The big revelation in this week’s PWCW is that HarperCollins will be releasing a massive once-volume collection of Scott McCloud’s classic Zot! series next summer:
Hope Innelli, associate publisher of Harper Paperbacks, said the new 576-page edition of Zot! will collect the entire black & white series in one volume. While early issues of the series, which was originally published by Eclipse Comics, ran in color, the new edition will include only the black & white material. “That’s a creative decision by Scott,” said Innelli, explaining that McCloud believes the series really came together when he focused on working in black and white.
The new edition will have a trim size of 6”x9” with French flaps and will be priced at $22.95. The book will include extensive commentary by McCloud on its creation, as well as much never-before-seen material. The book will also include “the Earth Stories,’ the last nine stories in the series, which have never been reprinted. “Zot! is the origin of Scott’s comics,” said Innelli. “It’s where he defined his style. We’re so used to Scott explaining comics, but now we get a chance to experience his comics.”
Also in this week’s edition: A look at the Mice Templar series; Bollywood will come to Riverdale; a review of Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings; and an interview with editor Rob Tokar about Tokyopop’s upcoming Battle Royale Ultimate Edition repackaging.