The BBC will be covering World War One
in great detail over the next four years. They've already started, with podcasts
, interactive guides
, online courses
, programs new
plus much, much more. Perhaps it's best to start at the beginning, with Professor Margaret MacMillan's Countdown to World War One
) or the account of her fellow historian Christopher Clark, Month of Madness
. Of course, how the war started is still contested by historians, as recounted in The Great War of Words
. The latter two are also part of the main WWI podcast
. Or you can dive into the Music and Culture
section, go through an A-Z guide
or look at comics
drawn by modern cartoonists.
is a new weekly podcast by Mike Duncan, who is best known for the History of Rome podcast, though he also writes comics
. There are two episodes so far of Revolutions, a short introduction to the series
and one on Charles Stuart
, king of England.
MISSING: One elephant
. Polite and good-natured. Loves cod liver oil
. [more inside]
from The New Yorker’s
archives (1938 - present).
Vulgar Army: Octoprop to Octopop
is "an informal study into the representation of the Octopus in propaganda and political cartoons, and influence on, or co-option of, popular culture." [more inside]
, Honoré Daumier
, Bill Mauldin
, David Low
, Theodor Geisel
, and good grief, more Herblock
! In honor of some sort of election that's apparently coming up, Comics Should Be Good!
will be featuring one ink-stained satirist every day this October! Visit the Stars of Political Cartooning Month Archive
for daily updates.
The author of this site
takes screen-shots from long-pan scenes of classic animation and puts them together to re-create the original larger background images. Much cooler than it sounds, honest. [via MeFi's own kokogiak, sort of]
Searchable database of >120,000, reasonably high-resolution editorial cartooons.
Mainly from the UK, and from the last 100 years. Search by person depicted (e.g., Thatcher
, Thatcher and Gorbachev
); by year (e.g., Hitler and Stalin in 1941
), by design elements (e.g., cartoons referencing sculpture by Rodin
, or cartoons with zebras
), by topic (e.g., BSE
, Falklands War
), by artist (e.g., William Hogarth
, L.G. Illingworth
, Carl Giles
, Steve Bell
) or by publication outlet (e.g., Punch
, Evening Standard
(over 10,000 from Evening Standard alone). There is a handy searching wizard as well.
The Memory of The Netherlands
is an extensive digital collection of illustrations, photographs, texts, film and audio fragments from a large variety of Dutch cultural institutions. There are about 50 collections
Cartoon History of Iceland,
chapter 1, for those of us who need a quick and painless (except for some of the puns) introduction to the history of one of the claimants to the title of Oldest Democracy. (other chapters inside).
In light of the passage
of campaign finance reform, let’s see what political patronage
looked like a 130 years ago.
"The gremlin in Falling Hare (who, let us reiterate, is *not* Wendell Willkie) has an elegant flying helmet/plane tail design and a Benny Rubin-like laugh."
The Warner Bros. Cartoon Companion covers the heyday of Merrie Melodies and Loony Toons, with capsule biographies of Warner Brothers animators, explanations for no-longer-obvious cultural references, and brief notes on the characters. No design to speak of, but a wonderful resource for anyone searching for a list of WB cartoons that parody Cab Calloway, arguing about whether Elmer Fudd predates Yosemite Sam, or just wondering what the heck Marvin the Martian's given name was.
(of "Little Nemo in Slumberland" fame) and George Herriman
(of "Krazy Kat" and "Archie & Mehitabel") weren't just innovative, influential cartoonists; they were also pioneering animators. The Library of Congress' Origins of American Animation
project has downloadable short films by McKay (including his celebrated Gertie the Dinosaur
) and Herriman as well as others from the early, early days of animated film.