Thursday, September 29, 2016

TCJ on SPX

New and Old: SPX 2016

BY Rob Clough

Richmond Zine Fest is this weekend

Richmond Zine Fest celebrates 10 years this weekend with first multi-day fest, and focus on POC and LGBTQ zinemakers

Words by Sasha Jiron

 – Sep 26, 2016

http://rvamag.com/articles/full/26556/richmond-zine-fest-celebrates-10-years-this-weekend-with-first-multi-day-fest

Oct 4 - 6: Juana Medina at Politics and Prose

Bilingual Events with Juana Medina


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Beloved children's author and illustrator Juana Medina has delighted kids and parents everywhere with Smick! and One Big Salad. Now, she continues to charm young readers with her trademark style in Juana & Lucas, in which the young protagonist learns English with the help of her canine friend. Join Juana Medina for a series of bilingual readings across DC. Intended for ages 6-8. Join her:

Tuesday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Connecticut Avenue

Wednesday, October 5 at 9:30 a.m. at Busboys and Poets 14th & V

Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Takoma Park Library (MD)




Click here for Hours and Directions

(202) 364-1919

www.politics-prose.com

books@politics-prose.com

"Shelly" cartoonist Don Vannozzi has died

His obituary is here, and notes "Don's comic strip, "Shelly," ran in the Washington Evening Star, the Sacramento Union and the San Diego Tribune."

Does anyone remember this strip? I think Richard Thompson mentioned it to me once, but haven't found the reference if it was in an interview.

Richard Thompson remembered in Air & Space Magazine

We've been tipped that the "October/November 2016 Air & Space/Smithsonian Magazine is now out. "Sightings" on page 68-69 is a salute to Richard Thompson. Check your local newstands."

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today: Juana Medina at Hooray for Books in Alexandria

Wednesday, September 28th: Author and illustrator Juana Medina will be at Hooray for Books! to present her newest novel for the elementary school crowd, Juana and Lucas. This beautifully illustrated chapter book will appeal to fans of Judy Moody and Clarice Bean! 6 pm.

Juana loves many things: drawing; eating Brussels sprouts; living in Bogota, Columbia; and especially her dog, Lucas. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform or going to dance class, and she especially doesn't love learning English. But when her grandparents tell her about a special trip they are planning -- a trip where they will need Juana to speak English -- she begins to think learning English might be a good use of her time, after all.

1555 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
www.hooray4books.com

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Matt Dembicki launches ReDistricted website with comics on DC

The first one is up and is by me and local cartoonist Kevin Rechin. It's a story about Walter Reed before he became THE Walter Reed.

Walter Reed & the Mysterious Malaria
of Buzzard Point

Story by Michael Rhode

Art by Kevin Rechin

Lettering by Matt Dembicki
ReDistricted (September 27 2016):
http://www.redistrictedcomics.com/walter-reed 


​Mosquitoes are in the news quite a bit today. So for our first comic, we reached back to Dr. Walter Reed (1851-1902), a U.S. Army bacteriologist who helping conquer the dreaded yellow fever, but not before a few miscues along the way.

Comic Riffs talks to Congressman John Lewis about his 'March'

National Book Fest: How Rep. John Lewis tries to inspire young people to 'stand up, speak out'


Washington Post C
omic Riffs blog September 24 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/09/24/national-book-fest-how-rep-john-lewis-tries-to-inspire-young-people-to-stand-up-speak-out/


This is one of the best graphic stories to appear - non-fiction and about American history, it's a version of Maus set in our country and our times. I think it's a must read.

Comic Riffs talks to cartoonist held without trial in Australia refugee camp

'I didn't deserve this horrible life': Detained Iranian cartoonist speaks out


Washingto Post
Comic Riffs blog September 27 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/09/27/i-didnt-deserve-this-horrible-life-detained-iranian-cartoonist-speaks-out/

Comic Riffs talks to Ed Piskor

National Book Fest: 'Hip Hop Family Tree' cartoonist taps two cultures like a creative Marvel


Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 24 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/09/24/national-book-fest-hip-hop-family-tree-cartoonist-taps-two-cultures-like-a-creative-marvel/

Kate Beaton at Hooray for Books pictures

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Kate Beaton did a very nice talk for young kids last night at Hooray for Books in Alexandria, VA.





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Here's a link to my pictures.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Nell Minow talks to Belle

Oct 11: The Fantastic Fantom Signing

The Fantastic Fantom Signing

Tuesday, October 11 at 6 PM - 9 PM
  • Fantom Comics
    2010 P Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

  • Start buying your books and lining up your ducks because we've got the signing of the century happening at Fantom Comics in October!

    MARGUERITE BENNETT (Insexts, DC Comics Bombshells, Fresh Romance, Josie & the Pussycats)

    SAM MAGGS (Wonder Women, Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy)

    RYAN NORTH (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Adventure Time)

    JASON REYNOLDS (Spider-man: Miles Morales YA Novel)

    MARGARET STOHL (Forever Red & Red Vengeance: Black Widow YA Novels)

    will all be signing at Fantom Comics on October 11th, 6pm!

    A Conversation With Berkeley Breathed, Creator of the “Bloom County” Comic Strip

    Sep 26 2016 11 a.m. (ET)

    A Conversation With Berkeley Breathed, Creator of the "Bloom County" Comic Strip

    The first new "Bloom County" comics in 25 years tell the origin story of Bill the Cat.

    The first new "Bloom County" comics in 25 years tell the origin story of Bill the Cat.

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of "Bloom County" on the revival of his beloved comic strip after a 25-year hiatus and a new book about the origins of Bill The Cat.

    Guests

    • Berkeley Breathed creator of the comic strips Bloom County, Outland and Opus. He is a screenwriter, author, cartoonist and illustrator. He was awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for cartooning. He is the author of numerous books for young and old, including: "Bloom County Babylon: Five Years of Basic Naughtiness;" "Opus: 25 Years of His Sunday Best;" "A Wish for Wings That Work;" and, "Red Ranger Came Calling."

    Today: Kate Beaton at Hooray for Books


    Monday, September 26thWe are thrilled to announce that author and cartoonist extraordinaire Kate Beaton is coming to Hooray for Books! If you are a fan of webcomics, then you might already love Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant series. If you frequent our Wednesday Story Times, then you definitely know how much we love her first picture book, The Princess and the Pony. Now, come to Hooray for Books! as Beaton presents her second and newest picture book, King Baby. Just as hilarious as all of Beaton's work, King Baby is sure to be a story time favorite that will resonate with everyone who has ever been a parent, aunt or uncle, sibling, or even just seen a baby in action. This event is free and open to the public, but you must purchase at least one Scholastic title from Hooray for Books! in order to join the signing line. 6 pm.


    1555 King Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    www.hooray4books.com

    Sept 26: Jeffrey Brown and Judd Winick in Takoma Park

    Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
    Andy and Lucy may live 40,000 years in the past, but these Neanderthal siblings have problems—crushes, squabbles, and baby brothers— that persist today. Brown tells their story alongside nonfiction sections that serve to dispel misinformation about these human relatives.

    In Winick's sequel to Hilo, the titular heroic alien robot unexpectedly returns to Earth and human friends DJ and Gina. Then, mysterious portals pop up all over town and disgorge one terrifying creature after another. An enormous mutant chicken and a million killer vegetables are only some of the foes that Hilo, DJ, and Gina must confront in order to save their community. Ages 9-12

    Takoma Park Library (MD)
    101 Philadelphia Ave
    Takoma Park MD 20912

    Friday, September 23, 2016

    Comic Riffs talks to Bloom County's Breathed

    Why a Pulitzer-winning cartoonist has decided to go 'Trump-free'


    Washington Post
    Comic Riffs blog September 23 2016
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/09/23/why-a-pulitzer-winning-cartoonist-has-decided-to-go-trump-free/

    Nov 10: Vivek Tiwary at Tysons Corner Mall

    The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Expanded Edition



    Vivek Tiwary
    Author Event (Other)
    Thursday November 10, 2016 7:00 PM

    Please join us for an evening with #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Vivek Tiwary. Mr. Tiwary will speak and sign copies of his bestselling graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Expanded Edition. Wristbands for this event will be given out at 6pm on our first floor.

         
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    Tysons Corner Mall

    Tysons Corner Center
    7851 L. Tysons Corner Center
    McLean, VA 22102
    703-506-2937

    Store Hours:

    Sun 10-9
    Mon-Sat 10-10

    Chris Mautner on Cul de Sac

    Comic Connections: Revisiting Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac.

    By

    The Smart Set 09/22/2016
    http://thesmartset.com/comic-connections/

    Bill Brown work in 'Cricket'

    Local cartoonist Bill Brown provided a few illustrations for a story in the current edition of the children's magazine "Cricket."



    Comic Riffs talks to Keith Knight

    A North Carolina cartoonist explains what it's like to draw police violence


    Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 23 2016
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/09/23/a-north-carolina-cartoonist-explains-what-its-like-to-draw-police-violence/

    The Post reviews Storks cartoon

    Despite a few hiccups, 'Storks' is a bundle of joy [online as] 'Storks' doesn't soar, but ultimately sticks the landing]


      (Warner Bros)

    Baby, this is no special delivery [online as 'Storks' delivers a bundle of meh, not joy]


    Washington Post September 23 2016, Weekend p. 41
    online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/storks-delivers-a-bundle-of-meh-not-joy/2016/09/22/b8e7603e-8012-11e6-9070-5c4905bf40dc_story.html

    Sept 26: Jeffrey Brown and Judd Winick in Takoma Park

    Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
    Andy and Lucy may live 40,000 years in the past, but these Neanderthal siblings have problems—crushes, squabbles, and baby brothers— that persist today. Brown tells their story alongside nonfiction sections that serve to dispel misinformation about these human relatives.

    In Winick’s sequel to Hilo, the titular heroic alien robot unexpectedly returns to Earth and human friends DJ and Gina. Then, mysterious portals pop up all over town and disgorge one terrifying creature after another. An enormous mutant chicken and a million killer vegetables are only some of the foes that Hilo, DJ, and Gina must confront in order to save their community. Ages 9-12

    Takoma Park Library (MD)
    101 Philadelphia Ave
    Takoma ParkMD20912

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Splash Mob Comic - a local plumbing cartoon ad

    This came across the screen yesterday:

    CroppMetcalfe, local D.C. home improvement company, recently created the comic, "Splash Mob" to illustrate what can happen if a homeowner ignores the telling signs of a plumbing problem in their home.

    I love the idea of cartoon ads. They've got a very long history especially in the Sunday comics section. Some are much better than others of course - the New Yorker in particular is letting cartoons be repurposed as ads within its pages (or else the NY'r cartoonists are creating new cartoons as ads).

    I wrote back to CroppMetcalfe's representative with a few questions, and here's her answers:

    CroppMetcalfe, a local D.C. home services company, came up with idea to create a comic strip. Luckyanson Prak, an illustrator and animator located in Buffalo, NY, worked on the comic. We have one more comic strip titled "A Hard Day's Bite" that will be go live in the near future. You will find both comics on CroppMetcalfe's Blog. 





    Comic Riffs talks to Gene Yang

    National Book Festival: How new MacArthur 'genius' Gene Luen Yang is teaching our kids with comics


    Washington Post
    Comic Riffs blog September 22 2016
     https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/09/22/national-book-festival-how-new-macarthur-genius-gene-luen-yang-is-teaching-our-kids-with-comics/

    Sept 25: Calvin Trillin at Politics and Prose for his Roz Chast illustrated book

    Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.

    Trillin brings his trademark wit to the world of children's literature for the first time in this collection of verse. Each poem describes a seemingly mundane element of childhood, from learning to tie shoelaces to zealously collecting stuffed animals. One youthful narrator generously offers up his sister at the doctor's office as a more fitting recipient for a shot, while another explains that "The Grandpa Rule" really means that there are no rules at all for the length of Grandpa's visit. The quiet joys of childhood that Trillin depicts will evoke laughter and perhaps some nostalgia for those who, through the years, have remained young at heart. All ages

    This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more information.
    5015 Connecticut Ave NW
    WashingtonDC20008

    Comic Riffs on Gene Yang's genius grant

    Yang will be in town on Saturday at the National Book Festival.