It has been a difficult month. Early on, my wife and I lost our son, Corvin, who wasn’t even supposed to be born until August. It’s been difficult to get back into the swing of things, and even in my expectation of the release of The Battle Of Blood And Ink has been…less enthusiastic than I would be normally.
Tor has gone andgeneric levitrabuy levitra online put up the first 20 pages for preview, which has been a nice boost, I won’t lie. Being able to show everyone Steve’s amazing artwork for the book has been great. But, as is the case with most things on a digital screen, it didn’t feel real. After the despair of the past month, I needed something real.
And then, yesterday, my advance copy of The Battle Of Blood And Ink arrived. And I got to hold in my hands. It was real.
I don’t think I can adequately express how great it is to hold this book. Even turning the pages is wonderful, as Tor has printed the art on rough, off-white paper. It feels like it’s from the Flying City.
The not-quite-white of the pages sets off Steve’s powerful inks well, too. Gives the whole package a warm feel.
I put it on my comics shelf, next to the Batman comics and near Marian Churchland’s Beast. It looks like it belongs there, up with the classics. It’s a real book. It’s got my name on it. I can hold it in my hands whenever I like.
Which is an indescribably wonderful feeling.