THE LIBRARY OF AMERICAN COMICS ON THE MOVE!

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December 7, 2021

The Library of American Comics On the Move!

The Library of American Comics founder and Creative Director Dean Mullaney announced that beginning in 2022 the primary home for LOAC and its sister imprint EuroComics will be Clover Press, co-founded by former IDW chief Ted Adams and EVP Robbie Robbins. Mullaney and Adams have a long history, going back to the legendary Eclipse Comics.

During the past fifteen years partnering with IDW, LOAC and EuroComics won seven Eisner awards, two Harvey awards, and was nominated for more than thirty others. Its roster of artists includes some of the most influential cartoonists of all time: Milton Caniff, Alex Raymond, Chester Gould, Alex Toth, Harold Gray, Russ Manning, and dozens more.

Mullaney explained, “Moving forward it’s become clear that IDW has less interest in archival projects, whereas LOAC has rededicated itself to preserving the history of classic newspaper comics one strip at a time.”

LOAC intends to pursue all available distribution channels in order to reach both die-hard fans and new readers. While Clover will be LOAC’s primary home base, Mullaney said that some existing series—such as Lynn Johnston’s For Better or For Worse and Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon—will continue to be released through IDW.

The LOAC/Clover partnership begins with a bang—the ambitious tabloid-sized Terry and the Pirates: The Master Collection, funded partially by a novel subscription model.

Additional projects will be announced in the spring.

For more information, contact:

Hank Kanalz (hank@cloverpress.us)
or
Kurtis Findlay (kurtis@loacomics.com)

18 thoughts on “THE LIBRARY OF AMERICAN COMICS ON THE MOVE!

  1. Mario Lucioni says:

    Hello: I’d wish Clover Press offered other options for shipping, especially to us, foreign customers. DHL is too expensive! Also, there are news about Little Orphan Annie? It’s my favorite LOAC collection…
    Lastly, a request: maybe after the Caniff project, you could make a new edition of Flash Gordon from printer’s proofs: in the ’90s there was a nice Italian edition made from a set of printer proofs from the Raymond estate. Beautiful!

    • Kurtis says:

      We are working on alternative shipping methods for international buyers. We are open to suggestions if you have any.

      Little Orphan Annie will be wrapping up with one more volume. We are not quite sure what the future holds for Annie at this point.

      Since LOAC and Titan have both done Raymond’s Flash Gordon in the past few years, it is probably safe to say that it will be a little while still before a new edition of Flash Gordon is published.

      • Mario Lucioni says:

        USPS with tracking it’s ok, and it’s not so expensive. Too bad about the Flash Gordon, yours is sold out and I don’t like so much the Titan edition. Maybe further Little Orphan Annie volumes could be published with some kind of Kickstarter method?

  2. Scott Rowland says:

    Hopefully this will be a good fit. I hope to see more projects collecting less reprinted strips. I have purchased 4 different series of Terry reprints already, and am not interested in yet another, great though the strip is. Ben Casey is a strip crying out for a complete reprinting. Johnny Hazard has not been well-served by the current licensee.

    • Kurtis says:

      Well, we definitely can’t do books that are currently being done by other publishers, but we are looking into new projects that have never been done before, or are in need of a newer, better edition.

  3. Jason says:

    This is very exciting to me. Clover has done a great job with their own books and I can’t wait to see what this partnership brings.
    Any chance of electronic versions of the books in the future? While I love holding a book, shelf space is an issue with some of the longer running strips. If you were to do electronic books, maybe a subscription service? Pay a monthly or yearly fee and be able to read everything in the library.

  4. Jon Francis says:

    I hope Annie can continue, at least through the Harold Gray years. Any possibility of L’il Abner continuing past volume 9? Also Dick Tracy volume 23 is out of print and almost impossible to find. When it does turn up, it’s at a very high price. Is there a chance it will be reprinted? Thank you.

    • Kurtis says:

      Reprinting all depends on who is holding the rights. Right now they are still with IDW. We would have to wait out their term and then negotiate a new contract. Right now reprints are not on the table, but this is something we hope to address in the future.

  5. Nick says:

    This is exciting news! I was getting concerned about the slowed pace of released over the past two years. Does changing from IDW to Clover allow for you guy to do reprintings of previous books or should we expect that all of your books that were put out through IDW are part of a closed chapter?

    • Kurtis says:

      We will be exploring our options regarding our old books in the future, but at the moment the licensing rights for most of the books are still held by IDW. We would have to wait for those contracts to come to term and then negotiate new contracts with the rights holders. For this reason we will not be looking into reprints right away.

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  7. Andrew J Mansell says:

    Will there be any more Essentials…
    Dickie Dare
    Gordo
    Adventures of Patsy
    Mel Graff Secret Agent x-9 come to mind…
    Leslie Turner Wash Tubbs
    Brick Bradford….

    • Kurtis says:

      We would love to do more Essentials! We are currently forming our publishing plan for the future. Essentials will be in our discussions but obviously can’t say yes or no at this time.

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