The last days I actually made a start with the book – working title ‘The Mojo Collection’.
The first thing I needed to decide was what (comics) to include in this collection. My first impulse was to make it a 1-on-1 transition from the webcomic to the book.
So I started to collect the comics I made in the first 2 years (2010 and 2011), but I felt that some of the older comics where not really that funny at all. And I felt kinda sad that I couldn’t include the later comics, the ones which I really enjoyed creating and I am very proud of.
So eventually I decided it is my book, so I can do with it whatever I want. So… the book will be a selection of the 300 comics. Now I only have to choose which comic to include and which ones to leave out ^^
The biggest challenge will be keeping an eye on the page count. It can’t be too high, I don’t think it’s wise to have a book with more than 200 pages – so I will need to make some harsh choices.
I also want the book to contain more than just only the comics. I want to add some more background information, some artists notes (how I came up with a joke, how I made the comic, what’s special about a specific comic etc). And also show some sketches or concepts.
I want to add more than you can find on the website. But also make it a beautiful collection. Something I can be proud of.
The book will be in full-colour, since I keep on switching between black-and-white, grey tones and colours – so I have no choice about that ^^
The size of the book will be approximately 9″ by 9″ – really love that size for a cartoon book. Fits perfectly on a book shelve and is ideal for square and strokes of comics.
So, what’s next?
Well… the next step will be to continue picking what to include and what to leave out, making contact with the printer and eventually starting to lay out the book itself.
Lots of work ahead, but looking forward to it. So probably there won’t be a new Mojo comic until the end of June, but I will keep you guys posted about the progress I’m making with the book.