Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dec 2: Andrew Cohen's Open Studio Event

Andrew Cohen writes in:

I have a small drawing space at 52 O Street Studios, and on Wednesday, December 2, from 5-9 pm, the building is having an open studio / holiday fair event. Amongst all the artists opening their doors, I'll be selling comics in Studio LL3, where people can stop by, see some comics being made, look at some original art, and browse some funny books. I'll have comics like "Howzit Funnies" for sale, as well as copies of my grandfather's book (for which I did the illustrations), "Reflections on Martha's Vineyard". I also hope to have a new story, "Don't Even Need the Razor Blades," printed up and on sale. It's a winter-themed tale, and makes a perfect stocking stuffer for when the Prozac runs out. 

The official release ...

The artist of 52 O Street Studios invite the public to come explore the most creative warehouse in DC! Enjoy the festivities as you meander through the cooridors of this historic building. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the artists' work spaces, meet a wide range of artists and arts professionals from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, and to see and purchase artists' most recent works fresh from the site of creation.
Since its inception in 1978, 52 O Street has been an integral part of the DC arts community. Come explore the most creative warehouse in DC!

This years open studios will include the workspaces of painters: Kelly Towles and Katie Pumphrey; Jewelry designers: Poppyor and Kicheko; Natural skincare curator, Beck Wadell of Be Clean Shop; the communal workspace of Workspace Locale; Accessory Designers: Mint Lola and DeNada; Goldsmiths, Instructors, and students work from JewelryclassDC; Andrew Cohen, Caitlin Price, Cadence Archer, and others!

Conveniently located a short walk from the NOMA Metro Station on the Red Line, 52 O Street is just west of North Capitol Street.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Post on The Good (not Great) Dinosaur

Is 'The Good Dinosaur' the least imaginative Pixar movie? [in print as PIxar falls into the tar pits of dino story cliches].

Arlo and Forrest Woodbush (aka: The Pet Collector) in "The Good Dinosaur." (Disney/Pixar)

Scientific accuracy is overrated: A paleontologist reviews Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur'

Video to be thankful for

Here's some material from earlier in the year.

"The Art of Richard Thompson"

Politics and Prose Bookstore Jan 14, 2015

Named the Outstanding Cartoonist of 2010 by the National Cartoonists Society, Richard Thompson is best known for his syndicated series, Cul de Sac. But his work encompasses much more, and in this colorful career retrospective, six of his peers present the different facets of Thompson's art. Join Galifianakis, Washington Post cartoonist and author of If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute, Weingarten, Pulitzer-winning journalist who writes The Washington Post's "Below the Beltway" column, and Apatoff, an illustration scholar whose recent work includes a biography of illustrator Robert Fawcett. They will be interviewed by Michael Cavna, writer, artist, and lapsed cartoonist now producing The Washington Post's "Comic Riffs." (Andrews McMeel)

SPX 2015 Panel - It's a Small, Small, Small Press World

There's nothing more satisfying than selling the small press comics you've poured your heart, sweat, and tears into throughout the years. Join Lara Antal (So What? Press), Box Brown (Retrofit), Francois Vigneault (Study Group Comics), and Kevin Czap (Czap Books) for a riveting discussion on what it takes to publish a run of your comics and then others' art as well. Moderated by Isaac Cates.

PR: Win Wolverine #1 LCSD Variant - At Beyond Comics!

Beyond Comics
Gaithersburg - Frederick - Shepherdstown
Win the Rare Wolverine #1 LCSD Variant

Only 500 Copies Made
We are not selling you this comic.

You can win it.

For every $5 cash donation to 
You get a chance to win this extremely rare edition of the new Wolverine #1.

We will be raffling off 2 copies of the comic book - enter at any of our 3 stores.

We will keep entries open until Wednesday, December 2nd.

Limited Editions & Variants!
First Annual LCSD....

     Only 299 Comic Book Retailers, worldwide, are participating in Local Comic Shop Day, and Beyond Comics is not just one of them, but three. Each store will have a selection of rare and special variant covers of many recent comics that are only available from participating stores.

   Many of these special comics will be available for the same price they came out at. Some are so rare that they will be among the most sought after comics of the year. These comics will be available on a first come first serve basis - no holds or reserves.

   No duplicate purchases will be allowed.

Here are a few Examples of the array of LCSD Exclusives!

Beyond Comics | Frederick, Gaithersburg, Shepherdstown
301-668-8202 | Email | Website

Beyond Comics | Gaithersburg Square | 18749 B North Frederick Avenue | Gaithersburg | MD | 20879

Friday, November 27, 2015

Orsini's Cosplay book available now

Cosplay, by Arlington author Lauren Orsini was published this year, and is featured in Barnes and Noble. This photo is from the Falls Church store.

Orsini has long been active in anime and manga fandom, and worked for some years with Anime USA. This book was done on contract, and she wrote about it on her blog under the title, "Writing a book in seven weeks."

blog_sidebar_headThere she noted, "It's quickly becoming apparent that the actual writing part of the book is going to be a cakewalk compared to getting the photos in order. I didn't write a word of the book this week. Instead I spent my time organizing the cosplay photos my publisher has already given me, plus searching for and contacting talented cosplay photographers all over the world."

By week 5 the writing was becoming the focus, "...I've reordered the sections in a way that feels good to me (now they're all focusing on a genre, with the final chapter on original costuming)..."

She told ComicsDC, "Traditionally publishing a book isn't easy or lucrative, but it's an experience unlike any other. People have sent me photos of my book from places like California, Florida, and New York. I'm really grateful to Carlton Limited and Sterling Publishing for giving me this opportunity."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Comic Riffs met with Zunar this past week

Charged Malaysian cartoonist Zunar vows to fight on as he receives CPJ Press Freedom Award

The Post reviews Pixar's latest, The Good Dinosaur

Bill's 1949 Christmas-time Whiz Comics

My friend and neighbor Bill Cogswell used to collect comics back in the day. When his sister Ellen passed away recently, I saw this picture of them. It's Christmas 1949 and Bill appears to be reading Whiz Comics #119 (March 1950 cover date)* judging from the Grand Comics Database (which provided the image). Captain Marvel was the main feature.

Following the old familiar story, Bill's mother threw away his comic books when they moved within Arlington.

*comics came out months before their cover date to fool the newsstands into keeping them on display longer.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2016 Awesome Con panel pitches and special guests

D.C.'s Awesome Con is accepting programming proposals for its 2016 show June 3-5. The submission deadline is March 6.
Earlier this month, 1960s Batman TV series actors Adam West and Burt Ward were announced as special guests for the show.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "We Are All French. Tough Shit."

"We Are All French. Tough Shit."

Remember when Beirut was attacked by suicide bombers last week, and a bunch of people died, and it was all over the media, and there was a global outpouring of condolences and solidarity? Me, neither!

"Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten", NY Times 12.15.15

  Mike Flugennock

SPX video of Jessica Abel and NPR online now

SPX 2015 Panel - SPX Spotlight on Jessica Abel and NPR

 Nov 16, 2015

What is it about narrative non-fiction stories in the form of graphic novels, public radio, and podcasts that keep readers and listeners coming back for more, time and time again? National Public Radio's Rachel Ward interviews Jessica Abel, author of "Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio"