Monthly Archives: March 2015

April Fooling in Map Form

Google is a bit (in)famous for their April 1st pranks. Here are some funny Google maps from back before it got the buzz-killy new directions of “Sorry, we could not calculate directions from Chicago, IL to United Kingdom” (I bet their lawyers were like “stop … Continue reading

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Colossus (Part III)

Here are four more colossuses (colossi?) that I found in the Newberry Library collections in Chicago during the NEH summer program in 2014. First, we have Teddy Roosevelt posing (looming?) over the Panama Canal project: Next, we have Uncle Sam striking … Continue reading

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Swipes?

What do the following cities have in common: Berkeley, California; Paris, France; and Missoula, Montana? You may not have guessed (or maybe you did?!) that they are each home to an amazing independent Shakespeare & Company bookstore (all unaffiliated with … Continue reading

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Part IV: John & Jonathan, BFFFL

See also: – Part I: Representations of the US & UK – Part II: Representations of UK & US Cooperation – Part III: John Bull & Uncle Sam, a friendship to the end – Part V: John Bull & Uncle Sam, Frenemies And, on the … Continue reading

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Ireland Carto-Caricatures (Map Cartoons)

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I give you some carto-caricatures of Ireland, starting with some historical comic maps: The following are variations on “Geography bewitched! or, a droll caricature map of Ireland” from 1793: The next three draw clear … Continue reading

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Colossus (Part II)

Continuing with the theme of the colossus… See also: – Colossus: Part I – “Comic Empires–Cartoons, Caricature, and Imperialism: A Symposium” edited by Richard Scully, International Journal of Comic Art, Fall/Winter 2014, pages 57-65. – “Constructing the Colossus: the Origins of Linley … Continue reading

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Colossus (Part I)

The figure of the colossus is a common trope found in many cartoons. I’ll start this series off with some relatively derivative / repetitive poses from the “as we see ’em” books I came across during research.

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Swipes #46: Ice Floes

While I was searching for a New Yorker cartoon to accompany a previous post, I came across some other images as well as several variations on the theme of being setting adrift on an ice floe. I’m not the first person to notice this … Continue reading

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Draw the Shape of the Bay @ The Exploratorium in SF

In January, we went to the Exploratorium and touched pretty much all of the exhibits, which was a lot of fun. :-) One of my favo(u)rite things to look out for is, of course, maps. I can’t seem to find … Continue reading

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