ORDERING ON SLIPCASES NOW OPEN UNTIL MAY 13TH
Each hand-bound book consists 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. 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 (matt laminated to prevent scuffing), and foil-blocked lettering in antique gold to reflect the fact that - purely by accident - this ridiculously ambitious project was printed in Ogri’s 50th anniversary year.
Please note that books are now sold out and we are currently taking advance orders for a final run of protective slipcases. That said, there are a further fourteen of this edition on hold til the pallet debacle's legal fallout is finally sorted.
For the full quixotic tale of how this incredible object came into being, check out our first post on the OgriBlog, now online in all its glory at www.ogri-book.co.uk. You can also sign up to our mailing list there, and now these have sold out (bar the pallet victims), that's suddenly looking like quite a good idea…