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DRAWN TO PURPOSE American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists

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DRAWN TO PURPOSE American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists

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Recommended. By Martha H. Kennedy. Published in partnership with the Library of Congress, Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists presents an overarching survey of women in American illustration, from the late nineteenth into the twenty-first century. Special attention is paid to forms that have heretofore received scant notice--book cover designs, editorial illustrations, and political cartoons. 250 color illustrations, including eye-catching original art from the collections of the Library of Congress. Details the personal and professional experiences of eighty women including Roz Chast, Lynda Barry, Lynn Johnston, Rose O'Neill and Jillian Tamaki.

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Published in partnership with the Library of Congress, Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists presents an overarching survey of women in American illustration, from the late nineteenth into the twenty-first century. Special attention is paid to forms that have heretofore received scant notice--book cover designs, editorial illustrations, and political cartoons. 250 color illustrations, including eye-catching original art from the collections of the Library of Congress. Details the personal and professional experiences of eighty women including Roz Chast, Lynda Barry, Lynn Johnston, Rose O'Neill and Jillian Tamaki.

The artists' stories, shaped by their access to artistic training, the impact of marriage and children on careers, and experiences of gender bias in the marketplace, serve as vivid reminders of social change during a period in which the roles and interests of women broadened from the private to the public sphere.

The vast, often neglected, body of artistic achievement by women remains an important part of our visual culture. The lives and work of the women responsible for it merit much further attention than they have received thus far. For readers who care about cartooning and illustration, Drawn to Purpose provides valuable insight into this rich heritage.

The first chapter looks at the classic women illustrators of the end of the 19th century, including Pyle students like Jessie Wilcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green and Maginal Enright. The book cover design, of course, offers us the finest work of Margaret Armstrong and early posters by Ethel Reed. Rose O'Neill gets fine coverage, from her Kewpies Sunday pages to her magazine covers. There's also good coverage of book illustrator Fish, underground comix cartoonists, Marvel and DC artists, right up to today's top talent.

The eight illustrators closely examined come complete with excellent photographs of many of them, spot varnished to really make an impression. There's lots of reproduced artwork here, and lots of scholarly new insights.

Chapters also include 2. Early Cartoonists: From Cute and Clever to Career Women, 3. New Voices, New Narratives in Comics, 4. Illustrations for Industry, 5.Commentators and Reporters, 5.Covers and Cartoons, 6.Caricaturists and Political Cartoonists.

Very handsome design. Binding is blind-stamped embossed black cloth, with a full color wrap-around dust jacket.

Martha H. Kennedy, Fairfax, Virginia, is curator of popular and applied graphic art in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. She has curated or co-curated nine exhibitions of cartoon and illustration art, assists researchers, and works with colleagues to develop the Library's collections of original graphic art. She has published in American Art, the International Journal of Comic Art, the Washington Print Club Quarterly, and the Library of Congress Magazine, as well as in Cartoon America: Comic Art in the Library of Congress and Humor's Edge: Cartoons by Ann Telnaes.

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Item Code DRAPH
Publisher University Press of MIssissippi
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781496815927
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 238pg
Color Text/Partial Color
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