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Four to go…

10 Mar

Only four more pages to revise and pimp and we’re …almost done. After this a complete new cover needs to be drawn. But it’s about time to ask for a more recent price at the print shop. Since our last enquiry the idea of a dictatorfree country caught fire in oil selling regions. About time. Unfortunately this made it easier for oil companies and traders to rip us all off and so the oil price has risen about 45% since we asked for a price.

We are already pondering on how to save some dough once the book will be finally here. Maybe the idea of free Black Forest Cake for everyone buying a copy is off…


Museum of Cake Art – edited

4 Feb

In true Adewani style, while preparing the pages for printing – a work intensive process – we came up with the idea to give our museum a name. An important part of “Jibonka” is set in a museum, which of course features various master paintings depicting Black Forest Cake.

All the eminent museums have a catchy abbreviation. Just take the MOMA. So our museum needs a name like this, too. Our current favourite is MOCA – Museum of Cake Art.

[Sh…ame. MOCA already is the Museum of Comtemporary Arts in L.A., U.S.A., N. A.]

Any suggestions? Seriously, if you come up with something we like better, we will include it and mention you.

Do you remember Pablo Parnasso?

25 Jan

Did I mention any problems with famous painters, photographers and copyrights? What the hell was I ranting about?

Pablo Parnasso and his cake

Admittedly, there might be a slight resemblance to a Spanish artist, depicted in a similar setting by a French photographer. But this really is Pablo Parnasso, one of the most famous Jibonka journalists of all times. All monsters remember his radio broadcast of the 1961 final at Nibbledon, when Brattenbock and Woolymob, those legendary Jibonka teams of the 60s and early 70s, met for an epic round of Jibonka. Parnasso was hoarse for almost four month after he screamed on the top of his lungs for solid 15 hours. Most memorably are his words: “Never has a Black Forest Cake been thrown in a more beautiful arch, never has it ended in a more spectacular mess of cream and crumbles.”

Be that as it may, in the later years of his carreer, he began to paint and had a big impact on artist circles and squares. In “Jibonka” we used his other famous quote: “There is no abstract cake” and show one of his great masterpieces, contain one of the few cubist cakes, art has produced in the 20th century.

It’s … diverse.

11 Jan

I guess if we consider our book extraorinary, we are in good company. At least I would be more than mildly surprised if not every author thought the same about her or his first published work. But a morning like this morning makes me confident that “Jibonka” indeed is a project unlike many. After all, how many writers spend four hours in front of the computer and audio monitors, listening to themselves and their illustrator reading the story in funny voices, adding reverb and predelay to the dialogues to give them a bit of space in the mix.

Don’t worry, a couple of days ago I was completely unaware of these software gimmicks, too. But having upgraded the equipement, having recorded all the text, havig composed and recorded a title song, one would also want to mix the stuff properly. Well, mixing is a science all to itself, but I got myself a book by an expert (Friedemann Tischmeyer, Internal Mixing)…

My wife read out two pages of it the other night. It took her almost half an hour because she had to laugh so hard. Even though the book is written in perfectly correct German, she did not get the meaning of a single sentence. I got the meaning of about three.

Now, I do record my own music occasionally, which I only play to a handful of people (close friends who are well mannered enough to keep a straight face), but after learning a couple of new things about acoustics and software – for the audio book version of a children’s picture book – I can’t wait to apply my latest fiding to music that is not about monsters looking for Black Forest Cake.

Anyway, in another day or two, the German version will be done, the English version will follow.
So, the adventure of getting a children’s picture book published rewarded me with a lot of toys for boys in the basement and a considerable amount of knowledge about recording and mixing. Extraordinary.