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    @James - yeah, those huge books are very tough to make financially viable. You'd be surprised how expensive they are to print. We're going to stick with our current plan of this as HC only, 2000 copies.
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    @Spiraltwist - Warren just broke the pics on an above thread. Pretty.
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    Theres a Gravel hoodie at my local store. The bastard there ordered it especially because he knew I'm a sucker, and would buy it, like the time he ordered the Grinder Zippo.
    Unfortunatly for him, its the summer, and I'm broke, so can't afford it.
    I know he's taken one order for the HC, but I just don't have the cash for one.

    Now, if someone were to say that while the Dust Jacket looked like that, but the actual hard cover itself were embossed, I might be swayed to a more finacially uncomfortable position.
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    James - stores that take preorders or reserves can take them for Gravel: Never a Dull Day now.

    Done deal.

    I'd consider it the grand kindness if the order that comes through from Minotaur bookstore in Melbourne gets the nod.
    Any approximate release date for this brick-like conglomerate of gravel?

      CommentAuthorMike Wolfer
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2008 edited
    I, for one, can't wait to get my hands on the GRAVEL: NEVER A DULL DAY hardcover, not only for the convenience of reading it will provide, but also so that I can own a single, historical tome that represents a five-year period of my professional career. If you include in the equation the new cover that I provided for the book, that's nine years. I'm sure it will be interesting to watch the evolution of the art unfold, particularly the representation of Gravel, himself, as I became more and more familiar with just who he is and how best to express his personality from one mini-series to the next. It should be fun.

    And not to spread fear among the die-hards, I'd like to address the subject of allocation. If you're not hip to exactly what this is, I'll simplify: The print run for NEVER A DULL DAY is set at 2000. Excluding copies reserved for convention sales, let's say that 1500 copies are made available for distribution. Your store orders two. If distributor pre-orders come in requesting 3000 copies, each store's order will be cut in half, meaning your store will only get one copy. With the amount of buzz this thing is getting, I'm guessing that the demand will be greater than anticipated. Now, I'm not advocating bumping-off the other people who ordered the book through your local comic shop just as you did, but, well... You may need to be vigilant when the release date rolls around to make sure that you're able to secure your copy should allocations occur. This thing may be harder to find than the Sigsand Manuscript.

    I've learned a lot from Sergeant Major William Gravel, so I hope William Christensen won't be surprised when one copy of the hardcover mysteriously teleports from the Avatar booth at the Chicago Wizard con directly into my luggage.
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2008
    I want copy of Gravel book. ._.
    • CommentAuthorWilf
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2008
    Why only 2000?

    Now, I know next to nothing about any of this, but it seems to me that, given the probable high demand for this, it would be better to print (and sell) absolute arseloads of copies? Or at least enough to meet demand. More money generated, more happy customers, etc. etc.
  5.  (2380.28)
    @madbloke - Because we want to have it for Chicago, which means they are all already printed. I had to pick a number and I'd rather do a really nice book that sells out. Since we wanted to get them all signed by the creators, Warren and Mike would THROTTLE me if I did more than 2000. As is, they curse my name on a nightly basis... So I thank you all for supporting this, there will indeed only be 2000 copies and a hardcover only.
    • CommentAuthorWilf
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2008
    @William - Fair enough, and thanks for the response.
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    Wait a minute... "2000... signed by the creators"?

    (digging for contract)

    Ah, shit...
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    @Mike Wolfer
    Ah, shit...

    Hahahahaha.......still, congrats on HC printing.
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2008
    I will be reserving my copy of the HC Gravel Monday, as I now have money to splurge on stuffs. The only thing left is to save for my Eee PC and mod the crap out of it. But that can wait until I get my Gravel goodness. Oh, and hopefully to fly out to San Diego, as I don't think Chicago will be a viable option, but then I've also gotta start saving for college. Oh Avatar, how you tear at my bank account.
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2008
    I've got the Gravel Hardcover on preorder at my store. I'm looking forward to it :)