and pay them to use their fancy guillotine cutter to cut the whole thing in half. That leaves me with four stacks of pages to collate together (the first half of the color section, the first half of the black and white section, the second half of the black and white section, and the second half of the color section.

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I colate the sections together, and sandwich them between two pieces of red paper (the end pages), the two pieces of the inner cover, and a red strip of paper (I need that for binding). I get the edges all nice and neat, then I hold it in place with a binder clip.

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Next, I staple the stack three times along the edge using a high capacity stapler. These staples are heavy duty, you need pliers to remove them.

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Then, I fold the paper flap back over the staples, and make the fold sharp with a bone folder.

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Then I fold the red paper over the spine and hold it in place with a piece of binding tape.

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I have to fold the cover against a straight edge, giving it a score so the cover can be easily opened.

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So that’s it, the book is bound. I think it looks fairly classy. This approach is a little similar to “Sundays-Binding”. Check out their handy instructions!

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Printing Deep Girl, Day 2 and 3

Tuesday and Wednesday were what I like to call a “printing coma.” Meaning I cut off ties to the outside world and spent all day printing in my pajamas. I’ll admit, these screens gave me troubles I had to re-expose them so many times! But I finally got two good screens, and the printing went petty well. The registation isn’t perfect (it never is) but it’s pretty tight.

Next up is binding. This books is 128 pages–I’ve never bound something like that! I’ve been telling everyone I publish minicomics (I do!) but this is a FUCKING GRAPHIC NOVEL! It will be a challenge.

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