Dark Horse Comics has announced the June 2016 publication of The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection (cover price $175), a deluxe, oversize (15” x 21.5”) hardcover edition that showcases the entire graphic novel scanned from Frank Miller’s original artwork that is reproduced unaltered and at full size.  It’s hard to overstate the influence of The Hard Goodbye, which appeared from April of 1991 to May of 1992 in Dark Horse Presents.  It was not just the first Sin City saga that led to the Sin City metaseries that has spawned two films, it also brought film noir visuals, stylized pulp magazine violence back to the comics and fueled what has become a modern renaissance for crime comics.

The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection was put together by Denis Kitchen and will be published by Dark Horse under its Kitchen Sink imprint.  Curator’s Collections is the Kitchen Sink Books’ term for oversized, archival deluxe collections accompanied by essays, interviews, and unpublished work (similar to what some other publishers refer to as “Artist Editions.”  The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection features an introduction by Sin City movie co-director Robert Rodriguez, an afterword by Dark Horse Publisher Mike Richardson, and a new interview with Frank Miller about his artwork.

The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection is a deluxe 224-pages hardcover with a Smyth-sewn binding under a cloth spine, and it features a new Frank Miller Sin City illustration on its cover.