eccoci.jpgComics writer and historian Alfredo Castelli has a late Christmas present for us all — the entirety (704 pages!) of his annotated bibliography on the early American newspaper strip, Eccoci ancora qui (“Here We Are Again”) is now available online in PDF format! Meticulously researched and chock-full of rarely-seen images, this is a must for everyone interested in the period, even if you don’t read Italian.

Here’s the list of contents

English introduction to the 2003 draft

The 11 chapters of Eccoci ancora qui

But be quick about it — the links only last until February 7. After that you’ll have to be patient and await the printed version, which is currently being printed in a limited collector’s edition and will be issued in a less adorned, “normal” edition in 2009. This is really a major piece of research folks — don’t miss it, and be sure to get the printed version as well. For more information, see Castelli’s website:

Supplementary academic linkage: Check out this article on Winsor McCay by noted scholar H. van Opstal (who amongst other things wrote one of the most respected monographs on Hergé, Essay RG), inspired by Ulrich Merkl’s recent luxury edition of McCay’s complete Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend. And be sure to check out the recently launched academic journal on comics, SIGNS, the first issue of which is now out. Also, check out this interview with editor Fabio Gaducci.

That should keep us occupied for the time being!