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JACKIE ORMES The First African American Woman Cartoonist

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JACKIE ORMES The First African American Woman Cartoonist

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Good-girl art by an arrestingly beautiful black cartoonist. Recommended. By Nancy Goldstein. Art by Jackie Ormes. At a time of few opportunities for women in general and even fewer for African American women, Jackie Ormes (1911-85) blazed a trail as a popular cartoonist with the major black newspapers of the day. Her cartoon characters (including Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo, and Ginger) delighted readers and spawned other major merchandizing, including an elegant doll with a stylish wardrobe and “Torchy Togs” paper dolls. This celebrated biography features a large sampling of Ormes’s cartoons, color Sunday pages, and a new preface for this new paperback edition.

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At a time of few opportunities for women in general and even fewer for African American women, Jackie Ormes (1911-85) blazed a trail as a popular cartoonist with the major black newspapers of the day. Her cartoon characters (including Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo, and Ginger) delighted readers and spawned other major merchandizing, including an elegant doll with a stylish wardrobe and “Torchy Togs” paper dolls. This celebrated biography features a large sampling of Ormes’s cartoons, color Sunday pages, and a new preface for this new paperback edition.

Ormes was a member of Chicago’s black elite, with a social circle that included the leading political figures and entertainers of the day. Her cartoons and comic strips provide an invaluable glimpse into American culture and history, with topics that include racial segregation, U.S. foreign policy, educational equality, the atom bomb, and environmental pollution, among other pressing issues of the times—and of today’s world as well.

“Ormes was well ahead of her time . . . what’s interesting about her is her historical significance. The first two chapters here detail the particulars of her life [while] the rest are reproductions and discussion of her work, with useful digressions on the hierarchy of black newspapers, the history of doll materials and the cartoonist’s now-arcane allusions to pop culture and fashion.”
New York Times Book Review
 
"Goldstein not only recounts with enthusiasm the trailblazing cartoonist's remarkable story . . . but also keenly analyzes Ormes's influential cartoons and the role black newspapers played in the struggle for racial equality. With a generous selection of Ormes's forward-looking cartoons resurrected for the first time, this is one exciting and significant book. Viva Jackie Ormes."
Booklist
 
"Ormes' life and work seems even more exciting, because so much of what Goldstein does seems like an act of discovery or introduction: Here's one of those great real-life cartoonist characters who, chances are, you've either never heard of, or never heard so much of."  
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Item Code JACOR
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9780472037551
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 8x11
# Pages 240pg
Color Text/Partial Color
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