Saturday, September 05, 2015
Friday, September 04, 2015
"Progressive" Sanders Loves Him Some Drones
I was just checking out this short article in The Hill today about Pwogwessive hero Bernie Sanders and his declaration that he wouldn't end the US drone warfare program. Can somebody please tell me again why I should so much as lift a finger to support this brazen hypocrite? Check this out:
"I think we have to use drones very, very selectively and effectively. That has not always been the case," Sanders said.
No shit, Sherlock. Christ, is this clown really the Great Progressive Hope? Are you friggin' kidding me, man?
"What you can argue is that there are times and places where drone attacks have been effective," he added.
Oh, yeah, especially against weddings, funerals and schools. Now we know why Bernie doesn't spend much time discussing foreign policy, and prefers to keep beating the shit out of that old economic inequality riff. If Pwogwessive America found out too much too soon, they'd bolt the Donkeycratic Party and run like the place was on fire.
Basically, what we're got here is a warmed-over Obama, with the economic inequality rhetoric dialed up a notch or two for all the gullible bougie pwogwessives. Dude had to be dragged kicking and screaming into addressing the ongoing police reign of terror against Black America, and he'd probably still be ignoring the issue if #BlackLivesMatter hadn't publicly gotten all up in his shit about it.
This doorknob needs to stop referring to his sheepdog campaign as a goddamn' "revolution". It's really offensive.
Mike Flugennock, flugennock at sinkers dot org
Mike's Political Cartoons: dubya dubya dubya dot sinkers dot org
National Book Festival: Are you 'cynical' and 'twisted'? Stephan 'Pearls' Pastis wants you.
National Book Festival: Miss Lasko-Gross enchantingly taps the art of our unease
National Book Festival: Pioneer Trina Robbins ever a vital voice for women creators
Marvel reveals Amadeus Cho as Totally Awesome Hulk
And they appear to be jettisoning some of their extraneous characters:
"But I also want to say that he will be the only Hulk in the Marvel Universe. He will be the Hulk, the green Hulk, that will be him. Just like there’s one Thor in the Marvel Universe and she’s a she, there is one Hulk and it is Amadeus Cho."
But apparently "only" has a different meaning in Marvel-land:
"Amadeus is the main character of course, She-Hulk is right there in the very first issue — she’s got a great and big role to play in the first few issues."
Peeters, the Geneva-based graphic novelist, has won world-wide acclaim for Blue Pills and Pachyderme, and was awarded the Best Series Prize at Angoul'me for the first two volumes of his four-book Aama. Set in the distant future, the series began with Verloc, his brother Conrad, and a cigar-smoking robotic monkey named Churchill. Rejecting the technology he feels destroys old values like humanity and beauty, Verloc, with his companions, travels across the galaxy in an attempt to recover the mysterious biorobotic experiment known as aama. As the quest continues on the planet Ona(ji), which aama has populated with biorobotic creatures, the expedition dwindles to a single man: can Verloc alone, himself radically transformed, regain control of aama? Peeters will be in conversation with Sam Marx, Exhibitor Coordinator at the Small Press Expo.
Local artist and cartoonist David Hagen has undertaken the delicate and time-consuming process of "Hagenizing" a newly-revealed cache of vintage paintings from Northern New Jersey. The paintings were done from the late 1950s through the early 1970s by the mysterious Grandma Rose's. Largely a collection of landscapes, with a few still lifes known, the paintings by themselves capture the hallucinatory reality of the world made famous in Bruce Springsteen songs.
"I was pleased to be able to rescue these oddly-moving paintings from a house that was about to be demolished, and to place them with such a distinguished and groundbreaking modern artist to be safely and proudly Hagenized," said ComicsDC publisher Mike Rhode.
After a careful study of the work, Hagen applies his own particular brand of restoration to each painting, resulting in a new and improved masterwork. With about 50 paintings to work through, Hagen anticipates his production to be slow, but just in time for the holiday shopping season. The first painting, seen here in before and after versions, debuts tomorrow at the Civitan Flea Market in Arlington, VA.
Keep following this breaking story as there's more to come.
Thursday, September 03, 2015
The exquisite punk expressiveness of Liz Suburbia
September 2, 2015
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Magnet Opus: Breathed 'delighted' as 'Bloom County 2015′ joins Universal Uclick lineupBy Michael Cavna
September 2 2015
The Taste Test: Pastis and Piccolo rail against the tameness and timidity of comicsBy Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 2 2015
Can robots now write quality jokes? How the notion is becoming less laughable.
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 2 2015
Tom King Shares His Familial "Vision" for Marvel's Synthezoid Avenger
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
The Savage & Starbuck Show
An Hour With Teresa Roberts Logan
POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS
She's made a living with humor for several decades, on page and on stage.
Teresa writes and draws humor for publication, for standup comedy, for storytelling, for cartoons . . . as well as spooky stuff, and provides content for publishing, animation, books, and product.
As a professional artist and illustrator, she has done thousands of paintings and drawings, kabillions (math!) of cartoons and jokes for products such as animations, cocktail napkins, partyware, tissues, and greeting cards. She was nominated for a Reuben Award by the National Cartoonists Society for her greeting cards. Currently she's working on a graphic novel, HAINT BLUE, (an autobiographical supernatural story), some horror short stories, and a web comic, FOG OF WORRY.
Books which contain her funny stuff (cartoons and columns): "The Older I Get, The Less I Care" (Andrews McMeel Publishing), "Laughing Out Loud" (Hallmark Gift Books), "Humor for a Sister's Heart" (Howard Publishing), "Mug of Woe," "All Woe Great and Small," "Woe of Dating," (just released) "Wreck the Halls," (Mug of Woe Publishing).
Teresa has done a lot of standup comedy and storytelling, through such venues as: HBO, Comedy Channel, A&E, Catch A Rising Star, Gotham Comedy Club, The Metropolitan Room NYC, Zanies, and Comedy Works . . . and was an opening act for Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Nealon, Dana Carvey, Drew Carey, and Paula Poundstone, as well as many other famous and not–so-famous funny people. "Rich Jeni called me 'the Meryl Streep of comedy' and I thought that was so cool that he loved my dialects and accents so much. But one day, when he found out that's what I thought, he laughed really hard and told me, 'No, I meant you have the same NOSE!'"
The Comics Taste Test: Dilbert, 'Uranus-Hertz' & the birth of the substitute strip
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 1 2015
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
PRESENTATION: "Sequential Art in Science Communication" by David Clarke
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
The word "comics" might bring to mind well-thumbed copies of Scrooge McDuck, Spiderman, or the newspaper's Sunday funny pages, but today sequential art is being used to communicate and teach subjects such as science, medicine and history. David Clarke is creating comics about the history of science. His first large scale project is a graphic novel of the voyage of "Captain" James Cook and Joseph Banks to Tahiti for the Transit of Venus and their subsequent travels around the South Pacific mapping New Zealand and the east coast of Australia. David will describe the development process – what's involved - in creating a graphic novel.
David Clarke, former GNSI DC President, is the CEO of his own studio. He creates animations, illustrations, comics and graphics and works with a small programming team to create interactive learning objects for the university's online classrooms. He is an Adjunct faculty member of Northern Virginia Community College and a multimedia/graphic artist at the University of Maryland University College. He has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Academy of Art University, based in San Francisco.
Smithsonian Natural History Museum
10th St. & Constitution Ave., Washington, DC.
Wait for an escort in the Constitution Avenue lobby between 5:30 and 6:10 p.m. (about every 15 minutes)
— 5:30 p.m. for snacks and socializing (Please bring a food item to share, or $3.00 for the donation jar.)
— 6:00 p.m. Business and announcements
— 6:10 p.m. (approx.) Presentation begins
The Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's historian's office holds a collection of newsletters and newspapers from various naval hospitals. U.S. Naval Hospital Aiea Heights had two issues and 2 fragments of an issue that are now online at the Medical Heritage Library. Here's the cartoons from them.
Robert Woodcock was one of the best of them and had two in the November 11, 1944 issue, and is featured in an article here.
Virgil Partch, aka VIP, was one of the best cartoonists and went on to a serious postwar career in cartooning. This is from December 15, 1945.
Al Santamauro (Nov. 11, 1943) and Bill Pietsch (Dec. 12, 1945) both seem to have disappeared from the cartooning world.
KREMOS: The Lost Art of Niso Ramponi Vols. 1& 2 are now officially available for pre-order from our website. Here's our book trailer.
Monday, August 31, 2015
The Comics Taste Test: The thankless task of drawing the funnies' red lines
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 31 2015
by Damian Wampler
Small Press Expo Sponsors Keith Knight, Miss Lasko-Gross and Diane Noomin at the National Book Festival
National Book Festival: Graphic Novels
3 evening panels on political cartoons, women and comics and Stephan Pastis
National Book Festival: Picture Books
3 animators, including Christian Robinson, Cale Atkinson, William Joyce in the morning and graphic novelist Dan Santat at 4 pm.
Lunch Lady artist Jarrett J. Krosoczka and graphic novelists Cece Bell and Jennifer Holm.
Speaking at 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Sept. 5, 2015)
New Yorker illustrator Peter de Sève on his Book Festival poster design
2015 National Book Festival poster by Peter de SèvePeter De Sève will talk about his work at 10 a.m. and sign copies of his poster at 11 a.m.
Music from the animated video game will be in Maryland at the Strathmore. Details at http://zelda-symphony.com/
Sunday, August 30, 2015
The recent mails have brought some good ones.
Sunny Side Up
by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Following the lives of kids whose older brother's delinquent behavior has thrown their family into chaos, Sunny Side Up is at once a compelling "problem" story and a love letter to the comic books that help the protagonist make sense of her world.
The Amazon description isn't really accurate - Sunny Lewin is sent off to Florida to stay with her grandfather in a retirement community instead of taking a family vacation, and she doesn't know why she's being punished like this. She makes friends with the son of one of the staff members, and eventually finds out that her parents are dealing with drying her older brother out. This is one of the best stories I've read this year.
Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
by Judd Winick
I'm also a big fan of Judd Winick, and it was a pleasure to see him return to the light humor that characterized his comic book Barry Ween, Boy Genius. A young boy appears to have crashed, naked into a suburban neighborhood where he's found by D.J., a boy who has a big family but no friends. The boy, Hilo, has no idea who he is, or where he came from but soon ends up fighting giant robot monsters that are also landing like he did. Heavily-influenced by Bill Watterson and Calvin & Hobbes, this series is worth reading by adults and kids.
by Craig Thompson
The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World's Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today's Craft Brewing Revolutionby Jonathan Hennessey, Mike Smith, Aaron McConnell
A full-color, lushly illustrated graphic novel that recounts the many-layered past and present of beer through dynamic pairings of pictures and meticulously researched insight into the history of the world's favorite brew.
by Scott Campbell
by Shannon O'Leary
The Regular Show came on the air after my daughter stopped watching the Cartoon Network. Still I'm a sucker for behind-the-scenes art books, and I own the Fluxx game. I may get one of the neighborhood kids to give me 500 words on this though. The Emmy Award-winning Regular Show, created by JG Quintel, is a jewel in the Cartoon Network crown with over 100 million viewers globally. The series follows the hilarious and surreal adventures of blue jay Mordecai and his best friend, Rigby the raccoon, as they make their days working at a local park anything but regular. Mordecai and Rigby are joined by their boss Benson, an explosively angry gumball machine, yeti groundskeeper Skips, loveable lollipop man Pops and other weird and wonderful friends. This is the world of polar-bear portals and demonic hot-dogs where adventure can be found in the most surprising places.
Two other books I've read, after funding them on Kickstarter, are worth mentioning.
by Jackie Estrada