Until late last week when the lovely Sarah noticed it, was intrigued by it and bought it for me. With her permission, I give you the second expose on MFB of a novel we've fallen in love it purely because of it's concept and design.
|Plain black matte pages|
|Deepest darkest gorgeous red...drawing us in|
|Beautiful and freaky title page - double spread|
|Skulls - gotta have skulls|
|First official sketch, showing Jonathan Harker's journey to meet Dracula|
|Extract of page, in "handwriting" font - the rest of the journal is in normal font|
|Jonathan's very special friends are waiting to meet him|
|The beast itself|
|Loving the little bat!|
|Back of the novel|
It is a gorgeous hardback, definitely an item to own if you are a) a fan of Stoker's Dracula b) a fan of Ben Templesmith's artwork c) into all things dark and Gothic.
The pages are from thicker than usual paper and also not pure white. They feel lovely to the touch. There are a lot of sketches dotted throughout the book and they vary from breathlessly beautiful to bloody awful and scary. Templesmith is a very talented guy.
My one warning would be this though: the hardback, although gorgeous is bound quite loosely. This means that the covers move quite a bit. And because of this, my back cover, on the inside, has already torn slightly. I don't mind, no one will see it, but it is a bit annoying. Also, if the hardcover scuffs on the outside, the black will come off. This also already happened, purely from me carrying it home in a bag, during commute. Again, this didn't bother me as I touched it up with black permanent marker. I know, I am a barbarian.
The designer for this beautiful book is Justin Eisinger and the publisher is IDW.
Find Ben Templesmith's website here.