Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bankruptcy! It's What's For Dinner...

No, the Ephemeris hasn't gone bankrupt, thank God. But our printer has, which needless to say has left us in a bit of a bind.

When we came back from Sweden, I kept trying to call the print shop to schedule a pick up for Volume One. No one answered or returned my calls for two days, so I made the hour-long trip to their offices only to find no one there. A subsequent investigation turned up the fact that no one had been there for a week. Finally, on Friday, the printers posted a notice on their Myspace page that said that they had filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and would not be able to fill existing orders.

This means that I have to find another printer ASAP and get this damned magazine printed. I thought we were past all of this nonsense (many of you will recall all the trials we went through getting the first edition printed) but it looks like we're back to square one. We hope to have all the pre-orders filled within the next two weeks, and we sincerely apologize for this delay. It was truly beyond our control.

This also means that we're running low on our Volume II inventory. I was supposed to pick up several more cases of our second issue when Volume One's reprint was ready. So in addition to not having any copies of Volume One to mail out, we're also almost out of Volume II. We ask that you be patient with us- we absolutely will fill all orders as soon as humanly possible.

Thanks for your ongoing support, ladies and gents.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Good News, Bad News

I was contacted today by our printer, who is fully operational now. (If you didn't catch our last blog, their shop was obliterated during the horrible tornadoes we had here in NC a couple of weeks back. The good news is that they're working their way through their workload and getting closer to our order. The BAD news is that I won't be here when it'll be ready.

According to our printer, they'll have it ready by the 16th or 17th of this month. Unfortunately Mick and I and a couple of our friends are going to be in Sweden that week touring the snus factories and tobacco museum. I thought about having Jasper go pick up the order and mail them all out in our absence, but to be perfectly honest I want to inspect the final product myself before I ship it out to our readers. I would hate to come home to find out we've distributed thousands of copies of an inferior magazine.

So, we're still technically on schedule. We'll still hit the stands in May like we announced, but it will be at the bottom of the month instead of the top. Blame Mick, myself, the nation of Sweden, tornadoes and other acts of God, Swedish Match AB and our extremely low printing budget for this comedy of errors. Thanks for being patient, I guarantee it's worth the wait.