Let’s Talk Comics: Two Years and Counting!

Cover of Marvel Special Edition. Star Wars, no. 1 (1977). Serial and Government Publications Division.

It’s hard to believe that our blog, Headlines and Heroes, is turning two! Since May 4th, 2018 we’ve had a chance to share some of our favorite comic finds, highlights, and the just plain cool with you, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about them.

Negro Romance, nos. 2 and 3 (Aug. and Oct. 1950 respectively). Serial and Government Publications Division.

 

“In the Gotham City Library….” from Detective Comics, no. 359 (January 1967). Serial and Government Publications Division.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the Library of Congress is currently closed (and with it our comics vault), there are comics from our collections that you can still view from wherever you are! From the new materials added to the online version of our exhibit, “Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages,” to the new Comics Literature and Criticism Web Archive collection, there are tons of ways to get your comics fix from the Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sal (Silvio) Buscema (b. 1936). Captain America. “You Should Be Watching Me. . . ,” 1972. India ink over pencil, and blue pencil, with opaque white. Inked by John Verpoorten (1940–1977). Prints & Photographs Division.

Cover of Wonder Woman, no. 11 (Winter 1944). Serial and Government Publications Division.

 

The second rotation of the exhibit includes new issues featuring well-known characters as well as contemporary publications you should know more about! Although we don’t have permission to show everything that will eventually be installed in the gallery, here’s a sneak preview of a few of the amazing items we get to share with you from our collections.

 

 

 

 

 

Tillie Walden (b. 1996). I Don’t Know What The Future of the Earth Is, 2018. Porous point pen drawing. Published: Fader, no. 112, pp. 104–105, spring 2018. Gift, Small Press Expo, 2018. Prints and Photographs Division. 

Cover of Dirty Diamonds—An All-Girl Comic Anthology, no. 7 (Imagination). Philadelphia: Dirty Diamonds, Fall 2016. Small Press Expo Collection, Serial and Government Publications Division.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And our web archive collections are constantly growing.  Our web archiving team now rolls out new content monthly as soon as the embargo period is over, and new collections, like the Comics Literature and Criticism collection, are being added all the time. While many of the sites are still active, and you may still read them “live” – others are no longer being updated and will eventually be taken offline. You might even discover some new blogs to check out or comics to read that you didn’t know about before!

“Hooded Utilitarian” website homepage from the Comics Literature and Criticism Web Archive.

“Black Girl Nerds” website homepage from the Comics Literature and Criticism Web Archive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image from the webcomic “Strong Female Protagonist” from the Webcomics Web Archive.

Image from the webcomic “That Deaf Guy” from the Webcomics Web Archive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m looking forward to when I’ll be able to pull some stuff from the vault to write about. Till then, I’ll be trying to think of more to share with you!

 

 

September = Comics

For me, the end of the summer has become a time of year when I get to work extensively with our independent comic materials in the Small Press Expo Collection. Every year since 2011, staff from the Library of Congress have attended the Small Press Expo, a festival dedicated to celebrating all things indie comics, […]