***ing Hewlett-Packard!!! I printed up ONE 30 page Ted McKeever story and used a whole cartridge of black ink.
I have heeded the advice of everyone on here and will buy a laser printer and/or go to a service bureau (although truth be told, the hours I keep I need to have home printing available.) Two people who read my rant yesterday have offered me free printers…I am touched, as always by the generosity of my readers. Truly, I am not worthy.
What really frosts my scuppers about this is the sheer WASTE of this planned obsolesence. When I buy a product, even if it is for $100, I expect it to be able to do a job for me. This printer should be marketed as being “for weekend warriors and pantywaists who don’t actually need to print anything only.”
It’s one reason why I am loyal to Apple. Sure, the computers cost a little more, but I would rather have a GOOD PRODUCT THAT WORKS for five years and give my loyalty to that company than waste money on something that is planned to break down every five minutes.
I will never, ever, ever give Hewlett-Packard any of my money again.
I’m off to the BEA today, and so only a few posts. I will try to be back online with some pics and news later on.
PS: This has been a busy, distracted week for me. In addition to getting ready for BEA, we’re in the final countdown for THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY and every minute has been taken up with getting in the last pages from our talented “crew” of colorists Lee Loughridge and Chris Chuckry and letterers Albert and Jimmy at Comicraft. Every book is like this — months of sporadic attention and then a couple of weeks where it takes up your every waking moment, but that’s what production is like.
I can’t wait to show off more of THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY. Today I got an advance copy of THE HILLS HAVE EYES: THE BEGINNING, the first graphic novel I’ve worked on in several years, and the production values on it are really stellar. I knew the creative team had done a great job, but it’s not until you see that final product that you can really breathe a sigh of relief and feel like a proud parent.
THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY is also shaping up to be worth all the time and effort I’ve put into it. I hope others feel the same way.
UPDATE: just to respond to everyone who keeps saying a laser printer is the only way to go, I’d like to point out that on my OLD printer I could print out a 200 page novel and not have to race to Staples before it closed so I could get a new ink cartridge to finish the job! The issue is not my printing habits — it is HP’s decision to create a product with an ink supply that is INSUFFICIENT FOR A BASIC JOB.