Author: Scott VanderPloeg

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Artisan Edition

This book reproduces all the original art to the first issue of one of the most important comic book phenomenons of the last 35 years — The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Scanned directly from the original art, mimicking the experience of the original hand drawn page, and also collecting all the layouts (also hand drawn) by the creators of what has been called this generation’s Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Rounding out the volume is an extensive gallery of other TMNT images, also scanned directly from the original art. IDW Publishing, August 9 2017 ISBN: 978-1-63140-897-7  9.4″ x 13.3″, 144 pages...

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Kickstarter: Thicker Than Blood Collected Artwork Edition

A crowdfunded Artist’s Edition format book featuring Mike Ploog and Simon Bisley. I’m late to this one and it’s already fully funded and they’re working towards the third stretch goal. What’s not to like? From the Kickstarter: This will be an original-art-sized edition unlike any before it. Not only will the book reproduce the art at the original size it was created; it will also represent the work of TWO artists, not just one. And, further, it will cover the mediums of both black-and-white line and full-color paint, presented side by side. As a lover of art, I thought...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales July 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. 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.

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 9

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 new site, June 2017 Sales Numbers, Out Of Print Sales June 2017, August 2017 Previews, and a review of Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor The Return Of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition.

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales June 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 listings. If there are no sales for the reported month the previous month’s average will be used.   Title Publisher Ship Date # Of Sales Average Price Star Wars: Dark Times Gallery...

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Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor The Return Of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition

The fate of Earth and Asgard hang in the Balance as Thor, Beta Ray Bill, and tons of guest-stars do battle Surtur and his horde of invading demons! The second Thor Artist’s Edition by the legendary comics’ creator Walter Simonson! Featuring six complete issues of The Mighty Thor (#349 – 354). As with all Artist’s Editions, each page of art scanned from the original art, in this case, from Simonson’s personal archives. Simonson’s first Thor Artist’s edition won the prestigious Eisner Award and has gone through multiple printings, don’t miss what promises to be an extraordinary book. IDW Publishing, June...

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August 2017 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the August 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows three new Artist’s Edition format books. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index. Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez collects almost 200 pages of the raw, original art from the first fifty issues of the Love and Rockets comic book, including such classic stories as “The Death of Speedy,” “Chester Square,” and “Wigwam Bam.” This book traces his evolution from his punk-poster beginnings to his current style and is indispensable for collectors, fans, and cartooning students alike....

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June 2017 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their June 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. Oddly these numbers were delayed one week this month. 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 June 2017, and both made the sales chart.   # Title Sold 206 Walter...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 8

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 Artist’s Editions in 2017 so far, May 2017 Sales Numbers, Out Of Print Sales May 2017, July 2017 Previews, and a review of Deadman: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition and Jack Kirby The Forever People Artist’s Edition.

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Jack Kirby The Forever People Artist’s Edition

Continuing IDW’s yearlong celebration of the centennial of Jack “King” Kirby’s birth! Jack Kirby’s classic Fourth World Epic told the story of a group of New Gods sent to Earth to oppose Darkseid. Featuring Beautiful dreamer, Big Bear, Moonrider, and others, this was Kirby’s take on super-powered flower children! Included in this volume are issues 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7, with most pages scanned from the originals. Presented in IDW’s award-winning Artist’s Edition format—the next best thing to owning the original art! IDW Publishing, June 14, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-63140-896-0 12″ x 17″, 144 pages $125 USD Order Online: Things From Another...

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May 2017 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their May 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. Oddly these numbers were delayed one week this month. 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 book was published in May 2017 but did not make the sales chart. # Title Sold NN Reed Crandall’s...

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July 2017 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the July 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows no new Artist’s Edition format books. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index. This is the first month in quite some time we’ve seen no new solicited Artist’s Edition format books. There are currently 15 already solicited with shipping dates from June to October and several to be...

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

Courtesy of Wayne Alan Harold and P. Craig Russell comes this preview of P. Craig Russell’s Jungle Book and Other Stories Fine Art Edition, still available for preorder via Indiegogo. For a list of all Artist Edition style books, upcoming and published, please see our AE Index. Includes: Jungle Book: The King’s Ankus (27 pages), Jungle Book: Red Dog (32 pages), Jungle Book: Spring Running (25 pages), Siegfried and the Dragon (9 pages), Between Two Worlds (3 pages), La Sonnambula and the City of Sleep (10 pages), Dance on the Razor’s Edge (8 pages), Heldentraum (6 pages), Drinking Song (3 pages), PLUS: Jungle Book covers and other behind-the-scenes material! Publication Date:...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales May 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 listings. If there are no sales for the reported month the previous month’s average will be used. Title Publisher Ship Date # Of Sales Average Price Star Wars: Dark Times Gallery...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 7

Taking the Artist’s Edition Index from print to the spoken word, join me monthly for a look at all things Artist’s Edition: April 2017 Sales Numbers, Out Of Print Sales April 2017, June 2017 Previews, previews of Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: The Return Of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition and Fantagraphics Studio Editions: Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant & Charles Burns’ Black Hole, and reviews of Deadman: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition and Reed Crandall’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition.

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June 2017 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the June 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows one new Artist Edition format book, but with two covers. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index.   Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition Bernie Wrightson began his career in the late 1960s, just barely out of his teens, and within a decade rose to prominence as the preeminent horror artist of his generation. This loving tribute to comics’ Master of the Macabre will showcase Wrightson’s groundbreaking work in the DC Comics Mystery books and his legendary artistic turn on Swamp Thing....

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Reed Crandall’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition

Reed Crandall was one of the greatest comic artists of the Golden Age. His work graced the covers and pages of National Comics (drawing the iconic Uncle Sam, as well as Blackhawk, Doll Man and many others). Legendary for his remarkable talents as a draftsman, he was the quintessential “Artist’s Artist.” This Artist’s Edition focuses on Crandall’s remarkable EC Comics stories, including many that are outright classics. And like all the award-winning Artist’s Editions, this book was scanned entirely from the original art—if you are a fan of Crandall’s work, there IS NO better way to view it! IDW...

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Fantagraphics Studio Editions: Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant & Charles Burns’ Black Hole

Courtesy of Fantagraphics and Edelweiss come these previews; these are extremely tentative as the Hal Foster is over a year late and the Charles Burns hasn’t been solicited through Diamond yet. Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant, scheduled tentatively for a September release, and Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Charles Burns’ Black Hole, scheduled tentatively for an October release. For a list of all Artist Edition style books, upcoming and published, please see our AE Index. Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant Fantagraphics, September 21, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-60699-897-7 Diamond Item Code: AUG161636 17” x 23 1⁄4”, 160 pages $175 USD Order Online: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca Fantagraphics Studio Edition:...

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Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: The Return Of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition

No need for a preview: our review of Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor The Return Of Beta Ray Bill is now available. Courtesy of IDW comes this preview of Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: The Return Of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition, currently scheduled for a June 21st release. For a list of all Artist Edition style books, upcoming and published, please see our AE Index. Includes The Mighty Thor issues 349-354, 380 plus covers. IDW Publishing, June 21, 2017 ISBN: 978-168405-079-6 Diamond Item Code: FEB170447 12″ x 17″, 176 pages $125 USD Order Online: eBay, Things From Another World Walter Simonson Thor Return Of...

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