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happy birthday, jackie!

August 1 is the birthday of Jackie Ormes, the first African-American woman syndicated cartoonist. She created the comic strip Torchy Brown and the panel comic Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger. In 1947, the Terri Lee doll company produced a doll based on

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Posted in 40's, 50's, cartoonists, comics, toys

how it art

Saw comic book artist & writer Howard Chaykin, speak at Special Edition, NYC. He said: comics tell time with space – larger panels are longer periods of time – smaller panels are short bursts of time and: horizontal panels are

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Posted in 80's, cartoonists, comic books, design, mad men

(strip) club owner

Speaking of JFK… In 1967, Esquire magazine commissioned Marvel comics artist Jack Kirby to write and draw “46 Hours and 36 Minutes in the Life of Jack Ruby,” a three-page comic strip beginning with Ruby’s learning of JFK’s assassination and

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Posted in 60's, cartoonists, comic books, magazines

april showers

it’s pouring in nyc. No one drew heavy, city, rain like cartoonist Will Eisner. Recognized as a genius in the 40’s, and again in the 80’s, he was one of my instructors at SVA. He inspired us to carry ourselves like professionals from

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Posted in 40's, 80's, cartoonists, nyc, sva

when captain america throws his mighty shield!!!

Captain America! Bucky! Nick Fury! Feast your eyes on this Krazy Komposition from Jack “King” Kirby! Have you seen “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” yet? Did you love it?

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Posted in 60's, cartoonists, comic books, movies

more Vip

the aforementioned bar guide by cartoonist Virgil Partch. and some context here.

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Posted in 50's, cartoonists, cartoons, liquor, print

“which one of you is purring?”

mid-century mischief from cartoonist Virgil Partch, better known as Vip. Though not big drinkers, his illustrated bar guide lived in my parents’ liquor cabinet.

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Posted in 50's, illustration, liquor