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The Library of American Comics

The Library of American Comics (abbreviated as LoAC) is an American publisher of classic American comic strips collections and comic history books, founded by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell in 2007. The company is an imprint of IDW Publishing.

The Library of American Comics
Parent companyIDW Publishing
StatusActive
Founded2007
FounderDean Mullaney
Bruce Canwell
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationSan Diego, California
DistributionDiamond Book Distributors[1][2]
Penguin Random House
Key peopleDean Mullaney (Creative Director)
Lorraine Turner (Art Director)
Bruce Canwell (Associate Director)
Kurtis Findlay (Online Communications Coordinator)
Publication typesBooks
Fiction genresAmerican comic strips
ImprintsEuroComics
Official websiteloac.idwpublishing.com

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Dean Mullaney, the founder of The Library of American Comics, developed his interest for comics in his early youth and by the 1970s he was a so-called letterhack, regularly sending in letters of comment to the Marvel comic books' letter pages. His career in comics began in 1977 when he, together with his brother Jan Mullaney[3] as well as Don McGregor and Paul Gulacy, launched the publishing company Eclipse Comics,[4] famous for publishing the graphic novel Sabre. After some time at Eclipse Comics, Mullaney left the comics industry.

In 2006, Mullaney was thinking about making a return to comics, and he found an online article about Sabre written by Bruce Canwell, a former DC Comics and Marvel Comics employee. The article mentioned that Canwell remembered Mullaney as a once frequent letter writer to the Marvel comic books' reader pages which he read growing up, just as Canwell himself was. Mullaney contacted Canwell, and after discussing their future plans, they realized that their visions and ideas were aligned. They discussed going into business together, with the initial goal of bringing a complete hardcover collection of Milton Caniff's comic strip Terry and the Pirates to the public.[5]

Mullaney and Canwell launched The Library of American Comics in summer 2007, beginning publication of a definitive collection The Complete Terry and the Pirates. [6]

PublicationsEdit

The goal of all The Library of American Comics collections is to preserve classic American newspaper comics, in definitive archival editions. By framing each comic strip series with informative essays to present the series next to its historical context, both in relation to other comic strips and to the historical events of their time.[4]

In April of 2018 the number of titles published by The Library of American Comics was above 180.

FormatEdit

All the books The Library of American Comics publish are of the hardcover kind with sewn binding, the large majority also comes with a dust jacket and sewn linen bookmark. Book size and reproduction color depend on each series.

RecognitionEdit

NominationsEdit

Eisner Award nominations

  • 2012[7]
    • "Best Archival Collection/Project - Strips" — Flash Gordon & Jungle Jim, Vol. 1
    • "Best Archival Collection/Project - Strips" — Tarpe Mills' Miss Fury - Sensational Sundays 1944-1949
    • "Best Comics-Related Book" — Caniff: A Visual Biography
    • "Best Comics-Related Book" — Genius Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth
    • "Best Publication Design" — Genius Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth
  • 2013[8]
    • "Best Archival Collection/Project - Strips" — Flash Gordon & Jungle Jim, Vol. 2
    • "Best Archival Collection/Project - Strips" — Percy Crosby's Skippy Daily Comics, Vol. 1
  • 2014 — "Best Archival Collection/Project - Strips" — Percy Crosby's Skippy Daily Comics, Vol. 2[9]
  • 2015 — "Best Comics-Related Book" — What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck[10]
  • 2016[11]
    • "Best Archival Collection/Project - Strips" — Beyond Mars by Jack Williamson and Lee Elias
    • "Best Comics-Related Book" — King of the Comics: One Hundred Years of King Features Syndicate
    • "Best Publication Design" — King of the Comics: One Hundred Years of King Features Syndicate

Harvey Award nominations

AwardsEdit

Eisner Awards[18] [19]

Harvey Awards[20]

  • 2012 – "Best biographical, historical or journalistic presentation" – Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth

ImprintsEdit

EuroComicsEdit

Publications of EuroComicsEdit

RecognitionEdit

Harvey AwardEdit

Nominations

  • 2015 — "Best American Edition of Foreign Material" — Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of the Capricon by Hugo Pratt[21]
  • 2016 — "Best American Edition of Foreign Material" — Corto Maltese: Beyond the Windy Isles by Hugo Pratt[22]
  • 2018 — "Best European Book" — Flight of the Raven by Jean-Pierre Gibrat[23]
  • 2019 — "Best European Book" — Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt[24]
Eisner AwardEdit

Nominations

  • 2015 - "Best U.S. Edition of International Material" - Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of the Capricon, Hugo Pratt[25]
  • 2018[26]
    • "Best U.S. Edition of International Material" - Flight of the raven by Jean-Paul Gibrat
    • "Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art) - Jean Paul Gibrat, Flight of the Raven

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ Mullaney, Jan; Mullaney, Dean (August 1978). "A Word from the Publisher". Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species. Eclipse Enterprises. p. 1 (unnumbered).
  4. ^ a b "Compelling and Timeless: An Interview With Dean Mullaney". Diamondcomics.com. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Bruce Canwell on the Library of American Comics". Bleedingcool.com. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Dean Mullaney on IDW's Library of American Comics". Newsarama.com. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.cbr.com/nominees-announced-for-2012-eisner-awards/ Retrieved 2019-09-05
  8. ^ https://www.cbr.com/2013-eisner-award-nominees-announced/ Retrieved 2019-09-05
  9. ^ https://comicsalliance.com/2014-eisner-awards-full-list-of-winners-and-nominees/ Retrieved 2019-09-05
  10. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/25142-2015-eisner-awards-winners-full-list.html Retrieved 2019-09-05
  11. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/28916-2016-eisner-award-nominations.html Retrieved 2019-09-05
  12. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/39672-2018-eisner-awards-nominations.html Retrieved 2019-09-05
  13. ^ https://www.cbr.com/2008-harvey-award-nominees-announced/ Retrieved 2019-08-28
  14. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/3227-2009-harvey-nominees-named.html Retrieved 2019-08-28
  15. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/5611-2010-harvey-awards-nominees-announced.html Retrieved 2019-08-28
  16. ^ https://www.ign.com/articles/2011/07/05/harvey-awards-2011-nominees Retrieved 2019-08-28
  17. ^ https://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2012/07/03/the-2012-harvey-award-nominees-are/
  18. ^ "2000s". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2 December 2012.
  19. ^ "2010-Present". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2 December 2012.
  20. ^ "Previous Winners". Harvey Awards. 5 October 2018.
  21. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/2015-harvey-award-nominees-announced-808631
  22. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/29977-2016-harvey-awards-nominees-announced.html Retrieved 2019-08-28
  23. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/41301-2018-harvey-awards-nominees.html Retrieved 2019-08-28
  24. ^ https://www.comicsbeat.com/2019-harvey-awards-nominations-announced/ Retrieved 2019-08-28
  25. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/25142-2015-eisner-awards-winners-full-list.html Retrieved 2019-09-05
  26. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/39672-2018-eisner-awards-nominations.html Retrieved 2019-09-05

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