I was thinking of including the newsprint edition in a sleeve or something, but the more I thought about it, I decided that I wanted the two editions to be totally separate. As in, I don't want mine to be the 'definitive' edition of the book or anything, one because I didn't publish the original version, and two because the newsprint edition was designed and printed that way on purpose. Part of the challenge so far has been to mimic the newsprint effect in the deluxe version, so I have to be careful not to print the colors too bright.
It's an interesting project, because Santoro never intended for something like this to be done - in his mind, the newspaper accomplishes exactly what he was trying to achieve. That said, he is on board with the idea of doing a fancy presentation of it for collectors, which I appreciate, since I can't stand the way newsprint comics fall apart so quickly. The other option would be for collector types who can't afford a $300 book but still want a presentation that is sturdier than the original newspaper.
Also, thanks for the signed plate offer - for this one, I'm going to have him sign directly on the back cover, hopefully with a little drawing.