Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pirate & Hoopoe Goes to Press

The dream that is Pirate & Hoopoe is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality. Yesterday we went to the nearby city of Hayward to visit Folger Graphics, the press that is printing the book. When we walked in we were thrilled to see that two of the seventeen signatures were already printed, and the third was on press.
It was wonderful that one of the giant stacks of pages featured a picture of dear Hoopoe, the character who travels between the world of men and the story's magical valley. It was almost as though she was there to greet us.
If you've never had the opportunity to watch a giant printing press at work, I encourage you to find an excuse to do so. I'm sure that printing will never die out completely, but it is more and more rare to see these presses in action. The "Heidelberg Speedmaster" printing the pages of the book is a monster of a machine, but it's amazing what fine work it can turn out. We've put up a short video to give you a sense of it.

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