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Bike Week at Daytona Beach

By Roby Page
Categories: Popular Culture

When photojournalist and writer Roby Page first started trekking to Daytona Beach, Florida, for Bike Week in 1985, the counterculture gathering was dominated by rogues, ruffians, and rebels. Now the leather-clad ...

Living Life inside the Lines

By Martha Sigall
Foreword by Jerry Beck
Categories: Comics Studies

Martha Sigall worked with all the classic cartoon characters-Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tom & Jerry, Droopy Dawg, Beany & Cecil, Tweety, and Porky Pig-and the madcap artists who created them-Chuck Jones, ...

Arguing Comics

Edited by Jeet Heer & Kent Worcester
Categories: Comics Studies

When Art Spiegelman's Maus—a two-part graphic novel about the Holocaust—won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, comics scholarship grew increasingly popular and notable. The rise of “serious” comics has ...

Mort Walker

When Mort Walker (b. 1923) was ten years old, he received an inscribed Moon Mullins cartoon from its creator Frank Willard that read, "Say Morton, those drawings you sent me were swell-I'll bet you'll ...

The Magic Behind the Voices

The Magic Behind the Voices is a fascinating package of biographies, anecdotes, credit listings, and photographs of the actors who have created the unmistakable voices for some of the most popular and ...

A Boy Named Sue

From the smiling, sentimental mothers portrayed in 1930s radio barn dance posters, to the sexual shockwaves generated by Elvis Presley, to the female superstars redefining contemporary country music, ...

Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma (b. 1940) isn't your average Hollywood director.

For years he reigned as the “master of the macabre,” the man who massacred the class of '76 in Carrie and stalked Angie Dickinson in ...

Cool Cars, High Art

By John DeWitt
Categories: Popular Culture

Along with the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, hot rods and custom cars are powerful symbols of resistance, rebellion, and the high-octane lifestyle. Since the 1950s, these flashy restyled automobiles have ...

Hi There, Boys and Girls!

By Tim Hollis
Categories: Popular Culture

Whatever happened to Bozo the Clown, to Aunt Norma, to Solomon C. Whiskers, those television celebrities who hammed it up between cartoons and contests during local kids' shows?

In Hi There, Boys and Girls! ...

Whose Improv Is It Anyway?

On both sides of the stage improv-comedy's popularity has increased exponentially throughout the 1980s and '90s and into the new millennium. Presto! An original song is created out of thin air. With nothing ...