A Distant Soil Restoration
Our printer went bankrupt and discarded our complete inventory of negatives of the art for my entire graphic novel series, nearly 1000 pages of material. While we do have a good deal of the art, restoring the lost pages, and the loss of the negatives has cost me over $20,000 in production work. This was nothing personal, they did this to a number of major publishers. But reprinting all the books and restoring all the art will cost well over $100,000.
If you purchased A Distant Soil original art, I would be very grateful if you would get in touch with me. I would be especially grateful if you would either scan the art to my specs, or loan me the originals for scanning. I will reimburse you all your expenses, as well as send you a little something nice extra. ONLY PAGES PUBLISHED AFTER ISSUE 25 are needed. Some color and cover art from all editions are needed.
I need 1200 dpi greyscale, or 600 dpi greyscale. I prefer the former.
If you have color originals, I prefer 600 dpi CMYK. RGB will do.
Here is a screen shot of Allan Harvey’s meticulous restoration process in Photoshop. Using careful selections, he removes the flawed tone areas and replaces them digitally. If you have a copy of our new graphic novel edition, you can see for yourself how beautifully this printed!
I am so grateful for your kindness in helping restore this book. I am deeply sorry this happened, and I am doing everything I can to bring you a new edition in good condition.
UPDATE: The restoration has taken years and is now almost complete with over 500 pages meticulously restored and two brand new editions of the series in print, with far better production values than we ever hoped for before.
We only need a few pages now, so please do NOT send anything until you have contacted me. Some paintings are still missing: we would love to borrow them.
All donations are gratefully accepted! Anyone who donates to the restoration will be permanently listed here!
The Hierarchy! Beyond the call of duty support and donations
J Michael Straczynksi
Thank you for scans and loans of original art!
A Castle of Books
Niels van Eikelen
DONATIONS and SUPPORT
J. Michael Straczynski
PATRONS: much appreciated customers who have contributed to the restoration effort with purchases from the A Distant Soil shop
Five Star Comics
Theo von Shlien
Emil Anders Fritiof Djupfeldt
Angel Gallo Fernandez
Tyler Chin Tanner
Melissa Vogt Patterson
Wilson Ramos Jr
Robin D Page