Good news: Strangers in Paradise, the long-running, award-winning comic by Terry Moore, is finally being collected in one massive , two-book hardcover collection.
Better news: there’s also a third book to the set, containing the artwork for all the covers.
Even better news: Moore has tweaked the stories so that everything runs in unbroken order, typos have been fixed, words have been uncensored, and the artwork has been checked page by page. This is the finest edition of these stories available.
Way cool news: The Omnibus is on sale now, although it will debut at the San Diego Comic-Con. You can pre-order it from the Strangers in Paradise site and pick it up at the con (in a cool Omnibus canvas bag to haul it around) or have it shipped afterward.
Limited edition news: Only 1250 of these will be printed; after that the 1st two books (but not the covers book) will come out in paperback. Copies are available through your local comic store, but don’t dawdle to preorder, they’re going fast.
Extremely limited edition news: a lettered edition, only 26 copies, has been created to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. This is the rarest Strangers in Paradise collectible imaginable and it comes with an original drawing by Terry Moore and a bottle of “Parker Lily,” a fragrance based on Terry Moore’s beloved epic created by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, strictly limited to 26 bottles. And right now the CBLDF is offering the rarest SiP item of all on eBay — Letter A of this limited edition set, plus a bottle each of the two prototypes of Parker Lily, the same ones sent to Terry Moore for approval. Short of auctioning off Terry Moore himself, it doesn’t get better than this.
From comicbookresources: “Strangers in Paradise” was able to appeal to a broader, non-comics reading audience in part because of its strong character-centered storytelling. It was, at times, a mafia crime drama, a soap opera, the story of multimillion-dollar heist, and more. At the heart of the story, though, is the complex relationship between close friends Francine Peters, Katina (“Katchoo”) Choovanski, and David Qin. Katchoo is in love with Francine, David is in love with Katchoo, and Francine struggles to make sense of her feelings throughout. Moore described his best-known creation as “a way to live with some characters that became very dear to me, and apparently to some other readers, as well.”