Final book proof has arrived…and I just finished approving it for print!! Again, I’m sorry there have been some delays in printing - but I am sending the final file to the printer tonight (couldn’t resist tweaking one more image) and the whole run will commence asap :)
Estimate from the printer is that it’ll take about a week to print and bind everything, and then it’ll be shipped to me, and I will spend a few days cloistered in my apartment packing everything ready to ship out :D
Posters are printed and waiting for pickup (I ended up working all day today, so won’t be able to pick them up until Wednesday) and I have a whole lot of candy ready to be snuck into the parcels, too. Woo! Nearly there! Thank you so much for your patience everyone, I really appreciate it.
Book update: I’ve done the latest round of corrections to the pages (compensating for a weird colour cast and some images that wound up WAY too saturated with this particular printer) and they should arrive tomorrow! I was expecting them today, but they must have been sent quite late on Monday. I have tomorrow off, so will be sorting out posters - expect some photos to break up the boring text updates! With a bit of luck, these corrections will be the last I need to do…and printing can commence on the whole run! I mean, probably not, because I always manage to miss something, but I’m like 99% confident there are no typos at least ;)
Book update! Proof arrived today - and there are a few issues. Unfortunately I didn’t get it until after 5pm today (Friday), so I’ll have to call them on Monday and sort a few things out. Mostly it’s just colour corrections that need to be made, but the book is also not the correct size…somehow it went from 8x10” to 8.5x11”. Hrmm. This is what proofs are for, though; I’ll keep you all posted on how the next one goes:)
Happy Monday, everyone - book update time! I paid the first deposit to the printers last week and a proof should be arriving any day now. Once that’s been approved, printing will take about a week, then a large stack of gorgeous photo books will be on their way to me, to ship to you! I’ll share photos as soon as I have the proof in my hot little hands :D Estimated shipping date, at this point, is (optimistically) April 7th. Stay tuned for updates:)
Preorders for the Cosplay New Zealand book are now CLOSED! Thanks to you guys, I exceeded my sales target, so I can keep all my internal organs instead of selling them for capital and that is pretty great :D Big thank you to everyone who bought a copy, and special thanks to all the cosplayers I’ve worked with over the years. I’m really honoured that you guys are happy to work with me, and I’m going to try really hard to make the next book even better than this one!
If any of you have feedback about the book (or the preorder process), either now or once you have the physical copies in your hands, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I want to make sure that my work is meeting the needs of the community as well as my own, and that I present cosplay as the art form that it is. I don’t ever want to only shoot with “famous” cosplayers, or whatever; that’s not what cosplay is about. You probably will see my friends in the books pretty often…that’s because I can bully them easier ;D But I also want to capture as broad an image of NZ cosplay as I can, and that means photographing new people all the time. I’m going to be traveling again for shoots this year and next, and would love to see some new faces! ESPECIALLY Southerners. Watch this space for announcements :D
And, finally - I still need to do the final sums on everything, but things are looking good money-wise…and that means that yes, I will be doing a paperback version of the book too. HOWEVER: this will not be available for some time! I intend to do quite a long preorder period for that one, and also hold stock for sale after the preorder period ends, so I will make some announcements later on regarding price, dates, and whether I’ll have a stall at Auckland Armageddon(!!!) or not. All details to be confirmed later! THANKS GUYS, PEACE