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All your racial problems will soon end : the cartoons of Charles Johnson

Summary: "Before Charles Johnson found fame as a novelist and won the National Book Award for Middle Passage in 1991, he was a cartoonist, and a very good one. Taught via correspondence course by the comics editor Lawrence Lariar, mentored by the New Yorker cartoonist Charles Barsotti, and inspired by the call of the poet Amiri Baraka to celebrate and depict Black life in America, Johnson crafted some of the fiercest and funniest cartoons of the twentieth century. Reimagining the gag comic as a powerful and incendiary tool, Johnson tackled America's mid-century afflictions-segregation, inner-city poverty, police brutality, and white supremacy-by craftily subverting stale gag tropes. He populated them with bullet-dodging Black Panthers, doubt-filled Klansmen, militant babies, self-serving politicians, and complacent suburban liberals. This collection, Johnson's first in nearly fifty years, brings together work from across his career: college newspaper gags, selections from his books Black Humor and Half-Past Nation Time, his unpublished manuscript Lumps in the Melting Pot, and uncollected pieces. Taken together, this volume reveals Johnson as long overdue for appreciation as a cartoonist of the first order"--

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  • ISBN: 9781681376738
  • ISBN: 1681376733
  • Physical Description: print
    273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : New York Review Comics, [2022]
Subject: American wit and humor, Pictorial
United States Race relations Caricatures and cartoons
American wit and humor, Pictorial
Race relations
United States
Genre: Caricatures and cartoons.
Cartoons (Humor)
Comics (Graphic works)

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