Thursday, July 02, 2015

William Brown illo in 'Cricket' magazine

Local illustrator William Brown has a cool shark illustration in the new issue of the kids' magazine Cricket (July/August 2015).

Gary Groth and Mike Catron's pre-Fantagraphics debacle

July 4: Big Planet Comics 29th Anniversary Sale

4849 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

4th of July weekend sale at Beyond Comics

Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5

  Comic Books as low as 75cents
($1 each, 50 or more 85c, 100 or more 75c)

Select Inventory Clearance Items! 
{Statues, T-shirts, Toys, and more???}
Sale applies to specified product only. Discounts may not be combined with any
other specials or sales. Does not include bagged sets. Discounts and products may not be combined with purchases from other locations.  

Store Hours: Fri (10-9), Sat (10-5), Sun (12-6)

July 4th sale at Third Eye Comics

  We are OPEN normal hours Saturday July 4th, 2015


Happy 4th of July From Third Eye Comics

Join Your Third Eye Fam For A Very Special 4th of July Sale



Valid at Both Locations!

Comic Riffs talks to editorial cartoonists about presidential candidates

Christie? Trump? Here's the candidate that nation's cartoonists most love to draw.

Local cartoonists Matt Wuerker and Kevin KAL Kallaugher are included.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Grayson beefcake amuses Bleeding Cool

Grayson is co-written by local author Tom King.

Grayson Panders Like He's Never Pandered Before - And It's Exquisite (SPOILERS)

June 24, 2015 by

Juana Medina cartoon same-sex marriage

Teresa Logan's new Facebook page

Coloring with T - introducing her upcoming coloring book. It's at

The Art of Richard Thompson documentary at San Diego Comic-Con

"The Art of Richard Thompson" screens Saturday, July 11 at 6:35 pm - 7:10 pm Grand Ballroom D. Nick Galifianakis and David Apatoff will have a Q & A session afterward.

Today at noon: Political cartoon talk at Library of Congress

Sara Duke will be giving a public presentation on Wednesday, July 1 at noon on the first American political cartoon – published in 1747 in Benjamin Franklin's pamphlet, Plain Truth: (to see the cartoon, click on the image of Plain Truth). The presentation will take place in the First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Moments in American Printing exhibition in the South Gallery  – go through the Civil Rights Act exhibition, past Thomas Jefferson's library, and around the corner to the South Gallery.

More information at

Ben Franklin, America's first genius of the viral political image

July 4: Big Planet Comics 29th Anniversary Sale

4849 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PR: Small Press Expo Announces Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll and Noah Van Sciver

For Immediate Release

Contact: Warren Bernard


Small Press Expo Announces Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll and Noah Van Sciver to Celebrate SPX's 21st Birthday

Bethesda, Maryland; June 30, 2015

Media Release ­— SPX is pleased to announce 21st Century creators Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll and Noah Van Sciver as guests at SPX 2016. This is in addition to the previously announced creators of the current century Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson and Noelle Stevenson.

SPX 2016 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

Having recently designed an Adventure Time title card and running an active Patreon account, Michael DeForge represents the modern cartoonist and working freelancer. DeForge marches onward in 2015, with SPX privileged in seeing the debut of his Koyama Press publications, the graphic novel Dressing and Lose #7, the latest in his award winning comics series. 2015 also saw the release of the collection of two of his Patreon works in On Topics from Breakdown Press, as well as First Year Healthy from D&Q. His singular vision and design-influenced style of storytelling make each new work instantly recognizable and remain with readers well after they have put the book back on the shelf.

Illustrator, writer, artist Gemma Correll rounds out the guest list with her succinct cartoons and whimsical books. Correll's The Worrier's Guide to Life hits stands this year from Andrews McMeel while A Pug's to Guide to Etiquette is still making readers' sides ache from laughter. With a pen line easily suited to many audiences, Correll also celebrates illustrating new children's books this year with Pig and Pug, written by Lynne Berry, from Simon & Schuster and Being a Girl, written by Hayley Long, from Hot Key Books.

Noah Van Sciver continues to create new work as the "cartographer of his generation" (Paul Buhle, TCJ).  A true powerhouse, Van Sciver has one-two-three-FOUR new books out this year: Saint Cole and Fante Bukowski from Fantagraphics, My Hot Date from Kilgore Books, and Cheer Up from Hic and Hoc. Van Sciver utilizes the aesthetics of underground and alternative cartoonists before him like Crumb, Clowes and Bagge while speaking straight from the heart of today's disenchanted and disenfranchised youth.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit their website at For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit


WJLA reports on Montgomery Sentinel's cartoon plagiarism

Lewis, Kevin.  2015.

Cartoon plagiarism at issue in Montgomery County.

WJLA's ABC7 news 06/26/2015

(caught by Alan Gardener's Daily Cartoonist)

Monday, June 29, 2015

SPX 2014 videos online, suddenly en masse

These are by Joe Mochove and Rusty Rowley.

SPX 2014: Tom Scioli

Jun 23, 2015

Joe and Rusty convene with Tom Scioli to discuss comics, Transformers, GI Joe, and Transformers vs. GI Joe.

SPX 2014: Rafer Roberts

 Jun 23, 2015

Rusty and Joe have a heartfelt sit-down with Rafer Roberts talking about comics, giant books as flotation devices and weapons, and the state of snakes.

SPX 2014: RM Rhodes

 Jun 23, 2015

Joe and Rusty chat with RM Rhodes about comics, liquor laws, and the importance of purple.

SPX 2014: MDT & Sam Marx

 Jun 23, 2015

Rusty and Joe chat with MDT and Sam Marx about comics, unrepentant manliness, and vertical exhibiting because gravity is for losers.

SPX 2014: Katy Rex

 Jun 23, 2015

Joe and Rusty sit down with faux-Joe Katy Rex to talk about comics, the mystery of dinosaurs, and emotional naps.

SPX 2014: Matt Dembicki

Jun 23, 2015

Rusty and Joe talk with Matt Dembicki about editing anthologies, teaching comics, and making comics about what's happening right now!

SPX 2014: Luke Humphris

 Jun 23, 2015

Joe and Rusty speak the devil's tongue with Luke Humphris and chat about comics, Australian handshakes, fresh-pressed vinyl emotions.

SPX 2014: Joey Weiser

 Jun 23, 2015

Rusty and Joe kick back with Joey Weiser to talk about comics, the challenges of writing and drawing, and a confluence of Joes.

SPX 2014: Claire Folkman & Kelly Phillips

 Jun 23, 2015

Joe and Rusty sit down with the ladies of Dirty Diamonds to talk about their anthology, sPromX, and Joe's last days as a contributing member of society.

SPX 2014: Neil Brideau & Kenan Rubenstein

 Jun 24, 2015

Rusty and Joe team up with Neil Brideau and Kenan Rubenstein to talk about comics, creating new avenues for sharing comics, and that old guy over there.

SPX 2014: Caitlin Major & Matt Hoddy

 Jun 23, 2015

Joe and Rusty make magic happen with Caitlin and Matt as they breakdown comics, the benefits of eating trash, and wondrous meat pies!

SPX 2014: Catherine Fraas

Jun 23, 2015

Joe and Rusty chat with Catherine Fraas about comics, being fancy at the prom, and question opinions on maximum macaroni and cheese intake.

SPX 2014: Jessica Anderson

 Jun 23, 2015

Rusty and Joe interview Jessica Anderson about things that aren't comics, regrettable crimes, and the sort of sandwiches that change the game.

SPX 2014: Hannah Lee Stockdale

Jun 23, 2015

Joe and Rusty talk to Hannah Lee Stockdale about a plethora of topics including comics, dreams, and the mortality of tires.

SPX 2014: Alexis Sugden

Jun 23, 2015

Rusty and Joe chat with Alexis about Australian comic conventions, spooky stories, and a pinch of murder.

SPX 2014: Frank Candiloro

Jun 23, 2015

Joe and Rusty have a time with Frank Candiloro as they ruminate on comics, traveling the world, and the skill of romance.

SPX 2014: Jeff Zwirek

 Jun 23, 2015

Rusty and Joe verbally cohabit with Jeff Zwirek to exchange ideas about comics, impressive website addresses, and unwanted children finding new homes.

SPX 2014: Matt Czap

 Jun 23, 2015

Rusty and Joe have a mighty discourse with Matt Czap to discuss comics, approved bootlegging, and the art of pantomime.

Dembicki on 'Pilot Waves' podcast

I had an opportunity to chat with Alex Vidales of Pilot Waves, a local arts and music podcast, about small press, the DC Conspiracy, Magic Bullet, distribution, inspiration, dedication, persistence and, of course, the Small Press Expo. Give it a listen, won't ya?

Photo by Chris Mararac

Saturday, June 27, 2015

July 10: Animezing: Mai Mai Miracle

Animezing Series
Presented by the JICC, Embassy of Japan
Mai Mai Miracle
Friday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.
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Our Location:
JICC, Embassy of Japan
1150 18th St, NW
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036

© 2009 Nobuko Takagi / MAGAZINE HOUSE / "MAIMAISHINKO" Film Committee  | 2009 | 95 min | Not Rated | In Japanese with English subtitles | Directed by Sunao  Katabuchi

In 1955 Japan, Shinko, a curious third grade elementary school student lives in a small village with her parents and grandparents where she spends her free time running free in the sea of wheat fields surrounding her house, immersed in her childhood daydreams.


Inspired by her grandfather's historical tales of the land on which they live, Shinko's fantasies travel far into the days of Japan's Heian Period (794 - 1185). One day a girl called Kiiko transfers from Tokyo and joins Shinko's class where they become good friends. Before long, the two of them become engulfed in a strange incident of one thousand years ago.


Winner of the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature for adults & the BeTV Award for Best Animated Feature at Anima (Brussels Animation Film Festival) in 2010; Jury Prize at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal in 2010; and the Excellence Prize for Feature Length Animation at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival. Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 4th Asia Pacific Screen Awards. 

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This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us at in the event of cancellation.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. No admission or re-entry after 7:00 pm.

JICC, Embassy of Japan | 1150 18th St., NW | Suite 100 | Washington | DC | 20036

Friday, June 26, 2015

July 1: Sevara #1 available on ComiXology

Damian Wampler writes in:

I just wanted to let you know that Sevara #1 will be released on ComiXology on Wednesday, July 1, sometime during the day.

This is the link to Sevara issue #1 on ComiXology:
NOTE: this link won't be live until July 1.

Here's a link to the Sevara series on ComiXology, live all the time:

July 29: Bill Plympton in Silver Spring

Public · Film · Hosted by AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Widely considered the "King of Indie Animation", Bill Plympton is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Twice nominated for Oscars® for his animated short films, his work as also won the prestigious Cannes Palme d'Or.

After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, Plympton turned his talent to feature films. The subject of his 7th animated feature film Cheatin' (film), is a newlywed wife who proves the depth of her love by becoming her cheating husband's mistresses.

"Strife and sexual humor reign in this energetic romp, one of Bill Plympton's best long form animated works." --Dennis Harvey, Variety

John Cuneo on Richard Thompson

"I've also been looking closely at the aforementioned book of Goya's etchings, Ronald Searle's remarkable drawings in The Second Coming of Toulouse-Lautrec, and The Art of Richard Thompson. For me, Thompson's work has the capacity to conjure both inspiration and despair. I take it in small portions, no more than three or four pages at a time so as not to give up hope entirely."

- Illustrator Profile - John Cuneo: "The act of making marks on paper is a rare and singular pleasure"
By Robert Newman Thursday June 25, 2015