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furystorm
10-09-2012, 10:22 PM
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm24/andrewwbarton/null-5.jpg

"Two of comics' greatest talents - Walt Simonson and Archie Goodwin - joined forces to bring Ridley Scott's epic Alien to the comic book page, including scenes cut from the final movie! The limited run Artist's Edition presents the story for the very first time in a huge 14" x 17" hardcover. The Artist's Edition also includes never-before-published color try out pages, early sketches and Archie Goodwin's complete annotated script, and an interview with Walt Simonson, providing an in-depth view into the creation of a legendary comic. Signed by artist Walter Simonson."

Batty suggested I post this new edition which arrived today here, and I was considering it before he even mentioned it, because the book looks too good not to share. Now, I have not opened the shrink wrap yet, but can't wait for the opportunity to pour over this edition. It has lots of cool additional features in it which are listed in the description above, and to top it off, is signed by Walter Simonson.

I also got two of the regular floppy color editions. Cant' quite recall why I ordered two of them. But I do know I love me some Alien, especially anything original Alien era.

I'll try to post some internal images when I get the chance.

Anybody else getting one of these? They're available from Amazon for $45...

Rorywan
10-10-2012, 01:35 AM
Amazon keep telling me this is delayed. Gaaaah!

Adoptedscot
10-10-2012, 03:02 PM
Very nice addition fury :clap
Congrats :rock

x :duff

IronFingaz
10-10-2012, 03:19 PM
Congrat! :rock

Got any pics of the pages?

Batty
10-10-2012, 04:20 PM
Fury, it looks like you lucked out. Only copies ordered through Diamond Distributors are signed...not the ones from Amazon. That's why you got yours this week and Amazon won't be shipping theirs until the end of the month.

I would have liked a signed edition but will have to settle for the regular one instead. :(

furystorm
10-10-2012, 04:58 PM
Oh, sorry Batty. Still havn't had time to open the shrink wrap. But soon...

Darth Waller
10-10-2012, 04:59 PM
Soon. :thwak

furystorm
10-10-2012, 05:00 PM
Yep, soon... ;)

Probably Friday night. Too busy until then... :panic:

Duck
10-10-2012, 11:39 PM
I need to get this. Gotta save up some money though getting ready to move so this will have to wait :(

Butters
10-11-2012, 03:41 AM
Where did you get that from, Fury?? It still says "This title will be released on October 30, 2012." on http://www.amazon.com/Alien-Illustrated-Story-Original-Art/dp/1781161305 :(

furystorm
10-11-2012, 06:01 AM
I preordered from DCBS.com.

Shoo
10-16-2012, 07:56 AM
I just received mine. This thing is huge. One can only guess how massive IDW's Wally Wood Artist Edition must be.

http://imageshack.us/a/img338/8619/alienbl.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img825/6333/alienbjpg.jpg

furystorm
10-16-2012, 08:04 AM
It is huge. I'm gonna break mine out of its shrink wrap this morning.

Did you get a signed copy?

Shoo
10-16-2012, 08:10 AM
Dunno - it's still shrinkwrapped and I'm not sure I want to take it out of it yet. Things are pretty rough around here, so I might keep it like that for a while, just in case I have to re-sell. :monkey2

I got it off Amazon UK FWIW.

furystorm
10-16-2012, 08:11 AM
Yeah then, it's not signed. Only Diamond copies were signed.

Shoo
10-16-2012, 08:13 AM
OK, there goes its main selling point, lol.

Batty
10-16-2012, 02:25 PM
A friend of mine was able to score a signed edition for me. :yess:

furystorm
10-16-2012, 02:50 PM
A friend of mine was able to score a signed edition for me. :yess:

:yess: Happy for ya Batty!

Batty
10-16-2012, 03:24 PM
:yess: Happy for ya Batty!

Thanks :duff

I had to pay retail but I don't mind. I've owned the original comic since 1979... I figured it was worth it to get the signed edition.

furystorm
10-17-2012, 02:53 PM
Okay, I got a chance this afternoon to pop the shrink wrap and take a look inside this huge and beautiful edition. Needless to say I am blown away. There is a ton of extra material included. The entire graphic novel script is reproduced in four up in the back matter. There are tryout pages which are gorgeous in their own right.

But best of all is the tipped in vellum page with a full Alien drawn by Simonson. I'm blown away by its beauty and craftsmanship. I'll show detailed images of it in the next post.

For now, a few interiors:

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm24/andrewwbarton/null-12.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm24/andrewwbarton/null-11.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm24/andrewwbarton/null-10.jpg

furystorm
10-17-2012, 02:57 PM
And now for that spectacular sketch! The edition is not numbered, but regardless, this is an edition which will stay in my book collection forever. I love Alien, and this is an amazing tribute to the film, and the Illustrated Story too.

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm24/andrewwbarton/null-8.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm24/andrewwbarton/null-13.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm24/andrewwbarton/null-14.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm24/andrewwbarton/null-9.jpg

Darth Snoopy
10-17-2012, 03:11 PM
Niiice! Congrats, Fury! :clap :duff :clap

Batty
10-17-2012, 04:13 PM
The tipped in page looks amazing! Seeing that makes me even happier that I'm getting the signed edition.

furystorm
10-17-2012, 05:01 PM
Can't wait to see what you got. Maybe it's not an Alien for each one. I'd kill for a Nostromo, but am very happy with my Alien. Wonder how many of these he had to do...

optimus
10-18-2012, 02:27 PM
Is it the book itself that is signed or is it the print(s)?
And is there anything else that is different to the unsigned version?
Thinking about getting this one...

furystorm
10-18-2012, 02:59 PM
The signed version has a tipped in vellum page which has both the autograph and sketch, and was only available with orders placed through Diamond Distributors.

leapfrog
10-20-2012, 03:53 AM
I just received mine. This thing is huge. One can only guess how massive IDW's Wally Wood Artist Edition must be.


Here it is with the Wally Wood AE.

http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/l3apfr0g/2.jpg

The book is the same height but slightly wider than the regular IDW artist's editions.

http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/l3apfr0g/3.jpg

It's a really nice book, the artwork looks great in black and white.

Fury, that sketch is amazing, wish I had of gone for the signed version now.

furystorm
10-20-2012, 09:29 AM
Welcome to the board leapfrog! :hi5:

Yeah, but who knew. I didn't ever think there would be such an amazing original sketch in this edition. I just thought it would be signed and maybe numbered. As I said before, I love all things Alien, especially those from the original classic. This edition will remain in my library for ages and I'll look in on the sketch from time to time. It's a nice feeling.

I just can't wait to see what Batty gets. :D

playa7
10-22-2012, 04:22 PM
Thanks so much for posting up this book and sharing with us all the info! I'm also a huge Alien fan myself and I would love to have this in my collection as well. So I went and hunted down a signed limited edition version of this book also. Love the sketch that you've received with the book. Wonder if mine will be the same too? Only time will tell. I should be receiving my edition in a couple weeks or so. Hopefully with no delays.

Anyways, thanks again for the heads up guys! ;)

furystorm
10-22-2012, 05:02 PM
Nice playa! Hope you're as happy with it as I am. :D

playa7
10-22-2012, 05:18 PM
If it looks anything like the edition you got, then I know I'll be very happy with it! Haven't really bought anything Alien related in a while (except for NECA Engineer figures) so this book is a welcomed purchase for me.

Batty
10-22-2012, 05:35 PM
I got mine today... Absolutely beautiful! It really brings me back to when I was a kid in 1979 and I was collecting everything I could find related to ALIEN.

Fury, if it hadn't been for you, I wouldn't have known about the signed edition. Thanks again! :duff

furystorm
10-22-2012, 05:47 PM
So lets see that sketch Batty! :panic:

Batty
10-22-2012, 06:05 PM
It's the same as yours. :lol

http://i.imgur.com/1pwg6.jpg

furystorm
10-22-2012, 06:32 PM
:lol Is it not actually a sketch then?

Batty
10-22-2012, 06:49 PM
I honestly don't know. I tried finding some information about it but came up with nothing. Simonson did sign all 2000 copies of the book though. Either way, it's still cool as hell.

SepticFlesh
10-22-2012, 10:01 PM
I got mine today... Absolutely beautiful! It really brings me back to when I was a kid in 1979 and I was collecting everything I could find related to ALIEN.

Fury, if it hadn't been for you, I wouldn't have known about the signed edition. Thanks again! :duff

Looks like I will be adding this to my very long list of must have Comics/Graphic Novels as well. Only thing is on Amazon it says that it will not be available until October 30...so I guess I have to wait. No biggie I have many more graphic novels in my posession I still need to finish. :cool:
1979...the year I was born. Also the movie title "Alien"...the name of my Father's famous rock band in the late '70's and early '80's some may have heard of if you lived in New Orleans during that time. I seriously doubt anyone here knew of them but they were awesome...no really they were.:)

Anyway back on topic here...I could spend much more on Ebay and get a signed copy but I have never been the type of person who cares to have anything autographed unless it is something I plan on selling for a profit. I doubt I will ever sell this book and it sounds as if it brings back memories from 1979. I had no awareness back then but still if this brings back memories from the first time I watched Alien at the age of 4 that sounds just swell to me. :cool:

Oh also "Batty"...awesome Signature Pic, I like your style. ;)

playa7
10-23-2012, 01:53 PM
Hmm.. Guess everyone is gonna get the same "sketch". Oh well I guess making 2000 different sketches would be too much to ask for. Besides, I really like that sketch anyways. Can't wait to receive my signed copy!

Batty
10-23-2012, 06:44 PM
Looks like I will be adding this to my very long list of must have Comics/Graphic Novels as well. Only thing is on Amazon it says that it will not be available until October 30...so I guess I have to wait. No biggie I have many more graphic novels in my posession I still need to finish. :cool:
1979...the year I was born. Also the movie title "Alien"...the name of my Father's famous rock band in the late '70's and early '80's some may have heard of if you lived in New Orleans during that time. I seriously doubt anyone here knew of them but they were awesome...no really they were.:)

Anyway back on topic here...I could spend much more on Ebay and get a signed copy but I have never been the type of person who cares to have anything autographed unless it is something I plan on selling for a profit. I doubt I will ever sell this book and it sounds as if it brings back memories from 1979. I had no awareness back then but still if this brings back memories from the first time I watched Alien at the age of 4 that sounds just swell to me. :cool:

Oh also "Batty"...awesome Signature Pic, I like your style. ;)

Thanks. :duff

I've told this story before, but in 1979 I was 13 and became obsessed with ALIEN even before the movie came out in the theaters. I begged my dad to take me to see it. It was my first R rated movie. :lol


Hmm.. Guess everyone is gonna get the same "sketch". Oh well I guess making 2000 different sketches would be too much to ask for. Besides, I really like that sketch anyways. Can't wait to receive my signed copy!

Yeah, and considering how big the sketch it, it'd probably take him forever to do 2000 of them. :lol

Having it signed though is very cool.

playa7
11-15-2012, 10:27 AM
Received my signed edition last week! Looks the same as your guy's copies. Same sketch and everything, lol. Anyways, thanks again for posting up the info about this book everyone. I like it this book a lot! :hi5:

furystorm
11-15-2012, 10:34 AM
Guess I'm a fool, and it's definitely not a sketch after all. :slap

playa7
11-15-2012, 11:30 AM
Well at least ours are limited and signed! That's still really cool.:wink1:

abake
11-20-2012, 01:03 PM
That's a beautiful printing of the comic!
I had no idea this was being released...
I still have my original TPB (my aunt bought it for me in the states along with "The Book of Alien", both are among my most prized possessions!).
I was a bit disappointed with the adaptation when I first got it, I didn't like the way (or size!) the alien was drawn and the extra scenes were just distracting for me. The color palette didn't really help either. But I do cherish it. It's a beautiful movie adaptation.

omegaglory1
02-27-2013, 02:26 AM
I saw this at the bookstore once and was so tempted to get it, but I resisted long enough to do a price comparison with Amazon. Still, at 35 it's quite pricey. It's something I'll keep on my wishlist. I'd also need to find room for this big book!