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    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2008
    Anyone pick up Motter's Unique? it was not bad. Also Terminal City is pretty kick ass too.

    And here's one.. waay back his first comic was Andromeda published by a small fanzine publisher in the 70's in london ontario!!!
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    There's a bit of a sticky-wicket with these hard-cover archives. Yes, they are expensive to reproduce, usually through a combination of scanning the original art (super rare, but of course most ideal), original production stats with possible re-coloring (rare, next step down from originals as it relies on the guy running the camera not being high and that the things didn't get tossed once the book printed), original film (tends to be a bit blurred to avoid moire) or the printed book (slightly more blurred to combat moire, lose bleed on full bleed pages, stuck with repro color as opposed to what may have been intended). Another tactic I've seen used is to scan in the printed work, digitally "bleach" it and then have someone recolor it.

    Course, now you've got to offset the production costs. Well, this hasn't been distributed in floppy format recently, which means the publisher loses out on ad money so more of the production cost gets tacked onto the price-tag. Now let's say the book sells well enough to warrant another run. At this point, it is more likely that the book will be re-printed as a strike-off than for a new cover to be produced to add to the production costs seeing as the work is already done.

    Now if you could convince the publisher that there is enough interest in a soft-cover edition for them to pay the production costs, then you may see that happen.
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    Hopefully enough people buy the fancy expensive version that they'll decide to print an inexpensive version... seems unlikely though. I'm curious but $80 is way too much for an impulse buy.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Good luck with that - has Dark Horse ever published affordable softcover versions of their Archives line.
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    The only book that is part of the Archives line that has been released soft-cover was M.A.R.S.: Total War, which never had a hard-cover release in the first place. I am unaware of any plans to re-release any of the books that have been produced as soft-cover editions.
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    I'm writing the introduction for this book tonight. Ssssh.
    • CommentAuthordkostis
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2008 edited
    M.A.R.S. Patrol Total War did have a hardcover release.I'll double check this but I'm fairly certain of it.

    As for the Mr.X. softcovers from a few years ago,a fair number of them are floating around store inventories still. I have to warn you, cheap as they are you get LESS than your money's worth.Badly printed, poorly bound and incomplete. It's a book deserving of a great lasting edition and I'm glad to see it happen finally.
    • CommentAuthordkostis
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2008
    I seem to be completely wrong about the existence of a M.A.R.S. Patrol Total War HC. I found an old note from a customer who was holding out for one , but it doesn't look like it was ever filled. Next time I'll check before I get anyone's hopes up.
    • CommentAuthorjzellis
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2008
    Mr. X was my first non-kids' comic, and it's still my dream to write it someday.
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    @ dkostis

    That's alright, I'm sorta cheating seeing as I worked on the DHC M.A.R.S. book. I tend to try and keep my rants to things I am somewhat knowledgeable about, hence my lurking in the Printheads section.

    That also means I need to be careful about what I say, as I like my job.