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Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist Hardcover – February 21, 2008
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"In the first book devoted to Ormes, 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."
"I am so delighted to see an entire book about the great Jackie Ormes! This is a book that will appeal to multiple audiences: comics scholars, feminists, African Americans, and doll collectors."
---Trina Robbins, author of A Century of Women Cartoonists and The Great Women Cartoonists
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time when that field was solely male. Secondly Jackie Ormes was an
African American in a field predominately white. With two strikes
against her, what does Ms. Ormes do but hit a home run. She was a
timely and politically correct artist who kept herself and her work
contemporary and relevant with her African American community at a
time when they were neglected in the mainstream white papers. Jackie's
work was artistically well done with dialogue and a story line to keep
her readership ready to read the next issue.
The research done by the author Nancy Goldstein was thorough and
the writing keeps the reader's interest focused without losing a beat
page after page.
I wish that someone would publish her columns in a single volume
so that today's readers could get a feel for this talented artist
who needs to be recognized for her consistent and her ground breaking
work that would allow other female artists to follow in her foot-
steps. I highly recommend this scholarly book to anyone interested
in the field of writing, cartoon artwork, and in African American
Goldstein writes about the tribulations of Ormes and her contemporaries making satire during a time of repression, belittlement, bigotry, and official investigations. Through it all, she shows that Ormes continued to raise the consciousness of African-Americans despite their hardships.
This book is a must-read for any students of Black history.
The cover was attractive so I looked forward to jumping into the reading experience. Although the book was well-researched, it lacked many of the primary source documents I would expect from a book focused on a cartoonist's life. She describes cartoons rather than showing them. She talks about locations in Chicago rather than showing a map or photos of a particular location. She talks about many of the African American newspapers, but never shows a sample cover or page.
Ormes' work reflects the political and cultural atmosphere of the times (1937-1956) including environmental issues, the Cold War, women's roles, and racial segregation. As an African American woman, Jackie Ormes was able to speak directly to these issues through characters like Torchy Brown and Patty-Jo. In the Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger section of the book, the author did an excellent job of providing narrative to describe the background and political climate associated with each cartoon. However I was disappointed that the first section of the biography contained very few of Ormes' cartoons. Instead, selected cartoons were presented within chapters associated with specific characters. Because so many of Orme's cartoons reflect the particular era, it would have made sense to integrate them into the story of her life.Read more ›
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Excellent book, very interesting, I have been reading comics for sixty years but only heard about her recently.Published 13 months ago by Jo Mama
I bought the book for my mother because she has the Patty Jo Doll which was made from the Patty Jo and Ginger comic strip. She was please to know that her was famous. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by YVETTE L RUTHERFORD
A fascinating history of a little-known female cartoonist. That she enjoyed some success mid-20th century as an African American cartoonist is noteworthy. Read morePublished on September 20, 2008 by Yvette328
As graphic novels continue to gain respect in the literary world, there is a corresponding renaissance of interest in cartoonists of the past. Read morePublished on May 12, 2008 by Alicia J. Mccart