About this project
UPDATE, GLORIOUS UPDATE:
ALL THREE OF OUR TITLES ARE FULLY FUNDED! We are going to produce each of these wonderful books. Thank you, friends. Your passion and support make magic possible.
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Great literary works of the past, illustrated and designed by the finest graphic artists, illustrators and cartoonists in the world, presented in lush, over-sized hardcover volumes.
At Beehive Books, we have always admired great book-craft -- especially the beautiful turn-of-the-century volumes of fiction, poetry and prose embellished by masters like Arthur Rackham, Gustave Dore, Rockwell Kent and countless other luminaries from the first golden age of illustration. Handsome volumes with hand-sewn signatures, tipped-in plates and sterling print quality.
Such gorgeous illustrated literature has become a rare bird in the quick-and-dirty landscape of modern mass production.
So we're launching this series of classic literary masterworks, full to the brim with stunning artwork by the greatest visual storytellers in the world, in cloth-bound heirloom editions designed to be read and reread, experienced, and treasured.
We're partnering with three of the very finest artists working today: Paul Pope, Yuko Shimizu and Bill Sienkiewicz. We've asked each of the three what book they would most love to illustrate, and they've each come up with a fascinating choice.
These are dream projects for these artists -- to work with some of their favorite literature, in print volumes with the highest production values.
So, without further ado...
Each edition will be designed by Maëlle Doliveux in close consultation and collaboration with its illustrator. While our concept hearkens back to the intricate book-craft of years past, these are not fusty faux-Victorian recreations of an antiquated aesthetic. These are modern high-design art objects, created utilizing the most cutting edge ideas and technologies in presentation and production.
They will feature:
- Expansive 9x12" trim size
- Lush, textured, heavyweight paper
- Cloth binding
- A minimum of ten full-page, full-color illustrations
- Die-cut slipcases, embossed & debossed with metallic foil blocking
- Dyed edges
- Some of the most beautiful artwork you'll ever lay your eyes on
Now let's talk about our titles.
Algernon Blackwood is one of the most important authors in the history of weird fiction and literary horror, and his work deserves to be universally recognized.
His turn-of-the-century occult sagas of the natural and supernatural world had a huge impact on many 20th century masters....
...including H.P. Lovecraft, who believed that his masterwork THE WILLOWS was the greatest supernatural tale in all of English literature.
THE WILLOWS is a chilling and gorgeous story of two friends rafting down the flooded Danube, and slowly becoming deranged by a mysterious force at work on the branch-choked river. But in the 110 years since its original publication, it's floated in and out of print, without the wide recognition it deserves.
Who better than the modern master Paul Pope (BATTLING BOY, BATMAN: YEAR 100), whose energetic brush line seems to writhe and vibrate on the page, to illustrate and illuminate this tale of a raging river become astonishingly, malevolently conscious, and two human souls perched on the brink of madness?
With this book, we intend to create the most lavish and beautiful Algernon Blackwood edition ever produced.
As we're doing with Herbert Crowley in our upcoming art book THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE, we hope to pull another great genius from the brink of relative obscurity.
But Paul's beautiful book is only the first of the three editions available through this campaign.
Oscar Wilde's fairy tales are some of his most elegant and charming pieces of writing.
He produced two books of fairy tales -- The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant. They've rarely been collected in one volume -- and never with stunning artwork by Yuko Shimizu (THE UNWRITTEN, BARBED WIRE BASEBALL), one of the modern masters of illustration and graphic art.
Wilde's original fairy tales are moving, sweet, sad and magical -- much like Yuko's artwork. Yuko is one of the most celebrated and admired editorial illustrators in the world, and her work is perfectly aligned with Wilde's witty, rueful voice.
Yuko approached us with this book in mind. She's passionate about Wilde, and eager to follow her intricate, calligraphic line deep into his enchanted world.
And so are we.
Has there ever been a better synthesis of artist and subject than the great Bill Sienkiewicz (a master of mutants if there ever was one) and H.G. Wells' classic THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU?
Before Bill even began work on his jaw-dropping illustrations, we knew this one would be a masterpiece. Wells' gleefully blasphemous tale of human chimeras and deranged scientific curiosity comes to nightmarish life through Billy the Sink's supreme brushwork and unmatched vision.
Bill, for the few who aren't aware, is a living legend -- the man who almost single-handedly brought fine art techniques into mainstream comics, drew many of the most acclaimed comics and graphic novels of of the last 40 years, who collaborated with Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller on some of their most ambitious works.
Bill is simply one of the best visual storytellers of all time, and it's an honor to have this opportunity to work with him.
We have produced limited edition high-end giclée prints of each image created exclusively for this campaign. Every print will be signed by the artist, numbered in a run of 100, and printed in archival ink on archival fine art velvet paper.
In order to show the vast potential of this ongoing line of Illuminated Editions, we've also commissioned additional illustrations from two of our favorite visual artists: Lisk Feng and Ronald Wimberly.
Below are the highly exclusive signed prints by Ron, Lisk, Bill, Paul and Yuko.
$130,000: BOOKMARKS... UNLOCKED!!!
Lovely die-cut bookmarks for each of our three titles. We'll include all three of them them with every signed & numbered slipcase package, and as a $5 add-on for lower tier rewards.
$150,000: DIE STRUCK PINS... UNLOCKED!
We want to turn Yuko's gorgeous swallow into a 1.25" die-struck enamel pin, designed by Maëlle. A pin will be included for free with every order that includes a signed & numbered slipcase edition, as a $15 add on for lower level rewards, and as its own separate reward tier.
If we hit $170,000, every edition we produce for this campaign will be equipped with a colored soft cloth ribbon, which will allow you to keep your place in the text without unsightly dog-earing. (Have I mentioned that you're expressly forbidden from dog-earing these books? It's like removing a tag from a mattress.)
PAUL POPE is an American artist/designer living and working in New York City. He has been working primarily in comics and screenprinting since the early '90s, but has also done a number of projects with Italian fashion label Diesel Industries and, in the US, with DKNY. HIs recent collaboration with Errolson Hugh/Acronym for Nike’s AF1 debuted spring 2017. His media clients include LucasArts, NBC, Disney, Cartoon Network, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Conde-Naste, Kodansha (Japan), Sapporo (Japan), Dargaud Editions (France), EMI Canada, The Grateful Dead Estate, and The British Film Institute. His iconic Batman: Year 100, a science fiction take on the classic Batman origin tale, appears frequently on many Top 10 Batman story lists. In 2010 Pope was recognized as a Master Artist by the American Council Of The Arts. His short science fiction comic strip Strange Adventures (DC Comics)--an homage to the Flash Gordon serials of the '30s-- won the coveted National Cartoonist Society's Reuben Award for Best Comic Book of the year. He has won 5 Eisners to date. His latest book, Battling Boy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list, his third book to hit the NYT Top 10.
He is currently working on Battling Boy 2, the second book in the epic science fiction/fantasy series for First Second/MacMillan, featuring a young superhero, and also finishing Psychenaut, a book of visual essays about Jungian dream analysis, for Dargaud Editions. Battling Boy is currently in feature development at Paramount Pictures, with Patrick Osborne attached to direct.
YUKO SHIMIZU is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts. Newsweek Japan has chosen Yuko as one of “100 Japanese People The World Respects" in 2009.
Her first self-titled monograph came out in 2011 (Gestalten), and her second was released from ROADS Publishing in spring of 2016. Other books include: A Wild Swan (collaboration with novelist Michael Cunningham, FSG, 2015) and a multi award winning children’s book Barbed Wire Baseball (written by Marissa Moss, Abrams, 2013).
You may have seen her work on The Gap T-shirts, Pepsi cans, VISA billboards, Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on the book covers of Penguin, Scholastic, DC Comics, and on the pages of NY Times, Time, Rolling Stone, New Yorker and in many other publications over last ten years.
BILL SIENKIEWICZ (pronounced sin-KEV-itch) is an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for revamping the style of comic and graphic novel illustration from 1980 onward, most notably with Marvel Comics' Elektra: Assassin and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters, earning him an international reputation and cult status across media industries.
His work has graced the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; galleries in Paris, Barcelona and Tuscany; Spain's famed La Semana Negra (The Black Week) Festival; advertising campaigns for Nike, MTV and Nissan; posters for The Green Mile and 2006 Winter Olympics; and magazines such as Entertainment Weekly and Spin.
A classically-trained painter, Sienkiewicz's renderings incorporate abstract and expressionist influences and any combination of oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, mixed-media, collage and mimeograph - previously unheard of in comics. His work has garnered numerous accolades - most notably a 2004 Eisner Award for DC Comics' The Sandman: Endless Nights, and 1995 and 1996 Emmy Award nominations for production and character design on the PBS children's TV series Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego? Elektra: Assassin swept the top comic illustration awards in the U.S., Europe and Italy, respectively, with a 1987 Kirby Award, 1986 Yellow Kid Award, and 1986 Gran Guigiri Award.
BEEHIVE BOOKS is a Philadelphia-based boutique publisher newly founded by the artist and designer Maëlle Doliveux, and editor and author Josh O’Neill, co-publisher of Kickstarter-funded Locust Moon Press projects like THE LOST WORK OF WILL EISNER and the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning anthology LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM.
Beehive is committed to producing book art editions of distinctive literary and pictorial works with singular design sensibilities, the highest production values, and a special emphasis on comics and graphic art. This is their second project, following THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE: FORGOTTEN WORKS & WORLDS OF HERBERT CROWLEY.
Risks and challenges
As co-publisher of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM project, Beehive Books co-founder Josh O’Neill knows well the challenges associated with funding, printing, and distributing beautiful oversized art books. Along with his partners at Locust Moon, Josh has raised over $300,000 over the course of his last three projects, and rewarded backers of each with very beautiful books and rewards. Armed with that experience we feel very ready to tackle the task of producing and publishing substantial, handsome volumes befitting their brilliant authors and illustrators.
We've carefully priced out expenses for domestic and overseas shipping, as well as printing costs for all books, prints and ancillary rewards. We’ve arranged for the logistics of reward fulfillment. We know exactly how much money we need to get this project across the finish line. All we need is the funding necessary to finish the job.
There are more risks and challenges involved in making books with this level of production value than I can realistically list here. Don't believe anybody who tells you this stuff is easy. Problems can and will pop up in ways we can't predict. But we have the knowledge, experience and commitment to persevere through difficulties and deliver a product that meets and exceeds the exacting expectations of our audience of discerning readers and collectors.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter