Okay, having established "Where We Are" (see above post) let me attempt to address the idea of CEREBUS hardcovers -- which I think are a bad idea and which I think Diamond would believe are a bad idea -- in the frames of reference of those of you who are...extremely dedicated...the subject:
I'm prepared to discuss a one-off CEREBUS Volume with Diamond but my having that discussion will hinge on a consensus view among the AMOC readership filling in the following blanks:
1) Of what the hardcover will consist: these are the contents, this is the page count, this is the size, this is how the cover will be printed [zero interest on my part: I think hardcovers with the image printed on the cover itself look like cheesy 1970s British Christmas Albums and dust jackets get buckled and torn too easily], this is the paper stock, this is the way it will be bound
2) This is how much it will cost to print the interiors on the paper specified.
3) This is how much it will cost to ship the interiors to wherever they will be bound as hardcovers
4) This is how much it will cost to bind the books
5) This is how much it will cost to ship the bound books to wherever they will be packed into individual boxes and shipped a) in Canada b) to the USA c) internationally
6) This is how much it will cost to have customized boxes created OR standard boxes ordered which fall within the dimension guidelines for the above three categories of shipping
7) This is how much it will cost to have the finished books and boxes shipped to wherever those boxes will be packaged individually and mailing labels and customs forms generated for them and affixed to those boxes (i.e. definitely not Aardvark-Vanaheim)
8) This is how much all of the above charges amount to.
9) This is how much Aardvark-Vanaheim will make, off the top: that is, Aardvark-Vanaheim makes its cut the same as Kickstarter and Amazon do: we take the money and run and leave whomever is in charge of this holding the metaphorical bag
8) and 9) This is the total amount which would need to be raised on Kickstarter, factoring in Kickstarter and Amazon's cut in such a way that 9) "stays whole"
For the sake of simplicity, I think it will probably be left up to Sean to decide MOST of the above, but, again that would depend on that being the consensus view.
My inference is that 9) will be a staggering sum to which I would have to be a fool to say no. To say the least it would have to be at or near the top of expenses. If A-V is making 10% of what the Post Office is, I think I'm safe in saying it will be a non-starter.
I don't think this is a good idea for Diamond, but I'm willing to discuss it with them. I think the REALITY is that Diamond wants all sixteen volumes as trade paperbacks in print and available and they'll look at a CEREBUS hardcover as a New Product Category that they will have to finance. i.e. Do you guys want to finance a print run of Volume One trade paperbacks AND a hardcover at the same time? I can't picture the answer being yes: that would raise the question of "Are you willing to do the same thing with HIGH SOCIETY which you have stocked in depth as a remastered trade paperback?" That is, are you interested in financing 16 trade paperbacks and 16 hardcovers because they're going to KNOW that that's where this is going Conversely:
Are you okay with me taking x tens of thousands of CEREBUS fan dollars out of CEREBUS fan pockets for a CEREBUS VOLUME ONE Hardcover on Kickstarter at the exact point where -- after seven years -- you finally have all the trade paperbacks back in stock?
It's also a question for retailers: Are you cool with me selling a hardcover directly to CEREBUS fans instead of telling them the trade paperbacks are "it" and, no, I won't sell them to you directly, I want you to buy them from the stores? And, no, you can't have the hardcover CEREBUS Volume One in your store because the numbers don't work with YOUR cut and DIAMOND's cut?
Sean? If you want to work this up at your hourly rate, I'll be happy to look at the numbers.