Hi there. Have you missed me? Sorry about the uncharacteristic lack of posts over the past week, but I was trying a new experiment: If I don’t have anything of value to post, don’t post anything. The past week or so has been insane for me — Cat and I decided to make our wedding invitations ourselves, which was good in that it gave us fine control over materials, design, and quality. They turned out to be kind of amazing, and for about half the price of professionally made ones. The downside is that this turned out to be an incredibly arduous process that had us pulling several all-nighters in a row. We are not young people anymore. It’s been a hardship for us old folks. That, on top of a several-day work conference, a trip to Orange County for a family wedding, and tomorrow’s flight to New York City for Sony’s I-hope-to-god-it’s-worth-the-trouble press event. On top of 60 hours of day-job work per week. Alas, Telebunny has suffered as a result.
That being said, I did put the wraps on The Anatomy of Castlevania print volume. Hoorah!
I even took the time to create a mini version of the book for the budget-minded, since the large format I used clocked in at a pretty pricey total for the paperback edition — Blurb doesn’t offer the 10×8″ landscape format in black and white. The smaller book doesn’t include most of the supplemental content I added for the larger formats, but the Anatomy of a Game text exists in its entirety (and it’s been editing for the shocking number of typos I committed in the web version).
So, if you’re interested:
- The Anatomy of Castlevania (B&W mini paperback, 98 pp): $13
- The Anatomy of Castlevania (color landscape paperback, 80 pp): $42
- The Anatomy of Castlevania (color landscape hardcover, 80 pp): $60
You may notice the cover doesn’t look all that much like the rough draft. I actually drew all those characters, and they turned out really well… but I colored the background first and loved the misty watercolor effect so much that I felt the jokey character notes would be a distraction. Why not just let it look classy, I figured? (The eagle-eyed can still spot falling orange blocks from Block 7-03 dropping from the cliff face in front of the moon’s reflection on the lake.)
You can check out the first 15 pages of each edition on the book pages to see how I went about the layouts and stuff. I had a lot of fun putting this issue together, so you can expect more along these lines.
Also, the coupon code KBWINTER will knock 10% off a Blurb order through the end of the month. (Note from reader Jason Williams: “Also, the code PRESIDENTSDAY will net you 25% off all orders with no minimum. Don’t know when it expires, but it may be today (Monday) only.”)