- Posted by Johanna on November 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
It’s certainly Fantagraphics’ week, with the release of two amazing reprint volumes. The first is the much-anticipated Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips, Volume 1: Through the Wild Blue Wonder ($39.99).
It’s difficult, when contemplating reading such an acclaimed classic, not to worry that the material won’t live up to the expectations created by the praise, or to wonder if the strip was fresher in its original time. (Especially with strips that comment on contemporaneous events, especially political ones.) I have no fear with Pogo, because if nothing else, the characters are so darn cute and well-cartooned, I know I’ll enjoy seeing them. I have my copy, but I won’t be reading it until after KC finishes it, because he’s so looking forward to it.
The other book is Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes ($28.99), the first volume in The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. I was so impressed by Fanta’s Mickey Mouse: Race to Death Valley, a book that I would have never guessed I would enjoy so much, that I’m eagerly looking forward to discovering this hidden treasure.
There’s one more reprint this week that looks to shed new light on a lesser-known subject, this time an artist. IDW’s Archie: The Best of Samm Schwartz Volume 1 ($24.99) is the latest in their line focusing on classic Archie artists. They’re handsome books, with selections that point out the strengths of creators overlooked because they worked on teen comedy books.
I don’t read many periodical-format comics any more, but one series I’ve eagerly been following is Comic Book Comics, which consists of illustrated history lessons about the industry. The final issue (sob! choke!) is out today (#6, $3.99, Evil Twin Comics), exploring the birth of the graphic novel, Osamu Tezuka, and the direct market.