Monday, July 09, 2012


The Stripper's Guide Book is Now Available!

University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0-472-11756-7
Yes, the book that I've been talking about for years is finally published and available for purchase! American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide is the project I've been working on for over 25 years. It offers all the vital data on most every comic strip or cartoon panel series ever published in U.S. newspapers.

All serious newspaper comic strip fans and collectors will find this book an invaluable reference. Whether you want information about an obscure title, or need to check the 'vital statistics' of a popular fan favorite, American Newspaper Comics provides authoritative answers.

Over 7000 distinct newspaper comics series are covered, with the following information offered for each:
In addition, the book also includes:
The book is a huge 600+ page brick, weighing in at just shy of 5 pounds. (On receiving his copy, comics historian R.C. Harvey dubbed it "the Magnificent Monster".) High quality library hardcover binding was used, ensuring that it will weather years of constant use.

Price and Availability

The suggested retail price of the book is $150, reflecting not only the vast scope of the work and the decades of research that went into it, but also the publisher's assumption that it will be sold primarily to libraries and educational facilities. However, I have assured the University of Michigan Press that there is a significant community of fans, collectors and researchers who would love copies for their own bookshelves, but for whom that price might well be a budget-breaker. Therefore, in a marketing tactic not usually used for academic reference books, the Press is offering the book to collectors for a whopping 40% off the suggested list price.

To get the 40% off price, click here to go to the publishers website, and when you place your order use the promo code "COMICS" to receive the special discount.

The book is also available on Amazon but the discount pricing seems to come and go on a daily basis. The publisher is not certain that the discounted price will ever be consistently found there, but if you are dead set on purchasing at Amazon, keep a watch on the listing. There is already a really wonderful book review there that you might check out, though!

If you are in Europe, you can order at discounted price from Eurospan, and The Book Depository offers free shipping all over the world and gives a 25% discount off cover price.

I'm sure all loyal readers are thrilled for you. Fantastic!
Congratulations, Alan! This is a great accomplishment!
Wow, what an achievement. Ordered!
I got my copy in today! Looks real good!~ rating: A+
Here's my recent review of this amazing book.
I've got my copy -- looks great. Is there someplace on line here, you'd like us to give corrections/amendments? I only have one minor one at the moment, but I doubt you want such comments here filling things up.
Hi Allan,
I ordered a copy through Amazon, looking forward to using it! Are you going to return to regular posting soon? I really miss Herriman Saturdays!
Thanks and Congratulations!
Mark Kausler
It made me laugh. I flipped through looking for the most obscure strips and morsels of equally obscure information, and there it all was. Unbelievable! This is an amazing and valuable accomplishment that will sit within a bent elbow's length of my desk. Congratulations on a massive undertaking with exquisite results! Wow!
Congratulations, Allan! What a monumental achievement!
A must for comic readers and story researchers. I can say this is a holy grail. Thanks.
So is the publication the culmination of your work, and this the final entry in STRIPPER'S GUIDE?
Just got our copy for the college library...can't wait to go through it!
Congrats, Allan!
Kassie Schwan
(you helped me with "Salesman Sam ")
Now who can name every character in the border?
Scott --
That may well be worth a free copy of the book -- not an easy task! Maybe I'll do a contest.

The promo code doesn't work anymore. E-mailed publisher but so far no response.
Hi Dana --
Contacted the publisher, they are going to extend the promo to the end of September (it expired at the end of August apparently). It may be a few days before the promo will be reinstated, so please be patient.

Allan, thanks for opening a window for ordering it at the discount. Have a friend I promised a copy that I'll buy as soon as the promo is reinstated.

Michael Barrier has a page on his website where he posts corrections etc. to his books. You might want to do that for ANC

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