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Digital Funnies: Comics Preservation by Jonathan Barli
March 23, 2006 3:36 AM   Subscribe

Digital Funnies: Comics Preservation by Jonathan Barli. Welcome to Digital Funnies, dedicated to preserving the history of this most neglected of art forms and reintroducing it to scholars and new readers alike. While several well-known titles such as Krazy Kat, Gasoline Alley, and Peanuts are being given their proper due in published form, there is still much of the rich history of comics and cartooning that will more than likely never see print again and worse, fade away with time. [Via Drawn!. And involved in this project is our very own Adam Kempa.]
posted by soundofsuburbia (9 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

There's something hauntingly beautiful about this School Days image...

Thanks for this link.
posted by slimepuppy at 4:59 AM on March 23, 2006

Good Stuff.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 6:15 AM on March 23, 2006

I am a huge comic strip fan (and collector). This project is a worthy one, and I'm anxious to see the results. I intend to pay for some of the work on CD format, but I wish that more of it were available on-line for free. Those of us who are truly interested are going to fork over the cash to have higher-quality images; why not provide ample low-quality scans for everyone else? The Barnacle Press has taken this approach, and it's been fun to see all the new stuff.

If you think you might be interested in comic strips — especially vintage comic strips — there are some fantastic reprint compilations being produced today. The last few years have seen the Complete Far Side and the Complete Calvin and Hobbes, of course, both worthy projects, but to my mind there are four more important works of comic strip preservation in progress:Comic strips are an oft-neglected facet of American art. Comic books get their due (perhaps too much so), but for my money it's the vintage comic strips that are really transcendent as far as story and art. Check them out.
posted by jdroth at 7:37 AM on March 23, 2006 [1 favorite]

Oh yeah — in all that, I forgot to do a self-link: I'm starting a comics weblog which will include comic strips as one of its primary topics. In the next few weeks I hope to start an actual Sunday Funnies section reprinting classic stuff. Link is in my profile, if you're interested.
posted by jdroth at 7:39 AM on March 23, 2006

Thank you for this.
posted by interrobang at 8:30 AM on March 23, 2006

jdroth: I'm bookmarking Four Color Comics even as we speak!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 8:33 AM on March 23, 2006

very very amazing! thanks! : >
posted by amberglow at 8:52 AM on March 23, 2006

Excellent, thank you!
posted by safetyfork at 10:07 AM on March 23, 2006

[this is good.]
posted by ktoad at 4:54 PM on March 23, 2006

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