The Incredibly True Adventures of Francine and Katchoo

I can’t believe that two years have passed since we said goodbye to Strangers in Paradise.

Missing comic book characters has been a new experience for me. But after 90 issues, not including the one-shots, Francine and Katchoo were like family.

Fortunately, the girls have not gone gently into that good night.

Oops, how did that get here? What I meant is that Fran & Kat are alive and well in the mind of their creator, Terry Moore.

From time to time over the past couple of years, Terry has posted pictures of what the couple has been up to.

I just can’t get enough of those women. A lot of readers feel that way, I know, which is nice for Terry, since he just announced publication of the Strangers in Paradise Omnibus, to be released at the San Diego Comic Con in July.

The Omnibus contains the complete SiP story — all 1,926 pages of carefully repositioned, art — in two hardcover volumes with dust jackets plus a bonus color cover gallery hardcover with dust jacket, all in a slipcase. This is the complete complete SiP; Terry put in all the “dirty bits” that he cut from the original run. The 10 one-shot issues like Xena, Molly & Poo and the superhero issue will be in the back of Book Two.

According to Terry, the story will be in perfect reading order for the first time. As SiP readers know, one of Terry’s tricks was to hop back and forth in time and totally confuse us. But this time, issue 25 will be between issues 12 and 13, where it should be. I’m really looking forward to that, since I wasn’t too successful at going back and figuring out how to read the series linearly.

As you can see, Katchoo and Francine already have their copy of the Omnibus — an advantage of living with Terry, I guess. You can pre-order your very own signed and numbered copy at the Strangers in Paradise website. Meanwhile, keep up with all of Terry Moore’s incredibly true adventures at his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter.

Will the SiP Omnibus be on your shelf this summer?