As production for Remember the Future: The Distortions Unlimited Story began a couple of weeks ago, we were faced with a tough choice. We could either meet our original release date by rushing the layout of the book OR push the release date back so we could spend more time making a better book. Since the book files have to be at the printer by the end of June in order to have the books in hand by the beginning of September, we had two weeks’ time to edit the manuscript, layout the book, and implement additional revisions after the initial layout. In theory, we could have sped through everything (and skip a few corners), but we would be compromising quality for speed.
Originally, we had very much wanted to release the book at Mask Fest 2017. It was a daunting task even to begin with, however well-intended. Yet by setting a hard deadline, we were essentially trying to mold a product based on time, rather than creating the best product we could regardless of time.
Ultimately, we decided–painful as it was–to forgo Mask Fest in September. This book deserves to be properly nurtured. Lee Lambert’s storytelling deserves to be fully realized. Ed and Marsha Edmunds’s story deserves to be accurately portrayed. And Distortions Unlimited deserves a truly great representation. This means that we do not compromise, period.
When I broke the news to Lee and Ed (separately), I explained to them that I would have them be disappointed now rather than later if we published a subpar book. Thankfully, both Lee and Ed understood and fully stood behind our decision. With their encouragement, we continue to push forward and will be announcing a future release date as we get closer. In the meantime, Ed and Marsha are hard at work designing the special collector slipcase, which we will be teasing out as soon as they allow us to do so!
To make it up to those who wanted to pick up the book at Mask Fest, we will have Lee, Ed and Marsha autograph your copies if you pre-order now. We will do this for anyone who’s already pre-ordered. Shipping is free within the United States. If you would like to have your book personalized by Lee, Ed and Marsha, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with what you would like written, referencing your order number.
We thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay tuned for more updates soon!