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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    the bad news it's only being reprinted as a really, really expensive hardcover.

    Mr. X is one of those underappreciated classics from the 80's. Extremely influential and under-read. Why not format it so the casusal buyer can afford to read it?

    http://comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=16354

    MISTER X ARCHIVES

    Dean Motter (W/A), Jaime Hernandez (P), Paul Rivoche (P), Dave McKean (P), Seth (P), Ty Templeton (P), and others

    On sale Oct 22
    FC, 384 pages
    $79.95
    HC, 7" x 10"

    When Mister X hit the shelves twenty-five years ago, no one had ever seen anything like it -- a fusion of film noir, Art Deco, and German Expressionism channeled through the talents of the greatest up-and-coming artists of the day. The story of a utopian city with architecture that drove its inhabitants mad and the never-sleeping architect who quested tirelessly for a cure, Mister X captivated a generation of comics fans and creators, transforming the landscape of their chosen medium forever.

    - The masterpiece of legendary designer Dean Motter that featured the artwork of young superstars Jaime Hernandez and Dave McKean and helped launch the careers of independent icons Ty Templeton, Paul Rivoche, and Seth returns to print in a fully remastered hardcover collection!
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008 edited
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    It was reprinted in softcover in 2004 in two volumes by iBooks, copies still might be available.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Nope, besides being out of print, they are printed from bad scans with omitted pages and pages printed out of order.
  3.  (2182.4)
    I'd forgotten all about Mister X. I had a few issues way back but could never find any more. There was some great artwork and story devices - I'll be buying this no problem! Thanks for the heads up.
  4.  (2182.5)
    There's also something new in the works.
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    I've never heard of Mr. X before, and I saw that, and the description totally had me hooked - and then I saw the price, and it's out of my range. They're probably missing out on lots of New readers interested in the fusion of "film noir, art deco, and german expressionism" but not willing to pay eighty dollars for it.
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    A 144 page Vertigo trade tends to be $20.00 these days. Dark Horse itself charges $16 for a 120 page Buffy comic. So price wise this is bad but not unthinkable, however few people "risk" $80 on a work they have not seen, and would happily spend $20 to try a shorter volume. A $80 is a price aimed at existing fans looking for an art book version, same as the Absolutes. It simply can't be a price to attract new readers.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008
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    The high-priced hard cover editions are sometimes necessary to cover the production costs - like fixing the scan problems that affected the iBooks edition in this case.

    Hopefully, Dark Horse will follow this up with a more affordable edition later.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008 edited
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    I'm reading a couple of issues right now and I have to say, I'm hooked. The art is just stunning and the storyline is incredibly captivating. The confusion of Mr. X's identity is amazingly executed and just...wow. I do believe I'm turning in to a fan. However, I think I'm going to wait until the price goes down a bit before I buy a hardcover version of the archives.
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    I might have to get this. My original trade with the Jaime Hernandez art I loaned to somebody and I never got it back. :(
  8.  (2182.11)
    Its shame its so unfordable, it cuts out so many people from even thinking about reading it,
    hopefully they're do a cheaper reprint down the track. I remember when I grabbed the Outlaw Nation
    collection for like 15 bucks, its was black and white, but atleast it was accessible
    to anyone(well almost anyone) who might be interested.
    • CommentAuthoradrian r
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2008
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    Yes, it's relatively expensive, but take a minute to think through. This is an obscure title that never had a big following, and always traded on its design sensibility. It makes sense for it to be reprinted in a fancy-ass format, and doing so would take many hours of input from people who need to be paid for their time. There's only ever going to be a very small audience for something like this, so they need to charge top dollar in order both to recoup the new edition costs, and make it worthwhile to the original creators. So, if you're interested, look at it another way: how many days drinking or smoking does that represent? And if those activities are worth investing in, why not this?
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    @Adrian R Thats is a good argument, and it works for me, but what I'm talking about is
    the people who may impulse buy books on a recommendation or because of the creators involved.
    When I'm drinking generally I spend a little more that i had intended to, maybe the key is to
    have a few drinks then go to the comic store?
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      CommentAuthorJWH
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2008
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    fucking finally...no more crap scans and jumbled pages. i hope the A1 stories ("windows" etc) are included. brilliant.
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      CommentAuthorgdwessel
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2008
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    Motter actually published a denouement to Mister X called Nightclubs & Daydreams back in 2006 via Lulu.com ...

    --- Geoffrey D. Wessel
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2008
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    *happy sighs* The art is so beautiful in this comic...

  10.  (2182.17)
    Yes, it is....and I will not look at the solicitation in previews......I will not look at the solicitation in previews.....
  11.  (2182.18)
    I remember this fondly (as in, I ran across long after it had run its course but a friend had it all). I like it a lot. And yet, $79.95 is asking a lot of this poor college grad. We shall see, I suppose.
    • CommentAuthorMark Datik
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2008
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    Vortex had a beautifully designed line of comics all across the board. Very influential to many designers during their short publishing run back in the day. They're all but forgotten now but were cutting edge during that heady 80's comics boom.
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
     (2182.20)
    There's also something new in the works.

    Jesus, this is glorious news.