A campaign has been launched on Indiegogo to help P. Craig Russell restore his original hand-colored art for The Dreaming City, an adaptation of the first Elric story by Roy Thomas and P. Craig Russell. The work originally appeared in Epic Illustrated before becoming a graphic novel from Marvel in 1982.
Russell has the original non-lettered and hand-colored pages and is hoping to restore them for fans by making high resolution scans, many of which are too large for normal scanning and need special treatment. The digital scans will then be combined with lettering scans to make complete pages and some of the lettering is missing, so it will have to be recreated to match existing lettering.
The original art is housed in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum, so the project will be completed through various trips to the archives. All in all, supporting this indiegogo campaign will help preserve comic art and bring a more vivid resolution of the original work to fans for the first time.
Check out the campaign, and see what you can do to help preserve landmark comic art.
Here’s Russell talking about the campaign and the significance of the original project: