Fantagraphics announced today that they’ve entered into a publishing agreement with comics historian Rick Marschall to create Marschall Books, “an imprint devoted to comics, cartoons, and graphic humor.”
“Marschall Books will offer a unique and wide range of comics and cartooning projects,” said Fantagraphics Books publisher Gary Groth in a press release. “The breadth and depth of Rick’s historical vision is such that he will be editing anthologies of complete strips, ‘Best Of’ collections, critical appreciations, biographies, and some new multi-media projects.”
Marschall is a former editorial cartoonist, Marvel editor and Disney comics writer who has worked on more than 60 books and hundreds of articles on pop culture and comics history. He’s also taught related classes at various universities and has worked with Fantagraphics before, on collections of works by E.C. Segar, Windsor McCay and Will Gould, among others.
This new imprint will draw upon Rick Marschall’s collection, which is comprised of thousands of original drawings; complete runs of newspaper comics beginning in 1893; complete runs of the major cartoon and humor magazines from American and Europe; comic books and reprint comics, graphic novels, political cartoons and protest graphics, specialty collections including posters, ads, toys and games, post cards and greeting cards, pinbacks; cartoonist letters and sketches; biographies and anthologies.
Information on some of the books they have planned can be found on the Fantagraphics blog.
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