Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 5

Taking the Artist’s Edition Index from print to the spoken word, join me monthly for a look at all things Artist’s Edition:

  • Shipping changes
  • Solicitations
  • Sales (Diamond, eBay)
  • Letters and forums
  • New releases
  • Reviews

This month we take a long look at IDW’s Artist’s Edition Numberingshipping changes, March 2017 Previews, January 2017 Sales Numbers, Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales January 2017, America’s Best Comics Artist’s EditionAlex Toth’s Bravo For Adventure Artist’s Edition, and Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition.

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  1. Eisnein
    March 6, 2017

    Great podcast. 🙂 I agree completely regarding your hopes for more LoAC Artist’s Editions. The Prince Valiant Studio Edition from FB is the holy grail, for me, if it ever appears. I might have to launch a crusade to Portland, and brave the Guns & Grumblings of Groth… or something like that. I’ve been disappointed with a lot of the AE choices lately, so I’m placing my unrealistic hopes on the ever undependable Fantagraphics and Kitchen Sink. Three Sam Kieth books? Really? 4, if you include his atrocious contributions to the Sandman book. Kelley Jones? Michael Turner? Why are they so dead-set on wasting paper on mediocre 90’s hacks like MacFarlane? Sh!tty art doesn’t magically become awesome after 25 years. And Kirby’s awesome, but… just stop. Enough. You’ve got Thor, the FF, 2 Kamandis, Mister Miracle, The New Gods, The Best of DC War Stories… there’s probably a couple other artists worth representing.

    More E.C.: Reed Crandall is good, but howzabout Severin & Elder’s war stories? J.H. William III’s Sandman: Overture? Frank Quitely’s Flex Mentallo, We3, and JLA: Earth 2? Geof Darrow’s ‘Hard Boiled’? Rafael Grampa’s ‘Mesmo Delivery’? Charles Burns ‘Big Baby’, ‘El Borbah’, anything? Dan Clowes’ ‘David Boring’? Jim Woodring’s ‘Weathercraft’? Frederik Peeters ‘Aama’? Moebius’ ‘Airtight Garage’? I just picked up the four 12″ x 16″ Dargaud editions shot from Moebius’ original art on his final Blueberry installments, and… wow. They represent the best art from one of the world’s greatest comic artists. Still, they’re not full-size, the photography’s not full-color, and all four softcovers should have been collected as one 200-page HC. AE’s have spoiled me.

    Also: the decision by DC to shelve a ‘Batman: Year One’ AE in exchange for a baffling Absolute Edition was just… well, not baffling. Profit-driven. Absolutes sell better, even though it’s material that’s custom tailored for an AE, the art has already been 100% scanned by Mazzuchelli, and the ‘Born Again’ and ‘Dark Knight Returns’ AE’s performed well enough to make ‘Year One’ the obvious choice for the next Graphitti Designs project. But now DC will keep it on hold to maximize Absolute sales.

    But yes, more LoAC: Alex Toth was an excellent start, and Milt Caniff will make an excellent follow-up. Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon & Jungle Jim from 1939-forward would be awesome, and if enough of Winsor McCay’s original art is out there, bring it.

  2. March 6, 2017

    Some absolutely great choices Eisnien,The Batman Year One is tops on my list after the 2nd Kirby FF volume.They can keep them coming as long as there is material.I would also love to see another Byrne FF. Prince Valient will be a stunner once they finally release it.

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