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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The Minicomix Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The revolution will not be televised The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox – Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1970) The humble, photocopied minicomic sprang into being in the early 1970s and has become a prime … Continue reading

 
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The White Boy Trilogy and Garrett Price, Part 1

Garrett Price’s White Boy, a vividly original comic strip set in the American West, appeared on the scene in 1933, shapeshifted three times in three years, and then faded into obscurity faster than a wind-blown smoke signal. Since then, a few slim sheaves of … Continue reading

 
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20 Comic Favorites of 2015

Paul Tumey’s top of the heap. Continue reading

 
Bezango. WA a film about Pacific Northwest Cartoonists by Ron Austin and Louise Amandes

Bezango, WA: An Interview with Filmmakers Louise Amandes and Ron Austin

Back in 2011, two documentarians set out to make a movie about artists in the Pacific Northwest who make comics. They thought they were making a simple film about a beloved subject and then discovered they were in the middle of a cultural surge. Continue reading

 
Pushing the Limits: Comics That Stretch The Form by Paul Tumey

Pushing the Limits: Comics and Creators That Stretch the Form

Comics as a self-aware form. Continue reading

 
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Dead Cats at Moonlight – The Art of Clare Victor “Dwig” Dwiggins

A documentary about the forgotten comics of early 20th century childhood. Continue reading

 
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A Walk Through Yuichi Yokoyama’s GARDEN with Tom Van Deusen

Seattle cartoonist Tom Van Deusen and I recently sat down and had a focused discussion about Garden, the 300-page comic book by Tokyo painter and manga artist Yuichi Yokoyama that was published in 2011 by PictureBox. The conversation helps reveal the … Continue reading

 
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Creeping Death and Snake Meat: Basil Wolverton and Max Clotfelter

Who knew, or could ever have imagined, that Basil Wolverton, perpetrator of some of the weirdest and most grotesque eyeball kicks in mid-century American pop culture, once made a serious and concentrated effort to draw Mickey Mouse comics for Walt Disney? Continue reading