Received LOA vol 2 from Amazon on Thursday, Jan 15.
Volume 2 picks up reprinting the last two strips from volume 1, Oct. 6 & 7, 1927. Then goes thru Dec. 7, 1929. A full two years.
Volume 3 is (planned) to be from Dec 8, 1929 thru the end of Dec 1931 (two years and three weeks). The tentative release schedule is March for vol 3, and June for vol 4.
Of course, all that may change, as we well know.
Color Sundays are included, in sequence, for all of 1928 (yippee!). There are no Sundays included for 1927 or 1929 (boo!). In the introduction, Dean Mullaney explains that most all of the 1928 Sundays WERE part of the story-line, but all the other Sundays were not. He mentions that all the stand-alone Sundays will be collected in a future volume. But no mention of when that will happen. He also says that starting with volume 3, all Sundays will be included, whether stand-alone or not, in sequence, in all future volumes (double yippee!!). I just wish they had done that from the start, because ...
I have noticed, while reading through volume 1, that there are four or five instances that a Sunday should have been included, but was not. You can just tell, from either a startling "jump" in the story arc, or a reference that Annie makes on Monday about something that happened "yesterday." No big deal, but wouldn't it have been easier just to include them all from the beginning, so you wouldn't have to worry about it?
Dean Mullaney explains that they did not include them because "We believed keeping the high melodrama of Annie's daily adventures isolated from the Sunday puns and slapstick would create the most satisfying experience for readers."
I see his point, but I think they are over-thinking it. The original readers of the 1920's newspaper comic strips didn't have any trouble with it, and they had to skip a day, for the "drama" story-arc!
Just for giggles, I plan on posting the dates of the Sundays I believe should have been included, so we can check later, and see if they really should have been included or not.
Except for the handling of the Sundays, I have no complaint at all. The books are gorgeous, with beautiful reproductions, and just so much fun to read!
With a planned publishing schedule of three books a year, and each book with a year and a half to two years of strips... hmm. Let's see, that means they will make it to 1968 (the end of Harold Gray's work), in 2016 at the earliest (I assumed five years of reprinted strips every year).
If they can stick to that schedule, that won't be too bad at all. As long as the volumes sell, and the company doesn't go under... Like what happened to Li'l Abner, which died after reprinting the first 27 years of the dailies. I wonder if any other publisher has ever thought of picking that series up? (The reprint series ended with the Dec 11, 1961 strip.)
I've jabbered long enough! Now if only "Walt and Skeezix" would get going again!