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Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist Hardcover – February 21, 2008

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*Starred Review* A stylish woman holds a newspaper behind her back as a perky little girl enters the room and says, “I don’t want to be touchy on the subject . . . but, that new little white tea-kettle just whistled at me!” Published in the wake of the 1955 murder in Mississippi of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American who allegedly whistled at a white woman, this is one of hundreds of seductive, technically exceptional, and slyly hard-hitting newspaper cartoons created by Jackie Ormes (1911–85), “the first and only” African American woman cartoonist of her time. An artist of conscience and a prominent activist, the glamorous Ormes entertained, inspired, and provoked readers with her unique female characters, especially precocious, sharp-tongued five-year-old Patty-Jo and her forbearing fashion-plate older sister, Ginger. In the first book devoted to Ormes, Goldstein not only recounts with enthusiasm the trailblazing cartoonist’s remarkable story from her birth in Pittsburgh to her celebrity-filled life in Chicago but also keenly analyzes Ormes’ influential cartoons and the role black newspapers played in the struggle for racial equality. With a generous selection of Ormes’ “forward-looking” cartoons resurrected for the first time, this is one exciting and significant book. Viva Jackie Ormes. --Donna Seaman

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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."
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"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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; 1st edition (February 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047211624X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472116249
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dennis A. Brennan on May 18, 2008
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The story of Jackie Ormes is unique that she was female cartoonist at
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
history.
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Nancy Goldstein has struck gold with this biography of Jackie Ormes. Ormes is a Black cartoonist who drew cartoons for Black newspapers during the 1940's and 50's. She also made a foray into early Black doll production.
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.
Larry Bush
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I had never even heard of her, my father and I used to read the comics daily, so finding this hidden jewel was an amazing discovery. It was a wonderful way to look back in time and see the foresight of Ms. Ormes . Love it !
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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. My mother passed but we still have the doll.
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As graphic novels continue to gain respect in the literary world, there is a corresponding renaissance of interest in cartoonists of the past.

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:
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What a great book! Jackie Ormes not only made history but created and drew some wonderful characters as well.

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.
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