Ablaze And Tribune Content Agency To Publish ‘Friday Foster’ Collection

by Brendan M. Allen

Ablaze and Tribune Content Agency have struck a deal to publish a collection of the groundbreaking comic strip Friday Foster.

This will be the first time the classic Friday Foster newspaper color comic strip created by James D. “Jim” Lawrence and illustrated by Spanish artist Jorge “Jordi” Longarón and  Gray Morrow is collected.

The strip is the first mainstream, nationally syndicated comic strip (Chicago Tribune) starring an African American character in the title role.  It ran from 1970-1974 and inspired the 1975 movie of the same name starring Pam Grier.

The Friday Foster comic strip is the story of a former nightclub “camera bunny” turned photographer’s assistant turned fashion model. With an innate inclination to help others and a natural beauty that makes her a magnet for men, Friday often finds herself in some very sticky situations and world class adventures.

“Friday is such a fun and memorable character,” said Wayne Lown, General Manager of Tribune Content Agency.  “So I’m thrilled to be working with Ablaze on this book and eager to see its release later this year.”

In addition to including all 214 Friday Foster Sunday comic strips with remastered colors and letters, the book will include a significant bonus section including multiple interviews, an expanded sketchbook section, artwork, photos, essays, articles, behind-the-scenes info, and more.

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