Friday, November 22, 2019

NPR's Lehoczky reviews Connor Willumsen's graphic novel Bradley of Him

'Bradley Of Him' Is A Surreally Fun Desert Run

Carla McNeil's Finder makes Rolling Stone 50 best list

The 50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels

Disaffected hipsters, cyberpunk dystopias, cranky ducks and boy geniuses: Here are the greatest comic-story collections that don't feature caped crusaders

Nina Allender in Billy Ireland exhibit profiled in Smithsonian blog

Celebrating a Century of Women's Contributions to Comics and Cartoons
A new exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment features innovative illustrations from the suffragist movement to today
By Theresa Machemer
November 20, 2019

Baltimore Sun on Mike Lane

Former Evening Sun editorial cartoonist Mike Lane, known for 'free-flowing artistry and passionate advocacy,' dies

By Meredith Cohn

Baltimore Sun Nov 18, 2019

R.I.P. cartoonist Mike Lane: 'rude, vicious, tough'; we wouldn't have it any other way



RVA Magazine's latest comics column

RVA Comics X-Change: Issue 31
Ash Griffith | November 19, 2019

Robin Ha's new book, Almost American Girl, out in January

Coming Soon from HarperCollins Children's Books
Almost American Almost American Girl
By Robin Ha

A powerful and moving teen graphic novel memoir about immigration, belonging, and how the arts can save a life—perfect for fans of American Born Chinese and Hey, Kiddo.

For as long as she can remember, it's been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn't always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together.

So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation—following her mother's announcement that she's getting married—Robin is devastated.

Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn't understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends in Seoul and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn't fit in with her new stepfamily, and worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to—her mother.

Then one day Robin's mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined. (January 2020)

Dec 6: Animezing!: Mirai

Enjoy a FREE animated film at the JICC!
Enjoy a FREE animated film at the JICC!
An official selection at Cannes Directors' Fortnight from acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) and Japan's Studio Chizu comes Mirai, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations!
Mirai Mirai
When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning "future"), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun's entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai... until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future—including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family's incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future?
Starring Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino
In Japanese with English subtitles | Rated PG | 2018 | 98 min | Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Registration required
Images: © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
Trailer for Mirai

Animezing!: Mirai

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The Post reviews Frozen II

Neither hot nor cool, 'Frozen II' serves up lukewarm leftovers from the 2013 hit [in print as Sequel brings lukewarm leftovers].

  "Frozen II." (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Dec 3: Matt Wuerker and KAL at Georgetown University

DECEMBER 3, 2019

Cartoons, Controversy and Caricatures: Political Cartooning in the Age of Trump

Healey Family Student Center, Herman Room, 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Healey Family Student Center, Herman Room


Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019


Join POLITICO's Matt Wuerker and The Economist's Kevin Kallaugher for a workshop and open discussion on the theory and practice of political cartoons. Attendees will participate in the conversation and even learn to draw some famous politicians.

Sponsored by GU Politics and The Hilltop Show

EHR Insights - A Secret History of Comics story

by Mike Rhode

In 2011, 3 issues of EHR Insights were published by the Defense Health Information Management System (DHIMS) which was based in Falls Church, VA at the Skyline complex. The comic book was built on the same lines as Will Eisner's WWII-and-beyond-era PS Magazine. The comic was "the new training booklet for the military's Electronic Health Record" which was designed by the Army to complement its pre-existing AHLTA system.

Unlike PS Magazine, EHR Insights survived for only a year and has mostly vanished without an electronic trace. ComicsDC writer R.M. Rhodes gave me a copy of issue 2 today and I started poking around looking for information on it. The main source of information online is a blog post by Brandon Carr who was the creator of the comic.

The comic itself is a mixture of single page comics and text, and a feature story. In #2 it's an Indiana Jones takeoff, "Montana Jackson on the Quest for the Golden Record." 

Carr wrote that 10,000 copies of each comic were printed, but none are currently cataloged in WorldCat or the Grand Comics Database. although a set should theoretically be in the National Archives. My copy of this issue will be sent to Michigan State's Comic Art Collection soon, but it's also now scanned and available in the Medical Heritage Library.

I've reached out to both DHIMS's successor agency and Carr, and if I hear from either of them, I'll expand this story.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Cavna's best graphic books of 2019

P.S. Magazine ended as printed comic in 2017, ends as digital comic book in 2019

by Mike Rhode

While looking for information on military educational comic books, I went to a couple of websites for the P.S. Magazine, the Will Eisner-created longtime Army preventive maintenance publication.

"A World War II publication, Army Motors, which used a few cartoon characters to discuss maintenance problems, became the model for a new publication. In June 1951, the first issue of PS Magazine was published using the cartoon format. The Army technical bulletin transitioned to an all-digital format in June 2017, publishing its 775th edition -- the last to run in print."

The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) says that the electronic issue version will end this month with #804:

" Effective 1 Nov 2019, PS will cease publication of its monthly, illustrated magazine and move to a fully-online information resource. To read PS Magazine after 1 Nov 2019, visit A quarterly compilation of articles appearing on its website will be made available on DVIDS."

Currently issues from 1999-2019 can be downloaded at the magazine's site at

Historical issues from 1951-2018 can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Fluggenock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Next Year's Model"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennock:

"Next Year's Model"

Here's a fun factoid for you: at least 70% of Earth's lithium reserves are in Bolivia — you know lithium, the stuff that's in the batteries in your phone, your laptop, your trendy electric car...?

Quite a happenstance for the US-backed fascist coupmongers there, huh?


"Bolivia, with huge untapped reserves, gears up for soaring lithium demand", Agencie France-Presse, 09.14.19

"Bolivia's lithium boom: dream or nightmare?" Open Democracy, 12.21.15

"After Morales ousted in coup, the lithium question looms large in
Bolivia" Popular Resistance, 11.18.19

Rosarium's Bill Campbell interviewed at More to Come

This week on More to Come, Calvin Reid interviews Bill Campbell, founder/publisher of Rosarium Publishing and an author in his own right. They discuss Rosarium's list of graphic novels and science fiction, and its diverse list of authors; and Campbell's efforts writing 'Baaaad Muthaz' (with art by David Brame), a new graphic novel inspired by 1970s black American pop culture; as well as the issues facing black publishers in independent publishing.

Al Goodwyn's editorial cartoon newsletter

A new issue of Al Goodwyn's editorial cartoon newsletter has come out. It's really an email product, but you can see it here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Nov 23: Jared Krosoczka in Leesbburg for 1book 1community finale this Saturday

Join the conversation about Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive. Hear the story behind the story as told by bestselling author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka when he visits Riverside High School in Leesburg this Saturday. Arrive early for a book signing from 1-2 p.m.
1book 1community finale
WHAT: Presentation and Q&A with Jarrett J. Krosoczka
ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public. Admission is first-come, first-served.
"I use my imagination as my full-time job. But well before my imagination became a vocation, my imagination saved my life."
About the author: New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart and a deep respect for his young readers — qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries and bookstores. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels. He also recently launched a new story arc in the Jedi Academy series with Star Wars: Jedi Academy: A New Class. His most recent book, Hey, Kiddo, was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
1book 1community is a countywide reading program organized by Loudoun County Public Library that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Free copies of Hey, Kiddo were distributed this fall through Loudoun County Public Library branches and Loudoun County Public Schools, where they were incorporated into book club discussions and curriculum.
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