Little Orphan Annie (last name still unknown) turned 90 years old this week. She first appeared on August 5, 1924 in a single newspaper — the bulldog edition of the New York Daily News. The rest, as they say, is history. Here’s Annie and her “real” papa—Harold Gray—and her adoptive one—Oliver Warbucks, in their first meeting. Happy birthday to the mop-haired redhead!

We’re very humbled this weekend after winning three Eisner Awards at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. On behalf of everyone at LOAC, as well as the Alex Toth and Russ Manning families, we thank the Eisner voters for these great honors.

Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth won two awards: Best Comics-Related Book and Best Publication Design.


Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips won the Best Archival Comic Strip Collection award, beating our other nominee in the same category—Percy Crosby’s Skippy.


It was a good night for LOAC, as well as parent company IDW. For the first time, we collectively led all publishers in Eisner wins. Here’s Dean, accepting the Eisner for Genius, Illustrated on behalf of himself and his co-author Bruce Canwell.


Here’s Dean and Art Director Lorraine Turner accepting the award for Russ Manning’s Tarzan.


With IDW’s Scott Dunbier:


And the Classic Comics panel. From left: IDW’s Greg Goldstein, Dean, Scott, Eric Reynolds of Fantagraphics, Peter Maresca of Sunday Press Books, and off camera: Michael Martens of Dark Horse and Craig Yoe of Yoe Books.


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