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 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). Tumey researched and wrote about the cartoonist Harry Tuthill in an introductory essay that was published in THE BUNGLE FAMILY 1930 (Library of American Comics, 2014). Tumey was a contributing editor and essayist for KING OF THE COMICS: 100 YEARS OF KING FEATURES (IDW, 2015). Most recently, Tumey contributed an essay on Dick Tracy to DICK TRACY: COLORFUL CASES OF THE 1930s (Sunday Press, 2016) and co-edited and wrote for FOOLISH QUESTIONS AND OTHER ODD OBSERVATIONS BY RUBE GOLDBERG (Sunday Press, 2017). Tumey has published over forty essays, reviews and interviews in THE COMICS JOURNAL. He has lectured on comics at Parson's The New School (New York City) and the University of Washington. Tumey is currently at work on his own book about the great screwball cartoonists. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Claire Mack, two teens, two parakeets, a cat, and several piles of crumbling old paper.
Gus Mager 1906 comic strip

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

 

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

 
garrett price

The White Boy Trilogy and Garrett Price, Part 2

The life of Garrett Price. Continue reading

 

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

 
Garrett Price White Boy

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

 

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