Friday, May 06, 2016

Jok Church of Beakman & Jax has died

Jok Church, of Beakman and Jax cartoon strip for kids, dies at 67.
By Steve Rubenstein (May 5):

This is only tangentially-related, as Mr. Church is survived by his brother Jim here in Washington, DC.

For a little more content, he had two chats with the Washington Post over a decade ago and the links still work.

Tobin, Suzanne.  2003. Comics: Meet the Artist With Jok Church, Cartoonist, 'You Can With Beakman and Jax'. (May 30):


Tobin, Suzanne.  2006. Comics: Meet the Artist - Jok Church, Cartoonist, 'You Can with Beakman and Jax'. (June 30):

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Weed War Is Race War"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock -

"Weed War is Race War"

The initial decision to criminalize marijuana in 1937 wasn't based on a study of the science and biology of addiction or pharmacology, but purely on politics and racism. Harry Anslinger, Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics -- precursor to today's DEA -- was a notorious racist and liar who based his opinions on marijuana on pure, raw racist stereotypes and who believed that marijuana was a sure gateway to violence, sedition and social discontent. It was Anslinger's inflammatory lies which led to the passage of state marijuana laws as a component of Jim Crow and stoked the hype for propaganda films such as Marihuana: The Devil's Weed and Reefer Madness.

As a follow-up to their wildly epic April 2nd event and their historic meeting with White House representives from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, DCMJ -- the people who brought you legal weed in DC -- are throwing a sequel to April 2 on May 20, the one-month anniversary of 4/20, to highlight the fact that Obama is late on descheduling cannabis, and to remind folks of the racism behind the 1937 marijuana ban which is still a major component of the War On Drugs.

Here's that nice Ted White interview

Monkey See blog on comic books and Captain America: Civil War

Ryan Homberg's latest manga article

Nuclear Literati: Nakashima Kiyoshi's Furusato Goes to Hell

BY Ryan Holmberg May 6, 2016

Glen Weldon's guide to FCBD

Free Comic Book Day 2016: Even Archie Has Something New To Say

New Marc Rosenthal book on Trump in today's Post

Michael Ian Black says his Trump kids' book was inspired by Hillary Clinton [in print as Seuss-style Trmp tale is more for Mom and Dad].

"A Child's First Book of Trump" by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers )

May 7: John Gallagher at Fair Oaks Mall for FCBD

I'll be doing sketches and signing FREE Buzzboy comics at the Comic Shop at Fair Oaks Mall tomorrow, 10AM-1PM Plus, there will be Archie Comics, superhero comics, Simpsons comics-- all FREE and FUN!

The Express on Captain America: Civil War

The real fight behind 'Captain America: Civil War' [in print as The rush to 'War'" So, what are we fighting about?]


Excellent Ted White interview in Falls Church News-Press

Comic book and science fiction mainstay is interviewed in the local newspaper. It doesn't appear to be online yet, but I've written to them and asked about it.

Costley, Drew.  2016.
F.C.'s Ted White Reflects on Comics, Sci-Fi and the Little City.
Falls Church News-Press (May 5); 24, 30

Cul de Sac the play - coming soon

Based on Richard Thompson's comic strip, and written by Amy Thompson, the play premieres in Arlington, VA next month.

The Post reviews the new Captain America movie

'Captain America: Civil War' proves — yet again — Marvel's chops on the big screen [online as Super unstoppable forces: Marvel's cinematic universe grows more powerful as the Avengers expand, get angry and do battle].

Washington Post

online at

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Comics events at Petworth Library in May

Petworth Library in D.C. is hosting two comics-related events this month, a comics-making workshop for kids on May 9 and a mini-comic con on May 14. The Newspaper Comics Craft on May 9 at 4:30 pm will use newspaper comics for crafting. Supplies will be provided. For ages 5 and up. On May 14 from 1 to 4 pm the library hosts Library Con, focusing on anime/manga, comics, Star Wars, etc. There will be workshops and author talks. 

Rosarium: Fully funded

Local publisher Rosarium Publishing, spearheaded by Bill Campbell, surpassed its $40,000 Indiegogo campaign by raising more than $45,000. What's amazing about this is that about three days prior, the campaign was at about $12,000 and it really didn't seem like it was going to hit its target. Then author Rick Riordan pledged $10,000 in matching funds, author Neil Gaiman made a contribution and it was a whole new ballgame.

Free Comic Book Day - Saturday, May 7th at Beyond Comics

Beyond Comics
Saturday, May 7th
Action Figures 
25% Off
50% Off
Attack Wing - D & D 
50% Off
Attack Wing - Star Trek
50% Off
Back Issues (Bin) 
25% Off
50% Off
Batman B & W Statues 
20% Off
Big Bang Theory Toys
50% Off
Dice Masters Accssries 
50% Off
10% Off
Graphic Novels 
25% Off
Kotobukiya Figures
25% Off
50% Off
New Comics
50% Off
Play Arts Kai Figures 
20% Off
25% Off
RAH Figures 
25% Off
Toon Tumblers
25% Off
25% Off
Yahtzee Games
50% Off

Some exclusions apply and does not include recent arrivals. Visit stores for details. 
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Doors Open at 10am

Bring in a non-perishable food donation
to get access to extra Free Comics!

Marc Hempel (Sandman)
Mike Imboden (Fist of Justice)
Rian Miller (Man-gull)

Meet: R2D2, Star Wars Rebel Legion, Star Wars 501st, Mandalorian Mercs, and  Super Heroes galore!
Carl Yonder (Pirate Eye)
John Watkins Chow

Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots)
Steven Austin Younkins (Q2Q)
Jamie Noguchi (Yellow Peril)

Meet members of the Star Wars Rebel Legion.
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Beyond Comics, 18749 B North Frederick Avenue, 5632 Buckeystown Pike Frederick, MD, 207 S. Princess Street - Shepherdstown, WV, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

David Hagen returns to Civitans Flea Market this Saturday!

And he's selling paintings "...featuring Grandma Rose!!!!"

"All she needed was a spaceship or three."

By my count, these are paintings 7-10, so there's still lots to come.

See the earlier stories at

DISCLAIMER: ComicsDC's Mike Rhode provided the paintings to Hagen for free, and is not making any money from his reuse of them (but is enjoying it).

Alliance Française de Washington cartooning contest extended to May 20

The Alliance Française de Washington is launching its first "Bubble Factory" festival – "La Fabrique à Bulles" – dedicated to graphic arts. The festival will encourage and promote the emergence of new talents in this contest for graphic artists.
The idea of a "Factory" emphasizes the power of the mind and creativity of the young artists while "Bubbles" refers to, as in English,  "Speech Bubbles."
When? The contest will  start on Monday, February 8,  2016 and will end on May 20, 2016.
The awards ceremony will take place in Washington on May. We will announce the location soon.
What? The theme for this first year's contest is:"Résister!" "Resist!" (in English).
How? There will be two parts to the contest:
– One for teenagers: From 12 years old to 16 years old.
– One for Adults: More than 16 years old.
Contestants will be required to submit 1 "ledger size" panel (11 x 17) by April 22, 2016 (must be postmarked by 04.22.16).

Free Comic Book Day: Fantom Comics flash mob on Dupont Circle

Fantom Comics to Hold 'Civil War' Flash Mob in Dupont Circle

by Tim Regan — May 3, 2016

It's at 1:45 pm.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

New Shadow artwork commission by Rob Ullman

Rob Ullman of Richmond has long had ties to the DC area. For years, he illustrated Dan Savage's Savage Love column in the Washington City Paper. He's also been at every SPX. I commissioned this drawing of the Shadow and Margo Lane from him at SPX, and it arrived today. I quite like it.

PR: Sitcomics to premiere at Awesome Con

Over the e-transom comes this announcement:

My name's Darin Henry and I'm a longtime TV writer (Seinfeld, Futurama & a dozen others) and this year I've also started my own comic book publishing company called Sitcomics.  The basic idea behind Sitcomics is to take popular comic book subgenres such as vampires, zombies and superheroes, and give them a sitcom twist.  I'm launching three new print titles at Awesome-Con next month.
Sitcomics feature original properties including a line of shared universe super-hero titles with mainstream artists including Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema and Craig Rousseau helping to bring them to life..  They are in an all-new 68 page format called The Binge Book which contains a complete, 3 part story arc in every issue for only $3.99.  That's essentially three comics for the price of one.

Telepathetic #1 - After trying for years, two ninth grade underdogs finally achieve their dream of getting super-powers only to learn that the most popular girl in school has them too!  Written by Darin Henry (KC Undercover, Muppets Tonight), Telepathetic is rated 7 o'clock on my timeslot ratings system which means it's appropriate for all-ages.)
Startup #1 - When a 300 pound single mom's embarrassing rescue by a super-hero goes viral, she agrees to try an experimental diet drug that ends up giving her super-speed.  Written by Darin Henry (Futurama), with art by Craig Rousseau (Batman Beyond, Harley Quinn), Startup is rated 8 o'clock due to superhero action.
Super 'Suckers #2 - The adventures of two female college students who contract the STD called "vampire" off a two-timing boyfriend and how they learn to deal with their new, vampire-positive lifestyle.  Written by Darin Henry (Seinfeld, The War at Home) and drawn by Jeff Shultz (Betty & Veronica) Super 'Suckers is rated 9 o'clock for slightly edgier sexual innuendo.  (Artist Jeff Shultz will also be appearing at Awsome Con and doing sketches of Super 'Suckers characters.)
Other Sitcomics at the con will be Super 'Suckers #1 and The Blue Baron #1 (with art by Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema).

Again, the Binge Books are all 68 page, complete stories for only $3.99.

For more information, you can check out or perhaps you can stop by my booth at Awesome-Con and see the books for yourself.

Local Cartoonist Tour by Paul Merklein


Do you like to draw?  Do you want to be a cartoonist?

See local cartoonist Paul Merklein this month at libraries in DC, Maryland
and Virginia.

Merklein is touring libraries in May thru August, drawing cartoons, super
heroes and people right from the audience!  Who will he draw next?

Merklein lives in Silver Spring MD, and tours Libraries, Schools and Comic
Cons. His cartoons appear in publications and online.

See Merklein's Tour Dates here...

See his cartoon "Dabney and Dad" at

See his cartoon "Take Five" at

Ben Hatke video online now

Video: Nobody Likes A Goblin Cartoonist Ben Hatke Breathes Fire, Is More Interesting Than the Rest of Humanity

Iranian cartoonist freed from jail

Cartoonist Atena Farghadani, sentenced for satirizing government as animals, is freed in Iran

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog

May 7: FCBD at Fantom Comics

at 10 AM - 9 PM
Fantom Comics
2010 P St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

It's that time of year again, Fantomites!

Free Comic Book Day 2015 was one of our biggest FCBDs ever, and we're gonna make this year's event EVEN BIGGER!

We're giving away 6,000 books composed of 50 made-for-FCBD comics!

Special guests JOE KEATINGE and LEILA DEL DUCA, the creative team behind one of our favorite comics, SHUTTER, will be here for your signing and hanging out pleasure.

At 7pm we'll be opening up the bar and serving drinks as we play FANTOM FEUD, a comic book version of Family Feud. Come to watch, participate, have some drinks and hang out.

Keep watching this event for updates as we get closer to the big day!

Interested in being a volunteer? Contact us at for details on how you can help!

May 7: Curls Studio at the Amazing Comic-Shop

May 7: Arsia Rozegar at Amazing Comic Shop for Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day THIS SATURDAY (May 7) at Cards, Comics & Collectibles!

Cards, Comics & Collectibles!
Mark Morales, Matt Slay, Steve Conley! Free Comics!
From the Store that Brings You... 
Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day 2016 is this Saturday at Cards, Comics & Collectibles - Baltimore County's Premiere Comic Book Store and the Official News Source of the Baltimore Comic-Con! You don't want to miss our amazing guests, giveaways, events, and FREE COMICS!

The full-day event kicks off with an awesome line-up of creators appearing at the store! Mark Morales, Matt Slay, and Steve Conley will be all signing autographs at the store throughout the day.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry's go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Spider-Man/DeadpoolThor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

Matt Slay has contributed to the TMNT/Ghostbusters crossover and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series: Leonardo. You can find his work gracing countless trading cards for Image, Cryptozoic, and Marvel, and more recently on covers from American Mythology Productions' Equilibrium.

Award-winning designer, illustrator, and cartoonist Steve Conley has worked on such notable comics as Star Trek: Year Four (IDW), Michael Chabon's Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (Dark Horse Comics), JLA-Z (DC Comics), and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (BOOM! Studios). Conley, who is also the creator of Astounding Space Thrills and the all-ages series Bloop (, will be signing and sketching all day.

"We love giving away comics on Free Comic Book Day," said Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles. "It's such a fantastic opportunity for the industry, where everyone walking in the store walks out with a comic, whether they're a regular or just starting to read comics. We are delighted to host Mark, Matt, and Steve for this year's signing, and the free comics we'll be giving away are fantastic!"

Besides giving away free comic books, the store will have free Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirts to give away as well, and will offer 50% off modern and bronze age back issues, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers.

Join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016 as events kick off at 10:00am with store signings and, of course, FREE COMICS!

Cards, Comics & Collectibles is located at 100A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit, our Facebook page, or call 410-526-7410.
100 A Chartley Dr., Reisterstown, MD 21136
Baltimore Comic-Con, P.O. Box 917, Reisterstown, MD 21136

May 7: Free Comic Book Day at Third Eye Comics

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Saturday, May 7: Free Comic Book Day

And note that stores pay for the comics. I always buy something.