Tuesday, September 25, 2007

 

Zot!

Start celebrating now, please.
Acclaimed comics artist and theoretician Scott McCloud will see his classic comics series, Zot!, republished by HarperCollins as an original trade paperback edition in July 2008. One of McCloud’s earliest extended works of fiction, Zot! is a seminal work that reflects the influence of both manga and the emerging alternative comics scene on McCloud’s comics. The book was also instrumental to the creation of Understanding Comics, his groundbreaking theoretical work on the comics medium. The HC book deal was negotiated by the Judith Hansen Literary Agency.

Hope Innelli, associate publisher of Harper Paperbacks, said the new 576-page edition of Zot! will collect the entire series in one volume. While early issues of the series, which was originally published by Eclipse Comics, ran in color, the new edition will be completely black & white. “That’s a creative decision by Scott,” said Innelli, explaining that McCloud believes the series really came together when he focused on working in black and white.

The new edition will have a trim size of 6”x9” with French flaps and will be priced at $22.95. The book will include extensive commentary by McCloud on its creation, as well as much never-before-seen material. The book will also include “the Earth Stories,’ the last nine stories in the series, which have never been reprinted. “Zot! is the origin of Scott’s comics,” said Innelli. “It’s where he defined his style. We’re so used to Scott explaining comics, but now we get a chance to experience his comics.”
I read all of Zot! in individual issues, and have been waiting for the series to be collected for years. Each time someone starts publishing trades, though, they either go out of business or drop the series before getting to "Earth Stories," the last of them, where the real heart of the book is. Getting them all in one edition at least means that won't be happening again.

Highly recommended stuff. Check it out when it hits shelves, and I think you'll agree.

Comments:
This is great news! I have scattered issues of it, but never been able to read all of them.
 
The first few years of the book are a lot of fun, but towards the end it gets seriously, seriously great.
 
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