Hot on the heels of our exciting Dick Tracy announcement, we can now unveil the schedule of Library of American Comics releases planned for 2023.
We’ve had previous inquiries from some readers on this topic, and it’s fair if you’re thinking, “It’s taken three-plus months to publish your release schedule?” We’ve always been a small shop, and as you know, these days we’re a small shop partnering with two different publishers. That’s a “win-win-win” scenario for us all, but it does mean two sets of logistics to coordinate, and two sets of details to manage in order to insure a smooth flow of titles moving through both channels. But everyone involved thinks we have it right, so we’re ready to push aside the curtain and reveal …
Springing into Booksellers: Partnering with our long-time friends at IDW, March saw the release of the first-ever softcover edition of the second book in our award-winning Alex Toth trilogy, Genius, Illustrated:
A Midyear Hotbed of Crime and Criminals: As we recently announced in conjunction with Clover Press, the summer months will see the first two volumes of The Complete Dick Tracy, by Chester Gould, going on sale in their new, reformatted editions! This will put the first four years of Gould’s hard-hitting comics masterwork — 1931 through 1935 — into the same size books as Volumes 7 through 29, which were published after LOAC took over production of the series starting in 2009 (egad! Really? So long ago?). Fans who have longed to have the entire Tracy run in fully-uniform editions are on the way to getting their wish granted. Be on the lookout for these two dustjacket covers below:
Autumn Brings Something Old, Something New: By the time the leaves are turning, baseball is enmeshed in its playoffs, and the NFL regular season is underway, we expect to again team with IDW to offer the seventh volume of Lynn Johnston’s consistently excellent For Better or For Worse, with wedding bells the order of the day …
… As well as the new paperback version of Genius, Animated, the concluding chapter in our examination of the life and career of master craftsman Alex Toth:
Rolling in Clover Throughout 2023: Certainly we haven’t forgotten Terry and the Pirates: The Master Collection! Clover Press and LOAC are continuing their joint project to showcase Milton Caniff’s enduring classic as it’s never been showcased before! Volumes 4 through 6 of this ambitious undertaking are scheduled to be available throughout this year, spanning material originally published in newspapers during the period 1938 – 1940, and introducing new characters such as April Kane, Dude Hennick, and Raven Sherman, who play key roles as the series continues to unfold:
Dick Tracy’s reformatted Volumes 3 and 4 should also both be available by the time the leaves are falling and (in some areas, at least) snow is blanketing the ground.
All in all, many nifty items to choose from, and it’s definitely a good idea to eliminate the risk of having to pay rare-book prices later by buying those items of interest when they become available. We’ll be plenty busy producing this output — and laying the plans for 2024, too!