Look, Ma, I’m making porn!

…um – tasteful, classy, sex-positive, feminist and respectful porn. That I’m not in. That makes it PC, right?

Get ready for some really elegant smut:

I’ve finally started printing and binding these little beauties! I’m doing a limited printing of 100, they measure 5.25×8.25in (13.3x21cm), and are done on 24lb recycled ivory parchment paper. 34 pages, including a handmade paper end sheet.

During the most recent trip to a local paper shop, I found this AMAZING matte black paper: I wish I knew what it were called – it’s smooth, pitch-black and …. rubbery? Kind of smooth like that. I turned it into protective casings for the books by simply folding, cutting holes, and corseting up the back with red embroidery thread, the same thread used to bind the books.

So yesterday, at the copy shop, I sat down at one of the self-serve computer/printer stations, arranged and collated my sheets according to whether they’d be printed in black/white or color, and happily plodded away on my own for about half an hour (for just the first 10 copies). Afterwards, after asking the sales associate for a receipt, he balked a little at the quantity of printing I’d done and asked what on earth I was doing. “Making books,” I said, proudly.

“We can do that for you. It’d save you a lot of time, and a little money – just bring it in in one file next time and you can just drop it off and pick it up later!”

Of course I imagined that was the case, but even I am a little too shy to let someone else print these. Also, I enjoy being able to handle the printing myself. I then went over to their slide-cutter (3 pages at a time – MAX!) to cut and trim all the sheets. After about half an hour of this, said associate comes over, amused, saying that, you know, we could cut that for you for, like, six bucks. “No, you don’t understand – this is what I do for fun,” silly.

So, at Daniel Smith the other day, upon checkout, the super-friendly and helpful sales guy tried to sell me on a rewards card: “Are you a student?”

“Nope”

“part-time?”

“Nuh uh”

“…Teacher?”

“Uh, no”

“On an arts committee?”

“No, uh, maybe I should be.”

Man, I feel like such a slacker. It’s kind of irking that you can’t get discounts when you’re simply an artist. And also weird to no longer technically fall into the “student” category.

I’m so happy with how the print job came out! It’s glossy and saturated.

(photo of the print job)

These books are available in the etsy shop. 🙂 You know you want one.

10 thoughts on “Look, Ma, I’m making porn!

  1. These are gorgeous! Like, I’m gawking at my screen. Not just the pictures, but the craftsmanship of the actual book. I reallllllly wish I had 100$ extra, because I would SO buy this if I could.

  2. I love your character design and am pretty intrigued by your book. Maybe if there was a student discount I would be willing to help a fellow artist out 😛

  3. Oh my, these are so unbelievably beautiful. I think I might have to unsubtly drop hints to the boy and failing that, get the postcard set and mail them to him. Or, y’know, just get the postcards and mail them to him anyway.

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