Book Stuff Archive

The Fence

While putting the upcoming Funky Fantasy IV book together I keep discovering or rediscovering great lines. I’m almost tempted to do another stream of the game in the near future with cheats on so we can blast through the game in like two days. That way I can get screenshots of all this stuff I missed – it turns out when we streamed it last year I only took a few screenshots once in a while since I had no idea it would turn into a serious book project down the road. The book schedule is pretty tight as it is though so I dunno how doable a few stream days would be though.

Site Design & Funky Fantasy IV Book Progress

I’ve been working on a lot of stuff this week even though it barely feels like it.

One good piece of news is that a Fangamer pal helped make the HTML of the new site design for the main LoL site. I’ve still got a lot of internal work to do to make it work with my custom WordPress coding so I don’t think the design will be up for a few months, but it’s good to see it coming together finally. The best thing is that it’s mobile-friendly and can resize automatically to fit different screen types / dimensions. Besides being super helpful for mobile readers, it’ll help with search engine ranking too, since mobile friendly plays a part in those crazy algorithms too.

The last few days Tony and I have been working on the base layout for the upcoming Funky Fantasy IV book. It’s coming along well but it’s still very early and will change a lot I’m sure. At the moment it looks like it’ll be in the area of 250-300 pages long. Here are some example layouts we experimented with earlier this week that are now outdated.

We’re already working on something different from those two samples. We’ve decided what kind of info we’ll continue to use, what kind of info we’ll drop (mostly the uninformative ones that sound like they’re from a bad TruTV show), and how we’ll arrange things. In the end it looks like it’s going to be a mix between our This be book bad translations, video games! book and our main Legends of Localization books.

It doesn’t look like much now but I can tell this is gonna be one of my favorite books I ever work on!

Sage Advice from Funky Fantasy IV

I’ve been going over the version 2 script of Funky Fantasy IV this week in preparation for our latest book project. I can’t believe it, but I’ve run across a couple of lines that give really good life advice. Learn well from the friends of Gorube, Skull Million, and eagles:

  • While I am aware of my fault, my life is just right.
  • Do not mess up with the people you love.
  • Take it easy!
  • Do not be afraid of the dangerous part.
  • Educational guidance will be helpful.
  • Do not try hard to think that the eagle is an eagle!

Let’s Tour a Book Factory!

While at SGDQ, we realized that we were about 2 hours away from the corporate headquarters of Bang Printing. They’re our favorite book printer, and they’ve printed every LoL book to date. So Kari Fry, Ryan Novak, and I drove up there to take a tour! Here are some pictures from that trip:

Fresh off the press

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Leftovers

Legends of Localization has its own little spot in the Fangamer office to store the various bits and bobs relating to each project. Today we found a forgotten box of bonuses that were include with the first 500 copies of the deluxe edition of the Zelda book. We kept some in case we needed them for customer service, but maybe we’ll give them out with random orders now.

(Note: Zelda II was not a bonus, lol)

Booked Up to November

The LoL team had a meeting yesterday, and Tony the Designer laid out a big ol’ schedule for the rest of the year. It’s good to see it all laid out visually, but it also means we have to get all that work done!

Proof of the LoL EB Book

It’s already time for a reprint of Legends of Localization Book 2: EarthBound. Last week, we received the book proof from our printing company. This is the final step in book publishing before a book goes to print. We need to check each page and make sure nothing is wrong, and I especially watch out for pages that may accidentally be in there twice (a flub that happened to the MOTHER 3 Handbook many years back).

The proof comes spiral-bound and it’s printed on a lesser printer than the big machines that print the real books. The EarthBound book is THICK:

If we spot a problem on the proof, we need to mark it on the page with a sticky note, and also note it on the sign-off sheet so the printers know where to look. You really don’t want to have to make changes at this point, though, because they get expensive.

The proof of our book covers always looks really weird, as none of the color is there. Plus, there are additional transparencies laid on top for things like spot varnish and debossing effects (are these terms confusing yet? I’ll make a post explaining them later). The obi/book sash is also a separate part that we need to check.

We’re gonna send the proof back today, then the shipment of new LoL books should be here in about two months!