THE OGRI COMPENDIUM SUBSCRIBER EDITION
Well. I bet you never thought you’d be reading this. We’re not ashamed to admit we were starting to wonder ourselves. It’s been three years and a bloody lot of swearing - but here we are! Sales of the first, subscriber, edition of The Ogri Compendium are finally open. Please read the following carefully - right to the end - to find out how all this is going to work…
First, a bit about the books themselves. They are all hardbacks this year, in three binding options, ranging in price from £85 to £250. Our printer and binder is FJ Blissett & Co, with ninety years’ experience - and the holders of a royal warrant, no less, from Her Majesty the Queen. No word of a lie.
Inside, each book is made of 504 silky pages, 496 of which are content. All 443 published cartoons are in there, bigger than they ever appeared in the magazines, on pages which measure a whopping 324 by 355 millimetres. The strips themselves have been collected from all over the place, and painstakingly restored where necessary - though 102 examples are, incredibly, taken direct from original artworks which turned up just as we were finishing the first draft of the book. (muffled wails) Also featured are numbers 443/49 and 444/50, which Paul produced back in 2013, but which never made it to a magazine page.
On the cover is a pressed-on colour plate (laminated to prevent scuffing as it slides in and out of the handmade slipcases), and foil-blocked lettering in antique gold to reflect the fact that - purely by accident - this ridiculously ambitious project is being printed in Ogri’s 50th anniversary year. Exact specs of the three binding options are HERE, but first and most importantly, here is some information about what you’re buying between now and October 15th:
UNTIL OCTOBER 15TH this is a SUBSCRIBER’S FIRST EDITION, which means that everyone who buys a book between now and then is a subscriber to the publication, is enabling us to actually get them made, and will have their name printed with our gratitude in a subscribers’ list at the back - together with any short message or gift dedication you might like to add if it’s a present. Put your message in the instructions box as you pass through checkout - and equally, if you don’t want your name to appear, let us know in the same place and we’ll leave it out. Books bought after October 15th will just be normal books, numbered. Books bought after December 31st will no longer be numbered.
We’re currently working out how to automate a free pick-up for books at the NEC, but until we’ve got it sussed, please just get through checkout, include your pick-up request in the instructions box and we’ll be in touch to confirm & do a manual refund.
WE DO HEREBY SOLEMNLY UNDERTAKE TO HAVE YOUR BOOKS WITH YOU IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. Malcolm is buying a bigger top box specially.