Activity #1: Our Shared General Research Questions:
What subculture us embodied in the AIDS quilt block you’ve chosen to document and research?
The artistic culture is embodied in Andy Lippinocotts quilt block
What is the relationship between the subculture embodied in the quilt and the HIV/AIDS epidemic?
What is the relationship between the Comic Culture and the HIV/AIDS epidemic?
About the quilt
The Andy Lippincott quilt block, which is approximately 70×90 inches, is one of very few panels hung on the wall for display at the NAMES Project Foundation located in Atlanta, Georgia. Andy Lippincott was a fictional character introduced into the comic strip “Doonesbury” in 1975 by writer and cartoonist Gary Trudeau. Andy’s character was short lived due to the death caused by HIV/AIDS
Texture & Appearance
The base color of the entire quilt block is rouge pink interior with a white outlining the entire quilt panel. At the top portion of the quilt panel is a rectangle shape box outlined with a thin black shade inside the box is a salmon color interior. Inside the rectangular box to the right is a carton illustration of “Andy Lippincott” with black hair with a side part, wearing a white button down shirt, and a khaki blazer with his hands in his black pant pockets. To the left of the cartoon illustration of Andy in black font states, ”In loving memory Andy Lippincott Community leader, conservationist, author, Olympic medalist, and winner of the Noble Peace Prize! 1945-1990”. The dimension’s of the rectangular box is.
The bottom half of the panel is the Doonesbury comic strip which has a base color of royal blue. The comic strip has three rows vertically and eight rows horizontally. In the middle of the comic strip second row in with a black base and embroider in white font states again, Andy Lippincott 1945-1990 ”In loving memory Andy Lippincott Community leader, conservationist, author, Olympic medalist, and winner of the Noble Peace Prize.” The panel is representation of a lost but never forgotten life that achieved an Olympic medal and Noble Peace Prize throughout his lifetime, which not many people can say they have. This panel is an eye catcher by the articulation of the precise stitching, verbiage, color scheme, and the organization of the comic strip.
Andy Lippincott (December 5, 1945-1990) was a fictional character in the Doonesbury comic strip. Andy’s character was first introduced in the Doonesbury comic strip on January 27, 1976 in the Law Library.
Andy Lippincott quit panel which is on display at the NAMES Project foundation located in Atlanta, GA. The quilt panel is approximately 70x 90 inches in dimensions. The quilt, which is hung on the wall at the NAMES Project Foundation is unique for a couple reasons first it does not have a block number and secondly because Andy Lippincott’s panel is the only quilt panel which has been dedicated to a fictional character. Andy Lippincott was a fictional character in the comic strip Doonesbury and was introduced in January 1975 by writer and cartoonist Gary Tradue.
The base color of entire quilt panel has a mixture of colors, which are rouge, blush pink, and turquoise. Dedicated on the first block of the quilt is a quote with Andy’s awards and achievements as well as a cartoon illustration of Andy Lippincott’s character in Doonesbury. In a rectangle shape box with a salmon pink base color outlined with a thin stitch of black fleece. Right side of the panel is a large cartoon image illustration of Andy’s Lippincott character from Doonesbury comic strip. On the left side of image in rather large black font that is written in black marker “ In loving memory of community leader, conservationist, author, Olympic medalist, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize! “ While Andy Lippincott and 1945-1990 is stitched with black fleece into the quilt.
The bottom portion of the panel is a comic strip from Doonesbury. The quilt panel bottom half has another rectangle shape box with royal blue base color in standard cotton with white standard cotton outline stitching. The comic strip has three rows vertical and eight rows horizontal. I spent an hour or so reading through the entire comic strip on the quilt panel. The comic strip presented on the quilt panel has a few interactions that Andy has with a few other characters from Doonesbury. Joanie Caucus while working with Andy is smitten but soon heartbroken when he confesses he is “gay”. Soon after Andy is diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and doesn’t tell Joanie and she find out by another colleague. On one of the comic strips on the first row vertically and third horizontally is a conversation between Andy and Joanie that I found quite interesting. This is after Joanie found out he was in the hospital and is her first visit to the hospital. Andy is lying in hospital bed when Joanie asks, “ Andy, how can I help you through this? Is there anything I can do? Andy reply’s with, “As a matter of fact, there is, Joanie you could give me something that all the doctors and nurses in this hospital either cant or won’t do.” As Joanie holds Andy’s hand she says, “Anything, Andy, anything at”… Andy lying in the hospital bed holding Joanie’s hand says, “A bag of White Castle hamburgers”.
I found this dialog between Andy Joanie quite humorous and interesting because that fact that Andy is in the hospital and is very sick with HIV/AIDS and is still making jokes shows a lot about his character. I realized after reading the entire comic strip on the quilt panel that my emotions went on rollercoaster from sad and hopeless to laughing at Andy’s funny sense of humor.
Alexander, M. (Photographer).(2018, February 5). Andy Lippincott. Atlanta, GA: The NAMES Project Foundation.
What is an abstract aspect of Culture?
“Embodied Culture” is from the Haltman text.
-Norms “moral codes”
-How our panel embodies culture?
What are Multimodal Projects?
Is a conveyance linguistic, visual, aural, spatial, and gestural.
Linguistic: word choice,
Mary’s: What’s present is the general description of the quilt, which is a foundation for a more detailed description. Its there to give the audience a sense of what details are to come. What’s missing are the nuanced details about the panel.
Stacey’s:What’s present are very detailed language, and the use of descriptive terms. The full name of the person is missing. With the name being absent you might assume that the family name meant little to the person making the quilt, or to the person the quilt is about.
Secondary Source Research questions.
-Who is Andy Lipincott?
-What does Doonesbury have to do with AIDS in America?
-What is the significance of HIV/AIDS in Doonesbury?
-What does AIDS have to do with comics?
The Reason I chose Andy Lipincott (December 5, 1945- 1990) for my AIDs Quilt research project was initially because his articulate very detailed quilt jumped out at me. After doing some research I learned he appeared as a comic character in the Andy and Joanie in January 1976 in Library Law, and is the only fictional character with a panel on the AIDs quilt. When Andy confessed he was gay to Joanie he fell off the comic strip for a few years but reappeared in 1982 as an organizer for the Bay Area Gray Alliance and contributed to congressional re-election of Lacey Davenport. In 1989 Andy was diagnosed with AIDS and fought over that year. Andy’s panel was created by G. Scott Austen, Marceo Miranda and Juan Carlos Castano on the quilt reads: “In loving memory of Andy Lippincott, community leader, conservationist, author, Olympic medalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Thus, while Andy was only a fictional character it exposed AIDS awareness in a time there was a lack knowledge regarding the AIDS epidemic. Although, it is a fictional character i feel this conveyed impeccable imaginative creativity, which assisted in brining AIDS epidemic to the forefront of the World.
Alexander, M.(Photographer). (2018, January 23). Atlanta, GA: The NAMES Project Foundation.