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    Hello everyone. This is Jerad Walters of Centipede Press. I am working on a follow-up volume to our acclaimed Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. This new art book is tentatively called Artists Inspired by Stephen King. The projected publication date for this book is October 2009. We are very excited about this book, and we already have a number of artists on board.

    My question to all of you is this: we need feedback. If you can, please take the time to tell us what you’d most want to see in a book of this sort (approximately 11 x 14 inches). Do you want interviews with the artists? Would you like to see the complete color and black & white works of every artist involved with any Stephen King book?

    How much background information would you care to read about art directors, the history of limited editions, and stories from the publishers? Would you care to see preliminary sketches of some of the color works that have appeared in the limited editions, or just the finished works? How many art works would you care to see from limited editions and trade editions that have been published internationally?

    Do you have any interest in film stills, or interviews with directors of Stephen King movies? What about movie posters? Regarding the edition, what would you feel is a fair print run for a trade edition? A signed edition? What features would you want to see in a deluxe edition?

    We already have a load of work done for this, including the complete Stephen King artworks of Don Brautigam (paperback editions of The Stand, Night Shift, others), and the original hardcover art from the first editions of Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Pet Sematary; the limited editions of Christine, The Regulators, and several others, and a lot more.

    In addition to advice, we could use help in locating artists (and credit for art) that has thus far eluded us. Please, we want to make this book not only a great book of art, but also an item that is so breathtaking, so complete, and so amazing that anyone who looks at is just going to be floored. Any advice would be welcome.

    Please email us at jerad@centipedepress.com if you need additional information, as well as your suggestions regarding what you would like to see in a signed edition and a deluxe edition. This book is for all King fans, as well as art fans, and we want to make it a very desirable and complete edition. Thank you all for your time!

    Best,

    Jerad Walters
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    Welcome Jerad. Very nice to see you here. Carlosdetweiler (Bob) has mentioned your undertaking and we are all very excited about the project.
    I'm sure feedback will be forthcoming-whether via this thread or in e-mails, to you.

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    I think that some information about the artists would be nice. A short biography and perhaps some information regarding what he/she was trying to accomplish with the artwork...mood, etc. There are often more details and subtleties to the illustrations that the non-artists among us (i.e. me!) fail to notice or appreciate.

    Having said that, I think such information should be brief. One of the things I found annoying about the otherwise wonderful THE ART OF MICHAEL WHELAN were the lengthy (10 to 12 page) interviews with Michael. Maybe it is just me but I don't want that much information.

    Also, which artists are you still trying to contact?

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    I think the movie posters and movie stills could easily make another volume themselves! But I don't think I'd like them mixed in with paintings.

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    Welcome Jerad.

    It's Karen from Grant.

    Hope you got what you wanted from Robert. Let me know if you need me to bug him about anything else.

    Also, I agree with Bob. I would like a brief blurb on or with the artists, but I would mainly be looking for the art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e_taylor View Post
    I think the movie posters and movie stills could easily make another volume themselves! But I don't think I'd like them mixed in with paintings.
    Yes, I agree and I meant to voice my opinion on that in my earlier post but forgot. IMO, movie stuff should not be included.

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    This is great news Jerad, this is something a lot of King Collectors would love, including myself.

    I would like to hear a blurb about each artist (maybe not all) and what they were thinking when they did the artwork. Not only would I like to see the artwork I would be interested in the history of the artwork as well.

    I seem to disagree with others in this, but I would like film artwork to be included, but not film stills. I think movie posters can be artwork in itself, and that is why I think they could be included. Also I think other artwork should be included, such as anthologies, magazines, books about King, etcetera that contained artwork relating to King. I don’t think I would be happy just seeing reprints of The Dark Tower artwork or other common illustrations. There’s been hundreds of artists who’ve done King related artwork, why restrict them to the novels and limited editions?

    Also I would be interested in sketches of first drafts of some of the artwork to see the evolution of the piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carlosdetweiller View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by e_taylor View Post
    I think the movie posters and movie stills could easily make another volume themselves! But I don't think I'd like them mixed in with paintings.
    Yes, I agree and I meant to voice my opinion on that in my earlier post but forgot. IMO, movie stuff should not be included.
    I guess what I'm stuggling with is the interpretation of "Artists Inspired by Stephen King". The literal interpretation would be to include movie posters, film stills, etc., since the films wouldn't have been made without him, but I personally would like them excluded. I do agree, though, that a short "blurb" about each of the artists would be crucial to the book but not pages and page of data and interviews. I envision this more as a volume of artwork than a book to sit and read.

    One thing I'd also like to see is some of the artwork that was submitted for SK books but NOT used - maybe with text describing the reasons another piece chosen instead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gsvec View Post
    I envision this more as a volume of artwork than a book to sit and read.
    This is what it will be, an artwork book. The first book to do this by Centipede Press was Artists inspired by H. P. Lovecraft.
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    Hey everyone,

    Thank you for your comments on the Artists Inspired by Stephen King book. Would anyone know where to find Christopher Zavisa, from the old Land of Enchantment? I found a phone number in Michigan via the white pages, but am not sure if it is the same one.

    Also, there is (was?) an artist named Jim Phiesen who did the covers for the cheesy Doubleday reissues of Carrie, SL, Shining, and Night Shift back in the early 1990s. Doubleday has absolutely no records at all, and I am wondering if anyone among you might know something. The jackets of these reissues were pretty bad, but the artwork itself was interesting and would be worth reprinting, especially at large size.

    Thank you all.

    Jerad

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    so are you going to include magazine art too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Centipede View Post
    Hey everyone,

    Thank you for your comments on the Artists Inspired by Stephen King book. Would anyone know where to find Christopher Zavisa, from the old Land of Enchantment? I found a phone number in Michigan via the white pages, but am not sure if it is the same one.

    Also, there is (was?) an artist named Jim Phiesen who did the covers for the cheesy Doubleday reissues of Carrie, SL, Shining, and Night Shift back in the early 1990s. Doubleday has absolutely no records at all, and I am wondering if anyone among you might know something. The jackets of these reissues were pretty bad, but the artwork itself was interesting and would be worth reprinting, especially at large size.

    Thank you all.

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    Latest information from Jerad at Centipede Press concerning the Stephen King Artbook:

    Artists Inspired By Stephen King
    Knowing Darkness
    Introduction By Frank Darabont

    Oh boy. Although the total quantity of books and the price
    points have not yet been set, we are inching ever closer with
    this title. Here are some details, however:

    The book features nearly 500 pages of artwork and text. The text is written
    by George Beahm, the introduction by Frank Darabont. The book features
    new artwork by Michael Whelan, Les Edwards, Don Maitz, Stephen Gervais, Alex McVey,
    Jason Eckhardt, John Picacio, Douglas Smith, David Ho, and many others.
    These works have been created for this book and will not be seen anywhere else.

    The book will be available in three states: an unsigned edition with dustjacket
    in a PVC slipcase; a signed edition in a cloth slipcase; and a deluxe edition,
    with a book of oversize prints, in a traycase. The deluxe edition is signed by
    over 30 of the artists.

    As you know, the book features nearly all of the limited edition and trade
    artwork of the last 35 years, including works by Bernie Wrightson, Dave
    McKean, Darrel Anderson, Rick Berry, Ned Dameron, R.J. Krupowicz, Rowena
    Morrill, not to mention all the people listed above.
    We expect this title to be available for pre-order at the end of March. The
    publication date is October 2009.

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    I wonder if they get money for those pictures because I would LOOOOOOOVE to be able to earn money by making my animalslingers...

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    Knowing the quality of Centipede's books this will be a killer volume.

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    WOW I am already chomping at the bit for this

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    I'm so affraid that the price will be too high for my pocket...
    Wanted list:
    The girl who loved tom gordon ARC with King's letter
    The Plant #3 Unsigned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari_Racing View Post
    I'm so affraid that the price will be too high for my pocket...
    Ari,

    My guess is around $195 for the trade edition, around $300 for the semi-limited and around $1,000 for the deluxe. I believe the interior content of all 3 books will be the same; probably just a higher grade of paper, packaging, and signatures will separate the volumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Mears View Post
    Knowing the quality of Centipede's books this will be a killer volume.
    I think so too. I think it is great that the artists involved have really gotten behind this project and are creating new works just for this book. The Lovecraft art book is fabulous but this King art book is going to blow it away.

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    Thanks Ben for the info.

    I'll try to get the cheapest one
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    The Plant #3 Unsigned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari_Racing View Post
    I'm so affraid that the price will be too high for my pocket...
    Me too : moving to Paris in september and still being a student, i'll have to do not disperse much... although i'd LOVE that book...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Mears View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ari_Racing View Post
    I'm so affraid that the price will be too high for my pocket...
    Ari,

    My guess is around $195 for the trade edition, around $300 for the semi-limited and around $1,000 for the deluxe. I believe the interior content of all 3 books will be the same; probably just a higher grade of paper, packaging, and signatures will separate the volumes.
    The Artists Inspired by Lovecraft book was $225, $395, and $2495. Ouch!

    I bought the $395 edition of the Lovecraft book, and will probably do the same for the King book if it is in the same price range. It was worth the price.
    Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by gguthrie View Post
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    I'm so affraid that the price will be too high for my pocket...
    Ari,

    My guess is around $195 for the trade edition, around $300 for the semi-limited and around $1,000 for the deluxe. I believe the interior content of all 3 books will be the same; probably just a higher grade of paper, packaging, and signatures will separate the volumes.
    The Artists Inspired by Lovecraft book was $225, $395, and $2495. Ouch!

    I bought the $395 edition of the Lovecraft book, and will probably do the same for the King book if it is in the same price range. It was worth the price.
    Although the details are still in the planning stage it looks like there will be a trade edition that will be under $200. I spoke to Jerad on the phone for quite a while today. He is still deciding on numbers and pricing.

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    Thanks for all the information, guys.

    Bob, that less expensive trade edition might be a smart move given current economic conditions.
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