Tuesday, July 03, 2007

ANTIQUES Gets Collected

Antiques: The Comic Strip - Volume 1 is in now featured in the July 2007 PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors, listed on Page 304 under Gemstone Publishing in the Comics section.

It's an 80-page hardcover with dust jacket the collects the complete first story from this Harvey Award-nominated strip.

Here's the story:

The death of billionaire Jackson Reynolds throws his impossibly high-grade collection of pop culture artifacts into most comprehensive auction the world has ever seen and attracts competitors from around the globe, including a colorful cast of interested parties who are not what they seem…

Packed with real life guest starts and cameos from the world of collecting – including legendary Spider-Man, X-Men and Fantastic Four creator Stan Lee – Antiques introduces readers to Reginald Winston and William Winston. The last members of a once-proud transatlantic family, other than blood they have three things in common. First, they’re both antiques dealers. Reginald is a fine antiques dealer in London; William is a junk dealer in Chicago. Second, they don’t speak. Third, they’ve each got a secret.

Then comes Suzie Magee, the beautiful expert hired to supervise the mammoth security concerns of the auction. Once they meet her, they suddenly have another thing in common.

Beginning in June 2006, Antiques: The Comic Strip ran weekly in Antique Trader, the 50-year-old grandfather of weekly antiquing publications in the U.S. Each week, readers got a dose of the behind-the-scenes action at the mythical largest auction ever held.

This hardcover edition also comes with plenty of extras including the non-continuity Christmas and New Year’s strips, a character key and index, a step-by-step guide to the one character who keeps appearing in disguise throughout the story, the exclusive strip that appeared only in the Baltimore Comic-Con 2006 program book, and even one strip that has never previously appeared.

The book should be available at your local comic shop. You find the nearest comic shop by using the free Comic Shop Locator Service, or you can order directly from Gemstone Publishing (free shipping until 8/31/07).

The official debut of the book is set for Septmeber 8-9, 2007 at the Baltimore Comic-Con, and it's scheduled to go on sale no later than September 15, 2007.

Here are some of the outlets covering Antiques or offering the collection:
Wizard Universe
Baker's Dozen
Scoop (about the release)
Scoop (about the Stan Lee strip)
Toy Collector Magazine (see full TCM post below)
Harvey Awards
CGC eNewsletter

If your store is offering the book, send me a link and I'll post it here!

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