Once in a while we receive an email from a reader that — all on its own — makes every effort we make worthwhile. A long-time comics reader recently discovered our LOAC ESSENTIALS series and wrote:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for publishing Dan Dunn: Secret Operative 48. I was thrilled more than you can ever imagine to accidentally find that you had done the book on Dan. I ordered it from Amazon immediately and couldn’t wait for it to arrive. I am in my late 80’s and my two favorite comic strips as a child were Alley Oop and Dan Dunn.”

Here are links to both books: Dan Dunn and Alley Oop.

If you would like to share your thoughts on any over our books, please email us (info@loacomics.com) or go to our Facebook page. THANK YOU!

Dog Days & Original Art: Canwell’s 2018 Twin Teases

Here’s hoping this still-New-Year is off to a fine start for our readers and all the visitors to this space! It’s been a mighty frosty start to 2018 here in New England (as it was in many parts of the country), where we tied the meteorological record for twelve consecutive days where the high temperature never topped twenty degrees. It’s been so cold in the greater Boston area that my intrepid dog, Gypsy, has consented to wearing the sweater my wife bought for her on December 29th (something I never thought she would do) —

Despite the wintry chill in my area, I’m working on a variety of LOAC projects that promise to make 2018 a hot year indeed! Let me offer you a tiny peek at what you’ll be seeing under our logo in the weeks and months ahead.

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For Better or For Worse, Vol. 1 an “exquisite tome”

For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library 1979-1982 has earned a starred review from Library Journal. They call it an “exquisite tome.”

“Fans of the highest virtuosity in cartooning will relish this deluxe introduction to the Patterson’s heartfelt and delightful story.”

This first volume was so well received that the first printing sold out faster than any previous LOAC book! Be sure to snag a copy when you can so you don’t miss out on the humble origins of Lynn Johnston’s multi-generational story!

Episode 003 with special guest Simone Castaldi

Welcome to 2018! We here at the Library of American Comics want to wish all of you the best as you start of this new year! Over the coming months, we plan on bringing you more volumes of some of your favorite series and some new books that you are going to love!

 

Why not start the year of with a new episode of the Library of American Comics & EuroComics Podcast, hosted by Dean Mullaney and Kurtis Findlay!

In this episode, Dean and Kurtis discuss Lights of the Amalou and Tales from the Age of the Cobra. Plus, find out just what it takes to bring an Italian classic to a North American audience with Corto Maltese translator Simone Castaldi!

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2017: The LOAC Year in Review

The Library of American Comics marked its tenth year of publication this summer, and using this milestone as a launching point, 2017 was the year LOAC took the comics world by storm. The familiar “word balloon” logo was emblazoned on a wide range of products including t-shirts, coffee mugs, towels, baseball caps, and even lace doilies to drape over the back of sofas or love-seats. There were the LOAC events at major conventions on both coasts. The article on us (with the biographical sidebar about Dean) in that July issue of Entertainment Weekly. And how about …

Wait. None of that really occurred. Sorry — sorry!

Instead, what happened during 2017 was that LOAC continued its mission to collect a wide range of entertaining and significant newspaper comics in permanent hardcover editions, helping to preserve the “strips” portion of comics, one of the handful of truly native American artforms.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Vol. 3

We here at the Library are checking out Star Wars: The Last Jedi today! We are so excited that we just had to share some special Star Wars news with you!

Coming September 2018, The Library of American Comics proudly presents STAR WARS: THE CLASSIC NEWSPAPER COMICS, VOL. 3, written by Archie Goodwin and illustrated by Al Williamson. This is the final of three books that will complete your Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comics collection!

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Santa Shows Up Early at My Home

We’ve discussed previously in this space that I try to get a representative example of artwork from some of my favorite LOAC books so they can be displayed in my home (On My Walls). I’ve added to my modest collection this year, and recently I visited my old pals Brian and Sally at Rainbow Art and Framing and asked them to put together a couple new pieces for me. They recently called and had things ready for me.

Obviously I wasn’t going to be able to snag an Alex Raymond Flash Gordon original, but my introduction to our fourth and final Flash/Jungle Jim volume touched upon the appearances of those characters in the post-Raymond years, and I was able to snag this cel from the late-1970s Filmation Flash cartoon. Here’s how it looks now that it’s hanging on one of my living room wall:

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Episode 002 with special guest Lorraine Turner

Dean and Kurtis are back for the second episode of the Library of American Comics & EuroComics Podcast!

In this episode, Dean and Kurtis discuss Li’l Abner, Vol. 9, Dick Tracy, Vol. 24, Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays, Vol. 3 and Star Hawks, Vol. 2! And joining us for this episode is LOAC Art Director Lorraine Turner discussing the process behind choosing titles to publish, the art of restoration and design. Plus, a special announcement about a new EuroComics title coming soon!

A Holiday Born Fifty Years Ago

Thanksgiving is being celebrated in the U.S., with millions of travelers bound “over the river and through the woods” — if not to grandmother’s house, then to the home of some beloved family member. Air and rail travel have made trips of thousands of miles possible, transforming for many the official fourth-Thursday-of-November observance into a four-day holiday weekend.

Whether you’re staying close to home, crossing the country, or traveling some distance in between, may your Thanksgiving be a pleasant one — and may you gobble up this fantasy comics page from a Thanksgiving exactly fifty years old — from Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1967. It features familiar faces, as well as more esoteric comic strips, such as Born Loser by Art Sansom (the series was only two-and-a-half years old at this time, having debuted in May of 1965, though Sansom had previously worked on Chris Welkin – Planeteer and Vic Flint); Wayout by Ken Muse (not “Ben,” as this credit mistakenly indicates; you can learn more about Mr. Muse’s life and career here); Mell Lazarus’s lesser-known series, Miss Peach; and The Berrys, by Carl Grubert.

Enjoy!

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