on 16 December 2008
THE SPECIAL EDITION
like my review of Watchmen i will keep this to the specifics of the Special Edition compared to the normal Trade Paperback (i already own the uk paperback edition).
I would say that to fully enjoy this edition you must be a fan of the film as well as the graphic novel, about equal attention has been given to both in this book. I personally liked the film alot (the director is the guy who directed CRUMB & Art School Confidential).
The first thing i was impressed with about this special edition is the quality of the book itself. As hardbacks go this is solidly constructed and made with quality materials. The printing is also a marked improvement over the paperback, the format is very slightly larger and the inks and paper used are much better quality. The black separation is sharp and solid throughout and the green plate is far more vibrant and `minty' compared to the paperback, i think it is worth buying the special edition for this reason alone! (I honestly think the construction of this book is near perfect).
The extras included that stood out for me were the 2 page `where are they now' intro, lengthy annotations by Clowes for his book and the film, graphic novel / film tie-in posters, sunshine cinema poster, japanese and german covers of the original paperback, all the artwork for merchandise packaging, Eightball covers that feature the girls, original art with rubylith overlay (so you can see how it was sent to the printers!) and interesting notes by Terry Zwigoff (director of the film).
I would recommend this to people who re-read Ghost World alot and who are fans of the film. It really is the definitive edition of this popular graphic novel- published with care and attention to detail. Highly Recommended.
on 22 August 2014
I loved the film so I bought the original comic and this. The special edition includes the script of the movie (which was interesting to read because they cut some of it out for the final cut of the film) amongst many other things such as a "Where are they now?" sketch, a "Little Enid" sketch, behind the scenes of the movie pictures and even a list of Seymour's favourite movies.
on 27 August 2013
This is such a fantastic purchase for fans of the book. I already had an old and barely worn copy of Ghost World but when I saw this special edition I decided to make the investment. The additional content, the writing notes and film script, really make it worthwhile purchase, even for those who own the original book. It's fantastically displayed and you shouldn't forget just how fantastic a graphic novel Ghost World is. Daniel Clowes creates characters that really and truly draw you into their world. A must read for new-comers and a must purchase for long-term fans.