Sunday, 24 November 2013

Weekly Update #6: 'Cerebus' & 'High Society' Reprinting

Previously on 'A Moment Of Cerebus':
Dave Sim, working with George Peter Gatsis, has remastered the first two collected volumes of Cerebus to restore details and quality in the artwork lost over the thirty years since they were originally published (as detailed here and here). After Cerebus' original printer Preney Print closed its doors, Dave Sim moved his printing to Lebonfon in 2007 as at that time they were still capable of working with photographic negatives and making printing plates as Preney had done. And then Lebonfon switched to digital scanning and printing - a technology which struggles to faithfully reproduce Cerebus' tone without creating moire patterns (as detailed in Crisis On Infinite Pixels). Dave Sim continues to work with Lebonfon to ensure the print-quality of the new Cerebus and High Society editions (as detailed in Collections Stalled). Now read on...
WEEKLY REPORT ON CEREBUS (16th PRINTING) &
HIGH SOCIETY 30TH ANNIVERSARY S&N GOLD LOGO (11th PRINTING)

DAVE SIM:
(by fax, 22 November 2013)
Progress! As of 19 November, Lebonfon has mailed XEROX 770 2400 dpi proof copies of the most critical "problem children" pages -- CEREBUS volume pages 53, 146, 198, 296, 297, 299, 300, 301, 302 and 408 and HIGH SOCIETY pages 25, 29, 36, 182, 195, 210, 211, 213, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 226, 228, 230, 231, 318, 391, 412, and 470 -- to George Gatsis at his new Black Diamond Effect offices in Toronto. Once in his possession, George will be able to compare Lebonfon's proofs to his own proofs and recalibrate his digital files as necessary.

Also this week, Ted Adams, IDW CEO and publisher, volunteered the assistance of IDW's own production department if we find ourselves in need of another set of eyes on the remaining "problem children" pages. I'll wait to hear what George has to say.

IDW also announced this week that HIGH SOCIETY AUDIO/DIGITAL -- the HIGH SOCIETY AUDIO BOOK plus computer-screen compatible digitization (lower resolution than needed for physical printing) -- will be shipping in an "up market" gift box format in May of 2014 priced at $19.95.

cc:
Matt Demory, DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS
George Gatsis, THE BLACK DIAMOND EFFECT
Patrick Jodoin, IMPRIMERIE LEBONFON

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