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The Complete Uncle, by J.P. Martin & Quentin Blake

A project in Islington, United Kingdom by Marcus Gipps

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All six Uncle books by J.P Martin, illustrated by Quentin Blake, in one lavish edition, with new introductions by Neil Gaiman and more.
Backers: 540
Average Pledge Per Backer: £54

Funded: £29,177 of £7,000
Dates: Mar 27th -> Apr 26th (30 days)
Project By: Marcus Gipps
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Latest News

Last day - London backers, please come for a drink!

April 25th - via:
Hello all So we're well into the last 24 hours, and unless something remarkable happens this will be my last update until we're finished. A very short one, then. SFX magazine ran a short piece about us here:... (Read More)

Housekeeping email - please read! 2 days to go...

April 24th - via:
Dear all So there are less than two days to go now, and I'm very grateful to all of you for your support. There's quite a lot of important information at the bottom of this update, as it looks from the data I can see that some people have perhaps... (Read More)

An original UNCLE manuscript and pictures by J. P. Martin!

April 22nd - via:
Hello all Three and a half days to go, and hopefully a little surge to come as kickstarter email all of the people who clicked 'remind me' but haven't pledged yet... On Friday I rushed from work for a quick meeting with Judith, the grand-niece of JP... (Read More)

One week to go, and a visit to the archive!

April 19th - via:
Dear all So we've just passed the 'one week left' mark, and I still can't believe how much support we've had. Many thanks, all of you. Hopefully we'll see a bit of a surge next week as the deadline looms. I will, however, be making it possible to... (Read More)

The Quentin Blake Archive and more.

April 17th - via:
Dear all I'm sorry to have been so quiet over the last few days, but the advent of the London Book Fair has meant that my day job has taken up all of my time (and a bit more!). It finished today, so I can now devote more time to the last... (Read More)

Half-way! Will Self, Radio Oxford, 300% and more

April 11th - via:
Dear all Well, today marked the half-way point of the campaign, and we're sitting very pretty at over 300%. The last few days have been quiet, but I know a lot of you are new to kickstarter - it's perfectly normal for things to go slowly at this... (Read More)

Kickstarter Creates New Demand For Children's Classic

April 7th - via:
JP Martin's Uncle series, illustrated by Quentin Blake, is being brought back to life by passionate fan Marcus Gipps and the canny use of Kickstarter. (Read More)

Media, CD explanation, new target and new rewards

April 5th - via:
Dear all I had a busy day yesterday, doing interviews for BBC Somerset and BBC Points West, the local TV news channel for the area. James Currey, J.P. Martin's grandson, also appeared on both spots. Some kind fans managed to record them, so here they... (Read More)

Media on Thursday!

April 3rd - via:
Dear all Still can't quite get over the success of the project - thank you so much to all of you. It is really wonderful. Initially, I didn't dare to hope for more than a small print run. But now I can make a really substantial one, which will keep... (Read More)

Happy belated Easter

April 2nd - via:
Woohoo! Just slipped over £18k as I was writing this. Many thanks all, and we should hit 300 backers shortly. I'm grateful to each and every one of you. And do come and say hello on the comments page - everyone here is a fan of Uncle, so by... (Read More)

Thank you and a few thoughts

March 28th - via:
Dear all Well there we go, over 200% funded within 24 hours. I'm deeply grateful to each and every one of you. I can't wait to get to work on this book. I'll have to wait a bit, though, as I'm away on a work trip all Easter, and my internet... (Read More)

Funders race to support Uncle project

March 28th - via:
Funders have flocked to fund Marcus Gipps' project to publish J P Martin's Uncle stories on Kickstarter. Bidding went live yesterday afternoon (27th March), with Gipps' original target of £7,000 swiftly reached. This morning pledged funds exceed £12,000. (Read More)


March 27th - via:
Dear all I can't believe we've hit our target already. Just over 4 hours! This is really happening! I'm actually going to have to do this! I couldn't be happier. Many thanks to you all. I'll be working out what our stretch goals are, but here's the... (Read More)

Book Trade Announcements - Quentin Blake And JP Martin's UNCLE To Return

March 27th - via:
A series of almost-forgotten children's books illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake are looking for a new lease of life on crowd-funding website Kickstarter1. The UNCLE series, by J.P. Martin, was originally published in the 60s and 70s to great acclaim, but has largely slipped into obscurity. Described as "A great comic masterpiece" by Richard Ingrams2 and with other high-profile fans including Will Self and Spike Milligan, the rarer books sell for upwards of £500 a copy3. (Read More)

Neil Gaiman Introducing A Reissue Of JP Martin And Quentin Blake's Uncle Books - It Must Be Kickstarter

March 27th - via:
Quentin Blake is best known for illustrating many of Roald Dahl‘s best known books, but his career as an illkustrator of children’s books expands far and wide. I have very many fond memories of poring over his lines adorning the pages of my favourite books as a kid, and he remains a firm favourite in my home. (Read More)

JP Martin's elephant Uncle unforgotten in fan's republishing plan

March 27th - via:
Long out of print and viewed by many as unjustifiably forgotten, the classic adventures of the millionaire elephant Uncle and his eccentric cast of friends, retainers and enemies, created by JP Martin and unforgettably illustrated by Quentin Blake, are due to be republished by a devoted fan. (Read More)

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