Author: Scott VanderPloeg

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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.

Read More

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...

Read More

Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Black Hole By Charles Burns

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 of over 150 of his...

Read More

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.

Read More

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

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 with all original artist’s gallery...

Read More

Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez

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 explores the artist’s inspiration and...

Read More

December 2017 Previews

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 track down many key and...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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.

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More