Saturday, 9 June 2012

Cerebus Digital Conversion

(from the Kickstarter Update #14, 6 June 2012)
Have to get back to work, but I wanted to show you where your money is going -- and thanks to all our donors!  It's true -- every dollar counts!
  1. These are the original "flats" that the trade paperbacks were printed from -- 8 pages on a side, 16 pages on a sheet. The negatives have to be cut individually off of the flats (they're held on with tape) CAREFULLY -- they scratch easily.
  2. The individual negatives are laid out on a full-sized sheet of illustration board and examined for any defects that need to be flagged for the printer when converting them and Sandeep for digital clean-up.
  3. Each negative has to be checked against the list of original pages that have been scanned. I don't want to pay $7.50 to scan a page I've already got in original art form!
  4. Once I'm sure that it's a needed page, I lightly tape it to a sheet of acid-free paper.
  5. Then cover it with another sheet to protect it. When all the negatives are done, they'll be FedExed to Val d'Or Quebec for digital conversion. Multiply this process by 6,000 pages and you have an idea of how big a project this is.
Thank you, Kickstarter and the Kickstarter generation! I have no idea how I could have kept going on this without you!

Dave Sim's initial $6,000 Kickstarter goal to digitize Cerebus: High Society was just the start! The ultimate goal of the Cerebus Digital 6000 project is to digitize all 16 of the Cerebus 'phone' books and make them available online. The dream goal is to raise a total of $100,000 through the Kickstarter campaign. If this fund is met, the whole series is in the works! Only 21 days left to go!

1 comment:

epobirs said...

I'm really glad to see this. Somebody who has been in self-publishing so long should get to enjoy the benefits of the new paradigm.