Monthly Archives: April 2015

Monsters, Part 4: Dismemberment & Bugs

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Monsters, Part 3: Just your standard anthropomorphic snake post

  Snakes also seem to be a favo(u)rite theme of Berryman’s on St. Patrick’s Day:

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Monsters, Part 2: Two-headed Creatures (and more!)

Other than the Two-Headed Monster on Sesame Street, this wasn’t exactly a search that resulted in light-hearted Google image results. I leave you with some cartoons that I collected that I don’t think quite qualify as hydra or dragons, although some of them … Continue reading

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Monsters, Part 1: Hydra Round-up

Adding to last week’s collection of hydras and other many-headed monsters, I give you some more hydras, along with dragons and sundry beasts: This one is punny: Two more cartoons from Canadian collections:   Another World War II item: Fast-forwarding … Continue reading

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The Many-Headed Hydra: Monstrous Representations of Canadian Confederation and the American Civil War in Cartoons, 1861-1867

This is the first draft of an article that I submitted two years ago for a special issue on “Monsters in the Margins” for the journal “Image/Text: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies:” As it appears that the special issue is no longer happening (and I’m not … Continue reading

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Now & Then / Then & Now

Some neat collections compare historical scenes to present-day scenes: 1) Calgary: “Comparing 15 historic Calgary postcards with the same scene today” – via JH / CO on Facebook. (Thanks for sharing!) 2) Montreal: Comparing photos of Montreal from 1860-1935 with 1999 photos – … Continue reading

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Maps: They Don’t Love You Like I Love You

Alternative title: “Lies and the lying liars that map them.” Just thinking about maps… 1) Donald Westlake’s High Adventure (1985), quoted in Denis Wood’s “Pleasure in the Idea / The Atlas as Narrative Form” (page 27): “The map is not the terrain,” the … Continue reading

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What is a geographer?

(Or cartographer, or explorer, or discoverer…) 1) From W.F. Ganong’s Crucial Maps in the Early Cartography and Place-Nomenclature of the Atlantic Coast of Canada (1964): For these cartographical quirks, no great blame should attach to the map-makers at home, who, if allowance … Continue reading

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What is an American, anyhow?

A query in four parts: 1) “I am not American” by the Arrogant Worms 2) “It’s a letter to my Congressman… I wanta get it straight from Washington… Just which is the ‘American way’ of life, New York or Georgia???” by Jackie Ormes … Continue reading

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