Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Is There A Reason Why It Is There?

A professional editor shared with me her thoughts about the recent edition of 57 Pages. She provided exceptional suggestions in improving the gag lines in the book. Nevertheless, she as a loyal Catholic communicated to me that certain cartoons in 57 Pages deeply offended her. I acknowledged her feelings and apologized in reply.

There some cartoons that reflected on religious faith. One of them features Jesus Christ being asked to seek a higher office of worldly fame and power. Included in 57 Pages is one cartoon of an openly gay priest who is celebrating his appointment, although his specific religion is not specified. How true this is of an unseen man of a Christendom creed in another cartoon, calling out for followers.
It is appropriate to post here the humorous drawing that likely bothered many practicing Catholics and offered my explanation of why it is in the book. If you can see it below in your browser. The cartoon addresses cleric sexual abuse of youths from past times. It also seems to indicate the Catholic leadership's cover-up of those crimes and their lack of protection for the children victimized.

In this particular cartoon, I was moved to relate the silent, yet the powerful, destructively mental impact on surviving abused adults. They are still affected decades after the damaging crimes committed upon them. The Catholic organization might have stepped up its action against predator cleric leaders and staff. They responded to the suffering of victims, to some degree. Nonetheless as a conscious individual there appears to be to me more damage existing than of repairing and prevention by this global institution.
The cartoon was not produced for the book. It was featured on a blog post of Curtis on the News (between 2012-2013?) which is now closed, deleted online. At the likely time of the blog post the deceased Pope John Paul II was being actively considered for sainthood. This event was being highly anticipated by millions of followers worldwide.

There were too the critics and victims standing against this pending recognition by the Vatican. They are being overlooked by popular opinion as well as the effort to ignore John Paul's hidden record of concealing and transferring child abusing priests. Somehow I did not doubt John Paul II would get his crown of sainthood regardless of any accusation cited of his papacy.
The book, 57 Pages contains cartoons of parents desiring to shield their children from predators including school teachers. For the fifth edition I felt the book would have a balance on the sensitive issue if the cartoon involving cleric child abuse is a part of it. Although people will be offended. It is the social problem that the Catholic institution falls short in resolving in real justice. When a crisis goes unanswered, there is that open space for the viewpoints of onlookers expressing themselves. As an author, I did so partly with this cartoon, taking advantage of this privilege of expression.

Friday, May 22, 2015

5th Edition of 57 Pages Posted

With the assistance of Nook Press business team and technicians I did not have to forsake publishing the most recent revision of 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons. Therefore in this 5th edition since October 2014 the editorial changes necessary of grammar were put in place. The e-book is on sale on the Barnes and Noble Nook Press site with a current book preview of nine pages: 
It will remain at the reduced price of no more than two bucks (not deers). My wish for people to be able to afford it, to share it with others and be able to give it as a gift if they wish. The book may soon go on sale on Kindle Books from Amazon.
If you have read or reviewed the book before it is understandable, you may not wish to examine it again. You may want to check out the book preview that is different than prior editions. To note there were content changes also of me correcting the unpopular syntax and grammar errors. Individual cartoons were removed and replaced, and gag lines were adjusted. The introduction chapter was completely re-written with an explanation on the overall nature of the pictures. What is new of this collection of cartoons is what is also upcoming, 57 Pages is a book series. There will be a second book as indicated on the product page. From a previous edition, the first book is at a reduced file size of 18MB.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Forsaking What Needs To Be Forsaken

Over the past, few months I attempted to produce a successful 4th edition of the e-book 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons. My endeavor was to remove all the grammar errors and syntax errors. Some of them were not a hardship to correct but required considerable time, research and focus, these being just the gag lines. The challenging cartoons to fix have the gag lines incorporated or embedded in them. I spent weeks with many hours carefully removing faulted type and inputting new lettering. With these cartoons being finished, my thought the most difficult part of the revision was very much done. It was not at least in this area.
After assembling the cartoons in the revised manuscript, the online manuscript editor kept rejecting it. I made numerous adjustments and experimented with possible solutions to get the online manuscript editor to accept the new edition to publish it. It would not compromise. After repeated efforts to communicate with the online manuscript editor administrators and technical team to resolve those issues my wish now to give up on producing a revised 4th edition. I am unhappy about the outcome, embarrassed of grammatical errors.
Unfortunately, I do not have the resources and hardware to seek other alternatives aside from the online manuscript editor that produced the e-pub. The book was removed from the Amazon market to make those corrections. Now it is being placed back on as is on both Nook Books and Amazon Kindle at a reduced price. It is my wish in future time I will have funds and equipment to revise the ebook again outside the online manuscript editor. One of my desires is to move on to produce another book of cartoons and work on other, literary projects. There are goals of learning from and avoiding the mistakes I made with 57 Pages.