Playing with History

“Playing with History: 100 Years of the Most Meaningful, Memorable and Fun Character Toys in American Life and Leisure”

Dan Yezbick

Thursday, March 14, 2019
6:30 p.m. reception | 7:30 p.m. presentation

About the Presentation:

Enjoy a provocative parade of personalities from the past as Daniel F. Yezbick, Ph.D. surveys the toys, dolls, games and gimmicks that made millions of American smile during turbulent times. From classic rag dolls and Disney mice to the trolls, turtles and transformers of the more recent past, attendees will gain insight into the secret politics of global toy culture. Along with insightful commentary, guests will see hands-on examples of some of the most memorable toys in American life and leisure.

About the Presenter:

A recognized specialist in literary and media studies, Daniel F. Yezbick, Ph.D. is a professor of English at St. Louis Community College at Wildwood. He is the author of “Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson” (2014) and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies including: “Comics Studies: Here and Now” (2018), “Animal Comics” (2017), “Articulating the Action Figure” (2017), “The Blacker the Ink” (2015), “Comics Through Time” (2014), and “Icons of the American Comic-Book” (2013). Yezbick has been published widely on the intersections of comic art, film, commodity culture and history. He has also presented internationally and has made repeated public appearances at the St. Louis Science Center First Friday events and the St. Louis Public Library Comics University series.

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