The much-beloved cult strip Barnaby by Crockett Johnson is getting a quality reprint, courtesy of Fantagraphics, The Comics Reporter reports. Eric Reynolds will edit while Dan Clowes supplies the art direction. The first volume is due in April 2012. Spurge has all the history and details:
CR has learned that that Fantagraphics wishes to make public that it’s reached an agreement to publish a major, all-but-complete collection of Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby. One of the best comic strips of the 20th Century and one of the most beloved older strips for a generation of devoted adult comics fans, Barnaby had become in the last decade and a half the great unsigned strip collection.
Johnson is also known as the creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon, and many other favorite children’s books. The return of Barnaby is welcome news and means that minute by minute, the list of essential comics in print and available grows larger and larger.