XKCD Book - ever?

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Re: Is there ever going to be an XKCD book?

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:37 am UTC

Foldouts cost money, something that if in-house published would drive up the cost of the book, and if published by an outside publisher would likely be a no-go, as the publisher is probably not going to front the cash needed for that on a webcomic artist.

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Re: Is there ever going to be an XKCD book?

Postby kaitou » Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:41 am UTC

The problem with doing an xkcd book is getting the page to do something when you hover your mouse over it...

I guess it would have to be a pop-up book.

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Re: Is there ever going to be an XKCD book?

Postby Jack Saladin » Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:41 am UTC

ST: Yarly. They're going to have to do something non-traditional, and non-traditional equals expensive, so they're either going to have to find a really enthusiastic, rich publisher who happens to fall in love with them, or raise a lot o' monies. Neither of these things are easy.

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Re: Is there ever going to be an XKCD book?

Postby Baza210 » Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:24 am UTC

And fold out pages are so.. clunky.
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Re: Is there ever going to be an XKCD book?

Postby RealGrouchy » Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:03 am UTC

sje46 wrote:I would love the book too, and I think it would be a smart business decision as well, but I'm pretty sure Randall said something about it.
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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby Gojoe » Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:22 am UTC

Are fold out pages really that expensive? I do not know anything about publishing AT ALL. But i know magazines do it all the time. I figure they must of figured out a cheap way of doing it... Maybe that is the difference between a magazine and a book.
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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby b.i.o » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 am UTC

Gojoe wrote:Are fold out pages really that expensive? I do not know anything about publishing AT ALL. But i know magazines do it all the time. I figure they must of figured out a cheap way of doing it... Maybe that is the difference between a magazine and a book.


As you said, it's something that magazines do all of the time, and so something I expect magazine publishers are more well-equipped to deal with more economically. I don't know the specifics, but I do know that the costs can get very large very quickly.

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Re: Is there ever going to be an XKCD book?

Postby Ross, » Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:31 pm UTC

roc314 wrote:You could always have fold out pages for comics like 'Height'; you would have to, unless you wanted to split it across several pages.

That made me think: pop-up xkcd :)
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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:57 pm UTC

Gojoe wrote:Are fold out pages really that expensive? I do not know anything about publishing AT ALL. But i know magazines do it all the time. I figure they must of figured out a cheap way of doing it... Maybe that is the difference between a magazine and a book.

Magazines use a cheaper quality of paper for one. It's quite a bit more flexible than book paper.. I mean, your usual magazine should last a couple of months via regular use before it starts to fall to pieces. A book is supposed to stick together for a lifetime. Now, I'll grant you that you usually don't flip through a book as much as you do a magazine... but that's assuming a standard narrative start-at-the-front-read-to-the-back kinda deal. A cartoon book, like this would be, is something that's meant to be flipped to any random page at any moment, so they need even more specialized paper and binding to keep them together.

Slapping a fold out - especially a vertical fold out - in that just skyrockets the cost.

Most magazines that do fold outs do horizontal fold outs and you rotate the magazine. Books usually don't want you rotating them as, due to the size, it's often harder to do so.
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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby Baza210 » Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:37 pm UTC

A fold-out xkcd calendar might work though.
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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby Gojoe » Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:21 pm UTC

Or maybe a page a day one. And on special days (like randals birthday) something bad ass happens. Like maybe he sneaks in a new xkcd comic or something.

There is already a thread about an xkcd calendar. This is a thread about an xkcd book.
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Re: Is there ever going to be an XKCD book?

Postby Alder » Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:22 pm UTC

roc314 wrote:You could always have fold out pages for comics like 'Height'; you would have to, unless you wanted to split it across several pages.

I thought this reminded me of something, so I poked through my Far Side books, and Cows of Our Planet has a double foldout in the middle - full-colour with glossy paper. I'm pretty sure one or two of the other books have something similar as well.

There are 159 cartoons in that book. So...you don't necessarily need hundreds to fill a book - they're mostly two to a page, but some are a full page.
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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby rdent90 » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:49 am UTC

im pretty new to xkcd, only found out about it a few months ago. ive read all the comics at least once and many more than that and i still crack up whenever i read them. i am seriously condiering going through all 500 of them and copying them into word and printing it out just so i can read them whenever and give them to people i know. if there was an xkcd book id buy 10 or 20 copies give 8 or 18 to friends and raise the other two as my children.

if they called for donations to help get it out the ground id do that too. oh god i want an xkcd book.

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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby Meowgan » Fri May 01, 2009 5:40 am UTC

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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby joshz » Fri May 01, 2009 10:48 am UTC

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAHWOOOOOOOOO!
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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby Red Hal » Tue May 05, 2009 2:02 pm UTC

So who's the fan who's got the lucky job of selecting the comics? Count me in for two BTW. I wouldn't want to seem cheap ...
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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby lu6cifer » Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:01 am UTC

It's June! Been waiting for the book to come out...
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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby Jedifreak » Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:28 am UTC

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Re: XKCD Book - ever?

Postby Sarda » Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:01 pm UTC


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/busin ... 0link.html , for those who either don't happen to have an account with nytimes or don't want to bother logging in.
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