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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Skitzy!!

This book should be arriving in comic and book stores today. Don Freeman is one of those cartoonists who became more famous as a children's book illustrator (along with the likes of Dr. Seuss and Jack Kent). If the name's not familiar, he's the guy who did Corduroy, that little green-overall wearing, button-losing, stuffed bear that we all loved as children. Skitzy is on the medium short list of early graphic novels pre-dating the modern era along with works by Lynd Ward, Milt Gross, and a host of others. It's a cute tale of artistry and commerce and, I think, most notable for a glimpse of 1950s Greenwich Village and a look at a kind of lost style of loose sketchy sculptural linework. It's really our privilege to publish this and our thanks go out to Don's son Roy Freeman and cartoonist Dave Kiersh for bringing this lost treasure to our attention.





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