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Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History

Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History

It is a tremendous pleasure to be able to finally part the curtains and announce my latest book: the nonfiction biography Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic Story of an American Founding Father. It will be published August 8, 2017, by Penguin Random House imprint Ten Speed Press. I know what you’re thinking. An Alexander Hamilton graphic […]

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Robert E. Lee: History or Public Endorsement?

Robert E. Lee: History or Public Endorsement?

A short piece I wrote for The Washington Post this weekend concurs with the decision of the City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Monday, February 6, to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a prominent public city park in that city. I believe this was the right thing for the duly-elected local representatives […]

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An Impeachment Lesson from American History

An Impeachment Lesson from American History

We have elected a president who demonstrates a remarkable degree of apathy towards and ignorance about the United States Constitution. From his vow to “protect Article XII” (the document stops at Article VII); to his apparent belief the executive branch has the power to demand apologies from the casts of Broadway plays (especially ones whose […]

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It’s Comic-Con and We’re Teaching History Here

It's Comic-Con and We're Teaching History Here

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be a comics lover. And I’m honored once again to be on a Comic-Con panel thanks to the gratifying enthusiasm of Tracy Edmunds at Reading with Pictures, the foremost advocate for using comics and graphic novels in the classroom to promote literacy and learning for all students. The panel takes […]

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Illustrator Love: “Nothing is Purer Bostonese”

Illustrator Love: "Nothing is Purer Bostonese"

Researching my latest project, lately I have been (psychically if not physically) spending quite a bit of time in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts—and contemplating how those cities should be drawn. This has been cause for me to reacquaint myself with a favorite illustrator, Barbara Westman. My new book (the details of which I will announce […]

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The Birth of a Comic about… Death

The Birth of a Comic about... Death

1. Lower your expectations. 2. Move back home to Ohio. 3. Realize your sister is now married to the Grim Reaper. 4. Lower your expectations MUCH MORE. That’s the fateful flowchart suffered by Elbridge Hanawalt, hero of Death in the Family—the latest Hennessey/McConnell comics joint now available for free on Tapastic and the Tapas app. […]

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Unobscured: “Miss Television” 1939

Unobscured: "Miss Television" 1939

Beauty contests may be as passé as the slide ruler or the horse and carriage. But a killer smile never goes out of fashion. And so I thank the late Caryl Arlene Smith-Givens — who was crowned “Miss Television” at the 1939 World’s Fair — for being the highest spike of the Charm-O-Meter in an […]

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Beer 1933: Back from the Dead

Beer 1933: Back from the Dead

Today—National Beer Day thanks to the crusading temperament and social media savvy of Richmond, Virginia’s Justin Smith—doesn’t mark the anniversary of Prohibition’s demise. But in 19 U.S. states it does mark the historic return of beer. Beer of 3.2% alcohol, anyway. But on April 7, 1933, suds of that potency had not been (legally) seen […]

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