Fifth Beatle GN Announced With Three Editions, Kyle Baker Drawing Beatles Cartoon Homage

I’m getting tired of the multiple edition release strategy. More choice is supposedly good, but having to decide between the book, the specially signed version of the book, or the signed-and-sketched-and-fancy-binding edition (just to make up an example) is tiring. It also feels as though simply selling a story isn’t enough; the publishers and creators now want to maximize all the revenue they can. Good for them, but I feel I’m being treated less like someone taking part in an artistic communication and more like a walking wallet. That’s naive of me, since it’s always about commerce; perhaps I’m asking for more camouflage or deniability.

The Fifth Beatle

Ahem. Anyway. Dark Horse has announced that the upcoming Fifth Beatle graphic novel, due out November 19 (and a project that already has a film deal) will have three editions available:

The standard hardcover edition will be available for $19.99 in an oversized library format. A collector’s-edition hardcover of this groundbreaking graphic novel will also be available, featuring a wraparound, textured cover and a section of bonus materials including Beatles and Brian Epstein memorabilia, artist sketches, and alternate covers, for $49.99.

The limited edition (1,500 copies) features a tip-in sheet signed by creators Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker, along with a twenty-four-page bonus section including rare Beatles and Brian Epstein memorabilia and behind-the-scenes sketches, a unique, textured cover, and a special slipcase, for $99.99.

The exciting part of this announcement for me, though, is the creative information. For example, this will be the first full-length comic work painted by Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker will draw “a special section paying homage to the 1960s Beatles cartoons”. THAT will be something to see.

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