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“Then I Could Have a Real Papa and Mama like Other Kids”: Little Orphan Annie, the Orphan Girl Formula, and the Nanny State

Michelle Ann Abate

in Funny Girls: Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496820730
eISBN:
9781496820785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496820730.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Chapter One spotlights a fundamental, but under-examined, aspect of Harold Gray's popular newspaper strip: Little Orphan Annie as an orphan girl story.When Gray's eleven-year-old moppet made her ... More


Gary Larson and The Far Side

Kerry D. Soper

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496817280
eISBN:
9781496817327
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496817280.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This book explores Gary Larson’s unlikely career as the creator of the groundbreaking, syndicated panel cartoon, The Far Side. To help contemporary readers understand the controversial qualities and ... More


The Accidental Cartoonist: Larson’s Life and Career

Kerry D. Soper

in Gary Larson and The Far Side

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496817280
eISBN:
9781496817327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496817280.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Chapter one is about Gary Larson’s life and career. First, the author looks into Larson’s childhood in Tacoma, Washington, tracing the connections between his unconventional upbringing and the themes ... More


Introduction

Kerry D. Soper

in Gary Larson and The Far Side

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496817280
eISBN:
9781496817327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496817280.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

In this chapter the author introduces the cultural climate and media landscape in which The Far Side first appeared and thrived. Reestablishing that historical context helps to explain why Larson’s ... More


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