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Best Collected Editions of 2008

1. Local Deluxe HC (Oni Press) by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly
A few years in the making and beautifully crafted. This excellent series gives us what is advertised: a deluxe treatment with loads of extras — Omnibus’ and Absolutes take note, all books don’t have to be $100; this one comes at us with 384 pages and for only $29.99.

2. Willie & Joe WW II Years Slipcase (Fantagraphics) $65.00 and Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front by Todd DePastino (W.W. Norton) $37.95
I’m seeing the Willie & Joe WW II Years showing up on a lot of Top 10 lists for 2008, but that book is not complete without the biography of Bill Mauldin, which contains many Willie and Joe cartoons from WWII, post-WWII and also many rare and unseen work from his time at the Chicago Sun-Times. DePastino told me, himself, that a second slipcase is expected and should contain everything else that Mauldin did after the war.

3. Starman Omnibus HC Vol. 1 (DC Comics)
No “Best Of List For 2008” should be without The Starman Omnibus, in fact when it’s all said and done all six omnibus volumes should be on a Best Complete Collected Editions Ever List should there ever be one. Unlike the shoddy trade paperbacks DC did a few years ago (under James Robinson’s supervision, mind you) the 80+ issue run is finally being collected in its entirety including one-shots and mini-series. Tony Harris’ artwork is superb and with Robinson’s writing, and modern take on the Golden Age, it waltzes in perfect harmony together. Collects Starman #0, #1-16; $49.99. Volumes 2 and 3 are expected in 2009.

4. Hellboy Library Edition Volume 1: Seed Of Destruction and Wake The Devil (Dark Horse)
Longtime readers of Hellboy were elated to revisit Hellboy for the first time in all of his big, red, oversized glory. It was also nice to see a gold foil cloth cover instead of the usual paper dustjacket. This book included introductions by Robert Bloch and Alan Moore and also expanded Mike Mignola sketchbook sections. 288 pages $49.95. Volume 2: The Chained Coffin, The Right Hand Of Doom came out in October and was equally impressive.

5. Absolute Sandman Volume 3 (DC Comics/Vertigo)
Collecting The Sandman #40-56, The Sandman Special #1, The Endless Gallery #1, and Stories From Vertigo Preview #1 and Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #3; $100 and Vol. 4 collecting The Sandman #57-75 and a story from Vertigo Jam #1; $99.00 U.S., 600 pages each. No explanation or persuading should be necessary. Those of you with the first two volumes surely picked up these and you know how good they are.

6. American Flagg! Vol. 1 HC by Howard Chaykin (Image)
So you’ve read Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, Secret Wars and Crisis On Infinite Earths. Well there’s one more seminal book from the mid-1980’s that you missed – and it is incumbent upon you to read it. American Flagg! Is romp around a cyber-punk, sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll with a neo-government run society that’s full of cops, robbers and corruption. This is the first time ever that this series has been collected in a deluxe format. Plus there is additional cover paintings and promotional pieces by Chaykin, a Michael Chabon introduction, an afterword by Jim Lee, and as a special bonus — a brand-new American Flagg! story written and illustrated by Chaykin exclusively for this edition! Collects American Flagg! #1-14; 440 pages, $49.99 also available as a Limited signed and numbered edition for $69.99.

7. Queen & Country: Definitive Edition Volumes 02 and 03 (Oni Press)
Oni Press continues to reprint the Greg Rucka spy thriller in these very affordable ($19.95), easy to carry and easy to read 6×9″ Trade Paperbacks. Any fans of espionage including James Bond, Jason Bourne, 24 or The Wire will be right at home with this very realistic look inside a British Intelligence Agency. Original scripts and concept drawings and more are included as extras. Volume 02 Collects issues #13-24; Volume 03 Collects issues #25-32. The final Volume 4 is expected in February 2009.

8. Nearly Complete Essential Hembeck Archives Omnibus (Image)
900 pages for $24.99. Oh man, let’s type that again, 900 pages for $24.99. The original solicitation says it all, “All seven of his early ’80s collections – Bah, Hembeck, The Hembeck Files, et al – are included, as well as rarely seen strips, personal commissions, online pieces, holiday cards, assorted oddities, and over a dozen stories ranging up to ten pages in length!”. Funny as hell and it’ll take you years to get through all the little nuances, hidden gems and Easter Eggs all while Hembeck laughs in your face!

9. Howard The Duck Omnibus HC (Marvel)
I was filled with anticipation in the days leading up to the release of this Omnibus in February, but then tragedy struck – Steve Gerber passed away on nearly the same day that it was to be released. Marvel decided to delay the book until July and was able to include extras such as tribute pages and an updated afterword talking about the lives of Steve and Howard. For those of you who have only read the black and white Essential volume, you really owe it to yourself to pick up this edition. The satire comes at you head on and that’s by no mistake – cigar smoke and all. It also came in a Marko Djurdjevic Variant dustjacket design. Collects stories from Adventure Into Fear #19 Man-Thing #1 Giant-Size Man-Thing #4-5 Howard The Duck #1-33 Marvel Treasury Edition #12 and Marvel Team-Up #96; $99.99

10. The Spirit Archives Volume 25: The Dailies October 13, 1941-March 11, 1944 (DC Comics); 216 pg. $59.99.
A late addition to the massive undertaking that DC started in 2000. OK, not as good as the Sunday strips, but this entire run has never been collected in one book before. I recommend you read it after The Spirit Archives (Sundays) Volume 8 January 2 to June 25, 1944 (Strips 188-213) to get a better sense of Spirit characters and history. This Archive also includes a foreword by Will Eisner originally written in 1980 for a collected edition series that republished the first 93 strips.

CCL Podcast #181 – SDCC 2008 Collected Edition News Wrap Up

Collected Comics Library Podcast #181

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Only one thing to talk about this week – San Diego! Today is the Con Collected Edition news wrap up.

I also go over a few books that have errors: Showcase Presents Haunted Tank Volume 2 (DC Comics) and Weird Science Archives Volume 3 (EC/Gemstone).

Finally, go pick up the hottest selling book, and one of the biggest surprises at the Con the Tori Amos inspired Comic Book Tattoo (Image)!

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Day 4 – Sunday at SDCC 2008 – Collected Edition News

It’s Sunday and the final day of the Con. Lots of great news has come out this past weekend and I’ll be going over all of this and more in my next podcast which will be out Wednesday. More news as it happens. On with today’s news from The Con:

  • Marvel is launching an new ongoing series of Cloak and Dagger. I smell a collected edition.
  • DC Comics things we know: Bob Wayne said the The Archives collections are morphing into newly titled projects, including an original (Absolute) version of Captain Marvel and the Monster Society of Evil to go alongside the new version.
  • Dan Didio hinted at a collection of the past stories Grant Morrison’s been referencing in his current Batman work. “We’re working on something along those lines,”.
  • An oversized “Art of Wanted” book will be coming out, a new movie edition of the trade featuring interviews with the cast and filmmakers and a bunch of other movie-related extras.

Day 3 – Saturday at SDCC 2008 – Collected Edition News

It’s Midnight as I type these words. Patty and I just got home from The Police and Elvis Costello concert. What a great show. Could be my most favorite ever, which is saying a lot!!!

On with today’s news from The Con:

  • DC Comics is adding the Milestone Universe (from the 1990’s) into the mainstream DCU. Static will be joining Teen Titans. Now that is cool. To commemorate the event, DC will be collecting the old Milestone material, and reissuing that in trade paperback form over the course of next year.
  • The Star Wars Vector crossover storyline will be collected into it’s own Trade Paperback at the end of the year.
  • Dark Horse news: The long awaited 20 Years of Dark Horse will be retitled to 25 Years of Dark Horse and be released in 2011. and Serenity: Better Days is being collected, and early next year.
    Also, in manga news, Dark Horse announced that next summer the company will create a series of 80-page manga that will be simultaneously released in Japan and the United States by the group of creators called Clamp. Dark Horse will also be releasing an Omnibus collecting all the Clover stories next year.
  • DC has acquired the rights to many of the 1940’s Archie heroes including The Shield, The Web, The Comet, The Fly, The Jaguar, and The Black Hood. Let’s hope they got the reprint rights, too.
  • IDW and Chris Ryall announced collections of Violent Messiahs, The Dreamer, and Thom Zahler’s Love and Capes. They are slated to be released from late 2008 to early 2009. Also, a collection of the ’80s strip Torpedo is slated for 2009. Originally written in Spanish and translated to English for American audiences, Jimmy Palmiotti will be “translating the translation.”
  • In Top Cow news, William Harms’ Impaler, previously published via Image Central will be finished and collected by Top Cow, and a new series will start afterwards.
    Also, Madame Mirage will come back next year in a new series, Paul Dini announced. The collection of the first storyline hits in September, though the publisher has copies available at the show. The was no date given for the debut of volume 2.
  • DC Comics is bringing back The Warlord. I smell a collected edition.

2008 Eisner Awards: What Did Win

A few weeks back, April 17 to be exact, I blogged about the Eisner Award Nominees. In it I picked What Should Win and What Will Win for the Categories related to Collected Editions, Reprints and a few others that I found most interesting. Today, I republish that posting with What DID Win.

You can see the full list of Winners at the Official Eisner Awards Website.

Best Anthology

  • Best American Comics 2007, edited by Anne Elizabeth Moore and Chris Ware (Houghton Mifflin)
  • 5, by Gabriel Bá, Becky Cloonan, Fabio Moon, Vasilis Lolos, and Rafael Grampa (self-published)
  • Mome, edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
  • Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened, edited by Jason Rodriguez (Villard)
  • 24Seven, vol. 2, edited by Ivan Brandon (Image)

What should win: Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened. A wonderful representation of what happens when creative minds peak.

What will win: Best American Comics 2007. Everyone loves Chris Ware.

What did win: 5. Sorry, I still have never heard of it. But I check it out now.

Best Graphic Album-New

  • The Arrival, by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
  • Bookhunter, by Jason Shiga (Sparkplug Books)
  • Essex County, vols. 1-2: Tales from the Farm/Ghost Stories, by Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
  • Exit Wounds, by Rutu Modan (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Percy Gloom, by Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics)

What should win: The Arrival. Monsters in NYC with no words. How cool is that?

What will win: Exit Wounds. Going strictly by Dick Hyacinth’s Top 10 list of 2007

What did win: Exit Wounds. Nailed it! Thanks Dick Hyacinth!!!

Best Graphic Album-Reprint

  • Agents of Atlas Hardcover, by Jeff Parker, Leonard Kirk, and Kris Justice (Marvel)
  • Gødland Celestial Edition, by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli (Image)
  • James Sturm’s America: God, Gold, and Golems, by James Sturm (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, by David Petersen (Archaia)
  • Super Spy, by Matt Kindt (Top Shelf)

What should win: Agents of Atlas. A great revival story is collected with all the online pieces. Also includes the original #1’s of each character – all for $25. this was the CCL’s Book of the Year.

What will win: Mouse Guard: Fall 1152. Peterson is Hot Hot Hot and this is a great story. The RPG rights just sold this week, the film rights can’t be far behind.

What did win: Mouse Guard: Fall 1152. Nailed it! Chalk one up for Michigan’s own Petersen!!!

Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Strips

  • (The Complete) Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, by Winsor McCay (Ulrich Merkl)
  • Complete Terry and the Pirates, vol. 1, by Milton Caniff (IDW)
  • Little Sammy Sneeze, by Winsor McCay (Sunday Press)
  • Popeye, vol. 2: Well Blow Me Down, by E. C. Segar (Fantagraphics)
  • Sundays with Walt and Skeezix, by Frank King (Sunday Press)

What should win: Complete Terry and the Pirates. Although this has been previouly released, we now have the HD version in 2008.

What will win: Sundays with Walt and Skeezix. Walt and his old pal got passed on last year by Peanuts. This is their year.

What did win: Complete Terry and the Pirates. Good for Terry.

Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Books

  • Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus, vol. 1, by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (Marvel)
  • Apollo’s Song, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
  • The Completely MAD Don Martin, by Don Martin (Running Press)
  • Daredevil Omnibus, by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Marvel)
  • I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks (Fantagraphics)

What should win: The Completely MAD Don Martin. But did anyone actually read it outside of the free “look at” copy at Borders?

What will win: I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! Classic Golden Age icon Fletcher Hanks will get recognized. Just what this category is.

What did win: I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!. Nailed it! Go out now and buy this book.

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

  • Comic Art #9, edited by Todd Hignite (Buenaventura Press)
  • Comic Foundry, edited by Tim Leong (Comic Foundry)
  • The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, Michael Dean, and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)
  • The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon and Jordan Raphael
  • Newsarama, produced by Matt Brady and Michael Doran

What should win: The Comics Reporter. Everything, I mean everything, is done in digital these days, including making comics. Publishing comics on the other hand is done on paper and sadly this site (and others) will get passed over this year. It’s a real shame since everyone in the industry reads Tom’s blog on a daily basis.

What will win: The Comics Journal. It was passed up last year.

What did win: Newsarama. Shortly after the nomination, Newsarama revamped their site and they added RSS. It may of helped them get the Award.

Best Comics-Related Book

  • The Art of P. Craig Russell, edited by Joe Pruett (Desperado)
  • The Artist Within, by Greg Preston (Dark Horse)
  • Manga: The Complete Guide, by Jason Thompson (Del Rey Manga)
  • Meanwhile . . . A Biography of Milton Caniff, by R. C. Harvey (Fantagraphics)
  • Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, by Douglas Wolk (Da Capo Press)
  • Understanding Manga and Anime, by Robin Brenner (Libraries Unlimited/Greenwood Publishing)

What should win: Meanwhile . . . A Biography of Milton Caniff. Since Terry and the Pirates won’t win, neither can this excellent book.

What will win: Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean. A book that tells us how to read. I’ll never quite figure this one out.

What did win: Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean. Too bad for Terry.

Best Publication Design

  • (The Complete) Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, designed by Ulrich Merkl (Ulrich Merkl)
  • Complete Terry and the Pirates, designed by Dean Mullaney (IDW)
  • Heroes, vol. 1, designed by John Roshell/Comicraft (WildStorm/DC)
  • Little Sammy Sneeze, designed by Philippe Ghielmetti (Sunday Press)
  • Process Recess 2, designed by James Jean and Chris Pitzer (AdHouse)
  • Sundays with Walt and Skeezix, designed by Chris Ware (Sunday Press)

What should win: (The Complete) Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. Winsor McCay’s title made sence 100 years ago – and so did the strip itself.

What will win: Heroes, vol. 1. But not the Jim Lee cover, give me the Alex Ross one, please.

What did win: Process Recess 2. Another book I’ll have to pick up now.