In the past few years, I’ve fallen in love with reissues of newspaper strips, a comic format I’d never really cared for when I was younger. Maybe it’s nostalgic, or maybe it’s just delayed recognition of the talent and dedication the format requires. I read several comics strip reprints this year (and bought more that I still haven’t read), most of which you’ll see below.
Thankfully the month of September ran out last night and I can finish my “Graphic Novels Read in September” post (which should be up tomorrow). That will add 16 more books to the first part of September’s reads.
Most readers of this blog will know of my great love for newspaper strip comics and especially the great work being done by IDW’s Library of American Comics. You can hear an excellent interview with Library of American Comics founder Dean Mullaney over at The Comics Alternative. I simply cannot wait for their newest book, King of the Comics: 100 Years of King Features. If you love comics, you won’t want to miss it.
Speaking of The Comics Alternative, Derek, Andy K., Gene, Gwen and I had a great time participating in International Podcast Day. You can hear those shenanigans here.
Finally, I was honored to be interviewed last night by Josh Stone over at Librarians Assemble!, a really fun podcast focusing on librarians and comics. I’ll post when that interview goes up. Thanks again, Josh!
Rip Kirby Volume 1: 1946-1948 (2009) – Alex Raymond
My love for newspaper comic strips began just a few years ago when -thanks to Chris Marshall over at the Collected Comics Library – I discovered Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates and was hooked. It didn’t take long before I found that everything published by IDW’s Library of American Comics imprint was worth reading and probably essential to own. Yet I had some reservations about Rip Kirby…
It may appear that July is going to be a thin month in the graphic novel department, but I’m currently in the middle of a project that involves re-reading and studying an entire completed series which – while very enjoyable – is taking up a good bit of my reading time. More on that next time. For now, here’s what I’ve read during the first half of July:
When IDW decided in 2007 to launch its Library of American Comics imprint featuring collected editions of classic newspaper strips, its first choice of material was obvious. Terry and the Pirates, under the pen of Milton Caniff, ran in newspapers from 1934 through 1946 and was read by 31 million newspaper subscribers. Howard Chaykin considers Terry and the Pirates “the greatest adventure comic strip ever done.” He’s not alone in his estimation.