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How is it already November?  It feels like just yesterday we were carving pumpkins and planning costumes for Halloween, and now we’re halfway to Thanksgiving already!  Guess time flies when you’re having fun, especially if that fun involves putting together some of the coolest books filled with some of the most amazing and beautiful artwork out there!
 

As if we didn’t already have enough great material in the calendar for the next several months, we couldn’t resist the amazing opportunity that came our way recently to produce something wholly original and completely awesome with an amazingly talented musician, producer, and storyteller.  Some of you may have seen the big announcement a week or so back, but for those of you who missed it, we’re working with Tom DeLonge (co-founder and frontman of legendary punkpop band Blink-182 and Neo-prog group Angels and Airwaves) to create a new comic series based on his original creation, POET ANDERSON: THE DREAM WALKER!
 
A sci-fi fantasy adventure set within the parallel reality of The Dream World, POET follows the adventure of Jonas “Poet” Anderson, an aimless orphan who discovers an exciting – and dangerous – future waiting for him as a “Dream Walker,” one of a select group of guardians who protect those who sleep from the threats that lurk in nightmares. 

Debuting as a feature-film quality animated short film written and produced by DeLonge, the original comic series will serve as a prequel, introducing Poet to the Dream World for the first time.  Set for release alongside the new Angels and Airwaves album, “The Dream Walker”, on December 9th, the POET short film will kick off a cascade of tie-ins, including a novel, collectible figurines, fashion footwear, and ultimately a full-length feature film in pre-production.

The comic series will be written by DeLonge and co-writer Ben Kull (The Oblongs, Mission Hill, Father of the Pride), and illustrated by Djet Stephane, featuring covers by Gerald Parel (Avengers, X-Men), Bengal (Naja, Luminae), and more.  Stay tuned for more news and previews in the weeks ahead!  In the meantime, check out the awesome trailer for the animated short!
 

REVIEW QUOTES

EVERYONE LOVES DOOMBOY!

Doomboy is one of the best comic books/graphic novels I’ve ever read. That’s not an exaggeration or over hype either. Doomboy is the embodiment of everything that seasoned comic readers want from a comic and everything a new reader should expect. It has an emotionally deep story populated by characters that are relatable, but that also grow and change throughout the course of the story. The artwork is both art and storytelling at its finest. To put it plainly, it’s the complete package of both art and story.”
– Comic Bastards
 
“Doomboy” is a paean to lost loves, teen angst, and life. It is also an expressive stylized work that every person who breathed and lived the music of the Smiths, Joy Division, Nirvana, or Otep (if you’re looking for angry metal music) can identify with.
– TheBackingBoardFiles

STAFF PICK:  “You’ll immediately fall in love with the powerful juxtaposition Sandoval conveys”
– Broken Frontier

ANNOUNCING
LOVE: THE TIGER

Some of you may have noticed our ad in this past week’s issue of DIAMOND PREVIEWS, but for those of you who missed it, we are excited to announce our January release of LOVE: THE TIGER, by Frederic Brremaud and Federico Bertolucci!

This beautiful, all-ages title explores genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.  The first in a series, LOVE: THE TIGER follows a majestic bengal tiger in a typical day’s hunt, crossing paths with some of the most beautiful and fantastic jungle creatures  in nature.  LOVE: THE TIGER won the Special Jury Awards at the 2011 Lucca Comics Festival, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring it to the US.

And it is only the first of several volumes to follow later in the year, with each focusing on a different wild animal in a different natural environment.  LOVE: THE FOX (coming in Fall’15) explores woodland wildlife, while LOVE: THE LION (Winter’15) focuses on life in the Serengeti.

For more information about LOVE: THE TIGER, visit our title webpage!

NOW SHIPPING!

LUMINAE
by Bengal

NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES!!!

A sisterhood of six young warriors are tasked with protecting the mysterious Luminae, a holy creature of Light in exile from those forces of Darkness that would decimate humanity.  Each chosen for their individual strengths, powers, and force of will, they serve their duty in tales most believe to be merely legend.  When one of their sisters disappears after a surprise attack by otherworldly creatures, the others know it is the sign of a superior evil soon to arrive… and a looming danger for the saint under their protection!

A stylish dark fantasy written and illustrated by Bengal, the celebrated artist of Naja and Meka.

  • PAGES: 160 pages
  • FORMAT: Hardcover with curved corners and spot-glossed elements
  • SIZE:  8.5" x 11"
  • COVER PRICE: $24.99
  • ISBN:  978-0-9913324-6-5
VISIT THE LUMINAE WEBPAGE
for more information, trailer video, interview, and preview pages!
BUY NOW!

COMING SOON!

VOX
by Matteo De Longis
Estimated warehouse date: December 15th

A ROCK AND ROLL CONCEPT ART BOOK

Exploding from the space between rock music and electric sensuality, VOX deftly blends a cocktail of vivid imagery, combining alluring women, streamlined military hardware, detailed airplanes, cars, birds, and concert equipment into a signature symphony of visual stimuli that is at once engaging and hard to forget!

Designed and illustrated by Matteo De Longis, this unique artbook comes packaged in a 12″x12″ electric yellow plastic slipcase — the size of an actual vinyl record album — and is filled with dreamlike pop art straight out of a music video fantasy.

  • PAGES: 88 pages
  • FORMAT: Softcover in a translucent plastic slipcase
  • SIZE:  12" x 12"
  • COVER PRICE: $29.99
  • ISBN:  978-0-9913324-5-8

VISIT THE VOX WEBPAGE
for more information, trailer video, interview, and preview pages!
PRE-ORDER NOW!
DAOMU
by Kennedy Xu and Ken Chou
Estimated warehouse date: December 15th

Sean Wu had no idea of the secrets kept by his estranged father, until his death kicked open the gates to a mysterious world of international tomb robbers and ageless myths.  Now the sole heir to this critical legacy, he must survive the darkest terrors haunting the most sought after treasures buried within a globe-spanning labyrinth of ancient catacombs in order to solve his father’s murder and perhaps even save the world…

Based on the best-selling Chinese novel series DAOMU JOURNAL, written by Xu “Kennedy” Lei, this original graphic novel collects the sold-out series created by the celebrated artists under the direction of James Zhang’s Concept Art House, with over 20 million fans declaring Xu ‘China’s Stephen King’.

This 244 page hardcover features a soft-touch textured cover with embossed elements, highlighting the strikingly rendered painted artwork on both front and back cover.  The 225 page epic storyline is supplemented by concept artwork and additional design material further exploring the world of Daomu.

  • PAGES: 244 pages
  • FORMAT: Hardcover with soft-touch lamination, spot-glossed elements, and ribbon bookmark
  • SIZE:  8.5" x 11"
  • COVER PRICE: $29.99
  • ISBN:  978-0-9913324-8-9
WEBSTORE ORDERS INCLUDES A SET OF THREE ART PRINTS BY KEN CHOU!
 
VISIT THE DAOMU WEBPAGE
for more information, trailer video, interview, and preview pages!
PRE-ORDER NOW!

FEATURED INTERVIEW / MATTEO DE LONGIS

A fantasist and musician at heart, Matteo De Longis is a character designer and illustrator driven by the magic of music.  Melody as  lines, instruments as color, whole pieces as songs, flowing from one to the other like an album or opera.

His first showcase collection of work, VOX, is a medley of hard-bodied rock-and-roll, featuring alluring dreamgirls, heavy metal military gear, concert equipment, and airplanes in a mega-mix of color, concept, and fashion.
Your style has suggestions of both Asian, European, and American influences.  How would you describe your style, and what were your biggest influences?

MATTEO DE LONGIS:  I could describe my own style as a hybrid and global one, because as you said it’s influenced by a lot of artists and styles from all around the world, especially from Japan.  In fact, my style started from my love for anime and manga.

Sometimes, in Italy, I’ve even felt almost an alien because of my love for this different culture that many years ago was far away from the western one.
I can describe myself as “backwards” contaminated; after re-discovering more western styles, I became a hybrid with no more boundaries.

My style is in perennial evolution.  At first my Japanese referring artists were: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Masamune Shirow, and afterwards Katsuya Terada, and Range Murata; artists who are not tied by commercial limits of serial production.   Among the Western artists I find enormously inspiring: Ashley Wood, Jamie Hewlett and James Jean.  Every day I discover amazing artists on the web, for which it’s not important to know their nationality.


You combine such a unique variety of elements and themes in these works – rock and roll, military vehicles and weapons, birds and nature, etc.  What is the connection between these elements that you wish to suggest?

MDL:  I needed to blow up my imagination, my visual world, that’s why I created VOX!  I usually say that this artbook is my artistic statement, a starting point, not a point of arrival.  So I mixed up different elements, but they really are some of the things that I like!  I feel connections between sounds and colors ( this is the meaning of this book), beauty and music, aircrafts and birds, guitars and weapons… If the result is often a bit weird or “fuzzy”, this is just rock!

VOX represents such a promising debut, establishing your work as unlike any other “rock art” seen so far.  What are you working on now, and what do you hope to accomplish in the near future?

MDL:  I will continue to be a visual artist, and a cover artist for various projects. I would also like to work more on the design and merchandise derived from my artworks.  Every project I do always contains the “seeds” for the next one, so I want to expand some of the themes of my universe. I think the time has come to tell stories now, and so I’m looking for my way of doing comics.



Your work is so very clean and beautifully rendered, with near mathematical draftsmanship surrounded by an organic, almost gestural dynamic.  What is your typical process for creating a piece? Do you work traditionally or digitally or both?


MDL:  I draw completely digital, I spend a lot of time working with photoshop and painter on a display/tablet because I think that, with these tools, you can have a warm expression and a very personal touch.

Sometimes to make a piece, everything happens as a result of a lightning inspiration, other times an artwork is the result of a long and alchemic composition, doubts, breaks, afterthoughts and reprises.

It’s clear that in my illustrations also the elements of graphic design are important and are often part of the concept.

Many of your pieces suggest a larger backstory, either behind the interesting character designs or the composition of the characters within an interesting environment.  Do you have stories behind each piece and each character that you wish to tell or explore in expanded format later?

MDL:  Yes indeed! I think I’ve already answered this in the previous questions, about wanting to expand my universe even telling stories through comics.  VOX is a kind of “teaser” of what is my visual universe, but the next project will be a new “big-bang”, I consider that drawing for  illustrations and drawings for comics should be a little different, the comics should be more dynamic.  But I also love the fact that comics are supported by many artworks, datasheets, designs which help to explore and appreciate the background.
 

SURVEY RESULTS!

Another great response to last month's survey, with some really interesting and valuable insight...




The first bit of interesting data shows that it's not at all fair to assume you've all bought one of our books! We're thrilled you're following us, though, and interested in what we're doing (or trying to do) enough to help with our surveys!

The other data also makes it clear that while a large number of you, just under half, are "collectors" of a sort who are interested in an expanded, exclusive experience with a title, the majority of you do consider price a key factor when buying a book.  We try to keep our costs reasonable for our hardcovers, but this definitely will have us considering ways to make our products more affordable.  Digital editions of most titles will continue to be made available, and who knows -- maybe there will be enough demand for us to release paperback editions once the first run of hardcovers sell out...

Thanks again for your help, and as before, we've selected three random respondents to reward with a 50% off discount code good for a single shopping-spree checkout at our webstore!  This month's winners are: 
  • fred.boulos@***.com
  • Guzzid2@***.com
  • peterdoherty@***.com
Please email us at contact@magnetic-press.com, and we will send you your individual code, which will be good for 50% off a single order, not just one item, so use it to get one of everything!
 

For this month's survey, we'd like to find out about your convention attending experience -- have you attended a convention this past year?  What parts were you most excited about?  We're starting to plan our 2015 convention strategy, so we'd love to hear your thoughts!  Please take a minute to help us out, and you'll be entered in next month's drawing for a 50% discount code of your own!
TAKE THE NOVEMBER SURVEY!

PUBLISHING 101: BINDING

We're continuing the series of articles spotlighting various elements that go into consideration when designing and producing our books -- a little educational value added to this eNewszine!  There are a lot of factors involved in putting a book together, and a lot of you really want to know the ins and outs of the publishing biz, not just the "fun part" of making comics! 
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This month, we’re going to look at what makes up a book cover.  There are a lot of factors to consider when designing a book cover, far beyond dimensions and trim size.  True, these measurements are crucial to the design, particularly the spine width, which is directly defined by the page count, paper stock, and paper weight of the interior (*see last month’s article on paper stock).  Changing a paper stock selection after designing the cover can significantly change the thickness of a book’s spine, requiring major adjustments be made prior to printing and binding.  And since printing and wrapping a hardcover involves more assembly steps, you really want to be sure your interior stock and spine width is locked before the cover is assembled.


You probably already know the obvious difference between “hardcover” (also called “casebound”) books and “softcover” (also called “paperbacks”).  But what you may not know are the many variations available within the hardcover category.  For example, there are different types of spines and binding to consider.  “Squareback” is most common, with a flat board giving the spine a ‘square’, flat surface.  But there is also “hollow-back” or “round spine” books, where the spine is given a slight, round curve (introducing a hollow space between the spine and the interior book block itself, hence the name ‘hollow-back’). 

Quarter binding” refers to a book made up of two separately wrapped cover boards bound together by a spine of a different material.  An example of this is our edition of DOOMBOY.



The binding of the interior pages can also be achieved in many ways.  Most common are “perfect bound” books, where the pages are glued together at the spine. This is also called ‘adhesive binding’.  It is usually used in paperback books, but can also be used in hardcover books.  “Notch bound” books are similarly held together with glue, but in this process, signatures, or groups of folded pages, have notches cut into the spine where the glue can hold more pages at once.  Aside from adhesive binding, books can also be sewn or saddle stitched, in which the pages are held together with thread or staples.

You may have heard the term “Head and Tail bands” used in a book’s description. These are decorative bits of fabric glued at the top and bottom of a book’s binding to hide or disguise the residue of the glue or stitching holding a book together.  They are purely decorative, but do add a nice aesthetic touch to the quality of a book.

There are lots of options available for the cover of a casebound book.  The most immediate consideration is whether to use a dust jacket or not.  A dust jacket is a sheet of paper that wraps loosely around a hardcover book, most often with printing and design work, serving as the most prominent visible cover of the book.  While dust jackets were originally designed to protect the actual cover of a book from scratches and dirt, they have over time come to be considered the cover itself.  For this reason, many consumers and retailers will consider a book damaged if the paper dust jacket is nicked or torn, and return it for that defect alone, even if the book itself is perfectly intact.  Because of this many publishers (including Magnetic Press) will choose not to include a dust jacket, unless the design is key to the book’s presentation, such as the die-cut jacket on WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS.

The PLC – or ‘paper laminated case’ – refers to the actual hardcover boards that sandwich a hardcover book.  2-4mm cardboard is wrapped in paper, fabric, or foil, which is then wrapped around the interior bound book block and attached with “end papers” – heavier sheets that are glued to the inside of the front and back cover and then attached to the  first and last page of the book block.  So aside from adding the first and last bit interior design of a book, the endpapers are what actually hold a book together.  Pretty impressive feat for a couple of pretty sheets of paper, eh?
 

The paper wrapped around the cover board can be printed with the same variety of inks as interior pages, with the added benefit of “lamination”.  Lamination is a process that applies a thin plastic coating over the cover that prevents scuffing and tearing.  This lamination can be glossy and reflective, or matte and non-reflective, or even given a variety of textures in a process called “machine graining”.  This is where a textured roller is applied to the laminate while it is still warm and wet.  This process can give the paper a unique texture, like leather, stone, scales, etc, such as the rough texture on the WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS dust jacket. 
 

There are also different types of matte laminates available that offer a softer, almost rubberized texture, such as what we are using on DAOMU.  Multiple types of lamination can be applied to a cover at the same time, too, such as when a glossy “Spot UV” lamination is applied to key elements of a matte laminated cover.  Spot UV is a glossy laminating that is applied to "spots" defined by a designer's artwork.  So instead of printing ink, they print a glossy, shiny plastic.  You can see this process on almost all of our titles.  If you've seen our books, you can tell that we like spotUV. :)
 

In certain occasions a design might call for certain elements in a cover to push up or down-into the caseboard itself, to give the cover design some 3-dimensional relief.  This process is called “embossing” (raising elements up from the cover) and “debossing” (pushing elements deeper into the cover).  This process can be combined with spotUV for some really nice, dimensional effects.
 

Beyond this, depending on the printer and factory limitations, there is no end to what you can customize into a book design.  Die-cutting holes into the cover board, curving the book corners (such as our many French import titles), unique shapes, metal plates… its all up to your imagination!!
(many images courtesy of Google search!)

PROJECT STATUS REPORT

Here's where our current projects stand as of today!  Note that blue bars indicate finished, printed books on their way from the printer to the distributor warehouses, yellow bars indicate books currently at the printers, and orange bars indicate projects in finishing stages of pre-press production.  The dates on the right represent the current anticipated on-sale date.  (Note that this date is up to 2 weeks after the anticipated warehouse date... and we ship them right away if you order from our webstore!)  100% means it is on the shelves!

WHERE TO BUY

Wondering where you can get your hands on these works of wonder?
Magnetic Press books are available wherever books and comics are sold --
if your local store doesn't have it, tell them to get it!!

For the most immediate service, however,
you can order directly from us through our webstore!
ORDER NOW!

DIGITAL RELEASES

Did you know that many Magnetic Press titles are available digitally?
Some even ahead of print!
Check out or library of titles, including NAJA, MEKA, SUPER-EGO, ZAYA, and debuting this month, LUMINAE!
All available at
BUY DIGITAL COMICS NOW!

That's it for this month, but come back next month for another awesome NEW TITLE REVEAL -- a four volume series rolling out quarterly in 2015! -- as well as information about an exciting Ambassador Membership Club we're putting together, full of incentive rewards and exclusive items.  Have a great Thanksgiving, and we'll see you again in December!

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