For several dozen people out there, this will be the biggest news of the year.
Katherine Collin’s Neil The Horse is going to be reprinted by Hermes Press later this year!
Originally published in the 80s by Aardvark-Vanaheim and later Renegade Press—although it had enjoyed an earlier life as a series of comic strips dating back to the 70s—Neil The Horse was a tribute to old comic strips, Fred Astaire musicals and children’s books that featured an all singing and dancing cast of characters: Neil, Mam’selle Poupeé and Soapy the Cat.. It was charming, lyrical and like nothing else coming out at the time. But it has languished in the back issue bins of the memory ever since, as Collins (formerly known as Arn Saba) went through many life changes, and emphasized cartooning in her life.
Now Hermes Press is bringing out what they call the definitive, archival edition, fully authorized by Collins and reproduced from the original artwork of all 15 issues. I know many people had been trying to get the rights to this, and I’m glad Collins and Hermes could connect.
Seriously, one of the great gaps in the comics library is about to be remedied; Neil the Horse was one of my favorite comics of the era and I’m thrilled that a whole new generation will finally get to see it.
Neil the Horse by Katherine Collins;
978-1-61345-035-2; 8.5 by 11;
reprints the complete Neil the Horse comic stories issues #1-#15;
historical essay by Trina Robbins;
320 pages; color and black and white; $60.
Special signed limited edition with 32 pages of extra material and a signed tipped-in plate ISBN 978-1-61345-06-1; $95.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.