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August 23, 2011

Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked


By Tom Spurgeon


* the first volume of Fantagraphics' long-awaited series of Pogo books, to publish the syndicated strips in their entirety, has gone to press. Kim Thompson, Fantagraphics co-publisher, told CR as to period between announcement and publication: "There were a number of reasons for the long delay on this book, including the difficulty of finding some of the tearsheets in complete and usable condition, some very extensive retouching by both our production department and Carolyn Kelly, and some roadblocks that are now receding in our rear view mirror. But it's at the printer, by God, and we expect the next 11 volumes to go far quicker and smoother." As someone that briefly edited Fantagraphics 1990s reprints of some of the Pogo material, I can certainly attest to general difficulties in locating reproducible copies of the strips, and I would imagine that company's increased resources and skill at putting out such volumes, along with Carolyn Kelly's involvement, made finding tear sheets possible but not automatic.

image* Sam Costello and Neal Von Flue will debut their folk-ballad adaptation collection Labor And Love at SPX next month.

* Ed Brubaker will be writing a new, as-yet-unannounced new project coming out next year, tied into the spin-off issue from the recently-announced mini-continuation from the Marvel event series Fear Itself he's written for November publication.

* the first issue of the limited-edition Zegas #1 is now available on-line.

* this is only publishing news in the "news to me" sense, but Kim Thompson wrote in to inform CR readers that eight volumes of the Jean Tabary-drawn Iznogoud series in English are available through

* Aron Nels Steinke has gone to Kickstarter for funding on his next comics project, Big Plans #5.

* speaking of Fantagraphics (we were up top, anyway), that's a great-looking cover.

* finally, I'm not certain that I've mentioned that Faith Erin Hicks' Friends With Boys will be serialized on-line by publisher First Second before its early 2012 print release. While there are models for Internet publishing that seem to enjoy greater buzz right now, previewing a work to drive people to a then-published print collection still holds a lot of power and effectiveness.

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