I haven’t written much about the Mortal Engines / Fever Crumb books here for a while, but it’s good to see that they are still inspiring illustrators and model-makers on the internet. There are a couple of recent examples I’ve been meaning to blog about, but this one is so impressive that it deserves a post all of it’s own. Creator Kyran Samy writes:
I am a compulsive reader of Mortal Engines and its sequels. I couldn’t resist the urge to build a model of London for my A level Product Design! It stands two feet high, weighs about 12 kilos and features moving arms to dismantle prey and an opening jaw. It’s currently biding its time in my school library next to a display of your books. I hope you like it!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. I try to check messages there at least once a day, and will reply as soon as possible.