Barli highlighted the qualities that made Partch unusual among his contemporaries: his expressive linework and pared-down environments, the self-contained worlds within each cartoon, the way Partch subverted expectations in an image, and the lack of “winking at the audience” seen in other strips. Partch’s comics show a surrealism and sophistication that sometimes outstripped his readers’ comprehension, as evidenced by an exasperated letter to the editor asking him to explain one of the cartoons.
American anti-capitalist poster, 1938.
Freddie Mercury riding on the shoulders of Santa Claus.
If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some 1,570,000 inmates in state and federal prisons in the U.S., according to data from the Justice Department.