Spot the Difference

Back in the eighties I bought a bunch of stills from Excalibur at some convention or other, and they came complete with a ‘Distributor’s Information Pack’, containing various different sized press ads which cinema owners could run in their local newspaper – and this rather odd ‘spot the difference’ competition.  Yes kids, this is how violent AA (15) certificate films were publicised before the internet arrived.

There’s one week left to contribute to the Excalibur ‘making of’ documentary Behind the Sword in the Stone, by Mossy Hare Productions.  They’re about half way to their target, and all sorts of rewrds are still available on their Indiegogo page, which is here.

Santa Pendragon and Four Rusty Knights

There’s been a lot of interest in the items I posted for sale here a few days ago with the aim of helping to fund Mossy Hare’s Excalibur documentary Behind the Sword in the Stone.  Thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word, and especially to those who have made donations and will be getting their signed and doodled-in books in the New Year.

Meanwhile, author and blogger Julie Bozza has written a nice piece about the crowd-funding campaign here. And my partner-in-Seawigs Sarah McIntyre has also joined the cause, rather gamely in her case since she’d never heard of Excalibur until she heard me going on about it. She’s painted this fine Father Christmas/Sword in the Stone mash-up, which you can read all about – and indeed BUY –  on her blog.

And lurking in my cupboard I found this painting of four rusty knights which I must have done in about 1989 in the gouache/watercolour/indian ink style I used back then. The old piece of Daler illustration board it was done on is showing some speckles of damp around the edges, but the picture seems OK, and these knights are so rusty that a few extra splodges would barely notice anyway.  It’s a clumsy thing in many ways, but I quite like it, and it’s obviously heavily influenced by the spiky, spiny armour of the knights in the early scenes of Excalibur, so I’m going to make it the final item in my funding campaign: if you fancy owning an early Reeve original, pop over to the Indiegogo page and donate $75 (which is about £45). Then e-mail your receipt to me at thesolitarybee@gmail.com and I’ll sign the picture and send it to you.    SOLD.

Four Rusty Knights. Approx. 10x22cm  $75

First editions & original artwork for sale – in a Good Cause!

If you saw my post about Excalibur a couple of weeks ago you’ll already that I’ve been trying to help drum up some funding for Mossy Hare Productions and their documentary film Behind the Sword in the Stone.

Like many other people (but not enough yet) I’ve made a donation on their Indiegogo page. But while the rewards they’re offering contributors all look highly desirable to a dyed-in-the-wool fan like me, I thought it might be worth adding some of my own. So if a signed photo of Clive Swift isn’t enough to get you hitting the ‘Contribute Now’ button, you can claim signed editions of my books or a piece of my original artwork as well.

All you need to do is make a contribution via the aforementioned Indiegogo page, then forward a copy of your receipt to me at thesolitarybee@gmail.com.  I’ll then get the item to you as quickly as possible by standard post (air mail if you’re outside the UK).

I do realise that this a bad time of year to be running this – I can’t guarantee posting anything in time for Christmas now, and if you’re anything like me your credit card has just melted from prezzie-buying – but the Indiegogo campaign runs till the 15th January, so hopefully there will be some takers.

I have four items on offer, and they’ll be dished out on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.

UPDATE: All these items have now been sold. Thanks very much to all the generous people who donated to Mossy Hare.  I’ll be doodling, signing and mailing the books early in the New Year.

1. Sorry: SOLD!
 Goblins and Goblins vs Dwarves, signed and doodled in. 

You may have to wait a while for delivery, because my new book Goblins vs Dwarves is so new that it isn’t actually out until next spring (I’d hope to have copies by March). I’ll sign them, dedicate them if you like, and draw an original Reeve goblin (or dwarf) on the title pages.

It’s yours for a donation of  $25 or more. 

 2. Sorry – SOLD!


The Mortal Engines Quartet (AKA Predator Cities), US editions, signed and doodled in.


Unfortunately the only spare copies I have of the UK edition are the new ones with the sub-X-Box covers which nobody likes. But the US paperbacks are lovely (though UK readers should be warned that the spellings have been Americanised, and they call Shrike ‘Grike’).

 These four are the only signed copies currently in existence, and if you like I’ll do a quick doodle of a character of your choice in each book.

Minimum donation of $50



















































3.   Sorry – SOLD!  Fever Crumb 1st Edition hardback, signed and doodled in.


As with the books above, I’ll draw a character of your choice on the title page. Unlike the ones above it’s a hardback, with a fantastic David Wyatt cover complete with peek-a-boo hole which opens to reveal a huge landscape on the endpapers. It’s also a first edition. It’s therefore quite collectable, and a bit more expensive.

Minimum donation $100

4. Sorry – SOLD! 
A pen-and-ink drawing of London





Last year Scholastic asked myself and Jeremy Levett to write a short guide to the world of Mortal Engines, which we called The Traction Codex.  I think you can find it attached as a sort of appendix to the ends of the current UK e-book editions, and I’m assured that it will eventually be available as a separate e-book (although it seems to be taking a bizarrely long time and there is still no firm publication date as yet).

Anyway, I did some illustrations for this project, and this is one of them: the only time I’ve managed to draw the Traction City of London and make it look even remotely like the thing that was in my mind’s eye when I wrote the book.  It measures approximately 24.5 x 18.5 cm, and it took flippin’ ages, so I don’t part with it lightly.  I had planned to have it on my office wall, but I’d rather see Behind the Sword in the Stone finished, so I’ll exchange it for a whoppingly generous donation of $800 (about 500 of your British Pounds).






LATE EXTRA: Sorry: SOLD
For $75 you can have Four Rusty Knights, a very old picture by me. Details here.








Please don’t approach the Mossy Hare people with queries about these – this is my own initiative, and I’m sure they have enough on their minds already! All queries should be e-mailed to thesolitarybee@gmail.com. I try to check messages there at least once a day, and will reply as soon as possible.