PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN ADVANCE PREORDER EXPECTED TO SHIP IN JUNE 2019!
This beautiful 12"X17" oversized hardcover features complete stories scanned from Russell's stunning original art. While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in color to recreate as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual originals—including blue pencils, notes, art corrections and more. Pages are reproduced at original size on heavy paper stock to provide fans, aficionados and collectors with the best possible reproductions.
The book includes the following COMPLETE stories—all classic Oscar Wilde fairy tales that have been adapted to comics by acclaimed artist P. Craig Russell:
- The Selfish Giant
- The Star Child
- The Young King
- The Remarkable Rocket
- The Devoted Friend
- The Nightingale and the Rose
The book will also include an extensive sketchbook section with figure studies, sketches and background material relating to the stories in the book—scanned directly from P. Craig Russell's actual sketchbooks!
The Young King, The Remarkable Rocket, The Devoted Friend and The Nightingale and the Rose were originally lettered digitally—and separately—from P. Craig Russell's original art boards. For this special Fine Art Edition, we are hiring talented artist/letterer Galen Showman to hand-letter all four stories on Craig's original art board, allowing for a more enjoyable reading experience—and even more beautiful art. This is a major extra expense for this book, but we feel that it is worth it to properly preserve these wonderful stories for posterity.
Available in three hardcover editions:
- Standard Edition hardcover
- Signature Edition hardcover: Comes with an illustrated bookplate that is personally signed by P. Craig Russell!
- Sketch Edition hardcover: Comes with an illustrated bookplate that is personally signed by P. Craig Russell plus an ORIGINAL DRAWING by the artist! Drawing is in pen and ink on a separate board that is approximately 8 X 5 inches. Keep it in the book or display it separately—the choice is yours!
Praise for P. Craig Russell's adaptations of these stories:
"Russell's sensitive, Belle Époque-inspired artwork brings the story to life with a matched sensibility that makes other comics adaptations look clumsy." — Publishers Weekly
"Russell matches Wilde's literary skills with his estimable artistic talent. His colors are brilliant and pure; his linework sure and fluid, at once cartoonlike and elegantly representational, reflecting both his art-nouveau and pre-Raphaelite influences and the inherent charm of Wilde's material." — Publisher's Weekly
"In elaborate underground 'comix' style, Russell reintroduces the tales with an accessible if nontraditional approach to picture-book illustration and better-than-average adaptations of the original texts." — Booklist
"Russell catches this mood perfectly, not trying to overshadow Wilde but merely helping him do his disturbing work. Russell's exquisite art has a supple ink line that's never fussy." — Publisher's Weekly
"Russell's vivid artwork and graphic-novel style open Wilde's tragic stories to a new audience while remaining true to his thoughtful, moral prose." - School Library Journal