So the other day I get an email from Bryan Talbot asking me if Panel to Panel is still in the business of producing bookplates? You see a couple of years ago, Panel to Panel had teamed up with Bryan to produce signed, limited bookplates for Alice in Sunderland and Grandville. Since that time, Panel to Panel had moved away from retailing (and producing bookplates), and moved towards publishing (as is documented in this very blog). But as I told Bryan in my replay email, “There’s an old saying here, that I’m not sure if you’re familiar with? It goes like this… ‘When and if Bryan Talbot contacts you about doing a bookplate, always say YES!’ :)”
To which he replied, “Yes, I’ve heard it, I think it dates back to the Civil War.”
You see, in my opinion and the opinion of most other people, Bryan Talbot is quite possibly one of THE most talented and important figures in modern comics history. From his classic epic The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, to The Tale of One Bad Rat, to his work on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Tom Veitch’s The Nazz, to his very own Alice In Sunderland and Grandville, Bryan Talbot has produced an amazing body of work.
It was at this moment that I realized that whether Panel to Panel had stopped producing bookplates on a regular basis or not, the chance to team up with Bryan Talbot again had inspired me to go back to P2P’s roots, and say yes to his offer.
So to make this official, I’m proud to announce that for the February 2012 release of Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary M. Talbot & Bryan Talbot (from Dark Horse Comics), Panel to Panel will be offering the US Exclusive signed bookplate edition, limited to 50 copies.
A link to purchase the book and bookplate will be made available soon, as well as a link to purchase Bryan’s previous P2P bookplate editions. You can preview the upcoming book HERE, and view Bryan’s website HERE.
So now that Panel to Panel is back in the bookplate business, what about the Panel to Panel book? Where the hell is that damned book!?!? Right? Well it’s been one fiasco after another, and it’s been a real crazy learning experience for me, but I can say with complete and utter confidence that the book in question will finally begin shipping next week! The first batch of printed copies are expected to be delivered on Monday 12/12/2011, and orders will begin being filled shortly after. I apologize for the delay, and I thank you all for your patience.