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  1. I love seeing all the friendly discussion about how to best approach the layout! For the curious, I'll expand on my printer search journey. As you can imagine, finding a printer for this type of project is like finding that needle in the haystack. There are some factors that make this challenging: The extremely low quantity and the oversize 11" x 17" hardcover format. I started by requesting quotes from offset and digital printers I've worked with in the past and seeking recommendations. It was apparent that my low quantity would not make financial sense for them to take this project on.
  2. I was lucky to find https://phdbookbinding.com/coffee-table-books/ It's more of a turnkey process with a few printing options. You provide the PDF formatted to their specs and they do the rest. I felt the price was fair (especially considering my quantity) and I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality.
  3. Exactly! I love how this gives the commissions another life and I found arranging the pages took on an unexpected bit of storytelling consideration. Pricing came out to ~$150 for 1 copy and shipping. Prep and design was about a week of my time.
  4. Since 2018, I've been collecting mainly 90's era Wildstorm commissions as it's a very nostalgic time for me. As much as I love original covers and interiors from that time, I quickly found myself priced out of the original art game. It's been a blast seeking out artists and seeing their interpretations of the characters. For the penciled commissions, I'll usually get them inked and digitally colored so I can make prints for myself or a poster to put on my wall. A few months back I decided to design and print a book to showcase my favorite commissions over the years. The oversize format of
  5. Thanks for sharing the experience. One thing I'm curious about is the Marvel paper. Is there a way to tell if it is actually pre-printed boards sent from Marvel and was it advertised to you that way? I ask because I've seen instances where digital artists will print out the official-looking blueline on the blank bristol board along with their digital pencils or inks. The way the second page art is perfectly within the outer blue border would be tough to get so exact if it was a pre-printed board.
  6. Thanks for sharing this fantastic insight. I love this thread! It's not often talked about, but the blueline process introduces a lot of variability. Here's what comes to mind: The scan of the original pencils (or digital) The cleanup of pencils by the inker The specific opacity and blue value by the inker sent to print, and how the printer actually interprets these The quality of printer the inker has. Some inkers send their prints off to a local printer for a higher quality and consistency. The printer ink levels and print quality settings The type of pape
  7. Oh no, that poster tube is pretty narrow, but at least it looks like they rolled the paper the correct way for minimal overlaps. I'm personally OK with the larger heavy duty poster tube sizes (like Mondo) if the shipper doesn't feel confident in shipping it flat. Especially if it's international. It just requires more up legwork from the shipper though, because they don't typically sell the heavy duty shipping tubes from the post office from what I've seen. When I have to flatten, I would probably not have them in toploaders so the paper can receive more direct pressure. I'd use a larger
  8. This is something I've encountered as well. Sometimes I wonder if this is something that should be disclosed, just as inks on blueline printouts typically are when done by separate artists. Does it matter less if it is the same person doing the digital pencils, printing them out and then finishing it traditionally? Does it only matter if the digital pencils are visible on the finished product? Would this information deter people from buying the art? Do artists feel weird about disclosing these intricacies of their process? I'd love to hear opinions on this and if it
  9. Daniel Warren Johnson blew me away with his take on my Scott Pilgrim commission request. He really is something special and it's been a joy learning more about him and his process on his YouTube channel. CAF link
  10. Recent addition to the commission collection by Mario Chavez (https://www.instagram.com/m.chavezart/). Detail shots of the metallic ink over at CAF: https://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=1585991
  11. Just before SDCC, this amazing Grifter and Zealot commission arrived from Chris Stevens via Felix! I adore his tight line art, but decided to go for my first painted commission. To me, it's perfection. CAF Link: https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1568103