The Comic Book History of Comics Blog Post

Brian Cronin over at Comics Should Be Good has been celebrating Fred Van Lente day every December 6th for several years now, and 2011 is no exception. The writer of Action Philosophers, Alpha Flight, Herc and more will be online for an exclusive chat later on tonight, but the first big news of FVLD11 is the announcement of “The Comic Book History of Comics”.

This will be a collection of Ven Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey’s ‘Comic Book Comics’ miniseries, which chronicles the history of comics – including the backstage troubles surrounding Batman royalties, Alan Moore’s rants, Stan Lee’s attitude towards his co-workers, and the life and times of Will Eisner, amongst other topics – in comic-book form. The series has been widely praised by both critics and Ven Lente’s contemporaries, noting that the history revealed was accurate, therefore depressing, and therefore utterly fascinating. Each page sees Van Lente explain the process behind some of the most famous comic-book companies, whilst Dunlavey provides a silly illustrated twist to the narrative. Here, look, this is the sort of thing they do:

The Comic Book History of Comics will be published by IDW, and released next year.

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