I spend the last couple of weeks sending out emails and talking to people like Willi, Uschi and Miroslav who work for companies providing stuff I want. I searched extensivly for getting everything done locally. Which means in that case: At least in my country. Which happens to be not China. The good thing: I can talk to people and explain exactly what I want. This is a part where you might end up being grateful for if you care for details.
I made a poll how much you would spend on a book. Most people told me: ten bucks. For all these people: Sorry but I can't sell a print for ten bucks. It's simply impossible. Either you want a crappy flappy "book" with 24 pages stapled together on copy paper or you have to save up.
Because I want to do a 96 pager with thicker paper, stitched binding, hardcover and gloss cover. Full color. Maybe I'm crazy but I adore good books and I hate to accept a plan B just because it costs more.
Please prepare mentally to pay 30 Euro. That's possible. I am not a big publisher so don't expect publisher prices...
What I will put in:
Basically you get 48 pages of comic, background information and the rest will be filled with full page artwork. Imagine a comic book having an awesome night with an artbook and 9 months later you get beautiful comicartbook babies.
Grapevine news.... and things I'm looking into at the moment:
Keychains (NOT the plastic, flat ones) and stickers. I hunted down a glow in the dark sticker producer *major freak-out on my side* but I have to call these guys next week. There are a lot of possiblities but in the end it depends on how much I can squeeze into the budget I decided on spending for goodies.
So alltogether if you save up for a book, you'll actually save up for a care package.
Let me know what you think.