• Eric Reynolds has posted the official press release regarding Fantagraphics plans to publish Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy:
According to Co-Publisher Gary Groth, who inked the deal, Fantagraphics has contracted to publish the first 24 years of Nancy dailies, beginning in 1938 (when Nancy took over the strip from its former star, Fritzi Ritz) through 1961. “If the demand is there,” Groth noted, “we will of course want to continue into the 1960s and beyond, if for no other reason than to run all those great ‘hippie’ Nancy episodes. But we’ll cross that bridge in 2016 when we finish publishing the books we’ve contracted for.”
Kim Thompson will be editing the series. Each volume will contain four years worth of dallies and be designed by Jacob Covey. The books will be 8″ x 8″ in flexibound format and retail for $29.99. Daniel Clowes will pen the introduction to the first volume. There’s lots more info to discover in the link, including the news that Fanta will print an expanded version of Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik’s seminal 1988 essay, “How to Read Nancy” next spring.
• Tom Spurgeon reveals that Drawn & Quarterly has signed a two-book deal with Lynda Barry. One of those books, Birdis, isn’t comics at all, but a novel, making it the company’s first prose book the company has ever published. The other Barry book is The Nearsighted Monkey Book: Picture This, which will be out in fall 2010 and is an expanded version of what was originally designed to be a small entry in the company’s Petit Livres line. Birdis will be out in 2011.
D&Q has the official press release up on their blog, as well as the news that they will be releasing the Complete Ernie Pook in 2011.
• Upcoming books I was unaware of dept.: Dark Horse will be publishing a big, 200-page hardcover collection of art by Charles Vess entitled Drawing the Moon. The book will be out in December and Vess has a rundown of what will be in it plus some sample images over at his Web site.
• Another book I was unaware of was Hope Larson’s latest, Mercury. But damn if that cover doesn’t want make me want to buy it, no questions asked.
• Anxiously awaiting that IDW Bloom County collection? It will be out in October.