The Folio Society's limited, slipcased editions (previously) are some of the most beautiful books being produced today; the company's $225
Marvel: The Golden Age 1939-1949 ships in late September, and includes a facsimile of the ultra-rare Marvel Comics #1, reproduced from one of the last surviving mint-condition 1939 copies.
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I was approached by The Folio Society last year to see if I would be up for working on some illustrations for their planned collection of stories from H.P. Lovecraft, 'The Call of Cthulhu & Other Weird Stories', and after a bit of figuring out whether I'd be able to do it justice, due to having preparations for a solo show on the boil at the same time, I jumped right in and ended up having a large hand in its overall design too. Read the rest
The Folio Society interviewed master printer Stan Lane about the classic craft of letterpress printing. "Feeling print in paper... you know someone's actually been there." Read the rest
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The Folio Society has released a beautiful, illustrated slipcased edition of Asimov's Foundation trilogy, illustrated by Alex Wells, with a special introduction by Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman. The introduction (PDF) is a great and insightful piece into one of the ways that science fiction inspires and shapes the lives of its readers.
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Yet despite their lack of conventional cliffhangers and, for
the most part, either heroes or villains, the ‘Foundation’ novels
are deeply thrilling—suspenseful, engrossing, and, if I may say,
bracingly cynical. For the absence of conventional cliffhangers
doesn’t mean an absence of unconventional cliffhangers.
In the first book and a half there are a series of moments in
which the fate of the galaxy seems to hang in the balance, as
the Foundation faces the apparent threat of extinction at the
hands of barbarian kings, regional warlords, and eventually
the decaying but still powerful empire itself. Each of these
crises is met by the men of the hour, whose bravery and cunning seem to offer the only hope. Each time, the Foundation
triumphs. But here’s the trick: after the fact, it becomes clear
that bravery and cunning had nothing to do with it, because
the Foundation was fated to win thanks to the laws of psychohistory. Each time, just to drive the point home, the image
of Hari Seldon, recorded centuries before, appears in the Time
Vault to explain to everyone what just happened. The barbarians were never going to prevail, because the Foundation’s
superior technology, packaged as religion, gave it the ability to play them off against each other.