It's been a while since my last blog post but that's not to say I haven't been busy. In addition to creating a new line of sketch books (which if you haven't checked them out yet, please do http://www.opticsbinding.com/#!sketch-booksjournals/c1sp2) I've also been putting together the next book to be published by the Optics Press. I'm very excited to announce that the new title in the series following the now sold out inaugral volume will be...
"The C Section" by Thomas Pynchon
"The C Section", so called because of the chapter in Clifford Mead's Pynchon Bibliography, is the complete collection of pirated Pynchon short stroies. After the publication of his masterpiece Gravitys Rainbow in 1973, there was a 17 year hiatus before he released another novel. During that time Pynchon fans obviously clamored for more. Enter Aloes publishing. A small British press specializing in cheap, low run, pamphlets, started reprinting Pynchon short stories that had been published in various magazines throughout the 50's and 60's as the author was honing his skills and preparing to release his first novel. These publications had fantastic cover art and illustrations throughout and were obviously created by true fans of the author. A total of 4 volumes were printed to be followed by 2 from similar British presses. Of course, once Pynchon's publisher finally caught on to the demand for these early stroies they quickly threw together the collection "Slow Learner" which failed to include not only "Journey Into The Mind Of Watts" and "Mortality and Mercy in Vienna" but also all of the artwork.
This new book will include all of those bootlegs. Each page will be scanned in full color in order to properly showcase these pamphlets in all their glory (warts and all!). This will be the first time that any of the artwork has been reproduced in hardcover as well as the "Watts" and "Mortality" stories. In addition, the ultimate Pynchon bootleg, "Of a Fond Ghoul" will be included. This extremely rare volume was published in 1990 by the Blown Litter Press in a limited number of 50 copies and contains scans of actual letters sent between Pynchon and his publisher during the editing of his first novel. As any Pynchon fan knows, there are no interviews with the famously reclusive author and these letters are the only glimpse ever offered into his creative process. And that's not all! A "new" bootleg volume featuring freshly commissioned cover art designed to match the other volumes will feature some of Pynchon's writing that he did for his High School newspaper as well as pictures taken directly from his highschool yearbook.
Like the previous volume for the Optics Press, "The C Section" will be printed on the highest quality paper. Each book will be hand sewn and bound using the finest materials and the final book will be protected in a custom slipcase. A total of 15 numbered copies will be produced. The book is scheduled to head out to the printers in the next couple weeks with the finished copy hopefully ready at the beginning of the new year. If interested in preordering please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.