Hey Kids! Comics! Tax Return Suggestions

The Girl Who Saved the World © Marvel Comics

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for April 2024 (and some March) 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.

American Comic Book Chronicles: 1945-1949 by Richard Arndt, Kurt F. Mitchell, Keith Dallas

At long last, this 1945-49 volume covers the comic book industry during the aftermath of World War II, when scores of writers and artists returned from foreign battlefields to resume their careers. It was a period when readers began turning away from the escapist entertainment offered by super-heroes in favor of other genres, like the grittier, more brutal crime comics … a golden age of romance comics … the popularity of Westerns … new course for EC Comics … a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustive, full-color hardcover, further documenting the ACBC series’ cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history!

edit: publisher has a release date of August 2024

Big Dweeb Energy by Bill Amend

This new FoxTrot book collection includes full color FoxTrot Sunday comics from 2020, 2021, and 2022, and is packed with Bill Amend’s delightful artwork and signature geek humor.

How to Baby: A No-Advice-Given Guide to Motherhood, with Drawings by Liana Finck

A wryly personal and deeply relatable graphic memoir skewering the “traditional” parenting book to chronicle the absurdities, frustrations, and soaring joys of new parenthood—from the acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist and author.

This two-volume set (Part 1 and Part B) covers the entire 70+ year history of MAD magazine.

Mark Arnold, author of If You’re Cracked, You’re Happy, Volumes Won and Too, has done it again with the very first COMPLETE MAD history since the 1990s.

Mark Arnold, author of If You’re Cracked, You’re Happy, Volumes Won and Too, has done it again with the very first COMPLETE MAD history since the 1990s.

Sky & Ty 1: Howdy, Partner! by Steve Breen

Meet the best delivery service this side of the Mississippi, run by no-nonsense cowgirl Sky and her slightly goofy, but always dependable pardner, T.Rex Ty. No task is too big or two small for this dynamic duo. And they’ve never missed a delivery yet.

The first book in this funny and warm young chapter book graphic novel series by two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Steve Breen features two stories rendered in vibrant three-color art, interspersed with fun facts, jokes, and activities.

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992: Vol. 21 Paperback Edition by Charles M. Schulz

In our latest paperback volume of The Complete Peanuts, love takes many shapes and shades … Throughout, Schulz makes Peanut’s balancing act of heartbreak and wry humor feel effortless ? in these his strips of the ’90s, his cartooning has never looked more confident, and his sense of humor is unrestrained … each volume of this series features two successive years of newspaper strips (dailies and Sundays), plus bonus material

The 7th Voyage of Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Other Follies by Gilbert Shelton and Dave Sheridan

In this early epic of the hilarious and politically correct Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Freewheelin’ Franklin, Phineas, and Fat Freddy skip out on their rent and decide to cool it down Mexico way where they are chased off the beach, encounter a Mexican mystic, lose all their money, get thrown into jail, escape into an ancient underground labyrinth, and wind up on a secret poppy farm run by the U.S. military — you know, a typical tourist itinerary.

The 7th Voyage and Other Follies is the fourth release in this special series of seven graphic albums. (The series presents all the Freak Brothers’ adventures chronologically, but individual albums are being released in a different order. Still to come: Volumes 1, 3, and 7.)

This Is Fine Talking Figurine: With Light and Sound! by KC Green

Question Hound in Three Dimensions: This finely detailed, 3 1/2 inch replica recreates the beloved meme, complete with light-up flames.

Sound Element: Features audio of Question Hound uttering the iconic phrase “This is fine,” along with the sound of the crackling fire.

Book Included: Also includes a full-color, illustrated 32-page mini book presenting the full 6-panel “On Fire” comic strip and other hilarious strips from creator KC Green.

Snoopy: Beagle Scout Adventures by Charles Schulz

Outdoor adventure abounds in this collection of Peanuts strips featuring Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, and friends. Join the Beagle Scouts as they experience close encounters with wildlife, grueling journeys along rocky coasts, and refreshing mugs of root beer at small-town rest stops. Snoopy: Beagle Scout Adventures includes a special More-to-Explore section featuring camping-related activities

This bibliography is a continual work in progress – the authors literally have thousands of additional citations waiting to be formatted and included. Many new articles have appeared due to the growing acceptance of comic art as a subject of interest at the same time the Internet has become a mass publishing media. As the years passed, and the Internet expanded, online citations grew far more rapidly than print ones. We are trying to be a quality filter by only grabbing substantive articles, or interviews off the web.

Dwellings by Jay Stephens (creator interview)


Elwich has them all on offer—and behind every dwelling awaits a horrifying new story to be told.

Shock, terror, and wry humor pepper every page of Emmy Award-winning, Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist and animator Jay Stephens’s Dwellings.

Johnny Hazard the Complete Dailies volume 11: 1961-1963 by Frank Robbins

Frank Robbins’ masterpiece, one of the all-time greatest action/adventure newspaper comic strips, Johnny Hazard, returns with Volume 11 of the series! Continues the adventures of Johnny Hazard … 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 … Reproduced entirely from original King Features press proofs.

The Phantom the Complete Dailies volume 31 by Lee Falk and Sy Barry

This exciting 31st volume continues the Sy Barry years! Five complete continuities drawn by Sy himself continue the adventures of The Phantom, Diana, and his two children: “The Embassy Siege,” “The Presidents,” “Drug Busters,” “The Lake Lady,” and “The Ruler of Baronkhon.” A sultry blonde goddess thinks The Phantom is a fellow thief and wants to recruit him. Diana is kidnapped and the Phantom is unforgiving as he attacks those responsible. Also included is a comprehensive essay and documentary materials.

Alley Oop Versus the Moonmen by V. T. Hamlin

Aliens with spaceships invade Moo! It’s guerilla guile versus technological terror as the cavemen fight to reclaim their home! And Oop takes one of the good aliens into the future in the time machine. The dust barely settles from this dust-up before Alley Oop finds new challenges as a paleontology professor and an unstoppable football coach! And goes back to 750 B.C. looking for the long lost, highly civilized Estruscans, with hilarious results. Reprinting all the daily strips from 1961.

Ignore This Singing Pig (and other things to try) by Rich Powell

Here’s a collection of the best Wide Open! cartoons from the squishy, twisted mind of cartoonist Rich Powell. Wide Open! is the hilarious, award winning cartoon syndicated by Universal Uclick. It’s won the National Cartoonists Society’s award for the Best Online Cartoon Panel twice! That means the greatest cartoonists around think Wide Open! is one of the best cartoons around! What?!!? Here’s your chance to see why in the comfort of your own bathroom… or wherever you read great books.

An Altar Boy Named ‘Speck’: The Collection Compilation by Tut LeBlanc

Tut LeBlanc was a talented cartoonist who created Speck for a single, local paper, not realizing at the time that his creation would go national and outlive him by decades. Begun in 1951 during the Catholic cartoon explosion, ‘Speck’ held a special place in a world otherwise filled with Sisters, Fathers, and Brothers.

This volume collects all the cartoons from both of the original two books of Tut LeBlanc’s work: An Altar Boy Named ‘Spec’ and ‘Spec’: More Cartoons.

Aislin’s Montreal Expos: A Cartoonist’s Love by Terry Mosher (review)

For over half a century, Terry Mosher (pen name Aislin) has worked as a political cartoonist, primarily for The Montreal Gazette. He has also drawn thousands of sports related cartoons. An avid fan of the storied Montreal Expos throughout the team’s 36-year existence, Mosher has put together a tribute of some of his favourite baseball sketches, newspaper clippings, and photographs, and of course, anecdotes from a number of Montreal’s virtuoso sports reporters.

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4 thoughts on “Hey Kids! Comics! Tax Return Suggestions

  1. Wow, thanks for mentioning the CRB, DD!

    I would be remiss though in not noting that you can download it for free from the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/crb-2023-ebook-edition-final-v.-1.0
    and daily updates appear on FB at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61555263475365 and my ComicsDC blog at https://comicsdc.blogspot.com/search?q=%22Comics+research+bibliography%22&max-results=20&by-date=true

    Really, the print version is designed for research libraries, who probably aren’t buying it.

    Still, you can’t beat the meaty thump of those two 600-page volumes hitting your front porch!

  2. The Amazon link for the 45-49 “Chronicles” gives a release date of April 2, but that it’s “out of print.”

      1. Thanks for checking. I’ve got the others and guess I’ll just have to salivate with the rest of us for a few more months.

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