Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wednesday Comics Collected Edition

Speaking of oversized books, the Wednesday Comics Collected Edition is no slouch.

I really did enjoy the Wednesday Comics floppies in the newsprint format, but after about 6 of them the novelty wore down knowing in th back of my head that a collection would likey be the best format to enjoy these great strips.

The stories are great all around, there is some simply fantastic art involved, but it's the oversized format that really shines. The book itself reminds me of a family edition, something a parent could read to a wide-eyed child. And then imagine that child growing older and appreciating the book more and more, eventually being able to share with another generation. That's the feel this book has. The stories and characters have roots, some are more unorthadox than others and are likley to make more of an impression because if it.

The print quality is top notch, and boy do these pages pop on the much needed white paper. The original folded newsprint was a nostalgic touch, but here the art can be truly appreciated. It's not even a heavy gloss stock, it's a lighter matte finish and a great choice.

From the classic adventure styling of Kamandi, the slick and bubbly fun of Supergirl, and the flat out weird and wonderful Metamorpho, the second tier characters ride as high (or higher) alongside the more well known heroes who's stories are no less colorful. The book is a love letter to comics fans and a great gift for just about everyone else.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Rocketeer Artists Edition

What a glorious, beautiful book.

Bless all at IDW for putting out this oversized edition of Dave Steven's Rocketeer. The pages are all produced from the black and white original art, and every page is a wonder to behold. Dave Stevens could flat out draw, and aside from owning or seeing an original page yourself, nothing shows that off better than this book. It makes you feel that you do own a library of the original art, as great care was taken to faithfully reproduce the page "as is." Blue line pencil can be seen beneath the inks, screen tones masks show ever so slightly, and numerous lettering balloons show corrections and paste overs.

The detail on the inks themselves come through in such a heartfelt manner that it's hard to just not sit and stare in awe at every page, observing (and deeply missing) a master of his craft.

Comics afficianadoes and art collectors would do well to sit a spell in front of this edition, should you be able to get your hands on one. I myself had to look at it second hand, hoping for an additional printing but I'm prepared to hunt the aftermarket.

Dave Steven's The Rocketeer Artist's Edition