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Category: Head First

The Book! (Epilogue)
In case you missed it, my graphic novel, Head First, is finally here. It...is...gorgeous. My chosen printers in the United Kingdom did a great job. The richness of the color, the spot varnish on the cover, and the tricky binding were all perfectly executed, and the effect on hand and eye exceeds my hopes.

For one thing, the credibility of a printed book is such an upgrade from the digital version of the same content. I colored the book on my computer, so all I had seen of my “book” was a bunch of images on a screen. The colors were right, but there is nothing like having the actual book in your hands. The weight of it, with real paper, real ink, along with the added drama of a story unfolding right under your fingertips — all make for a unique and very personal experience.

I am utterly gassed over it. The book arrived several weeks ago, and I have been busy getting copies out to the fine people who backed my Kickstarter campaign. All those copies are now in my backers’ hands, and I have been fielding their kind reviews with pleasure and gratitude. It’s been a great ride. Demanding, challenging, fulfilling.

I never really cared whether the book made money. The effort on Kickstarter more than covered my costs, and that is all I wanted it to do. At some point during the creation of this project, I had decided that it was not so much a publishing enterprise as the crafting of a work of art. I just wanted to imagine a book and have it turn out as close to that vision as possible. I am happy to say that that has happened with Head First.

The vision, however, is not quite complete. I still have 150 or so copies left. In keeping with my notion of the book as a work of art, I saw the 300-plus copies I had printed as individual elements of the creation. There will be no more copies of Head First. Not like this edition, anyway. The hard cover, the extra-heavy paper, the “MindThing Museum” in the back, the large format, that spot varnish detail on the cover (so cool!) — if there is a second edition, it will not be published by me, and none of those features are likely to be part of it.

I do, however, want the remaining copies to end up in somebody’s hands. Somebody who will turn the pages and experience the book in its fullness. That experience — like everything connected to this project — is a part of the artwork itself.

Too ostentatious? Maybe, but it feels right to me. So…I will sell those few remaining copies in local bookstores, and privately to anyone who wants one. And when they are gone, they are gone.

Please let me know if you want in. The cost is $40, which includes tax and postage. Drop me a line at this mailto link, and we’ll make arrangements. Thanks for being part of this!
It's Alive!
Head First is now officially on Kickstarter! Click HERE, check it out, then back that thing!
Zero Hour Approaches
First, thanks to my subscribers. Just knowing you are out there is a big reason I do this. And keep the input coming.

Now, for the big news: March 30 — next week! — my graphic novel Head First will finally go live on kickstarter.com. This full-color, hardback book is the single biggest cartoon project I’ve ever taken on…and the most rewarding. The book and the Kickstarter page are all finished. All that will remain is the response of people who want this book.

I’m counting on you to take a look at it. Feel free to tell me what you think. Backing the project would even better

In case you don’t know, here’s how Kickstarter works: backers go to the site, take a look at the different rewards that are offered (the book itself is one, of course). They will pledge to back the project at whatever level appeals to them. However, no money is actually received until the campaign ends. That’s 30 days later…and only if the stated goal ($5000 in my case) is reached. It’s all or nothing, in other words.

Again, the clock doesn’t start (and you can’t back the project) until the 30th. What you can do in the meantime, though, is click HERE and leave your email with Kickstarter to be notified when my launch goes live. That will be your cue to step up and support Head First.

The book is done. It’s ready to go to the printer. All it needs is the support of people who like my cartoons.

Thank you!
The Book, the Book, the Book!
NEWS ITEM: My graphic novel, Head First, continues to move toward its launch date on Kickstarter. While the progress might seem to be glacial to the casual observer, there is plenty of activity behind the scenes.

For one thing, the lead art for that page is now done. I posted it this week (on Feb. 23, 2022 if you happen to be searching for it in the archives of Subconscious Comics). The book itself (or at least the artwork) has been done for a while now. It waits to be shipped off to the printer where it will be turned into a hard cover, full-color, large format, single story book based on Subconscious Comics. Am I a little nervous? You bet.

Right now, it looks like the end of March for launch. I will let you know when it happens — more than once.

In case you didn’t know, I am sending out updates now as we approach launch (or “go live” as they say). If you want to receive these emails, please go to my special email address:

hedfoist@gmail.com

…and ask me to put you on the list. Among other things, you’ll get a sneak preview of the Kickstarter page before launch and plenty of notice when it does go live. It’ll only be up for 30 days, and this will likely be your only chance to get a copy. Honest!
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