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.
My wife and I bought our first bags of Hallowe’en candy today, gearing up for the hordes of ghoulies and ghosties who’ll be shouting, “Trick or treat!” at our front door at the end of the month. It’s easy to get in the swing of All Hallows around here — I don’t even need to see Hallowe’en-themed comic strips, like this 1980 grin from Tom Batiuk, to get me ready for this most innocently-fun of all holidays:
No, it’s easy for us to get in the Hallowe’en spirit because our neighbors down the street annually decorate their lawn in all manners of the macabre — inflatables (some of them over seven feet tall!), motion-activated exhibits, fog machines — you name it, they’ve probably done it during one Hallowe’en season or another.
Here’s a taste of how it looks in my neighborhood once the sun goes down …
The first volume isn’t even out and we’re announcing volume two? Yes, we’re plowing ahead and bringing you FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE: THE COMPLETE LIBRARY, VOLUME TWO: 1983-1986, by Lynn Johnston, coming in July 2018!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth…a million?!
Watch this wonderful video of Lynn Johnston, with editor Kurtis Findlay, opening the first advance copy of Volume One of the complete FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE series from IDW’s Library of American Comics.
This first book, covering 1979-1982, will be in stores later this month!