JOHN HOWE TO ILLUSTRATE LIMITED EDITION OF A CLASH OF KINGS
December 5, 2001
Tolkien fans need no introduction to John Howe’s beautiful and evocative artwork, which has made him one of the world’s best known and best respected fantasy illustrators. Meisha Merlin Press managed to lure John from Middle Earth to Westeros last summer, to provide their artwork for their deluxe illustrated limited edition of A CLASH OF KINGS, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for several months.
Those of you who were at Worldcon in Philadelphia saw Howe’s cover painting on display at the Meisha Merlin booth; a dramatic, stormy seascape featuring the Greyjoy stronghold on Pyke on its rocky stacks above the waves. Since then, John has been at work on the interior illustrations.
To give you a taste of what John is doing, here are a couple of his pieces from A CLASH OF KINGS. I’ll be changing the samples every few weeks, so check back often if you’d like to see more. And there will soon be an entirely different set of Howe’s interiors up on the Meisha Merlin website, so you will want to check that one out regularly as well.
If you want a copy of the illustrated CLASH OF KINGS, best contact Meisha Merlin soon. The edition is limited to 52 lettered and 446 numbered copies, and collectors who bought the Meisha Merlin GAME OF THRONES (illustrated by Jeff Jones) have right of first refusal. There are still copies of GAME available at this writing, but Meisha Merlin tells me the number is shrinking steadily, and we expect the edition to be sold out by the time CLASH is published in April.