Very basically, the Artist’s Edition format is a hardcover-bound facsimiles of original art at original size.
This format allows for people to simulate owning original art at a fraction of the cost of buying it.
There are a two things that muddies the basic definition.
Below is a chart I put together to explain the differences.
|Bound||Original Art @ Original Size||Original Art @ Reduced Size||Complete Story|
| Artist’s Edition (IDW)
Apex Edition (2000AD)
Archival Edition (Hermes Press)
Art Edition (Dynamite)
Curator’s Edition (Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse)
Gallery Edition (Dark Horse & DC/Graphitti Designs)
Original Art Archives (Genesis West)
Original Art Edition (Titan)
Studio Edition (Fantagraphics)
|Yes 1, 2, 3||No||Yes|
|Artifact Edition (IDW)|| Yes
|Artisan Edition (IDW)|| Yes
|Artist’s Edition Portfolio (IDW), Portfolios (various)|| No
|Yes 6||No||Sometimes 7|
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