A Monster Calls, special edition – and in “Variety”

amcWalker Books have produced the most beautiful Collector’s Edition of the book by Patrick Ness and it includes not just the original text and illustrations but also interviews with the Producer, Director of the film and members of the cast as well as with Jim Kay – and includes more of Jim’s illustrations.

More on the collaborative nature of the film in Variety.

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Game of Thrones calendar – and an exhibition

game-of-thronesThe illustrations by Didier Graffet for the 2017 calendar are quite magnificent. He produced thirteen in all, (one is shown above) and the end result can be found here.

Didier’s work is also on show currently at the Daniel Maghen Gallery in Paris. They have a collection of his stunning original paintings for sale, inspired by the work of Jules Verne.

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Saltire Society Book of the Year

bonniest2Many congratulations to Kathleen Jamie whose book, The Bonniest Companie, has won the 2016 award. I’m sure the cover, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill, played a part in that. Here it is, in Creative Scotland. Wonderful for the prize to go to a poetry book.

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Time to get festive

12-days-pop-up-coverGrahame Baker Smith‘s panorama pop-up book for Walker Books, The Twelve Days of Christmas is beautifully produced. A very well-crafted and modern take on the traditional and much-loved song.

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A quick visit to LA for Jim

amc_at_the_windowJim Kay was invited to speak on the Deadline Contenders Panel in LA earlier this month. It must be quite unusual for the producers of a film to be so closely involved with the illustrator of the original book but Jim has enjoyed every moment. Here he is, talking to Pete Hammond.

Prints from three of the original book illustrations here.

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The Tree, an Ian Miller image

Anyone who remembers the twins from Gormenghast will recognise this scene – this is just a detail. Giclee prints of the complete drawing are available here.the-tree

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Earth Abides

earth-abidesA new piece by John Harris.

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Two Dilly Court covers by Gordon Crabb

christmas_card_and-swan-maidGordon Crabb continues to work on the covers for Dilly Court’s historical fiction now that she’s moved to Harper Collins. These are The Christmas Card and The Swan Maid.

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Jim Kay’s illustrations are well received

mandrake-finals02Since publication three weeks ago, the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has topped the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List and also been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award. Many congratulations to Jim. If you’d like to see more of the illustrations you could go to Paris to visit Platform 24 of Montparnasse station where there’s a 100 metre display which will be there until 10th January 2017.

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Climbing to the Light

A new painting by John Harris sold at Christies’ auction of Bande Dessinee and Illustration on 19th November at their Paris saleroom.

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