The Quentin Blake Archive and more.
I'm sorry to have been so quiet over the last few days, but the advent of the London Book Fair has meant that my day job has taken up all of my time (and a bit more!). It finished today, so I can now devote more time to the last week-and-a-bit of this kickstarter.
After the book fair today, I took the opportunity to pop along to Quentin Blake's archive, which may be the highlight of the year for me! His archivist very kindly showed me all of the art that they have from the Uncle books - almost complete interior art for four books, and nothing at all for two. There was also a folder of related work - one original cover, two colour covers done in later years for reprints, 4 sets of endpapers, a couple of odds and ends and, perhaps most excitingly, at least one piece of unpublished art (there were a few others which might be unpublished, but are very similar to existing pieces if so - we're checking!). I'm going to work out what we can include - the colour pieces may be a problem - but I'm determined to get all of it into the book one way or another.
As I already knew, much of the art has suffered over the years, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well much of it has held up. As you hopefully know, we'll be scanning all of this art and having it digitally restored, and I think the results will be remarkable. It was a real thrill for me to see it in the flesh, as it were, and there is so much detail that has been lost in the reproduction. With modern techniques we can present the art in the best possible quality, even given the deterioration of much of it. The scanning starts in a couple of weeks time!
The total has been ticking up slowly but surely, and I hope we'll have a little surge at the end of the project. I'm still waiting for the final quote for production and possible extras - I know I promised it before now, but I went to see my printer at the book fair and he's been swamped. It will come before the end of the project.
Also, I did an interview with the London Calling website, which you can find here:
I think that's it for now - I'm going to the University of Reading tomorrow to visit the Jonathan Cape archive, and shall report back with what I find...
Thanks again for your support,