Paul C. Tumey with Paul Constant
Eisner-award nominee Paul C. Tumey will show art from and talk about his new book, Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny (IDW Library of American Comics). Lavishly illustrated with over 600 rare cartoons and photographs, Screwball! traces the development of Screwball comics through the lives and careers of 15 extraordinary cartoonists. Before "screwball" became a movie genre, it was a staple throughout American culture. Screwball newspaper comics offered readers healthy doses of laughter and perspective amidst a rapidly changing society. These "funnies"--filled with disruptive, manic, and surreal comedy--kept a nation in stitches, creating humor that transcends generations and still amuses today.
Screwball! features a wealth of previously un-reprinted comics, presenting fresh views of such beloved cartoonists as George Herriman (Krazy Kat), Frederick Opper (Happy Hooligan), E.C. Segar (creator of Popeye), Bill Holman (Smokey Stover), and Rube Goldberg (famous for his preposterous, overly-complex invention cartoons). Seattle writer and artist Paul Tumey, co-editor of Foolish Questions and Other Odd Observations by Rube Goldberg, appears in conversation with Paul Constant, co-founder of Seattle Review of Books and author of Planet of the Nerds (Ahoy! Comics).