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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.
How fitting that a work about Ormes would also manage to be both engaging and educational.
Please read the rest of the review on Indigo Editing's blog:
This is a well thought out book which gives us enough information to keep us interested but not enough to bore us to tears. Good job!
From her birth to the birth of her art, Jackie seemed destined to draw and create. It was fortunate for all of us that she was able to practice her art and creativity in a such a way that overshadowed that fact that she was an African American Woman in a time when it mattered and was held against her.
Now we can read and see some of her triumphs and give praise where it's due.
If you enjoy the history of comics or cartoons, this is a must have book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book, very interesting, I have been reading comics for sixty years but only heard about her recently.Published 18 months ago by Jo Mama
I received Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Annette Lamb
Jackie Ormes was a fascinating woman. I found this book to be interesting, fun, and well-done. The author uses a great deal of Jackie's artwork throughout the book. Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by Firestarter
This is a welcome addition to Black History literature, especially during Black History month. For those who espouse getting rid of this annual celebration, the Jackie Ormes book... Read morePublished on February 8, 2009 by Aleathia D. Nicholson