Sunday, October 15, 2006

 

Illustrated Elric

Over on his message boards, Michael Moorcock has posted a brief note about some exciting news.
"From next year, at three month intervals, Del Rey books will be publishing trade paperback editions of the Elric books. They will be done more or less in the order in which they were published and will be illustrated by some of the best artists currently at work. The first one will be done by my good friend John Picacio, whose first professional book illustrating job was the Mojo edition of Behold the Man (and who also illustrated Tales from the Texas Woods, also for Mojo) and will include the original stories from The Stealer of Souls and Stormbringer, as well as other material, plus a new introduction and explanatory material. They will be published in much the same style and format as Del Rey's Conan editions. I can't remember if I have already announced this, but thought I'd better mention it now just in case I hadn't! The books will include short stories from the world of the Young Kingdoms and other stories as they originally appeared in Science Fantasy magazine, including To Rescue Tanelorn and so on. Scripts, early illustrations and so on will also be included in the volumes."
New Elric editions, fully illustrated, the first by none other than John Picacio. Go ahead, tell me that isn't pure awesomeness.

I think I've mentioned at some point that I'm currently rereading all of Moorcock's body of work. I started in July, if I recall correctly, and I'm about halfway through my twenty-second novel (The Steel Tsar, to be precise). Well, and halfway through a twenty-third, as well, The Brothel in Rosenstrasse, which I forgot to take in the car with us when we left town this weekend.

As soon as I finish the two in process, I plan to start in on Elric again, which I've not read in quite a few years. I'm thinking, though, that I'll reread the recent comic series Mike did with Walt Simonson, Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer, before starting the novels, since the comic functions as a sort of prequel to the series. And then in the spring I'll have these new editions to look forward to, with "DVD extras" and illustrations by my good pal John. How cool is that?

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