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Friday, November 11, 2011

Walt & Skeezix 1929-1930


Out in stores by early December, our last book of 2011 will be the fifth volume of Frank King's understated masterpiece, Walt & Skeezix.


Did you know that if you place all five volumes side by side, you'll "see" Skeezix growing older? From the baby in a basket in the first book, to the nine year old shown here. One of the subtle design nuances we've come to expect from Chris Ware.


And speaking of Chris, I've always admired his design approach to the inside dustjacket, where he runs original art from a corresponding strip across the width of the entire jacket area.


And what's this at the back of the book? As a special bonus, we've included a DVD featuring over two hours of Frank King's silent home movies dating from the 1920s and 30s. Aside from their primary role as fascinating documents on the King family, these films also provide a rare glimpse of early 20th century Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, British Columbia, California, and parts of Europe (the King family traveled widely at a time when journeys of this scope were rare).


We'll preview a couple of these films a little closer to the book's release date...

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