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IDW Publishing has developed a really cool line of comic arts books with their Artist’s Edition line. If you are not familiar with the books, the Artist’s Edition reprints original comic pages from some of the most legendary comic books and creators. The work shows the original uncolored page with pencils as well as corrections and notes. The books are over-sized to recreate the actual size of the original comic book page. The size of the art and the inside glimpse into the raw page gives fans an up-close look at a piece of comic book history.
Many of IDW’s Artist’s Edition books have become critically acclaimed, with the Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition winning an Eisner Award (which is pretty appropriate if you think about it) at the San Diego Comic Con. Jack Kirby’s New Gods and Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. are two of the most recent highlights of the Artist’s Edition.
Now IDW is celebrating the success of the Artist’s Edition books through their line of monthly comic books. In November, there will be a promotion where a number of IDW comic books will offer an “Artist’s Edition” variant cover. Since today’s comic book artists are much more likely to create their artwork digitally rather than on Bristol board, these are homages to the Artist’s Edition, featuring art work that looks old-fashioned. The covers will have notes, white-out, and many of the other “in process” traits of the original Artist’s Edition artwork.
The comic books that will feature Artist’s Edition variant covers in November will be Borderlands #5, Edward Scissorhands #2, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #208, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #18, Judge Dredd #25, The Maxx: Maxximized #13, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #25, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #2, Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone #1, The X-Files: Season 10 #18, V-Wars #7, and Winterworld #5. There will also be blank variants so that you can have a favorite artist draw a unique Artist’s Edition of his or her own.