The Stormbringer Sessions: Sketches For A Graphic Novel by James Cawthorn
London: Jayde Design (in association with Savoy Books), 2021 (March 1st) outsized hardcover;
“This edition includes one hundred [decorated] slip-cased copies numbered from 1 to 100, one hundred trade copies branded ‘TR’ and fifty complimentary copies (for contributors, legal deposit, review, etc.) branded ‘C.C.’.”;
limited edition issued with loose-leaf print;
original prices: £90·00 (ltd.), £35·00 (trade);
cover artist: James Cawthorn (also interior);
introduction by John Davey;
afterword by David Britton;
no other edition.
Elric of Melniboné — proud prince of ruins, kinslayer — call him what you will. He remains, together with maybe Jerry Cornelius, Moorcock’s most enduring, if not always most endearing, character…
The Stormbringer Sessions is not a finished graphic novel, as such. Neither is it merely a book of rough sketches.
While organising James Cawthorn’s archive for deposit at Oxford University’s world-renowned Bodleian Library, two boxes were discovered labelled “Stormbringer Roughs” and “Stormbringer Strip Photocopies”. In combination, they comprised a complete set of the artist’s incredibly detailed preliminary sketches for an ultimately unrealised, brand-new graphic adaptation of Stormbringer.