Sundays with Walt and Skeezix

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From the publishers of the celebrated and much-awarded Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays! deluxe oversized reprint edition, comes this lush and tasty deluxe oversized reprint edition of Frank King's beloved Walt & Skeezix Sunday comics. Collected for the first time here are the best of King's early Gasoline Alley Sunday comics, starting from the very first Sunday in 1921, reprinted in the original size and colors. King's innovations in art, layout and storytelling brought a new warmth and ...

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Overview

From the publishers of the celebrated and much-awarded Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays! deluxe oversized reprint edition, comes this lush and tasty deluxe oversized reprint edition of Frank King's beloved Walt & Skeezix Sunday comics. Collected for the first time here are the best of King's early Gasoline Alley Sunday comics, starting from the very first Sunday in 1921, reprinted in the original size and colors. King's innovations in art, layout and storytelling brought a new warmth and style to the medium at the dawn of the Golden Age of newspaper comic strips. If you are interested in the development of this unique American art form, or simply love beautiful comics, this sumptuous volume is a masterpiece in comic art, and a must for your collection. Designed by Chris Ware. 16" by 21", hardbound, color. Like McCay, Feininger, Herriman, and others of that era, King was a graphic innovator. His panoramic layouts, themed styling, and whimsical cartoon conceits explored new artistic methods. But he also had a great knowledge of story and character, presented with a warmth and humanity never seen before in comics, and rarely done as well since. He went beyond the gags and slapstick of his contemporaries to create vignettes of genuinely human characters; showing them relating to each other and, particularly in his Sunday comics, to the world around them.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Fans of Ware no doubt already know of his deep appreciation for Frank King’s work and in this collection one can see why. King’s Gasoline Alley began in 1918 and is still published in newspapers today, penned by Jim Scancarelli. King’s Sunday strips are of particular note because they offered more meditative, emotional, and lyrical ruminations on various themes and used bright, saturated colors that bring to mind the color pallet Ware favors. Also of note for Ware fans, the Sunday pages highlight King’s early innovations with graphic design. On one page the characters travel through stamps, with the panel edges drawn to mimic the perforations around stamp borders. In another King echoes the various prevailing styles of modern art. In a third he creates a color-block design, and elsewhere uses a stylized woodblock print look. In yet one more he takes a kaleidoscope approach. Reproduced in full size, this giant book gives readers a sense of the early color work and style of one of Ware’s favorite comic-strip authors.

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976888529
  • Publisher: Sunday Press Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Edition description: Deluxe Oversize Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,373,731
  • Product dimensions: 21.00 (w) x 26.13 (h) x 2.25 (d)

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