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2018 Scott Dunbier Awards

A new year is upon us and that means 2018 is complete and we can vote on the Artist’s Edition format books published in the past twelve months. The voting is done through internal polling, which limits votes by IP address and cookie. Voting is open from January 1 to January 31, with the final results posted Friday, February 1.

These annual awards are named for Scott Dunbier, who at IDW created the Artist’s Edition format in 2010. They are meant to shine a spotlight on the format and the works published in the previous year. Previous winners: 2015, 2016, 2017.

The survey is all text-based; here is a cover gallery of all 2018 Artist’s Edition format books, seventeen in total. All have been reviewed and are available under Reviews.

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Best design. What AE format book of 2018 had the best overall design, including its use of colour, images and text.

2018: Best Design

  • Batman: Secrets – Sam Kieth Gallery Edition (4%, 13 Votes)
  • Bill Sienkiewicz's Mutants and Moon Knights... and Assassins... Artifact Edition (17%, 57 Votes)
  • Frank Cho's Savage Wolverine Artist's Edition (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Frank Thorne’s Ghita, An Erotic Treasury Archival Edition Volume 1 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gene Colan's Tomb Of Dracula Artist's Edition (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Jack Kirby's Marvel Heroes And Monsters Artist's Edition (9%, 30 Votes)
  • Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Joe Kubert’s Tarzan and the Lion Man Artist’s Edition (2%, 6 Votes)
  • John Byrne's X-Men Artifact Edition (8%, 26 Votes)
  • Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition (2%, 7 Votes)
  • P. Craig Russell's Salome and Other Stories Fine Art Edition (16%, 54 Votes)
  • Ross Andru's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Terry Moore Strangers In Paradise Gallery Edition (3%, 11 Votes)
  • The Prisoner Original Art Edition (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Thicker Than Blood: Collected Artwork Edition (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Walter Simonson's Battlestar Galactica Art Edition (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Will Eisner's A Contract with God Curator's Collection (26%, 85 Votes)

Total Voters: 330

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Best reproduction and scanning quality. What AE format book of 2018 has the best presentation of the original art in terms of clarity, scan quality, and presenting the art in its original art format.

2018: Best Reproduction and Scanning Quality

  • Batman: Secrets – Sam Kieth Gallery Edition (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Bill Sienkiewicz's Mutants and Moon Knights... and Assassins... Artifact Edition (15%, 41 Votes)
  • Frank Cho's Savage Wolverine Artist's Edition (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Frank Thorne’s Ghita, An Erotic Treasury Archival Edition Volume 1 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gene Colan's Tomb Of Dracula Artist's Edition (9%, 24 Votes)
  • Jack Kirby's Marvel Heroes And Monsters Artist's Edition (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Joe Kubert’s Tarzan and the Lion Man Artist’s Edition (1%, 3 Votes)
  • John Byrne's X-Men Artifact Edition (12%, 31 Votes)
  • Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition (3%, 9 Votes)
  • P. Craig Russell's Salome and Other Stories Fine Art Edition (16%, 42 Votes)
  • Ross Andru's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Terry Moore Strangers In Paradise Gallery Edition (2%, 6 Votes)
  • The Prisoner Original Art Edition (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Thicker Than Blood: Collected Artwork Edition (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Walter Simonson's Battlestar Galactica Art Edition (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Will Eisner's A Contract with God Curator's Collection (22%, 58 Votes)

Total Voters: 268

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Best publisher. What publisher or imprint in 2018 best represented the AE format with their commitment to quality, maintaining their publishing schedule, and promoting their material in the AE format.

2018: Best Publisher

  • Dark Horse (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Dynamite (1%, 2 Votes)
  • FPG (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Graphitti Designs (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Hermes Press (0%, 0 Votes)
  • IDW (62%, 169 Votes)
  • Kitchen Sink Books (15%, 40 Votes)
  • Titan (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Wayne Alan Harold Productions (14%, 37 Votes)

Total Voters: 272

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Best overall. What AE format book in 2018 was the overall best work, in its design, presentation of material, and quality.

2018: Best Overall

  • Batman: Secrets – Sam Kieth Gallery Edition (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Bill Sienkiewicz's Mutants and Moon Knights... and Assassins... Artifact Edition (19%, 51 Votes)
  • Frank Cho's Savage Wolverine Artist's Edition (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Frank Thorne’s Ghita, An Erotic Treasury Archival Edition Volume 1 (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Gene Colan's Tomb Of Dracula Artist's Edition (7%, 18 Votes)
  • Jack Kirby's Marvel Heroes And Monsters Artist's Edition (8%, 22 Votes)
  • Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Joe Kubert’s Tarzan and the Lion Man Artist’s Edition (1%, 4 Votes)
  • John Byrne's X-Men Artifact Edition (11%, 30 Votes)
  • Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition (1%, 2 Votes)
  • P. Craig Russell's Salome and Other Stories Fine Art Edition (16%, 44 Votes)
  • Ross Andru's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Terry Moore Strangers In Paradise Gallery Edition (2%, 6 Votes)
  • The Prisoner Original Art Edition (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Thicker Than Blood: Collected Artwork Edition (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Walter Simonson's Battlestar Galactica Art Edition (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Will Eisner's A Contract with God Curator's Collection (24%, 65 Votes)

Total Voters: 271

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Favourite material. What AE format book of 2018 was your favourite material: story, character, artist.

2018: Favourite Material

  • Batman: Secrets – Sam Kieth Gallery Edition (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Bill Sienkiewicz's Mutants and Moon Knights... and Assassins... Artifact Edition (14%, 40 Votes)
  • Frank Cho's Savage Wolverine Artist's Edition (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Frank Thorne’s Ghita, An Erotic Treasury Archival Edition Volume 1 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gene Colan's Tomb Of Dracula Artist's Edition (7%, 18 Votes)
  • Jack Kirby's Marvel Heroes And Monsters Artist's Edition (8%, 21 Votes)
  • Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition (8%, 21 Votes)
  • Joe Kubert’s Tarzan and the Lion Man Artist’s Edition (1%, 3 Votes)
  • John Byrne's X-Men Artifact Edition (19%, 53 Votes)
  • Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition (3%, 9 Votes)
  • P. Craig Russell's Salome and Other Stories Fine Art Edition (13%, 37 Votes)
  • Ross Andru's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Terry Moore Strangers In Paradise Gallery Edition (1%, 4 Votes)
  • The Prisoner Original Art Edition (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Thicker Than Blood: Collected Artwork Edition (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Walter Simonson's Battlestar Galactica Art Edition (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Will Eisner's A Contract with God Curator's Collection (18%, 51 Votes)

Total Voters: 276

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Purchases. Please check every AE format book you purchased in 2018.

2018: Purchases

  • Batman: Secrets – Sam Kieth Gallery Edition (4%, 38 Votes)
  • Bill Sienkiewicz's Mutants and Moon Knights... and Assassins... Artifact Edition (11%, 108 Votes)
  • Frank Cho's Savage Wolverine Artist's Edition (4%, 43 Votes)
  • Frank Thorne’s Ghita, An Erotic Treasury Archival Edition Volume 1 (2%, 15 Votes)
  • Gene Colan's Tomb Of Dracula Artist's Edition (8%, 77 Votes)
  • Jack Kirby's Marvel Heroes And Monsters Artist's Edition (10%, 99 Votes)
  • Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition (9%, 82 Votes)
  • Joe Kubert’s Tarzan and the Lion Man Artist’s Edition (4%, 34 Votes)
  • John Byrne's X-Men Artifact Edition (11%, 107 Votes)
  • Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition (4%, 41 Votes)
  • P. Craig Russell's Salome and Other Stories Fine Art Edition (7%, 63 Votes)
  • Ross Andru's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition (4%, 41 Votes)
  • Terry Moore Strangers In Paradise Gallery Edition (2%, 23 Votes)
  • The Prisoner Original Art Edition (6%, 55 Votes)
  • Thicker Than Blood: Collected Artwork Edition (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Walter Simonson's Battlestar Galactica Art Edition (4%, 40 Votes)
  • Will Eisner's A Contract with God Curator's Collection (7%, 69 Votes)

Total Voters: 242

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By Scott VanderPloeg

Scott works in I.T. but lives to eat and read. His other ramblings can be found at Comic Book Daily and eBabble. Modest art collection at Comic Art Fans.