News about the premier academic journal devoted to all aspects of cartooning and comics -- the International Journal of Comic Art (ISSN 1531-6793) published and edited by John Lent.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

PR: Fellowship applications being accepted by Swann Foundation

The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship, one of the few for scholarly work in the field, for the 2010-1011 academic year. Deadline for receipt of applications is February 15, 2011. Please email or call (202) 707-9115, if you have questions. For criteria, guidelines, and application forms, please see:

Thank you for the opportunity to post this notice. My apologies for cross listing.

Martha H. Kennedy
Curator, Popular & Applied Graphic Art
Prints and Photographs Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC   20540-4730
Ph.: 202/707-9115     Fax: 202/707-6647

PR: ToonSeum Press Release:The ToonSeum to Open in Pittsburgh's Cultural District

Date: Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 4:17 PM

-The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's Museum of Cartoon Art, is excited to announce it's move to Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, the ToonSeum will open its doors at 945 Liberty Ave. The ToonSeum's new home is located in the Bruno Building, Downtown, just blocks from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and a stone's throw from other stellar cultural institutions and Downtown attractions.

The ToonSeum is one of only three museums in the nation dedicated exclusively to the cartoon arts. The ToonSeum has been hosted for the past two years by the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Its new location will more than triple the ToonSeum's current space and allow for expanded exhibitions, educational programs, a permanent gallery and a space dedicated to local and independent artists. The move is made possible by a grant from the Grable Foundation.

"We're thrilled to welcome The ToonSeum to the Cultural District, as the organization adds a new dimension to the diverse programming in downtown Pittsburgh," said J. Kevin McMahon, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. "Their exhibits and hands-on, educational programs provide a unique opportunity to engage the community and to celebrate the art of cartooning."

The ToonSeum will feature new exhibitions every two to three months, beginning with "Enchanted Drawings: A Century of Animation." The exhibit will feature original art from Gertie the Dinosaur to Spongebob and more. On display will be rare artifacts, including an original animation director's desk from one of Disney's early studios.
The ToonSeum will present exhibitions of local and independent cartoonists. The first featured local artist will be Ed Piskor. Piskor has worked with writer Harvey Pekar on projects such as "Macedonia" and "The Beats." His independent work includes the popular series "Wizzywig."

The ToonSeum has established an ambitious exhibition schedule for its first year, including one of the largest exhibitions of original art from the anime classic "Akira." Other exhibitions for 2010 will feature cartoon canines, Ziggy by Tom Wilson, and a chance to explore the social impact of the comic arts through "The Montgomery Story," a controversial civil rights comic. The ToonSeum also will present an ongoing lecture series and workshops for all ages.
"This new location is part of our continued growth," says ToonSeum founder and Executive Director Joe Wos. "We are honored to be a part of the Cultural District and look forward to a greater exposure in the community and a chance to bring pop culture to the Cultural District."

The expansion, while only a little more than 1,000 square feet, includes a gift shop operated by Copacetic Comics. The ToonSeum's archive of more than 1,000 pieces of original comic and cartoon art is housed in Guardian Storage's climate-controlled facility in the Strip District.

The design of the new space is being headed by ToonSeum board member Dan Vitalie of Denham-Vitalie Design Associates, and the ToonSeum's signage and branding is being created by ToonSeum board Vice President Harold Behar of Behar-Fingal.
Advance tickets for the opening weekend are available at
Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 17. Children younger than 5 are free.
Visit us online at

For interviews contact
Or 412-760-1896
Joe Wos
Executive Director
The ToonSeum

Friday, October 2, 2009

IJOCA 11-3 sample

IJOCA's special 3rd issue this year will be a bibliography of combined work by John Lent and Mike Rhode, using the arrangement schema that John developed over 10 volumes of Comic Art Bibliography, and his citations, combined with the citations I've been compiling for my Comics Research Bibliography. Here's a sample from the US - Comic Book section. We won't be remotely complete, and I'll be adding new citations as soon as I turn the mss over to John. If this is popular, we'll do an issue a year; if not, I'll go to Print-on-Demand. 


  Arnold, Andrew D.  2002. Comix Cornucopias: TIME.comix on four new anthologies. (September 20):,9565,353101,00.html

  Vasseur, Richard.  2009. Josh Blair, Editor & Publisher of Candy or Medicine [anthology]. Jazma Online (July 5):

              Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons and True Stories (Yale)

  Brunetti, Ivan.  2008. An Anthology Of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories, Vol. 2. Yale University Press

  Evans, Bryn.  2009. An Interview with Ivan Brunetti. Bookslut (February):

  Mautner, Chris.  2008. Blog@ Q&A: Ivan Brunetti [on Yale anthology]. Newsarama (November 20):

  McConnell, Robin.  2008. Ivan Brunetti. Inkstuds (December 11):

  Moss, Wil.  2006. Ivan Brunetti's Idiosyncratic 'Best-of'. PW Comics Week October 24):

  O'Shea, Tim.  2008. Ivan Brunetti on An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories: Volume 2. Talking with Tim blog (December 23):

  von Busack, Richard.  2009. It's a Scrawl World: Ivan Brunetti's new anthology of comics and graphic fiction is a wide-ranging stroll through risky territory Metro Active (April 1):

  Wild, Peter.  2008. Ivan Brunetti. Bookmunch:  

              Best American Comics

  Feran, Tom.  2008. Rich sampling in "The Best American Comics," edited by Lynda Barry,  leaves readers hungry for more. Cleveland Plain Dealer (November 12). Online at

  Gehr, Richard.  2008. Pulp Fictions: Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories Volume Two and The Best American Comics 2008. Village Voices' Pulp Fictions blog (October 22):


  Maury, Laurel.  2008. Books We Like: Beautiful, Graphic 'Flights' Of Fantasy. (August 13):

              I Live Here

  Kirshner, Mia.  2008. I Live Here [Joe Sacco and Pheobe Gloeckner stories]. New York: Pantheon

  McConnell, Robin.  2008. Mia Kirshner and The I Live Here Project [Joe Sacco and Pheobe Gloeckner]. Inkstuds (November 20): 

              Kramer's Ergot (SEE ALSO Harkham, Sammy)

  Gazin, Nicholas.  2009. The Biggest Comic Book Ever: Kramers Ergot Isn't Just "Isn't Just for Kids Anymore" Anymore. Vice (February 18):

  Gehr, Richard.  2008. Pulp Fictions: Kramers Ergot 7 and The Ganzfeld 7. Village Voice Pulp Fictions blog (November 12):

  Harkham, Sammy.  2008. Kramer's Ergot #7. Buenaventura

  McConnell, Robin.  2008. Sammy Harkham [on Kramers Ergot].  Inkstuds (December 1):

  McConnell, Robin.  2008. Josh Simmons 08 [on Kramers Ergot]. Inkstuds (November 15):

  Phegley, Kiel.  2009. Sammy Harkham on "Kramers Ergot" 7. Four Color Forum (February 17):

  Randle, Chris.  2008. Bigger than life: The new, massive edition of comix anthology Kramers Ergot is worth every penny. Eye Weekly (December 10). Online at

   Stroud, Matt.  2008. An ambitious and controversial new comics anthology is on the road [Kramer's Ergot 7]. Pittsburgh City Paper (December 4). Online at

                        Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology

  Website -

  Blog -

  Official promotional trailer -

  Brady, Matt.  2009. Greg Pak: Creating an Asian American Hero with The Citizen. Newsarama (March  27):

  Contino, Jennifer M.  2009. Revealing Chow's Secret Identity [Secret Identities anthology]. Comicon's The Pulse (February 24):

  Ishii, Anne.  2009. Secret Identities Revealed. Publishers Weekly's PW Comics Week (March 10):

  Neubert, Amy Patterson.  2009. Comic book artists reveal their 'Secret Identities' with Purdue visit. (March):

  Powers, Rose.  2009. Secret Identities book tour visits UI campus, spreads cultural  awareness. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Daily Illini (April 1). Online at

  Unknown.  2009. Keith Chow Talks Secret Identities. Scoop (July 2):