Tuesday, September 02, 2014

John Milewski's pictures of Jeff Smith at the NBF

Before I get too busy...Baltimore Comic-Con!

I don't frequently post here, and most of the PR released by the Baltimore Comic-Con comes from my nimble-but-overused fingertips (so Mr. Rhode is privy to them and reposts as he sees fit), but I seem to have a brief lull here before the show this weekend and figured, before the rest of the week sweeps me completely away, I would post a couple of worthwhile tidbits:

VERY IMPORTANT: Our Tickets page enables you to get into the show on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or the whole weekend, and with a VIP Pass, to the Friday All-Star Reception, or to the Harvey Awards Banquet. THIS ABILITY WILL GO AWAY SHORTLY! If you have not bought tickets yet and need to do so, please act now, as you will otherwise find yourselves in additional lines to buy tickets at the box office before getting in line to get into the Hall! We have to end online ticket sales in advance of the show so as to be able to have physical copies of the purchaser list for our line-walkers to review as necessary when exchanging tickets for wristbands!

The website, www.baltimorecomiccon.com, is updated as frequently as we have opportunity to do so leading up to the show (and then once the Friday morning kicks in, all bets are off!). You can generally find the latest news on guest announcements and updates, exhibitors, retailers, and Artists Alley guests. They are somewhat dynamic (last minute cancellations, last minute additions, if you can believe it!), so it's worth taking a peek every now and again!

Additionally, you can find useful links to the Exhibit Hall map, Programming, and a soft-copy of the 2014 Program Guide.

ALSO VERY IMPORTANT: If you have been to the show and expect it to be in the same location again this year, you will be redirected by staff members! We are a few blocks west, closer to Camden Yards, and you can see directions on the website for details. Staying overnight? Take advantage of the hotel and travel discounts we have coordinated with partners.

Finally, come out and have fun! We have comics creators from rising stars to superstars to TV and movie stars. We have a costume contest to see or participate in, featuring a $2,000 grand prize, and our cosplayers come dressed to the nines -- as someone who doesn't really pay attention to that aspect of the show, some of the costumes I've seen over the past couple of years have blown me away! Truly impressive! We have an exclusive Yearbook, featuring Matt Wagner's Grendel this year, and some bonus prints available to buyers who go through and complete an autograph quest, which is a lot of fun. You have a vast selection of items for sale, including comics, clothing, collectibles, toys, action figures, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, manga, cosplay accessories, and more more more! Seriously, bring some money because you'll undoubtedly find something cool (and we've got ATMs on the floor this year in case you run out!). Numerous publishers, big and small, are bringing exclusive comics, including Dynamite Entertainment, Valiant, BOOM! Studios, Advent Comics, and more. And we not only reserved a larger footprint this year, we had to expand it into yet another hall because we were oversold way in advance of the show!

Familiarize yourself with our Harassment Policy, hit the road to Baltimore, and come have a great time this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

I'll See You In Baltimore!

Nate Beeler wins Fischetti award

John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition

September 1 2014

Nate Beeler has been selected as the 2014 winner of the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, for his image depicting Lady Justice and Lady Liberty embracing after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.


Beeler is the editorial cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch. Prior to joining the Ohio capital's newspaper in 2012, the Columbus native drew cartoons for seven years in the nation's capital for The Washington Examiner

[story continues on their website]

Arabic political cartoons article in today's Express

Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire [in print as Disarming militants, one joke at a time].
By Vivian Salama  Associated Press [Washington Post] Express September  2 2014 

A Falls Church native didn't think he'd grow up to be Spider-Man

Meet Moe Alafrangy, the martial arts star who plays Spider-Man in Marvel Universe Live! [in print as Not so itsy-bitsy: A Falls Church native didn't think he'd grow up to be Spider-Man].

Monday, September 01, 2014

Bruce Guthrie's NBF pictures online

Local paparazzi Bruce Guthrie has put his National Book Festival pictures online at his website.

Here's the last set - of Jeff Smith.

Baltimore Comic-Con program online

Baltimore Comic-Con
You've been asking, begging, and pleading for it -- the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con-Con Program Guide is posted, including updated panels, floor maps, and more! http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/bcc-2014-program-book.pdf

Gene Yang's NBF speech reprinted on Comic Riffs

Read This: Gene Luen Yang's rousing comics speech at the 2014 National Book Festival gala
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 1 2014

Game On! Comics Labor Day Sale Today Only!

Happy Labor Day!
Have the day off??
Come to your favorite comic shop for a special ONE DAY sale!

We are OPEN today from 12pm to 8pm!

20% OFF all Graphic Novels (and we have A LOT!)
20% OFF all Board Games
$2 Back Issues

Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved.

ChildTime Magic | 310 Dominion RD NE | Vienna | VA | 22180

Saturday, August 30, 2014

8/30: Cartoonists at today's National Book Festival

Cartoonists' schedules at the National Book Festival 

10:00 am-10:30 amJeffrey Brown 11:00 am-noon
11:20 am-11:50 amDav Pilkey 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
12:45 pm-1:30 pmAndrew Aydin 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
12:45 pm-1:30 pmRep. John Lewis2:00 pm-3:00 pm
2:00 pm-2:30 pmBrian Biggs 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
2:40 pm-3:10 pmBob Staake 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
4:40 pm-5:10 pmJules Feiffer 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
4:40 pm-5:10 pmGene Luen Yang 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Graphic Novels Super Session

6:00 pm-6:35 pmRaina Telgemeier7:00 pm-8:00 pm
6:45 pm-7:20 pmBryan Lee O'Malley 8:00 pm-9:00 pm
7:30 pm-8:05 pmVivek Tiwary8:30 pm-9:30 pm
7:30 pm-8:05 pmKyle Baker 8:30 pm-9:30 pm
8:15 pm-8:50 pmLiza Donnelly9:00 pm-10:00 pm
9:00 pm-9:45 pmJeff Smith 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
There will be a raffle during the Graphic Novel super session in the evening. Jeff Smith and Vivek Tiwary have donated signed items, with promises from some of the others. You must be present to win.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Post reviews Israeli animation The Congress

'The Congress' movie review: Robin Wright gets animated and frozen in time

This review did not appear in the physical paper.

The Post reviews Momo anime

'A Letter to Momo' movie review: Lyrical, delicate, but fatally glum

Momo (voice of Karen Miyama) wants the goblins living in her new home to help her contact her late father in "A Letter to Momo." (GKids)

9/27: Brian Basset and Pet-a-Palooza in DC

Here's the story:

Brian Basset to sponsor Washington DC Walk for the Animals event
by Alan Gardner
August 28, 2014

National Book Festival graphic novel night

Comic Riffs' Michael Cavna to host the National Book Festival's
first-ever Graphic Novel Night *(Check this talent lineup)
By Mariana Marcaletti
August 28 2014

There's a good chance I'll miss this - I've been fighting something
since Wedsnesday night. - Mike

Help Patients Battling Blood Cancer at the 15th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con 2012 logo
CORRECTED! Help Patients Battling Blood Cancer at the 15th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con
Register as a Bone Marrow Donor
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 29, 2014 - Seth Kushner is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, and a proud member of the Bay Ridge community, where he and his wife, Terra are raising their almost-five-year-old son. Seth grew up knowing he wanted to be an artist and began a career as a photographer. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, L'Uomo Vogue, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, and other publications. Published books include The Brooklynites, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, and upcoming New York Comics. Seth is co-founder of TripCity.net, home to his CulturePOP photocomix and Schmuck comics. In 2013, Seth co-founded HANG DAI Editions, an independent publishing imprint.

Back in April, Seth was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and was told he needed a bone marrow transplant. Thankfully, Seth has found a bone marrow match and a transplant has been scheduled, but there are many other patients out there that need your help. Seth and his family and friends are encouraging everyone to become someone's real-life hero.

Become a registered bone marrow donor at the Baltimore Comic-Con . All it takes is completing a registration form and swabbing the inside of your cheeks. In less than five minutes, you can potentially save a life!

Seth speaks with his son on FaceTime every morning and draws one superhero per day, which Terra brings home for their son. Seth stays positive and is confident he will beat his disease.

The art created for the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook will be auctioned off at the Baltimore Comic-Con Art Auction at 5pm on Saturday, September 6th in our Main hall, with art displayed in the Exclusives Booth throughout the day. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to Seth Kushner and his fight against leukemia. Seth is a frequent guest of the Baltimore Comic-Con and we are looking forward to his return to the show in 2015! To learn more about Seth and to contribute to his cause, please go to http://www.gofundme.com/d8gc2o.
Delete Blood Cancer DKMS was founded in the U.S. in 2004 and is the U.S. arm of DKMS, the German bone marrow donor center. DKMS was started by a family whose search for a donor inspired 68,000 people to register in just one year. Today, Delete Blood Cancer and DKMS make up the world's largest bone marrow donor center with branches around the globe that have registered more than 4 million donors and provided more than 40,000 patients with potentially life-saving transplants.

In the U.S., Delete Blood Cancer has registered more than 500,000 potential donors and facilitated over 1,500 life-saving transplants. We have registered more than 100,000 new donors per year in the past two years. But they're not stopping there. They lead the fight against blood cancer by working with families, communities, and organizations to recruit more donors and provide more patients with second chances at life.

Delete Blood Cancer is dedicated to their mission of building a critical mass of bone marrow and blood stem cell donors for patients in need. By educating about the donation process, demonstrating the impact of donation, and providing support and counsel to their patients and donors, they serve to grow their donor center and, ultimately, help more people.

The donors they register are added to the Be The Match® Registry, the official registry of the United States operated by the National Marrow Donor Program®. This registry currently includes more than 11 million donors, of which more than 38 percent have been recruited by Delete Blood Cancer and DKMS combined.

Register online at deletebloodcancer.org, text DELETE to 20222 to donate $5, contribute at deletebloodcancer.org, or fund raise via firstgiving.com/dkms.

Delete Blood Cancer will be exhibiting at the Baltimore Comic-Con in booth #2503. Please stop by to learn how you can help! 



General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now!

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

Please take a moment to help us spread this message using the social media links embedded, reposting, or retweeting!


Contact Information

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:

press@baltimorecomiccon.com- for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution

promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com- for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications

registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com- for inquiries about submitted registrations

harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com- for the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet

general@baltimorecomiccon.com- for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries


About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 14th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 9 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.


9/25: George Perez at Third Eye Comics

Thursday 9/25/14

Click here for event info on FACEBOOK.
First 20 in line receive a FREE gift!
Signing from 11AM-1PM!

Richard Thompson continues to have killer blog posts

The latest is nominally on Chiaroscuro.

Takoma Park Library's comics blog

Takoma Park Library's comics blog done by Dave Burbank is at The Comics Stacks.

Thanks to Randy T. for the tip. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Read a long, but interesting, Bob Staake interview, pre-National Book Festival

Illustrator Bob Staake on Dark Humor, New Yorker Covers, and Analog Art in a Digital World

 by on Aug. 28, 2014

9/4: “Mouseguard” Author/Illustrator David Peterson, in Takoma Park

"Mouseguard" Author/Illustrator David Peterson, Thursday September 4, 7:30 p.m. at the Library:  This award-winning graphic novelist will talk about his books and do a drawing demonstration.

Takoma Park Library
7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD

Cartoons and comics at the Library of Congress

Celebrating the Graphic Tradition at the National Book Festival

The following is a guest post by Sara Duke, Curator of Popular & Applied Graphic Arts, Prints & Photographs Division.

Sam Ellis of Archer and Adventure Time will be at Fantom tomorrow

Meet Sam Ellis at Fantom on Friday, August 28th!
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Sam Ellis at Fantom Comics

Archer character designer & Adventure Time writer/artist hits DC

Grab your blackest turtleneck, cook up some sugar peas, and prepare for things to get REDONK because we've got artist Sam Ellis in the store for a signing!

Mr. Ellis has worked with the likes of BOOM! Studios, Cartoon Network, Disney Interactive, Marvel, and was the principle designer for FX's award-winning show, Archer!

He's also the co-writer and artist for this month's Adventure Time #31! The first 20 kids will receive a free Adventure Time sketch.

He'll be hanging out with us this Friday, Aug 29th from 5 to 8pm, so swing on by and join the fun! Just don't drop any crumbs on the floor. BECAUSE THAT'S HOW YOU GET ANTS.

We'll have Adventure Time comics and Archer books and cards available for signing.


"Things" in MSU Library's Comic Art Collection

Special collection libraries tend to gather odd material, and sometimes things that aren't books. Michigan State University is where I send a lot of material too, and some of it will end up either categorized as realia or comic art paraphernalia. These are the types of things that can really spice up an exhibit.  

I'll be sending some more of this to them after the holiday, items passed along from my sister's kids.

The Express on ‘BoJack Horseman’

Netflix's 'BoJack Horseman' stalls right out of the gate
By Rudi Greenberg Express August 28 2014, p. 47

Sept 13: Steve Loya's Splotch Monster exhibit opens

Opening Reception featuring the Splotch Monster Art of Steve Loya

Georgetown prof quoted on Princess Fragrant

Can This Cartoon Muslim Princess Soothe China's Ethnic Tensions?
Promoting unity through animation

""From a Westerner's point of view, trying to patch over extreme ethnic tensions with a cutesy cartoon portrayal of a minority woman might seem problematic—like screening Disney's Pocahontas after Wounded Knee," James Millward, professor of Chinese and Central Asian History at Georgetown University, said. "

Cavna on the Green Turtle

Hero emerges from history's shell with modern edge [online as The Green Turtle returns in 'The Shadow Hero,' by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny LiewBy Michael Cavna 
Washington Post August 27, p. C3

I also liked this book a lot and recommend it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Post on Bone, Intervention, Frank Miller and BoJack Horseman

For new 'Sin City,' Frank Miller draws out performances that go beyond the scripted [in print as Drawn to direct: As Frank miller brings his 'Sin City back to screen, he's still the consummate artist].

By Michael Cavna Washington Post August 22 2014



'BoJack Horseman': The equine ennui of a Hollywood stud [in print as Netflix's new 'BoJack Horseman': A Hollywood stud's equine ennui.

 Hank Stuever

Washington Post August 22 2014



INTERVENTION CON 2014: Co-founder Oni Hartstein cultivates D.C. region as geek-rich soil

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 26 2014



Bone in 'Mr. Bone Goes to Washington'

Jeff Smith will be at the Graphic Novels Super Session at 9 p.m. at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.


The Express on The Simpsons

'The Simpsons' and I chat about FOX, binge-watching and family [in print as That's Impossible: My chat with 'The Simpsons'.]
By Marc Silver Express August 25 2014

Small Press Expo Announces Programming Slate for SPX 2014

Small Press Expo Announces the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

For Immediate Release            Contact: Warren Bernard

                                                  Phone: 301-537-4615

                                                  E-Mail: warren@spxpo.com

Bethesda, Maryland; August 28, 2014 – The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival's established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

Highlights of this year's panel discussions will include:

- James Sturm, former art/cartoon editor and contributor to Seattle's The Stranger, leads Jules Feiffer, Tom Tomorrow, Charles Burns, Ben Katchor and Lynda Barry in a roundtable discussion about the impact of the diversity of comics that came out of the alt-weekly newspaper world.

- Michael DeForge, Simon Hanselmann and Patrick Kyle kick off their book tour as guests of a special session of Inkstuds Live, hosted by Robin McConnell and guest host Brandon Graham.

- Stories of Girlhood has Jillian Tamaki, Ellen Lindner, Aisha Franz and Mellissa Mendez discussing the distinction between comics for young girls and comics about girlhood.

- Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, gives an overview of the history and future of the distinctive single panel cartoon strongly associated with that esteemed magazine.

- Frémok artists Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet, also exhibiting at SPX, will discuss their work and the roots of avant-garde comics within the Francophone world.
- The debut screening of Root Hog or Die, a new documentary about iconic minicomics artist John Porcellino, with the artist and director Dan Stafford in attendance. 

- Spanish Language Comics has Columbian comics editor Daniel Jiménez Quiroz talking with Spanish comics critic Santiago Garcia, Colombian comics critic Pablo Guerra, and North American editor Scott Brown talks about the current state of Spanish and South American comics.

- Our annual hands-on comics workshop, led this year by Josh Bayer and Sally Cantirino from the Sequential Artists Workshop.

The complete SPX 2014 Programming Schedule with full descriptions and participants may be found at


This year is the ninth year that SPX programming has been organized by Programming Coordinator Bill Kartalopoulos. Kartalopoulos is a comics educator, critic and curator who is the Series Editor of the critically acclaimed, Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is the publisher of Rebus Books, and has taught classes about comics at SVA and Parsons The New School for Design.

Programming will run on Saturday September 13 from 11:30AM  until 7PM and Sunday September 14 from 12:30PM until 6PM.