Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mark Fiore speaking about his Herblock award

Live from the Library of Congress.

Comic Riffs talks to Herblock prize winner Mark Fiore

This year's Herblock Prize winner says 'Trump talks a big game,' but Obama's no beacon of press freedom

A frame from Mark Fiore's Herblock Prize-winning animations. (Courtesy of Mark Fiore)

Amy Thompson interviewed about her Cul de Sac play premiere

From Page to Stage: How Cul de Sac Was Adapted Into a Play

Playwright Amy Thompson and Encore Theater's Sara Duke talks about adapting the hit Washington Post comic strip.

PR: TONIGHT - DC Rebirth Midnight Release Party at Beyond Comics - Frederick!

Midnight Release Party!
Beyond Comics - Frederick
Wednesday, May 25th 
12:01am to 12:59am 
Get your copy of DC Universe Rebirth #1 
Before anyone else!

First 25 customers get a 
FREE Jim Lee lithograph!

SALE - 25% Off all DC Comics Trades!

Also available: 
FLASH #52 

And many more of this week's comic book titles.

At The Frederick Store Only!
5632 Buckeystown Pike 
Frederick, MD 21704
Beyond Comics, 5632 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick - Gaithersburg - Shepherdstown, Frederick, MD 21704

Monday, May 23, 2016

DC's Jake Tapper is drawing Dilbert this week

Jake Tapper of CNN to guest-draw Scott Adams' Dilbert

Charleston Gazette-Mail

May 23, 2016

He was a college cartoonist. Here's his first strip.

PR: New book from J. Robert Deans



SHAKES THE COW, introduced to readers in the 2015 children's book MOO THOUSAND AND PUN returns to the pages in TEMPLE OF MOO'D this June!


Author J. Robert Deans, who sent Shakes into space in his first children's book, returns to bring children of all ages a new adventure featuring his intrepid bovine. In TEMPLE OF MOO'D, Shakes is on holiday with her best friend, Percie the Penguin, trying to relax after her journey into space. While wandering the jungle, Shakes and Percie come upon ancient ruins which feature some peculiar, yet familiar, markings. As they investigate, Shakes and Percie make a huge discovery.


As with MOO, TEMPLE OF MOO'D features the same goofy story and art from the creator of Crass Fed Comics, and the same easter eggs for grown-ups to find while they read TEMPLE to their own Kidlets.


TEMPLE OF MOO'D is a 46-page hardcover children's book, featuring 38 pages of story, as well as fan art from kids who enjoyed Shakes' first adventure.


TEMPLE OF MOO'D is only available through the Deans Family Productions store until September when it enters wide distribution. Preorders placed now will ship next month, and will be available for pickup at Deans' first major convention appearance of the year, HEROESCON, in Charlotte, June 17-19.


TEMPLE OF MOO'D retails for $22, but is only $20 when purchased from the author. Go to jrobertdeans.com and select Books for sample pages and links to the DFP web store.

Interview with Batman writer Tom King

USA TODAY's Brian Truitt, Brett Molina and Kelly Lawler interview the writer behind the new Batman series in DC Comics' "Rebirth." Plus the new Ghostbusters trailer.

Kennedy Center's opera stars influenced by Bugs Bunny

How Bugs Bunny and 'Kill the Wabbit' Inspired a Generation of Opera Stars

'Ring' cast recalls influence of Bugs Bunny's 'What's Opera, Doc'

Many of the people involved in the Washington National Opera's production of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle say their first exposure to opera came from the same source—Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd cartoons.

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Hail To The Choom"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist, Michael Flugennock:

"Hail To The Choom"

In his high school days in Hawaii, Barack Obama hung out with a circle of friends nicknamed "the Choom Gang" -- "choom" being Hawaiian slang for smoking marijuana. Almost all the students in this group went on to be entirely productive and successful citizens -- writers, lawyers, businessmen and, of course, President of the United States.

This is by way of reminding everybody out there that cannabis is still listed by the DEA as "Schedule 1", along with meth and heroin, and that Obama could start the descheduling process for marijuana himself instead of passing the buck to Congress. Obama himself is living proof that cannabis should be descheduled; his legacy could only be improved by ending a program of persecution based entirely on the deceptions and racism of Harry Anslinger and Richard Nixon.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Scrooge McDuck's voice dies

Alan Young, 96: Best friend of Mister Ed, voice of Scrooge McDuck [online as Alan Young, actor who played Willllburrrrr on 'Mister Ed,' dies at 96]


Cuddles & Rage diorama at National Building Museum

The National Building Museum has a new exhibit called “Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse” that includes among its artists the miniature work of Cuddles & Rage (aka Liz and Jimmy Reed). The D.C.-area husband-and-wife team is known for its cute dioramas and witty comics. On exhibit at NBM is “Banana Bath.” According to the description, “Banana loves waking-up and starting his day off soaking in a cool tub of milk and cereal while devouring a great book. As a single banana living in Snuggle City, he embraces the morning quiet before heading off to a long day at work.”

Also, keep an eye out for their first picture book, Sweet Competition, which is about a pair of competitive twin cherries. It's due in November from HarperCollins.

Cuddles & Rage will also exhibit at Awesome Con June 3-5. On Sunday, Liz will participate on a panel on how to write and pitch books for kids.

Photo courtesy of Cuddles & Rage

Saturday, May 21, 2016

'Artshow 15 : Comix' photos

Photos from the "Artshow 15: Comix" event at Hole in the Sky studios in D.C. It's been a while since a show has captured the excitement of the local comics scene like this has. Lotsa new talent and some veterans in there, too. Kudos to Mike O'Brien and his crew for organizing this exhibit.

Mari Naomi at Big Planet Comics in Dc, right now

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Post reviews Preacher

The Post reviews ‘The Angry Birds Movie’

The comedy doesn't fly in this animated film inspired by the app [online as 'The Angry Birds Movie': App-inspired animated feature doesn't fly]

Washington Post

Comic Riffs on caricaturing Trump

Gaithersburg Book Festival is tomorrow

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is one of the nation's premier literary events, featuring talks and signings by some of the world's top authors, writing workshops, children's activities and performances, literary exhibitors, book sales, music, food, and fun for everyone!

Starts: 05/21/2016 10:00
Duration: 6 hours:

Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD

Several cartoonists including Gareth Hinds, John Patrick Green, Dave Roman and KAL will be there.
Details are at http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/2016-gbf-schedule/master-schedule/

July 9: Doctor Who Comics Day - Meet Artist Mark Wheatley

Doctor Who Comics Day - Meet Artist Mark Wheatley

Saturday, July 9 at 11 AM - 3 PM
Beyond Comics
5632 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, Maryland 21704

June 9: Ben Hatke at Politics and Prose

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

Goblin lives a quiet but happy life in a dungeon. He has everything he needs: boots to eat for breakfast, rats to care for as pets, and Skeleton to have as his Very Best Friend. Together, the two buddies do what they love best: namely, counting the bats hanging from the ceiling and telling stories. One day, however, disaster strikes: a band of adventurers storms the dungeon and, as Goblin hides, they steal absolutely everything—including Skeleton. Goblin immediately leaves his comfortable home and embarks upon a rescue mission. But how can he succeed when everyone he meets keeps running away from him? Ages 4 – 8

Online pre-orders for school events may be placed up until 48 hours before the event takes place

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20008

Nobody Likes a Goblin Cover Image
Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
First Second - June 7th, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Art imitating life, imitating art, imitating life

Local cartoonist and filmmaker John Kinhart had a cool comic in Magic Bullet 12 about the locally produced documentary "Heavy Metal Parking Lot." (See image, below). The makers of that film are holding an exhibition and reception on May 27 in College Park, Md., in honor of the film's 30th anniversary. (I heard one the filmmakers bought the original art from John.)

The Post on Finding Dory's effect on fish

'Finding Nemo' wasn't so entertaining for real clownfish. Now conservationists worry about 'Finding Dory'.

Washington Post Morning Mix blog 2016

Download 'Teaching Japanese American Incarceration through Comics'

Local comics creator Evan Keeling posts on Facebook: "Today is Yuri Kochiyama's 95th birthday.
here is the comic I drew about her while working with the Smithsonian Youth Civic Engagement Program." Evan notes that you can download for free the entire booklet Teaching Japanese American Incarceration through Comics.

Local comics at Transformer exhibit

DCist has a brief write up and photos of the new “Gift Shop” exhibit at Transformer gallery, which includes a few comics from D.C. Conspiracy members. The exhibit runs through June 18.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 21: Artshow15: Comix

Hole in the Sky Studio hold a one-day exhibit May 21 from 5-11 p.m. entitled:  ARTSHOW_15: COMIX – A Showcase of Work Steeped in and Inspired by Sequential Art and Visual Storytelling.

Participating local artists include:
Nick Hagelin - http://instagram.com/bar_fly_comics
Jonathan Ottke - https://www.wpadc.org/artist/jonathan-ottke
Rose Jaffe - http://www.rosejaffe.com/
JD Deardourff - http://www.deardourff.com/
LA Johnson - http://thelajohnson.com/
Rachel Wallach - https://www.instagram.com/rachelwallach/
Dayanita Ramesh - http://dayanitababuramesh.com/girl-comix
Darius Frank - http://Defcise.com/
Sara Lautman - http://www.saralautman.com/
JT Wilkins (JTW) - http://thinktankrx.com/
Chris Pyrate - http://instagram.com/chrispyrate
Atomic Blowfish - https://www.instagram.com/atomicblowfishstudios/
Jules Kang - https://www.instagram.com/kangjules/
Kristy Cunningham - http://novemberkris.webflow.io/
Malaka Gharib - http://illustrationbymalaka.tumblr.com/
Emily R. Gillis - http://www.waywardstudios.net/
Ch Pf - http://chpfa.tumblr.com/
G. E. Gallas - http://gegallaswriterillustrator.wordpress.com/
bonner sale - http://instagram.com/bonnersale
Brad Ulreich - http://bradulreich.com/
Robin Ha - http://robin.megaten.net/
Dana Jeri Maier - http://www.danajerimaier.com/
Gordon Harris - http://dustelves.com/
Andrew Cohen - http://instagram.com/howzitfunnies
Andrew Wodzianski - http://www.wodzianski.com/
Robert Allen Burns - https://www.instagram.com/robertallenburns/
Seansberg - http://seansberg.com/
Jadah-Lysette Thomas - https://www.instagram.com/xannytoons/?hl=en
Russell Richard Hite - Www.russellrichardhite.com
Caryn Tayeh - http://www.thebottomlessmimosa.com/
Martin Swift - http://mrtnswft.com/
Yankee Pope - https://www.instagram.com/yankeepope/
Athena Naylor - http://athenanaylor.tumblr.com/
ARTIFEX JAY - http://artifexjay.tumblr.com/
Castle Printshop - http://www.castleprintshop.com/
Lizzie Parmenter
Lucas Alejandro - http://365cdn.tumblr.com/
K.S.Brenowitz - http://www.puzzlinghappenstance.tumblr.com/
Danielle Hedquist
Nicki Avena - http://instagram.com/Don_Nixote
Charlie Visconage - http://www.visconage.com/
Matt Corrado - http://instagram.com/mattcorradoart
KeyHan - http://keyhansolo.com/
The Coaster Doodler - https://www.instagram.com/the_coaster_doodler
Saman Bemel-Benrud - http://trashmoon.com/

All art sales will go 100% to the artists and they'll be chilling at the show so come on out and meet them and buy their work cause that's what's up.

Milk Cult

We're asking for $5 donations at the door to help us keep doing awesome things at HITS and we're super appreciative of whatever you can shoot our way.

Doors @ 5pm
GTFO @ 11pm

The math behind Spiderman's punch

Local comics editor/writer Jason Rodriguez, who works as an applied mathematician, takes a mathematical look at Spiderman’s punch in a post for The Robot’s Pajamas blog. Read his article 
"Spider-Man’s Punch Speed vs. Talking Time (Or: Why Spider-Man is a Terrible Fighter)."

Comic Riffs talks to Seth on the Complete Peanuts

All 'Peanuts' comic strips have been collected for the first time. Here's how it happened.

"The Complete Peanuts: Comics & Stories (Vol. 26). (courtesy of Fantagraphics 2016)
"The Complete Peanuts: Comics & Stories (Vol. 26). (courtesy of Fantagraphics 2016)

Ralph Steadman beer label news (sort of)

[All of their beers, including Raging Bitch, have Ralph Steadman artwork for the labels].

Md. Beer Company To Establish Freedom of Speech Organization With Damages From 'Raging Bitch' Lawsuit

WJZ May 18, 2016

Late, but... SL Gallant's FCBD Pink Panther

Washington's SL Gallant illustrated the Free Comic Book Day issue of Pink Panther.  Here's the distributor's description:

(W/A/CA) S. L. Gallant
He's been the coolest cat in all of cartoondom for over 50 years!  The Pink Panther is back in brand new adventures to tickle your funny bone and test the sanity of The Little Man.  Join all of Pink's pals from the DePatie-Freleng stable including The Inspector and The Ant and the Aardvark as we welcome The Pink Panther to 21st Century comic books in style!  This special FCBD issue is chock full of fun with new and classic Pink Panther adventures including the hilarious antics of The Mighty Pan-Thor!  2016 is the year of the Pink Panther and it all starts here on Free Comic Book Day!    
Rating: All Ages

On the positive side, Previews has 5 pages online, the first 4 are from Shannon's story.

May 21: MariNaomi Signing at Big Planet Comics DC

Saturday at 2 PM
Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009

Big Planet Comics is proud to welcome artist MariNaomi for a signing and reading from her new book, Turning Japanese!

Turning Japanese is an illustrated memoir about MariNaomi's experiences working in illegal hostess bars in San Jose and Tokyo while attempting to connect with a culture that had eluded her since childhood.

This will be a lot of fun and we are excited to see you all there!

MariNaomi's Website: http://marinaomi.com/