American Cartoons and Comics
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Articles from Resource Library in chronological order:
As of 4/17/12 TFAO Digital Library contained 127 pages referencing the word "cartoons" and 74 pages referencing the word "comics."
From other websites:
A Century of Magic: The Animation of the Walt Disney Studios an exhibit held March 3 - September 2, 2012 at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Includes news release. From Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Accessed 11/20/14
Al Hirschfeld - Beyond Broadway from the Library of Congress. Includes online exhibit with artist biography and curator's essay. Accessed May, 2014
Cartoonists from AskArt.com. Accessed May, 2014
Charles Addams: Cartoonist, an exhibit held October 3, 2009 - January 24, 2010 at the Bruce Museum. From the Bruce Museum. Accessed May, 2014
"Cowboy Cartoons," by Margaret Hair, Steamboat Today, June 13, 2008. Accessed May, 2014
FANTASTIC! The Comic Art of Sandy Plunkett, an exhibit held January 25 - June 2, 2013 at the Kennedy Museum of Art. Includes exhibit brochure. Accessed February, 2015.
GOOD GRIEF! A Selection
from 50 Years of Original Art from Charles M. Schulz's PEANUTS,
an exhibit held September 01, 2012 to December 30, 2012
at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. Accessed February, 2015
"Japanese-American Animation Artists of the Golden Age" by Amid Amidi, December 4, 2008, from Cartoon Brew LLC. Featires artists working in the 1930s and 1940s. Accessed May, 2014
Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, an exhibit held Jun 29 - Oct 13, 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Accessed March, 2015.
The More that Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: The Political Cartoons of Bruce Shanks from the 1960-70s, an exhibit held October 23, 2010 - May 29, 2011 at Burchfield - Penney Art Center. Accessed May, 2014
Oliphant: Editorial Cartoons and the American Presidency, 1968-2012, an exhibit held October 30-December 9, 2012 at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Accessed February, 2015.
PBS maintains an online archive of individual segments from NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. "In Memorium: Chuck Jones" is a 4-minute February 25, 2002 NewsHour segment remembering Chuck Jones, the master of movie animation. Transcript remains at site. Accessed May, 2015.
Pioneering Cartoonists of Color from 999inks.co.uk. Incudes information on African American cartoonists. Accessed May, 2014
Rural Images: The Cartoon Art of J.R. Williams, Ace Reid, and Jerry Palen from University of Wyoming (American Heritage Center). [Link found expired as of 2014 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for your reference]
Saul Steinberg: Illuminations, an exhibit held November 2, 2007 - February 24, 2008 at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Includes news release. From Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Accessed 11/17/14
Spain: Rock, Roll, Rumbles, Rebels, & Revolution, an exhibit held September 14, 2012 - January 20, 2013 at the Burchfield - Penney Art Center. The exhibit is a career retrospective of Manuel "Spain" Rodriguez, the Buffalo-born comic book artist. Includes the essay "Keep the Flames of Buffalo Burning" by Don Metz. Accessed May, 2014
"Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art" by Mary Penn, from artcritical.com, March, 2004. artcritical.com is an online serial "of art and ideas" published monthly since September, 2003. [Link found broken as of 2014 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for your reference]
You Are My Superhero, an exhibit held July 22 2012 - September 23 2012 at the Dayton Art Institute. Includes links to articles. Accessed 9/14.
'Masters of American Comics': A History of the Funnies from Fresh Air, WHYY, January 3, 2006, with an interview of Brian Walker, son of Hi and Lois creator Mort Walker, who has co-edited a new book that traces the history of American comics in the 20th century. Accessed May, 2014
Earthflix is an online network based on the Monterey Peninsula in California. Small standard definition movies -- such as those below -- are from Endorphin Productions. Endorphin Productions merged with Earth Flix Inc. and now Earthflix.com represents all the media from both sites. A 3-part video covers the art of Cartoonists of Carmel. Dennis Renault, retired Sacramento Bee political cartoonist, Robert Blaisdell, retired filmmaker, Eldon Dedini, a cartoonist who's work has been in The New Yorker and Playboy, Roy Gillian, mystery writer, Gus Arriola, creator of the strip "Gordo", and Hank Ketcham, Dennis the Menace, sat down for coffee and conversation. [part 1: 3 minutes, 50 seconds; part 2: 2 minutes, 22 seconds; 2 minutes, 1 second] Accessed May, 2015.
KCTS, a PBS affiliate in Seattle, WA, offers streaming video programs. A 2 1/2-minute "Focus of the Arts" segment titled "Al Hirschfeld at the Frye" introduces an exhibition of the work of the famous caricature artist at the Frye Art Museum by David Leopold, the exhibition's curator. [Link found expired as of 2014 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for your reference]
PBS maintains an online archive of individual segments from NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Several segments covering the visual arts are available by video search in the Arts & Entertainment category by keyword "Jeffrey Brown." Arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports January 21, 2003 on Al Hirschfeld's recent death. [Link found expired as of 2014 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for your reference]
San Jose Museum of Art produced a 5-part video series titled Todd Schorr: American Surreal, available online through ArtBabble. According to ArtBabble, "Todd Schorr has painted two large format paintings in which he addresses his influences as an artist - one reflects on the cartoon perspective and the other on the horror film perspective. In this video Todd offers insight into how the pieces came about and some of the subject matter in each. Todd Schorr: American Surreal is the first mid-career retrospective of the Los Angeles-based artist. Schorr is a leading figure in Southern California's cartoon-based movement, dubbed Pop Surrealism, which embraces low-brow culture and a ribald graphic style indebted to pop sources such as Mad magazine. Schorrs astonishing, highly polished realism, (inspired by Bosch, Brueghel and Dali), sets him apart from his best-known peers such as Camille Rose Garcia, Gary Baseman, and Mark Ryde" Accessed June, 2015.
The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. Simmons College Institute for Leadership & Change partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for Drawing Diversity with Jennifer Camper, (56 minutes) is a lecture by Jennifer Camper, comic artist and editor of the new comic anthology Juicy Mother, who brings contributing artists together to discuss comics as an expressive medium that is not representative enough in terms of diversity of perspectives. [June 2, 2005] Accessed May, 2015.
TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:
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12/10/09: TFAO wishes to thank Sarah Wahlberg for providing material for the above list.
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