The book proceeds apace, but it’s slow going as I keep having to put it aside to work on jobs. In fact, plans to have the printed copies ready to go at the San Diego Comic Con are now nixed, which sucks. No helping it, though. It makes no sense for me to turn down paying jobs in order to finish it, because the book will get done eventually and I won’t sell any fewer copies if it ships in August rather than July. Bills continue to be due. My theme park crews are getting mad at me as they haven’t seen me in weeks. I’ve got a six-page MAD parody, character designs for the first episode of season 2 of MAD on the Cartoon Network, a job for SI Kids, a workplace poster and a bunch of art for Jeff Dunham on the board right now. Whew.
All that said, the book is very close to being done. 100% of the writing is done and copy edited. The entire book has been designed and laid out in Adobe InDesign. 50% of the illustrations are done and placed. Many of the remaining 50% of the illustrations are done and just need tweaking, production and placement. I was not planning on releasing the cover until after the book had gone to press, but as it’s now delayed past the planned Comic-Con debut, I thought I might as well show it on The MAD Blog. The cover, including the back, is done, proofed, and already at the printers.
So when will the book be out, and when will people be able to order it?
July 21st, one month from today.
It will be at the printer’s the second week of July, and actually printing during Comic-Con. I still plan Comic-Con as the debut of ordering the book, but I refuse to accept pre-orders until the book is done and at press. On July 21st, I will post a link to the ordering page here, where you can go to order the book using a credit card or PayPal. There will be a few different ordering options, which I will detail later, but the base price will be $24.95 USD plus a flat shipping cost for continental U.S. (I’ll figure out international shipping also). That same day I will be at Comic-Con in booth #4616 with at least one actual proof copy (I’m hoping for several proof copies) for people to look through and taking on-the-spot orders with the special Comic-Con deal of free domestic shipping when ordered there. Credit cards will be taken at Comic-Con.
As for book details, it is 184 pages, full color and includes several hundred illustrations. The information in my tutorials were used as only the base of some of the chapters, and they are greatly expanded upon with new illustrations plus the addition of much, much more information. I expand and add other theories on caricature as a whole, get more in-depth on drawing and caricaturing individual features, continue on to the rest of the face and head beyond the on-line tutorials here, discuss important considerations like the difference in caricaturing men vs. women and other topics, go into specifics on my live caricature techniques, have a chapter on applying caricature in illustration work, and a chapter on how caricatures apply to doing work for MAD, including a complete breakdown of a MAD job from blank layout through pencil rough, sketches, inks and color. The forward is by long-time MAD editor Nick Meglin, and the afterword by veteran MAD artist and current art director Sam Viviano.
In short, it’s worth $24.95.
So, there you have a book update. It’s actually going to happen. I promise. Now get back to work.
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