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Mail-order Geniuses

Mail-order Geniuses

Spotlighting the legendary cartoonists' courses.

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ISBN 9781606994535
Barcode 9781606994535
Published 30 September 2012 by John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Marschall, Rick
Edited by Bernard, Warren
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ISBN-13 9781606994535
ISBN-10 1606994530
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Fantagraphics
Publication Date 30 September 2012
International Publication Date 26 July 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Marschall, Rick
Edited by Bernard, Warren
Category Fiction
Graphic Novels
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 191mm
Height: 235mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Graphic Novels: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 741.5973
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

This glorious history-and-compilation from Marschall Books is long overdue - filling a hole in the chronicle of America's cartoon and comics heritage. For generations, there was hardly a major cartoonist or animator in American who had not been a youthful student of the many mail-order cartooning schools and correspondence courses. At one time these institutions provided rites of passage for aspiring cartoonists, illustrators, and animators. Instant discovery of, and cultivation of, talent invariably was promised by these schools and books... as was success ( Cartoonists Make Big Money!!! ). Thousands of youngsters, over several decades, dutifully bought their tools, set up their bedroom or basement studios, and laboriously copied the lessons about perspective, anatomy, shading, wrinkles, folds, action, animals, the human form (ah, the human form)... even those little shadows under characters' shoes. Many students mailed their drawings in and anxiously awaited corrections by the masters themselves (or reasonable facsimiles of celebrity cartoonists). Mail-Order Geniuses surveys the legendary correspondence courses of the Landon School, the Federal School, W L Evans, ZIM, Clare Briggs, Billy DeBeck, Russell Patterson, Jefferson Machamer, Charles Kuhn, Bill Nolan, Joe Musial, Art Instruction Institute, Famous Cartoonists, and others. The book will reproduce the lessons - in truth, many of these courses were excellent teaching tools - including tips, sketches, wisdom, and drawing-board photos of the great cartoonists of their time. Some lesson books will be reprinted in facsimile. The book will also document the many success stories and accomplished students who graduated from the American institutions of another day - Roy Crane and Milton Caniff were Landon School students; the W L Evans School touted a letter from the satisfied, but barely published, student Chester Gould; Charles Schulz's work as a student so impressed what is now the Art Instruction Institute that they hired him as an instructor of students' work. This class reunion is more than good history, good art, and good fun: it is a vital piece of cartooning history, never documented until this landmark volume.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Rick Marschall, called by Bostonia Magazine perhaps America's foremost authority on popular culture, has written or edited more than 60 books. He co-founded Nemo: The Classic Comics Library and Hogan's Alley magazines and is President of Rosebud Archives. He has taught comics history at the School of Visual Arts and Rutgers University. His biography of Johann Sebastian Bach will be published by Thomas Nelson in 2010.

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