About this project
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.
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.
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"):
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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