Or, you can wait til Bob’s memorial at Casa Loma next Sunday (September 8th) to pick up your copy, and make a check out directly to the Cowboy Angel Fund (temporary monetary designation of THE COWBOY ANGEL FOUNDATION). We will have a book table set up (probably cash or check only–working on credit) and will also be giving a brief presentation on Bob’s published writing and, as Bob’s sanctioned literary executor, our intentions for his unpublished works.
Lastly, be on the lookout for several online auctions of rare handmade copies of Bob’s work. The last 10 copies of Bob’s handmade poetry book WHERE THE DARK ONES RUN (total print run of around 100 – 103 copies), which will never be remade (the writings may appear in a future perfect-bound publication), will be put up for online auction, with 100% of proceeds going to the foundation.
Similarly, we will also auction 2 – 3 copies of the handmade hardcover edition of TALES OF A TALKING DOG. Originally conceived as a top prize level for the Kickstarter campaign to print the paperback book, only 12 of these hardbound, artisanal books were crafted. Each contains seven 4×6 black and white photos–shot, processed, and printed by Bob himself. Although the linen sheets inside were printed digitally, each folio was stitched by hand and pasted into a hand-glued hardcover with fine art paper on the outside and as endpaper. The title cards were typed via manual typewriter (1950s Royal), cut, and glued individually.
The first 6 were signed by Bob and mailed to the Kickstarter backers in March. We had just finished the other six in late July. I had scheduled a tentative meeting with Bob to bring over the few remaining needed photographs, sign all the remaining copies, and take his share (the press was to take 3, and Bob was to take 3). Bob never made it over. His executor gave me the remaining photos, and the books are finished, sans the looping signature that Bob would have added to the inside title page. The press is going to keep 2 copies. One went to his estate. One copy we had promised to sell to Bob’s friend back in November. The other 2 are up for grabs. I have high hopes that these items will give Bob’s foundation a strong foothold.
Thank you, as always, for supporting the work of an extraordinary artist.