Cullen Murphy

presents

Cartoon County: 
My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe

in conversation with ALEX BEAM

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
28
Tuesday
November 28, 2017
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes author, Vanity Fair editor at large, and former The Atlantic editor CULLEN MURPHY for a discussion of his latest book, Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe. He will be joined in conversation by author and Boston Globe columnist ALEX BEAM. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

About Cartoon County

For a period of about fifty years, right in the middle of the American Century, many of the nation’s top comic-strip cartoonists, gag cartoonists, and magazine illustrators lived within a stone’s throw of one another in the southwestern corner of Connecticut―a bit of Bohemia in the middle of those men in their gray flannel suits.

Cullen Murphy’s father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the wildly popular comic strips Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt and was at the heart of this artistic milieu. Comic strips and gag cartoons read by hundreds of millions were created in this tight-knit group―Superman, Beetle Bailey, Snuffy Smith, Rip Kirby, Hagar the Horrible, Hi and Lois, Nancy, Sam & Silo, Amy, The Wizard of Id, The Heart of Juliet Jones, Family Circus, Joe Palooka, and The Lockhorns, among others. Cartoonists and their art were a pop-cultural force in a way that few today remember. Anarchic and deeply creative, the cartoonists were independent spirits whose artistic talents had mainly been forged during service in World War II.

Illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, cartoons, and drawings, Cartoon County brings the postwar American era alive, told through the relationship of a son to his father, an extraordinarily talented and generous man who had been trained by Norman Rockwell. Cartoon County gives us a glimpse into a very special community―and of an America that used to be.

Praise

"Part memoir, part cultural history, part treasure trove of drawings and photographs. . . and all thoroughly delightful as a celebration of the golden age of newspaper comics." ―Kirkus (starred review)

"[Cullen Murphy's] memoir provides sharp but loving observations of the tight-knit clan that shared a strong commitment to family, a love of golf, and “that early-’50s Clark Kent-ish look”. . . Nearly all the Connecticut School members are gone now, and newspaper comics, like newspapers themselves, are on the wane. Murphy’s paean to this bygone era and endangered art form make the reader keenly feel what’s been lost." ―Gordon Flagg, Booklist

“Immensely evocative. . . [Murphy] writes with a personable mix of affection and realism that offers a vivid sense of what it was like to...be a working cartoonist in the decades following WWII.” ―Publishers Weekly

Alex Beam
Alex Beam

Alex Beam

Alex Beam has been a Boston Globe columnist since 1990 and has published two novels and four works of nonfiction. Two of his books, Gracefully Insane, about McLean Hospital in Belmont, and A Great Idea at the Time, about the Great Books movement, were selected as New York Times Notable Books. In addition to writing for the Globe, Beam has written for Architecture Boston magazine and is a guest commentator for the WGBH radio show Boston Public Radio. He is currently working on a book about Mies van der Rohe and his famous client, Dr. Edith Farnsworth.

Cullen Murphy
Cullen Murphy

Cullen Murphy

Cullen Murphy is the editor at large at Vanity Fair and the former managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of The Word According to Eve, Just Curious, and God’s Jury. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.

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Co-Sponsored by Mass Humanities

Mass Humanities

Mass Humanities conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts. Learn more at masshumanities.org.

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