Graphitti Designs produced some of the nicest collectible hardcover graphic novels in the 80’s and the 90’s such as The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, Elektra Assassin, Elektra Lives Again and Kingdom Come.
Known for high production value the books had beautiful dust jackets, slip cases, signature pages, extra art and Smyth-sewn bindings.
I spoke with company President Bob Chapman at WonderCon and shared how much I enjoyed these books and wished that Graphitti still produced them today and I was thrilled to learn about their latest project, Gallery Editions.
Here is what I found out…
Gallery Editions will be deluxe, hardcover books produced by Graphitti Designs that will faithfully reproduce the original art from select, key comic books. These large format editions will capture all of the sublets, nuances and excitement of the art as originally created by the artist. The books will feature high-definition printing on heavy paper stock, that replicates the visual and tactile aspects of the original artwork. These keepsakes are geared towards the fan, collector, artist, archivists, comics art scholars and gatherers of the finest examples of pop-culture ephemera on the planet.
Two books are planed for this year: Frank Miller’s Ronin and Batman by Kelley Jones. Additional future volumes planned are: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Sandman by Neil Gaiman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow by Neal Adams and The Killing Joke by Brian Bolland.
Here is the info on the Batman: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition Hardcover:
Graphitti Designs proudly launches their new, large-format hardcover book series with Batman: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition. For the first time ever, Dark Knight fans and collectors will have the opportunity to see and own museum-quality reproductions of memorable Batman art…as it was originally conceived by the artist. Printed in color from high-resolution scans of the actual original art, this first entry in Graphitti Designs’ new Gallery Editions line replicates the look, feel and attitude of the artwork. Every page is reproduced at original size on heavy paper stock, capturing the artwork – stray pencil marks, whiteout, coffee stains and all! The pages are alive with all of the subtleties and nuances one would expect from investment-quality original comic art.
Batman: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition is the first in a series of deluxe, hardcover books from Graphitti Designs that faithfully reproduces the original art from select, key DC Comics series. This inaugural volume contains the covers and interior pages from Batman #515 through #525, minus the interior of issue #520, which Kelley did not draw. These stories are written by Doug Moench, with most pages inked by John Beatty.
Graphitti Designs’ Gallery Editions reproduce the look, feel and attitude of the original art as it was originally created by the artist. Though it appears to be printed in black and white, the contents of these books are sourced from high-resolution, full color scans taken directly from the artwork. Each high-quality, Smythe-sewn hardcover book captures every detail of the art at actual-size, and are printed at 200 line-screen on a rich, heavy paper stock. Replicating the original art experience is our goal. The Gallery Editions are the next best thing to holding the original art in your hands – and easier on the wallet, too!
The 248 page hardcover measures 12” x 17” and will go on sale in November 2014 for $125.