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I decided, in honor of tomorrow’s Bibliophile Cinema discussion of Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’s Stardust, to post a collection of the gorgeous illustrations Mr. Vess created for the 2012 gift edition as well as glimpse of what the original illustrated novel looks like on the page (source).

Charles Vess posted all of these illustrations over at his Facebook, which is in itself a treasure trove of his art.

Enjoy, and join us tomorrow night (Thursday December 19th) at the BATV Theater at 6:00pm for our screening of Stardust and a discussion of both the book and the film.

A long time ago, Avon books was going to bring out a paperback of Stardust. The plan was to do three covers, each looking like a different kind of book, although if placed next to each other they’d make one long image.
When the book was going to press, Barnes and Noble told Avon they only wanted the Fantasy cover (the middle one here) and they wanted another cover over it with a window in it. Avon did this, and the windows ripped when the book was put on and off shelves and the whole print run was pulped…
I just ran across these going through my blog archives.
And the reason I put it up here was that I was amused how close the first of our intended covers was to many of the gender swapped “Coverflipped” versions that followed Maureen Johnson’s coverflipping suggestion…
I still wish B&N had let Avon go with the original plan.


More background and info at http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2007/07/million-words-more-or-less-argh.html

A long time ago, Avon books was going to bring out a paperback of Stardust. The plan was to do three covers, each looking like a different kind of book, although if placed next to each other they’d make one long image.

When the book was going to press, Barnes and Noble told Avon they only wanted the Fantasy cover (the middle one here) and they wanted another cover over it with a window in it. Avon did this, and the windows ripped when the book was put on and off shelves and the whole print run was pulped…

I just ran across these going through my blog archives.

And the reason I put it up here was that I was amused how close the first of our intended covers was to many of the gender swapped “Coverflipped” versions that followed Maureen Johnson’s coverflipping suggestion…

I still wish B&N had let Avon go with the original plan.

More background and info at http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2007/07/million-words-more-or-less-argh.html

Charles Vess really is a magician…

Charles Vess really is a magician…

A new edition is coming out - the first US hardcover edition in 14 years. It will have three new illustrations by Charles Vess in it. He’s doing them now.
It will not look new.

A new edition is coming out - the first US hardcover edition in 14 years. It will have three new illustrations by Charles Vess in it. He’s doing them now.

It will not look new.

Album Art

From http://www.neilgaiman.com/p/Cool_Stuff - the first chapter of STARDUST, a book by some British guy. 

Read by, er, some British guy.

ArtistNeil Gaiman
TitleChapter One
AlbumSTARDUST, The Audio Book

Do you want to know how you could win this book (it’s a signed, limited edition Advanced Readers Copy of STARDUST, copy #28 of 250)? While doing good for the world through Heifer International?

Do you want to know how amAZINGly cool the previous people who won this book were? About the person who got it at auction for $2500 then redonated it in order to do good - and so that YOU have a chance of winning it this year?

Then go to http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2012/01/gaiman-and-goats-gifts-that-keep-on-giving/ and read and thrill at how very good people can be.