Wednesday, November 22, 2017
The venerable animation studio's latest film is an improvement over its latest misfires.
'Coco' puts a fresh face on the dependable Pixar formula
Disney animation guru John Lasseter takes leave after sexual misconduct allegations [in print as Dinsey creative chief taking leave after 'misssteps'].
By Steven Zeitchik
Washington Post November 22 2017, p. A7
Disney Animation, Pixar chief John Lasseter taking leave
This 'Annie' doesn't shine despite Daddy Warbucks' commanding voice [in print as 'Annie' is middle-of-the-pack despite a voice in the top 1%].
Annie, book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin. Directed by Jason King Jones. Scenic/projection designer, Daniel Ettinger; costumes, Seth M. Gilbert; lights, Sarah Tundermann; sound design, Roc Lee. About 2½ hours. Through Dec. 31 at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. Tickets $42-$84. Call 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.org.
East City Bookshop
From open to close on Saturday, November 25, we'll be celebrating independent bookstores and the vibrance of small businesses in our neighborhood. We'll have treats, a special 10:30 storytime for our youngest patrons, and special guest bookseller Jason Reynolds, Indies First National Spokesperson.
Jason will be in the store from 11:30 to 1:30 on the 25th to sign books, and he'll make holiday reading recommendations. He's giving a presentation at noon, so be there!
Politics and Prose Bookstore
P&P at The Wharf:
Meet Jason Reynolds
YA superstar and New York Times bestselling novelist Jason Reynolds visits The Wharf as a guest bookseller! From 2–3 p.m., he'll be signing, handselling his favorite books, and hanging out in the store. Don't miss your chance to meet the author of bestselling novels When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, Ghost and most recently Long Way Down. He explains why he supports Indies here.
One More Page Books
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, #101
Arlington, VA 22213
703-300-9746 Visit our website
Mon-Sat: 10 am - 8 pm; Sun: noon to 5 pm
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Why 'Justice League' failed — and where DC goes from here [in print as DC at crossroads after not-so-super weekend].
Monday, November 20, 2017
The 10 best graphic novels of 2017
Did this appear in the physical paper?
With 'Justice League,' now there's a Jewish superhero played by a Jewish actor on the big screen
By Noah Berlatsky
Washington Post Acts of Faith blog November 17 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
Open Letter to the President of Equatorial Guinea: Release Artist and Writer Ramón Esono Ebalé
The AAEC has joined with 18 other organizations in calling for the immediate release of cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé, currently held against his will by the government of Equatorial Guinea.
November 15, 2017
An Open Letter to the President of Equatorial Guinea: Release Artist and Writer Ramón Esono Ebalé
Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Avenida de la Libertad
Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial
We write to express our deep concern in response to the unjust arrest and subsequent detention without charge of Ramón Esono Ebalé in Malabo on 16th September 2017, and to urge you to release him immediately.
Mr. Ebalé and two of his friends were stopped by police, handcuffed, and had their mobile phones seized while getting into Mr. Ebalé's sister's car after leaving a restaurant in Malabo. Police then interrogated Mr. Ebalé about his drawings of, and blog posts about members of the Equatoguinean leadership, and told him – in front of his two friends – that he needed to make a statement explaining those drawings and blog posts. It was confirmed by police that only Mr. Ebalé was the target of the arrest, and not his two friends.
Mr Ebalé has learned that he faces potential charges of counterfeiting and money laundering; offences that were apparently never mentioned to him or his friends when they were arrested. Mr. Ebalé's prolonged detention without charge gives rise to serious concerns that these allegations are no more than a pretext to justify the ongoing arbitrary deprivation of liberty he is being subjected to.
Mr. Ebalé's extended detention at Black Beach prison without charge appears to be a clear violation of Equatorial Guinean law, which requires charges to be filed within 72 hours of an arrest. A judge has not mandated preventative detention in his case, which under exceptional circumstances would allow the police to hold him without charge for longer, nor does there appear to be a basis for such an order.
Mr. Ebalé, a renowned cartoonist who has been living abroad since 2011, has now spent 60 days in prison. His arrest in Equatorial Guinea—where he returned to renew his passport—has received global attention with calls for his release from fellow journalists, artists, activists, and human rights and press freedom organizations.
As Equatorial Guinea prepares to join the UN Security Council in January 2018, the world is watching the case of Mr. Ebalé closely. We hope that as your country takes this prominent position on the world stage, your government respects all human rights, including the right to freedom of expression, as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In this vein, we call on your Excellency, and the judicial authorities in Equatorial Guinea to respect the rights of all artists, human rights defenders, activists, and, more generally, all individuals in Equatorial Guinea who wish to exercise their right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association without fear of being harassed or prosecuted.
To this end, we urge you to order Mr. Ebalé's immediate and unconditional release from prison.
Thank you for your consideration.
Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Member of the House of Lords, President of JUSTICE
Cartoonist Rights Network International
Committee to Protect Journalists
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
Human Rights Watch
Index on Censorship
Reporters Without Borders
The Doughty Street International Media Defense Panel
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the Observatory for the
Protection of Human Rights Defenders
Cartoonist Reza Farazmand Walks Us Through Some Of His 'Comics For A Strange World'
A Superteam Assembles To Talk 'Justice League'
Rotten Tomatoes under fire for timing of 'Justice League' review [in print as Delaying blockbuster's rating, review site draws its own jeers].
reviewed by Mike Rhode
by Dan Gearino, Ohio University Press' Swallow Press, 2017. $26.95
December 5 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM
This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
'Justice League': Not as dark as 'Batman v Superman,' but still a gloomy outing [in print as Nothing comic about these superheroes]
'My Friend Dahmer': Portrait of the serial killer as a young man [in print as A portrait of a killer as a young man].
'The Star': Mixing the profound and the silly, this Nativity-themed animation is a hit-and-miss affair [in print as Nativity-themed animal cartoon is hit-and-miss].
What's on tap for children on Washington-area stages this season [in print as An 'Annie' for a diverse America].
Thursday, November 16, 2017
We Need To Support Black Superheroes Throughout The African Diaspora, Too
This is a guest post by Megan Halsband, a reference librarian in the Serial and Government Publications Division. It was first published in "Comics! An American History," the September–October issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. The issue is available in its entirety online.
Justice League Learns All the Wrong Lessons From Batman v. Superman's Failures
Zack Snyder's film often feels like the sum of the DC Extended Universe's worst qualities.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
"The Latest Russiagate 'Smoking Gun'"
And so, yet another wannabe neo-McCarthyite "journalist" is busted faking it at a major US media outlet. I can't pretend I'm not enjoying this.
This was inspired by an article that appeared this week in Sputnik News which totally shreds the hell out of a sloppy-ass hit piece in The Atlantic by Julia Ioffe about a meeting between Julian Assange and Donald Trump Jr. which was trumpeted as some kind of "smoking gun" that would validate the last year and a half's worth of neo-McCarthyite conspiracist freakery.
Drip, drip, drip -- muthafuckaaahhhs.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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