A week or so ago I hinted about something new I would be debuting at New York Comic Con, but I needed to wait until I got the proof to be sure it was going to turn out. Well, I got that proof yesterday and everything is a “go” for my first sketchbook collection Sketch o’the Week (and other stuff) Vol. 1!
It’s a 6.625 x 10.25 square bound paperback, 60 black and white pages with a UV coated glossy color cover (proof above has a standard cover, I’m upgrading to the UV coated one), containing 100 sketches. As the name implies, most of these are from my “Sketch o’the Week” feature here on the blog, but there are a few other things thrown in like preliminary sketches and some inked work done for various jobs. Some of the sketches are reproduced full page and close to actual drawing size, whole others are part of a full page or spread montage.
I know, I know. I have said here repeatedly I am not a big fan of “vanity” books like this. Printed sketch collections are the least ego-centric of that brood, in my humble opinion. At least they show some process and a little of the vulnerability of the artist. There’s something a little more personal about a sketchbook collection. Besides, at least I didn’t call it “The Art of ME!” Anyway I sell my artwork online and at comic cons all the time, and this is what selling your work is. I tried to jam pack it with a ton of art.
The real reason I did it is because I needed something at a $10-$15 price point at the comic cons I do. I have cheap mini-prints for $5.00 and signed copies of MAD for $8.00, but then the next cheapest thing is my book for $20.00. I’m going to be selling this for $12.00, and it will debut at NYCC next month.
Yes, it will be available in my online Studio Store, also for $12.00 and signed of course. I’m going to wait until after NYCC to put it in the store, though. So, If you are attending New York Comic Con, you’ll be the first to grab a copy!
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