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Brian Froud- GOBLINS OF LABYRINTH RE-PRINT NEWS!

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by quixotic, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. quixotic

    quixotic New Member

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Taken from Froud's official site:[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]GOBLINS OF LABYRINTH RE-PRINT NEWS![/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]We have just completed the design for the Anniversary Edition of GOBLINS OF LABYRINTH to be published by Abrams Books in October 2006. This edition will restore the book to it's original length (GOBLIN COMPANION omitted several major paintings and drawings), add 16 additional pages of art featuring designed for the "Goblin's Ball" scene", new spot art throughout and a new Afterward by Brian. [/FONT]

    Okay so this may not be news to everyone here, and I've know about it myself for a couple of months but I thought I'd post it, I can't wait to see the pages about the ballroom scene, I've always wanted to know where those masks got to, and their designs. I bet there will be some truly lovely pictures! I've been looking out for something similar for myself but am finding it difficult to find any of those type of masks around. Does anyone have any suggestions? I know there are desingers here on the site, and I wondered if anyone had every made anything inspired by the masks in particular?
  2. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    I bet he will do another signing in Londons Forbidden Planet store!
  3. quixotic

    quixotic New Member

    You lucky londoner you! I'm from the Uk too, but its too pricey for me to get all the way down there, I hate it, If your not a londoner your *#~*^#!! :cry:
  4. crazed gonzo fa

    crazed gonzo fa Active Member

    What's that supposed to mean?:attitude: :crazy:
  5. quixotic

    quixotic New Member

    Nothing! :o Its not ment at them personally! :concern:

    Its just a general concern for all major events being way down there thats all. :(
  6. crazed gonzo fa

    crazed gonzo fa Active Member

    Sorry, I just got confused with what you said. By the way, this is news for me! Thanks for the info, I really want to get this book!:crazy: :) :crazy:
  7. SheWolfAnya

    SheWolfAnya New Member

    "YAY for new Labyrinth book."
  8. DTWolf

    DTWolf Member

    Noticing that Quixotic is in the UK, I checked Amazon.com to see about a U.S. release date for this book. Amazon says "The Goblins of Labyrinth: 20th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)" will be released here on September 1, 2006, with a list price of $29.95.

    Now that benefits me, of course, but it does seem horribly unfair that the U.S. gets the book before Great Britain, when Froud lives over there and the movie was made over there. >Sigh< Greedy Americans! We just HAVE to be first for everything, don't we? :sympathy:

    Anyway, I'm really intrigued by this book. I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for posting the news!
  9. quixotic

    quixotic New Member

    I can't believe I didn't think to find that American release, you are right I usually get miffed about these things, but I guess it really makes sense you being the bigger country and all. At least I will only have to wait a month longer, unlike other things I've been trying to get hold of like the storyteller, but hey I'm not bitter, honestly!

    Yes, I can't wait to have this, I will order it and wait in anticipation! whoo! I wonder if it will have film stills? Does anyone have copies of the other goblin comanions to the film? ad can say if they do? I read somewhere that The new eddition of Th Dark Crystal book had film stills, I'm afraid I haven't bought these, but was just curious.
  10. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    I have all previous editions, And Im sure that they dont have movie stills.
  11. DTWolf

    DTWolf Member

    I felt the need to drag this thread back up to the top, since, you know, the release date is tomorrow.

    But, oh, I was planning to put off buying it because I really shouldn't spend the money right now, and then I checked Amazon to be sure the release date hadn't changed . . . and I saw the cover . . . and now I want it more. . . .

    Maybe I will go to a bookstore tomorrow. >sigh<
  12. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Here's a link for all you Amazonies: The Goblins of Labyrinth.

    Only $19.77, and cheaper when you pick up the new Labyrinth graphic novel from TokyoPop (not that I am mind you, but there it is).
  13. alorindanya

    alorindanya Member

    So, did anyone get it? How was it?
  14. DTWolf

    DTWolf Member

    Well, I DID go and look the day of the official release; I tried Borders, but they didn't have any in stock--it was something they could order, but it wasn't in the store. Since then, I haven't really had time to look for it . . . plus my responsible side is telling me again to wait since I can't afford this right now.
  15. Laszlo

    Laszlo Member

    Does anyone have scan of the new material?
    Haven't got mine yet...
  16. edible eye

    edible eye New Member

    You can check out my site. I need to update it soon, though.
  17. DTWolf

    DTWolf Member

    A reader's review

    I (finally) bought this book, just this morning.

    I was greatly disappointed when I read the introduction, in which Terry Jones explains how Froud discovered a 60-million-year-old pot which led him to an ancient chest filled with drawings of goblins by a goblin, drawings which Froud used as a basis for his own work. (I'm assuming this is the introduction from the original 1986 edition, but I've never seen that book so I can't say for sure.) I am tired of the tongue-in-cheek pretend-that-this-stuff-is-real approach to books of this sort (perhaps best exemplified by Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book). It has just worn thin for me, and since this book is explicitly related to a movie, I was expecting some comments on how Froud became involved with the film, how the drawings were turned into puppets, etc.--exactly the kind of thing, in fact, that can be found in the afterword at the end of the book. I wish I had read that first. The introduction is a farce that isn't nearly as funny as the author seems to think it is; the afterword is a sensible, play-it-straight reminisence. The afterword does not go into great detail--it's only the lower halves of five pages--but I appreciate it even so.

    There are 62 plates in the central portion of the book. Each plate is a full-page illustration showing one or two goblins; the facing page gives a brief story about or biography of the goblin(s). These stories/biographies follow along the same sort of path as the introduction: pretending this is all real with lots of jokes and humor thrown in. Personally I think much of the humor is weak and gets old pretty quickly, but humor is subjective, so you can make up your own mind about that. You can (usually) view the goblin descriptions as giving backstories to a bunch of the minor goblins sprinkled throughout the movie, and I would have liked them if they hadn't tried so hard to be funny. The more they went for cheap jokes, the less I felt they were related to the movie.

    But, let's face it: you don't buy a book like this for the text. You buy it for the pictures. And pictures it has, lots and lots of sketches and pen drawings (those 62 plates) as well as beautiful paintings added in here and there, including paintings of the Hat Man, Sir Didymus, and those two shield-guys who have dog-heads at the top and bottom standing in front of the which-way doors. The book has 154 pages, and nearly each one has some artwork on it (even the descriptions of the 62 plates usually include some weird sketch at the bottom). So, basically, if you like Froud's work you will enjoy the book.

    The artwork added to this edition is (I presume) that which accompanies the afterword. This includes drawings of goblins dressed up for the ball, humans dressed up for the ball with goblin masks, and an apparently early version of the Labyrinth itself, as well as--my favorite from the entire book--a two-page painting of the young-woman-who-would-be-Sarah holding a little white mask while sitting next to this large goat-headed bust that is looking at her (angrily? threateningly? curiously? irritably?) with one eye.

    Personally I will enjoy this book best by reading the afterword and then looking at all the marvelous pictures, totally ignoring the text describing the individual goblins. The introduction and goblin descriptions I can view as a kind of secondary book unfortunately taking up space in the primary book.

    There are no photographs (screen shots, movie stills, publicity photos, behind-the-scenes shots) in this book.
  18. Laszlo

    Laszlo Member

    DTWolf:

    Thanks for the review! Hope to get this book soon.
  19. Punch'n'Judy

    Punch'n'Judy New Member

    Anyone going to the London Forbidden Planet signing in November?
  20. cabbageheat

    cabbageheat New Member

    Wow, can I resurrect old threads or what? I guess I continue to be behind the curve with these collectibles, but i guess I get them pretty cheap. . .

    I would agree with DTWolf on his review of this particular book. I liked the approach taken with the Dark Crystal, treating this stuff as "real", but it grows thin, almost immediately, with this particular book. I actually didn't even bother reading it. The only text I found worth reading was the opening and the reflection by Brian Froud at the end. I found those to be the most interesting, but also too short. It might just be me, but I felt like it needed more artwork, there were a lot of doodles here and there, but most of them didn't end up in the film, and other sketches of actual puppets didn't seem to find their way into the book. It just, all in all, seemed a tad short on substance. I'm glad its party of my collection, but I generally felt it was lacking compared to the artwork found in the dark crystal books.


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