SDCC ’12: IDW Announces Artist’s Editions For Mad And Xenozoic Tales

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IDW had some pretty big news at Comic Con today. They announced a new Transformer digital miniseries introducing the much beloved Dinobots. Now, IDW is announcing two artist’s editions for the original MAD Comics run and Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic Tales.

The Mad edition will feature over 160 pages of the earliest covers and stories such as Batboy and Rubin as well as Howdy Dooit. The Mark Schultz collection of Xenozoic Tales will reprint the stories of a post-apocalyptic future populated with dinosaurs and other beasties. Ace mechanic Jack Tenrec and scientist Hannah Dundee star in the classic. Press releases and images for both can be seen below.

MAD Artist’s Edition Coming From IDW

Historic covers and stories from the very earliest issues

San Diego, CA (July 13, 2012) – Before MAD Magazine was read in nearly every household, there was Mad Comics. Written and edited by the brilliant Harvey Kurtzman, and drawn by the best and most creative cartoonists of the time, including Wally Wood, Bill Elder, Jack Davis, and Basil Wolverton, Mad was the most innovative satirical publication ever unleashed upon the youth of America.

The MAD: ARTIST’S EDITION will be approximately 160 pages and measure 15” x 22”. The expected release date is in December. It will include a dozen of the earliest covers and a selection of some of the finest and most memorable stories, including classics such as “Batboy and Rubin” by Wally Wood and “Howdy Dooit” by Elder. In the Artist’s Edition style, these covers and stories will be reproduced as very few people have ever seen them before.

“Mad influenced generations of filmmakers, artists and countless others,” said Editor Scott Dunbier, “its impact on American culture can’t be understated.” Continued MAD Editor John Ficarra, “This is a really fabulous book and I just want to be clear: I say something nice about it in the press release and I definitely get a free copy. Otherwise forget it.”

What is an Artist’s Edition? Artist’s Editions are printed the same size as the original art. While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in COLOR to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

Previous Artist’s Editions include DAVE STEVENS’ THE ROCKETEER: ARTIST’S EDITION and WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION, JOHN ROMITA’S THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: ARTIST’S EDITION, WALLY WOOD’S EC STORIES: THE ARTIST’S EDITION, SERGIO ARAGONES’ GROO THE WANDERER: ARTIST’S EDITION, and DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI’S DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN ARTIST’S EDITION.

The ROCKETEER ARTIST’S EDITION won two Eisner Awards last year, for Best Archival Project and Best Design.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/ and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

 

And here’s the release for Xenozoic

Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic Tales to be Collected
in Artist’s Edition Format!

IDW presents classic covers and stories printed from original art

San Diego, CA (July 13, 2012) – XENOZOIC TALES by Mark Schultz is a modern masterpiece. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, one now populated by dinosaurs and other incredible beasts, mankind is desperately trying to reclaim what was once theirs. Starring ace mechanic Jack Tenrec and the lovely and brilliant scientist Hannah Dundee, XENOZOIC TALES is a rollicking story filled with high adventure and nail-biting suspense.

Schultz creates a story that is beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated. A student of classic comic strip and comic book artists, Schultz’s influences include Al Williamson, Wally Wood and others, but, like all great artist’s, evolved into his own, unique self.

MARK SCHULTZ’S XENOZOIC TALES: ARTIST’S EDITION is planned for a June 2013 release and will feature the last six issues. The book will measure 14” x 20,” will be approximately 144 pages, and boast a stunning cover gallery.

“If Mark Schultz was drawing in the 1950s he would have been very much at home working for EC Comics,” said editor Scott Dunbier.

“I look forward to seeing my pages reproduced at full size with a mixture of both fear and excitement,” Schultz said. “Given their excellent track record, I have no doubt that the folks at IDW will do this book up right.”

What is an Artist’s Edition? Artist’s Editions are printed the same size as the original art. While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in COLOR to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

Previous Artist’s Editions include DAVE STEVENS’ THE ROCKETEER: ARTIST’S EDITION and WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION, JOHN ROMITA’S THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: ARTIST’S EDITION, WALLY WOOD’S EC STORIES: THE ARTIST’S EDITION, SERGIO ARAGONES’ GROO THE WANDERER: ARTIST’S EDITION, and DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI’S DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN ARTIST’S EDITION.

The ROCKETEER ARTIST’S EDITION won two Eisner Awards last year, for Best Archival Project and Best Design.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/ and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

 

If you’re a fan of Mad, Xenzoic, or great old school comics these are probably ones to check out.Artist editions are usually chocked full of goodies, so you know you get your moneys worth. What do you think about the artist edition books? Plan on picking any or them up?

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Source : IDW Press Release