Friday, Dec 06, 2013
by Ned Wazowski
What do you buy the collector who has almost everything?
We are very excited to release our latest book, Frank and His Friend – Special Collector’s Edition, Vol. 1. The book has been released to bookstores everywhere, but you can still get your copy here of course, and we ship them out with all the careful attention that you’ve come to trust from Curio & Co.
We’ve got a great relationship with the publisher, Ringer Publishing Paperbacks. We’re big supporters of Ringer’s catalog, of course, and Frank and His Friend is certainly our favorite. But they’ve been exceptionally helpful with some of our research questions, and we’ve been able to help keep the torch burning for our favorite artists, which obviously helps their sales quite a bit.
However, for this latest project, our own Mr. Druthers was really able to come through in a big way. To get the absolute best version possible, some of the images used scans of the original artwork. And as it turned out, Mr. Druthers owns some of the originals of the strips that Ringer wanted to use in the new book. Editor Melvin Goodge met with Mr. Druthers to borrow the original artwork, and the result is a terrific looking book with the cleanest version of the artwork available.
As a thank you, Ringer sent us a huge shipment of the books to distribute, and we’re excited to get you a copy. The books shipping from Curio & Co. will come with an embossed certificate of authenticity, and are all hand-stamped with the official Curio & Co. seal on the inside cover.
So, what are you waiting for? Order yours today!
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013
by Ned Wazowski
If they’re not with us, they’re against us.
In the world of Frank and His Friend, relatives come in only two categories: Those bearing gifts or cookies, and those that require everyone to wear their uncomfortable Sunday Best.
Although the main characters are often seen addressing the audience as a parent or relative, Frank and His Friend are most often alone, and the adults are left to our imagination. The aftermath of adults’ actions is shown – Frank and His Friend sitting out a punishment in the corner, perhaps, or covered in Grandma’s lipstick. But the two characters are in the kid world, where adults are on the sidelines.
And since adults aren’t part of the day-to-day dreaming and playtime of children, in Frank and His Friend they are reduced to the most basic of characters. No teachers, since the child isn’t quite school age, and no babysitters. That leaves only parents and relatives, and aside from parents, these family members are old enough that their ability to relate to children has somewhat diminished. They don’t get down on the floor to crawl around and play with Frank and His Friend, but instead communicate through the supposed desire of the child (cookies), or their own (cheek-pinching).
And just like life, sometimes those cookies cost more than they’re advertised.
Friday, Nov 22, 2013
by Ned Wazowski
Is it possible to offer kids today the kind of childhood seen in our favorite comics?
These days, it seems like kids spend a lot of time indoors, and what little time they get outside is pretty structured. If the characters from Frank and His Friend were around now, would they be able to spend the same amount of time wandering outside today, with no responsibility and no adults? Probably not.
Forgetting for a moment that the wide expanse of wild outdoors that set the stage for so many of their adventures has probably been turned into a housing development (if it even existed at all in artist Clarence ‘Otis’ Dooley’s time), what adult would let them roam around out there? If it were private property, it would be bounded by a threatening fence promising to prosecute all trespassers, and if it were public it would be littered with trash and tamed with that springy stuff they use for playgrounds. Either way, Frank and His Friend would be strongly discouraged from heading out there – certainly not alone.
But most importantly, what kid would have that kind of time? Kids are so scheduled these days, from soccer practice to therapy sessions, that time to just laze in the grass looking for shapes in the clouds has disappeared. A child that age would be in pre-school or day care or at the very least would be always within sight of a parent, nanny or babysitter.
And all of this might have already been fantasy by the time Dooley created the comic as well, but adults at the time would have recognized their own childhoods in the pages of Frank and His Friend. And for those of us who didn’t grow up with such idyllic days growing up outdoors, maybe Frank and His Friend can offer us nostalgia for the childhood we never had.