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.
Clare Victor Dwiggins by Paul Tumey

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

CHARLIE Horses: On Caricature and Outrage

An exploration of the impulse to caricature, a look at incidents of outrage and retaliation against cartoonists, and a personal attempt to come to terms with racist cartoons from America’s past. Continue reading

 

God Rest Ye Merrie: The Letters of Walt Kelly and Young Peter Brown

Here’s a true story for the holiday season about a famous 45-year-old cartoonist and an eleven-year-old boy. Continue reading

 

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

 

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

 

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