ORDINARY HARDBACK SALES ARE NOW OPEN.
Well. I bet you never thought you’d be reading this. We’re not ashamed to admit we were starting to wonder ourselves. It’s been three years and a bloody lot of swearing - but here we are!
First, a bit about the books themselves. They are all hardbacks this year, in three binding options, ranging in price from £85 to £250. Our printer and binder is FJ Blissett & Co, with ninety years’ experience - and the holders of a royal warrant, no less, from Her Majesty the Queen. No word of a lie.
Inside, each book is made of 504 silky pages, 496 of which are content. All 443 published cartoons are in there, bigger than they ever appeared in the magazines, on pages which measure a whopping 324 by 355 millimetres. The strips themselves have been collected from all over the place, and painstakingly restored where necessary - though 102 examples are, incredibly, taken direct from original artworks which turned up just as we were finishing the first draft of the book. (muffled wails). Also featured are numbers 443/49 and 444/50, which Paul produced back in 2013, but which never made it to a magazine page.
On the cover is a pressed-on colour plate (laminated to prevent scuffing as it slides in and out of the handmade slipcases), and foil-blocked lettering in antique gold to reflect the fact that - purely by accident - this ridiculously ambitious project is being printed in Ogri’s 50th anniversary year.
UNTIL OCTOBER 15TH this was a SUBSCRIBER’S FIRST EDITION, which means that everyone who bought a book before that is a subscriber to the publication, enabling us to actually get them made. You'll find the subscribers' names and messages printed in the back of the book. Books bought after October 15th are just normal books, but numbered as part of the limited edition. Books bought after December 31st 2017 will no longer be numbered.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 21ST: The printers are now struggling so badly with levels of demand that any orders placed after this date are highly unlikely to be delivered in time for Christmas. Each book is individually stitched and hand-bound by a team of just two blokes, so it's not really surprising that they're struggling with the sheer numbers you beautiful people have ordered! We will be shipping all orders strictly in the order they were received, and anyone whose book isn't ready in time for the big day will be getting a posh card to hand over instead, telling the recipient that their present is being made and is on the way. We never expected so many orders, and even at full pelt, we're falling behind!
BLACK BUCKRAM, NUMBERED An unlimited number of copies bound in black buckram book cloth, with foil blocked title on spine and face, with full-colour jumping Ogri plate applied to the front. Numbered until December 31st.
BLACK BUCKRAM WITH CASE, NUMBERED An unlimited number of copies bound in black buckram book cloth, foil blocked and with the full-colour jumping Ogri, presented in a very nifty handmade slipcase, again foil-blocked with the title on the front and the spine. Numbered until December 31st.
LEATHER WITH CASE, NUMBERED AND SIGNED A limited edition of one hundred copies bound in Wildman and Bugby black leather, each one individually signed and doodled by Paul, and presented in the fancy slipcase. These will be numbered 1-100.