A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plates 1-10 (1999)

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, front cover

In the mid 1990’s author Neil Gaiman and artist Charles Vess collaborated on a four part illustrated novella published by DC Comics’ Vertigo Press imprint. Stardust, a tale set in the land of faerie was hugely successful, even warranting a movie adaption in 2007.

A Fall of Stardust portfolio was published in 1999 by Vess’s own Green Man Press and contained 29 full colour plates measuring 6.5 x 10 inches (the size of a comic book) as well as two prose chapbooks. The portfolio shipped in a fold-out cardboard wallet and sold for $12.95.

A Fall of Stardust was released to help raise money to offset Vess’s wife Karen’s medical bills after she was seriously injured in a car accident. The portfolio included artwork from the top tier of comic book talent including Vess himself, Mike Mignola, Bryan Talbot, P. Craig Russell, Michael Zulli, Dave McKean, Jeff Smith, french artist Moebius and many more. The chapbooks were written by Gaiman and Susanna Clarke, author of the bestselling Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

To give this beautiful portfolio justice I’m going to spread the set out over three posts – here are plates 1 to 10. The next ten will appear in a few days time (click here), as well as more details on the chapbooks.

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 1

Plate 1
Artwork by William Stout

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 2

Plate 2
Artwork by Mike Mignola

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 3

Plate 3
Artwork by Terri Windling

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 4

Plate 4
Artwork by Bryan Talbot, colouring by Eric Olive

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 5

Plate 5
Artwork by Jill Thompson

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 6

Plate 6
Artwork by Paul Chadwick

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 7 1

Plate 7
Artwork by P Craig Russell, colouring by Eric Olive

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 8

Plate 8
Artwork by Mark Crilley

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 9

Plate 9
Artwork by Elizabeth Johns

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 10

Plate 10
Artwork by Michael Zulli

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