“In this measured and clear-eyed polemic, D. B. Dowd offers a compelling new picture of illustration and cartooning as modern cultural history, and provides helpful, innovative taxonomies for students, scholars, and general readers. Highlighting the importance of illustration and cartoons as individual and collaborative graphic practices that sidestep 'Art-capital-A,' Dowd illuminates why such images, from Rockwell to Rastus, are both so central to American identity, and at the same time so invisible.”
— Michele H. Bogart, Professor of Art History at Stony Brook University and author of Artists, Advertising, and the Borders of Art
— Steven Guarnaccia, author, designer and Professor of Illustration at Parsons the New School of Design, and former op-ed art director of the New York Times
“Highly organized. Reading Stick Figures gives you the feeling you are on a narrated journey with an author willing to expose his ideas and feelings in exchange for you taking another step forward ... to grab the next bread crumb on the forest floor.”
— Whitney Sherman, printmaker and Professor of Illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art, and co-editor of History of Illustration
“An expansive book. It covers terrain ranging from philosophy to theory to history to popular culture to technique, all wrapped in wonderfully engaging prose.”
— Christin J. Mamiya, Professor of Art History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, author of Pop Art and Consumer Culture: American Super Market.