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February 10, 2008

A set of juxtaposed pictorial images agreed upon
Posted by Avram Grumer at 02:38 AM * 16 comments

Hey, kids! Kate Beaton’s Historical Comics! Here’s an LJ post with a set of 20 comics, covering such historical celebrities as Geoffrey Chaucer, Emperor Joshua Norton, Percy & Mary Shelley (guest-starring Lord Byron and his penis), and the fabulous Nicola Tesla (’cause the ladies love Tesla).

She’s doing more, too, like the death of Captain Cook. See her website, or her LiveJournal.

Ooh, and there’s some older stuff, too!

Comments on A set of juxtaposed pictorial images agreed upon:
#1 ::: Lea ::: (view all by) ::: February 10, 2008, 03:28 AM:

Oh, those are wonderful. I think my favorite is Elizabeth I.

I may also have to hand out the Shelley one in class -- we're doing Frankenstein this week.

#2 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: February 10, 2008, 03:48 AM:

I don't think I'm awake enough this morning.

And I have lunch to cook, if my father doesn't start rearranging furniture again. The cat has taken the precaution of hiding under a bed.

#3 ::: Sam Kelly ::: (view all by) ::: February 10, 2008, 05:54 AM:

I'm torn for a favourite between Tesla ("stop disrupting Science with your emotions! - and your undergarments!") and the Emperor Norton. They're all wonderful, though.

Dave at #2 - let's hope the cat doesn't find she picked the wrong bed. Or gets mistaken for furniture herself. "No, I think that cat would look better over there." After all, the natural order of things is the other way around.

#4 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: February 10, 2008, 06:31 AM:

My father is 87 years old.

It's good that he's still capable of rearranging the furniture, but walking into a room to see an armchair stacked on the sofa is somewhat disturbing.

The cat seems to be comfortably asleep, unless there is an entrance under the bed to some feline secret laboratory, wherein the conquest of the universe is being engineered.

Lunch is also proceeding OK.

Goodness, what is Tor doing!

#5 ::: Bruce Arthurs ::: (view all by) ::: February 10, 2008, 03:52 PM:

I am reminded of Jules Feiffer's work, both in line style and in the skewed, sardonic approach.

#6 ::: Lis Riba ::: (view all by) ::: February 10, 2008, 04:06 PM:

Considering we recently read the biography and my husband has taught himself to make blue blazers (including two variants), I adore the Jerry Thomas cartoon.


#7 ::: miriam beetle ::: (view all by) ::: February 10, 2008, 06:08 PM:


I am reminded of Jules Feiffer's work, both in line style and in the skewed, sardonic approach.

hmm. she's got more sense of depth than feiffer. to me it looks like a first-draft (but you know, a perfect first draft) john allison.

#8 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: February 10, 2008, 06:19 PM:

Dave Bell @ 4

Dave, your link was eaten by the urlivores. Did you mean this?

#9 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: February 10, 2008, 07:28 PM:

I'll see your Jules Feiffer and raise you Alison Bechdel. Feiffer has a more sardonic approach, in my humble opinion, whereas Bechdel has a more "wide-eyed innocent" approach.

#10 ::: ethan ::: (view all by) ::: February 11, 2008, 12:22 AM:

I guess this is as good a place for this question as any--some time relatively recently, on some other thread, someone posted some link to some website where some person drew some comics that all followed the same structure, wherein some famous writer would have to get up from his or her desk for some reason. And the other day I tried to find the link and couldn't. I'm sure someone knows what I'm talking about, unless I've said "some" too many times. Any help?

#11 ::: miriam beetle ::: (view all by) ::: February 11, 2008, 03:46 AM:


i didn't know how to do this except for to go backwards through the threads manually, but here: scenes from literature thread, which mentions the same artist's writers at work series.

#12 ::: ethan ::: (view all by) ::: February 11, 2008, 10:25 AM:

miriam #11: Ah! Yes! Thank you! I swear I went backwards through the threads manually myself, but somehow missed it. My eternal gratitude.

#13 ::: Caroline ::: (view all by) ::: February 11, 2008, 01:34 PM:

Does anyone else notice something about the Captain Cook comic? Because I do, and have just confirmed it for myself. Lovely and subtle; I wasn't sure it was on purpose until I confirmed visually.

#14 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: February 12, 2008, 01:19 AM:

How odd. I was at the Bishop Museum today for a first sight of their new picture gallery (gorgeous!) and saw the famous Carter painting of "The Death of Captain Cook".

It's a little different, and probably romanticized.

#15 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: February 12, 2008, 02:26 AM:

Caroline, please expound.

#16 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: February 12, 2008, 11:19 AM:

So far I've just checked out the Emperor Norton -- had to, since he inspired the name of our huge, beloved cat Emperor Horton (with a little help from Dr. Seuss). That cartoon ends very appropriately for us.

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