Just a quick update for those who love to see our favorite detective making the news outside of a Wendy Wichel hatchet job. The New York Times ran a story today (June 24th) on the Dick Tracy’s search for the missing Annie. Those with a New York edition of the paper can find it in print on page C3. (Hopefully Mike and Joe get a copy) The rest of us can read George Gene Gustine’s article on their ArtsBeat blog here. We here are particularly interested in what art changes we might see when Annie arrives.
The Time’s isn’t the only one printing some words on old Tracy. Chris Sims of Comics Alliance has written an article on Dick’s quest to solve the mystery of Annie’s abduction cliffhanger, calling this the Crossover of the Year. Chris writes from the perspective of a non-regular Tracy/Annie reader and just might make you chuckle. Give it a read if you have the time. Cheers.
Sam Tweedle of Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict has a great interview with both Mike and Joe about the Annie storyline and how the strip is progressing. As is always the case with Sam’s work, it’s a great interview. Check it out!
The family of Dick Tracy creator Chester Gould has donated a large collection of original strip artwork and other related materials to The Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Included in the collection of 850 original comic strips are the first 30 days of the strip and Chester’s drawing board, which he used for 46 years. The collection will be housed in climate-controlled storage space inside the museum and made available to researchers and the public in the coming months. If you live near Columbus and have an interest, a visit in the later part of the year might be in order.
For more information and comments from the Gould family, see the Helden files blog.
Hey all, if you have the time, take a stroll on over to Sam Tweedle’s Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict where Sam interviews Dick Tracy writer Mike Curtis. It’s a great interview with some very detailed answers by Mike with a great deal of focus placed on the current return of Moon Maid plot line. The interview teases us with upcoming stories including a possible appearance by Gordon Tracy (a brother and key player in the first Dick Tracy serial). As collectors of all things Tracy on the Depot, we are super excited about these developments!
Ever since Mike and Joe took over Dick Tracy, we’ve seen a flood of comic strip “cross-overs.” Ok, cross-over is a strong word, we’ve seen a ton of homage’s and call outs between the friendly comic strip writers and artists. Sunday’s strip of Marty and Spud is the latest example of this, with Matt Hansel’s strip starting an homage to Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy.
Dick Tracy’s new foe, the Jumbler was the catalyst for a very cool crossover with the daily Jumble. While we’d love to give you the run down here, we can’t beat Off Topic’d’s cool blog post for the full details.