Gollancz Signs Up Official Colouring Book by Acclaimed Discworld Artist
Gollancz is delighted to announce the acquisition of World Rights to publish a colouring book of line drawings by Paul Kidby, Sir Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice.
Gollancz Digital Publisher, Darren Nash, brought the rights to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Colouring Book from Rob Wilkins at Narrativia, who own and control the exclusive multimedia and merchandising rights to all of Sir Terry’s works, including his Discworld characters and creations.
Gollancz published the Discworld novels in hardback from Equal Rites (1987) to Jingo (1997) – and recently republished the first twenty-one Discworld novels as cloth-bound hardbacks in its Discworld Collectors Library – and continues to publish a series of bestselling Discworld diaries and calendars.
Darren Nash said ‘This is the perfect mix of fad and phenomenon: adult colouring books and the UK’s bestselling Fantasy series. And the fact that it’s come from Paul and Rob is a guarantee that Sir Terry’s creations will be treated with the respect they deserve.’
Rob Wilkins said: ‘Paul Kidby is Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice. Paul – in a seemingly effortless and certainly modest way – breathed life into Terry’s characters for more than two decades. Terry often commenting that Paul must have the ability to step right into Discworld, because the accuracy with which he depicts his creations often surpassed his own imagination.’
Paul Kidby said: ‘It’s been a great pleasure to select some of my favourite artworks and recreate them as line drawings here ready for colouring. Now it’s over to you to embark upon the Discworld colouring-in extravaganza. The future is bright; it’s not orange, it’s Octarine!’
If Terry Pratchett’s pen gave his characters life, Paul Kidby’s brush allowed them to live it. He provided the illustrations for The Last Hero, which sold over 300,000 copies, and has designed the covers for the Discworld novels since 2002. He is also the author of the definitive portfolio volume The Art Of Discworld.
Containing black-and-white line drawings based on his hugely popular artwork as well as original pieces produced exclusively for this book, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Colouring Book features iconic Discworld personalities as Granny Weatherwax, Sam Vimes, Rincewind, Tiffany Aching and, of course, DEATH.
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Colouring Book will be published by Gollancz on the 11th August priced at £9.99
About Paul Kidby
Paul Kidby discovered Terry Pratchett’s Discworld in 1993 and since then has devoted his working life to the place. He is the illustrator of The Pratchett Portfolio, the bestsellers The Last Hero and The Art Of Discworld, as well as The Discworld Diaries, cards, T-shirts, maps, mugs and, of course, the covers.