Blurb has informed me that the reason the color books are appearing in black and white is due to a display bug on their end, and that they will indeed print in full color. I have their word, so if it doesn’t turn out right you can demand a refund. Thus, I have set the color editions live and ordered my own copy. Here are your links:
Again, I realize the hardcover is pretty expensive; that’s the nature of print-on-demand. But the larger format did bring the price down. If we’d put this much written and art content into the older, smaller print size, the book would have cost $80. Savings!
I’m at work right now, but once I’m at home tonight I’ll post some color previews of the book on the issue’s landing page so you can get a sense of what it actually looks like in its proper form.
Edit: Color page sample images are now available for your appraisal at the bottom of the book index page! The actual books will print slightly darker than they appear here (or maybe the same if you’re on a PC, since Windows’ gamut runs darker than OS X’s), and the text weight is slightly heavier; I promise that legibility is not an issue. Soak it up! Enjoy! I am super proud of this book.