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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Art as Transformation: WORDLESS!

If you’ve followed Art Spiegelman at all in the last 20 years, you’ve seen his lectures, filled with insight, wit, and lots of visuals projected onto screens. This has all been pretty swell — but predictable — stuff. But when have we ever seen Spiegelman take the stage to talk about comics with a giant movie screen and a six-piece jazz combo? Continue reading

 
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The Precisely Rendered Blam: Alley Oop in 1939

It was the Dr. Who of the 1940s, a comic strip that traveled though history with verve and panache — not to mention lots of wisecracks. Only, instead of charming, eccentrically dressed Englishmen wielding sonic screwdrivers, there was a practically naked caveman with a stone ax. Continue reading

 
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The Lost Comics of Jack Cole – Part 3 (1939-1940, Humor and Crime)

In many ways, 1939 and 1940 were pivotal years in Jack Cole’s life and work. These are the years he stretched from humorous short subjects to longer, more serious crime and superhero stories. Continue reading

 
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The Seattle Undergound Comics Scene is Alive and Oozing

Seattle has a new underground comics scene. One is tempted to say “again,” recalling the boom of the 1990s with Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, and the like. More accurately, the scene has endured. Continue reading

 
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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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