Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone

Created by Dreamprism Press

A brand new graphic novel based on the characters and world of Yooka-Laylee! NOTE: All prices are in US dollars.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Cover printing process begins ! And... a request for proofreading!
3 days ago – Sat, Oct 12, 2019 at 09:16:06 PM

Hey Backers!

Today's update is a fun one! I'm showing the steps of preparing the book cover for the printing process!

But... before we jump into that, I have a request for anyone who has read the digital book: please let me know of any typos/errors you may have found! I want to make sure the book is problem-free. It's easy to correct a PDF file and send out an update. It's less feasible (impossible, actually) to correct a book once printed without me manually traveling around the globe to edit each copy. AND DON'T THINK I WON'T!

Just kidding. Mostly.

Okay, let's look at the production steps for the cover!

Cover Template

First... I have to prepare the cover template! The file needs to be a very specific size with everything in its place. The dimensions are provided by the printer down to the thousandth of an inch. The blue represents the front and back cover region. The red is the hinge area. The white is the spine. The black is the bleed area where the cover print wraps around the cover board.

Cover Art Cleanup

I have to polish up the fine details and ensure there aren't any messy lines that will show up in the print! It's the last chance to get it right! Any errors will be printed in there forever, so it's worth some extra time to get it right!

CMYK color conversion

Kracklestone was hand-drawn on two different tablet computers. Computer screens use a different method of displaying colors than ink on paper. Each pixel on the screen is able to display a certain combination of red, green, and blue light to create a specific color.

Most books are printed using a four-color ink process. The colors are cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Through these four hues, the printer can get a pretty close approximation of the colors used in the digital art. However, they can't possibly look as intensely vivid as screen-based color since they aren't illuminated like RGB screen pixels. Imagine the difference between looking at red paint on paper versus a red light shining in your eyes. Make sense?

Since Kracklestone was always intended to be released in both digital and physical formats, I decided to paint it using the RGB colorspace since it can look more intense. Why restrict the digital book to the limitations of physical media?

It's my job (today and tomorrow, in fact) to convert every page from RGB colors to CMYK colors. If you let the computer figure things out, it does an... acceptable job. But that's not good enough! So... I have to manually go into each page file and push the colors here and there to ensure they look as vivid as possible in CMYK.

The image on the left is RGB, the one on the right is CMYK after I've converted and pushed the colors. You'll notice some colors (mostly reds and magentas) look even more intense in CMYK! But, purples come out quite a bit less saturated. Sorry, Laylee!

Logo CMYK Conversion

Finalizing the logo for print! The vivid neon pink color in the "Kracklestone" letters definitely won't print well in CMYK. Here, I'm nudging the colors a bit closer to Magenta/Red and fixing any small errors...

Final Cover Art Assembly

CMYK cover assembly and final detail. I've composited all cover elements together in the original layout file. What do you think?! Did I mention Quack's on the back cover?!

Holographic Foil Die Art File

Now we're getting into the really cool stuff... special effects time! This image shows the region that will be stamped with clear holographic foil: black=foil, white=no foil. As you can see, the foil is restricted to certain parts of the art and the various logos. This will ensure it's not over-done but, instead, highlights certain parts of the cover.

Sculptural Deboss Die Art Reference File

This is definitely going to be one of the coolest parts of the cover. In order to get the raised and lowered sculpted effect on the cover, a brass die needs to be made to press the shape into the cover material. In order to make the die, the production team needs to sculpt the intended stamp shape using a special computer graphics software (it's probably expensive and comes with a heavy manual). The stamp is etched into a brass plate which will be used to press the shape into each cover. Radical.

The image above shows my own reference file for the designer to use. The designer may not have the same idea about what should be raised and lowered... or how much detail I need the stamp to contain. My image will give clear instruction. Lighter grey means it will pop out more--darker grey means it'll press deeper into the cover board.

Barcode

The barcode is used by retailers to look up pricing and ordering info for various products. While I don't have any current plans for this book to be made available in bookstores, this cataloguing info is still important to have on there... just in case.

And why have a plain white background when you can shape it like a pagie?!

Backer Edition Seal

Were you one of the lucky folks to nab a Backer Edition?! If so, this image shows the shape of the special foil stamp your book will have on its back cover! This is, of course, not what the final will look like, but is a reference image used to manufacture the die that will press the much prettier foil version into the book.

Print Test!

After all that hard work, it's time for a print test! This print is made roughly to size so I can wrap it around another book and see how it looks/feels! It's pretty satisfying to hold! Of course, this isn't a fraction as cool as the final since it lacks all the special effects we're doing, but it's important to ensure it looks great even without all those nifty features.

Okay, that's it for today! I'm busily working on sizing all the pages up for printing. I'll be providing plenty of details as things progress with the printing process! Stay tuned!

~Dave

Surprise! DIGITAL BOOK RELEASES TODAY! Also, a peek at the Kracklecoin!
11 days ago – Sat, Oct 05, 2019 at 02:28:02 AM

Happy day, Backers! 

Check out that new cover! Colorful, eh?

Pretty soon, all backers who pledged a the digital book tier or higher will be receiving an email from BackerKit with a link to download the FINISHED DIGITAL BOOK! Woohoo! If you don't receive the email at some point today, please let me know. But first, be sure you're checking the same email account you've used for the campaign so far--and look in that spam folder, too.

After a lot of thought, I settled on releasing the digital book in a DRM-free format... the gold ol' PDF. If I choose some specific comic format, it would likely just cause problems. It'll work on any device capable of viewing PDF's and should also preview right within your internet browser. If you're confused, just try opening the file on whatever device you're using and it should choose the appropriate software automatically.

However, I strongly recommend reading on an iPad (via iBooks, ideally) or similar tablet device. The colors really pop and the book was set to match the ratio of iPads. Reading on a tablet will be a better overall experience than on a desktop computer.

If you have any trouble viewing the file, please feel free to send a message!

Yaaarrrr! A pirates life for thee? Hopefully not! 

As backers, you've not only supported the production of this book, but also my company's development as a whole. You've kickstarted the Game Legend Series!

You're the first people in the world to get ahold of this book. PDF's are pretty easily shared but I'd ask you to please avoid uploading the book to the internet. If people can just download it for free, it makes it pretty hard for me to make a living doing this stuff. I don't have the time or resources to effectively combat piracy. Fact is, I want to keep making these books for a long time! So I'm asking you to please avoid sharing the file and help me cut down on illegal sharing of this long-developed labor of love. If you would like to recommend it to people, please direct them to my webshop: www.dreamprismpress.com/shop

Why the digital book first?

Bottom line: the book has taken me longer to finish than expected. This really has been a huge passion project that's spanned three years! The extra time went in to polish the art and storytelling to the best of my ability (and fix a lot of issues). Hopefully you can feel this in the end product.

Further, the printing facility alerted me that the three-week production time has been increased to six weeks due to the complexity of the process we're using. This is a very difficult job for them due to the special covers and extras like ribbon markers, gilded edges, etc.. But I don't want to keep people waiting for too long!

By sending you the digital book now, you can choose to read it immediately in digital form or wait to read the book once it's shipped to you in the mail. There's no wrong choice, but I can tell you the books have slight differences. The digital book has a totally different post production process to take advantage of the colors you can get on a digital device. Likewise, the physical book art is modified to push the CMYK colors to their max for the offset printing process.

Also, I redesigned all the double-page spreads to take advantage of the portrait ratio of the digital book. I'd show an example but I don't want to spoil them here!

Let's talk dates!

Not that kind of date! Here's the expected timeline of the printing and shipping process:

  •  Oct. 4 - Nov. 10th: Printing and production of all remaining rewards (3 done, 3 to go)
  •  Nov. 10th-15th: US and Canadian backer orders are freighted to New York (me)
  •  Nov. 10th-30th: overseas shipping to warehouse in England (shipping partner)
  •  November 15th-20th: Packaging and shipping US and Canadian orders
  •  November 30th-December 5th: Packaging and shipping all other regions

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the shipping process (need to change your address, etc.), hit me up!

The Kracklecoin!

Ooooh boy... I've been waiting to share this awesome collectible...

Oh, baby!
Oh yeah!!

This is a 50mm coin. It's HUGE! Well... for a coin. anyway. Oh, didn't I mention I upgraded the coins to have two-sided sculptured embossing?! Each coin comes in a protective plastic shell and a royal blue velvet pull-string bag! This coin laughs in the face of other INFERIOR souvenir coins!! Salivating yet?!

Okay... that's it for today! Enjoy the book and I'll have another update soon with more reward picks and details on the printing process!

~Dave

Bookplate Preview!
about 2 months ago – Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 09:10:04 PM

Hey Backers!

Things are extraordinarily busy at Dreamprism Press while I work every available hour during the week to wrap up the book and get your rewards to you. Trust me, I'm putting every possible resource into getting this thing finished... but it needs to be done properly. It would be a shame to ship a book littered with problems, especially considering the massive effort I've put in so far. I'll have more news soon on printing status. Today, I'm psyched to reveal some photos and a video of the gorgeous bookplate!

Because I love my backers, I'm putting extra polish into these rewards. I'm aiming to make each item feel like it's worth more than it cost.

That's a lotta' plates!

In the case of the bookplate, these are a bit thick (but not enough to warp the book binding), and each one features a soft warm tone paper with a very strong sticker backing AND......... GOLD FOIL STAMPING! You really have to hold this beauty to believe it. Can you tell I'm excited?

Delicate eggshell with tasteful gold foil. Eat your heart out, Patrick Bateman!

Orders have been locked so, if you didn't grab one of these and would like to add one to your order, send me a private message and I can manage your order directly.

That's it for today! See you soon!

~Dave

Important: orders locked and cards charged this week! Also, Kracklecoin and Art Prints Sneak Peek!
3 months ago – Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 04:28:38 PM

Hey Backers:

IMPORTANT!!

  • This FRIDAY, JULY 19TH, at 8:00 PM EASTERN TIME I will be LOCKING ALL BACKERKIT SURVEYS! 
  • The following MONDAY, JULY 21ST, I WILL CHARGE ANY OUTSTANDING CARD PAYMENTS! 

This means the following:

  • Your shipping address will be LOCKED and cannot be changed without contacting me directly!
  • You will NO LONGER BE ABLE TO EDIT YOUR ADD-ONS without contacting me directly!
  • If you wish to make ANY changes (shipping address, add-ons), YOU MUST DO SO BEFORE FRIDAY at 8:00 pm ET.
  •  If you don't provide a shipping address before Friday, I cannot guarantee you will receive your physical reward(s)! 
  • Backers who had declined charges or have outstanding payments: this will be your final opportunity to remedy the payment issue if you wish to receive rewards! 

Some important notes:

  • I'm planning to ship out rewards before the end of the summer. The exact dates are still unknown. If you're concerned your shipping address may change between now and September (to be safe), I would suggest changing the address (before Friday) to one that's more stable, such as a friend or relative's house. If you aren't sure about the stability of your shipping address during this time, contact me directly and I'll work with you to ensure you receive your reward(s). Please note that changing your shipping country or region could result in additional shipping costs.
  • Once again, you CANNOT MANUALLY CHANGE YOUR ORDERS past this week. If you want more copies of the book or additional rewards, please place your order this week. If you miss out and want to order additional items at a later date, I may be able to manually edit your order on my end up until your package ships.
  • For ancillary rewards besides the book, I'm not planning to produce many beyond what's ordered for the campaign. This could be your last chance to get these collectables, including the spiffy Kracklecoin and Art Print Pack shown below. Some may be available later, but I make no guarantees!!
  • This week is your ABSOLUTE LAST CHANCE to get a BACKER EDITION book. This WILL NEVER BE PRINTED AGAIN and no extras will ever be sold, guaranteed! (Except for scalpers on Ebay, haha)

Krushing the Kracklecoin

Okay, with that business out of the way, let's take a look at some updated Kracklecoin concept images! These aren't actual photos of the coins, but they're designed to look as close to the real thing as possible prior to production.

If you backed the campaign at the $75 tier and up or selected this as an add-on, you'll be receiving one of these babies!

The Kracklestone in all its shiny glory!
The Kracklestone in all its shiny glory!
These logos are loco!
These logos are loco!

I've produced these new, more precise concepts for my vendor to use as a reference. Thanks to your support, I am able to really boost the quality of the coins! I'm happy to announce the coin is going to be larger than planned at 50mm (roughly 2 inches) in diameter. That's about the size of a soda can top!

Trust me... you're gonna be thrilled with these!

Artsy Prints

And here's a look at the first completed reward item, the Art Print Pack! (Also included with each $75 and up tier) Initially, I was dissatisfied with two of the prints (Yooka-Laylee and Dr. Puzz). One had an error in the original drawing that had to be resolved. The other came out a bit too dark. Because my backers are the best and deserve the best, I reordered sets of these two.

Unfortunately, the second set came out even worse than the first! I'm receiving the third set this week so hopefully the issue will be totally sorted! I'm demanding the highest quality from vendors!!  

Glossy print perfection
Glossy print perfection
Good ol' Rextro
Good ol' Rextro
One of my favorite original designs from Kracklestone... the Mush-Muncher!
One of my favorite original designs from Kracklestone... the Mush-Muncher!
Perfectly Packed in Protective Plastic Packaging... Pristine!
Perfectly Packed in Protective Plastic Packaging... Pristine!

If you missed your chance to get these, you still have one week remaining to add them to your order!

As always, let me know if you have any questions--either below or in a direct message. With that, I'm back to finishing up the last of the comic pages!

~Dave

ART PRINTS have arrived!
4 months ago – Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 05:29:14 PM

Hey Backers:

Just a quick update to show off the Kracklestone art prints, which arrived just this morning! I'm really happy with the quality--very thick paper and a spiffy gloss coating! Backers at the Collector's Pack level and higher will be receiving these (as well as people who chose the set as an add-on through BackerKit). 

Ooooh! Your collectibles shelf is about to get a lot more colorful!
Ooooh! Your collectibles shelf is about to get a lot more colorful!
Who's your fav? (Besides Capital B, of course)
Who's your fav? (Besides Capital B, of course)

Each set will be lovingly packed in a plastic sleeve and shipped off to you along with your book! Any backer who wants to add this pack to their order can do so through the BackerKit Add-On Store: https://yookalayleebook.backerkit.com/

That's it for today!

~D.M. Cumbo