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.

Monday, November 30, 2009


Nothing to due with IJOCA, but this should be fun.



New York, November 30, 2009

From Danny Fingeroth:

Comics humor legend
AL JAFFEE will be interviewed by writer and critic DANNY FINGEROTH.

"An Evening with MAD Magazine's AL JAFFEE"

If you've ever laughed aloud at AL JAFFEE's world-famous "Mad Fold-Ins" or "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions," you must not miss this rare opportunity to hear this fascinating figure discuss his incredible life story and the people he met along the way, including other pop-culture titans such as: Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Bill Gaines, John Severin, Stan Lee, and many more.

Audience Q & A to follow.

A graduate of New York's High School of Music and Art, JAFFEE worked as an editor, writer and artist for Stan Lee at Timely (later Marvel) Comics during the 1940s. In 1955, JAFFEE joined "the Usual Gang of Idiots" at MAD Magazine, where he's been a mainstay ever since, entertaining generations with his Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions and Mad Fold-Ins. Join us as JAFFEE provides snappy answers to provocative questions about his art and life, including his new book, Tall Tales (Abrams) and his upcoming memoir.

Moderator DANNY FINGEROTH, a longtime writer and editor at Marvel Comics, has spoken about comics at the Smithsonian Institution and The New School. He's the author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero (Continuum) and The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels (Penguin). Fingeroth is Senior VP of Education at New York's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA).

Wednesday, December 9, 8:00 pm
ROOM 501, Schermerhorn Hall
New York, NY

[Enter the Columbia Campus at Broadway and 116th Street.
Schermerhorn Hall is close to Amsterdam Avenue, between 118th & 119th streets.]

For more information call:



Saturday, November 21, 2009

IJOCA 11-2 table of contents

Vol. 11, No. 2, Fall 2009


Indian Cartooning Symposium

Edited by John A. Lent


An Illustrated History of Indian Political Cartooning

John A. Lent



Vivalok Comics: Celebrating All That Is Small in India

Karline McLain



G. Aravindan's "Small Men and the Big World":

Re- Defining the "Comic" in the Strip

Gokul T. G.



Making People Laugh:

Toms and K. J. Yesudasan, Premier Cartoonists

in Kerala, India

Shevlin Sebastian



The Most Popular Polish Comics (1957-1989)

Radoslaw Bolalek



The Smartest Comic on Earth:

Metafiction in Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library #16

Paul Cheng



Lessons My Father Taught Me about Komiks

Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr.



"Sex and the City":

The Graphic Novel Series Aya

as West African Comedy of Manners

Marla Harris



The Next Generation of Comics Scholarship

Sandino and Other Superheroes:

The Function of Comic Books in Revolutionary Nicaragua

Bram Draper



Both Everyman and Other:

"Dilbert" as an Exemplar of Newspaper Comics' Simultaneous Identification and Distance

Julie A. Davis



Chronicler of Most of a Century:

Cartoonist Ding Cong (1916-2009)

John A. Lent and Xu Ying



"The Greatest Story Ever Drawn!"

Cleopatra in American Comics

Gregory N. Daugherty



Press Cartoons in France: A Short History

Jean-Marie Bertin

English translation by Micheline Maupoint and Alex Noel Watson



Vive la France, Now Who Are We?

Bande Dessinée, the 16 July 1949 Law,

and the Political Re-imagining of Post-World War II France

Joel Vessels




Beyond High and Low:

How Comics and Museums Learned to Co-exist

Kim Munson



Affect and the Body in Melville's "Bartleby"

and Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki's Skim

Patti Luedecke



Working Around Words:

Rauf Talishinsky's Azerbaijani Web Cartoons

Interview and Commentary by Alison Mandaville

Translation by Nikki Talishinsky



Drawn to Distraction:

Comics Reading in Kevin Huizenga's "Lost and Found"

Benjamin Stevens



From Bumpkin to Blessed --

Comics and National Identity: A Brazilian Case Study

Gêisa Fernandes D'Oliveira



Comic Book Artists and Writers and Philosophers

Jeff McLaughlin



An Essay

The Spirit Passes:  The Second Coming

of the Comic Strip's Golden Age

Charles Natoli



"How to Draw Thinking" Panel,

Small Press Expo, Rockville, MD, Oct. 14, 2006

Isaac Cates



An Essay

From Cartoon Art to Child Pornography

Murray Lee Eiland



Hong Kong Manhua after the Millennium

Connie Lam



Moebius, Gir, Giraud, Gérard:


Maaheen Ahmed



Political Commentary and Dissent

in the Tapestry and the Cartoon Strip

Jamie Egolf



The Printed Word

John A. Lent



<Book Reviews>

Starr Hoffman

Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste

Sol M. Davidson



<Exhibition and Media Reviews>

edited by Michael Rhode

Ian Gordon

R.J. Gregov

Pascal Lefèvre

 Michael J. Dittman

Ron Stewart

Sarah Lightman

Ariel Kahn

Michael Hill

Michael Rhode

Ofer Berenstein

Peter R. Sattler

Beth Davies-Stofka

Nathan Atkinson

Jose Alaniz





Monday, November 16, 2009

ICAF conference seeking new members


The Executive Committee of the International Comic Arts Forum, one of
the longest-lived and most respected annual conferences in Comics
Studies, is actively seeking new members:

We invite applications from academics (including graduate students)
and independent scholars in various fields, including but not limited
to Comparative Literature, English Studies, Cultural Studies,
Communications and Media, Visual Studies, Art History, and Comics

The members of the Executive Committee collaborate to plan and present
the ICAF conference, which since its founding in 1995 has been one of
the most important annual events in comics studies. Among the
qualities, backgrounds and/or specialties we are most actively seeking
in candidates are:

  * Web-mastering
  * Grant-writing
  * Fund-raising
  * Cultural diversity/expertise in non-Western comics, pursuant to
ICAF's international focus
  * Conference- or event-organizing

We plan to recruit several new members in academic year 2009-2010.

Applicants should each send C.V. and a 1-2 page statement of purpose
to Cécile Danehy (cdanehy at wheatonma dot edu) by January 4, 2010.

Please send all materials in Word 97-2004 format (with the extension
.doc, not .docx) if possible.

We recommend that applicants consult ICAF's mission statement and past
programs (at our website,
to get a sense of ICAF's purpose and character. Commitments to
internationalism and interdisciplinarity are the backbone of ICAF and
we will be looking for prospective colleagues with these qualities. In
addition, we urge applicants to frame their statements of purpose in
not only intellectual but also pragmatic terms, with emphasis on
specialties and skills such as those noted above.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

IJOCA 11-2 shipped today, and subscription followups

The new issue shipped today.

Also we don't have have new addresses for the following subscribers and cannot send their copies: David Goldweber, Gigi Hu, Solomon Davidoff, and Bobby Kuechenmeister.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Library of Congress Accepting Swann Fellowship Applications

Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington DC   20540

November 2, 2009
Public contact: Martha Kennedy (202) 707-9115,

Swann Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications
Foundation Supports Research in the Humorous Arts of Caricature and Cartoon

The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Applications are due by close of business on Friday, Feb. 15, 2010, and notification will occur in the spring. 

The Swann Foundation seeks to award one fellowship annually (with a stipend of up to $15,000) to assist in continuing scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon.  Depending on the number and quality of proposals, the advisory board may elect to make multiple, smaller awards.

A fellow is required to be in residence in Washington, D.C., for a minimum of two weeks, use the Library's extensive collections and deliver a public lecture at the Library on his or her work.  Each fellow must also provide a copy of his or her dissertation, thesis or postgraduate publication upon completion, for the Swann Foundation Fund files.

Guidelines and application forms are available through the Swann Foundation's website, by e-mailing or by calling Martha Kennedy in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library at (202) 707-9115.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of the United States and a candidate for a master's or doctoral degree at a university based in the United States, Canada or Mexico.  The applicant must be working toward completion of a dissertation or thesis for that degree or be engaged in postgraduate research within three years of receiving an M.A. or a Ph.D.  Individuals who are not U.S. residents but who otherwise meet these academic qualifications may also apply and be considered for a fellowship, contingent upon their visa eligibility. 

The applicant's research must be in the field of caricature and cartoon.  There are no restrictions on the place or time period covered.  To encourage research in a variety of academic disciplines, any university department may oversee a project proposed for the fellowship, provided the subject pertains to caricature or cartoon art.

Requirements for the fellowship applications include a statement of qualifications, a one-page abstract of the proposed project, a project description that specifies research needs and a budget, two letters of reference and official transcripts.

The Swann Foundation Fellowship in Caricature and Cartoon is one of a small number of scholarly fellowships that provide direct support for continuing graduate research in the field.  It has supported groundbreaking research on caricature and cartoon that focuses on a variety of subjects and topics such as the Cold War; representations of race, class conflict and disease; and the early origins of caricature and political satire, and the cultural and social forces that have influenced the development of prominent cartoonists' work.  For a list of research projects, visit

The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon is overseen by an advisory board composed of scholars, collectors, cartoonists and Library of Congress staff members.  The foundation's activities support the study, interpretation, preservation and appreciation of original works of humorous and satiric art by graphic artists from around the world.  New York advertising executive Erwin Swann (1906-1973) established the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon in 1967.

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ISSN: 0731-3527

Canemaker on McCay at OSU

John Canemaker: The Art and Life of Winsor McCay

Tue, Nov 3, 2009  |  7:00PM
Film/Video Theater


$5 members
$7 general public
$5 students
$5 senior citizens

Acclaimed filmmaker and animation historian John Canemaker returns for a special presentation on pioneering cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay.

McCay is best known for his groundbreaking comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland and animation milestones Little Nemo (1911) and Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). Canemaker's lecture will be punctuated by film clips and cartoon images and will provide insight into one of the most important popular artists of the 20th century. The lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition Winsor McCay: Legendary Cartoonist at the Cartoon Library & Museum through December 31.

Cosponsored by the Ohio State Cartoon Library & Museum.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

ToonSeum Press Release:The New ToonSeum Opening in Downtown Pittsburgh November 14th!

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From: The ToonSeum PR <>
Date: Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 8:46 AM

-The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's Museum of Cartoon Art, is excited to announce its 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

945 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Hours of Operation:

Thursday- 10am-3pm
Friday-10 am-5pm
Saturday 10:00am-5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm

New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day (Sept. 7),
Thanksgiving Day,Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

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