First published in 1990, Sir Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s witty and brilliant collaboration, Good Omens is still extremely popular nearly 30 years later. It has so far been adapted into a BBC radio series, and a TV series from Amazon Studios and BBC Worldwide, starring David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale, which is due out this year.
Now, Paul Kidby, the artist who often worked with the late-great Terry Pratchett has illustrated “a new definitive text, agree by Neil Gaiman and the Terry Pratchett Estate” to create five stunning new editions of the fantasy novel.
Each of the five new editions includes full-colour illustrations from Paul Kidby who explains that “creating artwork based directly on Terry and Neil’s text has been an enjoyable challenge that I had been hoping to undertake for nearly thirty years.” The website, Good Omens Illustrated which announced these new editions, added, “Paul has adhered closely to the text of the original book rather than the screenplay to design the characters, with the exception of Crowley and Aziraphale, who bear an uncanny resemblance to their television counterparts.”
The Standard Edition is a hardback book with 12 colour illustrations and 5 pencil illustrations. It can be pre-ordered from Discworld.com for and RRP of £30 and the publication date is 4th April. The Standard Edition is also available on Amazon however, the publication date appears to be later in April.
Also published on the 4th April and available to pre-order from Discworld.com, the Slipcase Edition has an RRP of £75. As the name suggests, this edition is a hardcover book with a slipcase and has 12 colour and 5 black and white illustrations. With the Slipcase Edition you will also receive a numbered tipped-in sheet signed by Paul Kidby.
The Occult Edition is limited to 1655 copies, has an RRP of £95 and is due to be published on 20th June. The Occult Edition is a hardback book with red page edges which is housed inside a clamshell box. It has 17 colour illustrations as well as additional pencil drawings. Like the Slipcase Edition, buyers will receive a numbered tipped-in sheet signed by Paul Kidby.
The Ineffable Edition which will also be published on 20th June has an RRP of £295 and is limited to 666 copies. A hardback with gold page edges in a deluxe presentation box, it has 17 colour illustrations and additional pencil illustrations, and it comes with a numbered tipped-in sheet signed by Paul Kidby. Buyers will also receive a separate Good Omens Folio of Ephemera which includes; maps, documents, prophecy cards, additional artwork, plus some exciting surprises.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Celestial Edition which is limited to 24 copies and is “Price on Application”. A leather-bound book with golf foil edged pages in an artisan presentation box. It has the same illustrations as the Occult and Ineffable Editions but each copy is individually hand printed and bound. Buyers will also receive a named tipped-in sheet, each corresponding to a letter of the Greek Alphabet – one for each of the 24 copies – and these are signed by Paul Kidby and Neil Gaiman. What’s more, like the Ineffable Edition, you will receive a Folio of Good Omens ephemera. This edition is also published on the 20th April, however, due to the nature of the book, the production time may vary.
“Every effort is made to dispatch books as quickly as possible, but we cannot be held responsible for unforeseen delays, including but not limited to postal issues, Brexit and Armageddon,” write goodomensillustrated.com
For more information, including FAQs and pre-order links, head to the dedicated webpage for “the definitive Good Omens.”
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