|University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0-472-11756-7|
Yes, the book that I’ve been talking about for years is finally published and available for purchase! American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide is the project I’ve been working on for over 25 years. It offers all the vital data on most every comic strip or cartoon panel series ever published in U.S. newspapers.
All serious newspaper comic strip fans and collectors will find this book an invaluable reference. Whether you want information about an obscure title, or need to check the ‘vital statistics’ of a popular fan favorite, American Newspaper Comics provides authoritative answers.
Over 7000 distinct newspaper comics series are covered, with the following information offered for each:
- beginning and end dates
- frequency and format
- artist and writer beginning and ending dates and roles
- syndicate information
- alternate titles
- book collections
- story listings
- additional notes about the series
- source notes indicating where information was gathered
In addition, the book also includes:
- extensive introductory material describing the research methods used, and explanatory notes about the evolution of the newspaper comic strip
- a directory of newspaper syndicates, with capsule histories of over 100 companies
- cross-reference of syndicates, listing all features they distributed
- cross-reference of creators, listing all features with which they were involved
- cross-reference of alternate titles to listed features
- a bundled CD with over 3000 high quality sample images of over 2000 different features covered in the book
Price and Availability
The suggested retail price of the book is $150, reflecting not only the vast scope of the work and the decades of research that went into it, but also the publisher’s assumption that it will be sold primarily to libraries and educational facilities. However, I have assured the University of Michigan Press that there is a significant community of fans, collectors and researchers who would love copies for their own bookshelves, but for whom that price might well be a budget-breaker. Therefore, in a marketing tactic not usually used for academic reference books, the Press is offering the book to collectors for a whopping 40% off the suggested list price.
To get the 40% off price, click here to go to the publishers website, and when you place your order use the promo code “COMICS” to receive the special discount.
The book is also available on Amazon but the discount pricing seems to come and go on a daily basis. The publisher is not certain that the discounted price will ever be consistently found there, but if you are dead set on purchasing at Amazon, keep a watch on the listing. There is already a really wonderful book review there that you might check out, though!