Author: Scott VanderPloeg

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

No need for a preview: our review of P. Craig Russell’s Jungle Book And Other Stories Fine Art Edition is now available. 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...

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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

No need for a preview: read our reviews of Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant and Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Black Hole By Charles Burns. 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:...

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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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April 2017 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their April 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 book was published in April 2017 but did not make the sales chart. # Title Sold NN Deadman: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition NN Item 300 on the list sold...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales April 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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Deadman: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition

The unmistakable art of Kelley Jones sets the mood for two gothic thrillers in the new DEADMAN: KELLEY JONES GALLERY EDITION. Collecting Jones’ artwork from DEADMAN: LOVE AFTER DEATH #1-2 and DEADMAN: EXORCISM #1-2, this Smythe-sewn hardcover edition is sourced from the original boards and showcases the boldly dramatic line art that established Jones’ creative style prior to his work on Batman and other DC characters. Both tales were written by Mike Baron and first published in 1989 and 1992. Graphitti Designs’ Gallery Editions replicate the look, feel and attitude of the original artwork. Every page is reproduced at...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales March 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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May 2017 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the May 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows one new Artist Edition format book and one new Original Art Edition. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index.   The Book Of Ballads, The Original Art Edition Artist Charles Vess comes together with an all-star ensemble of groundbreaking writers to produce a special art edition based upon song and folktales of English, Irish, and Scottish tradition! Featuring work by New York Times bestsellers, award winners, and masters of science fiction and fantasy. Top names include: Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Jane...

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March 2017 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their March 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 book was published in March 2017 but did not make the sales chart. # Title Sold NN Michael Kaluta’s Starstruck Artist’s Edition NN Item 300 on the list...

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Michael Kaluta’s Starstruck Artist’s Edition

Michael Kaluta is one of the most revered and versatile artists in comics and illustration. He is frequently recognized as the definitive artist of The Shadow, has been praised for his Lord of the Rings paintings, and illustrated the Metropolis novel. He was also part of the legendary artist’s collective (along with Jeff Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Bernie Wrightson) known simply as THE STUDIO. But if any project is closest to the artist’s heart it would be Starstruck, an ongoing space-fantasy that began in the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine in 1982, was a Marvel Comics Graphic Novel in...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 6

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 long look at AE MIA: Missing After Announcing, April 2017 Previews, Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales February 2017, February 2017 Sales Numbers, John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition, and Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition.

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