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 swann@loc.gov or call (202) 707-9115, if you have questions. For criteria, guidelines, and application forms, please see:
http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/swann-fellow.html

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 https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/87269.
Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 17. Children younger than 5 are free.
Visit us online at www.toonseum.org.

For interviews contact Joe@toonseum.com
Or 412-760-1896
Joe Wos
Executive Director
The ToonSeum
www.toonseum.org


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. 

ANTHOLOGIES, REPRINTS

  Arnold, Andrew D.  2002. Comix Cornucopias: TIME.comix on four new anthologies. Time.com (September 20): http://www.time.com/time/columnist/arnold/article/0,9565,353101,00.html

  Vasseur, Richard.  2009. Josh Blair, Editor & Publisher of Candy or Medicine [anthology]. Jazma Online (July 5): http://jazmaonline.com/interviews/interviews2009.asp?intID=404

              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): http://www.bookslut.com/features/2009_02_014141.php

  Mautner, Chris.  2008. Blog@ Q&A: Ivan Brunetti [on Yale anthology]. Newsarama (November 20): http://blog.newsarama.com/2008/11/20/blog-qa-ivan-brunetti/

  McConnell, Robin.  2008. Ivan Brunetti. Inkstuds (December 11): http://www.inkstuds.com/?p=400

  Moss, Wil.  2006. Ivan Brunetti's Idiosyncratic 'Best-of'. PW Comics Week October 24): http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6384214.html?nid=2789

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

http://talkingwithtim.com/wordpress/2008/12/23/ivan-brunetti-on-an-anthology-of-graphic-fiction-cartoons-and-true-stories-volume-2/

  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): http://www.metroactive.com/metro/04.01.09/arts-0913.html

  Wild, Peter.  2008. Ivan Brunetti. Bookmunch: http://bookmunch.co.uk//view.php?id=1985  

              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 http://www.cleveland.com/books/index.ssf/2008/11/rich_sampling_in_the_best_amer.html

  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): http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/archives/2008/10/pulp_fictions_a_1.php

              Flight

  Maury, Laurel.  2008. Books We Like: Beautiful, Graphic 'Flights' Of Fantasy. NPR.org (August 13): http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93525756

              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): http://www.inkstuds.com/?p=387 

              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): http://www.viceland.com/int/v16n2/htdocs/biggest-comic-book-ever-608.php

  Gehr, Richard.  2008. Pulp Fictions: Kramers Ergot 7 and The Ganzfeld 7. Village Voice Pulp Fictions blog (November 12): http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/archives/2008/11/pulp_fictions_k_1.php#more

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

  McConnell, Robin.  2008. Sammy Harkham [on Kramers Ergot].  Inkstuds (December 1): http://www.inkstuds.com/?p=397

  McConnell, Robin.  2008. Josh Simmons 08 [on Kramers Ergot]. Inkstuds (November 15): http://www.inkstuds.com/?p=386

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

http://fourcolorforum.kielphegley.com/2009/02/17/sammy-harkham-on-kramers-ergot-7/

  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 http://www.eyeweekly.com/arts/books/article/47300

   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 http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A56262

                        Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology

  Website - http://www.secretidentities.org

  Blog - http://secretidentitiesbook.blogspot.com

  Official promotional trailer -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TuX-xJ4MlI&fmt=18

  Brady, Matt.  2009. Greg Pak: Creating an Asian American Hero with The Citizen. Newsarama (March  27): http://www.newsarama.com/comics/030927-Pak-Citizen.html

  Contino, Jennifer M.  2009. Revealing Chow's Secret Identity [Secret Identities anthology]. Comicon's The Pulse (February 24): http://www.comicon.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=537445#Post537445

  Ishii, Anne.  2009. Secret Identities Revealed. Publishers Weekly's PW Comics Week (March 10): http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6642975.html

  Neubert, Amy Patterson.  2009. Comic book artists reveal their 'Secret Identities' with Purdue visit. Media-Newswire.com (March): http://media-newswire.com/release_1088224.html

  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

http://media.www.dailyillini.com/media/storage/paper736/news/2009/04/01/News/Secret.Identities.Book.Tour.Visits.Ui.Campus.Spreads.Cultural.Awareness-3691171.shtml

  Unknown.  2009. Keith Chow Talks Secret Identities. Scoop (July 2): http://scoop.diamondgalleries.com/public/default.asp?t=1&m=1&c=34&s=265&ai=84746


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

PR: ToonSeum Press Release: Drawn to the Summit, Cartoonists take on the G20



Drawn to the Summit: A G-20 Exhibition of International Political Cartoons
September 18-October 18, 2009
The Andy Warhol Museum
Co-presented by the ToonSeum, funded by the Pittsburgh Foundation
Opening Reception: September 18, 2009, 6-10PM

Delegates, protestors and journalists will be invading Pittsburgh in September for the international G-20 summit. There will also be another set of voices heard during that week: the voices of the people from the G-20 countries as expressed through editorial cartoons.

The cartoons in Drawn to the Summit will highlight the work of the leading cartoonists from the G-20 nations and will provide an alternative perspective on G-20 themes such as the global economy and its impact on the environment, human rights, world trade, etc. This exhibition offers the public an opportunity to view a diversity of cartooning styles worldwide and see the important role editorial cartoons plays in this global conversation.

In addition, the exhibition will include cartoons by local Pittsburgh artists commenting on what it will be like to have their hometown hosting the world. A computer will be set up in the gallery with an online blog to monitor daily commentaries and sketches by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers and others during the run of the G-20 summit.

The show is funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation, co-presented by the ToonSeum and the Andy Warhol Museum and curated by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers and art historian Sylvia Rhor.

Exhibition is included with paid admission to the Andy Warhol Museum.

For more information or interviews
Joe Wos
(412)325-1060
joe@toonseum.com



Our mailing address is:
The ToonSeum
10 Children's Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Our telephone:
412-325-1060


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Reviewer desired: Women in Comics Conference in Cambridge UK


I'm seekng a reviewer for the conference, 'Women in Comics', at Cambridge University on October 25th 2009 for IJOCA. The organizer, Sarah Lightman notes, "With its unique collection of 20th Century Women's Art, The New Hall Art Collection provides the perfect venue for a gathering of practitioners, academics, curators and enthusiasts. Women comic artists will speak about their work, and broader discussion will include the representation of women in comics. The event will run as part of The Cambridge Festival of Ideas week."

For more details see
http://www.art.newhall.cam.ac.uk/events/comics.html



Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Aragones exhibit in California - reviewer wanted

Here's more info -

Ojai museum fetes Mad magazine's Sergio Aragon├ęs
The cartoonist and co-creator of Groo the Wanderer is honored by his adopted
hometown with 'Mad About Sergio' exhibition.
By Reed Johnson
August 9, 2009
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-ca-aragones9-2009aug09,0,61962\
16.story