Doug Marlette in Richmond

Press release. VCU Libraries presents:
21st Annual James Branch Cabell Lecture
An evening with Doug Marlette, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, novelist, and author of the acclaimed new novel Magic Time
Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 7:00 PM
VCU Student Commons, Richmond Salons, 2nd Floor
907 Floyd Ave.
Free and open to the public

Evening with Doug Marlette

Doug Marlette, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and author, is the editorial cartoonist for the Tulsa World in Tulsa, OK. His editorial cartoons and his comic strip, Kudzu, are syndicated in newspapers worldwide. He has won every major award for editorial cartooning including the 1988 Pulitzer Prize. His most recent novel, Magic Time, was published by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux in October 2006.

A self-proclaimed “equal-opportunity offender,” Doug Marlette is known for his controversial cartoons that challenge social, political, and religious mores. Following the publication of his “What Would Mohammed Drive” cartoon in 2002, he received thousands of angry calls, protest letters, and even death threats. Because of this, the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten consulted with Doug Marlette during the Danish cartoon controversies of 2006. He believes deeply in the power and responsibility of free speech — calling cartoons the “acid test” of the First Amendment — and says “the First Amendment, the miracle of our system, is not just a passive shield of protection. In order to maintain our true, nationally defining diversity, it obligates journalists to be bold, writers to be full-throated and uninhibited, and those blunt instruments of the free press, cartoonists like me, not to self-censor.”

This lecture is sponsored by the VCU Libraries, the Friends of the Library and the James Branch Cabell Library Associates, and is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

The VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection consists of over 100,000 items, including more than 30,000 traditional comic books along with graphic novels, editorial cartoons, comic strips, memorabilia, comic journals, fanzines and a broad array of reference materials to support the entire collection. With the recent and ongoing addition of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Archives, the rapidly growing collection provides one of the most comprehensive collections for the study of comic arts in North America.

One component of the Comic Arts Collection is an extensive collection of editorial cartoons, including those by Richmond editorial cartoonist, Fred O. Seibel. Seibel was the editorial cartoonist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1926 to 1968, during which time nearly fifteen thousand of his cartoons were published. The collection includes correspondence to Seibel from politicians of the day, including Harry Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Robert Kennedy, and Harry Byrd, along with a complete set of published cartoons from his time at Knickerbocker Press and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. An online exhibit of his cartoons is available through the VCU Libraries’ website.

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3 Responses to “Doug Marlette in Richmond”

  1. STWALLSKULL » Interesting Links: April 10, 2007 Says:

    [...] Doug Marlette in Richmond [...]

  2. PghPa Says:

    Sincere condolence to his family. (;
    He gave us laughter in times of tears!

    RIP Doug Marlette
    12/6/49 – 7/10/07

  3. rebecca moon Says:

    I am so grateful that I got to meet Doug Marlette and hear him speak in April! What an experience. I don’t want to believe his life ended. Thank you to VCU for bringing him to Richmond, VA.

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