Thin wallets, thick bookshelves: A publishing news round-up

* Christian publisher Thomas Nelson will release a book Johnny Hart's religious-themed (and often controversial) strips from his B.C. comic strip entitled I Did It His Way. The book comes out on May 5 and will cost $16.99.

* Fantagraphics continues to provide sneek peeks into their fall catalog. Among the revelations this time around are The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit, a collection of stories by Dash Shaw, a collection of Basil Wolverton's Culture Corner strips, a new, ultraviolent fantasy graphic novel from Johnny Ryan and -- geezum crow! -- a new collection of Pip and Francie strips by Al Columbia!

* Chris Duffy has let it be known that IDW will be releasing a complete collection of the cult favorite comic strip King Aroo.

* NBM reminds everyone that their next Forever Nuts volume will feature George McManus' Bringing Up Father. I believe IDW will also be releasing a collection of Father strips this year as well.

* NBM is also apparently publishing a book by Jesse Lonergan about Turkmenistan, which is news to me.

* CBC News has a nice preview of the soon to be released Collected Doug Wright from Drawn and Quarterly.

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