Harry Potter and the 15th Anniversary Revival!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since we first opened Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but alas it has. (God I feel old!) So in honor of Harry Potter’s anniversary, author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi has illustrated new covers for each of the seven best-selling tomes to be released on August 27th. Unfortunately they’ll only be released in paperback version, for now at least, but they will come as a boxed set available here. Kibuishi is also a comic book lover! The Eisner-nominated author created the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet graphic novel series, as well as Copper, the Flight Anthologies and Daisy Kutter: The Last Train.

Take a look at all 7 of the new covers, in contrast to the originals:

Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version

I really like the new illustrations, just looking at these makes me wonder what the back and inside illustrations might look like! But what do you think, do the new illustrations do the saga justice? Will you add the new books to your collection or are you sticking with the old? The boxed set is available via Amazon.com here

All photos via Scholastic.com

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Have You Noticed NY Comic Con is just like Fashion Week!?

New York Comic Con has come and gone! *Someone cue the Back to Reality by En Vogue* Over this past weekend, while trekking to and from the Jacob Javits center, there was one thought that kept popping into my head: this is like Fashion Week for geeks! Now before you go calling Anna Wintour on me, let me explain. I realize there aren’t too many of us that look forward to (and lose their minds at) both events so let me give you my personal breakdown:

1. There’s new product unveilings: Where Comic Con lacks in runways it more than makes up for in panels where industry leaders announce upcoming product releases and updates. Take for instance the Streetfighter’s 25th Anniversary panel, where Yoshinori Ono announced his plan to revive the beloved 90’s classic, Darkstalkers, for a possible release in Spring ’13 entitled Darkstalkers Resurrection! (Seriously when the trailer for the new Darkstalkers came on we all, including me, lost our minds!) Not to mention Marvel’s announcement of Agent Coulson‘s return to S.H.I.E.L.D. in the upcoming ABC show of the same name (no word on how they’ll explain his return from the dead) + the (re)launch of a slew of comic titles including Secret Avengers, Young Avengers and the (obviously) Hunger Games inspired Avengers Arena.

Can NOT wait for 2013!

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