Hoo boy. Well, at least everybody’s on the same page now! The same awful page.
Production work on the next print volume of Family Man is coming right along! I now have a final page count (200!), an endpaper pattern (books and moons!) and my next task is to decide on paper stock. Because this comic has a great deal of rich, saturated black as well as pure, un-tinted white, it’s a challenge to find paper thick enough to have black on one side and white on the other without showing through…but light enough to keep the book into a five-pound doorstop with a cracked spine. And because the comic has a lot of dark colors gently transitioning into one another, the paper has to be glossy to keep those tones from flattening out under a matte coating.
These are the thrilling details of book production that you don’t think about when you’re just starting out. I love to think about printers, binders, and other book-handling professionals from centuries past, all grumbling to themselves over similar issues.