Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Illustration House Collection goes to Modern Graphic History Library, St Louis

The day has finally come: Illustration House's collection has just been unveiled at the Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.

I had a bit of a hand in making this transaction happen, and I while I am sad that the collection will no longer be at my fingertips in New York, I am THRILLED that the collection has been saved intect and will be available for all researchers, and catalogued and conserved.

The collection amalgamates many many smaller tearsheet and book collections amassed by illustrators, that were later acquired by Walt Reed, who had his own collections building since he was a young man (Walt is now in his mid-90s). Walt and son Roger then added to it for some 40 years. It is probably the most significant research collection on American illustration to exist.



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Comics critics in Canada, 1940




Well,  here you go everybody - is this the first serious criticism against comics in Canada? In case you're wondering,  Magazine Digest is a fascinating periodical.... mainly a digest of cut'n'paste from other magazines, its Jewish editor and staff slipped in some articles and journalism of their own. The magazine actually sold internationally. And, I say, it operated as a very important Jewish voice - in an almost veiled way - by carefully selecting its contents to reflect the staff's concerns during World War II. It was also a really important employer of Jewish Canadians, and several people who went on to do amazing things got their start there. No matter whether you agree with the author here, this periodical deserves far more attention than it has received - it is now thoroughly obscure.
Oh and the art direction and illustration by Oscar Cahén after the war deserves some attention too...



Tuesday, April 16, 2013





I've been way too busy moving and working on my dissertation to update this blog. But I have something worth sharing today: I will be giving a talk Thursday April 18, at the Florence Griswold Museum in CT, at 2:00pm. All are welcome; there is a slight fee for attending. I will be talking about illustrator Arthur Heming, and the motives behind his quirky depictions of the Canadian north.

http://www.flogris.org/exhibitions_13Heming.php

Monday, February 11, 2013

I'd like to invite you to this landmark panel at this week's College Art Association. This is, to my knowledge, the first time illustration as a discipline has been discussed among art historians and others as it relates to how art history does and does not serve the history of illustration. The event is free.

Each paper is 12 minutes. The short time was chosen in order to focus on discussion afterwards. I believe we can stay late in the room.


5:30pm Thursday, Feb. 14

 Association of Historians of American Art
The Art History of American Periodical Illustration
Sutton Parlor South, 2nd Floor, Hilton Hotel, Manhattan

Chairs: Jaleen Grove, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Doug B. Dowd, Washington University in St. Louis

Reading Late-Nineteenth Century Periodical Illustrations: Scribner’s Monthly as Model
Page Knox, Marymount Manhattan College

Illustration, Cartooning, and Problems of Nomenclature: Visual Matter in Collier’s Weekly, 1935–1940
Douglas B. Dowd, Washington University in St. Louis

Beyond the Auteur: The Illustration as a Word/Image Object
Jarrod Waetjen, Northern Virginia Community College

Affective Illustration
Jennifer A. Greenhill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Discussant: Michele H. Bogart, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Paul E. Stinson, book cover for Pillars of Salt. My good friend is trying to track Stinson down in order to talk to him about the illustration he did for early video games. His website and LinkedIn page emails are dead. You can read about Laine Nooney's ultra-awesome research on videogame history and see more of Stinson's work here.