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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A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part Two)

If one is going to spend ten years on a single subject, George Herriman is a good one. Continue reading

 
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A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part One)

  “Herriman was talking about race and identity — as profoundly as anyone has, in my opinion — but I never see that as his big “Topic.” It was just part of his world, and the world he created, even … Continue reading

 
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Gene Ahern Covers The Conventions

You might have missed this. Gene Ahern, a popular newspaper cartoonist covered the tense, rancorous presidential nominations by sending Major Hoople, his Our Boarding House comic strip character, to the Republican and Democratic national conventions. It’s understandable if you didn’t … Continue reading

 
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The Lost Sundays of Gus Mager (1904-06)

Now, we wind the clock back to 1904 and take a look at what could be called the “lost” Sundays of Gus Mager – three short series that represent fascinating experiments in style and content. Continue reading

 
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The Screwball Comics of Gus Mager: Hippos, Monks and Sherlock Holmes

Known primarily for Hawkshaw the Detective, which ran off and on from 1913 through 1947, Mager was a fine cartoonist and accomplished painter associated with the Ashcan School. Continue reading

 
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The White Boy Trilogy and Garrett Price, Part 2

The life of Garrett Price. Continue reading

 
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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