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June 23, 2014

Motorsports Cartoonist Jim Bamber Passes Away


The cartoonist Jim Bamber, working the specialty of making automobile-related cartoons for the UK markets, died on June 20. He was 66 years old. I wanted to make note of his passing for the fact that he was on the tail end of the move by cartoonists to work with car culture and sports related to cars. Car cartoons in North America made up a significant part of lively, outsider car culture in the '50s and '60s, while sports cartoons helped drive the development of early comic strips in the 1900s and 1910s. To work in both is quite something, and each area of expression will like mark his passing. I remain voraciously curious as to whether the rise of on-line media will ultimately lead to a snap back for comics specialties or if those days have withered with print.
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