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Hi Colleen,
I just wanted to let you know that I got my books in the mail today, and they are awesome! I didn’t realize that they had wooden slip covers- I can see what you meant about them being too big and bulky to bring to comic con! Really, they’re just so beautiful- I can’t wait to show them off to my friends. Anyways, I’ll see you on Saturday, and I’ll pay for the second book then. See you soon!

Best Wishes,
Sue

You’re most welcome, Sue!

Lettered state editions of A Distant Soil are about as rare as red diamonds.

I originally intended to do 24 (one for each letter of the alphabet) copies, bound in leather with hand laid in hand made marble endpapers and handmade custom boxes. For each book, I drew a full color character portrait. This I made available for $200.

That seemed like a lot of money back in the day, but it quickly became apparent that my retail price was too low. Shortly after beginning the project, the manufacturing cost on the books increased.

If I were to have them made to the same standards today, they’d cost about $500 per book just to make! To sell would cost $1,000.

So, all the people who ordered the books at $200 may have had to wait for YEARS to get their orders, but I finally finished them all off. I had a few copies of volume II left over and will offer those for sale someday, but there will be no more of any of the others. They really are beautiful, but even I don’t have copies now. I had to use my reserves to fill the last orders.

I listed a lettered state for future volumes on all the A Distant Soil GN limitation sheets just in case I was able to find another manufacturer. I doubt this will ever happen, if for no other reason than the days of my being able to take time to do sketches like this may well be over.

Those who were able to get their orders were very happy with their books, and even though it took forever, I am so relieved to be able to finish them off and ship them out! There’s only two more left to ship, and after I pack them later this week, I will post the art for them as well.

c

PS: Brian Holst: you have books shipping, too.