It looks like the first 6th Prince graphic novel test book samples came out better than I thought they would, whew! Yeah, I was sweating up a storm when the box came from the printer before I opened it.
So here's a pic of the final full color front cover, spine and all. I originally had only 50 pages but bumped up the overall count to make sure these books would get decent spine width. If they ever make it to any book stores the spine is very important when they hit the shelves.
Here we have the final book back cover full color with the usual "Who is Tuttz?" text line I always like to incorporate in things featuring that infamous cat. This image was selected to give a little glimpse of some of the tech and worldly things you'll see in all of the books starting with this first one.
Some of you may be wondering why I'm not doing a crowd funder to launch these books and I'll tell you why. I wanted to know what it would take and cost to do this on my own to build experience with full production and budgets all the way to completion. I was only known on the indie publishing circuit as a co-publisher and art director for Xmoor Studios for the last bunch of years. I did all the cons and shows splitting my time at my own Argonaut Resins collectible booth and the Xmoor Studios booth. Unfortunately we lost publisher and owner of Xmoor Robert Garrett (RIP) a while back and hopefully we'll see all of his work re-established and continued in some shape or form by his daughter Niya down the road. So, with that said, who knows maybe a crowd funder for the second or third book, we'll see.
I also choose the landscaped format to simulate a small theater screen to give the illusion you're reading a movie somewhat in the palms of your hand. The black and white interior is a throwback to when indie comics and zines started as most were done in black and white and I really liked that those books were done like that. Also some of the stylings you will see in the interiors have vintage old retro world feel and that was deliberate to help to give the books a overall spooky edge.
Up next - some teasers of the actual interior pages!