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Dog Days & Original Art: Canwell’s 2018 Twin Teases

Here’s hoping this still-New-Year is off to a fine start for our readers and all the visitors to this space! It’s been a mighty frosty start to 2018 here in New England (as it was in many parts of the country), where we tied the meteorological record for twelve consecutive days where the high temperature never topped twenty degrees. It’s been so cold in the greater Boston area that my intrepid dog, Gypsy, has consented to wearing the sweater my wife bought for her on December 29th (something I never thought she would do) —

Despite the wintry chill in my area, I’m working on a variety of LOAC projects that promise to make 2018 a hot year indeed! Let me offer you a tiny peek at what you’ll be seeing under our logo in the weeks and months ahead.

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For Better or For Worse, Vol. 1 an “exquisite tome”

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!

2017: The LOAC Year in Review

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.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Vol. 3

We here at the Library are checking out Star Wars: The Last Jedi today! We are so excited that we just had to share some special Star Wars news with you!

Coming September 2018, The Library of American Comics proudly presents STAR WARS: THE CLASSIC NEWSPAPER COMICS, VOL. 3, written by Archie Goodwin and illustrated by Al Williamson. This is the final of three books that will complete your Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comics collection!

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A Holiday Born Fifty Years Ago

Thanksgiving is being celebrated in the U.S., with millions of travelers bound “over the river and through the woods” — if not to grandmother’s house, then to the home of some beloved family member. Air and rail travel have made trips of thousands of miles possible, transforming for many the official fourth-Thursday-of-November observance into a four-day holiday weekend.

Whether you’re staying close to home, crossing the country, or traveling some distance in between, may your Thanksgiving be a pleasant one — and may you gobble up this fantasy comics page from a Thanksgiving exactly fifty years old — from Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1967. It features familiar faces, as well as more esoteric comic strips, such as Born Loser by Art Sansom (the series was only two-and-a-half years old at this time, having debuted in May of 1965, though Sansom had previously worked on Chris Welkin – Planeteer and Vic Flint); Wayout by Ken Muse (not “Ben,” as this credit mistakenly indicates; you can learn more about Mr. Muse’s life and career here); Mell Lazarus’s lesser-known series, Miss Peach; and The Berrys, by Carl Grubert.

Enjoy!

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Claudette Colbert, Percy Crosby, and the Bride of Frankenstein

One of the more tedious and time-consuming jobs here at the Library is scanning, especially for a book like Skippy vol. 4 that contains three years of dailies (1934-1936). For those of you who are counting, that’s more than 900 scans. It’s also a very rewarding task in that we know that our efforts are digitally preserving those 900-plus strips of rotting newsprint.

As we place each daily face down on the scanner, we can’t help but look on the back. More often than not, it’s the classified section or an ad for a local department store (“Chic New Spring Hats, only 69 cents!”)…but certain newspapers would run dailies on the verso of the local entertainment listings, and that can be fun—and instructive.

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