American Cartoons and Comics




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This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Cartoons and Comics." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the date of publication in Resource Library.

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Articles from Resource Library in chronological order:

 

TFAO references:

As of 4/17/12 TFAO Digital Library contained 127 pages referencing the word "cartoons" and 74 pages referencing the word "comics."

 

From other websites:

A Century of Magic: The Animation of the Walt Disney Studios an exhibit held March 3 - September 2, 2012 at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Includes news release. From Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Accessed 11/20/14

Al Hirschfeld - Beyond Broadway from the Library of Congress. Includes online exhibit with artist biography and curator's essay. Accessed May, 2014

Cartoonists from AskArt.com. Accessed May, 2014

Charles Addams: Cartoonist, an exhibit held October 3, 2009 - January 24, 2010 at the Bruce Museum. From the Bruce Museum. Accessed May, 2014

"Cowboy Cartoons," by Margaret Hair, Steamboat Today, June 13, 2008. Accessed May, 2014

"Japanese-American Animation Artists of the Golden Age" by Amid Amidi, December 4, 2008, from Cartoon Brew LLC. Featires artists working in the 1930s and 1940s. Accessed May, 2014

The More that Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: The Political Cartoons of Bruce Shanks from the 1960-70s, an exhibit held October 23, 2010 - May 29, 2011 at Burchfield - Penney Art Center. Accessed May, 2014

Pioneering Cartoonists of Color from 999inks.co.uk. Incudes information on African American cartoonists. Accessed May, 2014

Rural Images: The Cartoon Art of J.R. Williams, Ace Reid, and Jerry Palen from University of Wyoming (American Heritage Center). [Link found expired as of 2014 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for your reference]

Saul Steinberg: Illuminations, an exhibit held November 2, 2007 - February 24, 2008 at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Includes news release. From Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Accessed 11/17/14

Spain: Rock, Roll, Rumbles, Rebels, & Revolution, an exhibit held September 14, 2012 - January 20, 2013 at the Burchfield - Penney Art Center. The exhibit is a career retrospective of Manuel "Spain" Rodriguez, the Buffalo-born comic book artist. Includes the essay "Keep the Flames of Buffalo Burning" by Don Metz. Accessed May, 2014

"Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art" by Mary Penn, from artcritical.com, March, 2004. artcritical.com is an online serial "of art and ideas" published monthly since September, 2003. [Link found broken as of 2014 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for your reference]

You Are My Superhero, an exhibit held July 22 2012 - September 23 2012 at the Dayton Art Institute. Includes links to articles. Accessed 9/14.

'Masters of American Comics': A History of the Funnies from Fresh Air, WHYY, January 3, 2006, with an interview of Brian Walker, son of Hi and Lois creator Mort Walker, who has co-edited a new book that traces the history of American comics in the 20th century. Accessed May, 2014

Endorphin Productions is a video news magazine based on the Monterey Peninsula in California. A three-part Endorphin video covers Cartoonists of Carmel. Dennis Renault, retired Sacramento Bee political cartoonist, Robert Blaisdell, retired filmmaker, Eldon Dedini, a cartoonist who's work has been in The New Yorker and Playboy, Roy Gillian, mystery writer, Gus Arriola, creator of the strip "Gordo", and Hank Ketcham, Dennis the Menace, sat down for coffee and conversation. [part 1: 3 minutes, 50 seconds; part 2: 2 minutes, 22 seconds; 2 minutes, 1 second] [Link found expired as of 2014 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for your reference]

KCTS, a PBS affiliate in Seattle, WA, offers streaming video programs. A 2 1/2-minute "Focus of the Arts" segment titled "Al Hirschfeld at the Frye" introduces an exhibition of the work of the famous caricature artist at the Frye Art Museum by David Leopold, the exhibition's curator. [Link found expired as of 2014 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for your reference]

PBS maintains an online archive of individual segments from NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Several segments covering the visual arts are available by video search in the Arts & Entertainment category by keyword "Jeffrey Brown." Arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports January 21, 2003 on Al Hirschfeld's recent death. [Link found expired as of 2014 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for your reference]

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of Boston-area museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. Drawing Diversity with Jennifer Camper, (56 minutes) is a lecture by Jennifer Camper, queer comic artist and editor of the new comic anthology Juicy Mother, who brings contributing artists together to discuss comics as an expressive medium that is not representative enough in terms of diversity of perspectives The lecture is co-sponsored by Simmons College Institute for Leadership & Change. [Link found expired as of 2014 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for your reference]

 

TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:

Comic Book Confidential. (CD-ROM/Mac). Performer: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernandez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoro, Francoise Mouly, Dan O'Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, Art Spiegelman. Combines interviews, historical footage, animations and montages of comic book art to trace the development of the comic book from 1933 through counterculture favorites to the hippest representatives of the 1980's revival. 22 significant comic artists and writers are discussed. 1994. DVD 1272; also VHS Video/C 4193; Compu/D 334 (multimedia version) Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley. Preview this video here.[5:00]
 
Confessions of Robert Crumb, The Interviews, monologues, and hilariously insightful vignettes written by Robert Crum are woven together to portray the life, work, and obsessions of this underground comic book pioneer. Crumb continues as an iconoclast who's loved, feared and misunderstood by an ever growing number of readers. Here he tells the story of his artistry that shocks and satirizes every strata and dark hole of society. 1987. 55 min. Video/C 8650. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley.
 
Crumb. A hilarious and mysterious journey through artistic genius and sexual obsession, Crumb is a wild ride through the mind of R. Crumb--cartoonist and creator of Zap Comix, Mr. Natural and Fritz the Cat. A Terry Zwigoff film. 1994. 55 min. DVD 7151; vhs Video/C 4274. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley.
 
Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story, The is a 86 minute DVD from Home Vision Entertainment directed by Susan W. Dryfoos and starring Carol Channing, Joan Collins, Jules Feiffer, Robert Goulet, Barbara Walters, Dolly Haas, Joseph Papp and Lauren Bacall. Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature (1996), The Line King celebrates Hirschfeld's many years of work for The New York Times, where his drawings were a centerpiece of the Sunday Arts section. ISBN:  0-7800-2796-5
 

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12/10/09: TFAO wishes to thank Sarah Wahlberg for providing material for the above list.

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