SDCC 2018 Artist’s Edition Coverage

San Diego Comic-Con 2018 wrapped up last weekend with very little news about Artist’s Edition format books. We did come away with two items: a press release and the audio portion of a panel.

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Artist's Edition cover prelim

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 20, 2018) – Bernie Wrightson is universally regarded as the finest horror artist of the last 50 years, and Frankenstein was his undisputed opus. IDW Publishing is proud to announce that this masterpiece of illustration will be presented in the Eisner Award-winning Artist’s Edition format for late next year.

As with all Artist’s Editions, each gorgeous plate will be reproduced from scans of the original art and printed at the same size they were drawn, with all the distinctive creative nuances that make original art unique – a perfect representation of the work in its original form.

“I’m incredibly pleased and somewhat stunned – it has been a dream of mine for years to do this book. It’s truly an honor,” says Artist’s Edition Editor Scott Dunbier.

In 1975, Wrightson was a founding member of The Studio, an art collective in Manhattan’s Chelsea District, alongside Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta, and Barry Windsor-Smith. It was during his time at The Studio that he began work on Frankenstein, which was eventually published in the early 1980s by Marvel Comics. A sequel entitled Frankenstein Alive, Alive was released by IDW as a comic book series beginning in 2012 and will be collected as a hardcover this October.

For information on how to secure copies of Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein Artist’s Edition, please contact your local comic shop or visit to find a store near you. Source.

Courtesy of Jamie Coville comes the full audio from the Artist’s Edition panel. It was cut short so a Steve Ditko panel could be added to the show. News includes:

  • a second print of the Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition
  • the above Frankenstein announcement, which will include Muck Monster
  • future planned EC work, no details provided
  • DC has decided they don’t want to do any more Artist’s Edition books (with IDW)

I’m contesting the statement IDW has released 75 AE format books. I show 57 Artist’s Editions and 6 Artifact Editions, for 63 total. If Scott is including the three released at SDCC that’s 66, and that number can be boosted to 70 with Artisan Editions. I guess if you add in the second printings and variant covers…