anonymous asked:

Do you why are the journals so expensive? Wouldn't the team kinda think that's crappy since most of the GF demographic are kids-young adults who don't have that kinda cash to spend. Thanks for the scans!

$150 is about the same price as a college textbook. Most college textbooks are overpriced paperbacks. Some are just ebooks. They’re all mass produced.

I know the phrase “trust Disney pricing coordinators” isn’t a phrase I throw around often, or at all, but the blacklight edition of Journal 3 is gonna be printed on 288 pages of textured paper, it’s gonna be leather bound with metal pieces attached and also a monocle. Invisible ink will (obviously) be used and the book is signed by Alex Hirsch. The initial print is only 1000 copies. And at $150.00 without shipping and handling, the actual quality of the binding should be much better than the first edition of the journal’s was (seriously I think the first shipments had the binding actually fall apart– the pages were all glued in. But with the higher quality textured paper I think they’ll have to sew it the old fashioned way. Especially with that leather cover).

Now, printing and making invisible ink is probably not what’s driving the price up. Invisible ink is used all the time, especially in business, and you can literally make invisible ink from highlighters.

No what’s probably driving up the price is the paper it’s printed on, the leather cover, and the metal pieces. Mostly the leather, if they’re going to be genuine leather and not that fake crap. I’m assuming the metal pieces will be brass but they’d drive the price up as well.

And even with the invisible ink not being all that uncommon, I imagine it’s not exactly easy to mass produce an entire book full of the stuff.

Not to mention the fact that when the first edition came out, the price fell before launch (and with Amazon’s price match guarantee you get to pay the lower price if it changes, instead of the price you said you’d pay when you put in your preorder).

I mean, I still want to fight Disney Publishing for pricing the journal so high, but for a 288 page leather tome that’s hyper-accurate to the show, I’m not too too miffed. I understand why a lot of people are disappointed though. Just because I can afford to drop the money for Journal 3 doesn’t mean everyone can, hence the reason I’m posting the scans.

Clowes + Chick / Imp + Impko

As you may know, notorious Christian comic-tract hate-monger Jack T. Chick has left this earth for his eternal reward (Heaven, Hell, Nothingness? Who knows?). In 1998, Daniel Clowes, a longtime Chick fan, drew the cover for an issue of Dan Raeburn’s The Imp that focuses on Chick’s work:

The IMP character looks to me like a sinister version of the cute mascot for IMPKO, a old novelty company known for decals and transfers:

Clowes’s Imp cover is based on ‘The Chick Tract’ (of which there are hundreds)

and Clowes’s now-classic Eightball #1 (1989) features “Devil Doll,” his version of a typical Chick parable of fear and salvation (and/or damnation). The story was first printed as a three-page, standard-size comic, and was later reformatted to imitate the classic Chick presentation: 

(It was included with Jello Biafra’s 1994 Beyond the Valley of the Gift Police.)

Here’s Clowes speaking about Chick in 2015: 

“When I was growing up you would see those lying around. You don’t really think of those as being part of the official canon of effective comics. And one day I sort of changed my mind. I thought: “These are really compelling and I’d rather read these than pretty much anything else published in 1985.” So I made a long trek out to a Christian bookstore in Queens and I bought every single one, which totaled I think $3 – they were each 10 cents. And I went home and read them all in one sitting, and it was maybe the most devastating comics-reading experience I’ve ever had. I really felt like he’d almost won me over by the end. I knew every single one of them almost by heart by the time I did that story [Devil Doll?]. I was so obsessed.” (from here.)

[If you like Clowes’s work, then please check out our 360-page full-color book The Daniel Clowes Reader, which is full of comics, interviews, essays, etc. See here for details: 

Bodleian Library wants you to color their collections!

The University of Oxford’s famous Bodleian Library has just released a free coloring book featuring images from their collection. You can download a PDF of the coloring book here.

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“An opportunity to join in with the current colouring trend and apply your colouring skills to images from our collections. We’ve provided a colouring book to get you started, but feel free to use our online resources to find your own. Don’t forget to share your final product on social media with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections! “

Read Monsterkind!

To make up for skipping a page, I’m posting this new illustration in its place!

This is an 11x17 print that I’ll have available at TCAF this year along with Monsterkind Book One and other goodies. I’ll also be selling this print at SwarmCon next weekend (April 25th-26th)!

This print will also be available for purcahse in the Hivemill store very soon! I’ll make an announcement when it goes up.


Printed Pages SS16

Cover Story: Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared
There is just one week to go before Printed Pages goes on general sale around the world – but you can ensure that the issue lands on your doormat early with a host of extra goodies if you order today. The 240-page magazine is an inspiring snapshot of the creative world curated by the It’s Nice That Team. This issue is published with three different covers, each featuring the stars of Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared photographed by Neil Bedford. The pre-ordered magazines will be delivered next week before the issue is available in shops.Inside, features include an exclusive interview with the DHMIS puppets ahead of the final episode of the series, a profile of German graphic designer and artist Eike Konig, Jane Stockdale’s stunning photos of the Kosovan Olympic team as it prepares for its first appearance at the Games and much more. This issue includes work by more than 30 creatives from around the world including illustrator Jean Michel Tixier, graphic designers APFEL and artist Noritake to name but a few.