Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cartoonist - Ready For Her Close-up

Jackie Ormes was the first female African-American cartoonist. Her popular strips 'Torchy' and 'Patty-Jo 'n Ginger' appeared in the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender. One of her passions was fashion and man, you can see that in the strips reproduced in the book. Torchy and Ginger have drop-dead gorgeous figures and wear nothing but couture. Of course this was back in the day when the comics featured some pretty slinky females. Ormes had paper dolls accompanying some of her strips, then a full-out Patty-Jo doll line with lots of different outfits. Eat your heart out, Barbie. Those Patty-Jo dolls are highly collectible now. Ormes was a fascinating artist and businesswoman and fashion plate herself. Check out her one-of-a-kind life.

Jackie Ormes by Nancy Goldstein

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