American Gods Production Update
December 5, 2023
Just over a year ago, we announced that we will be publishing an edition of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This was a pre-announcement during the early stages of the project at which time we also opened up a wait list for the Classic edition. The response was overwhelming and it created alot of positive energy around this title. Since then, we have been hard at work moving this edition forward and we wanted to provide you with a production update!
An Epic Publication
This is one of our most ambitious and complex publications to date. All four states are printing letterpress, and at over 840 pages it is the largest letterpress printed book we have worked on. Each aspect of production has taken a great deal of time to plan and finesse.
The heavier weight paper used on the Numbered, Lettered and Roman Numeral editions resulted in a massive bulk as a single volume, therefore on these three states we made the decision to go with two volumes for a more pleasurable reading experience.
We spent several months working on paper selections. We ran tests and made dummy books, and finally settled on the papers. Each of the four states will be printed on different paper, including top-quality machine-made, mouldmade and handmade papers. After several months of waiting for delivery, all papers are on hand.
Printing is well underway for all states. This edition is being expertly printed by Pat Randle and his team at Nomad Letterpress in the United Kingdom. It has taken some time to get to this milestone, but we are now fully into the printing stage.
Much like the scope of the American Gods project, creating the illustrations has been an epic undertaking. The level of detail Yoann Lossel has applied to this project has been inspiring. From making custom clothing for his live models, to the detailed work of the paintings, the artwork for this edition is breathtaking. The illustrations are now complete, and are printed. The artist has overseen the entire process from selecting his preferred printer, to choosing the paper, to managing the process throughout in order to achieve a result that he is happy with.
Bookbinding & Binding Designs
Binding designs have now been finalized and bookbinders have been selected for all four states. Each will be crafted by a different bookbinder, with the Numbered being bound in-house at the Suntup Bindery.
Classic Edition Wait List
During our pre-announcement of this title in 2022, we posted a wait list form since the Classic edition will be made available to those on the list before opening up for pre-order to the general public. We received far more interest than the print run for this edition, but we are optimistic that there will still be a handful of copies left over for anyone who is not on the list.
We have come a long way in the past year and have reached several milestones, but there is still a way to go. We want this title to be further along before we open it up for pre-order. Barring any major delays or setbacks, we anticipate opening the pre-order during the 2nd half of 2024. Thank you everyone for your patience. We feel it will be worth the wait!