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Preview: The Walking Dead: All Out War Artist Proof Edition

THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION
THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION

Media Release — In October, fans of Robert Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD will see the New York Times bestselling comic as never before with the publication of THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION. In this 248-page hardcover from Image Comics/Skybound, artist Charlie Adlard’s raw pencils for the twelve-issue arc are reproduced, uninked and unaltered from how they appear on his artboard.

The ALL OUT WAR story arc marks a major turning point in THE WALKING DEAD, as Rick Grimes unites several communities to fight the villainous Negan and his “Saviors,” while around them the dead continue to roam. The future of the Survivors, Hilltop, and Kingdom depends precariously on Negan’s right-hand man, who has turned against him — and not everyone is going to see it through the war alive.

“I’ve always enjoyed books that show the ‘process,’ and All Out War certainly does that,” said Adlard. “Presenting the pencils as they are is an interesting thing, because they were done to show an inker what to do. So, at times, they are rough, fudged, incorrect… etc, but hopefully still provide an insight as to what goes into making a comic book.”

Adlard has penciled and inked more than one hundred issues of THE WALKING DEAD. Inker Stefano Gaudiano was brought onto the art team (which includes toner Cliff Rathburn and letterer Rus Wooton) at the start of the ALL OUT WAR story arc.

“And just sometimes it’s nice not to have a finished thing,” continued Adlard. “To be able to see the little bits of ‘magic’ occurring in the happy accidents of random pencil marks, which were never intended for anyone other than Stefano to see, where I wasn’t caring that it would be seen by a wider audience, makes it all a little bit bolder.”

ALL OUT WAR has never before been collected in a single volume, and this edition presents the monumental story in a whole new way. THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION will be in comic book stores on October 1 and in bookstores on October 8. It is available for pre-order now.

THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

ISBN 978-1-63215-038-7
Diamond Comic order code AUG140613
248 pages, hardcover, black and white
$34.99
In comic book stores October 1, bookstores October 8
Rated Mature
Collects THE WALKING DEAD #115-126

THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION 1
THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION 1
THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION 2
THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION 2
THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION 3
THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION 3
THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION 4
THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION 4

3 Collected Editions Worth Buying from the Image November 2014 Solicits

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 5: THE COLD WAR TP
THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 5: THE COLD WAR TP
Let’s take a look at a few of the Image Comics November 2014 Solicitations.

I admit, I read the first issue of Saga and dropped it like a bad habit. Since then it has had much critical acclaim and the story, art and characterization, so I’m told, is worthy of revisiting. That said, I will be picking up the Saga Book One HC, collecting SAGA #1-18, 504 pages, $49.99. It seems that for the past year+, John Mayo and I talk about this series and it’s not going to be slowing down anytime soon. I might as well check it and at least give it a fair chance.

The Walking Dead Omnibus Volume 5, collecting THE WALKING DEAD #97-120, 560 pages, $100.00 / S&N EDITION $150.00, will no doubt be another best seller. I owned the first two Omnibus’ but eventually sold them on eBay for a pretty good profit — thank you very much. I now read the Walking Dead in digital format, but it’s worth pointing out this volume for those interested. They sell fast so if you want one, per-order one.

The Manhattan Projects Volume 5: The Cold War TP, collecting THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #21-25, 144 pages, $14.99, has been a really fun ride blending science into comics all taking place in a parallel universe that doesn’t seem so far fetched at all. Jonathon Hickman is at his best in this series and I can’t wait to see how far he can take us.

2013 Harvey Awards Winners

Saga Volume 1 (Image Comics)
Saga Volume 1 (Image Comics)

The 2013 Harvey Awards were handed out this past weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con. First up you can see the collected editions that are more closely related to this site. It’s no surprise to see Building Stories on this list, but Alien was one that I was not expecting. 

    • American edition of foreign material: Blacksad: A Silent Hell from Dark Horse
    • Best original graphic publication for Younger readers: Adventure Time from KaBoom
    • Special Awards for Excellence in Presentation: Building Stories by Chris Ware
    • Best Graphic album previously published: Alien: the Illustrated Story from Titan Books (accepted by Walter Simonson)
    • Best Domestic reprint project: David Mazzucchelli‘s Daredevil: Born Again Artists Edition, IDW
    • Best Graphic Album, Original: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score by Darwyn Cooke from IDW

As you can see, Saga was the big winner at this year’s Harvey Awards. As of this post, the series stands at issue #13. You can get the first 12 issues over two trade paperbacks.

    • Best Single Issue or Story: Saga #1
    • New Series: Saga from Image
    • Best Continuing or Limited Series: Saga from Image Comics
    • Color: Fiona Staples for Saga
    • Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Saga
    • Best Artist: Fiona Staples, Saga

And here are the rest of the Harvey Awards winners. Big props to friend of the CCL, Mike Norton!

    • Letterer: Todd Klein for Fables
    • Inker: Klaus Janson for Captain America
    • New Talent: Dennis Hopeless for Avengers Arena from Marvel
    • Best Cover Artist: David Aja, Hawkeye
    • Best Cartoonist: Jaime Hernandez for Love and Rockets: New Stories from Fantagraphics
    • Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents
    • Syndicated strip: Dick Tracy by Joe Staton, Mike Curtis, from Tribune Media Services
    • Online Comics Work: Battle Pug by Mike Norton
    • Special Award for Humor in Comics: Ryan North for Adventure Time from KaBoom
    • Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic presentation: Robot 6 blog by CBR
    • Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Sal Buscema
    • Dick Giordano Hero Initiative Humanitarian of the Year Award: Paul Levitz

Image Comics Collected Editions March 2013 Solicitations

Image Comics has released their March 2013 solicitations. In February Image only solicited four books, so you knew that March would bring a bunch.  I encourage everyone should go out and order It Girl & Atomics from Mike Norton and Mike Allred, that is if you are not getting it monthly.

What are you getting?

68 TP VOL 02 SCARS
story MARK KIDWELL
art NAT JONES, JAY FOTOS & JEFF ZORNOW
MARCH 27
178 PAGES / FC / M
$19.99
THE GATES OF HELL ARE OPEN…AND THE DEAD WILL LEAVE THEIR MARK!
Continuing the epic story of the rise of the living dead in the 1960′s, “’68 SCARS” picks up right where the original sold-out comics mini-series left off. From a blood bath atop the US Embassy in Saigon to the churning waters of the Mekong Delta, the surviving US forces fight for their lives against the malicious guerilla tactics of the Viet Cong and the endless surge of the cannibalistic dead. And within the enemy-surrounded perimeter of Saigon’s TAN SON NHAT airport, the scars of war reveal themselves as a festering evil tightens its grip.
The war is over, but the battle for humanity’s survival has just begun…and some wounds never heal.
Presenting an all-new, 178 page trade paperback collection of the ongoing “Zombies in Vietnam” comics series “’68″, from creators Mark Kidwell, Nat Jones and Jay Fotos. This deluxe volume contains tons of specially selected extras from behind-the-scenes as well as the bonus award-winning ’68 one-shot comic: ’68 HARDSHIP with stunning artwork by Jeff Zornow.
COLLECTS ’68 SCARS ISSUES 1-4 and includes ONE SHOT release of ’68 HARDSHIP.

THE ART OF TODD McFARLANE: THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS TP
story TODD McFARLANE
art TODD McFARLANE
MARCH 6
400 PAGES /FC / OVERSIZED / T
$39.99
THE SOLD OUT HARDCOVER – NOW AVAILABLE IN SOFTCOVER!
THE ART OF TODD McFARLANE: THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS is a visual biography celebrating 30 years of artwork from one of the comic industry’s most popular and iconic artist personalities. Features art from original comic art boards, rare, never-before-seen sketches, and art from McFARLANE ‘s work on, among others, Batman, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk and his own top-selling creation, SPAWN. Also features extensive commentary by the artist himself. Large format softcover book showcases McFARLANE ‘s detailed art style at a previously unpublished size. Has broad appeal for all comic art fans.

CHEW OMNIVORE ED HC VOL 03 (MR)
story JOHN LAYMAN
art / cover ROB GUILLORY
MARCH 13
304 PAGES / FC / M
$34.99
Anthony and Antonelle Chu are fraternal twins. Tony and Toni. Each with their an extraordinary, albeit diametrically opposed, ability. Tony is Cibopathic, able to get psychic sensations of the past of anything he bites into or ingests. Toni is Cibovoyant, able to flash onto a vision of the future of any living thing she bites into or ingests. They are both federal investigators, and this is the story of some of their strangest, sickest and most bizarre cases.
Collects CHEW 21-30 plus CHEW: SECRET AGENT POYO

CYBER FORCE REBIRTH TP VOL 01
story MARC SILVESTRI & MATT HAWKINS
art KHOI PHAM & SUNNY GHO
cover MARC SILVESTRI & SUNNY GHO
MARCH 13
160 PAGES / FC / T+
$14.99
COLLECTING THE RETURN TOP COW’S TOP-SELLING SERIES
Carin Taylor, codenamed Velocity, has escaped from the CDI controlled Millennium City and is desperately trying to find the one man she believes can help her prevent the end of the world. When she runs a group of other CDI escapees, will they help her… or turn their backs?
Top Cow founder MARC SILVESTRI (THE DARKNESS, Incredible Hulk) returns to his first Image series to bring you a contemporary re-imagining rooted in cutting-edge, real world technology!
Collects CYBER FORCE #1-5

GUARDING THE GLOBE TP VOL 02
story PHIL HESTER
art/ cover TODD NAUCK & JOHN RAUCH
MARCH 20
144 PAGES / FC / T+
$16.99
The Guardians of the Globe are BACK in an all-new, all-exciting series! Your favorite heroes – Brit, Invincible, Best Tiger, Robot, Yeti, Kaboomerang and more – face new challenges of epic proportions. Catch up just in time for the debut of an all new Invincible Universe series!
Collects GUARDING THE GLOBE, VOL. 2 #1-6

IT GIRL & ATOMICS ROUND ONE DARK STREETS SNAP CITY TP
story JAMIE S. RICH
art MIKE NORTON & CHYNNA CLUGSTON-FLORES
cover AARON CONLEY, MICHAEL & LAURA ALLRED
introduction DEAN HASPIEL
Snap City is under new guardianship, but no sooner has It Girl decided that the streets are hers to protect then she and the other Atomics become embroiled in an inter-dimensional revenge plot. All-new adventures of MICHAEL ALLRED ‘s kookiest creations, with art from the Eisner-winning team behind Battlepug.
Collects IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS 1-6

MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 02
story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art NICK PITARRA & JORDIE BELLAIRE
MARCH 20
152 PAGES / FC / T+
$14.99
“THEY RULE”
The second amazing volume of the SCIENCE, BAD book of the new millennium. The battle for global supremacy is underway and the bad men of the Manhattan Projects will only accept one outcome: World domination
Collecting the coolest new series of the year into one super science package.

MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE HC
story / art / cover BOB FINGERMAN
MARCH 20
360 PAGES / BW / OVERSIZED / M
$34.99
During its original run, MINIMUM WAGE racked up critical acclaim and a devoted following. Why? Because each page of Rob and Sylvia’s workaday saga boasted uncomfortable truths drenched in bleak humor, presaging squirmy shows like Louie and Girls. Set in a New York so real you can smell it, this definitive edition also includes a color bonus section featuring the original cover paintings and guest pinups by PETER BAGGE, DAVE COOPER, JOE DATOR, GUY DAVIS, HUNT EMERSON, GLENN FABRY, DEAN HASPIEL, GILBERT HERNANDEZ, JOE INFURNANI, DAVE JOHNSON, JOHN KERSCHBAUM, PETER KUPER, ROGER LANGRIDGE, PAT McEOWN, TED McKEEVER, MIKE MIGNOLA, KEVIN NOWLAN, DAN STEFFAN, JILL THOMPSON, JEFF WONG and BILL WRAY!

MICE TEMPLAR TP VOL 03
story BRYAN J.L. GLASS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING
art MICHAEL AVON OEMING & VICTOR SANTOS
cover MICHAEL AVON OEMING
MARCH 6
336 PAGES / FC
$17.99
“A MIDWINTER NIGHT’S DREAM”
Karic was the prophesied “Chosen One,” yet now all the Dark Lands will suffer for his audacious actions against King Icarus and the snake god of the druids. Winter has come to the Shadow Time. The Druid High Priest claims the vacant throne and unleashes a wave of tyranny. Civil war looms between rats and weasels. The legend of “Karic Lives” sparks open rebellion. While the hero Karic lies in a feverish coma, unable to wake: yet his dreams are a portal to the Outer Darkness, where the accursed evil of Donas the Nathair lays claim to Karic’s very soul.
The two-time Harvey Award-winning collection continues, from the acclaimed writer of THOR: FIRST THUNDER and the co-creator of POWERS and THE VICTORIES!

MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 04 TRUANTS
story NICK SPENCER
art JOE EISMA
cover RODIN ESQUEJO
MARCH 27
216 PAGES / FC / T+
$14.99
Still reeling from the climactic events of “P.E.” the Glories find themselves lost in time and space, confronted by a new group of students who might be even more dangerous than the faculty themselves– the truants! Questions are answered and new mysteries emerge as Season One comes to a shocking end!
Collects MORNING GLORIES #20-25

PETER PANZERFAUST TP VOL 02 HOOKED
story KURTIS J. WIEBE
art & cover TYLER JENKINS
MARCH 13
128 PAGES / FC / T
$14.99
All the major players of the Peter Pan mythology come to new life in this action packed second volume, with new allies in Tiger Lily, Big Chief and the Braves. Combining forces with the French Resistance, Peter and the boys lead a deadly game of espionage to locate and free their lost brother, Felix. All that’s stopping them is the combined might of the Nazi army led by a cunning and ruthless adversary, Kapitan Haken himself!
Collects PETER PANZERFAUST 6-10

SEVERED TP
STORY: SCOTT SNYDER & SCOTT TUFT
ART / COVER: ATTILA FUTAKI
MARCH 6
184 PAGES / FC / M
$14.99
The hit horror comic of 2012 will be released as a complete trade paperback. 12-year-old Jack Garron runs away from home to find his biological father, a wayward minstrel. Along the way he meets up with a traveling salesman whose winning smile is fake, beneath which hide his real teeth… jagged spikes that he uses to eat children. Eisner Award Winning Writer SCOTT SNYDER (BATMAN, SWAMP THING, AMERICAN VAMPIRE), SCOTT TUFT & NY Times Best Selling Artist ATTILA FUTAKI (THE LIGHTNING THIEF) bring you the collected paperback that everyone has been talking about. SEVERED.
Collects SEVERED #1-7

SPAWN ORIGINS HC VOL 08
story TODD MCFARLANE
art GREG CAPULLO
cover CLAYTON CRAIN
MARCH 20
384 PAGES / FC / T+
$29.99
In 1992, legendary writer and artist TODD MCFARLANE unleashed his iconic antihero, Spawn, on the world. In so doing, he launched the most successful independent comic book in history – and the world would never be the same.
SPAWN: ORIGINS BOOK 8 features the stories and artwork that helped cement the Spawn legacy. Relive the excitement of this groundbreaking series – collected in an oversized hardcover format with exclusive bonus content, including cover galleries, behind-the-scenes art and an exclusive digitally painted wraparound cover by CLAYTON CRAIN. Includes landmark double-sized issue #100!
Collects SPAWN #88-100

THIEF OF THIEVES TP VOL 02
story ROBERT KIRKMAN & JAMES ASMUS
art / cover SHAWN MARTINBROUGH & FELIX SERRANO
MARCH 6
128 PAGES / FC / T+
$14.99
Conrad Paulson lives a secret double life as master thief Redmond. There is nothing he can’t steal, nothing he can’t have… except for the life he left behind. But when his big heist doesn’t go as planned… the aftermath shows that every action has an equal – and equally violent – reaction.

Image Comics Collected Editions February 2013 Solicitations

Image Comics has released their February 2013 solicitations. Geez… only four collected editions from Image this month. I’ll be getting Super Dinosaur for my son.

What are you getting?


ZED: A COSMIC TALES GN
story/art/cover MICHEL GAGNÉ
FEBRUARY 13
280 PAGES / BW / T
$19.99
When a cute little alien named ZED demonstrates his invention to the Hierarchy of the Galaxy, something goes wrong – terribly wrong! Before long, ZED’s universe is thrown into complete turmoil and our little hero must face nearly insurmountable odds trying to survive and save the very fate of his home world.
Imbued with a dark edge, peppered with pure silliness, and wrapped up in a childlike sense of wonder, ZED’s adventures will keep readers tickled and captivated from start to finish.
Originally published in comic book form over a period of eleven years, ZED has been completely revised and remastered for this definitive edition.

THE DARKNESS: REBIRTH, VOL. 2 TP
story DAVID HINE
art / cover JEREMY HAUN
FEBRUARY 27
160 PAGES / FC / M
$14.99
“BREAKING DARK”
Jackie Estacado never feared much of anything, except the Darkness itself. Then the rules changed. Rival Bulgarian gangs are starting to encroach upon his turf. Jackie’s wife, Jenny, is losing her mind. Jackie is no longer the host to the Darkness and with everything cracking at the seams he has neglected to notice that his daughter, Hope, has something terribly, terribly wrong with her. Jackie thought he was invincible, but he will soon learn that there are things in this world that even the Darkness should fear.
Collects THE DARKNESS #106-110

DEBRIS TP
story KURTIS J. WIEBE
art / cover RILEY ROSSMO & OWEN GIENI
FEBRUARY 6
PAGES 128 / FC / T
$14.99
In the far future, humanity has doomed planet Earth to rot and decay, covering her surface with garbage. Now, ancient spirits called the Colossals rise from the debris and attack the remaining survivors, forcing the human race to the brink of extinction. After an attack leaves their people without water, Maya, the last Protector, sets out on a journey for pure water, to save the world before the monsters bring it all to an end.

SUPER DINOSAUR, VOL. 3 TP
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover JASON HOWARD
FEBRUARY 6
112 PAGES/FC
$12.99
Escape from Inner-Earth! Derek Dynamo is a prisoner of The Exile – who has taken him deep into Inner-Earth. Now Super Dinosaur must assemble a team to save his best friend, but along the way, he will learn the secret of Inner-Earth – something that could bring about the fall of human civilization!
Collects SUPER DINOSAUR #12-17