Author: Scott VanderPloeg

Girl Power: Amanda Conner Gallery Edition

Amanda Conner’s amazing artwork showcasing some of DC’s most iconic female characters is collected together for the first time in the large, deluxe-format GIRL POWER: AMANDA CONNER GALLERY EDITION. Sourced from the original art, this collection reflects the incredible diversity and power of Conner’s style. Contained between the oversized covers of this Smythe-sewn edition are high-resolution scans of Amanda’s art boards for POWER GIRL #1, 7, 8 and 9, DC’S WEDNESDAY COMICS Supergirl feature and the complete BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE saga, as well as an assortment of cover art from these series. Graphitti Designs, October 19, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-4012-6793-3 12″...

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September 2016 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their 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 September 2016 made the sales chart. # Title Sold N/A Marvel Covers: The Modern Era...

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Jack Kirby Kamandi The Last Boy On Earth Artist’s Edition Volume 2

Jack Kirby’s epic story of Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth continues! Collecting six consecutive complete issues (11-16) which includes the incredible story of Klikklak, the giant grasshopper! In a world full of talking animals, Kamandi struggles to make a life for himself as he searches for his fellow humans in a post-apocalyptic landscape! The raw power of Jack “King” Kirby is evident on every page in this gorgeous Artist’s Edition. Plus, “The Hospital,” the story of how the animals gained their intelligence! IDW Publishing, October 05, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-63140-721-5 12″ x 17″, 144 pages $100 USD Order Online: eBay, Things From Another World...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales September 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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Gil Kane’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition

IDW proudly presents GIL KANE’S THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: ARTIST’S EDITION, collecting issues 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102 and 121. Eight incredible Spider-Man stories, including some of the very best comics the wall crawler has ever appeared in: the infamous non comics code approved LSD drug issues, the “six-arm” Spider-Man storyline that also introduced Morbius for the very first time, and the classic of classics—The Night Gwen Stacy Died! Nearly every page has been scanned from the original art at the same size Gil Kane drew it, and in color (to insure the best possible reproduction). This Artist’s...

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October 2016 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the October 2016 catalog. Scouring the full list this month show one new Artist Edition book, advance solicited for February 2017 shipping. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index. Michael Wm. Kaluta’s Starstruck: Artist’s Edition  Elaine Lee (w) • Michael Wm. Kaluta (a & c) 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...

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Jeff Smith’s Bone: The Great Cow Race Artist’s Edition

Jeff Smith’s Bone was launched through Cartoon Books in 1991. Winning 10 Eisner Awards (while being nominated for another 11), Bone is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed independent comic book series of all time. Now, IDW Publishing presents The Great Cow Race, one of Smith’s most well regarded tales, in the award-winning Artist’s Edition format. Featuring the entire Bone clan-Fone, Smiley and Phoney-as well as Gran’ma Ben and Thorn, and, of course, those stupid, stupid Rat Creatures! Don’t miss what promises to be one of the finest Artist’s Editions of the year! IDW Publishing, November 6, 2013...

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August 2016 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their 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, one Artist Edition style book published in August 2016 made the sales chart. # Title Sold 240 Mike Mignola’s The Amazing...

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Marvel Covers: The Modern Era Artist’s Edition

Volume two of Marvel Covers charts NEW territory—literally—featuring covers from the last 25 years! Included in this volume will be gorgeous selections by a vast array of talents as they interpret many of Marvel’s most iconic characters and titles! Marvel Covers Artist’s Edition Volume One was a smash hit, soon going into a second printing—don’t be caught short on what will be one of the most exciting Artist’s Editions of the year! BONUS: Jim Lee’s four connected covers of X-Men #1 are featured in a double foldout in this book! IDW Publishing, September 14, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-63140-646-1 and 978-1-63140-647-8 12″ x...

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Mike Mignola’s The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects Artist’s Edition

Mike Mignola’s The Amazing Screw-on Head and Other Curious Objects features the classic Eisner Award-winning story of Screw-on head’s epic battles with Emperor Zombie and a host other bizarre and quirky villains, all in the greatest Mignola tradition! This collection will also feature a great selection of other stories as well as an expansive gallery section. IDW Publishing, August 31, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-63140-619-5 12″ x 17″, 160 pages $100 USD Order Online: eBay As with all original artist’s gallery editions this is a collection of classic comic material and I’ll be reviewing the book and not the story. For a complete list...

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John Byrne’s The Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition

IDW is pleased to offer more than six issues worth of Fantastic Four stories by John Byrne in the Eisner Award-winning Artist’s Edition format. Included in this volume are issue 232 (the first one with Byrne on as writer & artist), issue 238 (the first story), plus issues 241, 243, 247 and 261 as well as the classic What If #36 story,”What if the Fantastic Four had not gained their powers?” There is also an art gallery included that showcases more than a dozen covers. Nearly all of the pages in this book have been scanned from the actual...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales August 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 first printings of the standard cover 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...

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Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection

You’ve seen Sin City, but never like this! Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection showcases the entire graphic novel scanned from the original artwork in Frank Miller’s archives and reproduced at full size. Introduction by Robert Rodriguez, with an afterword by Mike Richardson and an interview about the artistic process with Frank Miller! * Reproduces the original artwork—at full size—directly from the originals in Frank Miller’s archives! * The first volume in Kitchen Sink Books’ Curator’s Collection series, featuring acclaimed graphic novels reproduced from the original art, shown alongside text pieces, unseen artwork, and ancillary material....

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September 2016 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the September 2016 catalog. Scouring the full list this month show two new Artist Edition format books. both advance solicited for January 2017 shipping. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index.   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...

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Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection

No need for a preview: our full review with 31 images from the book is now available. Courtesy of Dark Horse and Diamond comes this preview of Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection, currently scheduled for an August 24th release. For a list of all Artist Edition style books, upcoming and published, please see our AE Index. Includes the complete storyline for The Hard Goodbye, introduction by Robert Rodriguez, afterword by Mike Richardson and interview of Miller by John Lind. Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse, August 24, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-50670-070-0 Diamond Item Code: FEB160015 15″ x 21.5″, 224 pages $175 USD Order Online: Amazon.com, Amazon.com (Signed...

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Herb Trimpe’s The Incredible Hulk Artist’s Edition

Herb Trimpe was one of the premier artists working for Marvel in the 1960s and 1970s. His extended run on The Hulk is a high point for many fans of Bruce Banner’s rampaging alter ego, with masterful inks by both Trimpe and John Severin. This Artist’s Edition features at least five complete stories by Trimpe and an incredible cover gallery to boot! IDW Publishing November 11, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-63140-416-0 12″ x 17″, 144 pages $100 USD Order Online: AbeBooks, eBay, 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...

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July 2016 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their 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 published in July 2016 made the sales chart. # Title Sold 113 Jack Kirby’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition 959 128 Al Williamson’s...

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Joe Kubert’s The Return Of Tarzan Artist’s Edition

The second volume of Joe Kubert’s acclaimed Tarzan series is collected in IDW Publishing’s award-winning format. Collecting issues #214, 217 – 223, this beautiful tome features three stand alone adventures, as well as the epic saga detailing The Return of Tarzan! Each and every story page has been scanned from Joe Kubert’s original art, and all but two of his covers (but we’re tenacious, we keep looking until the very last minute!). This is the fourth IDW Joe Kubert Artist’s Edition… some may say that’s too many for a single artist. We say, you just haven’t seen enough Kubert...

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Charles M. Schulz Peanuts Artist’s Edition

Charles Schulz’s Peanuts debuted as what is arguably the most important comic strip of all time in 1950. Peanuts transcended the medium, presenting complex issues and moral dilemmas in the space of four panels, while maintaining a bitingly funny sense of humor. Charlie Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Linus, Schroeder, kite eating tree, the Great Pumpkin, and, of course, Snoopy… all are embedded in our psyches. Now, for the first time, Schulz’s classic creation will be seen in a way as close as possible to the original art created by the artist himself-in IDW’s multi-award-winning Artist’s Edition format, with each...

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Best of DC War Artist’s Edition

DC Comics produced some of the very finest war comics ever, and by some of the best artists in the field. This spectacular Artist’s Edition will include an amazing selection of stories by the best of the best: Heath, Kirby, Kubert, Severin, and Toth—a veritable pantheon of classic war artists doing what they do best. As with all Artist’s Editions, these complete stories are scanned from the original art work and reproduced to the exacting standards that has garnered IDW five consecutive Eisner Awards for the Artist’s Edition series. If you are a fan of Classic DC war comics...

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