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Swipes #47: Land Grabbing

Once again demonstrating the old adage: “Same sh*t, different day.” UPDATE: Found another one (of many!)… “A democratic version of a famous saying,” Judge, 29 April 1893 Advertisements

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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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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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Prohibition & Other Booze-y Cartoons

Four and twenty Yankees, feeling very dry Went across to Canada and bought a case of rye.  When the case was opened, they began to sing: To hell with the Calvin Coolidge, God save the King. – variation found in Life, 22 … Continue reading

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It’s a plane! It’s a car! It’s a… really large shoe?

Researching political cartoons and caricatures inevitably leads to uncovering things I cannot hope to understand. For example, this man is depicted as an ice cream maker: (I mean, I get it, he’s W. H. Ballard of the Ballard Ice Cream … Continue reading

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Shaking Down the Provinces

Ah, the enduring East versus West debate in Canada: So which is it? Quebec as the strapping bully (with Ottawa, of Newfoundland) or the bullied (by Western Canada)?

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It’s not Thanksgiving in Canada (or “appalling ignorance”)

In hono(u)r of the turkey slaughter taking place across the United States on this festival occasion, let’s talk about some good old fashioned American* ignorance. (It’s almost not worth remarking on, since this topic is so old and tired, but … Continue reading

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Canada: America’s Hat?

Most of my favo(u)rite variations on perspective are the funny ones:               As one of my favo(u)rite tweets of all time may suggest, I really like using these images in talks: For quite a while … Continue reading

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Swipes #43: Me-ow

The United States represented as a predator in political cartoons? No way… Hmm, I guess that trope does date back to at least 1898.

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Happy Halloween!

In hono(u)r of the holiday, here are some variations on Frankenstein’s monster.

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