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    Default An Introduction to Collected Editions

    Welcome to the Classic Comics & Collected Editions Forum!

    Below is a general introduction to Collected Editions from all Publishers, with information that may be obvious to those who post here regularly but is vital to those new to Collected Editions...


    Common Abbreviations/Terms

    Collected Edition: A collection of single issues, bound together into a book.

    TPB = Trade Paperback, a collection of comics in a softcover format usually 150-250 pages. Some larger TPBs can have up to 500 or more pages.

    HC = Hardcover, a collection of comics in a hardcover format

    OHC = Oversized Hardcover, refers to a hardcover that is larger in size than the trade paperback or regular sized hardcover format.

    Deluxe = Oversized Hardcover, a name given to DC Oversized Hardcovers but also adopted by other publishers such as Image.

    Omnibus = Also an OHC, but usually contains more issues from a specific comic run or writer.

    Glued = Refers to the binding of a book, which is standard amongst trade paperbacks and in some hardcovers. It is not as good as a sewn binding.

    Sewn = Refers to the binding of a book, preferred over a glued binding as it allows the book to open wider and lay flat. The preferred binding for hardcovers.

    Gutter Loss = Refers to the loss of visible artwork and lettering on a page, caused by the binding.

    IST = In Stock Trades, a popular web store to buy collected editions from

    CGN = Cheap Graphic Novels, a popular web store to buy collected editions from

    TOW = Tales of Wonder, a popular web store

    LCS = Local Comic Store



    Where to Buy

    US:

    In Stock Trades - IST http://www.instocktrades.com/
    Cheap Graphic Novels - CGN http://www.cheapgraphicnovels.com/
    Tales of Wonder- TOW www.talesofwonder.com

    Canada

    Chapters/Indigo http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/home/

    International:

    Amazon US or UK www.amazon.com or www.amazon.co.uk
    Book Depository US or UK www.bookdepository.com or www.bookdepository.co.uk
    Abebooks www.abebooks.com

    UK/Europe

    Speedy Hen www.speedyhen.com
    Amazon UK www.amazon.co.uk
    Cheap Comics www.cheap-comics.com
    Amazon Germany www.amazon.de


    Publishers book Formats/Sizes:

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    DC
    Home of Batman, Superman and the Justice League

    DC publishes books from imprints such as Vertigo and Wildstorm, as well as its own comics. These are in several formats, Trade Paperback(TPB), Showcase Presents(TPB), Hardcover(HC), Archives (HC), Deluxe(OHC), Omnibus and Absolute.

    TPBs are the basic collection of comics, also the cheapest. Showcase Presents are collections of older comic runs in Black and White. Hardcovers are similar to TPBs but with a hard cover. DC Archives reprint runs from early comics published by DC and sometimes other publishers that have been restored. Deluxe editions are DC's OHC collections, often containing several issues. Omnibus editions contain large runs of comics in an oversized hardcover. Absolute Editions are the crown jewel of DC collected editions, larger than both Deluxes and Omnibus, collecting a single story or run in a slipcased hardcover. Regular HCs/Deluxes have a glued binding, Absolute Editions have sewn bindings. Currently DC Omnibus are using both sewn and glued bindings so please check the DC thread for more information on a specific book.

    Sizes are below, and are generally accurate. Some earlier Omnibuses produced by DC were at the HC size rather than OHC size. There may be other books produced at different sizes than listed.

    TPB - 10.1 x 6.6 inches
    HC - 10.4 x 7 inches
    Deluxe and Omnibus - 11 x 7.5 inches
    Absolute - 12.5 x 8.25 (Without Slipcase) inches

    A list of DC Hardcovers: Absolutes, Deluxe Editions and HC
    A list of DC Hardcover Archives
    DC TPBs
    Showcase Presents

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    Marvel
    Home of the Avengers, Spider-man and the X-men

    Marvel publishes books from its imprint Icon, as well as its own comics. in several formats, Digest (TPB), Trade Paperback(TPB), Essential(TPB), Hardcover(HC), Premiere hardcover (HC) Masterworks (also available in TPB), Oversized Hardcover(OHC), Omnibus and "Adamantium Collection".

    Digest TPBs are similair to regular TPBs but at a smaller size. TPBs are the basic collection of comics, also the cheapest. Essential's are collections of older comic runs in Black and White. Hardcovers are similar to TPBs but with a hard cover. Premiere Hardcovers are similar to HCs but exclusively contain older classic comic runs. This line has been discontinued. Masterworks reprint runs from early comics published by Marvel that have been restored in regular HC or TPB form. Marvel OHCs, often contain several issues of recent comic runs or Events. Omnibus editions contain large runs of comics in an oversized hardcover. "Adamantium Collection" are the crown jewel of Marvel collected editions, larger than both Deluxes and Omnibus, collecting a single story or run in a slipcased hardcover. Regular HCs/OHCs have a glued binding, Masterworks HC and Omnibus editions have a sewn binding.

    Sizes are below, and are generally accurate. There may be other books produced at different sizes than listed.

    Digest TPB 7.8 x 5.3 inches
    TPB/HC- 10.3 x 6.6 inches
    Masterworks - 10 x 7 inches
    OHC and Omnibus - 10.8 x 7.25 inches
    Adamantium Collection - 20 x 13 inches

    A list of Marvel Oversized Hardcovers
    Marvel Omnibus Editions
    Marvel Masterworks Editions
    Marvel HCs & Premiere HCs
    Masterworks TPBs
    Marvel's Imprint Icon/Licensed Books
    Marvel Epic/Ultimate Collection TPBS
    Marvel TPBs
    Essentials

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    Dark Horse
    Home of Hellboy, Conan, Sin City and others

    Dark Horse books in several formats, Trade Paperback(TPB), Omnibus(TPB), Hardcover(HC), Archives (HC), Oversized Hardcover(OHC) and Library Editions.

    Trade Paperbacks are the basic collection of comics, also the cheapest. Omnibus TPBs are smaller than regular TPBs but also contain more pages than a regular TPB. Hardcovers are similar to TPBs but with a hard cover. Oversized Hardcovers are bigger than regular HCs and also contain more issues. Library Editions are the crown jewel of Dark Horse editions, collecting several issues in the largest hardcover available. Dark Horse HCs tend to have sewn bindings, Library Editions always do, but check the Dark Horse thread for individual books.

    Sizes are below, and are generally accurate. There may be other books produced at different sizes than listed.

    Omnibus TPB - 8.8 x 6.8 inches
    TPB - 10.2 x 6.6 inches
    HC - 10.4 x 7 inches
    OHC - 11 x 7.5 inches
    Library Edition & Colossal - 12 x 9 inches

    Dark Horse Archives/Library Editions



    Image
    Creator Owned

    Image produces books in several formats, Trade Paperback(TPB), Hardcover(HC), Oversized Hardcover (OHC), Deluxe(OHC), Omnibus and Large OHC. Image books belong to the creators, so there can be big differences in the size of books called HC/Deluxe/Omnibus etc based on what the Writer/Artists desire their book to be made. Sizes are below, based off the Walking Dead sizes and are generally accurate. There may be other books produced at different sizes than listed.

    Trade Paperbacks are the basic collection of comics, also the cheapest. Hardcovers are similar to TPBs but with a hard cover. Oversized Hardcovers are bigger than regular HCs and also contain more issues. Omnibus Editions are the crown jewel of Image editions, collecting several issues in the largest hardcover available.

    TPB - 10.1 x 6.6 inches
    HC - 10.4 x 7 inches
    OHC - 11 x 7.5 inches
    Omnibus - 12.6 x 8.5 inches

    A complete list of Image series
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    Other Publishers


    IDW

    IDW publishes several licensed properties including TMNT and Transformers. They produce oversized hardcover books, the most notable being IDW Artists Editions. IDW Comic Titles


    Oni Press

    Publishers of series such as The Sixth Gun, Stumptown, Wasteland and others. They produce oversized hardcovers. Oni Comic Titles


    Fantagraphics

    One of the biggest independent publishers of collected editions with Love & Rockets, Moebius & Jodorowsky The Incal, EC Comics reprints, Carl Barks Library and many more critically acclaimed works. Fantagraphics publishes in so many different formats and sizes it would take up a page itself describing them. Fantagraphics website/catalogue


    Valiant

    Publishes the Valiant Universe of comics, with titles such as X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Turok. They publish deluxe oversized hardcovers. Valiant collected editions


    Boom

    Boom publishes books such as Irredeemable, Adventure Time. They also own Archaia Entertainment, a independent publisher. Boom! Catalog.


    Archaia Entertainment

    Publishers of The Killer, Mouse Guard, Jim Henson's Tales. Archaia Press Catalog.


    Dynamite Entertainment

    Publisher of licensed adapations, also creator developed properties The Boys, American Flagg and Project Superpowers. Dynamite Titles


    Titan Publishing

    Titan Books is the leading publisher of graphic novels in the UK, using licensed characters and properties from DC, Marvel and others. Titan Books catalogue


    Zenoscope Entertainment

    Publishers of Grimm Fairy Tales and others. Zenoscope Collected Editions



    Reading Orders/Guides

    CBR poster krisis has created an amazing reading/collecting guide to Marvels X-men and other Characters that is regularly updated and constantly expanding, you can find it below. The guide is a must read, not just for the sheer quantity of information about Collecting Marvel Events, X-men, Avengers, Spider-man, Thor and a host of other Marvel Characters but is also a font of detail on other useful topics such Reading Orders, Omnibus books and Collecting X-men on a budget.

    http://crushingkrisis.com/collecting...raphic-novels/




    Here are some existing discussion threads on this forum to get started on, or if there is a topic you think is worthy of it's own thread feel free to create your own. Happy posting

    Marvel Collected Editions thread

    DC Collected Editions thread

    All other Publishers Collected Editions thread

    Dark Horse Collected Editions thread
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