Here’s an interesting sidelight to Google’s ongoing mission to digitize some 10 million books stored in university libraries in the Midwest. One of the treasure troves being considered for the digital world is Michigan State’s Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection, including print materials related to popular culture and its Comic Art Collection of more than 200,000 pieces with an emphasis “on graphic storytelling in the newspaper comics or newsstand comic book tradition to present a complete picture of what American comics’ readership has seen, especially since the middle of the 20th century.”
Materials in the public domain will be available through Google, but those still under copyright won’t be freely available. Among the notables in the Nye collection: The Yellow Kid strips from the late 1890s and Famous Funnies No. 1.
What do you think about Google’s plan to create digital archives for comics?