Briefly Noted

Bits and pieces picked up on the road between Star Hawks Volume 3 and Steve Canyon Volume 9 …

 

“Now It Can Be Told” Dept:  Here’s hoping you were able to tune in on Wednesday, May 16th, to see my wife, Krista, vie with two other competitors on Wheel of Fortune. Krista is an exceptional word-game player (it’s murder trying to beat her at Scrabble!), and her skills were on display throughout this episode — though the capricious Wheel can both giveth and taketh away. That said, I was — and am — very proud of her! Here’s her official publicity picture, taken by a show photographer:

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Buongiorno from Bologna!

Here’s LOAC Art Director Lorraine Turner with Francesco Meo of the Italian comics publisher Cosmo Editoriale. We had lunch with Francesco today in Bologna, renewing the friendship we established at Angoulême last year. Newspaper strips fans will be glad to know that Francesco is publishing Italian editions of Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon, Dick Tracy, Russ Manning’s Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Rip Kirby, as well as other “A” list strips!

Out Among the Stars —

It occurred to me while writing my text feature for our upcoming Star Hawks Volume 3 that 1979 was quite a watershed year for comic strip science fiction. Archie Goodwin and Gil Kane revamped the Star Hawks premise (we’ll zoom in on that topic in our coverage of the material collected in volume 3) — and the Star Wars and Star Trek comic features each debuted in ’79, as well.

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the promotional coverage for those two big SF franchises as they took their respective newspaper bows. Though Star Trek launched last, in December, I’ll show you a sample of its promo ads first. Here’s something that ran in the December 1st Ontario (Canada, not California) Journal:

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Puck Featured on C-SPAN

On Sunday, April 29, C-SPAN3 aired a special 22-minute interview with What Fools These Mortals Be! The Story of Puck co-author Michael Alexander Kahn. The topic of conversation was American politics through the eyes of cartoonists who contributed to Puck magazine in the late 19th and early 20th century. If you’ve been with us for a while, then you know that we published What Fools These Mortals Be!, an Eisner Award-nominated coffee table book in 2014 and we are thrilled to see it getting continued well-deserved attention! The whole segment is now archived at cspan.org, but we’ve linked it here for you for easy access!

Episode 007 with special guest Sidney Friedfertig

Dean Mullaney and Kurtis Findlay are back with another episode of the Library of American Comics & EuroComics Podcast!

In this episode, Dean and Kurtis discuss Alack Sinner, Vol. 2: The Age of Disenchantment, Four Sisters, Vol. 1: Enid and Superman: The Golden Age Dailies, 1944-1947. Plus, Superman historian and collector Sidney Friedfertig shares his knowledge of the Superman comic strip and explains how his collection made our Superman books possible!

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“The Nomination IS the Award …”

… That’s what Jim Rockford said when he was up for a Private Investigator trophy in the 1979 Rockford Files episode, “Nice Guys Finish Dead.” The Library of American Comics is equally humble, but proudly notes that Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Strips Volume 1 is a nominee in this year’s Eisner Awards for the category “Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips.” As new Star Wars stories have hit the big screen and the comic shop shelves in recent years, we’re delighted to have made it possible for comics lovers and Star Wars fans alike to enjoy this excellent work by writer/artist Russ Manning, Steve Gerber, Alfredo Alcala, and other fine talent.

As always, the Eisner Award winners will be announced in July, at the San Diego Comic-Con. Everyone at LOAC and IDW extends their thanks to the Eisner committee for acknowledging our efforts.

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that our sister imprint—EuroComics—garnered two nominations for Jean-Pierre Gibrat’s Flight of the Raven!

… You Might Just Say, “It’s Bleeding Cool!”

Up now at the popular comics newsite Bleeding Cool, an interview with yr hmbl svnt — but not just any interview, a three-part interview!

Ian Melton, who writes for the site, contacted me several weeks ago. As a fan of the Amazing Spider-Man comic strip, Ian had bought our reprints of the wall-crawler’s newspaper exploits and asked me if I’d like to talk. Glad to do so, but what I didn’t expect …

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A Dozen Views of One of Life’s Certainties

It’s that time of year here in the United States — tax time, that is! Actually, the citizenry has something of a break in 2018, since the official deadline for filing tax returns, April 15th, falls on a Sunday. That means the deadline slips to the next business day, so in most states the Post Offices are bracing for a run on their windows on Monday the 16th. In Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Maine, where Patriots Day is a state holiday. the deadline will be Tuesday the 17th — and no, NFL wags, the holiday commemorates the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord, not the team headquartered in Foxboro, Mass.!

For decades cartoonists have mined tax day for laughs; some of them made it a point to annually commemorate the date in their strips. Don’t believe us? Well, the proof is in the pudding. Here are a dozen strips devoted to the trials and tribulations of taxation, taken at fifteen-year intervals across a period of three decades:

 

From 1980 —

 

From 1995:

 

And finally, from 2010:

Whether you’re assembling your schedules so your tax forms will bear a postmark scant minutes before the deadline or (like the Canwell household) you finished your taxes and have settled accounts with Uncle Sammy weeks before, we hope you enjoyed this little look at tax day in the comics page!

Episode 006 with special guest Michael Barrier

Dean Mullaney and Kurtis Findlay are back with another episode of the Library of American Comics & EuroComics Podcast!

In this episode, Dean and Kurtis discuss Skippy, Vol. 4, Treasury of Classic Tales, Vol. 3, and The Reprieve. Plus, animation historian Michael Barrier tells us about some of his favorite stories from Walt Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales!

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