Author: Scott VanderPloeg

America’s Best Comics Artist’s Edition

Alan Moore was the braintrust behind America’s Best Comics, one of the most acclaimed imprints in the history of comics. Comprised of four main titles: Tom Strong, Top10, Promethea, and the anthology Tomorrow Stories, the ABC line paired Moore with the finest artists in comics. This volume will present a beautiful overview of the ABC line, including complete stories from Promethea #10 (Eisner Award-winner for best issue of the year) and Top 10 #7. Additionally, a fine selection of shorter stories featuring Tom Strong, Jack B. Quick, Splash Brannigan, and Greyshirt will be included. Plus a stunning gallery section....

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales January 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. 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 Edition Dark Horse...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 4

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 2016 Scott Dunbier Awards, Defining the AE formats, shipping changes, February 2017 Previews solicitations, December 2016 current sales, out of print eBay sales, Chris Samnee’s Daredevil Artist’s Edition, Sergio Aragones Groo The Wanderer Artist’s Edition, and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition.

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The Results Are In: The 2016 Scott Dunbier Awards Winners

First and foremost we’d like to thank all those who voted in the 2016 Scott Dunbier Awards. Here are the results; a hearty congratulations to all our winners!   Winner of Best Design: Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection. John Lind, designer. Review.   Winner of Best Reproduction and Scanning Quality: Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection. John Lind, editor. Review.   Winner of Favourite Material: a tie! Jack Kirby’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition. Scott Dunbier, editor. Review. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller Gallery Edition. Bob Chapman, editor. Review.  ...

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Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition

Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four. World-shattering events, cosmic calamities, and Kirby Krackle—does it get any better? Jack Kirby is the most important creator in the history of comics, and the Fantastic Four is one of his greatest achievements. First published in 1961, the adventures of Mr. Fantastic, the Human Torch, the Invisible Girl and the ever-loving Thing introduced a bold new era in comics. Kirby’s dynamic storytelling, coupled with Stan Lee’s poignant writing style, were unlike anything comic book readers had seen before—it literally ushered in THE MARVEL AGE OF COMICS! Now, with the cooperation of the Jack Kirby Estate...

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February 2017 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the February 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows one new Artist Edition book, advance solicited for June 2017 shipping. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index. 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...

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Sergio Aragones Groo The Wanderer Artist’s Edition

IDW proudly presents SERGIO ARAGONÉS’ GROO THE WANDERER: ARTIST’S EDITION, collecting a classic four-part story in its entirety by the Mad, Manic, and Marvellous SERGIO ARAGONÉS! Sergio began his career at Mad Magazine in the early 1960s and has been drawing comics ever since. In 1982 Sergio, with his frequent collaborator Mark Evanier, launched Groo the Wanderer. Groo has since become one of the most memorable and loveable characters of the last 30 years. This Artist’s Edition measures 12 x 17 inches and features four oversized issues, including extras. Added bonus: the very first Groo story by Sergio (in...

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December 2016 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their December 2016 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. Also worth noting is Diamond’s Top Ten Books. 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, no Artist Edition style books published in December 2016 made the sales chart. But one Artisan Edition style book made the...

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Chris Samnee’s Daredevil Artist’s Edition

IDW Publishing launched the very first Artist’s Edition in 2010. It was a bold concept that to date has garnered five consecutive Eisner Awards in the category of Best Archival Project. With the release of Chris Samnee’s Daredevil Artist’s Edition we continue to stay ahead of the pack by featuring not one, not two, but THREE versions of Samnee’s gorgeous original art — we like to think of it as an Artist’s Edition triple play! This amazing collection will be presented in TWO books. The first, a hardcover featuring Daredevil Issues 23 – 27. Since these books were lettered...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales December 2016

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. 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 Edition Dark Horse...

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Defining the AE formats

Beginning in 2010 with Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition, the AE format encompasses the range of books printing scans of original comic book artwork.  IDW continued with the AE moniker with Artifact Editions and Artisan Editions, and along the way Dark Horse, Titan, Graphitti Designs, Dynamite and Rebellion have joined the fray. Based on reader feedback there seems to be confusion as to what constitutes each format, so let’s take a look at each. Artist’s Edition, Gallery Edition, Art Edition, Original Art Edition, Original Art Archives, Studio Edition, Apex Edition, Archival Edition These are all names for the...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 3

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 shipping changes, January 2017 Previews solicitations, November 2016 current sales and out of print eBay sales, and a long look at the current AE market.

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2016 Scott Dunbier Awards

A new year is upon us and that means 2016 is complete and we can vote on the Artist’s Edition format books published in the past twelve months. The voting is done through Google Forms and will require you to sign into Google: this allows us to limit the voting to once per person. The previous Scott Dunbier Awards can be found here. The survey is all text based with a drop down menu for selections; here is a cover gallery of all 2016 Artist’s Edition format books, fourteen in total. For a comprehensive list of publication information and...

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January 2017 Previews & the current state of the AE market

Diamond has updated Previews World with the January 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows no AE format solicitations, not a one. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index. Publishers have been slowing down with Artist’s Edition format books throughout 2016, with Dark Horse only publishing one, Dynamite publishing one, Kitchen Sink Books publishing one, Graphitti Designs publishing three and IDW publishing eight. That’s still fourteen books, but six more were solicited for a 2016 release and have failed to materialize. Fantagraphics is still working on Prince Valiant, but we should see that in...

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Jack Kirby Pencils And Inks Artisan Edition

Jack Kirby has been called the King of Comics, and rightfully so. For more than 40 years he was the most vital and groundbreaking artist in the medium. There have been dozens of books on Kirby over the years, including several oversized Artist’s Editions showcasing his original art. This book will present Kirby’s art in a new and unprecedented way, as side-by-side examples of his work, both in PENCIL and INK! Three Key first issues are showcased: The Demon #1, Kamandi #1 and Omac #1, along with a number of additional pieces presented. This is a perfect way to...

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November 2016 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their November 2016 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. Also worth noting is Diamond’s Top Ten Books. 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, no Artist Edition style books published in November 2016 made the sales chart. # Title Sold N/A Usagi Yojimbo: The Artist...

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John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition Vol 2

Collecting more than 8 consecutive issues of John Romita’s Spider-Man stories, and nearly all pencilled AND inked by Jazzy John Romita-and weighing in at a back-breaking 216 pages! Fantastic stories featuring Peter Parker battling Villains like Kraven the Hunter, Doctor Octopus, and Hammerhead, and, with nearly every page is scanned from Romita’s original art, this is an art lovers dream book! IDW Publishing, January 29, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-61377-844-9 12″ x 17″, 216 pages $125 USD Suggested Retail Order Online: eBay, AbeBooks, Things From Another World As with all original artist’s gallery editions this is a collection of classic comic material and I’ll be reviewing the book and...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales November 2016

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. 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 Edition Dark Horse...

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Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition Vol 3

The third and final volume in Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja Art Edition line dedicated to fantasy illustration’s shining star, Frank Thorne! The defining She-Devil artist shares his original storyboards from the issue #7 through #11 of the acclaimed 1970s Red Sonja comic book series. Scanned in high-resolution color and printed at original size, this gorgeous hardcover collection preserves every detail of the artist’s meticulous skill and hard work, while simultaneously presenting a complete storyline for all to enjoy. Dynamite, April 22, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-60690-580-7 12″ x 17″, 104 pages $150 USD Order online: Amazon, AbeBooks, eBay, Things From Another World As with all original artist’s gallery editions...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 2

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 shipping changes, December 2016 Previews solicitations, October 2016 current sales and out of print eBay sales, reviews of Usagi Yojimbo: The Artist and Other Stories Gallery Edition and Jack Davis’ EC Stories Artist’s Edition.

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