The way I tackled this is to ultimately stack two strips on top of each other to create a full page, which makes the books thinner. The beginning of Ch1 had to be formatted fairly heavily in order to work because I [at that point] was throwing caution to the wind as they say, and leaving myself tons of 'artsy' white space. I did my very best to make it work though, and I did put time into making sure the pages looked nice and didn't just slap things together and call it a day. Somewhere in the middle of Ch1 and on, it becomes easy to stack and therefore will be how it works from there on out.
Ultimately -- Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name is a webcomic. I am always super surprised and flattered people want to pay for a physical copy for something that is free online, and it just brings me so much joy. However, it is all in all made FOR the web, not for print. The colors I use are generally out of the gamut of printing, and therefore end up duller and less saturated as they do on the web. The format may also have to change, and the weirder pages (like the ones where you had to scroll down) have to be cut up and rearranged. I try to make sure they are still nice to look at but the original experience will always be on the website, if that makes sense.
Hanna is made to be free and always available -- the point of it is to share a story with anyone who is interested in partaking. The amount of support from you guys is phenomenal and you treat me so well by purchasing the physical copies. Because of that I did my best to retain its integrity in the new format and hopefully you'll still enjoy it, even in its new standard comic size!
As for people who have the old books - I hope one day the indy prints done by me (the long horizontal ones) will be a collectors item, and those that have them do not regret having bought them originally. That was during a time when your support was extra helpful and lovely and I can never thank you enough for that. So...THANK YOU.
I hope that answers questions! Thanks again for everything guys, and naturally, you know you rock!
Well guys, I'm back from AX! SDCC is coming up in a few weeks and that's SUPER exciting, and Otakon is right after!! I'll have special exclusive buttons for both cons as well, so hi-fives all around.
And here's even better news. FINALLY book one is here!! I am happy to say it is now available where you do not have to race to get it, it is not in a horrendously limited supply, nor is it twenty dollars, AND it has a brand new cover! Jee golly Batman! Preordered books are a special deal and therefore will ALL come signed, and for a little bit extra [BUT ONLY THROUGH THE PREORDER PERIOD] they will be doodled in as well! Exciting!! So check it out!
Now remember - this IS a preorder. Books will be also available to purchase at the rest of the cons starting from San Diego Comic Con, but the books will ship at the end of this month, July 2010. Just to keep in mind!
Also as a note: These are now a standard comic size! It's unfortunate that the horizontal long books, while artsy and cute, were not practical, and the tall skinny books will be how they're printed from now on! The beginning of book one has quite a bit of formatting adjustments, but from now on out the books will be where two strips are stacked on top of each other to form one page, as well as at the end of book one! I'm sorry if this is supremely inconvenient for anybody, but I did my best to make sure the book still looked good! Hope you will still enjoy!
AX | LA, California | July 1st-4th 2010 | CONFIRMED | ARTIST ALLEY & 4DE VENDOR BOOTH |
San Diego Comic Con | San Diego, California | July 22nd-25th | CONFIRMED | 4DE VENDOR BOOTH
Otakon | Baltimore, Maryland | July 30th-August 1st 2010 | CONFIRMED | ARTIST ALLEY
DragonCon | Atlanta, Georgia | September 3rd-6th 2010 | CONFIRMED | ARTIST ALLEY