It must seem surreal that I suddenly pop up to announce that Myre is finally ready for print!
I'm trying to keep this as concise as possible so you won't be overhelmed with a massive amount of text. During all the time I've been gone, inbetween the scarce updates I made here, I've been working fully and tirelessly on the graphic novel. The making of the book has been a journey in itself. Since I decided to go the path of self publishing, I had to face everything that this process encompasses. Not only is this the very first graphic novel I completed, it's also the very first proper book product that I will bring out to you. And, at last, I can give you more information on what the first volume of Myre will look like.
Right after I completed the very last page inside the book, I had the chance to work together with my amazing and dedicated beta-readers who focused on pointing out continuity bloopers and helped refine the legibility and style of the fonts for speech and onomatopoeia. Sometimes, by own personal choice, I discarded whole colour concepts or entire pages to replace them with some that match the flow and story better than their previous ones. The steps I took after finalising the page art took me another three weeks to pound through. After I was given green light on the art and font editing process, I sat down to work on the front cover. Right after I completed the front picture for the cover, I called my friend, CruzRobin
, to come over to my place to finalise all files for print. I wanted to make sure that I have someone else who will help with with the prepress and the colour checkup to make sure everything fits and sits perfectly. Both of us have been working through the week, every day until early in the mornings, until we came to the conclusion that everything gets green light for the print production. In spite the amount of work, I never lost my joy of making this project happen.
Today, I was given notice by the printer along with their quote, which I accepted!
I was in touch with the printer to get some more of my questions answered today as well. I requested a press proof date for which I want to be around to check on quality and colour for the final print production. The press proof will take place sometime around December. We're expecting one to two weeks from now. The print company is currently running wild due to Christmas business. They said that Myre "...is an incredible book for which we want to dedicate more time! We absolutely don't want to rush that!"
. So after I checked on the proof print in the following next weeks and got green light, the print production will take place.
Since it's such a large run of two different book types (Hardcover and Softcover), offset print and stitched binding instead of glueing, the production will go into January. The stitching progress for the run of both products can take up to two weeks. Myre won't make it under the Christmas tree, unfortunately, but this production is going to be hand tailored to ensure the best stability that will last for a very long time. I presume that shipping will take place around the end of January but I will be able to make a full update on the proper date when the production is running. I'm really happy that they want to take their time and focus on making the books and they don't want to rush Myre. They're looking forward to the project itself and sounded really excited about Myre as well, which is something that makes me even happier. It builds a connection and trust between me and the people who will turn Myre into a book.
As for the print products themselves, I decided to go for a large custom format of 33 x 21 cm (13 x 8 inch), 172 pages, full bleed offset with a matte finish. I didn't realise how large the book will be in its physical form until I held something else of similar format in my hands. Needless to say that I'm now rather overwhelmed and even more excited! Prepare for a large book series!
As you know by now, Myre - Chronicles of Yria
is going to be a long series of which the first book marks its pilot. The story and its events for the following episodes have already been written. This part is something that has been worked on inbetween the making of the pilot graphic novel. This ensures a seamless transition from project to project for myself.
Never did I believe that one day, I will make this very announcement. Hard work, passion and dedication can make dreams come true. Never give up on them and always believe in yourself!
I'm really looking forward to sharing the story with you soon!
Thank you so much for the support throughout the years. You are some incredible people!
I will keep you updated about the print progress around here and on my social media accounts such as Twitter
If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'm still very busy at the moment but I will make sure to read all comments and respond to all of your questions.
To make things easier for you, here are some FAQs regarding Myre: Q: When and where can I purchase a copy?
A: Myre is in queue for the print production. The book is expected to be released by mid- January in 2017. I will open for orders as soon as copies have been shipped to my Indiegogo campaign supporters.
As soon as I open for online orders, I will provide you with a link to my online store. Q: Do you ship worldwide?
A: I certainly ship worldwide! There is nothing that will hold me off from delivering the lores of Yria to your front door. Q: How much will a book be?
A: I haven't yet estimated the final price for a copy of "Myre" but I will make sure to update you on that as soon as I open for (pre-) orders! Q: How do you even pronounce "Myre"?
A: The Yrian language pronunciation is a blend between German and English. Phonetically, Myre is being pronounced [ Mɥː ɹ 'ə ] (English: "Meer-uh")
That's it for now!
See you soon!