Author: Scott VanderPloeg

Frank Thorne’s Ghita An Erotic Treasury Archival Edition Volume 1

In 1978, fresh off his run on Red Sonja, Frank Thorne went on to create the lusty warrior-goddess, Ghita. Imbued with the spirit of a mighty general, she would lead a rag-tag band against bloodthirsty armies, and along the way get in some tumbumping. This initial volume showcases some of Frank’s earliest art of Ghita including her first appearance in the erotic epic “Ghita of Alizarr,” early character designs, un-produced movie storyboards, the Wizard and Warrior Women portfolio, pin-ups, and covers. This edition, measuring 11” x 17″, the artwork has been scanned from the original pages in colour to ensure the closest...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales December 2017

Luckily for most Artist’s Edition readers and collectors almost all of these books are still available for cover price from Diamond through your local comic shop. For the full list with Diamond order codes please see our AE Index. The following are those volumes no longer available from Diamond and thus out of print, sorted by publisher. We’re only tracking out of print standard editions on eBay, sold worldwide listings, and don’t track damaged books. If there are no sales for the reported month the previous month’s average will be used. Click the Average Price to go to eBay and...

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2017 Scott Dunbier Awards

Content updated January 3, 2018. A new year is upon us and that means 2017 is complete and we can vote on the Artist’s Edition format books published in the past twelve months. The voting is done through internal polling, which limits votes by IP address and cookie. Voting is open from January 1 to January 31, with the final results posted Thursday February 1. The survey is all text based; here is a cover gallery of all 2017 Artist’s Edition format books, nineteen in total. We removed “most disappointing” this year and added “purchased in 2017” to see...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 14

Taking the Artist’s Edition Index from print to the spoken word, join me monthly for a look at all things Artist’s Edition. This month we take a look at the year in review, January 2018 Previews,November 2017 out of print sales, November 2017 sales numbers, and a review of Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Black Hole by Charles Burns.

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January 2018 Previews

Content updated January 8, 2018. Diamond has updated Previews World with the January 2018 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows two new Artist’s Edition format books. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index. Lone Wolf & Cub Gallery Edition Kazuo Koike’s samurai epic is a tour de force of graphic fiction, and Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition features selections of the late Goseki Kojima’s spectacular illustration reproduced at original size on heavy-stock art paper to preserve the work in detail as it exists today, as close as one can come to owning these rarest of artworks. Including...

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November 2017 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their November 2017 sales numbers over the weekend and ICv2 has extrapolated those and determined actual unit sales: Top 300 Comics Actual and Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual. These numbers are for Diamond’s direct sales in North America only and don’t include Diamond UK or the bookstore market. It’s worth reading the additional information under the sales charts. For the purposes of the AE Index, where we record initial sales month, five Artist Edition style books were published in November 2017, with one making the sales chart. Two from IDW, two from Fantagraphics and one from Titan. The bulk of sales for...

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John Lind talks Sin City Curator’s Collection

I’m late to the party here, but over at Print John Lind talks about Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection. Here are highlights of the salient AE information. It’s well worth a full reading. With the editorial direction of the Curator’s Collection series, I made a conscious effort to include additional essays and commentary. for context. They round out the experience and help solidify these books as mini “time capsules” of how these landmark graphic novels were created. This is something that wasn’t really being included in other publishers’ versions of this format. Being on the...

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Charles Burns talks Black Hole

Over at Vulture Charles Burns talks about Black Hole. Here’s the salient AE information. Why do this studio-edition reprint? What was the impetus behind it? The impetus behind it was pretty much I’ve got a flat file that’s still filled with my originals, and I look at it periodically. There’s something about just the size, and the scale, and the look that I still enjoy. I got in touch with Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics, because I realized they were doing a similar size-scaled book of Jaime Hernandez’s work. I just asked if they were interested. That’s surprising — I...

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Charles Vess talks The Book Of Ballads

Over at CBR Charles Vess talks about The Book Of Ballads, The Original Art Edition. Here’s the salient AE related information. How did this Original Art Edition come about? Titan editor Steve Saffel asked. Then we had to get permission from the Library of Congress, where all the art resides in their permanent collection. Martha Kennedy, the head of their Prints and Drawings Division, suggested that Steve come down to Washington D.C. for a few days and scan all the original pages himself, and he did. I don’t know if you’ve ever been there but the holding of the...

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Summer 2018 Advance Solicits

Summer 2018 catalogs have gone online and perusing the usual Artist’s Edition format publishers reveals two upcoming projects. These will not be added to the AE Index until they’re solicited through Diamond: this is more a preliminary look at what we may see next year.

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales November 2017

Luckily for most Artist’s Edition readers and collectors almost all of these books are still available for cover price from Diamond through your local comic shop. For the full list with Diamond order codes please see our AE Index. The following are those volumes no longer available from Diamond and thus out of print, sorted by publisher. We’re only tracking out of print standard editions on eBay, sold worldwide listings, and don’t track damaged books. If there are no sales for the reported month the previous month’s average will be used. Click the Average Price to go to eBay and...

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Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Black Hole By Charles Burns

Content updated December 18, 2017. Charles Burns’s graphic novel Black Hole is one of the medium’s most iconic works of the 21st century, a towering achievement by a master cartoonist, and perennial classic some 15 years after its initial release. Set in suburban Seattle during the mid-1970s, it’s the story of a strange plague that has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The premise lends itself to metaphorical interpretations as well as functioning as a perfect outlet to mine teen ennui and puberty-induced anxiety. This Fantagraphics Studio Edition showcases Burns’s original art for the book, featuring exact reproductions...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 13

Taking the Artist’s Edition Index from print to the spoken word, join me monthly for a look at all things Artist’s Edition. This month we take a look at December 2017 Previews, October 2017 Out Of Print Sales, and reviews of P. Craig Russell’s Jungle Book And Other Stories Fine Art Edition, The Book Of Ballads, The Original Art Edition, Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition, Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez, and P. Craig Russell’s Strange Dreams Artist’s Edition.

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P. Craig Russell’s Strange Dreams Artist’s Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. This gorgeous 12″ x 17″,  Artist’s Edition features two classic stories by master artist P. Craig Russell. The first is the final Killraven collaboration between Russell and McGregor in Marvel Graphic Novel #7, followed by Russell’s Doctor Strange: What is it That Disturbs You, Stephen? Both stories are complete and stand-alone adventures, and delicately delineated in Russell’s lovely illustrative style. Rounding out this Artist’s Edition will be a gallery section with earlier examples of Russell’s Killraven and Doctor Strange works. IDW Publishing, November 15, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-68405-200-4 12″ x 17″, 140 pages $125 USD Order Online: Things From Another World As...

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Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez

Content updated December 18, 2017. This Fantagraphics Studio Edition illuminates Jaime’s distinctive artistic process. Collected here is nearly 200 pages of raw, unretouched original art comprising complete stories, selected from among his most critically acclaimed, including “Chester Square,” “In the Valley of the Polar Bears,” and “Wigwam Bam.” The state of the art reproduction captures every nuance of the artist’s virtuosic pen lines. This is truly the closest one can get to sitting next to the artist as he draws and watching the comics pages take shape. The Studio Edition also features a new interview with Hernandez, conducted by Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth, that...

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December 2017 Previews

Content updated December 18, 2017. Diamond has updated Previews World with the December 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows two new Artist’s Edition format books. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index. Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition Jim Starlin was one of the driving creative forces at Marvel Comics in the 1970s and ’80s. His turns on Warlock, Captain Marvel, and others have laid the groundwork for much of the Marvel Universe for decades. This Artifact Edition will include beautiful pages that have been scanned from the original art. We’ve been fortunate enough to...

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Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition

Content updated January 10, 2018. The Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition collects some of the best work from the artist’s DC Comics years: Covers, splashes, and interior pages, as well as some rare and never-before-seen art. Included are many covers, including House of Secrets #92 (the first appearance of Swamp Thing) and Swamp Thing #1, all scanned from the actual original art! Measuring 12 x 17 inches and containing THREE foldouts, this is the ultimate book to date on legendary artist Bernie Wrightson. IDW Publishing, November 01, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-68405-211-0 and 978-1-68405-207-3 12″ x 17″, 152 pages $125 USD Order Online: Things From Another...

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The Book Of Ballads, The Original Art Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. Twenty-two years ago, superstar artist Charles Vess teamed up with an all-star ensemble of ground-breaking and award winning writers including Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Jane Yolen (Lost Girls), Sharyn McCrumb (The Ballad of Frankie Silver), and Jeff Smith (Bone) to produce THE BOOK OF BALLADS – which reimagined the greatest English, Irish, and Scottish folktales in sequential art. This September, Titan Comics will produce a special, oversized hardcover art edition presenting Charles Vess’ original work in a glorious 10 x 15 dimension so fans can enjoy the legendary collection from a modern master in an all-new way. In addition to this oversized page treatment, Charles Vess’ original thumbnails...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales October 2017

Luckily for most Artist’s Edition readers and collectors almost all of these books are still available for cover price from Diamond through your local comic shop. For the full list with Diamond order codes please see our AE Index. The following are those volumes no longer available from Diamond and thus out of print, sorted by publisher. We’re only tracking out of print standard editions on eBay, sold worldwide listings, and don’t track damaged books. If there are no sales for the reported month the previous month’s average will be used. Click the Average Price to go to eBay and...

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P. Craig Russell’s Jungle Book And Other Stories Fine Art Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. This beautiful 12″X17″ oversized hardcover features complete stories scanned from P. Craig Russell’s stunning original art! While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in color to recreate as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—including blue pencils, notes, art corrections and more. Pages are reproduced at original size on heavy paper stock to provide fans, aficionados and collectors with the best possible reproductions. This 148-page Fine Art Edition includes the following complete Jungle Book stories: The King’s Ankus (28 pages) Red Dog (32 pages)...

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