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Sean Kleefeld
Works at GE Capital
Attended University of Cincinnati
Lived in Hamilton, OH
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On History: Mike Parobeck & Missing History
I've read and heard many stories over the years of people who read comics as kids, but then dropped out them for a while (usually during high school and college) and pick them up again years later. I was never like that. I've had comics for as long as I can...
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On Strips: Short-Lifers
One of the reasons I started an "On Strips" series here was to force myself to learn more about comic strips. I've spent literally decades focused almost exclusively on comic books and, while I certainly read comic strips growing up, it's only been the past...
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Weekly Comics Links
You're familiar with "Humans from New York"? There's another version out there for Bombay, India. They recently featured Aditi Gupta , who created Menstrupedia , a comic to help teach young girls about menstruation "because there are so many girls today who...
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On Business: The Local Con
This past weekend, I attended the Comic Book Mania Convention in Elgin, IL. It's not a big show; they only had about two dozen artists/exhibitors. I haven't heard attendance numbers from this year, but last year was less than 1,000 people. Show organizer Bo...
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On -isms: Go Read Brothers' Piece
OK, so the comics internet went kablouie this week between Tom Brevoort's responding to a question about appropriating hip-hop imagery on their comics, and David Brothers' public response. Please read that here. I can't add anything to that. For the sake of...
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On History: Nostalgia
I'm sure many of you have noticed that a lot of pop culture these days relies increasingly on nostalgia. There are remakes and reboots of movies, TV shows, comics... They're even cross-pollinating with movies based on old video games, and comics based on ol...
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On Business: Comics Report(ing)
One of the bigger news items in comics last week was Tom Spurgeon launching a Patreon campaign . He's not the first comics journalist to do so -- Heidi MacDonald launched one last year. (I launched one myself around the beginning of the year, too, but I don...
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On -sims: Avoiding Repition
When I was in my early teens, I'd hoped I could become a comic book artist. Not only was I interested in comics, but I was one of those kids who everyone always said was a "pretty good drawer." Which only meant that I was just a touch better than average. B...
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On History: Revisiting Problematic Images
One of my long-time favorite cartoon characters is Daffy Duck. Well, Daffy Duck up through about 1965 or so. They made him a lot more spiteful after that, which I didn't care for. In any event, one of my favorite Daffy Duck cartoons was The Henpecked Duck f...
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On Strips: Bloom County 2015
The comic strip news of the week is obviously Berkeley Breathed's return to Bloom County. About a week before he launched his new strip, he posted a "watch this space" message on his Facebook page, and I dutifully did so, mostly in the hopes to see design s...
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Weekly Comics Links
During a recent kitchen renovation, John Martz discovered the comics section of a 1946 Toronto Star Weekly underneath the linoleum. It appears to be in great condition, and he scanned all the pages to post online . Max Morris examines some recent work of Tu...
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On -isms: Strange Fruit
I haven't read Strange Fruit #1 and the reviews I've read have all been less than flattering. Not so much that it's poorly written or drawn, just that the very concept is flawed. I was in a discussion about it with writer David Gallaher and former DC editor...
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Web Content Manager
Employment
  • GE Capital
    Web Content Manager, 2006 - present
  • TwoMorrows Publishing
    Columnist, 2003 - present
  • MTV Networks
    Columnist, 2011 - 2013
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Hamilton, OH - Avon, OH - Lexington, KY - Cincinnati, OH - Palatine, IL
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Introduction
Sean Kleefeld is an independent researcher whose work has been used by the likes Marvel Entertainment, Titan Books and 20th Century Fox. He writes the ongoing “Incidental Iconography” column for The Jack Kirby Collector and “Kleefeld on Webcomics” column for MTV Geek. He’s also contributed to Alter Ego, Back Issue and Comic Book Resources. Kleefeld’s 2009 book, Comic Book Fanthropology, addresses the questions of who and what comic fans are. He blogs daily at KleefeldOnComics.com.
Bragging rights
Named “Comics’ #1 Fan” by Diamond Comic Distributors, 2003. Struck by lightning while driving, 2009.
Education
  • University of Cincinnati
    BS, Graphic Design
  • Wright State University
    MBA
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