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, May 25, 2009

Upcoming book announcement

Marco Pellitteri's Il Drago e la Saetta. Modelli, strategie e identità dell'immaginario giapponese ('The Dragon and the Dazzle: Models, strategies and Identities of Japanese Imagination', has won the Japan Foundation's grants for the translation into English and publication for a worldwide distribution. The book will be printed in 2010.

Marco's written for IJOCA if anyone wants to read his work.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

New book: Your Brain on Latino Comics

The author, Frederick Aldama, has written in that his new book Your Brain on Latino Comics is out and he's started a blog about it as well. An interview can be found at "OSU professor shares story of Latino comics," Steve Skok, OSU's The Lantern 5/21/09.

Monday, May 18, 2009

CFP: Mid-Atlantic Pop/Am Culture Assoc., Boston, Nov. 2009

[from the Museum-L list]

General Call For Papers Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, The 2009 MAPACA conference will be held at: Hilton Boston Logan Airport in Boston, MA from Thursday, November 5 - Saturday, November 7, 2009.

This is a general call for papers for the more than 40 session topics ranging from American Studies to Comics/Cartoon/Video Gaming to Environment and Culture to Music and Culture to Popular Architecture and the Built Environment to War. Proposals are welcome on all aspects of American and Popular culture.

To submit a proposal, please send a 150-word abstract and a brief CV or bio to the appropriate area chair by June 15, 2009. Panels of 3 or 4 presenters, single papers, roundtables, or alternative formats are encouraged. Sliding scale registration fees apply.

For further information and descriptions of areas, please visit, click on conference information then click on call for papers.

Or contact:
Loretta Lorance
MAPACA Membership Coordinator

Sunday, May 17, 2009

May 30: Manga Shakespeare event at the Cartoon Museum, London

This is to let you know about the special Manga Shakespeare event happening at the Cartoon Museum.

We still have a few places on our Half-Term Workshops on May 27- 29.
See the website for more details

Saturday 30 May 1.30 – 4pm
Manga Shakespeare Day

Join ILYA, artist on the new Manga edition of King Lear, and Emma Vieceli,
artist on Much Ado About Nothing, for a fascinating and dramatic afternoon of exhibits, talks and slideshow presentation.

Get the inside track on how they present William Shakespeare's characters and storylines in their new Manga Shakespeare graphic adaptations, published by Self Made Hero.


ALSO: A character-from-Shakespeare design competition, open to all, free to enter, with PRIZES! Bring your pens and ideas.

Other Manga Shakespeare artists will also drop by.

Free with admission to the Museum
£5.50 Adults
£4 Concessions
£3 Students with valid student ID and Art Fund Members

Free to Under-18s and Friends of the Cartoon Museum
Children 12 or under must be accompanied by an adult
Museum Hours 10.30-5.30.
Make a Day of it!

Cartoon Art Trust Limited operating as the Cartoon Museum.
Company limited by guarantee, registered in England Number 2290220.
Registered Charity Number 327978.

Registered Office:
35 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HH
Tel: +44 (0)207 580 8155
Fax: +44 (0)207 631 0793

Monday, May 11, 2009

Indonesian cartoonist Eko Nugroho in New York

Tales from Wounded Land

Eko Nugroho and Wedhar Riyadi are two of the most noted members in Indonesian society of our generation. For this exhibition, they each will present sensitive works that reflect their personal take on Indonesian society and popular culture, while exploring their own multifaceted inner worlds.

Using cartoon as his foundation, Eko Nugroho explores various mediums, such as painting, drawing, embroidery, mural and animation. He approaches sociopolitical issues with a humorous and cheerful perspective. He simultaneously, manages to successfully transmit a cynical tone that forces his critics to face current governmental, social and global institutional issues.

Through his exploration of animated images, Wedhar Riyadi has adopted the art of comic as his chosen language of expression. With flat lines and color, he builds realistic impressions through cartoon using drawing and painting as his primary medium. Wedhar’s presentation of personal experiences that originate in his work make him one of the most promising young Indonesian contemporary artists of today.

Tales from Wounded Land will be on view at Tyler Rollins Fine Art from May 14 – June 27, 2009

529 WEST 20 STREET, 10W NEW YORK, NY 10011

Animation exhibit at Toonseum

Organization: The ToonSeum
Phone number: (412)325-1060

Explore The World of Animation B.C.

Pittsburgh, The ToonSeum and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh present Animation B.C. (Before Computers!
Animation B.C. features a century of animation art and artifacts, including a rare production sketch of Gertie the Dinosaur created circa 1914, heralded as the first animated character.
The show includes original storyboards, background paintings, production cels and sketches from some of the most popular 2d animated characters in film, television and commercials. Characters old and new are featured, from Mickey to Spongebob!

Animation B.C. gives a glimpse into the hand crafted artistry and process behind these classic characters.
The exhibit is much more than drawings and cels, rare sheet music from the Road Runner give an insight into the important role music plays in animation. Artifacts on display include a desk from Disney’s Hyperion Studio. The desk was used by Fantasia director Paul Satterfield on projects including Bambi, Fantasia, and the Ugly Duckling.

While there are many great characters and pieces in this show, Gertie is the real star. Winsor McCay, an early innovator in the field of animation, was no doubt inspired by the dinosaur mania that swept the country in the early 1900’s. This fascination with dinosaurs was fueled primarily by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and their discovery of the diplodocus. Gertie, herself a diplodocus, toured the vaudeville circuit in 1914 along with creator Winsor McCay in a unique show combining a live on stage performance and animation in a show that wowed audiences, and left them bewildered at what was dubbed one of the great wonders! Now almost 100 years later Gertie returns to Pittsburgh.

"This exhibit is the first collaboration between the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the ToonSeum. It really presents a learning opportunity for both the students and general public to explore the art of animation and gain a new appreciation for animation before computers." Said ToonSeum Executive Director and Exhibit Curator, Joe Wos.

Animation B.C. is produced for the Art Institute by the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Cartoon Art and Curated by Joe Wos.

Animation BC: Before Computers
Exhibition Dates: May 6 through June 30, 2009
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 13

GALLERY HOURS: (admission is free and open to the public)
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. To 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. To 5 p.m
Saturday: 9 a.m. To 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday

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

Our telephone:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Comic Art Bibliography: ANTHOLOGIES, REPRINTS

No comments yet on this special feature? Oh well. Here's a section I've been working on with some current reviews.

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)
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