Tag: Comic Books

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Classic Comics No. 1. The Three Musketeers, 1941. Cover art by Malcolm Kildale For almost 30 years Classic Comics brought the hi-spots of literature to our nations youth via the comic book. First published in 1941 the series changed hands a few times, beginning as Classic Comics and ending as Classics Illustrated in 1969.   Classic Comics No. 26: Frankenstein December, 1945. Cover art by Robert Webb and Ann Brewster Over 150 issues were published before the demise of the series. Each issue featured author profiles and an ad for the next issue.   Classic Comics No. 18. The Hunchback...

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A Kickstarter Tragedy: ‘sad pictures for children’ goes up in flames

It started innocently enough. In May, 2012 Comic artist John Campbell took to the crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter to fund a book based on his internet comic. It was to be called sad pictures of children. His goal: $8000 Amount he raised: $51,615 Campbell published 2000 copies of the book and all seemed well. Another Kickstarter victory for the book set. Then on Feburary 27th, 2014 in an update to backers titled "It's Over" Campbell goes on an epic rant that culminates in the burning of multiple copies of the book. Campbell even shares a video of the destruction. Campbell says:...

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‘Marvels & Monsters’: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics

“Yellow Claw” #1, Atlas Comics, October 1956. (Marjean Magazine Corp.) The Japanese American National Museum, in collaboration with NYU's Asian/Pacific/American Institute and the  Fales Library & Special Collections, present “Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986.” The exhibit highlights racial and cultural images of Asians that appeared in comic books from WWII through the mid-1980's. The very same images that defined and still fuel America’s perceptions and stereotypes of Asians. Unknown Soldier #221 (November 1978), DC Comics, Inc. [DC].The exhibition is curated by  “Asian Pop” columnist Jeff Yang and is culled from the collection of William F. Wu, a noted science fiction...

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