You probably haven’t even had a chance to pick your copy of volume two yet, but look out! Coming in April 2019, we finish up the first decade of Lynn Johnston’s long-running family drama in FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, VOL. 3: 1986-89! Three-and-a-half years of dailies and full-color Sundays in one massive book!
Dean and Kurtis are heading to San Diego next week for one of the biggest pop culture events in the world… The San Diego Comic-Con!
List below is an outline of the various LOAC-related panels and signings taking place over the extended weekend. Plus, we’ll have many copies of For Better or For Worse, Vol. 2 and The Goat Getters for you to have signed by Lynn Johnston and Eddie Campbell, respectively.
Plus, how do you get one of these? Keep reading to find out!
Dean Mullaney and Kurtis Findlay are back for another episode of the Library of American Comics & EuroComics Podcast!
In this episode, Dean and Kurtis talk about The Silence of Malka and For Better or For Worse, Vol. 2! Plus, Lorraine Turner returns to the show and she and Dean share stories from their recent trip to Italy! And if that isn’t enough: San Diego Comic-Con panel and signing info! The fate of Red Barry! Info about a new Alex Toth book! And a tease about an upcoming volume of LOAC Essentials!
A few months ago in this space I showed you some photos of our LOAC books, arrayed on my bookshelves — you can see it here, if you’d like a refresher.
More recently, we received some impressive bookshelf photos from another comics historian, the estimable Barry Pearl. Check out this first of five shots of Mr. Pearl’s amassed comics collections and be prepared, like me, to resist the urge to whistle in appreciation …
We want to extend our congratulations to Lynn Johnston, who has been awarded the National Cartoonists Society Medal of Honor at the Ruben Awards in Philadelphia on May 26th!
Several years ago we took some time in this space to show you what my LOAC bookshelf looked like. I shelve my books in alphabetical order by author, or by publisher where that makes more sense — for instance, while my William Saroyans are under “S”, my Fantastic Fours are under “M”, with the rest of my Marvel Comics collections. My Library of American Comics titles are therefore under “L,” and then shelved alphabetically in a logical way (well, logical to me, anyway), as you can see:
Booklist has released a new interview with Lynn Johnston about her career as a cartoonist as well as revisiting her early strips when we were putting together For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 1.
Booklist was impressed with the first volume, calling it a “handsome hardcover”.
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!
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.