Hey(th and Begorrah) Kids! Comics!

above from Studio Jantze; Michael is on an illustrative tear this year!

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for March 2024 release.
Images and links from a variety of publishers and outlets,
though ordering through your local comic shop or independent book store is a good idea.

Arnold: The Complete Collection Volume 2 by Kevin McCormick

After more than 30 years Arnold is back, and he’s outrageous as ever! Join him as he makes everyone say “GACK!” with his antics, dragging his friend Tommy and their teacher, Mr. Lester, into the chaos. This volume contains the complete daily and Sunday strips from September 1984 to June 1986, plus the second installment of “A Brief History of Arnold”.

All is Nat Lost (Nat Enough #5) by Maria Scrivan (author interview)

Nat is on an overnight class trip to Philadelphia, which is her first time in a big city without her parents. And it’s a big deal because Nat’s mom and dad are finally giving her the independence she’s been longing for. But the trip is off to a bad start — with one disaster after another — and if things keep up, Nat’s on track to lose her newfound freedom for good!

Treats: A Mutts Treasury by Patrick McDonnell

Enjoy this beautifully illustrated and packaged collection of Mutts comic strips…delivering a year’s worth of special and sweet moments with Earl, Mooch, and the rest of their four-legged friends…This treasury features an entire year’s worth of Mutts comics, including sketch art and illustrations by author Patrick McDonnell.

Walt Kelly’s Peter Wheat the Complete Series: Volume Two by Walt Kelly

Walt Kelly’s Peter Wheat comics are renowned for their humor, artistic flair and appeal to both children and adults … Between 1948 and 1951, Kelly drew thirty-five issues of The Adventures of Peter Wheat, a sixteen page comic book given away to bakeries to promote Peter Wheat bread … Walt Kelly’s Peter Wheat the Complete Series: Volume Two picks up where Volume One left off, starting with Issue #15 and continuing to Issue #25! Dragonel and Peter Wheat have just escaped from the Hornets and are exiled from the castle – they must now survive in the forest until the Hornet Knights are defeated!

The above is from Hermes Press a publisher notorious for not meeting their announced schedules.

In this case I checked with Bud’s Art Books which claims to have it “in stock.” Another Hermes book in stock:

JOHNNY HAZARD NEWSPAPER DAILIES Volume 11 1961-1962 by Frank Robbins

Frank Robbins’ masterpiece, one of the all-time greatest action/adventure newspaper comic strips. Johnny’s women reflect changes happening in America then. Rising well above the classic housewife or helpless woman role, we have brain surgeon Dr. Fran Taggart in “Project Mercy” and masterful pilot Kitty Hawk in “Way-Out”. Plus female masterminds and black widows, such as Lela the Russian spy. Russian spies attempt to bomb an American test flight, reflecting the peak of the cold war.

The Cartoonists, God Bless ‘Em! by Summer Pierre

20 hastily drawn cartoons about comics and cartooning in the old New Yorker style of cartoonist Helen E. Hokinson! You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You will howl with recognition!

Here Comes Charlie Brown! A Peanuts Pop-Up by Charles M. Schulz

Charles M. Schulz introduced readers to “Good Ol’ Charlie Brown” on October 2, 1950, with the publication of the very first Peanuts comic strip—considered the most iconic comic of all time … With this innovative, palm-sized pop-up book, cartoonist and comics historian Gene Kannenberg Jr. brings that very first comic strip to life.

An actual pop-up book of the very first Peanuts comic strip!

I WANT: Comics by Jashorn aka Jason Lee

I WANT: Comicsby Jashorn and its companion We WANT: Comics by Jashorn offer irreverent, Far Side-esque humor to readers…Featuring over 200 comics in each volume…These books explore current affairs, social life, animals and existence as a human being.

The Calvin and Hobbes Portable Compendium Set 2 by Bill Watterson

The second set of books collecting Bill Watterson’s timeless Calvin and Hobbes comics in a new portable format designed to introduce the timeless adventures of a boy and his stuffed tiger to a new generation of readers. Featuring nearly 500 comics presented chronologically from March 1987 to July 1988, this is the second set in a planned series of seven.

Hugo’s Haunted Handbook by Dave Whamond

Got ghosts? Then you’ve come to right book! Hugo is a ghost expert, and he can tell you exactly how to boot out your boo. After all, he got rid of his ghost, no problem!

A silly, laugh-out-loud graphic novel for young readers that breaks the fourth wall, Hugo’s Haunted Handbook is a lighthearted look at friendship and the meaning of true companionship.

For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 8 by Lynn Johnston

The Patterson family drama continues in this penultimate volume in the series. Elizabeth begins her teaching career when she graduates from university and moves to the fictional Indigenous town of Mtigwaki in northern Ontario, Michael’s writing career shifts gears when he goes freelance but finds it isn’t easy to manage when their second child is on the way, and April enters her teenage years, starts high school, and forms a garage band called 4Evah

Big Nate: This Means War! by Lincoln Peirce

For Nate Wright, conflict is a way of life. He tangles with Gina, the editor of the school newspaper, after she rejects his comic strip. He can’t get on the same page with his snooty study partners as they cram for the final exam. And once he hears that Mr. Rosa’s job is on the line, Nate even takes on the all-powerful school board. But when a challenger threatens Nate’s status as the owner of P.S. 38’s filthiest locker, our hero may have met his match.

feature image: Rose is Rose by Don Winner © UFS, Inc.

2 thoughts on “Hey(th and Begorrah) Kids! Comics!

  1. I think Arnold was one of my favorite comic strips when I was a kid. I read it in the Miam Herald every day.

    I bought the first collection, looking forward to volume 2.

  2. Peter Wheat volume 2 has indeed been published. I have it in my hands. Kelly’s work on this deserves wider recognition, if only because it is so strange. It’s a combination of his Our Gang comics stories that have real danger, and his cuter, softer work for Mother Goose and Santa Claus comics.

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