May 21st, 2012, 2:49 pm

ATTN Readers!

UPDATE! 5-22-12
I THINK I've found a pretty good (in color!) printer for DeSTRESS! How do you guys feel about paying $5 per issue (about 28-36 pages each)? I know that sounds like too little pages but I have to split the longer chapters since the max pages they will print is 60something (chapters 3 and 4 are 70+ pages!).

However I can definitely put in !colorful! bonus content as well as make some snazzier covers for you guys!

You can make some suggestions about what kind of content you'd like to see. but bear in mind that I cannot have NC-17/X content or else the printers will decline printing! (By default I will put in concepts/trivia and author notes.)

I am also FINALLY getting around to those charms some of you guys expressed interest in!

Original News:
So during a livestream and talk of kickstarter there was talk about printing dS. Now the main concerns (but probably not the only ones) I had about it being printed would be:

-I make the comic WAY too small (800x1000 px @ 150 DPI).

-The old chapters look TERRIBLE when next to the new/current art.

However with a bit of tweaking I CAN make the pages their proper printing dimensions without looking like a blurry mess.

I have heard some opinions about how readers wouldn't mind the old art. Or if it really comes down to it, I could REDO the art to be the proper dimensions, but that's a lot of pages so the quick-fix compromise is preferable, 261 pages is a lot of stuff to redraw!.

So, what should I do now?

Please tell me what you think, if this goes well you could have a hard copy of DeSTRESS! (Also if you have any tips about ANY of this, printing and/or kickstarter, PLEASE tell me!)

And uh, if you support this, please show it! As much as I would love to hand out physical copies I do have fiscal responsibilities, and (as desperate?) as it is for me to say this, if not enough interest is expressed, I can't do much!

posted by blankd @ May 21st, 2012, 2:49 pm   12 comments

Comments:

blankd, May 21st, 2012, 10:42 pm

@archia
It doesn't have to be kickstarter- I'm looking into the two you suggested. I've heard some less than pleasant things from Lulu though, so I'm wary about that one.

RoninAway, May 21st, 2012, 3:18 pm

I'd buy it! :D

Kanilla Maxwell, May 21st, 2012, 4:51 pm

I'd ABSOLUTELY love to have Destress on my shelf. I've followed this comic for a long, long time, and it deserves to see the light of day as a hard, physical copy! I honestly wouldn't mind the old art, it's just fascinating to see the progress in my opinion. But if that bothers you, an option could be to redraw chapter two and three, and leave the others be, I suppose?

Either way, I'd buy it without doubt :)

archia, May 21st, 2012, 7:44 pm

EEEEEEEE I'M INTERESTED~~!!

Ahem.

Is it necessary to do this via kickstarter? Why not use something like createspace or comixpress :) I think lulu is cheaper for larger books too.

I think your main problem would be cost - colour is significantly more expensive than b/w, and destress is mostly b/w, but you'd still need to sell at colour prices! Is it worth it for the colour accents?

Anyway I'm not really the right person to give advice, so I'll just be here, hoping :D

RTSSH21, May 21st, 2012, 9:25 pm

Dude, I would so buy it as-is. You don't need to redraw anything. I'd put it right beside Paradox and MYth, and I would show it to EVERYBODY who came to my house.

I also know a buddy who did their publishing on createspace. It's free to do it that way, and the royalties are apparently not that bad, or so I hear. It'll automatically make it available on Amazon too.

, May 21st, 2012, 10:48 pm

I'd buy one. And as for the art, I don't really mind it. Your story line keeps me interested. Art is just a nice bonus.

archia, May 21st, 2012, 11:12 pm

@blankd

Alternatively you could always take preorders, print them at a place near yourself, and sell that way. Then you could add little things in with the books, like sketches or a signed copy. A personal touch :)

I only suggested lulu because it's a POD with reasonable shipping costs to NZ (where I am xD)

blankd, May 22nd, 2012, 10:47 pm

@archia
Navigating Lulu seems a bit off at this time- but the pricing for Ka-Blam color publishing doesn't look too bad! (And I can keep the price about $5!)

If you're worried about shipping, I can try arranging it so I just order the book for my home address and then just pass it along to you, it'll just take a little longer to get to you!

Boolsajo, May 23rd, 2012, 2:20 am

Oh jeez--YES! I actually really like that $5/issue idea. IMO, it's quite a bargain!
Also, no need at all to "update" the older pages, but I will second Kanilla Maxwell's latter suggestion.

Raenzy, May 23rd, 2012, 9:00 pm

Okay, I may only have caught up with the current pages of Destress recently but I give a very big YES to purchasing issues if I can (this coming from someone who rarely ever buys books or anything of the sort).
As far as the art goes I also don't think there is any need to redraw or update, but if it bugs you than I say go for it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who can relate to old art driving you bonkers.

Though I am useless as far as advice for publishing but support I most certainly can do~ :3 I know a couple or more people who would be interested, if I have not told them already.

Cala (Guest), May 25th, 2012, 3:49 am

I've never bought a webcomic before, seeing as I'm rather facetious regarding what I am interested in... but I feel like I may buy this one.

Mythee, June 22nd, 2012, 9:34 am

AMAGAH DESTRESS BOOKS YEY! I would also love to have Destress in book format, but I like big books and I cannot lie. :C Eventually, I hope there could be a big lump of a tome collecting many comic happenings in one volume, hee <33

I also like Archia's personal touch suggestion! 8D

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