The pianist and composer Raymond Scott, born Harry Warnow in Brooklyn in 1908, is probably best-known for his cartoon music, which he didn't even originally write for cartoons. But his history is way more more interesting than that: Scott was not only a pioneer in sound engineering and multi- ... More >>
You know what was awesome about 1985? It marked the first year we ever saw a Garbage Pail Kids trading card, which helped spawn an era of disgusting children's toys. From Madballs to Ren and Stimpy, kids in the '80s and '90s had plenty of gross stuff to choose from. This sort of inadvertently ... More >>
"What was the best job you ever had? Mine was reading comics all day."
That's how cartoonist Lynda Barry begins her comic-strip introduction as editor of The Best American Comics 2008, for which she chose the contents. And I suspect Art Spiegelman would agree, as I learned during a recent intervi ... More >>