Author: Scott VanderPloeg

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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Spawn Vault Edition

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of SPAWN, Todd McFarlane has opened his personal vault and is collecting the first seven issues of SPAWN in their original artboard form. Included in this SPAWN VAULT EDITION Artboard Book: •Never-before-published original art boards •New oversized (12.25”x 17.25”) hardcover book •Included in this special edition, are a few extra surprises from TODD. •Randomly selected books will be inserted with a one-of-a-kind sketch by TODD McFARLANE. Image, August 09, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-50670-070-0 12.25″ x 17.25″, 184 pages $175 USD Order Online: Things From Another World, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca As with all original artist’s gallery editions this is a collection...

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Dynamite’s Battlestar Galactica Art Edition

Courtesy of Dynamite and Diamond comes this preview of Walter Simonson’s Battlestar Galactica Art Edition, currently scheduled for a November 29 release. For a list of all Artist Edition style books, upcoming and published, please see our AE Index. Includes stories from Marvel’s 1979-1981 run, interpreted from scripts by contributing writers Roger McKenzie, Steven Grant, Bill Mantlo, Bob Layton, and Simonson himself! Publication Date: November 29, 2017 ISBN 978-1-52410-012-4 Diamond Code: AUG171507 12″ x 17″, 104 pages $150 USD Variants: Signed Edition ($250), Remarqued Edition ($400) Order Online: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Things From Another World Walter Simonson Battlestar Galactica Art Ed HC from: Things From Another...

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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 Simonson’s...

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