The official release day for Time for Frank and His Friend by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley (me) is March 28, 2012.
This is the book that I've been working on since I got back from San Diego Comic-Con 2011, well not just this book. There was a list, list, list, list, and other lists of other things that needed babysitting, and technically I did some drawings for it while I was working on the Gadabout TM-1050 time machine user's manual, that was really when the idea for this book started. Those of you who know me might remember seeing some of the preliminary work at the SDCC. Regardless, the book is done and being pressed as we speak, and Curio & Co. will preview it next month March 16-18 at WonderCon 2012 (Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA). We'll be in the Small Press area again so if you are in the neighborhood stop by and see us.
The book is a 128 page pocket sized paperback, perfect bound, with colored edges. Designed to resemble the old paperbacks comics collections. Here is a bit of a backstory on the book. (This is all made-up – in character with Curio & Co.)
It’s January 1979 and Ringer Publishing Paperbacks releases Time for Frank and His Friend, the first collection of Dooley’s comic not tied to his newspaper work. The content is completely new – not just a collection of previously printed strips – and Dooley has created it just for the paperback. The result of this is that Dooley feels that he has had more control over the product and more freedom in his work. (Even saying, “Who knew I’d love page layout so much?”)
Well, it’s not 1979 anymore, but we’ve got first edition “deadstock” copies of this best-selling comic paperback. And it’s just as terrific as you remember!
Unlike the rest of our products, this book is not archival quality, so we’re handling them with extra care.
Like the Gadabout TM-1050 and the Eisner nominated Finding Frank and His Friend, Time for Frank and His Friend will also be carried by Diamond Comics Distributors, I imagine it will be in Previews in the next couple of months. That means, you'll most likely see it in the comic book stores in 3 months or so. The copies that ship from our store will also carry a little info sheet (as certificate of authenticity) and an official Curio & Co. seal hand-stamped on inside book cover. After all, Curio & Co. sells collectables and as an art-dealer it's only fitting that it provides the products with the fitting paperwork.
For those of you interested, Time for Frank and his Friend retails at 14.95 USD from March 28, 2012 but we are offering an 11.95 USD price for pre-orders until March 27, 2012 (online only).
I'll put a period on this blog entry with some sample pages of the book.