With combined holidays and work backlog, blogging is still on partial hold here, but normal service will return soon enough. In the meantime, I’d like to take a moment to plug another event in which I’m participating later this month, the conference Laughing at Art: The Study of Humour in the Visual Arts at Pembroke College, Cambridge, April 29-30. It will see papers on a wide variety of topics relating to humor in the visual arts, and includes keynote addresses by no less than three distinguished people, Robin Simon, Hogarth scholar and editor of The British Art Journal, Dean Mobbs, fellow in biological and cognitive neuroscience at Cambridge, and the great Quentin Blake!

My own contribution will be an assessment of the comics and cartoon theory of Rodolphe Töpffer (1799-1846), on whom I’ve written before. I’m looking forward to it all, and encourage you to go if you’re able to! More information and registration form here.