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

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

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

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

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

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

Total Voters: 276

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

2018: Purchases

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

Total Voters: 242

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