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Match it for Pratchett Auction

On June 3, I will post for auction the originals to the Good Omens pages that Phil drew (purely fan art, no approval was given by anyone official ever) a long time ago.

Many of you have seen these, and for those who haven't, I have re-posted them in our short story section. The idea had been to present a proposal for a comic series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's wonderful novel, but we never got around to doing more than making the pages. We never even pitched the series. Instead, we started messing with trading card games, and wasn't that a bad idea? Oh, my, yes it was. Anyway, the original art has been banging around the flat files all these years, and now that everybody is trying to raise money for Alzheimer's research in honor of Terry Pratchett, it occurs to me that I can get them out of the studio and help raise money for something I care about at the same time. Hooray!

So, as I said, I'll be listing the pages in an Bay auction which will begin on June 3. I hope that we can get a decent amount for them, because all of the money will be given to Alzheimer's Research Trust, as suggested by the Match It For Pratchett campaign.


In other news:

I've listed a few more things on eBay, including the page where Agatha gets a nice calming pie in her face.

We're out of the trilobite pins, but expect to have them back in stock around June 6.

I find I have a desperate need for a copy of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana by Jess Nevins. Odd, that, since until yesterday, when I spotted it in the background of a photo in a friend's LJ, I didn't know it existed. It's out-of-print and expensive when attainable, which it currently isn't. I'm reasonably okay with the expensive part, (reasonably) but I've done the usual used book searches, and apparently it is so wonderful that nobody is letting go of it. Curses! If anyone knows where I could buy a copy, please point me in the proper direction. Please!


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May. 21st, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Wear the Lilac!
Don't forget, May 25th is the day to Wear the Lilac for pterry (http://www.matchitforpratchett.org/2008/04/wear-the-lilac.html). auronsgirl has been making and selling silk lilac pins for us to wear, and has now raised more than $1000. There may still be time to buy, or at least donate, before May 25th.
May. 21st, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I'm not willing to part with my copy of the encyclopaedia either, but if you want to contact Jess Nevins directly he's ratmmjess. I've just sent him a message pointing out your post.
May. 21st, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
But he's probably not too thrilled about parting with personal copies, either, so I suspect I'll have the fun book hunting game to play for a while. It looks like worthy quarry!
May. 21st, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)

I actually do have a spare copy to hand--e-mail me at jjnevins@ix.netcom.com and let me know where to send it.

Jess N.
May. 21st, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I find I have a desperate need for a copy of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana by Jess Nevins. Odd, that, since until yesterday, when I spotted it in the background of a photo in a friend's LJ, I didn't know it existed. It's out-of-print and expensive when attainable, which it currently isn't. I'm reasonably okay with the expensive part, (reasonably) but I've done the usual used book searches, and apparently it is so wonderful that nobody is letting go of it. Curses! If anyone knows where I could buy a copy, please point me in the proper direction. Please!

You could ask Jess himself. If he doesn't have a copy available, he might know who does. ratmmjess
May. 21st, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
dammit, it's sold out

May. 21st, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Off topic question... My wife has gotten her hands on the Agatha paper doll that was recently circulated and was wondering if you have an illustration of the back of the outfit as she would love to do it as a costume.

Though she scolded me when I said there wasn't much to bloomers. ;)
May. 21st, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
I would be willing to part with my copy of the Encyclopedia in exchange for sketches from you and Phil. I've got a convention sketchbook of mad science sketches, and I've never been able to make it to any convention you two have been to. I would pay postage for getting the Encyclopedia and my sketchbook to you and for getting my sketchbook back.
Jun. 8th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
I now have a copy of my very own, but it was very nice of you to offer. Thank you. If you send me your address, I'll send you a sketch in appreciation of the thought!
Jun. 8th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
So, has it arrived?
Jun. 10th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Yes! Thank you so much! It's gorgeous. (And you're getting a regular paper message, but I should have let you know electronically, too. Sorry about that. I can't believe I missed it when it was new.
Jun. 10th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Great! It does look pretty--that John Picacio is some kinda artist. Hope you like the insides, too. *g*

BTW, I couldn't figure out how to phrase this, so I left it out of my note, but--I first read Phil's work in Dragon way back when, and I wanted to say that, in exchange for the book, he had to finally publish the "Sex and Roleplaying" strip. I mean, I've been waiting for it for a looong time.... *g*
May. 21st, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Try the search engines that the good people at Hay-on-Wye provide?
May. 21st, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
I feel that it might be worthwhile pointing out The Website.
May. 22nd, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Dammit. Beat me to it! ^_^
May. 22nd, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
Those Pins
It is a Sign that the first thing I thought when I read about these trilobyte pins is 'I wonder what its psych is'.
May. 22nd, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
...Matt may have to fight people for those "Good Omens" pages.
May. 23rd, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
Probably, since I sent a mention to Neil and he just posted the comment on his blog.

Of course, from what Neil says there, it sounds like he might like to see more. Now, I'd hate to see Girl Genius slow down, but if the payoff was more Good Omens pages....
May. 23rd, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That's wonderful!

It's true, we never actually got around to pitching the project. Heh. We got distracted by something shiny. Oh, what a bad idea... (groans at the memory...)
May. 23rd, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, I have a complete set and then some of the infamous TCG, your and Phil's Magic cards are just about the only ones I kept, and I have the Girl Genius card game, so it wasn't a *complete* bust. :)
May. 22nd, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Very of-topic, but this might be of interest to you:
The Telescope Walking Stick.
May. 23rd, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
I looked at that first panel on the first page and said: Damn, that looks like Matt Howarth...
Finally looked at the credits at the bottom... IT IS!!!

May. 23rd, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Hats! (slightly OT)
So— we just had a small fry and we realized that there's a huge lack of Girl Genius baby merch. I don't know, I think we could go for a "Schmott Guy" hat or a baby shirt that says "I will destroy you all! Ask me how!"

Yes, I know it's evil to throw more ideas at you while you're so busy. But I really can't imagine why it didn't occur to us before...
May. 23rd, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
Re: Hats! (slightly OT)
I like ADORE the baby shirt idea. I would CHEERFULLY put my son in that. Then show him off. ^________________^
May. 23rd, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
Bob Asprin died today, may his memory be for a blessing. His family have put up an announcement at www.mythadventures.net .
May. 24th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
You do realize that if you want to come over to our house and scavenge the bookshelves, you're more than welcome to. But I'm glad that you were able to find a copy of the book!
May. 24th, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
Yes, in all the years we've both lived in the area, we've never had either of you guys over. You're welcome to visit. We don't bite. Well, not much.
May. 24th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Heh heh. I had a great time peering at the titles on your shelf. I have a lot of the same things. Your curtains are amazing, too!
May. 27th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
The Encyclopedia looks interesting... of course, I don't own or have access to a copy...

...but what I do have is a bound copy of the Fliegende Blatter ( Flying Pages ) from the year 1869-70. From cover to cover, it is chocked-full of Victorian goodness, short stories ( if you happen to be able to read Old German ), ads for cure-alls and "useful" inventions, and ( best for last ) cartoons, illustrations, drawings by some prominent artists of the time ( Wilhelm Busch, etc. )!

About a year-and-a-half ago I had planned on auctioning this on ebay, but did not want to loose it's content. So I scanned all 250+ pages into a series of jpgs that I placed on a couple CD's to keep. I ended up not selling the book ( ...ended up being no point ) but still have the CD's.

If this sounds interesting to you ( should make a useful art reference ), it would be a snap to burn a couple new disks, throw them back into the envelope you fast-shipped me the trilo pins in, and mail them off to StudioFoglio in the next couple of days... anything to help the cause!
May. 27th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Wow. I would love that. Please, please do!
May. 28th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
Ok! They're in the mail and on the way to your 80th Street address.

I included a backup copy on a separate disk burned on my secondary CDROM drive, as I've suspected that either one or the other ( hopefully not both! ) of my two drives is slightly out of alignment.

Both of these contain 255 jpg images at about 2100H x 1600W. Best viewed full size... hopefully you've got a nice big monitor.

Also, I included a few files gleaned from the Web, giving a little more info on the Fliegende Blatter, and Busch ( who, among other things, created "Max und Moritz" - the Original Katzenjammer Kids! ). Other artists featured in the Pages included Casper Braun and Adolph Oberlander.

So now they're at the mercy of the United States Postal Service, in an envelope marked "Do Not Bend". Hopefully you should have them in two or three days. If anything goes wrong... just leave me a message here.
May. 28th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Wow. An embarrassment of riches! I look forward to it! Thanks so much.
Jun. 15th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
You can't believe what I went through to get a copy of the Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana at Christmastime of last year, Kaja!

I found one through Kinokuniya books in Australia (they're out of stock now). But they don't ship to the US! So I tracked down an old Aussie friend from AmberMUSH who was willing to be the drop-mail-box (I hadn't spoken to him in years!) and when Kunikuniya sent it to him, he just forwarded it on. To pay him back, I bought him something off his Amazon wishlist and had it sent as a gift...the price was almost exactly identical, with the shipping. He got it on Christmas Eve, and his wife was thrilled!

Hubby about fell over when he opened the package on Christmas morning. :D He swore to me there were no more of those books available anywhere in the world. I proved him wrong. (But I believe it's true now.)

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