Legendary artist John Byrne isn’t much seen on the con trail these days. So this year’s New York Comic-Con will be a very rare chance to meet and greet him…and get him to sign the Convention Exclusive variant cover of John Byrne’s Marvel Classics Artifact Edition.
The book will include larger as life reproductions of Byrne’s unforgettable work on Avengers, Captain America, Marvel Team-UP and other epochal Bronze Age classics.
According to IDW pr, Byrne will be signing at Booth #1844 twice a day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 3-5, with exact times to be announced closer to the show.
So rare is this event that special terms have been announced:
Any IDW-published comic book, graphic novel, or art book by John Byrne can be signed free of charge. However, with the purchase of the John Byrne’s Marvel Classics Artifact Edition, the buyer will be granted the opportunity for up to five (5) non-IDW items to be signed – a rare chance for fans to get Byrne’s autograph on his most celebrated comics work.
John Byrne’s Marvel Classics Artifact Edition is a 168-page masterpiece measuring 12” x 17”, with its wraparound convention exclusive cover being the first-ever AE-style book to feature that cover style. Featuring Byrne’s work from The Avengers, Captain America, Marvel Team-Up, and more, this Artifact Edition includes six (6) pages reproduced from the artist’s pencils on the never-completed Captain America #257.
IDW’s Artist and Artifact Editions, edited by Scott Dunbier, feature scans of original art printed at the same size they were drawn, capturing all the nuances that make original art special and unique (blue pencil notations, tape, white-out, margin notes, and more), mimicking the look and feel of the actual hand drawn pages.
And true to his rep, Byrne supplied the following comment about the appearance: “Wait, are you SURE I agreed to this? Curse you, Dunbier!”
The Artifact Edition is sure to be a red-hot item at the show, and you can preorder it right here. The deadline for preorders is to ensure stocking and fulfillment at NYCC is September 20th. Don’t delay!
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