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Q: Hang on, have the prices gone up – again?

A: They have. As of May 8th 2015 I have raised the prices of individual drawings by 5,- EUR each and the price of the Patron Box by 300,- EUR to 6.100,- EUR. Why? Because that way you benefit from buying “early” and I can slowly raise the price to something more realistic. (Last raise was January 1st, 2014.)


Q: What is on the drawing?

A: Each drawing shows the names of the people in a short story, novella or novel written by Philip K. Dick.


Q: Do you draw only the names of protagonists?

A: No. I also add names of people, deities or other sentient beings that are mentioned. Sometimes the mention is indirect or obscure, sometimes it’s very obvious. I don’t follow a scientific guidebook for what I add and what I leave out, I follow my gut.


Q: What is the “year” you add below PKD’s name?

A: It’s the earliest date attributed to a work. Sometimes it refers to when it was (most probably) written, sometimes to when the manuscript was submitted, sometimes when it was published. I use a number of online sources for reference, but mostly I rely on “PINK BEAM: A Philip K. Dick Companion” by Lord RC.


Q: What other sources do you use?

A: I either use printed books or ebooks in english language. In some rare cases I have to rely on copies (in the traditional “xerox” sense of the word), simply because the items are out of print and unobtainable otherwise. I also have some fellow list-makers who provide me with data I generally use to double-check my own lists. Where I use someone else’s data-collection as a main source, it is clearly indicated.


Q: What materials do you use to make the drawings?

A: I use Lana Dessin 150 (150gr/m²) paper and Derwent Studio pencils.


Q: What is the format?

A: The format for short story drawings is 20,5 x 28,5 cm (w x h). The size is determined by the highest number of names in a short story (“Waterspider”). This way you can compare the different works at a glance. The formats for novellas and novels will be determined later on.


Q: How many drawings are you making?

A: I make drawings for each short story, each novella and novel by Philip K. Dick. I also do drawings for the different versions, especially in the case of Lies Inc. So it’s close to 200 …  times 4 (see below).


Q: What does “Edition of 4” mean?

A: It means I repeat each drawing four times. The first is the “Artist’s Copy” which I get to keep. The second (and usually corrected) is the “Scholar’s Copy” which I sell at a reduced price. The third is the “Sponsor’s Copy” which I sell at a slightly higher price. And the fourth is the “Patron’s Copy” which goes into a box that contains all the drawings and which can be bought as a complete set only.


Q: So each “copy” is an original drawing?

A: Yes.


Q: What is the difference between the “Scholar’s Copy” and the “Sponsor’s Copy”?

A: The drawing is pretty much the same, except for the code in the signature. The “Scholar’s Copy” is 10,- EUR cheaper to buy, but includes a 50% kickback for the artist on re-sale profits. It’s targeted at students who study the work of PKD and who might be low on funds at this moment in time. The base-price for the “Sponsor’s Copy” is 10,- EUR higher to start with, but the buyer is invited to pay anything above the base price to sponsor the project “Appendix Dick”. Apart from it making you feel good, you get to keep the profits from a re-sale. This is targeted at fans with sufficient funds.


Q: What is the “Patron’s Copy”?

A: The “Patron’s Copy” comes as part of the complete set of all drawings I do for individual titles. The price for this complete package is somewhere between the price for a complete set of “Scholar’s Copies” and a complete set of “Sponsor’s Copies”, plus you get an extra discount when paying up front. This is targeted at the King or Queen of PKD fans who wants to feel like having commissioned the whole idea.


Q: How do you determine the price for each drawing?

A: The price depends on the amount of names in a given work, although I go in increments of 10 (or 20 for the novels with a lot of names). So a short story drawing with less than 10 names is 20,- EUR (Scholar’s Copy), one with 10 – 19 names is 25,- EUR (Scholar’s Copy) and so forth.


Q: Can I reserve / pre-order the drawing for a specific work?

A: The “Scholar’s Copies” are first come, first served. You can make me an offer for “Sponsor’s Copies”, but I reserve the right to sell to someone else and will decide for each request individually. The offer is not a reservation. If you are extremely keen on getting a specific work, please do get in touch!


Q: What about postage?

A: I charge postage but not packaging. If you plan on buying more than one drawing, I will gladly keep the drawings and send them in one batch to save on postage. Orders above 100,- EUR generally ship free of charge. I will generally ship drawings internationally as registered and  ensured letter. In Germany, this option does NOT include insurance! That’s why I prefer to ship as parcel within Germany.

 

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