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Hugo Pratt and Milton Caniff

A year-long exhibit of Hugo Pratt’s art is currently on display at the Musée des Confluences, in Lyon, France. Curated by Patrizia Zanotti and Cong SA, in cooperation with the national libraries of France, the exhibit – and catalogue – features a brief piece by Dean Mullaney discussing Milton Caniff’s influence on Pratt.

For our English-speaking readers, here’s the English text alongside the illustrated French version. (Corto Maltese and all Hugo Pratt art © 2018 Cong SA.) Fans of both artists’ work will appreciate the mature Pratt’s homages to Caniff, known as the Rembrandt of the Comic Strip.


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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

We love Gibrat!

A single advance copy of THE REPRIEVE by the incredible Jean-Pierre Gibrat just arrived at the offices. Here’s a photo with the companion volume FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN. “Repreive” will be on sale in a few weeks!

Discover Something New!

I’m often asked why we decided to start the EuroComics imprint—considering how busy we are producing all the Library of American Comics titles. The answer is pretty simple:

Great comics are great comics, regardless of when or where they were created. The Library of American Comics, in reprinting classic newspaper strips of the past, takes care of the “when;” EuroComics takes care of the “where.”

One of the most exciting aspects about editing and publishing comics is discovering something new. Sometimes it’s a young comics creator coming into his or her own—as when in 1984 I published Zot!, a series from an unknown cartoonist named Scott McCloud. Sometimes it’s being able to finally read the work of a master artist such as Claire Wendling, whose masterpiece Lights of the Amalou, written by Christophe Gibelin, has been unavailable to those of us who can only read English.

Whether they’re new or old, originally written in English or another language, great comics are great comics. I’m as excited as anyone at the opportunity to read them…and think you will be too.

We’re creating previews in English for most books in our catalogue, so please browse through the listings and take a look.

A contender for Best Book of the Year

JT Lindroos at Euro Comics Roundup reviews two recent EuroComics titles:

“Alack Sinner: Age of Innocence” from IDW’s EuroComics is a contender for the best book of the year.” — JT Lindroos, Euro Comics Roundup

JEROME K. JEROME BLOCHE: The Shadow Killers —
“Jerome K Jerome Bloche is a very likable lead and this is a fine introduction to a series I expect to only get better as it builds its world, characters and (most likely) its running gags. Beautifully printed in an affordable hardback, I’m eager for the next several volumes. —JT Lindroos, Euro Comics Roundup
Here’s a preview of the second book!

An absolutely spectacular example of what comics can be.

At the Official Comic-Con Blog, Steve Lieber reviews our first ALACK SINNER book:

“Munoz’s influence can be felt throughout today’s comics, but there’s no other work like this out there. No one else puts so much emotion on the page, or tells stories with this much rage and empathy and pain. I hope you’ll take a look at Alack Sinner, because it’s an absolutely spectacular example of what comics can be.”