An original UNCLE manuscript and pictures by J. P. Martin!
Three and a half days to go, and hopefully a little surge to come as kickstarter email all of the people who clicked 'remind me' but haven't pledged yet...
On Friday I rushed from work for a quick meeting with Judith, the grand-niece of JP Martin and one of the people the first book was dedicated to. Her and her brother Matthew have very kindly agreed to provide a short reminiscence of JP for the book, which is very kind.
Judith was also good enough to let me take a look at the manuscript that JP gave her when she was a child. This predates the publication of the books, and from a quick flick through is quite different from the finished novels. There are over 200 typed pages, so I didn't have time to look through properly, and won't have room to put more than a sample page or two (if that) in the COMPLETE UNCLE. Especially as Matthew has a similar book with different stories in. Perhaps another project looms...
Still, I thought it would be nice to share a couple of pages, as well as two pieces of art by JP - one showing The Singing Plant and one Hateman's Outrage. They're very different from Quentin Blake's work, but the characters are very recognisable. Enjoy!
And for almost the last time, please remind people to pledge before the week ends!