Author Archives: Paul Tumey

About Paul Tumey

Paul Tumey is a writer, artist, and comics historian. He is the creative director of Presentation Tree, a 15-year old business devoted to developing great presentations. He curates Cole's Comics (a blog dedicated to the study of the life and work of Jack Cole) and The Masters of Screwball Comics (a blog exploring screwball comics as an art form). He is a co-editor and essayist for The Art of Rube Goldberg (Abrams ComicArts - November 2013). He is also a contributing editor and essayist for Society Is Nix: Gleeful Anarchy At The Dawn of the American Newspaper Comic Strip 1895-1915 (Sunday Press - July 2013). He lives in Seattle, WA with his fiance Claire Mack, her daughter Olivia, his son Reid, and several piles of crumbling old paper.
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Rube Goldberg Butts In

Trying to grasp the inexhaustible career of a master. Continue reading

 
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Short Run Small Press Fest 2013: Mad Stacks (of Zines)

An on the scene report. Continue reading

 
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Figuring Out George Carlson (Part 2)

Further into the career of the great unheralded cartoonist. Continue reading

 
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Figuring Out George Carlson (Part 1)

Digging up George Carlson and his extremely busy career. Continue reading

 
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The Lost Comics of Jack Cole – Part 2 (1938)

1938 was the year that Superman appeared. It was also the year that Jack Cole became a comic book artist. Welcome to part two of my continuing survey of the lesser known (and, in some cases, virtually unknown) comics of … Continue reading

 
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The Lost Comics of Jack Cole – Part 1 (1931-38)

A study of Cole’s lesser-known comics and cartoons sheds light on his greatest work, and reshapes our current narrow understanding of this secretive, influential 20th century pop artist. Continue reading