Eddie Campbell on From Hell’s New Edition

Via Journalista, Eddie Campbell has started blogging.

From Hell cover

Only two posts so far, but one of them is fascinating: it’s the story of why the new edition of From Hell took so long to reprint.

The situation was complicated due to two main factors: publisher bankruptcy and technological progress.

This is just one more episode in the loony publishing history of this book, which has seen publishers, distributors, and now a printer all go out of business. So, the problem was that there was no digital copy of this work in existence, and the only usable materials outside of the Preney shop was my collection of fine quality xeroxes. We had already advanced the printer a bunch of money for this printing, which he had (and still has) defaulted on. And in the meantime, I spent months making scans of my master xerox file, which in the final analysis proved unreliable in places and therefore unacceptable overall.

Thankfully, the end result is the best edition yet:

… the same materials on a better printing press have quite remarkably given us the best version of the work thus far. To seal the deal Top Shelf have put it on a better quality paper this time around. Another notable feature is the new colour painting on the front. I made this for the first top Shelf printing but the guys went into a panic about putting all that blood on the cover when we urgently needed a good display in the bigger bookstores, and they figured the buyers there would be wary. So that image appeared in black and white in the endpapers of the sixth printing (first Top Shelf).

It’s quite striking, I think, and sums up the book well.

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