Check out this video of the new volume. Debuting this weekend at MoCCa in NYC.

Hey there.  Going to SPX 2011 this weekend?  Expect to see a table(D2) with the old Sundays banner flying with some old and new stuff for sale or perusal. Here is the rundown:

Melissa Mendes:

Melissa is debuting her freshly printed, 100+ page Xeric book, Freddy Stories at SPX. This is a treat. If you are familiar with Melissa’s previous Freddy comics, this book has all those stories plus like 40 more pages of new comics. Get one for the kid in you or in your life.

Melissa will also be doing a reading at Atomic Books in Baltimore on Friday before SPX with a ton of other great cartoonists. We recommend going to this event. It is always fun and Atomic always comes through with the free drinky-poos…if you are into that sort of thing.
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 Joseph Lambert:

Our pal Joe will be with us this weekend as well as hanging out with the Secret Acres folks where you can get Joe’s amazing I Will Bite You.
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This book is causing a ruckus and getting nominated like 2 times for Ignatz awards(given away this very weekend). Come say hi to Joe. He always has some superfresh prints and mini comics for sale. We hope Joe gets a brick or two this weekend. That would be a well-deserved perk for this hard working man.

Oh and we almost forgot that Joe is in the new and last Mome available at the Fantagraphics table.

Sean Ford:

The always reliable Sean Ford will be in attendance with copies of Only Skin his super awesome mystery-ghost-murder-comedy comic book series. Maybe he’ll have a special print for sale as well. Maybe something like this?
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Sean is plugging away at finishing up Only Skin for its publication next year as one book by Secret Acres. Things are happening!

Chuck Forsman:

Let it be known that I am now writing about myself. I will have The Ground is Soft and a new mini comic called The End of the Fucking World for sale. This new comic will be cheep and isn’t for kids.

I am also in Mome 22 and will be signing at the Fantagraphics booth, 11am to noon on Saturday and noon to 1 on Sunday. Come by and talk to me because I expect I will be bored.

Unfortunately, Alex Kim won’t be with us this weekend. We’ll be missing some much needed laughs due to his absence. But we have it on good authority that AK is working on something big. SOMETHING BIG.
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And of course we will have copies of Sundays 2 and the latest, Sundays Forever Changes. We hear that Warren Craghead may be wandering around the show this weekend. Maybe he’ll draw in your copy of Sundays Forever Changes for you, you lucky duck.

Okay okay. Have a good weekend. I hope your basement isn’t flooded.

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Welp. We did it.  Yes, we made another book and any at MoCCA this weekend can get your paws on one.  I am really proud of this volume.  This is the first volume where we left the majority of the editorial responsibilities up to just one of the four editors.  That lucky one was me, Chuck.  I have no idea why I said I would but I am glad I did.  We have 21 amazing contributions this time around and the book clocks in at 134 pages.  We have some of the usual faces and lot of new faces in this one.  The first obvious change is our cover was designed by someone other than us.  That was one of my first things I wanted when I set out to make this book.  And the real first and only name I thought of was Damien Jay.  Damien always has had an amazing knack for designing some of my favorite covers.  And his color choices always just hit me in the right spot.  Luckily when I asked him he said sure, even though he was about to have a baby with the equally talented Minty Lewis.  So huge, huge thanks to that guy for doing this at a time when his life was going through a major change.  Oh and Damien managed to contribute a story as well.  Whattaguy!

This book has a really loose theme, as have most of our Sundays volumes.  This time out I instructed the artists to dance on the theme of Forever Changes which I also subtitles the book.  I didn’t give too much direction just suggestion and inspiration.  This book is filled with a lot of my friends, heroes, and people I only know from seeing their work online.  I just want to thank them for indulging me on making my dream comic.

So who is in this book?

Pretty cool, right?  You have to see this book!  I’ll put it up for sale online after this weekend on the Oily Boutique.  We are numbering these suckers this time and there are only 300 of them and that is it.  No reprinting.  Here is a video of it:

We’ll be at MoCCA of course.  Our traditional festival to unveil a Sundays book.  We will be at table H15.  Just look for the row with One Percent Press, Alec Longstreth, Tugboat, and Secret Acres (we are right next to Secret Acres), and you’ll run into us for sure.

I stole this map from Alec Longstreth(Thanks Alec!)

Also at the table will be another anthology called Kids put together by Melissa Mendes(she’s a friend of mine) and Jose-Luis Olivares.  Both books were printed up at CCS this past weekend so there is a lot of natural love between us.  I read the book yesterday all the way through and it is so solid and amazing.

Another book being released at MoCCA is Sean Ford’s Only Skin #7!  This is the last one!  I’ve watched this book grow from a project in our first year at CCS into the highly sought after self-published comic.  It’s amazing to witness Sean’s dedication to completing a project this big.  We are very proud of him and hope he does well.  Oh he already has.  The collected Only skin will be printed next year by our Mocca neighbors, Secret Acres.  Speaking of Secret Acres, they are debuting a highly-anticipated book by another one of the old Sundays crew, Joseph Lambert.  his book I Will Bite You will be dropping like a bomb.  Stop by and get that one for sure.  I saw the book last weekend and pooped inside of my pants.

And finally I leave you with some photos of production fun:

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Sundays 2 an 3 are now available to order on the OILY BOUTIQUE.

Sundays will be at Expozine in Montreal this coming weekend. We will have copies of Sundays 2 and 3 as well as a bunch of other lovely things. Oh and it’s fucking free to get in! Melissa Mendes and Chuck Forsman will be manning and womanning the table so come by and say hi!

Friends Ken Dahl(monsters) and Max de Radigues(l’employé du Moi)  will also be around as well as a billion other artists and zine people that we have never met.  It’s going to be awesome.

 

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Micron, Ball-Point Pens, Marker

Please visit JOY TEETH.com

It’s a multi-participant reactive drawing space and features some of my super-talented cartoonist/sketchbooking buddies including many SUNDAYS contributors.
I’m very excited about this!

Participants include:
J.P. Coovert
Stephen Floyd
Sean Ford
Alexis Frederick-Frost
James Hindle
Alex Kim
Joe Lambert
Chuck McBuck
Melissa Mendes
and
José-Luis Olivares

Below is a sample of a series of posts
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(Top to Bottom) by James Hindle, Joseph Lambert, Alexis Frederick-Frost, and Jose-Luis Olivares.

The site updates pretty regularly. Sometimes once a week, sometimes multiple times a day. And keep checking the site for new features like jam-comics.

JOY!

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As we said in the last post, Sundays 3 is actually three small, pocket-sized volumes banded together with a tight band, a loose theme about the times of day, and lots of love.

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The inside of the band contains a short strip about a lion, by Chuck Forsman (story) and Melissa Mendes (art).
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In the above photo we see Sean Ford collating and cutting copies of his portion of the anthology. Each stack is 56 pages, there will be 120 stacks. These production photos are all taken in the basement lab of  The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont, where the printing and binding of the books took place.

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Here we see Sean screen-printing the covers, at each color stage.

To create a sense of cohesion we decided to use our covers’ paper colors to determine the ink colors. So each book has its own version of the midnight blue, pink and yellow inks.

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Above is the progess of my (Joe) covers, starting with yellow on yellow, then pink, then the dark blue.

“Sundays-Binding”

Below I’ll show the process used for binding two of the books. This is a technique I came up with last year for Sundays 2 because the book was too big to be saddle-stitched and the binding style I originally came up with was baloney. Sometimes when I talk about this binding with friends I call it the “Sundays-Binding”, but if anyone has every seen it used before (or better) please let me know (Joe (at) SubmarineSubmarine (dot) com, or comment on this blog).

The process uses staples, glue, and folding.
– First a stack is made with the Back Cover on top, face down. Next is the Cover, face up, on top of the Guts which are also face up and in the order you want them read in. On the bottom of the stack is what I call a Scrap Flap. This is just a piece of the cover stock that should be shorter than the Cover and Guts, but long enough to apply glue to. I think at least 2 – 4 inches is enough.

- Next the stack is stapled. For my Sundays 3 book I used 3/8th inch heavy-duty staples through one of those heavy-duty staplers with the lever-style handle. The staples should easily go through the whole stack: the Back Cover, front Cover, Guts and Scrap Flap. The staples are what hold the book together. With this book I stapled about 1/8th of an inch away from the edge, which was plenty. Be sure to make sure the inside margins of you guts’ pages have enough room for the stapling.

(note in the below photo the top sheet looks blank, but it’s actually the Back Cover face down. The corner is bent upwards a little bit for the photo, you can kind of see the Back Cover art peeking through.)
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– The Back Cover is folded back around the staples (see above). If you want you can make a score where the fold will go, but you don’t have to. I usually make the fold right up against the staples, but you can give it a little room, especially if the staples are uneven, or not parallel with the edge. It’s important to make this fold parallel with the spine edge so that the Back Cover matches up with the back of the Guts.

(in the photo below you can see what it looks like when the back cover is folded all the way around the book.)
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- Next glue is applied to the Scrap Flap. We used some kind of white, craft glue applied with a brush and we covered most of the Scrap Flap. I tried not to put too much glue though, so that there wouldn’t be any squirting out of the edges and sticking to the Guts. It’s a good idea to put a piece of scrap paper between the Scrap Flap and the Guts just in case there is any excess glue.

You can then put the books in a press or under a stack of books, or simple press the spine with your fingers until the glue sets a bit.

With this type of binding, though, you don’t want to put too much weight or press too much on the spine or the staples will press into the paper that is wrapped around the spine and make little marks, or even tear the paper.

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- Finally we trimmed the books. The end.

Email me, or leave a comment if you have any questions, if anything is unclear, or if you have any binding advice.

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Sundays 3 is the third volume of the Sundays Anthology. Edited and designed by Alex Kim, Chuck Forsman, Joe Lambert, & Sean Ford.

Sundays 3 is three pocket-sized mini-comic anthologies.

Sundays 3 was printed and hand-bound at The Center for Cartoon Studies.

Check out a video preview of the book on Joe’s Flickr page.

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The first book, edited and designed by Chuck Forsman, contains the single story, “Good Morning, Dogburgh”, and is by Chuck and CCS student and (soon-to-be) D&Q intern Melissa Mendes (now that I think about it Chuck and Sean were interns at D&Q also). Their book is an alphabetized romp through a town populated with dogs going through their morning activities.
56 b&w pages saddle-stapled in a 3-color screen-printed 100lb French Paper cover.

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The second book, edited and designed by Joseph Lambert, contains two day-time stories. “When will this day end?” by James Hindle is the story of two youngsters who find themselves with too much time on their hands and nothing to do with it. “Sonny’s Sunny Day Sunday Daze” by Joe is a 24-hour comic about a boy and his dog and their attempt to build a tree-house.

60 b&w pages wrap-bound in a 3-color screen printed 100lb French Paper cover.

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The third book, edited and designed by Sean Ford & Alex Kim, contains six nighttime stories that take place in the same neighborhood. Sean sets the stage with his prelude about two restless kids with the whole night and whole town ahead of them. Lydia Conklin‘s story, “Pinprick” is about a very small horse who has been gone for too long. Blaise Larmee‘s beautiful, surreal story is Sundays first full-color contribution. Recent Xeric-Winner Annie Murphy contributes a haunting story about an eerie house and the friends that live inside. John Brodowski‘s “We’re going away from each other” winds the story of a stranded astronaut and of a little girl watching a late-night movie together. And Xeric-Winner Alex Kim wraps things up with monsters and some nasty soup in “The Jaguar”.

105 b&w pages, 7 full-color pages bound in a 3-color screen printed 100lb French Paper cover.

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Sundays 3 debuted at the MoCCA 2009 Festival and will be available at Heroes Con 2009 (in Charlotte, NC) and online after that if there are any copies left.

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