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.

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):

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
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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

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 Aragonés
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, 2009,0,61962\

Fantagraphics exhibit in Seattle - reviewer wanted

Here's details about the show -

'Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists' at Fantagraphics
Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney and 10 others have work on display in "Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists," at Fantagraphics Books & Gallery in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood.
By Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times August 7 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

new research blog on Early Comics

Pascal does excellent work - this should be a good resource.

From: Pascal Lefèvre <>

Dear colleague,

If you're interested in early mass culture, there's a new blog <> that might interest you. I've just started my new Early Comics blog about my research into the comic strips before 1930. I'll deal also with relations between early comics and other media (as cinema).


dr. Pascal Lefèvre