Watchmen has been called the greatest graphic novel of all time. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created a story and graphic narrative unlike anything that preceded it, and revitalized the entire art form that followed. It is the one book that nearly all comic readers know inside and out… or so you thought! Now, with the full assistance and cooperation of Dave Gibbons, comes Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen: Artifact Edition, crammed full of high-resolution scans shot directly from Gibbons’ original art. Covers, interiors, advertisements, portfolio pieces, and color guides—this is the ultimate collection of the ultimate graphic novel!
Brought to you by the same team responsible for the Eisner Award-winning Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition and Wally Wood’s EC Stories: Artist’s Edition.
What is an Artifact Edition?
Like an Artist’s Edition, an Artifact Edition presents pages scanned from the actual original art. While the Artist’s Edition line produces only complete stories, Artifact Editions allow IDW to present books even if all of the original art cannot be obtained, and will include extras such as advertisements, portfolio pieces, colour guides, and more.
While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for instance, corrections, blue pencils, paste-overs, all the little nuances that make original art unique. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.