- $ 17.99
- Pub. Date: September 2013
- Publisher: First Second
- Format: Paperback , 128pp
- ISBN-13: 9781596431096
- ISBN: 1596431091
This project is so secret, there’s not even sample art available. So I grabbed this awesome Sailor Moon painting from Sonny Liew’s super secret website! If you need something to while away the days while you wait, he has a story in the final, eighth volume of Flight, plus all sorts of great stuff from a variety of publishers! And Malinky Robot from Image in August!
Ut oh… looks like I have a reason to buy something from Bluewater.
Okay… for those who don’t know about this amazing series, Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact was a Catholic-oriented biweekly distributed to parochial schools from 1946 to 1972. (Yeah, it’s the catholic Weekly Reader.) I’ve found a few copies in the dollar bins at shows, and it’s pretty tame fare. It’s not as … erm… parochial or pedantic as you might think. Safe, innocuous stories for kids, some of them quite amazing. For example, in 1964, they ran a ten-part story about a presidential candidate in 1976. Were there flying cars? Moon bases? Food pills? Nope, something even more outlandish and inconceivable! *SPOILER WARNING* Tim Pettigrew, the candidate, was BLACK. Written by Berry Reece and drawn by “Joltin” Joe Sinnott, it is just one example of the hidden and forgotten treasures in this series. (You can read the mini-series here.) Other notable creators: Reed Crandall, Graham Ingels, Joe Orlando, Murphy Anderson, and Jim Mooney. Yes, “Ghastly” Graham Ingels. Not too surprising, since this comic didn’t carry the Code Seal.
Covering a neglected history of American comics, from the rise of sequential comics in the late nineteenth century, through comic books and underground comix, to the graphic novel and webcomics, Gardner shows why comics offer the best models for rethinking storytelling in the twenty-first century.
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