Monday, September 24, 2018
'I'm very angry that is this is happening again': Cartoonists compare drawing for Kavanaugh and Thomas hearings
Sunday, September 23, 2018
The presidential mafioso
Ray J. Lum, Arlington
Washington Post September 22 2018, p. 15
Deliver Me!: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night.... Paperback – September 23, 2018
Friday, September 21, 2018
The private cartoonist behind 'Nancy' will make her public debut at the CXC festival
Breaking News: Introducing Headlines and Heroes
May the Fourth Be With You! [Star Wars comic books]. https://blogs.loc.gov/headlinesandheroes/2018/05/may-the-fourth-be-with-you/
Before Bang! Pow! Zap! [newspaper comic strips]. https://blogs.loc.gov/headlinesandheroes/2018/06/before-bang-pow-zap/
September = Comics [SPX collection]
Remembering Comics Artist Marie Severin
Thursday, September 20, 2018
As 'Doonesbury' characters turn 50, Garry Trudeau describes his journey from pummeling Nixon to tackling Trump [in print as Knocking Nixon, then tackling Trump: Trudeau's 'Doonesbury' comic strip has a long history with presidents].
'Big Satire is the least of Trump's problems': Garry Trudeau weighs in on how humor has taken on the president
DC Comics collects a lot of the comic books they've published, but they also have quite a few publications aimed at an adult audience looking for a gift or willing to spend larger amounts on material that interests them. The fact that these books even exist can be amazing especially for someone who grew up in the 1970s when there was one (or less!) collection of comics published per year (The Dark Knight Returns in 1986 started the modern trend of collecting a story arc in a book or "waiting for the trade"). Over the next week or so, I'll look at three of these I've been provided with recently.
The authors Perry (a sf/fantasy novelization writer) and Manning (a comic book historian) do a good job at summarizing the powers and features of the characters in the book (Superman, Cheetah, Aquaman, Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, Swamp Thing, Darkseid, Bane, Doomsday, Killer Croc, Bizarro and Killer Frost), but run quickly into the major problem of the fact that these powers are impossible by our understanding of physics, chemistry and other sciences, so how can they be explained? On page 9, the second page of his dossier, Batman writes, "Much of my research has been focused on the composition of Superman's bones and muscles. What combination of organic structures could possible generate his immense strength? I have many theories but all are at odds with conventional scientific thinking." This difficulty with the human scientist Batman trying to understand impossible phenomena continues throughout the book. How can a woman become a were-cheetah?
On Location: Talking with Creators at SPX 2018, Pt. 1
- 00:00:27 – Introduction
- 00:02:29 – Set up of episode
- 00:04:13 – Interview with Mike Freiheit
- 00:12:16 – Interview with Madeline McGrane
- 00:15:51 – Interview with Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman
- 00:22:37 – Interview with Karl Christian Krumpholz
- 00:28:28 – Interview with Max de Radiguès
- 00:44:12 – Interview with Ryan Holmberg
- 00:59:14 – Interview with Scott Roberts
- 01:07:02 – Interview with Nathan Gelgud
- 01:16:30 – Interview with M. Dean
- 01:34:08 – Interview with Emi Gennis
- 01:41:58 – Interview with Alex Nall
- 01:49:24 – Interview with Ash Thomas and Sara Guzman
- 01:56:07 – Interview with Ellen Lindner
- 02:06:53 – Wrap up
- 02:07:43 – Contact us
Small Is Good!
This past weekend, Derek attended Small Press Expo in North Bethesda, MD. While there, he interviewed a variety of creators, some of whom he didn't even know, about their recent releases and their upcoming projects. In this, the first of two on-location shows recorded at SPX, Derek talks with 15 different creators, with each brief interview lasting anywhere from 4 to about 17 minutes. Among the writers/artists/editors Derek talks with are Mike Freiheit, Madeline McGrane, Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman, Karl Christian Krumpholz, Max de Radiguès, Ryan Holmberg, Scott Roberts, Nathan Gelgud, M. Dean, Emi Gennis, Alex Nall, Ash Thomas and Sara Guzman, and Ellen Lindner.
On Location: Talking with Creators at SPX 2018, Pt. 2
- 00:00:27 – Introduction
- 00:02:27 – Set up of episode
- 00:03:45 – Interview with Jennifer Hayden
- 00:18:17 – Interview with Fernando De Peña, Rodrigo Vargas, and Coni Yovaniniz
- 00:29:04 – Interview with Ellen Forney
- 00:52:01 – Interview with Miss Lasko-Gross
- 01:00:47 – Interview with Michael DeForge
- 01:22:26 – Interview with Evan Dahm
- 01:30:22 – Interview with Ben Costa and James Parks
- 01:38:13 – Interview with Ivy Atoms
- 01:44:33 – Interview with M.S. Harkness
- 01:52:30 – Interview with Maritsa Patrinos
- 02:02:36 – Interview with Maransa Harmon and Eric Taylor
- 02:13:21 – Wrap up
- 02:13:59 – Contact us
More Good Smallness
Last weekend Derek attended the Small Press Expo, which is held every September in North Bethesda, MD. At the event, he talked with a variety of artists who tabled there. This is the second of two on-location shows featuring these brief interviews, the first being released earlier this week. These short conversations range from around 6 minutes to 23 minutes in length, and while most were recorded on the floor of the convention, some were conducted outside on the hotel's patio. The creators Derek talked with on this episode include Jennifer Hayden; Fernando De Peña, Rodrigo Vargas, and Coni Yovaniniz; Ellen Forney; Miss Lasko-Gross; Michael DeForge; Evan Dahm; Ben Costa and James Parks; Ivy Atoms; M.S. Harkness; Maritsa Patrinos; and Maransa Harmon and Eric Taylor.
Fun, Bright, Colorful: Small Press Expo 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Lisa Hanawalt: Drawing Progressive Westerns from the Horse's Perspective
The Visual Mind Behind BoJack Horseman is Having a Busy Year
'Steven Universe' creator illuminates the power of personal work — including LGBTQ representation
ΘeoCon is a one-day convention in which participants will be introduced and invited to explore themes of theology and morality in pop culture. Pop culture mediums include, but are not limited to: comic books, graphic novels, gaming and science-fiction(sci-fi) films. Methods of exploration include: guest speakers, panel discussions, exhibits, reflection spaces, and cosplay.
ΘeoCon is a welcoming event, that invites people from diverse faith affiliations, races, abilities, gender identities, and ethnicities. In order to offer a safe and welcoming space, we invite all ΘeoConers/con participants to review our no-harassment and safety policy. *There are a number of great sites that speak to "Cosplay Is Not Consent."
Doors open at 8am for admission. Event begins at 9am.
Free parking is available on the campus, but limited. Carpooling or using the metrorail is suggested.
Date and Time
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304
|Williams' experiments with alternative medicine|
I recently got an email from a publicist noting that they had sent me a book eleven months ago and I hadn't reviewed it yet. Whoops! When you buy as many books as I do, this happens all too frequently, but in this case it was also a big mistake. Out Of The Woods: A Journey Through Depression and Anxiety by Brent Williams and illustrator Korkut Oztekin (Educational Resources, 2017; ISBN 978-0473-39006-8; $28) is an excellent book and a worthy addition to the burgeoning field of graphic medicine.
|Williams' 'spirit guide' explains depressions effect on brain cells.|
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
'Who's That Man with Mr. Lincoln, Mommy?'
SPX 2018 Panel - The Universes of Rebecca Sugar
No Experience needed
All supplies (& HAPPY HOUR) included
A collaborative workshop where you start with a canvas and when the music stops, you move on to your neighbors'.
Have a drink, paint some canvases, and take a unique piece of art home.
Workshop lead by Violet Red's Studio, Sentient Beings Art, and Robin Ha.
The instructors will provide short demos for each activity and will be there for any technical advice should you want it, but the main purpose of this gathering is to play and express. Let's revel in the joys of simply creating for the sake of creating!
Activity examples: Blind Contour, Rainbow Portraits, Pattern Play, Musical Canvases, Costumed Figure Drawing
Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
All levels, genders, and whatnot welcome!
BYO materials, although some will be available.
*suggested donation of $10, no one turned away for lack of funds*
Held at the Femme Fatale DC art lounge.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Brigid Alverson responds to a recent opinion piece on TCJ.com and shares her thoughts on comiXology/Amazon's presence at this weekend's Small Press Expo.
'Marvel's Spider-Man' is breathtaking, electrifying, and a tad too predictable [in print as Marvel's spider-Man is breathtaking but a bit predictable].
|Dana Jeri Maier|
|Nate Powell and Erin Nations at Top Shelf booth|
|Matthew Thurber drawing|
|Teresa Roberts Logan|
|Josh O'Neill, publisher of Locust Moon Press|