Endpaper illustration in the 10th anniversary edition of Elantris
The award-winning and much-loved epic fantasy novel Elantris has been taken to a whole new level of wonderfulness. Author Brandon Sanderson has announced that a 10th anniversary edition, illustrated and leather bound, is now available in his store and few select stores around the USA.
As a fan of illustrated novels, I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. Sure the price tag is steep, and I certainly won’t be buying a copy soon, but it doesn’t matter. I have faith that there are sufficient numbers of people who will buy the novel because they have the money to do so and because it is a classic piece of fiction that deserves to be produced in a form that endures.
In this new edition, Sanderson has also included Michael Whelan’s painting “Passage: Verge”, which the author credits as the original inspiration to write Elantris. Isaac Stewart has provided some map work in the new edition, but I am not sure whether other illustrators are included.
Stumble around long enough and you will find…something.
My quest to discover why we don’t see more illustrated fiction, particularly illustrated novels, continues. I have begun to pester a few authors whose work clearly calls out for beautiful illustrations and illustrators whose work has impressed me. I’m querying them about what barriers there may be from both the writer’s and the illustrator’s perspectives, and how those barriers could be overcome. I hope I’ll have some significant responses above and beyond “It’s too expensive” to share with you in a few weeks.
In the meantime, I found The Folio Society.
I got so excited when I saw this amazing cover for their illustrated edition of Frank Herbert’s Dune, which is coming out in April. The illustrator is Sam Weber, and while you’re on his site, check out his work in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
I think I knew about The Folio Society before, but I had pushed that information into a dusty corner of my head. There are many…dusty corners. The point is, yes, works that are deemed classics may indeed be illustrated one day. But doesn’t that seem overly selective? (More grumbling here.) Continue reading