SALES OF THE SUBSCRIBER EDITION ARE NOW CLOSED.
ORDINARY HARDBACK SALES WILL COMMENCE VERY SOON. PLEASE CHECK BACK SHORTLY TO SEE IF WE'VE GOT ROUND TO IT! :)
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.
We’re currently working out how to automate a free pick-up for books at the NEC, but until we’ve got it sussed, please just get through checkout, include your pick-up request in the instructions box and we’ll be in touch to confirm & do a manual refund.
WE DO HEREBY SOLEMNLY UNDERTAKE TO HAVE YOUR BOOKS WITH YOU IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. Malcolm is buying a bigger top box specially.
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.