Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists

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University Press of Mississippi
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8.9 X 1.1 X 11.2 inches | 3.3 pounds
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About the Author

Martha H. Kennedy is curator of popular and applied graphic art in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. She has curated exhibitions of cartoon and illustration art and developed the Library's collections of original graphic art. She has published in American Art, the International Journal of Comic Art, the Washington Print Club Quarterly, and the Library of Congress Magazine, as well as in Cartoon America: Comic Art in the Library of Congress and Humor's Edge: Cartoons by Ann Telnaes.


The US Library of Congress has teamed with the University Press of Mississippi to publish a new book surveying the (often neglected) artistic achievements of women in cartooning and illustration. Featuring more than 250 color illustrations, comic strips, and political cartoons, as well as original artwork from the Library of Congress collections, Drawn to Purpose presents a comprehensive look at the contributions of American women in these fields from the late-nineteenth to the twenty-first century, compiled by Martha H. Kennedy, curator of popular and applied graphic art.--Mercedes Milligan "Animation Magazine "
Kennedy's title, and the text as a whole, underscore that these artists and their works are purposeful, and although Kennedy generously expands the notion of purpose to include, 'to tell stories, to entertain, to cause laughter, to enlighten, to persuade, to assert opinion, to earn a living, ' the pun of being 'drawn to purpose' emphasizes the determination of these women to make their artistic voices heard so that others may benefit from their wit and wisdom no matter the odds. What a boon, then, is Martha Kennedy's new text, Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists!--Alisia G. Chase "International Journal of Comic Art "
Drawn to Purpose is an eclectic survey of women cartoonists' creations from many decades, a potent reminder of women's longstanding contributions to cartooning. . . . It's a dazzling, exhaustive and superlative--not to mention long overdue--examination of an important area of cartooning scholarship.--Tom Heintjes "Hogan's Alley "