Saturday, March 8, 2014

he Maxx Vol. 1 Limited Edition Book

IDW Limited, (and well... ME....).. are announcing:  

The Maxx Vol. 1 Limited Edition book  book (Ltd to 25 copies ) which you can get on March 11.  

Each book will be limited to 25 copies and will include an original piece of *Sketch Art* - by me, Sam, featuring one of the characters from the Maxx Universe.  Each copy will also be signed by me, (Sam again), and will be printed in an exclusive oversized format.  Just to be clear, these are Maxx 1-4 of the recolored comics. Also this will have 6-8 pages of maxx sketches in the back.  But this will *not* have any extra unpublished pages. Some collectors  don't want that stuff, so for folks who liked Limited runs, signed copies, and Original Sketches... this is for them. 

Cost per copy will be $495. 

For any questions, drop a line to Nate Murray who manages IDW's marketing. He's a cool guy. 


Now, the 25 sketches I do... ? Remember, they won't always be Maxx or Julie. 

Sometimes maybe just an outback creature. 

Some have a little color, some not - but more or less i will try to throw in some Maxx related theme.. trees, creatures, whatever. 

Here's some maxx cover's i'm still finishing.  Still kinda raw, eh? 

.. I'm so behind in everything right now. 

I'll try to post some of these other 25 sketches in the next few months... so you can see if what your getting.  Now not everybody's gonna wanna buy a book with a sketch, that's why there's only 25 being made. 

If you miss this round.. remember there's 35 Maxx issues, 4 issues a trade… so that's something like 9 Vols. of these books, so there's a few more chances you can snag a sketch in there somewhere.  Not trying to gouge you guys, but since it's so rare i do commissions anymore,  this gives the rest of you a chance to get something not as pricey as a commission. 

A lot of people are worried I've softened my resistance to the maxx. But don't worry - I still hate it, honest. Actually i was thinking about this... the only reason drawing Maxx again feels so easy... is because i deigned him myself. The shape, color, cartoony-ness, rawness... is all something that comes natural to me. 

Unlike Marvel and DC super heros, no one will ever be able to tell me i drew Maxx wrong, because it's too late, it's already looks goofy and screwed up. 

The design is so simple... anybody can do it! 

This is probably one of my favorite painted maxx cover's i've done so far. 

In case you wondered... the reason she has two left feet, is because the original Maxx comic page i stupidly drew Julie with two left feet... so now I'm STUCK painting it that way.... * sigh * Serves me right, eh? 


Here's a goofy diagram i made that either may help... or just confuse you further. 

Down the road, for fans who wanna skip popping the extra money a Limited Sketch version?  Well, sometime next year we'll have some "Absolute" style trades that include EVERYTHING.. in "Maxximized Deluxe" version.  It'll be cheaper, will have all the letters pages ( missing from the wildstorm trades), Maxx 1/2 and all sorts of added goodies. This one's less for Limited edition collectors . . . and more for the general reader who wants the story with a few extras.

Meanwhile, for the hard core fans who don't want those extras, and may never get a sketch from me at a comic con… the The Limited gives you a shot at that.  Plus, if you don't wanna pop for sketch version, don't worry.. just wait a few months and you can buy a cheaper version of the same Limited four issues, only *without* a sketch/signature on IDW's site too. 

And remember... on't feel obligates to buy ANY of these.. that's why we made the single issues, which are cheapest of all! ( this is why i suck at 'selling' myself,  and am better of relegated to the drawing table. )  

To everyone else in the comments - thanks. If you wanna use my art for tattoos, GO or it, just grab something from one of the books.  More ART.... and less 'talking' next time. Promise. 


Here's another unfinished one... ( see last image on the left ) - 

...on the other hand... maybe it IS done already? Less is more????? 

Or am i just being lazy? You tell me. 


Q said...

Rightfully so that picture of the nail clipping should be your favourite, it's beautiful. I gasped when I saw it.

Fernando Valencia said...

Did I read that right? Unpublished issue 36? You had me at letter pages!

Piotruposz said...

Any chance Maxx #36 and Friends of Maxx will be published in single issue form?

cody said...

Can't wait love these new Maxx covers. I think the one on the left looks good as is, has a lot of energy.

Adam S. Messinger said...

I'm just glad you posted again. A month in-between posts is torture! I'm glad those books will be available without the sketches. I'm poor, but I want everything Maxx in every format ever.

charles decena said...

Hi Sam!
love your stuff and just ordered the book! so excited. any chance we can see what the sketches look like? I'm keeping my fingers crossed i get one of the maxx!! keep the good stuff coming!

HelloExactly said...


WOW. These are amazing. I've been a Maxx fan for 20 years now and these new paintings are unbelievable. I'm in love with the new Maxx/Julie painting. That's an image I've thought about so often over the years I still consider having it tattooed on me every few months. I'd love to purchase a book and I also know that doesn't guarantee me a Maxx/Julie. That coupled with the fact that your commissions are rare leaves me unsure what to do. Would the best shot at that be to get the book and cross my fingers on a sketch? Any help would be awesome!

Thanks so much!

Blue Eyed Shy Guy said...

Hello Mr. Keith,

Don't be so hard on Maxx. I know for many reasons you feel you've passed that stage of your life, probably for the best since there's a lot of tortured, rape, molestation, and sexual shamming... but honestly the characters were something special and I feel held up surprisingly well. Heck, the first half of the Maxx series made Julie a remarkable woman, one of strength who was easy to empathize with and long for. We all wanted to be the Maxx, not just for the muscle and claws, but because we'd be part of Julie's world. It's true, you took her character too far by making her unlikable in the later half but I still wanted to like her and see redemption because of how much I loved her in the beginning. So even though you have moved on, don't be too harsh on your work. It's still beautiful today.


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Adam G said...

Hi Sam
so I'm confused. I was re-reading this post and realised you mentioned that the 'Absolute-style' collections are starting NEXT year. When the 4-issue 'vanilla' HC's started coming out I thought these plans had been scrapped.

But do I understand correctly that these are basic collected versions of The Maxx, and starting next year we'll get the collections with all the extra bits n pieces and I should stop buying the current hardcovers now?!


I still get all warm and melancholy thinking about reading these stories oh so long ago. It's great to see them getting published again like this.