Official Press Release
Growing Gold: A Continued Celebration by Johnny Hart has been announced as the first title under Checker’s new worldwide distribution agreements.
Following the brisk selling TPB of 2008 Checker BPG is presenting a second collection in the well received series of trade paperbacks featuring of the landmark comic strip -B.C. by legendary cartoonist Johnny Hart. This second collection features over 500 cartoon strips of B.C. that comprise a book hand chosen by the Hart family and lovingly restored by Checker and the Hart’s. These strips comprise a book which is sure to be grabbed up again by fans of the strip and comprises a broad overview of the history of the comic strip.
Starting with the strip’s earliest beginnings, in the 1950’s, to the present decade, these strips will delight anyone who has followed the antics of Peter, Thor, Fat Broad, Wiley and all the rest of the cast in a prehistoric world populated by dinosaurs, ants and anteaters. Using a combination of bad puns and subtle humor with a simplistic drawing style, B.C. was one of the longest running strips still being written and drawn by its original creator.
GrowingGold with B.C.: A Continued Celebration of Johnny Hart will certainly bring back fond memories of the strip that is carried in over 1300 newspapers across the country and read by hundreds of millions of readers each day.
B.C. and Johnny Hart have won the Best Humor Strip in America, National Cartoonist Society, 1967; The Reuben, Cartoonist of the Year, National Cartoonist Society, 1968; The Yellow Kid Award, International Congress of Comics, 1970; and the Seger Award, King Features, 1981. The comic strip B.C. continues to delight readers every day as his grandson; Mason Mastroianni continues the series. B.C. is consistently ranked in the top 10 of readers polls acknowledging the best newspaper strips of all -time.
Volume two of the series is proud to introduce the involvement of Lynn Johnston , creator of For Better Or Worse. Lynn has graciously done an introduction for this highly anticipated follow up the first B.C. collection.
The Checker Book Publishing Group, in Dayton, Ohio, is committed to publishing dormant, unpublished, and under-published serial comics and cartooning treasures in affordable high quality editions. For more information, visit www.checkerbpg.com
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