We're back with more from Lee Lambert, author of The Illustrated History of Don Post Studios. Tell me how the new deluxe edition of your book differs from the original. And tell me about that cool Frankenstein collectible cover. Lee: The necessity for a second edition really arose out of something that had happened last August. As I was nearing completion of the writing of the book, the publisher had made the arrangements to have copies printed in both hardcover and softcover versions to appeal to different budgets. We had also committed to have the book launch at Mask Fest, and in exchange the promoter of Mask Fest gave us some valuable assistance in promoting the book. Everything was on track until 5 weeks to the day before the launch of the book. That was when the printer contacted my publisher to say they underestimated the size of the book and they would not be able to print it. We were left with three options:
- We could have split the book into two volumes, which would have doubled the cover price.
- We could have broken our agreement and cancelled Mask Fest, taken our time to find another printer, and launched the book elsewhere at a later date.
- We could have frantically scrambled to find an alternate printing source to make sure we could keep our commitment to Mask Fest.