Mama In Her Kerchief and I In My Madness: a Visitation of Sog-Nug-Hotep – A Truly Awful Christmas Volume

by John Holbo on December 8, 2010

X-Mas is coming! For me, for some reason, that’s the season of scanning and making picture books. Last year I finished Squid and Owl. This year I got around to turning all my Haeckelcraft Victorian card images of yore into a proper book, with expanded text and some extra visual flair: Mama In Her Kerchief and I In My Madness: A Visitation of Sog-Nug-Hotep – A Truly Awful Christmas Volume.

I’ve decided to make both available for free reading on Issuu – which is where I keep Reason and Persuasion. It’s a pretty good online reader, better than the Blurb preview feature. So: click here to read all of Squid and Owl online. Here for Mama In Her Kerchief and I In My Madness.

A word of warning: I haven’t yet laid hands on a physical copy of Mama In Her Kerchief. I’ve made several books with Blurb now, so there shouldn’t be a problem. When I first made Squid and Owl there was a problem with covers curling. But Blurb was quick to send replacements.



John Costello 12.08.10 at 7:32 pm

It’s a great idea but the font is truly unreadable at long stretches. When your book’s text font is more ornate than the display font of the Xmas-card illustrations, something is desperately wrong.


John Holbo 12.08.10 at 11:19 pm

Yeah, I was a bit torn between going for the silly display font for the text and doing something plainer. It doesn’t really work onscreen for long stretches but I think it will be ok on the printed page. We’ll see!


Substance McGravitas 12.08.10 at 11:27 pm

Looks cool and thank you.

Thus far won’t do full-screen in my version of Firefox and it crashes IE7. Works fine in Safari.


John Holbo 12.09.10 at 12:30 am

Hmmm, sorry about that, Substance. Works fine for me in Firefox (mac). And Safari. Thanks for the kind words!


The Modesto Kid 12.10.10 at 7:05 pm

I kinda like the font… Got a copy for my brother, for Christmas.


John Holbo 12.11.10 at 8:24 am

Thanks, Modesto!

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