Featured Publications

Kim’s Books above: Proposed Will Eisner cover for Comic Art in Museums (University Press of Mississippi.); On Reflection: The Art of Margaret Harrison featuring Harrison’s prize-winning painting “The Last Gaze;” and Dual Views: Labor Landmarks of San Francisco, with a gallery photo by Tom Griscom.

CSS Round table on the Art of R. Crumb

Detail from R. Crumb’s July 12, 2003 placemat drawing “God wants me to draw,” collection of MOMA.

Detail from R. Crumb’s July 12, 2003 placemat drawing “God wants me to draw,” collection of MOMA.

This July after SDCC, I was in Toronto at the Comics Studies Society conference, presenting as part of a round table of contributors to the upcoming UPM book The Comics of R. Crumb: Underground in the Art Museum, which includes my essay “Viewing Crumb: Circles of Influence in the Art Museum.” Other presenters were Daniel Worden (Editor), Lynn Marie Kutch, Jason S Polley, and Ian Blechschmidt.

Celebration of Archives!

Kim A Munson (left) with Archivist Heather Strelecki at the archives of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York, 2017.

Kim A Munson (left) with Archivist Heather Strelecki at the archives of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York, 2017.

The treasure hunt of primary source research is one of the joys of the type of historical writing I do. Here I am at the AIGA archives uncovering details about the important 1942 exhibit The Comic Strip: Its Ancient and Honorable Linage and Present Significance, organized for the AIGA by Jessie Gillespie Willing, a female magazine illustrator. Some historians might recognize this show from an lengthy essay written about it by M.C. Gaines for Print Magazine.

Upcoming Events 2019/2020

Jul 2019 - San Diego Comic Con

Jul 2019 - Comic Studies Society Conference, Toronto. Round table featuring contributors to the UPM book The Comics of R. Crumb: Underground in the Art Museum. My chapter is “Viewing Crumb: Circles of Influence in Art Museums.”

April 2020 - Woman Cartoonists exhibition. Society of Illustrators, New York (with Trina Robbins).

Spring 2020 - Publication of Comic Art in Museums, University Press of Mississippi.

Comics as Art Criticism: the Cartoons of Jonah Kinigstein

dETAIL FROM “tHE mYTH rECYCLED” BY jONAH kINIGSTEIN.

dETAIL FROM “tHE mYTH rECYCLED” BY jONAH kINIGSTEIN.

For my upcoming book Comic Art in Museums, Columbia’s Karen Green and I collaborated on an essay about Kinigstein’s burning satire of the New York art world and a show of his cartoons at the Society of Illustrators in New York. In March, I presented this topic at the Popular Culture Association’s national convention in Washington DC. I also led a round table on comics censorship with law professor Marc H. Greenberg and comics pioneer John A. Lent.

Project Spotlight

the  Sanctuary exhibit  organized by the for-site foundation at the Fort Mason Chapel.  October 07, 2017 – March 11, 2018.

the Sanctuary exhibit organized by the for-site foundation at the Fort Mason Chapel. October 07, 2017 – March 11, 2018.

in 2018, I was a volunteer art guide for this moving and beautiful show of hand made rugs based on designs by 36 contemporary artists from 21 countries about the notion of sanctuary and what it meant to them. Every visitor I spoke with thought that this show and the setting was inspirational. Find out more about the For-Site Foundation’s public art projects here https://www.for-site.org/.

Upcoming Exhibition

Detail from “Billie the bee” a graphic novel by mary fleener.

Detail from “Billie the bee” a graphic novel by mary fleener.

In conjunction with MoCCA Fest, in April 2020 Trina Robbins and I will be co-curating an exhibition of the art of women cartoonists in the main gallery of the Society of Illustrators in New York, featuring Trina’s amazing collection of women artists from the 1890’s to about 1970. I will be organizing a selection of contemporary artists, including Mary Fleener, Carol Tyler, and Fiona Smythe. It’s still forming! More to come.