This week I am putting together the second printing of our first book, Unshelved Volume 1. This would normally be straightforward - just call up the printer and say "have at it, boys!" - but for three things.
Side note: we knew months ago that we were going to have to do a second printing, but have waited until now because we wanted to see how many orders came in from Diamond Previews. As a result we have cut things too close. Even with finding another box of Unshelved Volume 1s in my garage we only have about 90 left for website sales and Diamond is already backordered. Hopefully everyone will be patient - ETA is about six weeks, give or take.
The only question now is, how many to print? The more we print the cheaper it gets per copy, but of course the more expensive it get overall. It's a little scarier than the first time around when we had all those preorders. This time we're printing for the future, not to meet an existing demand. We will not make our money back right away as we have on previous book printing and that will cause a cash flow crunch of a high degree. We'll survive, but like I said, scary.
Check out these ceramic cups which mimic a ubiquitous coffee cup familiar to those of us from New York City. I must have one.
In the category of "live and learn," we have discovered that packing shirts with the image right up against the packing slip is a problem. In some of the cow shirts we shipped out over the last two weeks some of the (black) ink from the packing slips leaked onto the (white) image. Making for a muddy cow.
If this happened to you we'd be happy to provide a full refund. Or we'll be happy to replace it with any of our other shirts. And we'll pack them more carefully.
Jan 25 - 28, 2019 Seattle, WA ALA Midwinter (Library COMIC Booth #726) (Gene)
March 1, 2019 Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa County Library District (Gene)
April 15 - 17, 2019 Austin, TX Texas Library Association Annual Conference (Library COMIC booth, Monday night event) (Gene)
June 21 - 24, 2019 Washington, DC
ALA Annual (Library COMIC booth) (Gene)
Check out our Full Schedule