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It's Life as I See It: Black Cartoonists in Chicago, 1940 - 1980

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Originally published by Chicago's Black press, long neglected by mainstream publishing, and now included in a Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago exhibition, these comics showcase some of the finest Black cartoonists.

Between the 1940s and 1980s, Chicago's Black press--from The Chicago Defender to the Negro Digest to self-published pamphlets--was home to some of the best cartoonists in America. Kept out of the pages of white-owned newspapers, Black cartoonists found space to address the joys, the horrors, and the everyday realities of Black life in America. From Jay Jackson's anti-racist time travel adventure serial Bungleton Green, to Morrie Turner's radical mixed-race strip Dinky Fellas, to the Afrofuturist comics of Yaoundé Olu and Turtel Onli, to National Book Award-winning novelist Charles Johnson's blistering and deeply funny gag cartoons, this is work that has for far too long been excluded and overlooked. Also featuring the work of Tom Floyd, Seitu Hayden, Jackie Ormes, and Grass Green, this anthology accompanies the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's exhibition Chicago Comics: 1960 to Now, and is an essential addition to the history of American comics.

The book's cover is designed by Kerry James Marshall.

Published in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, on the occasion of Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now, June 19-October 3, 2021. Curated by Dan Nadel.

ISBN-13: 9781681375618

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: New York Review Comics

Publication Date: 06-01-2021

Pages: 200

Product Dimensions: 10.00h x 7.50w x 0.70d

Dan Nadel is Curator at Large of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, UC Davis. He is the author and editor of several books, including Art Out of Time: Unknown Comic Visionaries, 1900-1969; Gary Panter; and New York Review Comics's Return to Romance: The Strange Love Stories of Ogden Whitney (with Frank Santoro). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Charles Johnson is a novelist, essayist, literary scholar, philosopher, cartoonist, screenwriter, and professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. A MacArthur fellow, he won the National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage in 1990.

Ronald Wimberly was born in Washington, D.C. His books include Prince of Cats. He is the editor of the art newspaper LAAB.

Kerry James Marshall is a Chicago-based artist best known for his portraits of Black figures. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago hosted a retrospective exhibition of his work, Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, in 2016. He was included on the Time 100 list in 2017.