Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key: Artist’s Edition Portfolio

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From the people who bring you the Eisner Award-winning Artist’s Edition series, comes the next Artist’s Edition portfolio: 12 reproductions of covers and interior pages from the just-concluded Locke & Key by the series’ artist/co-creator, Gabriel Rodriguez! And, remember, this is a premium portfolio-like the Neal Adams Thrillkill and Bernie Wrightson Muck Monster portfolios before it-and matches the exacting quality of all previous Artist’s Editions.

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As with all AE format material (Artist’s Editions, Artifact Editions, Gallery Editions, Art Editions, Studio Editions, etc), this is a collection of classic comic material and I’ll be reviewing the book and not the story. For a complete list of all current and announced editions, with review links, please visit our Index. Also, see What is an Artist’s Edition and our Artist Index.

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A mixture of covers, interiors and double pages spreads. It’s an odd mix of material from Rodriguez to represent Locke & Key.

Scans are very clear and clean; no visual issue whatsoever. Lots of blue pencils throughout. No use of correction fluid. A nice mix of penciled and inked work.

A first for the AE line showing Chris Ryall as editor. Design is by Robbie Robbins with the note “based on design by Randall Dahlk”.

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Production is excellent. Very heavy matte paper stock. Thick hardcover stock for the portfolio with a glued pocket for the plates. The pocket is a big looser than previous IDW portfolios, but because of the inside bottom lip I still had to insert them in two batches.

The portfolio comes in a mylar bag. For some reason, the UPC was covered with a larger UPC sticker.

On the back of each plate shows “This is NOT a page of original art”.