Here’s another of the cascade of announcements coming from Comic-Con International: IDW has acquired the small publisher Sunday Press, which specializes in high-quality collections of old newspaper strips. How high is the quality? Sunday Press has racked up 17 Eisner nominations, that’s how high (including this year’s nomination for their Thimble Theatre and the Pre-Popeye Comics of E. C. Segar).
Partnering with IDW makes a lot of sense, as it enables Sunday Press founder Peter Maresca to focus on what he does best: Collecting, restoring and publishing the comic strips of yesteryear in beautifully produced, often oversized volumes. IDW will handle marketing and distribution, and will start a digital publishing program as well.
Both parties agree that Maresca will continue to have editorial independence, but Sunday Press is also a logical addition to IDW’s line, which includes the Library of American Comics, another vintage newspaper strip imprint.