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A 400+ page coffee table book featuring the largest collection of Ralph McQuarrie's non-Star Wars art ever published.

Campbell, CA Art Books
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Thanks to all of our generous backers, The Art of Ralph McQuarrie ARCHIVES is going to happen! It's not too late to become part of the campaign—check below for our stretch goals, the first two of which have been unlocked!

Best known for his instrumental contributions to the making of the original Star Wars trilogy, Ralph McQuarrie has inspired several generations of film fans and artists. While much of his Star Wars artwork has been reproduced in numerous volumes over the years, his non-Star Wars work has previously only been available in The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, a limited edition that we (Dreams and Visions Press) published in 2007. That book is long out of print and now commands high prices on the secondary market. 

With The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES, we will bring back into print a career-spanning retrospective of Ralph McQuarrie’s non-Star Wars artwork. At 13” x 9.5”, this 432-page volume is not only offered at a more affordable price point than our original 2007 release, one third of the content is original to this edition. That's hundreds of Ralph McQuarrie illustrations spanning all aspects of his body of work.

TRADE EDITION COVER DESIGN - NOT FINAL
TRADE EDITION COVER DESIGN - NOT FINAL

We've been hard at work on the book for the past several months. Our efforts have not just been focused on assembling new art, but upgrading source materials where possible, and doing additional research to provide more details on many of the pieces within, both new and old. We are on track to finalize the book this summer, after which we will hand it off to the printer to meet our target release date.

The book will be available in two states: 1) a hardcover version with printed covers and 2) a deluxe clothbound individually numbered limited edition housed in a clothbound presentation traycase. Each copy will be smyth-sewn with head and tail bands to provide a sturdy binding that will last for years to come.

DELUXE EDITION CONCEPT (BOOK WILL BE BOUND ON THE LEFT)
DELUXE EDITION CONCEPT (BOOK WILL BE BOUND ON THE LEFT)

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES contains examples of Ralph's work in each of the following areas: Early technical illustration, movie posters, book covers, film and television production, other commercial illustration and a selection of personal pieces. In many cases we have examples of work that demonstrate Ralph's process, from his tiniest thumbnails to larger sketches, color comps and ultimately his finished paintings. 

Here are a handful of two-page spreads from the book (the actual size of these spreads will be 26" x 9.5"):

Technical Illustration
Technical Illustration
Movie Posters
Movie Posters
Book Covers
Book Covers
Film Concept Art
Film Concept Art
Commercial Illustration
Commercial Illustration
Personal Work
Personal Work

Backers at the $75 level and above including the regular hardcover edition of ARCHIVES will receive a 10" x 8" bookplate signed by the authors with the cleaned up version of Ralph's 'Power of God' illustration.

Kickstarter exclusive bookplate concept for regular hardcover
Kickstarter exclusive bookplate concept for regular hardcover

Backers at the $150 level and above including the deluxe hardcover edition of ARCHIVES will also receive an 8" x 10" bookplate signed by the authors featuring a drawing to painting rendition of Ralph's first paperback cover for Ballantine Books.

Kickstarter exclusive bookplate concept for deluxe hardcover
Kickstarter exclusive bookplate concept for deluxe hardcover

While ARCHIVES will be an essential volume in its own right, this book will also be a perfect companion to the previous books of Ralph's art that we've published through the years (which are available in some of the reward packages offered):

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie

Our first book. A huge, 15" x 12" 400-page slipcased volume covering Ralph's entire body of work. One-third of the book is dedicated to Ralph's contributions to the original Star Wars trilogy.

The Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie (Japanese)

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Star Wars in Japan in 2008, this 168-page 12" x 9" trade paperback remains the largest single-volume collection of Ralph's Star Wars art published to date. The text is in Japanese, but that doesn't prevent one from enjoying page after page of Ralph's glorious contributions to the Star Wars saga. We provide an English language translation of the text as a PDF via email.

A Gallery of Imagination

A 48-page 8.5" x 11" fully illustrated trade paperback guide to a 2010 gallery exhibit of dozens of Ralph's rare Star Wars illustrations.

Remembering Ralph McQuarrie

A 48-page 8.5" x 11" trade paperback celebrating the life and work of Ralph McQuarrie. Profusely illustrated with previously unseen images, with remembrances from Ralph's colleagues, friends, and fans, including: Hal Barwood, Phil Tippett, Jon Berg, Harrison Ellenshaw, Doug Chiang, Kevin J. Anderson, James Gurney, Lawrence Noble, Tim Bradstreet, Ken Steacy and more.

Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary Portfolio

Modeled after the Ballantine portfolios of the late 70s and early 80s, this 13" x 11" illustrated folio contain a set of 24 production paintings that Ralph created for the classic Battlestar Galactica pilot film.

No fan of Ralph McQuarrie, science fiction and fantasy illustration, or concept artwork will want to be without this ultimate collection of a brilliant artist's body of work.

As with all Kickstarter projects, we only receive the funds raised if we meet our funding goal, so we need your help in this epic undertaking. We hope you'll consider pledging your support at any level, and whether or not you're able to lend your support financially, we greatly appreciate your help spreading the word about our campaign to produce The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES

To thank you for your support with this project, we have come up with a number of different backer rewards. Several items can also be included as add-ons (by adjusting your pledge amount accordingly). And if you’re interested in any of our extremely limited high-end items, you can always add the dollar amount to any of the lower levels - just let us know when you make your pledge in case we need to adjust our inventory numbers on limited items.

All pledge amounts include USPS Media Mail shipping with tracking within the U.S. Please note, this Kickstarter campaign is only available for shipping within the United States. PLEASE REVIEW OUR FAQ for an explanation as to why international shipping isn't being offered, and rest assured that international fans WILL be able to order copies of the book (including the deluxe edition) from our website provided that our campaign is successful.

STRETCH GOALS

REWARD LEVELS

Risks and challenges

In the seven years since we published our first book, The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, we have successfully produced several other book projects on-time and within budget, including the two-volume Art of Tomb Raider, several more books on Ralph McQuarrie and his art, and a portfolio of paintings from the 1978 Battlestar Galactica television series.

We are always evaluating lessons learned from prior publishing projects to ensure each subsequent product we produce is the best it can be. While we are conservative with our delivery estimates, a publication schedule can be impacted by forces outside of our direct control. Additionally, we pride ourselves on the high quality of our products, and in the rare instance that they fail to meet our rigorous quality standards when received from the printer, that can require re-work. We're confident that we have selected the appropriate partner to bring The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: Archives to market meeting our high quality standards.

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FAQ

  • We are aware that Ralph has a legion of fans outside the US. We arrived at the difficult decision of only shipping within the US for our Kickstarter campaign for a number of reasons. First, shipping a large hardcover book overseas is very expensive - and can be as much or more as the cost of the book. Those costs of international shipping can change between now and when the book is released, which would require us to estimate even higher amounts than might be required, which would mean a higher cost to our international customers. If we did accept international pledges, even with significant shipping costs, those added funds go towards the total we need to hit our goal, without actually representing additional funding that is needed in order for the project to be successful.

    Rest assured, assuming we meet our funding goal, we will be offering copies of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES for pre-order directly through our website (http://www.dreamsandvisionspress.com).

    In the mean time, we encourage our international fans to help spread the word to ensure we meet our funding goal, and can make this much needed volume available to everyone!

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  • Yes. We have not allocated all of the projected print run of the deluxe edition to Kickstarter, and we plan to have copies available for pre-order on our website, provided we meet our funding goal.

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  • It's easy! Say you want to add the Power of God Artist's Edition to your pledge for the Deluxe hardcover. All you have to do is submit (or change - you can always go back and add more to your existing pledge, and even change reward levels) your pledge with the amount of both items (in this example $190 - $40 for the Power of God and $150 for the Deluxe hardcover), and keep the higher reward level (the Deluxe edition). At the end of a successful campaign, we'll send out backer surveys where you'll be able to indicate any add ons that are covered by your pledge. And if you want a little bit of everything we've got listed, let us know and we can plan accordingly, and adjust inventory levels as needed. Just use the Contact Us link above the Pledge options.

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    THANK YOU! Our heartfelt thanks for your support in helping bring this collection of Ralph McQuarrie's work to life.

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    DREAMS & VISIONS. An 11x17 print featuring two of Ralph's most famous robot paintings; the covers for Isaac Asimov's Robot Dreams and Robot Visions. Also available as an add-on to other pledges.

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    ROBOT PIN SET. A set of three 1" square pins (each of a limited edition of 100) featuring Ralph's Robot Dreams, Robot Visions, and Sparky paintings.

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    POWER OF GOD ARTIST'S EDITION. Ralph's original illustration of the Ark of the Covenant scanned in color from the original art and reproduced in 1:1 scale (21" x 13.5"). Also available as an add-on to other pledges.

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    THE ARCHIVES BOOK - SUPER EARLY BIRD. One copy of the hardcover edition of the book.

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    THE ARCHIVES BOOK - EARLY BIRD. One copy of the hardcover edition of the book.

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    THE ARCHIVES BOOK. One copy of the hardcover edition of the book, along with a Kickstarter exclusive bookplate signed by the authors. Also available as an add-on to other pledges.

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    THE DELUXE ARCHIVES BOOK. One copy of the individually numbered deluxe hardcover traycased edition of the book, along with a Kickstarter exclusive deluxe edition bookplate signed by the authors. If you own a numbered copy of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, we can match your number with proof of ownership.

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    THE BODY OF WORK BUNDLE. One copy of the hardcover edition of the book with a Kickstarter exclusive bookplate signed by the authors, along with a copy of The Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie (Japanese).

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    THE DELUXE ARCHIVES - EARLY BIRD COMBO. One copy of the individually numbered deluxe hardcover traycased edition of the book, along with one copy of the hardcover edition of the book (consider it a reading copy, or one you can leave out on the coffee table for your friends to look at), along with both Kickstarter exclusive bookplates signed by the authors. If you own a numbered copy of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, we can match your number with proof of ownership.

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    THE DELUXE ARCHIVES BOOK WITH RALPH McQUARRIE SIGNED PHOTO (Ralph and George Lucas). One copy of the individually numbered deluxe hardcover traycased edition of the book, including an 8x10 photo hand signed by Ralph McQuarrie, along with a Kickstarter exclusive deluxe edition bookplate signed by the authors. If you own a numbered copy of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, we can match your number with proof of ownership.

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    THE DELUXE ARCHIVES BOOK WITH RALPH McQUARRIE SIGNED PHOTO (Ralph Empire Storyboards). One copy of the individually numbered deluxe hardcover traycased edition of the book, including an 8x10 photo hand signed by Ralph McQuarrie, along with a Kickstarter exclusive deluxe edition bookplate signed by the authors. If you own a numbered copy of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, we can match your number with proof of ownership.

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    THE DELUXE ARCHIVES BOOK WITH RALPH McQUARRIE SIGNED PHOTO (Ralph Empire Book Covers). One copy of the individually numbered deluxe hardcover traycased edition of the book, including an 8x10 photo hand signed by Ralph McQuarrie, along with a Kickstarter exclusive deluxe edition bookplate signed by the authors. If you own a numbered copy of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, we can match your number with proof of ownership.

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    THE DELUXE ARCHIVES BOOK WITH RALPH McQUARRIE SIGNED PHOTO (Ralph Apollo Cels). One copy of the individually numbered deluxe hardcover traycased edition of the book, including an 8x10 photo hand signed by Ralph McQuarrie, along with a Kickstarter exclusive deluxe edition bookplate signed by the authors. If you own a numbered copy of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, we can match your number with proof of ownership.

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    THE DELUXE BODY OF WORK BUNDLE. One copy of the individually numbered deluxe hardcover traycased edition of the book with the Kickstarter exclusive deluxe edition bookplate signed by the authors, along with a copy of The Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie (Japanese).

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    THE COMPLETE ARCHIVES LIBRARY. One copy of the hardcover edition of the book, along with a Kickstarter exclusive bookplate signed by the authors. Plus one copy of each of the following: The Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie (Japanese), A Gallery of Imagination, Remembering Ralph McQuarrie, and the Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary Portfolio.

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    THE ARCHIVES BOOK 5-PACK. Five copies of the hardcover edition of the book, along with five Kickstarter exclusive bookplates signed by the authors.

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    THE DELUXE COMPLETE ARCHIVES LIBRARY. One copy of the individually numbered deluxe hardcover traycased edition of the book, along with a Kickstarter exclusive deluxe edition bookplate signed by the authors. Plus one copy of each of the following: The Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie (Japanese), A Gallery of Imagination, Remembering Ralph McQuarrie, and the Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary Portfolio. If you own a numbered copy of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, we can match your number with proof of ownership.

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    THE DELUXE COMPLETE ARCHIVES LIBRARY. One copy of the individually numbered deluxe hardcover traycased edition of the book, along with a Kickstarter exclusive deluxe edition bookplate signed by the authors. Plus one copy of each of the following: The Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie (Japanese), A Gallery of Imagination, Remembering Ralph McQuarrie, and the Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary Portfolio. If you own a numbered copy of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, we can match your number with proof of ownership.

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    CANVAS DREAMS & VISIONS. Two oversize prints on canvas (each image approximately 16 x 20) featuring two of Ralph's most famous robot paintings; the covers for Isaac Asimov's Robot Dreams and Robot Visions.

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    THE ARCHIVES BOOK 10-PACK. Ten copies of the hardcover edition of the book, along with ten Kickstarter exclusive bookplates signed by the authors.

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    FAN'S CHOICE. An extremely rare Hasbro Fan's Choice Figure Poll poster mounted on foam core as originally displayed at the Hasbro booth at Star Wars Celebration II in 2002, featuring Ralph McQuarrie's Stormtrooper concept figure (which ultimately won the poll).

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    SAGA OF A STAR WORLD. A rare linen backed 27" x 41" Canadian one-sheet for Battlestar Galactica featuring art by Jack Gaughan reproducing one of Ralph's original Galactica production paintings, along with a numbered (#1/250) copy our licensed 13" x 19" re-creation using Ralph's original artwork.

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    THE DREAMS AND VISIONS PRESS LIBRARY. One copy of the individually numbered deluxe hardcover traycased edition of the book, along with a Kickstarter exclusive deluxe edition bookplate signed by the authors. Plus one copy of each of the following: the 2007 slipcased hardcover of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, The Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie (Japanese), A Gallery of Imagination, Remembering Ralph McQuarrie, and the Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary Portfolio. If you own a numbered copy of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, we can match your number with proof of ownership.

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    INSPIRATION. An extremely rare 19" x 13" art print, limited to 26 individually signed and numbered copies by Ralph McQuarrie and Russell Chong, which was created for and given to members of The Clone Wars art department, featuring Ralph's early Star Wars key art concept alongside Russell's Clone Wars counterpart.

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    THE ULTIMATE DELUXE BODY OF WORK BUNDLE. One copy of the individually numbered deluxe hardcover traycased edition of the book with the Kickstarter exclusive deluxe edition bookplate signed by the authors, along with a signed hardcover A/P copy (#3/8) of The Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie (Japanese).

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    DINNER WITH THE TEAM. The Dreams and Visions Press team will take you to dinner one night during Star Wars Celebration VII in Anaheim in April 2015. Travel, accommodations and entrance to the show are not included. You will also receive a rare publisher's copy (outside the normal numbered run) of the deluxe edition of the book.

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    BRUSH WITH HISTORY (1). A matted and solid wood framed (22.5" x 19") original vintage Star Wars portfolio print of the Millennium Falcon in Docking Bay 94, hand signed (full signature) by Ralph McQuarrie, paired with one of his original paintbrushes that he used up until his retirement.

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    BRUSH WITH HISTORY (2). A matted and solid wood framed (22.5" x 19") original vintage Star Wars portfolio print of the X-Wing and TIE Fighter in the Death Star trench, hand signed (full signature) by Ralph McQuarrie, paired with one of his original paintbrushes that he used up until his retirement.

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    BRUSH WITH HISTORY (3). A matted and solid wood framed (22.5" x 19") original vintage Star Wars portfolio print of the X-Wings in the Death Star trench from behind, hand signed (full signature) by Ralph McQuarrie, paired with one of his original paintbrushes that he used up until his retirement.

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    BRUSH WITH HISTORY (4). A matted and solid wood framed (28.5" x 20") original vintage Empire Strikes Back portfolio print of Luke on his Tauntaun, hand signed (full signature) by Ralph McQuarrie, paired with one of his original paintbrushes that he used up until his retirement.

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