Author: Scott VanderPloeg

Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition

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 World (Cover A), Things From Another...

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The Book Of Ballads, The Original Art Edition

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 and story notes are also...

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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

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) Spring Running (27 pages) The...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 12

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 November 2017 Previews, September 2017 Sales Numbers, Out Of Print Sales September 2017, and reviews of Jim Davis’ Garfield: The Original Daily and Sunday Art Archive and Mister Blueberry Édition Noir Et Blanc.

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Mister Blueberry Édition Noir Et Blanc

Discover the work in black and white, in large format and very small price of one of the greatest masters of comics. First album written entirely by Jean Giraud, after the death of the brilliant Jean-Michel Charlier, Mister Blueberry is a masterpiece of graphic mastery that confirms that, more than a western, Blueberry is the largest series of adventures of comics. Dargaud, April 12, 2015 Written and drawn by Jean Giraud 48 pages, 30cm x 40cm (12″ x 16″) ISBN 9782205075274 19,99 € Order online: Amazon.fr, Amazon.ca As with all original artist’s gallery editions this is a collection of classic comic...

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Jim Davis’ Garfield: The Original Daily and Sunday Art Archive

Hermes Press is proud to announce their second major collaboration with Paws, Incorporated producing another unique title featuring everyone’s favorite orange cat, GARFIELD! Hermes and Paws have come together to treat the world to a compendium of the greatest examples of original artwork from classic Garfield daily and Sunday comic strips in their original size, including rare unpublished material, that has never been seen before (the Sunday strips will be reproduced in a slightly smaller format due to their huge size)!   This historic archival reprint will feature hundreds of pieces of original production art from the comic strip, with an introductory essay from...

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November 2017 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the November 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. Frank Cho’s Savage Wolverine Artist’s Edition Frank Cho is a modern comic art master. Influenced by the great American illustrators (Like Franklin Booth and Joseph Clement Coll) and comic book artists (Frank Frazetta and Al Williamson, to name a few), Cho has incorporated these great talents and developed his own, unique style, one that has made him a fan-favorite sensation. This Artist’s Edition collects the first five issues...

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September 2017 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their September 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, one Artist Edition style books was published in September 2017, but didn’t make the sales chart. Considering the print run was 1500, and Fantagraphics has said they have less than 100...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales September 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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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 11

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 state of the new website, October 2017 Previews, August 2017 Sales Numbers, Out Of Print Sales August 2017, a preview of IDW’s Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition, and a review of Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant.

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Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant

Fantagraphics’ recent reprints of the Prince Valiant strip, scanned from original color engraver’s proof sheets, have received international acclaim, and now we are printing the Holy Grail of comics art. Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant Artist’s Edition is a 192-page collection scanned from Foster’s original pages and printed in full color, capturing every nuance of Foster’s masterly brush strokes. Each page is so rare that the sum total of the original art reprinted in this book would likely cost millions. From Foster’s very first Prince Valiant page to his very last the public will be treated to a selection of some of the most...

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October 2017 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the October 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. Joe Kubert’s Tarzan And The Lion Man Artist’s Edition Collecting the brilliant Joe Kubert’s final Tarzan stories in the acclaimed and multi-Eisner Award-winning Artist’s Edition format. Including the third Tarzan novel adapted by Joe Kubert, Tarzan and the Lion Man, as well as five additional stories. Includes Tarzan issues 224, 224, 227, 228, 229, 231, 232, 233, and 234. Featuring Kubert’s masterful handling of Edgar Rice Burroughs classic...

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IDW’s Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition

No need for a preview: our review of Bernie Wrighton Artifact Edition is now available. Courtesy of IDW and Diamond comes this preview of Bernie Wrightson’s Artifact Edition, currently scheduled for an October 25th release. For a list of all Artist Edition style books, upcoming and published, please see our AE Index. This books contains Wrightson’s work from Swamp Thing, House Of Mystery, House Of Secrets, Metal Men, Kong, Plop, Unexpected, Witching Hour, Spectre, House Of Secrets, Batman: The Cult, DC Special Series, and more. IDW Publishing, October 25 2017 ISBN: 978-1-68405-211-0 and 978-1-68405-207-3 Diamond Item Code: JUN170552 and JUN170553 12″ x 17″, 166 pages $125 USD...

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August 2017 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their August 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, two Artist Edition style books were published in August 2017, and both made the sales chart. It’s worth noting both are currently sold out at Diamond. For those wondering what happened...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales August 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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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 10

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 state of the new website, September 2017 Previews, Out Of Print Sales July 2017, a preview of Dynamite’s Battlestar Galactica Art Edition, and reviews of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Artisan Edition, Spawn Vault Edition, and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four The World’s Greatest Artist’s Edition.

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Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four The World’s Greatest Artist’s Edition

Jack Kirby was the undisputed King of Comics and IDW is proud to present the second Artist’s Edition focusing on his Fantastic Four work. And, even better, this collects his earlier, “twice up” art–Kirby-sized!! This massive collection includes issues 33, 45, 47, and 60 of the Fantastic Four, plus a stellar gallery with many classic covers and incredible pages–if you are a Kirby fan, this is the Artist’s Edition you’ve been waiting for!! This incredible AE features 22 (!!) Kirby Fantastic Four covers, a selection of pin-ups, splash pages and interior pages going all the way back to Fantastic Four #3. Plus,...

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Scott Dunbier Discusses Jack Kirby and Artist Editions on Word Balloon

Head over to Word Balloon and give a listen to Scott Dunbier discussing Artist Editions and Jack Kirby with John Siuntres. Here is the show excerpt: Scott shares info about this year’s Kirby releases from IDW including 2 60’s Fantastic Four collections and from his DC Fourth World 70s period, The Forever People. We also discuss the subtle differences of several Kirby inkers from the infamous Vinnie Colletta to fan favorites Chic Stone Joe Sinnott and Mike Royer . Scott also tells us of his own encounters with Jack and his wife Roz, who also inked some of Kirby’s...

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September 2017 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the September 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. Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Charles Burns’ Black Hole Charles Burns’s graphic novel Black Hole is a towering achievement by a master cartoonist, and a genuine American classic. This Fantagraphics Studio Edition showcases Burns’s original art for the book, featuring exact reproductions of over 150 of his pages along with full chapters plus excerpts that showcase Burns’s style. Hypnotically beautiful and horrifying, this is the closest most of us will...

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