Monthly Archives: June 2014

Swipes #37: Bang the Drum Loudly (The Drum is Quebec Separatism)

Maybe you’d think that this trope would get tiresome for cartoonists, or that the drummers would eventually get bored and change their tune. (Images link to sources.) Well, apparently not. Keep on keepin’ on, little drummer boy(s). UPDATE: John Collins, … Continue reading

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Sobering thoughts

Two items recently arrived in the mail… First, 360: News for Alumni and Friends of the Illinois Math and Science Academy. Here’s an excerpt from “Family Ties” (Spring 2014, page 4): The IMSA group excitedly introduced themselves to the 90 Peruvians, and … Continue reading

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Swipes #36: Rubix Cubix

Garnotte, “Le Bloc québécois avant Daniel Paillé…” Le Devoir, 17 December 2013 Edd Uluschak, Edmonton Journal, 1981 (in Terry Mosher’s Caricature Cartoon Canada) Serge Chapleau, “Le bloc québécois!” 1992 Osama Hajjaj, “Peace Rubiks Cube,” 16 May 2012

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Illinois Carto-Caricatures

Apparently, I can’t help myself; my “Illinois Maps in Cartoons and Logos” collection has joined my Québec collection on the Internet! Submissions welcome.

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Swipes: The Labrador-Quebec Border

Just learned about this (ongoing!) border dispute between the areas known as Labrador and Quebec. Here it is in map form: You’ll notice that straight line between Quebec and Labrador: But then Wikipedia tells us: Line A (in red) is … Continue reading

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Swipes #35: Eagle Man

Here we have “Ten Thousand Miles from Tip to Tip,” a cartoon from 1898: And here we have the logo of the United States Marines: And just one more… Edd Uluschak, 5 November 1971, Edmonton Journal The title of this post refers … Continue reading

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Among other things, I research maps and visual culture

So I have to ask, Google maps, what is going on here? Click on the image to enlarge what must be a cartographic error (or possibly hoax?). (This is an old screen capture – now Google maps looks different. As … Continue reading

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Socks off to you, Dr. Eric McLaren.

There has been an outpouring of love and support from the IMSA family over Facebook, emails, text messages, forums, and phone calls in the wake of Eric McLaren‘s passing last week. People have shared amazing stories about his role in … Continue reading

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The Continuing Adventures of Comics Academe

If you’re interested, my synopsis of a recent talk on The Culture of Production in Marvel’s Media Franchises at the University of California Irvine campus just went live over at  Women Write About Comics.

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Novelizations of Judaism in Northern Contexts

A Passover card I got in the mail prompted me to think about other fictional representations of Judaism in Northern Contexts. Here’s the card: Then, as I was reading The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon, I was reminded of Solomon Gursky Was … Continue reading

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