Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Pamela J. Russell Collection of Art & Archaeology Comic Strips

The Pamela J. Russell Collection of Art & Archaeology Comic Strips
By Murray C McClellan
Here is my presentation of Pam’s collection of comic strips with art or archaeology themes.  There is a .docx version and a .pdf version, both rather large.  Please feel free to download either and share with friends and colleagues, although please do not use this in a commercial context.
From the Introduction:
One day in March 2011, Pam Russell went to her doctor’s office and saw in the waiting room a loose-leaf notebook containing a set of comic strips with medical themes that the doctor and her staff had collected over the years. This inspired Pam, an archaeologist and museum professional, to start her own collection of comic strips with art or archaeology subjects. She began her collection quite methodically, clipping out all the comic strips about art or archaeology that she could find in our daily New Hampshire local paper, the Keene Sentinel, or in the Sunday Boston Globe. By June 2015, the notebook into which Pam was pasting her collection was completely filled; at this point in time, it was already evident that certain topics— such as Paleolithic cave painting, the Egyptian pyramids, Easter Island, and the Sistine Chapel—were favorite subjects for comic strip artists. After dropping her project for almost a year, Pam—this time with my sporadic help—renewed her collection of art- and archaeology-themed comic strips, filling up half of another notebook before we packed up and moved out of our New Hampshire home in November, 2017.
I have scanned and arranged Pam’s collection into more-or-less meaningful categories, but—more through laziness than any particular aesthetic principle—I have otherwise not altered the comic strips as they appeared in her notebooks: imperfectly cut out, sometimes a bit aslant and crumpled, and with the lined paper to which the comic strips were scotch-taped peaking out from the background. This current study of Pam’s collection thus preserves something of the charm of her original scrapbooking...

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