2019 Dunbier Awards

A new year is upon us and that means 2019 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 winners posted 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: 201520162017, 2018.

The survey is all text-based; here is a cover gallery of all 2019 Artist’s Edition format books, six in total. To qualify, an AE format book must have been published and released through Diamond, using its ship date. Click the name to go to the full review.


Best publisher. What publisher or imprint in 2019 best represented the AE format with their commitment to quality, maintaining their publishing schedule, and promoting their material in the AE format.

2019: Best Publisher

  • Hermes Press (0%, 0 Votes)
  • IDW (96%, 73 Votes)
  • Image (4%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 76

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Best design. What AE format book of 2019 had the best overall design, including its use of colour, images and text.

2019: Best Design

  • Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Artist’s Edition. Design by Serbco! (15%, 11 Votes)
  • Frank Thorne’s Ghita: An Erotic Treasury Volume II. Design by Brian Peck. (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jim Lee DC Legends Artifact Edition. Design by Serbco! (17%, 12 Votes)
  • John Byrne’s Marvel Classics Artifact Edition. Design by Randall Dahlk. (40%, 29 Votes)
  • Spawn: Vault Edition II. Design by Ben Timmreck. (10%, 7 Votes)
  • Walter Simonson Star Wars Artist’s Edition. Design by Claudia Chong and Serbco! (17%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 72

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Best reproduction and scanning quality. What AE format book of 2019 has the best presentation of the original art in terms of clarity, scan quality, and presenting the art in its original art format.

2019: Best Reproduction and Scanning Quality

  • Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Artist’s Edition (10%, 7 Votes)
  • Frank Thorne’s Ghita: An Erotic Treasury Volume II (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jim Lee DC Legends Artifact Edition (12%, 8 Votes)
  • John Byrne’s Marvel Classics Artifact Edition (42%, 29 Votes)
  • Spawn: Vault Edition II (14%, 10 Votes)
  • Walter Simonson Star Wars Artist’s Edition (20%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 69

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Best overall. What AE format book in 2019 was the overall best work, in its design, presentation of material, and quality.

2019: Best Overall

  • Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Artist’s Edition (10%, 7 Votes)
  • Frank Thorne’s Ghita: An Erotic Treasury Volume II (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jim Lee DC Legends Artifact Edition (11%, 8 Votes)
  • John Byrne’s Marvel Classics Artifact Edition (49%, 35 Votes)
  • Spawn: Vault Edition II (15%, 11 Votes)
  • Walter Simonson Star Wars Artist’s Edition (13%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 71

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Favourite material. What AE format book of 2019 was your favourite material: story, character, artist.

2019: Favourite Material

  • Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Artist’s Edition (14%, 11 Votes)
  • Frank Thorne’s Ghita: An Erotic Treasury Volume II (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Jim Lee DC Legends Artifact Edition (11%, 8 Votes)
  • John Byrne’s Marvel Classics Artifact Edition (43%, 33 Votes)
  • Spawn: Vault Edition II (11%, 8 Votes)
  • Walter Simonson Star Wars Artist’s Edition (18%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 76

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Purchases. Please check every AE format book you purchased in 2019.

2019: Purchases

  • Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Artist’s Edition (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Frank Thorne’s Ghita: An Erotic Treasury Volume II (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Jim Lee DC Legends Artifact Edition (22%, 27 Votes)
  • John Byrne’s Marvel Classics Artifact Edition (34%, 42 Votes)
  • Spawn: Vault Edition II (15%, 19 Votes)
  • Walter Simonson Star Wars Artist’s Edition (18%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

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