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Episode 008 with special guest Jeff Kersten

Dean Mullaney is on vacation so LOAC Associate Editor Bruce Canwell joins Kurtis Findlay for another episode of the Library of American Comics & EuroComics Podcast!

In this episode, Bruce and Kurtis talk about Jerome K. Jerome Bloche, Vol. 2: The Paper People as well as upcoming projects like Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 5 and Steve Canyon, Vol. 9. Plus, Dick Tracy enthusiast and historian Jeff Kersten discusses the political subtext found between the panels of Dick Tracy and what we can expect in vol. 23 and 24!

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Have Computer—Will Travel

When I was a young child—we’re talking late-1950s—westerns ruled the TV airwaves. Next to Zorro, my unequivocal favorite was Have Gun—Will Travel, starring Richard Boone (who many longtime Steve Ditko fans recognize as the visual inspiration for Doctor Strange). Boone portrayed Paladin, a gun for hire who would travel across the West to help clients—hence the name “Have Gun—Will Travel.”

Over the years the title has engendered plenty of variations and parodies, to which Lorraine Turner and I add, “Have Computer—Will Travel.” When we headed to Italy for a couple of months this Spring, it was obvious that “the work must go on,” so we packed up the laptops and portable Wacom displays. In between meeting with European comics publishers, creators, and historians, we’re setting up shop as we go. Here’s a video of our latest stop: Praiano, on the Amalfi Coast. The view doesn’t get much better than this as we demonstrate that it’s indeed possible to Have Computer—Will Travel.

Corto’s friends in Venice!

Tommaso Listo, Dean, and Giacomo Vella

While prowling around Corto Maltese’s old haunts in Venice this week, my wife Lorraine Turner and I stopped at the city’s one and only comics shop: ZAZÀ, and spent some time visiting with our new friends Giacomo Vella and Tommaso Listo. They’re great guys, who graciously put up with our (very) limited Italian and showed us some of their favorite Italian comics. The “fumetteria” carries an exceptional variety of comics for all age groups and tastes. For those who plan a trip to Venice, don’t miss ZAZÀ, Calle dell’Olio o del Cafetier, Sao Polo, 2424 – Venezia, and tell them Dean sent you!

Zazà Fumetteria in Venice

Episode 007 with special guest Sidney Friedfertig

Dean Mullaney and Kurtis Findlay are back with another episode of the Library of American Comics & EuroComics Podcast!

In this episode, Dean and Kurtis discuss Alack Sinner, Vol. 2: The Age of Disenchantment, Four Sisters, Vol. 1: Enid and Superman: The Golden Age Dailies, 1944-1947. Plus, Superman historian and collector Sidney Friedfertig shares his knowledge of the Superman comic strip and explains how his collection made our Superman books possible!

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Jean-Pierre Gibrat and “Flight of the Raven” nominated for Two Eisner Awards!

The lush watercolors of the French artist Jean-Pierre Gibrat have earned him two Eisner award nominations for his first graphic novel to be translated into English.

Flight of the Raven, published by the EuroComics imprint of IDW and translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander, is up for Best U.S. Edition of International Material. Gibrat is also nominated in the Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art) category.

The artist has previously received the Best Artist Award at the Angoulême Festival.

The Christian Science Monitor calls Flight of the Raven, “One of the most memorable graphic novels of the past decade…. Each page is lushly illustrated in gorgeous watercolors.” The story takes place in Paris during the German Occupation and stars a memorable heroine—the French Resistance fighter named Jeanne.

EuroComics/IDW has also just released Gibrat’s The Reprieve, the prequel to Flight of the Raven. “From the moment I saw Flight of the Raven in its original French edition, I wanted to bring Jean-Pierre’s work to America,” says EuroComics editor Dean Mullaney. “We’ve also contracted for his current series—Mattéo. The first volume will be on sale in December. Jean-Pierre is working on the fifth and final volume in that series that follows the titular protagonist through the major conflicts of the first half of the Twentieth Century…so readers have plenty of his work to look forward to.”

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that our sister imprint—The Library of American Comics—received a nomination for Star Wars Classic Newspaper Strips by Russ Manning!

Winners of the 2018 Eisner Awards will be announced in July at the San Diego Comic-Con International.