If you've read this blog for any length of time you've most likely gathered that I am a huge comics fan. And one of the great things about being a comics fan in this day and age is the wealth of great books out there--that aren't comic books, per se--about comics history and writers and artists. Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, IDW--to mention just a few--have done a stellar job of keeping comics and comic strips out there in the market.
But occasionally something comes out that the completist in me really, Really, REALLY wants to like and that's the case here. The book profiled in this video is one I own...but have never managed to read.
This video was part of the Reuben Awards ceremony at the National Cartoonists' Society gathering over Memorial Day weekend. I'm pretty sure that's Mell Lazarus near the end (and also exclaiming "900 PAGES!" early on) and that's definitely Jean Schulz playing the role of nutcracker. Caniff is a god and RC Harvey is a wonderful historian. But yeah...900 PAGES!!!