A new book by Kim Deitch is always a cause for celebration and the release of Smilin' Ed is certainly no exception. This graphic novel at long last collects the entirety of the Smilin' Ed saga from the pages of the 1990s anthology, Zero Zero, along with an ALL-NEW chapter. A true comics powerhouse, Kim Deitch has spent the better part of five decades forging a mythography of American entertainment folklore in comics form. It is a veritable Yoknapatawpha County of the collective unconscious, and The Search for Smilin' Ed is the latest installment of this modern masterwork. Please do yourself a favor and read the first ten pages, and then, if you feel like delving deep into the significance of this work, go right ahead and read the entirety of Bill Kartopolis's introduction.