A Few Words From Mother Goose

January 27, 2010 at 2:15 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )


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Are You Odd?

January 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

OddCon, aka Odyssey Con arrives in Madison, WI, April 16-18, 2010.  Odyssey Con is a general interest Science Fiction and Fantasy convention. It features literary guests–Harry Turtledove, Tobias Buckell, and Monte Cook— panel discussions, demonstrations, film reviews, art show, musical acts, masquerade, dealers’ rooms, gaming, and media programming.   Catch it at the Radisson in Madison this Spring.

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For College Students: Do You Cartoon?

January 17, 2010 at 10:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

College students in the United States, Canada or Mexico who are in their Junior or Senior year of college during the 2010-2011 academic year are invited to submit samples (copies only) of their cartooning artwork by February 12, 2010 for consideration toward earning the Jay Kennedy Scholarship. (Visit Natl. Cartoonists Society for specific instructions on submitting work.  See link below.)

Kennedy was a UW-Madison graduate.  From 1997-2007, he served as editor-in-chief at King Features Syndicate .  He was also respected as a prominent comics editor and historian for many years.  He died in 2007.  That same year, King Features Syndicate committed $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship fund in his honor.

A panel of top cartoonists will judge the students’ artwork and an award will be given to the best college cartoonist.  The recipient will be feted at the NS Reuben Awards Convention, which is attended by many of the world’s leading cartoonists.  The Convention takes place May 28-30, 2010 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Last year, Chris Houghton, a Junior at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit earned top honors, receiving the award, its $5,000 scholarship, and a trip to the Reuben Awards Convention.

For more information, including an application form, click here to be directed to the National Cartoonists Society Website.  Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist. The recipient is feted at the annual NCS Reuben Awards Convention attended by many of the world’s leading cartoonists.

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Find Us On Facebook

January 15, 2010 at 11:39 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Dear Readers, please head over to Facebook and become a fan of Southport Press.  

You’ll share in our loves, laughs, and lessons-to-be-learned and keep up-to-date on how Southport Press is working to promote the arts, history, and culture of Kenosha through projects, publications, and special events.

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Thank you, Kenosha!

January 14, 2010 at 12:16 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Thank you to everyone who visited Southwest Library on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 to talk about building community in Kenosha through a small press publishing operation, Southport Press, publisher of Mother Goosed.  46 people were in attendance. 

Thanks to the Kenosha Public Library for providing space and technical assistance for the evening presentation and for their interest and support of Southport Press.

Southport Press is the people’s press; the artists, writers and other citizens of the creative culture of Kenosha will provide its direction, including the materials it creates and the activities that it presents for the education, entertainment, and enlightenment of all who enjoy the printed page.

Look for us soon at www.southportpress.com (this domain is currently forwarded to our parent organization, Kenosha Community Media) or visit Facebook and become a fan.

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Best of the Decade in Comics

January 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm (Uncategorized)

What are your favorite comics from 2000-2009?

Jeff Smith (“Bone”, “RASL”) writes on his Website, “Best of the Decade lists are not easy to make. Choosing ten seems arbitrary when you have to start knocking good books off, but you have to stop somewhere, so below I give you my dirty dozen.”


There are many more books worthy of top ten consideration, including Smith’s own epic tale, Bone, begun in 1991 and completed in 2004, about a hero’s journey, except the hero is a small creature, shaped like an old telephone handset or a meatless bone. 

Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli.    His publisher (Random House) writes, “Meet Asterios Polyp: middle-aged, meagerly successful architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is wholly upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames.”

Percy Gloom by Cathy Malkasian.  Percy Gloom, a dour fellow with a head shaped like a balloon, doesn’t want anyone to get hurt, so he writes cautionary literature to warn of dangers of everyday objects, e.g., the modern hairbrush is lethal.  Do not insert in ear.  Chris Barsanti of Publishers Weekly writes, “Gloom is an unsettling mixture of whimsy and evil, like a Kafka tale retold in the spirit of Dr. Seuss’s The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.”

Skyscrapers of the Midwest by Joshua W. Cotter.  Skyscrapers illustrates the pathos of being a young boy in 1980s America, in which that boy is a cat-like being who must endure the one long insult that is adolescence.  Some of the book’s best moments arrive in its fake-ads such as one for the “Holy Shit” pocket knife, which is advertised to be capable of cutting a bear open, and for its letters column, in which young boys write to a sarcastic cowboy, Skinny Kenny. 

Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware.  Ware’s book moves between 1890s Chicago and its World’s Fair and 1980’s small town Michigan, following the life and fantasies of Jimmy Corrigan, a nebbish Everyman.   The book should be read before or after Skyscrapers as both books deal with themes of isolation, Mitty-ish fantasy, and the humiliation of being a young boy (as in Skyscrapers) or a lonely, nearly-middle-aged man (Corrigan).

Julius Knipl: The Beauty Supply District by Ben Katchor.   Katchor assembled most of the comics featured in “Julius Knipl” from 1994 to 1997 and Random House published them in this collected volume in 2000.    Edward Sorel, writing in the New York Times Book Review, says “Ben Katchor, is the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip.”   Knipl and other characters in this book, such as Harold Dourmat, mud importer and Abraham Cuzor, de facto president of the Metropolitan Tap-Water Runners’ Association, are almost always caught in mid-stride, wandering  through a decaying urban center, always talking, often hawking something of little use or appeal, such as a postcard of a sad view of the Heating Pad Institute taken on overcast Sunday in February.

The past decade also brought wonderful anthologies of sequential art, such as the Best American Comics series, Ivan Brunetti’s Graphic Fiction, Cartoons and True Stories books and McSweeney’s 13.  It also included books that cannot be considered graphic novels but still combined text and art or illustration in captivating ways: Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Reif Larsen’s The Selected Works of  T.S. Spivet.

More to follow.

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January 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Kenosha TV 14 presents a one-hour special, Comics In Wisconsin: An Evening with Author Paul Buhle, beginning Monday, January 11th at 2:00 p.m. on cable channel 14 (Time Warner Cable-Kenosha, WI). This program will be replayed on Saturday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. It will then be shown on Mondays at 2:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. through February 13th.

In December 2009, author Paul Buhle visited Southwest Library, 7979 38th Avenue, to discuss the growing impact of sequential art, i.e., comic book art/graphic novels, in popular culture. Among 40 other volumes, Buhle is author of “Comics In Wisconsin” (University of Wisconsin Press), which traces the history of Wisconsin comic artists, editors, and publishers to the language, form, and content of comic strips, comic books, and other forms of this popular art.

Kenosha TV is a service of Kenosha Community Media (KCM), a nonprofit organization that works to build community through media. For more information on Kenosha TV and KCM, visit http://www.kenoshamedia.org

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