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Aug 4 2011

A Storied Past

by Jimmy L

Being nonexistent in the 60’s, I had never heard of The Great Speckled Bird, Atlanta’s underground progressive newspaper published in the late 60’s and early 70’s, until I happened to hear a feature story about it on the radio a few months ago. I was fascinated by the history of the paper, the radical causes it took up, and the dedication of its members, who were often harassed for being associated with it:

Then the other day, while taking a walk in Decatur square (just a hop, skip, and jump away from the Decatur Library) I saw that the DeKalb History Center had an exhibit of The Great Speckled Bird.  It’s really a sight to see. They have many of the covers and spreads hanging up, and samples of the stories grouped by causes (Racial Equality, Women’s Liberation, Gay Liberation, Worker’s Rights, Anti-War, etc.). The exhibit is up now, so go check it out.

And if you’re not familiar with the DeKalb History Center, it is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the rich history of DeKalb County. It’s located in the historic DeKalb County Courthouse, in the “Decatur square”. They have several other interesting exhibits up right now too!

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Jun 5 2009


by Lesley B

You can find comics in your newspaper — if you have a magnifying glass and if there’s still a paper published in your town. If not, you’ll have to  follow the paper and the comics to your computer. The companies that syndicated the comics to the papers have websites. Comics.com, United Feature Syndicate’s site, is the most generous, giving you 6 months of your favorite strip for free online and you can go all the way back to 1950 for Peanuts and to 1979 for Dilbert.  King Features, home of Baby Blues and Mutts, puts just 4 days online for free and lets you subscribe to the archives for an annual fee. Gocomics gives you a few days of one of my favorites, Calvin and Hobbes.

But Calvin’s Duplicator isn’t quite the same online. Where can you go to find comics printed on good old-fashioned paper? Next time you’re in the library, stroll on over to the books labeled 741.5973. That’s where you’ll find comic strip collections at the library. Calvinball players, unite!