Grad pens book on cartoonists

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Book cover  for Superheroes, Strip Artists, & Talking Animals

Book cover for Britt Aamodt's "Superheroes, Strip Artists, & Talking Animals."

Book cover  for Superheroes, Strip Artists, & Talking Animals Photo of Britt Aamodt '05, journalist, author and screenwriter 

"Superheroes, Strip Artists, & Talking Animals," a book by Britt Aamodt '05, showcases 23 Minnesota cartoon artists, giving readers a look inside a little understood medium.

Published in November by Minnesota Historical Society Press, the 240-page paperback is packed with 150 black-and-white illustrations.

Aamodt earned a master of science degree from St. Cloud State's Mass Communications Department.

The Elk River resident is an arts journalist specializing in pop culture, visual arts and artists.

She earned a master of science degree in mass communications.

Aamodt founded and writes for the radio theater troupe Deadbeats On the Air, whose works have been heard on Minneapolis community radio station KFAI and seen at the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Aamodt also writes screenplays. Her script for film called "The Norm" won a 2009 award in the Los Angeles-based Slamdance Screenplay Competition.

The publisher's note for "Superheroes, Strip Artists, & Talking Animals" reads:

The cartoonists’ work spans comics, graphic novels, comic strips, editorial cartoons, minicomics, and webcomics. In their careers, these artists have conspired in the death of Superman, envisioned an interstellar space cop network, devoted an entire strip to a dead chicken, and created a Third World dictatorship that felt awfully familiar to contemporary American readers. Along the way, the cartoonists share their stories of breaking into comics and the realities of an industry that has hit pay dirt in Hollywood with comics-based movies but is witnessing the migration of strip artists from paper- to web-based publications. Follow them in this fully illustrated book as they draw their future, frame by frame.


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