Clare Briggs was one of the titans of the comic strip in the early 20th century. In this 1926 volume, he explains how to build a career in comics, and how he found the humorous aspects of life that informed such classic strips as When a Feller Needs a Friend and The Days of Real Sport. With over fifty example cartoons, plus added advice from such key cartoonists as H. T. Webster (creator of The Timid Soul), F. Opper (Happy Hooligan), Frank King (Gasoline Alley), Winsor McCay (Little Nemo), and more, this book proved inspirational. Charles Schulz cited this book as leading him down to the road to Peanuts.
Out of print for many decades, this collectors’ item is now available again in this complete paperback edition.
- Paperback : 223 pages (note: 40-some of these are blank pages behind pages of art)
- ISBN-10 : 1949996425
- ISBN-13 : 978-1949996425
- Dimensions : 7.25 x 0.56 x 10 inches
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“Negro America’s Favorite Cartoonist” – that’s what Langston Hughes called Ollie Harrington, whose cartoons and comic strips were a staple of America’s Black newspapers for decades starting in the 1930s. In his single-panel series “Dark Laughter,” Harrington brought out the vibrancy of Harlem life in its day, while serving some cutting looks at the politics of the time.
At the heart of “Dark Laughter” is Bootsie, a cunning, conning, girl-chasing ne’er-do-well who is nonetheless beloved in his Harlem community… if often reluctantly. Bootsie is both the victim of the world’s troubles and a frequent cause of them for others.
Here’s a collection of prime cartoons from the mid-1950s, drawn with the detailed joy that only Ol Harrington (who also worked as Oliver W. Harrington) could bring, finally available to a larger audience.
- Paperback : 155 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1949996352
- ISBN-13 : 978-1949996357
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.35 x 11 inches
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In the 1940s, the comics pages of America’s weekly Black newspapers were filled with characters both inspirational and aspirational. In addition to the life stories of great African Americans, there were fictional tales of Black reporters, Black detectives, Black government agents, Black aviators, Black people rising in the ranks of society, even Black superheroes, all to give their audiences the sense of the best that was possible.
Then there was Bootsie.
Bootsie was a liar, a womanizer, a layabout, a scammer, a cheat, and an all around disreputable dude. Among the denizens of Harlem he was scorned, threatened, detested… and yet nonetheless loved as a part of the community.
Collected in this book for the very first time are almost 150 “Dark Laughter” cartoons from 1941 through 1946, during which time Bootsie goes from being a draft evader to a draftee, an enlisted man, a serviceman on the ground in Europe, and ultimately to a veteran for the winning side. In these, cartoonist Ollie Harrington’s lively art captures the rich reality of Bootie’s world while telling tales that are sometimes joyous, sometimes very harsh, like the world itself.
- Paperback : 161 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1949996336
- ISBN-13 : 978-1949996333
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.41 x 9 inches
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Years after hanging up his hero costume, The Jam star Gordon Kirby finds himself facing something more difficult than any villain that might stalk the streets of Montreal: the complexities of a mature relationship where the romance has faded.
Canadian Hall of Fame cartoonist Befnie Mireault brings all his skills and love of the comics form to this, his first original graphic novel. Originally self-published (with support from the Xeric Foundation) solely as a limited edition volume in 2012, To Get Her is now available in unlimited editions for the first time.
It’s the 21st century’s first feature-length comics tale of Bernie Mireault’s popular Canadian hero series The Jam.
This new, full-color, square-bound paperback starts off with the 38 page The Jam story “A Secret Bowman”, Mireault’s gorgeously-colored never-before-seen comic book adaption of his own prose story. Someone is shooting arrows into the citizens of Montréal, and it’s up to The Jammer to do something about it. But are larger forces at play?
But that’s not all. You also get another all new story, “Avatars of Adventure: Adepts of Arcana,” written by respected author and editor Claude Lalumière and drawn by Bernie. Plus the The Jam story The Chair is printed in color for the first time, and Bernie’s story Dr. Robot vs. Monster (from Madman #12) is reprinted as well. And then there’s a 6-page portfolio of color images in this 64 page issue.
Before Pete Tumlinson drew the early adventures of Marvel’s Kid Colt, Outlaw, he created this wild romp of a strip that was published in papers throughout the United States.
Cherry is a comely carrot-top car-hop at the local drive in who finds herself being courted by two young men. They battle for her attention and affection… on the land, in the water, and in the skies above!
Unseen since it ran in newspapers in the late 1940s, this offbeat strip is collected here for the first time, in this complete 75th anniversary edition.
- Paperback : 87 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1949996360
- ISBN-13 : 978-1949996364
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.22 x 6 inches
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Every comics writer brings their own style to their script, and here you’ll find nine example scripts from writers of comics and graphic novels. See how Mark Waid writes a crime tale, Eric Shanower writes an Age of Bronze script for himself to follow, Bryan Talbot writes one for a fellow artist. You also get Mark Verheiden showing a script for his own superpowered hero The American, The Men In Black creator Lowell Cunningham writing a new concept, Watchmen editor Barbara Randall Kesel writing an all-ages short story, and Professor R. Alan Brooks showing a brief tale from his Burning Metronome series. Most of the scripts are introduced by the writers, like Ryan Estrada telling how he and Kim Hyun Sook co-wrote the script for a chapter of their acclaimed Banned Book Club, or Shaenon Garrity explaining how she uses both script and thumbnails when writing her The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor graphic novel, and more. A great tool for aspiring comics writers and artists alike!
- Paperback : 207 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1949996395
- ISBN-13 : 978-1949996395
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.47 x 11 inches
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Cartoonist H.T. Webster may be best known for his decades of chronicling the adventures of the “Timid Soul” Casper Milquetoast, but he repeatedly chronicled in cartoon form the foibles of players of card games, most notably bridge and poker. Here we have dozens of his bridge cartoons, matched with the humorous writings of William Johnston, author of History Up to Date and , who provides “unsolicited advice on how not to play bridge.”
Long out of print and hard to find, now it’s back again – for the first time in paperback!
- Paperback : 127 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1949996123
- ISBN-13 : 978-1949996128
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.32 x 9 inches
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Speck is the ultimate altar boy, half holy, half hellion, well-intentioned but oh, so distractible. Some of us remember dealing with him, others of us remember being him.
Margaret Ahern spent a quarter century drawing the adventures of the never-aging Speck, being one of the few female cartoonists to take part in the Catholic cartoon explosion of the 1950s and one of the artists who stuck with the form the longest. This book collects the first two collections of her work (Speck the Altar Boy and Presenting… Speck the Altar Boy), both out of print for decades, into a single volume for the first time, with hundreds of prime Speck cartoons. Also available: AN ALTAR BOY NAMED ‘SPECK’, a collection of cartoons by Speck’s creator, W. R. “Tut” LeBlanc.
Speck is a well-intentioned, spirited, energetic, and often all-too-human boy of the cloth, there to serve, to support, and when possible, to mooch your sweet snacks!
Here, back in print for the first time in over 60 years, is the very first collection of Speck cartoons. “An Altar Boy Named ‘Speck'” started appearing in Catholic Action o the South (the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans) in 1951, and by 1952 the comic was already being collected into books and was signed with a national distributor.
Unfortunately, the comic’s creator, W. R. “Tut” LeBlanc, passed away in 1953. The feature was taken over by cartoonist Margaret Ahern, who kept it running until 1979.
- Paperback : 107 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1949996302
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.27 x 8.5 inches
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