Monday, January 16, 2017

Axtell solo show: Jan. 25-March 13

Local comics artist Jason Axtell has a solo show opening Jan. 25 through March 13 at the Art Institute of Washington in Arlington, Va. According to his Facebook post, "'Comics: The Profound, Cool and Quirky' will showcase the artwork I completed for Colonial Comics: New England 1750-1775 (JUST RELEASED!!!) as well as the upcoming ReDistricted, as well as a few other shorts, not to mention the variety of techniques I work in." 
Opening reception is January 25 in the Gallery on the ground floor.

New 'ReDistricted' comic: 'The Pearl'

There's a new installment of, a story by local comics writer Michael Cowgill and Ohio artist Michael Neno called "The Pearl." (Colors by me.)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

March vols 1-3 become top-seller on Amazon

Amazon sells out of Rep. John Lewis' biography after Trump attacks him

Laurel Raymond

Of Trees and Beasts

Yesterday, Kris and I went to see the movie A Monster Calls in the theaters. Words can't really describe this sad and beautiful film, but I felt a real connection to it, as did Kris. It might have had to do with the monster and trees - two things I love, especially when combined, as well as the story, not to mention the strong emphasis on the power of art and imagination. The acting and the visuals were incredible as well, and I'm hoping for a Blu-Ray release of this gem, if not on DVD at least. I dug into my Splotch Monster archives for two (of many) Splotch Monster/tree mash-ups from recent years, that reminded of the wonderful giant tree beast in the movie. Below is a trailer for the film. A Monster Calls is one of those truly special works of cinematic art that only come around every once in a while, and I recommend seeing it to anyone who appreciates good film.   -Steve

Claassen's Dirtfarm returns to City Paper

For the first time in months, Ben Claassen III's Dirtfarm comic is in the Washington City Paper with a parody of Goodnight Moon, centered around the Trump election.

Q&A with Chris Scott

The blog Paper Droids: Geek Culture for Women has a Q&A with local comic artist Chris Scott on his recent art book Two Ton Rock God. It is currently sold out but Chris tells us he plans to have more copies sometime in mid-February. He notes that there also should be a second volume this summer.

Image courtesy of Chris Scott

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Andrew Cohen's studio

Last night I dropped by the O Street studio of Andrew Cohen, editor of the comics newspaper Magic Bullet, to pick up bundles of the newest edition that hits the streets in time for the inauguration. I also enjoy seeing where the creators works.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Comic Riffs on 'Love is Love'

A book of comics about the Orlando Pulse shooting vaults to the top of the bestseller list

Washington Post  
Comic Riffs blog January 12 2017

FEB 18 Jerry Gaylord & Identity Studios signing at Comic Logic

Saturday, February 18 at 12 PM - 4 PM

COMIC LOGIC Books & Artwork
44031 Ashburn Shopping Plz, # 281, Ashburn, Virginia 20147

(703) 723-1925

Don't miss a chance to pickup Identity Studio's newest book, The Blueprint 2 and meet creators Jerry Gaylord, Peng Peng & Bryan "Flash" Turner! Get your books signed and hang out with the artists.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Dinnertime for Democrats"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock:

"Dinnertime For Democrats"

I'm at the point now where I'm thinking it was actually worth it all, just to finally see the Democratic Party having to eat its own dog food.

It's been two months since they lost, and those clowns are still at it -- shrieking, bitching, red-baiting, blame-shifting; it was the Greens, Wikileaks, the Russians, the Bernie Bros, the Russians, the non-voters, the Russians, the Russians, the Russians -- you get the idea.

My suggestion to all you Democrats out there is to quit your damn whining and choke it down. There's not a speck of cereal, you know.

Jan 11: Bad Kitty at Hooray for Books

I haven't read these, but the Post described them today as "Like all the "Bad Kitty" chapter books, this one resembles a graphic novel, with dialogue balloons and large comic panels."

See the interview at

Nick Bruel pokes fun at tests in newest 'Bad Kitty' book [in print as An author's comical take on tests].

Washington Post January 10 2016, p. C8
online at
Wednesday, January 11th: We are excited to welcome back author Nick Bruel as he presents the newest chapter book in the Bad Kitty series: Bad Kitty Takes the Test! Bad Kitty has her cat license revoked, and to renew it she must sit through a gruelingly boring class followed by a standardized test. After watching a specious video filled with oddball cat facts (and created by the test-makers, TestPro) she gets to the test itself -- and it's administered by a chicken. This hilarious new addition to the Bad Kitty series is sure to be a favorite with children and adults! 

NOTE: This event is free, but in order to enter the signing line you must purchase a Bad Kitty title from Hooray for Books! Signing line tickets will be issued in the order in which books are purchased, and will be available for you to pick up at the store the night of the event. To order, either come in to Hooray for Books! or call us at 703-548-4092. Can't make the event, but want a signed book? Just call us before the event is over, and we'll make sure you get a personalized copy of Bad Kitty Takes the Test. We will notify you when it is ready for pick-up, or we can ship it anywhere in the USA for the cost of postage. 

For this event we are partnering with King Street Cats, a non-profit, no-kill shelter that aims to find forever homes for cats in the Northern Virginia area. If possible, we ask that attendees bring with them unopened cat food, cat toys, or other pet supplies to benefit the shelter.

Meet Bad Kitty herself at this event! She will be available for photographs! 6 pm.

1555 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Monday, January 09, 2017

New donation page for Team Cul de Sac

A new donation page for Team Cul de Sac is at

It's been about six months since we lost Richard Thompson to Parkinson's disease.