Pippi is the Strongest: Seventy Years Young
Today is the day that our complete backpack-sized edition of Pippi Longstocking Comics comes out in the finest stores in North America. The entirety of the Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Vang Nyman comics are in this single paperback edition for the cheap price of $19.95US are here just in time for Pippi's platinum anniversary.
Seventy years ago, next month, the first edition of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Långstrump was published in Swedish by Rabén & Sjögren. Soon its success brought it to North America, retitled as Pippi Longstocking. It goes without saying that over all these years Pippi remains iconic as the original self-directed role model that we all know and love.
I've told the story many times but a few years ago I was in Finland at a comic show and I was digging through comic bins "looking for the next Moomin" as I said the Finnish publisher who was with me at the time. I came across the recent reissues of the Pippi comics that we would eventually model our series on.
These comics are one of those great rarities (like Moomin) where the comic version of the prose classic is handled by the original creative team. So Astrid Lindgren reworked her now very famous stories into comics form and original Pippi illustrator Ingrid Vang Nyman draw those comics. Not only do the comics retain the same hilarious spirit as the books but they're fascinating for seeing Vang Nyman quickly work out the comics language and make interesting choices like shrinking the lanky Pippi down to a stubby little kid so she could fit in the comics panels.