Archival collections are put to use in a variety of intellectual and creative ways, and we’re excited to share a fun new publication created with the help of our very own Virgil Partch Cartoons and Artwork (MS-M002). VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch, edited and designed by Jonathan Barli with an introduction by Peter Bagge, was published by Fantagraphics Books last month and features original artwork from the Partch collection.
Virgil Partch, also known as Vip, was the creator of the popular syndicated cartoons Big George and The Captains’ Gig. He was a successful freelance cartoonist and book illustrator in the United States from the 1950s to the 1980s and was widely known for drawing outlandish characters with distorted anatomy. His cartoons were published in numerous magazines including Collier’s, True, Playboy, and The New Yorker. He also published 19 books of cartoons and illustrated 12 others, including the two children’s books, The Dog Who Snored Symphonies and The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snatcher. The collection comprises approximately 3,700 comics, cartoons, illustrations, and other original drawings and artwork. A selection of images from the collection is included below for your viewing pleasure:
A copy of the book is available in Special Collections and Archives and can be viewed along with the collection in the Elizabeth and Verle Annis Reading Room on the 5th floor of Langson Library.