The First Demonology 101 Booklet


some pictures


by Daniel Boston


The Binding



A look at the edge binding at the top of the cover piece. One half centimeter spacing between stitches. Hand stitched.
(sorry about the lack of detail :-( )

The Cover



The cover -- simply the Evil Crew poster printed in color.

Inside Cover Binding



Under the cover -- closeup of double-bind stitching of the cover to the booklet. Basically, I stitched the booklet by itself, then inter-stitched the cover on by looping fabric through the binding in a specific pattern. Fun stuff!

Inside the Booklet



Inside the book -- each page was 4.25x5.5 inches. The frames were arranged in Word, and printed on a Laserjet at 1200dpi.

Inside the Booklet 2



Some more frames.

Final View of Binding



An overview of the binding. Yay! :).


Well, that was my first attempt at Episode 1. Here's a blow-by-blow of how I put it together, or skip this to get to the reallly fun one, the second booklet attempt.
1. Downloaded all the pictures of the comic using a tool I programmed... hopefully Rydia.net didn't get mad with my IP at the high volume of file transfer. ::grin::
2. Processed all the pictures. In other words, all the bordering outside the black lines was not true white; I fixed that. As well, I cleaned up obvious smudges and cleaned out the text bubbles, just to make things sharper. I did *not*, however, replace the text, inspite of the fact that I know Faith used (or, I guessed that Faith used) Comic Sans MS at 8pt. With modified character spacing. LoL. I have played around with that technique, though, especially as I've started processing Ep. 2, and the compression was a lot worse for those files. We'll see. It's incredibly time consuming -- fifteen minutes to a half hour per frame (when replacing text and enlarging files to 2x resolution... sorry, forgot to mention that).
3. Put all the pictures into a Word Document. Pretty self-explanatory, there. Defined the pages to be 4.25" x 5.5" with a .4" border.
4. Cut up paper into 4.25" x 5.5" size ... obviously, four to an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. I used a true-blue commercial strength photo paper cutter, to decent results. However, it lacks spacing tabs, so some of the page sizes are slightly uneven. Pages are similar to within 1/20".
5. Printed the pages -- first the odds, then evens (Manual doublesiding).
6. Then the fun part -- I took an unused booklet-sized page, and folded over one (long) end. Then I took a ruler, and put dots at 1/2 cm intervals. Finally, I took a needle and poked holes through the "frame" where the dots where.
7. Almost done, honest -- I punched holes in the border of the pages, four sheets at a time. Mind you -- 78 pages to the comic, double sided... that's alot of sheets. Got 'em done, though.
8. Taking needle and thick cotton (I think) thread, attempted to stitch a cover. I came upon a method pretty quickly, but it was very very very very very difficult to get the needle through all nearly 40 pages -- I finally just took a larger needle and attempted to widen the holes, but really only succeeded in breaking the poor needle into not 2, not 3, but four pieces. Yes, I have talent. Managed to get the thread through all the pages. And made a binding (which you can see above) which isn't too cheesy looking.
9. Around this time I realized I hadn't bound the cover to the pages. So, I spent a few minutes trying to think of a way to bind the cover tightly to the pages of the comic; finally settled on a loop-through-pull kinda method... in out, in out, etc. It worked. I don't really remember how I did it, but it works. LoL.
10. DONE! All I had left was put a dollop of glue on each of the knots, so that they would not come loose someday and unbind the booklet. At this point, however, the booklet was complete, and in the form you see in the pictures above.



The Second Demonology 101 Booklet


some pictures


by Daniel Boston


This is a blow-by-blow look at it, as I'm putting it together. I took lots of pictures, this time. Enjoy!

The "Machine"



This is the machine I used to punch holes. I came up with the idea after labouriously hand-punching holes for my first attempt; this time, I would have a better method. Hence, the hole punch machine. Just basically rods, poles, and needles, lol.

Closeup

The Results (Holes)



After the hole punch contraption, this is what paper looks like.



(note: these pictures are of the color section of the booklet. I'll explain the section concept later.)

Stitching the Sections



It all starts with a knot... in some thread. Pulled through the hole. Next...

The first few stitches.

More.



The first stitching pass is done. Now, I go back through and do an overloop; this tightens things and uses extra thread. As well, gives me extra loop-space for later stitching (of the booklet parts together).

Almost done second pass.

Second pass.


Binding the Sections Together




There are four sections to the booklet -- each section contains the equivalent of 24 pages. The last section (which you saw getting stitched above) is in color, and holds extra material.
The basic idea was this: you've seen this binding method before, if you are an avid reader. Essentially, the book(let) is divided into sections. These sections are bound internally. Then all the sections are put in order and bound to each other. A cover is added... oops, getting ahead of myself :). Anyway, the stack above comes under the subject of...

Binding ... for which I used an interesting fabric my mom had laying around the house. It's black, and has ready made "ridges" or "ribs" in the fabric material. Works like a charm. I cannot explain the loops I made to attach things at this point -- it's way too complicated for a simple discussion. I'm not even sure I remember, as I did this at around midnight, lol.

Looking under the covers, heh.

Halfway there!


DONE! It took almost an hour and a half to do this. I must be crazy. Had fun doing it, too.

Nicely pulled tight against each other after binding the sections together. Fun times!

Over-Cover




This is the over-cover -- essentially, it is like the cover on a hardback book. It's glued to the ribbing on the extra material on the side -- although, after doing so, I've determined I need either (a) more material to glue too, or (b) a slightly different method. It worked, but not incredibly well.


The overcover being glued. I didn't take any pictures beyond this point, because it was rapidly approaching 1 a.m. and I wanted to get to sleep eventually that night. However, it all came off quite well in the end. I was pretty pleased! I'll add pictures of the final product, and some page shots, later.



Well, that concludes my second attempt at Episode 1. It's much nicer then the first, with a cloth binding, and double cardstock piece overcover with cloth edge binding cover. Good stuff! If anyone's interested in more details, email me.



Hope you've enjoyed the view of the booklet. If you want to talk to me about it, email me at Daniel@Bostontech.com or IM me at A0Programmer (AIM).
Thanks!



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