Help Support James A Owen’s Kickstarter

An Illuminating Volume

We here at Tripwire have always been keen on supporting comic kickstarters and crowdfunding campaigns. Artist and writer and friend of ours James A Owen has just launched a brand new campaign to fund his Illustrations & Illuminations, a lavish-looking art book. Here’s a few details…

The Story:

In the thirty-five years since my career officially began, I have created thousands of pieces of art – most of them were for the best known of my projects: the epic comic book series StarChild, collected as the massive one volume NEARLY-COMPLETE ESSENTIAL STARCHILD, and the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, which began with the internationally best-selling illustrated novel, HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS, and which consists of seven more volumes, including the most recent book, THE DRAGON KNIGHT. But in and around and before and after those were covers, and illustrations, and book proposals, and one-shots, and dozens of other projects for which I produced a LOT of art – much of which has not been seen since it was created, and not in a format which could truly be a showcase for the illustration itself.

The huge STARCHILD book which we published several years ago included an enormous art/sketchbook section, but it was limited to work related to STARCHILD, and was in black and white only. I wanted to show the color work as well, and my favorite pieces from the other projects I had done, too – and not just in illustration and comics, but also in design.

I envisioned this book as the place where I could collect and display the very best of that work: the color covers and best pages from STARCHILD; the line art, color covers, and process drawings for illustrations from the IMAGINARIUM GEOGRAPHICA books; the drawings I made of J.R.R. TOLKIEN, C.S. LEWIS, and the other Inklings of Oxford from Diana Glyer’s book BANDERSNATCH; the lost graphic novel proposal for Peter Beagle’s THE LAST UNICORN; covers for books by Jeff VanderMeer & Cat Rambo, and Alma Alexander, and Catherynne Valente; illustrations and covers for the emagazine THE INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW; comics adaptations of a song by TORI AMOS and a story by F. PAUL WILSON; unseen art for LOST TREASURES OF THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN; the covers from my periodical WORDS & PICTURES; designs for the magazines ARGOSY and INTERNATIONAL STUDIO; spot illustrations and pinups from every era of my career; and much, much more.

Why This Project Needs Your Support:

I’m an avid collector of artist monographs, both vintage and contemporary, and I love the coffee table books I have of work by people like Arthur Rackham and James Christensen and Steve Rude – and pretty much everything published by Flesk Publications – and I wanted to produce a book of my own work that I hoped would be loved in the same way by MY fans. And that desire, to create a book that could stand proudly alongside these other great publications, is how ILLUSTRATIONS & ILLUMINATIONS was born.

The book will be a 240 page full color 9 1/4″ x 12 1/4″ clothbound hardcover, with a tipped-in color cover plate and debossed (impressed) foil titles and accents. It will have a matching clothbound and foil-debossed heavy slipcase, and EVERY COPY will have a special bound in signed limitation page. This edition will be limited to no more than 2000 copies, and it will feature a Foreword by the legendary Irish illustrator JIM FITZPATRICK, and an Afterword by the equally legendary creators of ELFQUEST, WENDY & RICHARD PINI.

I created this Kickstarter project to ask for all of the fans of my comics, my books, and my art, the readers and art lovers who have loved and supported these works for decades, to come together and help make this beautiful book a reality.

Find the rewards for Owen’s cool campaign here

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An Illuminating Volume We here at Tripwire have always been keen on supporting comic kickstarters and crowdfunding campaigns. Artist and writer and friend of ours James A Owen has just launched a brand new campaign to fund his Illustrations & Illuminations, a lavish-looking art book. Here’s a few details… The Story: In the thirty-five years since
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