World Encyclopedia of Cartoons

When I can’t find any links to the artists I feature, I consult this book. It was written in 1980 but that’s okay because the artist either died before the book was published or didn’t do much since then. I’ve had it since I was a teenager. It’s 676 pages. The editor, Maurice Horn, did all kinds of cartoon and comics history books like The World Encyclopedia of Comics,…

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Cartoon Cavalcade 1941-1943

Syd Hoff Collier’s 1943 Carl Rose>, Collier’s 1942 Helen Hokinson, Collier’s 1942 These next two are from E. Simms Campbell, New York Journal-American 1942 These next three are by H. T. Webster, New York Herald Tribune 1942 Jefferson Machamer, Cartoon Humor 1942 Dave Breger, Saturday Evening Post1942 Virgil “VIP” Partch, PM, 1943 These next three by VIP were in Collier’s in 1943. See last week for more information about…

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John Porcellino Workshop, March 5-9, 2012

Announcing! John Porcellino’s week-long intensive workshop at SAW March 5-9, 2012. Dreams, Visions and Inspiration: A Week-Long Intensive with John Porcellino John Porcellino will guide students in this 5-day workshop from blank page to completing their own mini-comic. Porcellino is one of the most appreciated artists of his generation. His personal stories are often called “deceptively simple.” His drawing style is pure comics. communicating both instantly and deeply. His…

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Great work from past students!

Hard to keep track of all the great work from my past students, but a few (many are CCS grads for whom I thesis-advised) have crossed my path the past day or two: Melissa Mendes won a Xeric to publish FREDDY STORIES and it’s wonderful. This book is elusive, charming, and odd, like childhood. Go here: http://www.mmmendes.com/freddy/the-book/ The crazy and brilliant Betsey Swardlick wrote a book Colleen Frakes is…

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Karl Stevens’ The Lodger

  Karl Stevens, The Lodger I enjoyed The Lodger book much more than I expected. My reservations were due to Stevens’ abundant allegiance to the photo-realistic moment. Often comics like this are too static, and too difficult to connect with. More often than not for a story to flow, the visuals need room to breathe; there needs to be a stylistic choice to allow space for the reader’s imagination…

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CARTOON CAVALCADE 1939-1941

More of the best of this 400+ page tome… Richard Taylor (see write-up here), Saturday Evening Post 1939 Two-pager by Gluyas Williams , Fellow Citizens 1940 Otto Soglow, Collier’s 1941 William Steig,Collier’s 1941 Crockett Johnson, Collier’s 1940 Douglas Berstedt, Collier’s 1940 Ed Nofziger, Saturday Evening Post 1939 Dave Breger, PM 1941 Don Freeman, Don Freeman’s Newsstand 1941 Larry Reynolds, Collier’s 1941 As per The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons in…

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SPX 2011

Thanks to everyone who met and talked with us at SPX 2011. We gave out or sold 100s of copies of Seriously Comics and ISRA. We gave out hundreds more fliers and gave an hour-long workshop with CSS’s Alec Longstreth. These pics are from Dre Grigoropol whose site is www.dretime.org and her mini “What about the Penguins?” was marvelous! Special hellos to Glynnis Fawkes who is always kind and…

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Note from a student

This note came from Michael Glover, a many-time student of mine. I thought I’d answer him here. Tom, Hey man, just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for introducing me to the world of comics and for being a great inspiration! I believe you hold the record for the number of times I’ve taken a class with an instructor (4 times!) and that says a lot!…

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CARTOON CAVALCADE 1928-1939

Here’s more from this 1943 book I have. Don Herold, Life 1928 Ralph Barton, Liberty 1929 J. Norman Lynd, Vignettes of Life 1930 John Groth, Pretty Pictures 1932 Miguel Covarrubias, Vanity Fair 1932 Otto Soglow, Wasn’t the Depression Terrible? 1932 William Steig, Vanity Fair 1934 Marge Henderson Buell, Saturday Evening Post 1934 Alain Dunn, Collier’s 1937. I believe this is a different person than the “Alan Dunn” in The…

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SAW at SPX

QUICK note to say Tom Hart and others from SAW will be at SPX 2012 in Bethesda, MD this weekend, Sept 9-11, 2012 with copies of Seriously Comics, ISRA, and lots of postcards and fliers. PLUS we will be teaming up with CCS’s Alec Longstreth to offer a one-hour workshop in mini-comics! Hope to see you there!

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