IDW launches Artist’s Editions site

IDW Artist’s Editions

If you’re a fan of great comic art and have already discovered US publisher IDW’s Artist’s Editions, then you’ll want to check out the dedicated web space for the range.

IDW Artist’s Editions - Gene Colan

IDW Artist’s Editions - Dave Gibbons

An Artist’s Edition is an art book that mimics the experience of viewing original comic book art as closely as possible, and in complete story form. The goal is to create a book that is the next best thing to looking over an artist’s shoulder onto their drawing board.

Pages are scanned at a high resolution in color (although the printed pages appear to be in black and white) so they capture all the nuances that make original art special and unique–blue pencil notations, tape, white-out, margin notes. All are visible in an Artist’s Edition. Additionally, each book is printed the same size as the original art.

To date, IDW Publishing has produced 60-plus books, ranging in size from 12″ x 17″ up to 15″ x 22″, a range that has netted several Eisner and Harvey Awards. It includes books that feature the work of the likes of Will Eisner, Dave Gibbons, Jack Kirby, Al Williamson, Bernie Wrightson and many other amazing talents.

IDW Artist’s Editions - Bernie Wrightson

The Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition was launched at this year’s New York Comic Con and features Wrightson’s classic House of Secrets #92 cover, the issue that contained the very first appearance of Swamp Thing.

IDW Artist’s Editions - Jack Kirby

IDW Artist’s Editions - Jack Kirby

IDW Artist’s Editions - Jack Kirby

Celebrating Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday, three very limited Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition variants were also released.

These books are real collector’s items, and well worth a look at.

• Check Out the IDW Artist’s Editions web site at www.idwpublishing.com/artists-editions

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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