LOAC Essentials Volume 1: Baron Bean
Author: George Herriman, Dean Mullaney, Jared Gardner
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: December 04, 2012
Introducing a new series that will reprint early daily newspaper strips that are essential to the history of comics. Each volume will contain a full year of dailies. By reproducing the strips one per page in an oblong format, it allows us to have the experience of reading the comics one day at a time. The inaugural volume of "LOAC Essentials" features Baron Bean by one of the greatest of all comic strip stars: George Herriman. The creator of Krazy Kat drew Baron Bean for three years beginning in 1916. Included in this volume is the first year. Two additional books will complete the series. Future "LOAC Essentials" titles include "The Gumps and Polly" and "Her Pals". The Library of American Comics is the world's number 1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, with 14 Eisner Award nominations and three wins for best book. LOAC has become "the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints...The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time." ("Scoop").