The continuation of a prestigious collection of facsimiles of originals, the only album without Kurdy! A 78-page album, giant format of 35×46 cm, numbered and signed by Hermann & Fraymond!
- The album is a facsimile of plates, printed in a four-colour process in the format of the originals to fully appreciate Hermann’s drawing and inking.
- 14 pages of colour graphic notebook, featuring new or rare visuals, a photo gallery.
- An analysis of the album by Yves H.
- A cover page showing an enlarged section of the album specially coloured for this edition by Fraymond, Hermann’s colourist.
- Album delivered in a protective box with personalized sticker.
- A 3 passage silkscreen print signed by Hermann.
- Cardboard cover with embossing, round gray canvas back with hot stamping,
Offset printing on Munken Polar 170g paper. Sent in a shielded cardboard packaging.
- Editions Black and White, April 2018
- ISBN 979-10-94988-26-8
- 35 x 46 cm (13.75″ x 18″), 78 pages, hardcover
- 180 €
- Order online: Editions Black and White
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.
A signed and numbered edition of 295, presenting Hermann’s complete story. The volume opens with the signature plate and then eleven pages of panel enlargements, followed by the colophon and complete story. Then a bonus section with an analysis of the story, samples of Fraymond’s colours, photos of Hermann, and additional art. A complete package.
All but four pages are from the original art, and the scans present very well: no issues. There is no note about the missing original pages, but you can spot them by their finish. The story takes place in a snowy environment so we don’t get a lot of inks, but when we do it’s quite dramatic and gradients are visible. Some correction fluid and paste-ups used. The art has aged very well, with pages off-white to very light tan. Only one margin note, but Hermann works one signature into every page.
The story first ran serialized in Spirou and the pages are taped together, two-thirds at the top and one-third on the bottom. They aren’t numbered A and B as we’ve seen in older Spirou art, so perhaps Hermann created the larger boards he wanted from two pieces.
The design is compelling, with a variety of colours present throughout. Oddly the closing endpaper features artwork that didn’t appear in the original art. The additional material really pops through the smart design elements.
Production is excellent: a sewn binding of 170gsm matte paper. The book is not shrink-wrapped as the two prints are slipped inside, each with tissue paper over the front. It all comes in a cardboard case with a black and white sticker showing an interior image, title, bar code and numbering. This is the first time an edition had the number on the box label but didn’t indicate what number this copy was; probably just missed by the publisher. As well the book doesn’t quite fit the box, with a foam spacer to keep the book in place.
The colophon lists this volume as Jeremiah – Un Hiver de Clown Édition Luxe en Planches Originales, or luxury edition of original plates.
Un Hiver de Clown appeared in English as Winter Of The Clowns in Jeremiah Omnibus Volume 3 from Dark Horse and SAF in 2013.