…The Ride: The Book: Etc.
The latest in the GameSpite Journal series has just body-checked the Blurb store with two available versions: Hardcover and paperback. As usual. Like The Anatomy of Castlevania Vol. I, this edition is the larger 10×8″ landscape format and isnâ€™t available in black and white, so the price is a little higher than the platonic ideal for GameSpite books — though the one gracious move Blurb has made lately (they now price books per page rather than per 20-page folio) means that this issue comes in a few bucks cheaper than the Castlevania book since itâ€™s slightly shorter.
Iâ€™m still putting together a stripped-down, small-format, black-and-white edition for the budget-conscious, so please hold on if youâ€™re interested in that particular book. Iâ€™ve also made the PDF version available (itâ€™s attached to the hardcover book) if youâ€™d like that in the short term — though please do remember that Iâ€™ll be setting up a separate PDF store sometime in the next few weeks.
The cover looks better in the flesh than in this image — you canâ€™t see it here, but Linkâ€™s Shadow has a sort of rough-edge look meant to call back to the Ganon Wraiths in Wind Waker, and the painterly effect on the coloring looks as nice as it did on the Castlevania book. The pink looks a lot more garish on-screen. Look, I was just being true to the material.
Also, be sure to check out the inline previews on the bookstore to check out some of the great original art Philip “Loki” Armstrong provided for the book. Dude did a doodle for each and every write-up of both Zelda and Zelda II, because heâ€™s insane. The back cover features Bill Mudronâ€™s amazing Map of Hyrule, which you should buy at full size because itâ€™s — whatâ€™s the word? Oh yes: Amazeballs.
Also also, the thumbnail image for the hardcover book appears to have a graphical error (itâ€™s missing the line separating “The Anatomy of” and “Zelda”) but the actual book will be fine. What youâ€™re seeing is just a random visual artifact caused by their store system.
And finally, the coupon code MAY15OFF should net you $15 off a purchase, though Iâ€™m not sure what the required spending threshold is for that. Poke around online for “blurb coupon code” and youâ€™ll probably find something else thatâ€™ll work, too. Anything to offset their hideous shipping prices….Â Alright, try the code CROWNED15 and see what happens.
Edit: Iâ€™ve begun selling PDFs through Gumroad, per several peopleâ€™s recommendations. The most recent two books are now up for $5 apiece, and Iâ€™ll be publishing back issues for a reduced price when I have time to get those up (i.e. after work).