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For Those Who Came in Late …

Knowing that persons everywhere are looking for new diversions during the current global circumstances, it occurred to us that we may be getting casual browsers stopping by this space for only the first or second time. They may find themselves wondering, “What’s this whole Library of American Comics thing about, anyway?”

This entry is a very compressed primer on things a newcomer might want to know about our books, and the source material for them …

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A Rare Gift of New (To Me) Artwork

Greetings to all our visitors — I’ve been quiet in recent weeks because my wife has been under the weather and I’ve been running the household by myself (she’s much better now, thanks!). It was a challenge, even before the current circumstances fully took hold. We trust all our readers are acting responsibly and staying healthy. My wife had a far more pedestrian illness than the pandemic threat, but it was a fresh reminder that a sickbed is never a pleasant destination.

Shortly before my wife’s health took a downward turn, I became the custodian of a generous gift to LOAC. Here’s a look at it, and the backstory around it …

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Screwball Nation!

Don’t miss Art Spiegelman’s insightful 5000-word review of Screwball! by Paul Tumey in the New York Review of Books!

“The future of comics is in the past, and Paul Tumey does a heroic job of casting a fresh light on the hidden corners of that past in Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny. It’s a lavish picture book with over six hundred comics, drawings, and photos, many of which haven’t been seen since their twenty-four hour life-spans in newspapers around a century ago.” — Art Spiegelman, The New York Review of Books

Bud, Michener, & Me (One of These Things is Not Like the Others …)

If you read our 2008 extravaganza, Scorchy Smith and The Art of Noel Sickles, you know that Sickles (called “Bud” by his friends) was an immense talent, establishing himself in cartooning before shifting to a stellar illustration career. If you’re unfamiliar with the works of James A. Michener, you can Google his name and find a list of his works, several considered major publishing events in their time (Tales of the South Pacific, for example, was a Pulitzer Prize winner). So when I drop myself into their midst, it’s apparent to me (and I suspect to you, even if you’re too polite to say it) that I’m the “one of these things” that is not like the others. What entitles me to mix with such august company?

Here’s one-half of that answer …

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Mile Markers on the Road to 200: LOAC’s Bicentennial Biggies

Concluding our look back on our first two hundred releases — the earlier installments can be found herehere, and here, too — we check out LOAC books number one hundred fifty-one to two hundred, spanning the years 2016 to 2019. Here’s the list of those titles:

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