Superheroes, Strip Artists, & Talking Animals: Minnesota's Contemporary Cartoonists
In a celebration of the wild and wonderful world of cartooning, twenty-three contemporary artists step out from behind their drawing boards and take a bow alongside their art.
Superman soared out of a Depression-era America desperate not for just a hero but a superhero to prevail against the crushing realities of life. But as comic book readers escape into a rich world of words and pictures, it’s easy to forget the slumped-over figure at the drawing board—the cartoonist, who may live in Metropolis for much of the day but still calls Minnesota home.
In Superheroes, Strip Artists & Talking Animals, Britt Aamodt coaxes twenty-three contemporary artists from Minnesota’s burgeoning cartoonist community to talk about one of America’s most colorful, irreverent, misunderstood, and sometimes demonized art forms. The cartoonists’ work spans comics, graphic novels, comic strips, editorial cartoons, minicomics, and webcomics. In their careers, these artists have conspired in the death of Superman, envisioned an interstellar space cop network, devoted an entire strip to a dead chicken, and created a Third World dictatorship that felt awfully familiar to contemporary American readers. Along the way, the cartoonists share their stories of breaking into comics and the realities of an industry that has hit pay dirt in Hollywood with comics-based movies but is witnessing the migration of strip artists from paper- to web-based publications. Follow them in this fully illustrated book as they draw their future, frame by frame.
Artists include: Kirk Anderson, Ken Avidor, Terry Beatty, Big Time Attic: Zander & Kevin Cannon, Will Dinski, Patrick Gleason, Peter Gross, Christopher Jones & Melissa Kaercher, Dan Jurgens, Ryan Kelly, Reynold Kissling, Danno Klonowski/Dank!, Bob Lipski & Brian Bastian, Roger Lootine, Doug Mahnke, Gordon Purcell, Brittney Sabo, Zak Sally, Barbara Schulz, Tim Sievert, Andy Singer, King Mini/Vincent Stall, and Steven Stwalley.
- By: Britt Aamodt
- Format: Paperback book, 240 pp., 8 1/4 x 10 3/4, 150 b&w illustrations
- Publisher: MHS Press (November 2010)
- Product ##: 9780873517775
Britt Aamodt is an arts journalist specializing in pop culture, visual arts, and artists. She founded the radio theater troupe Deadbeats On the Air and has adapted graphic novels for radio.