Limited edition advance preview of Nexus 101 for retailers. The advance copy run was 750, however, only 250 were sold to the public.
NEXUS 99: SPACE OPERA ACT 1 OF 4
by Mike Baron and Steve Rude
Inker: Gary Martin
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Glenn Whitmore
Recolored By: Glenn Whitmore
Publication Date: July 2007
Format: 32 pages, Full color, Ashcan size (5.5" x 8.5")
Ylum teeters on the edge of explosion. Dueling religions threaten to plunge the tiny planet into an orgy of blood-letting. Nexus wants only to be left alone to attend the birth of his son. Even Nexus may not be able to stop the jackals who surge back and forth like an angry sea. Assassins stalk Sundra and her child. Nexus 99 brings readers swiftly and thrillingly up to speed on Horatio Hellpop and his universe. An excellent jumping on place for new readers and old friends.
What is an ashcan, you ask? Quick history lesson :) Enjoy!...
Because each new issue of a comic book requires new artwork, the design process is part of the manufacturing process. The exception is when a new comic title or series is first introduced. That design process involves the same creative and artistic abilities required to produce any new work of art and may include idea generation, preparation of sketches, and the development of a series of refinements before the final characters and themes emerge.
The final product of the initial design process may be a prototype comic book known as an "ashcan," a term that was first used in the 1930s when comic book publishers sought to protect new titles by copyrighting them. Rather than take the time to develop new characters or plots to go with the new title, a publisher simply took pages from a previous comic book and pasted the new title on the cover. Once the publisher was granted a copyright, the pasted-up prototype was often thrown in the ashcan, a metal container used to dispose of ashes from the stove or fireplace and commonly found in many households and businesses of that era.
The concept of the ashcan was given a more modern meaning in 1984 when one comic book creator produced a limited number of black and white prototype comics for his friends and staff. In more recent times, several publishers have released small runs of ashcans in a variety of sizes and colors as promotional items for the full-production versions.
From: How a Comic Book is made