Furlqump by Brett Harder
Furlqump is the debut graphic novella by Brett Harder, an uncommonly talented cartoonist based in New York. Ostensibly a children's book, Furlqump tells the story of the Qumpod, a people who wear colorful masks and communicate through pint-sized surrogates called Quirlpods. At night, the Qumpod don magic plants to communicate on a deeper level in a sacred ritual called Qumcation. That's the basic outline; it gets weirder from there.
It's an understatement to say that we're excited to publish this book, especially having worked so hard to do justice to the artwork. We bought a scanner to scan the original artwork to our liking, and we bought a printer so we could have total control over the output. We sweated every little detail, from colors to contrast to paper stock and design, and we're proud of what we've come up with.
Every copy is printed in full color on Hammermill 105g paper and hand sewn. Paperback copies are sewn into wrappers with a letterpress-printed title and archival inkjet-printed image printed over hand-applied digital ground. Hardcover copies are handbound in boards with a cover image printed on Arches watercolor paper; each hardcover copy also contains a letterpress printed bookplate signed by the author. (Letterpress printing by Bill Roberts of Bottle of Smoke Press.)
There is also a very limited deluxe edition that contains a full-size set of archival prints of the original artwork (that's 49 individual prints) and a specially bound hardcover copy of the book with an original illustration on the cover, all housed in a handmade hardcover portfolio case.
Buy a trade edition or hardcover here.
Buy a deluxe edition here.