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Adding a Bit of Colour to Catch-22

As we’re chugging away with letterpress printing of Catch-22 we finally added the second tone of colour to some of the illustrations. The results are stunning to behold. The decision to print the illustrations letterpress proved to be a great one, and while it is tedious to print 22 illustrations in two tones (along with all the titles in colour), the end result is well worth it.

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Detail on the final illustration of Catch-22. The overlap of blue and black perfectly mimics the comics of old.

The whole style of this book is very reminiscing of how the comics looked back in the day. That can be seen from the illustrations style, but also in our decision to go for a bit more of a “bite” to the print this time around. The goal was to create a modern book with great design and binding, but on the inside the echos of the bygone era should be felt to properly set the mood for the story.

Catch-22 2 tones letterpress red
Damir Mazinjanin has nailed the illustrations style for Catch-22.

There is still a lot of printing left to do, but we’re already making the covers and the cases so that we can speed up the binding process once we’re done. Printing 2001: A Space Odyssey should be a breeze after Catch-22, considering it has only one third of the pages! But Catch-22 will always hold a special place in our hearts because it will be our first book completely printed letterpress, back to back, and we can’t wait to get it delivered to you.

Obviously, this post contains a hint about the illustration(s) of Catch-22, but it’s going to be easier to figure it out once the book is in your hands.

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