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IDW to Cut Costs, Print Simonson, Mignola, Keith Artists Editions in Black and White

Written by Jude Terror on Friday, July 19 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

IDW to Cut Costs, Print Simonson, Mignola, Keith Artists Editions in Black and White

There will be no color in the upcoming Artists Edition books from IDW, and we react with the appropriate amount of indignation.


Source: The Beat

The Outhouse was outraged to learn today that IDW's planned Artist's Edition hardcovers spotlighting the work of legendary creators Walt Simonson, Mike Mignola, Sam Kieth, and others, will be printed entirely in black and white, presumably to cut costs in increase profit margins. The offense begins with Mignola's Hellboy in Hell, which will also contain some short stories to pad the page count. The Outhouse has also learned that the Hellboy in Hell Artist's Edition will not contain any lettering, since Mignola adds that digitally later, and the book will be reprinted using only scans of his original art.

"This is outrageous," said Outhouse Editor in Chief Christian Hoffer, who is quite pleased to have his name attached to a ridiculous and defamatory article such as this one. "We thought the shenanigans going on over at DC were out of control, but printing deluxe hardcover collections in black and white to save money?"

"Why, I oughta..." added Hoffer, the fictional version of whom apparently talks like Bluto from Popeye, when he thought more about IDW's decision.

Other planned Artist's Editions include the first six issues of Sam Keith's The Maxx, a Walt Simonson Starslammers Artist's Edition, Joe Kubert's Tarzan, and, possibly but unconfirmed, collections from Jim Steranko and/or Steve Ditko. With such an incredible lineup, The Outhouse can't help but be deeply disappointed by the... what's that? Oh? Oh, yeah. Okay, yeah, that makes sense, when you put like that.

Dear readers, I've just been handed the following statement from IDW:

What is an Artist’s Edition?

AN ARTIST'S EDITION PRESENTS COMPLETE STORIES WITH EACH PAGE SCANNED FROM THE ACTUAL 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.

 

Looks like, once again, ol' Jude Terror jumped the gun. Sorry about that, folks. Here's the press release for Hellboy in Hell, and you can find more info from brother of Outhouse founder Robert Morris and ace reporter from The Beat, Steve Morris, here.

 

Hell’s Never Looked So Good!
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy to be an Artist’s edition


San Diego, CA (July 18, 2013) –Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, one of the best-loved comic creations of the past two decades, will be showcased in the acclaimed Artist’s Edition format from IDW! Mignola’s Hellboy, the star of comics and screen, will be a welcome addition to the rapidly growing Artist’s Edition library, IDW’s award-winning imprint. Featuring scans of original art in their rawest form, Artist’s Editions enable fans to experience the next best thing to owning a favorite artist’s originals.
  
”Since the beginning, I’ve been pretty much in awe of the Artist’s Edition series IDW has been doing,” said Mignola, “I’m thrilled (and actually a little honored) to have a Hellboy book appear in that series.”
 
Collecting the first five issues of Hellboy in Hell, where, after making the ultimate sacrifice, Hellboy must confront what Hell has in store for him. Alone, he faces the demons of his past as Mignola reveals the dark secrets that could define Hellboy’s legacy. Additionally, several shorter works will be included in this volume.
 
“I can’t thank Mike enough for allowing us to do this book,” said Artist’s Editions editor Scott Dunbier, “His stories are classics and it’s a joy to be able to pour over his art.”
 
Mignola’s enduring creation has established a devoted following through the Hellboy series and the related tie-ins B.P.R.D., Abe Sapien, and Lobster Johnson, all published by Dark Horse Comics. Hellboy has been adapted into two successful major motion pictures by director Guillermo Del Toro and three animated features. Mike Mignola and Hellboy are staples of modern comics and IDW is ready to shake the Right Hand of Doom!
 
What is an Artist’s Edition?
 
AN ARTIST'S EDITION PRESENTS COMPLETE STORIES WITH EACH PAGE SCANNED FROM THE ACTUAL 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.








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Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably.  Ironically, our webmaster, whose website skills know no end, has very little understanding of social networks or how they work.  Regardless, you can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, but would probably have the most luck just emailing him.

 


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