Monday 10 August 2009

happy birthday to me! And fate steps up to deliver the printer's proof pages of me new book. I've cut the cover to fit around the loose bundle to give a better feeling of how the finished thing will present itself.

It's the same dimensions as From Hell, but 64 pages thicker:

Half a dozen pages show faults and errors, all my own, but I've caught them in time. One has to pay attention during the proofing stage.



Blogger Matthew Adams said...

Happy birthday Eddie.

Can we tell how old you are by how many pairs of pants your wearing, with one pants equal to one year?

Hmmm.. one pants? one pant? And why do we say a pair of pants? Did we use to buy one pant for each leg, hence the pair and apparent plural?

Anyway, can't wait for the book.

10 August 2009 at 01:24:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Happy Birthday, Eddie!
Book looks good.

10 August 2009 at 01:33:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so exciting! the book looks great already.

and happy birthday to you!

from dianna in tasmania

10 August 2009 at 03:50:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Loris Z. said...

Happy Birthday, Eddie!!

Can't wait to have the book in my hands.

10 August 2009 at 03:51:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Iain said...

I just ordered Alec "The Years Have Pants" for my birthday and then came right here to discover it's your birthday too. Happy Birthday.

10 August 2009 at 04:58:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous tita said...

Happy birthday!

The book looks.. fulfilling. Hope everything goes well with the production and all. Really looking forward to read it.

10 August 2009 at 06:57:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Nino said...

¡Cumpleaños feliz!
Solemos cantar en España en un día como éste.

¡Feliz cumpleaños!, te deseo de corazón, hoy y siempre.
Salud y suerte, compañero.

10 August 2009 at 09:08:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Unknown said...

Many happy returns my friend. May the years have cash from here on out.

10 August 2009 at 09:37:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Austin Kleon said...

Happy birthday to you, & happy birthday to us when that baby comes out!

10 August 2009 at 09:41:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous wayne beamer said...

Hey Eddie,

The other good thing about today being your birthday: Even though I'm old enough to have grandchildren, I'll always be younger than you. And that's a good thing...

Question: Are you holding onto all your Alec pages, or have you given any thought to parting with them?

My soft and hard copies of the book are in the queue...

Best to you and the wifey of your bosom,


10 August 2009 at 09:53:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Unknown said...

Beautiful! Congratulations and happy birthday!

10 August 2009 at 10:39:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Mr. Campbell,
The other good thing about today being your birthday: Even though I'm old enough to have grandchildren, I'll always be older than you. And that's a good thing...
Happy birthday!
Congratulations on another free trip around our star.
Best wishes,
Gordon Smith
Chico, CA.
(born 8.11.52)
ps. I just finished acquiring all 60 Bacchus books and am reading one a day. Today I will read #24.
I am a huge fan of the old myths and wonder how I missed the Eyeball Kid and the Stygian Leech in all of my previous reading.....Thank you very much for the fun!

10 August 2009 at 10:47:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Bill Peschel said...

I preordered the book, too, and looking forward to reading all the bits I missed.

I wonder what kind of errors could be missed. Typos? Can't imagine looking at the artwork and find them there.

10 August 2009 at 11:32:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Kelly Kilmer said...

Happy Birthday, Eddie!

The book looks great. Can't wait for it to come out!!

10 August 2009 at 12:55:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

thanks, all.

Bill- Errors? I'll tell you then you'll be sorry you asked. I scanned the pages in tiers, grayscale, assembled then sized then converted to bitmap. In many places I decided to replace a tier, but had to convert to bitmap before dropping onto the page since it was already bitmap. If I forgot to convert, the system did it automatically but used 'dither' instead of '50% threshold'. In these cases it was virtually impossible to spot them on the computer screen, I thought if I can't see it maybe it won't matter, but on the printers proofs I found that the blacks had a blotchy look and was able to locate the half dozen that had got away from me. Then I retrieved the original scan of the tier, converted to bitmap 50% threshold and dropped in over the incorrect one. If there are still any I missed when the book comes out.... keep it to yourself.

10 August 2009 at 15:06:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday. Glad to see Alec will be in one book at long last, it'll sit nicely next to "The Complete Alec" which isn't really. Wish I still had a copy of the old Deadface book, if only for the Gaiman intro...

Steve Block

10 August 2009 at 16:50:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Matthew Adams said...

Eddie, just wondering if you have heard of the barnacle press website
It has scans of a lot of old strips. I have been reading the Outbursts of Everett True, which remind me of you a little bit

Only a tiny little bit...

10 August 2009 at 19:03:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

yes, I was there a couple of days ago looking at The McCutcheon cartoons. excellent site. and Everett True is one of the unsung greats of comics.

ta for all the birthday wishes.

10 August 2009 at 19:20:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Matt Huynh said...

I can't wait for this edition, it looks fantastic.
Happy Birthday,


10 August 2009 at 19:54:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

May the years have cash! said Christopher.

let that be our motto. we don't need pants!

10 August 2009 at 20:06:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Matthew Adams said...

But without pants (and more importantly, the pockets that come with pants) where are we gonna store the cash?

10 August 2009 at 20:56:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Unknown said...

Give me cash and I'll ware a kilt and hide it under me willy.

10 August 2009 at 21:06:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Matthew Adams said...

Ware Kilt!

10 August 2009 at 23:01:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Unknown said...

Aye! Well, a brogue is easier to speak than to spell.

11 August 2009 at 09:52:00 GMT-5  
Blogger afdumin said...

Eddie, what hardcover edition of From Hell is that? The only ones I've ever seen are the original signed, limited edition which I couldn't get my hands on, and the newer Top Shelf hardcover with the ugly cover. Where can I get a copy of the one pictured? (You wouldn't happen to have any extra copies you'd be willing to part with for a pretty penny,do you?)

12 August 2009 at 08:02:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

that's the Knockabout hardcover edition, British. Especially good because the pages ate sewn together, not glued. I wrote about it in my July 27 post.
Get it direct from them or I expect

12 August 2009 at 14:27:00 GMT-5  

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