Monday, May 31, 2010
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 31, 2010; C04
Superhero Obsession: Why We Love Fantasy
From Jesus to Hercules to Superman and Iron Man, All Cultures Have Own Mythic Heroes
By JON MEYERSOHN
May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Which probably means Richard will have to rent the tux and go win it next year, since the same is true for him now.
By Jim Higgins
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 29, 2010
The City Paper will have more Trickster cartoonist interviews this week too.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Itzkoff, Dave. 2010.
Flintstones Cereal Maker Rocked by Lawsuit From Hulk Hogan.
New York Times' Arts Beat blog (May 28); New York Times (May 29): C2.
On Marmaduke -
Barnes, Brooks. 2010.
Producer Is a Friend to Comic Animals.
New York Times (May 29): C1, 8.
But their weekly graphic novel sales list is still online only -
May 27, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Our Biggest Show Yet!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
10 am - 3 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Dept.
2148 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring, VA
Admission: $2! FREE for children under 10
$1 of each paid admission will be donated to The Hero Initiative
Michael J. Hayde author of FLIGHTS OF FANTASY: The Unauthorized but True Story of Radio & TV's "Adventures of Superman" www.michaeljhayde.com
Cover Artist and Inker
Tim Dzon (Marvel Comics Presents, Avengers West Coast, Hawkeye, GI Joe, etc.)
Andre Campbell, Heritage Comics HSQ
Artist/Publisher Dan Nokes, 21st Century Sandshark Studios
Chameleon Creations' Writer/Publisher Radi Lewis (The Children of the Phoenix)
- Model Maker Extraordinaire Dave Wilson,
- Cartoonist Ali Gee
Free Parking! Fabulous door prize drawings!
The show is open to the public from 10 am - 3 pm. 40+ Tables. Buy, sell and trade...Gold, Silver, Bronze Age comics; Indie & Modern comics, Publishers & Creators, TV & Movie Collectibles. Non-sport cards; Videos and DVDs; Horror/Sci-Fi; figures, toys; Star Wars and Star Trek memorabilia; original artwork, posters, T-shirts/clothing and various other comic related items.
Directions to DLVFRD:
Take I-495 (DC/Capital Beltway) to Exit 47A (Rt. 7 West). Go 1/2 Mile, Left on Gallows Rd. 1 mile to 2148 Gallows Rd
Metro: Take Orange Line to Dunn Loring Metro Station--We're 1.35 miles from the Metro stop and on both the Fairfax Connector and Metro Bus lines. Visit www.wmata.com to plan your trip to our show.
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Capicons 2010 Dates
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Sun, Aug. 1
Sun. Oct. 3
Sun. Dec. 5
To book a table, be added to our mailing list, request flyers, or for more info about our show, email email@example.com.
Here's some PR from the Post on their cartoon contest. One might also note that the area's crack cartoonist, Richard Thompson, whose career has been tightly intertwined with the Post, and who is up for a Rueben Award this weekend, is also a judge. One might.:
Today The Washington Post announced the final list of celebrity judges who will critique the work of the finalists of America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest.
Stan Lee, Stephen Pastis, Jerry Scott and Garry Trudeau are among the judges. For the complete list, visit Comic Riffs:
For more on the contest which looks to help a budding cartoonist launch their career, go here: http://views.washingtonpost.com/cartoonist/
Submissions are due June 4!
I just went to the Post website and see that there's a bunch of other judges they didn't list in the PR too - Lalo "La Cucaracha" Alcaraz, Darrin "Candorville" Bell, Mike "Penny Arcade" Krahulik, Hilary "Rhymes with Orange" Price, Tom "that darn" Toles, Gene "theoretical Barney & Clyde" Weingarten and Signe "Family Tree" & Pulitzer-winner Wilkinson.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
June 5 Saturday
IN CONVERSATION | Richard Thompson
Reuben Award -nominated Richard Thompson is widely hailed as one of the most talented cartoonists working today. From his strip Cul de Sac to his Richard's Poor Almanac humor strip to his illustrations for the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and more, he's a fascinating creator. Tom Spurgeon sits down to talk with Richard in this informal conversation.
Presumably I'll be the table monkey and miss it again.
Shannon "G.I. Joe" Gallant is also going down from DC. My buddy Craig Fischer's doing his thing again too.
Ralph Eggleston, Ann, Bob Scott at Pixar
After our brief mention of Bob Scott yesterday, Ann Telnaes wrote in and sent this picture, noting "Ralph Eggleston and Bob Scott were classmates of mine at CalArts. I was in SF a couple of months ago and stopped by for a tour."
Posted by Mike Rhode on May. 27, 2010 at 04:19 pm
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Bill Day, winner of the 2010 RFK Journalism award for editorial cartooning.
Bill Day, winner of the 2010 RFK Journalism award for editorial cartooning, with 2010 Herblock award winner Matt Wuerker.
Bill Day, winner of the 2010 RFK Journalism award for editorial cartooning, with 2010 judges Sara Duke and Mike Rhode.
Here's the links to the images and the catalogue information:
http://ihm.nlm.nih.gov/images/A26074 - Iron Man
http://ihm.nlm.nih.gov/images/A26072 - Firestar and Iceman
'Wednesday Comics,' Collected: 'Trippy, Experimental,' Still Freaking Huge, by Glen Weldon, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Intervention: Your Online Life, In Person. A Convention with Webcomics, Videos, Music, and You - September 10-12 2010 at the Hilton Washington DC. http://www.InterventionCon.com
Intervention is a convention for the independent comics, art, and music creators. The con was started by webcomic creator Onezumi Hartstein (http://www.Onezumi.com) and web developer James Harknell (http://www.AWSOM.org). This goal is to bring together different independent creators to party, educate, and appreciate the opportunities the Internet gives to all of us.
Intervention will have awesome webcomics geek-related programming and gaming all day and night from Friday through Sunday. There will be one dance party where the audience can assist the DJ in making live music and one NYC-style dance party. In addition to the Artist's Alley/Vendor Room over 30 webcomic and New Media experts will attend. The con is still being planned. Discussion is being held on the Intervention forum: http://interventioncon.com/forum/
Monday, May 24, 2010
DC Anime Club’s Gundam Day
DC Anime Club invites all Giant Robot fans to Gundam Day on Saturday June 5, 2010 2pm-5pm at the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Library, 901 G St NW Washington, DC 20001 in A5 on the A Level of the Library.
For those of you who are unfamiliar Gundam is a Japanese Animated metaseries by the Animation Studio in Japan Sunrise.
Gundam Day will consist of the following activities:
Model kit construction where attendees will learn how to build their own Gundams.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own model kits.
An Marathon of the Japanese Animated Series Gundam Wing will be screened during Gundam Day.
An Anime Swap Meet will be included as part of Gundam Day.
Have anime dvd’s or Japanese Comics you don’t want anymore?
Come to the Anime Swap Meet and trade with fellow anime enthusiast who no longer.
We hope to see you there.
This event is free and open to the public.
Ages 13 and up.
For more information please visit the DC Anime Club website at http://dcanimeclub.org.
Swann Fellow Yasemin Gencer presents her public lecture, "Cartooning Progress: Secularism and Nationalism in the Early Turkish Republic (1922-28)" at noon on Tuesday, June 1, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the Madison Building.
Gencer will discuss how cartoons of this era had the power to create, shape and project a new Turkish national identity based on European models. She will look at cartoons that highlight reforms initiated during the early years of the Turkish Republic. In one such image, for example, an automobile made of Latin letters speeds past a camel composed of Arabic letters, demonstrating how the cartoonist combines text with visual metaphor to underscore the benefits of changing the official alphabet. Such cartoons from 1922-28 illustrate many reforms aimed at secularizing the nation.
Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Trickster Artist Chris Piers
I've got a few more of these in the pipeline.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Joseph Szadkowski, May 11, 2010
Zadzooks: War Machine, Mark VI Metalon and Iron Man Helmet
Joseph Szadkowski, May 19, 2010
Homer's 6 Best Grilling Tips
Illustration by Julius Preite
Saturday, May 22, 2010
This is the third example of sexuality that Brooke McEldowney has shown in his strip. Our notes on number one is here and number two is here.
Friday, May 21, 2010
And The Winner of The Everybody Draw Mohammad Contest is...
Nick Gillespie & Matt Welch | May 20, 2010
Pom The Antioxidant Superpower ad in a bus stop.
Shrek Forever After ad on a bus.
Marmaduke the movie ad at a bus stop. The original comic strip is by Brad Anderson, a longtime gag cartoonist.
Matt and the hat.
Cartoonists Matt Wuerker, Bill Brown and Joe Sutliff.
Ray Lesser presenting the first Irving Award to Matt.
Matt admiring his award.
Lots more pictures are here.
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, May 21, 2010; A08
and some commentary from yesterday:
Drawing Muhammad respectfully
By guest bloggers Kelsey Sheridan and Saleha Mallick
Washington Post’s On Faith blog May 20, 2010
By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Friday, May 21, 2010
'Shrek Forever After' heavy on sight gags and sidekick antics [online title: Third time not as charming for ‘Shrek’].
By: Sally Kline
Washington Examiner May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
If the goal of Tom Toles's May 17 cartoon comparing the division of Jerusalem with Alexandria's retrocession to Virginia was intended to trivialize the issue and distort history, he succeeded. The U.S. Congress willingly agreed to Alexandria's request to return to Virginia, which was based on economic factors and lack of representation in Congress.
In contrast, Jews have lived in Jerusalem all but two times since the days of King David, and one of these times is when Jordan ruled East Jerusalem from 1949 to 1967 and prevented Jews, regardless of nationality, from praying at the most sacred places. To compare the division of Jerusalem with the Alexandria retrocession is beyond political cartoon license -- it is really outrageous.
Beth Marcus, Washington
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 20, 2010; C04
InTHEIR TURN: 12 top cartoonists offer their take on 'Draw Muhammad Day' the Riffs blog has longer quotes from the cartoonists Michael interviewed.
By JAMIE GRISWOLD
But Over the Hedge and Mark Fiore both did rather different interpretations.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
and we missed him. You can read an interview about his experiences here -
Comic book saving the world from stereotypical rhetoric, By Marriam Mossalli, Palestine Note blog May 18 2010
Matt Wuerker making his acceptance speech.
George Stevens Jr. speaking about his Herblock film while Frank Swoboda looks on.
Richard Thompson and Rob Rogers.
Michael Cavna and Kevin Rechin.
Nick G's friend from Greece and Richard Thompson.
Kevin Rechin, Nick's friend from Greece and the back of Nick's head.
Nick Galifianakis with his friend from Greece and Richard Thompson (in the red tie) in the background.
Matt Wuerker's contemplating the uses to which the award may be put.
Everyone wants a picture of Matt with his award.
Richard Thompson - not ALL of those drinks were his.
Kevin Rechin's STILL contemplating the award.
Kevin Rechin's now got it all - the award, the girl, the cheesy grin. It's better not to ask questions.
Opening a shop in the Pentagon City Mall (PCM) was a fabulous opportunity to try a hand at a very high end mall. The one wrinkle in our short-term lease was that if another business wanted the spot for a full-term lease, we would have to match their offer or leave.
This happened the week before Free Comic Book Day. Unfortunately, the cost of matching would have meant doubling our monthly rent, which, at this early point in our tenure at PCM would have been impossible.
Thus, it is with very much regret that we announce our last day at PCM will be May 31st.
To all of our PCM customers, we at Fantom want to thank you for your patronage. We love the spot, had a lot of fun, and had hoped to serve you there for many years to come.
I would also like to point out that our Union Station store is still open and running strong, and we hope to see you there!
Pentagon City Mall - 1100 South Hayes Street | Arlington, VA 22202 | 703-415-2094
Union Station - 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20002 | 202-216-9478
Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Illustrator Paul Zdepski, who is one of the Trickster cartoonists.
In my other life, I work with historic documents and photographs - one book I worked on was just highlighted by the Library Journal:
By David N. Griffths -- Library Journal, 5/15/2010
Walter Reed Army Medical Center Centennial: A Pictorial History, 1909–2009. ed. by John R. Pierce & others. Borden Inst. 2009. 279p. illus. maps. SuDoc # D104.2:W17/8. GPO Stock # 008-000-01020-0. ISBN 978-0-9818228-3-9. $35.
The Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, and its predecessor, Walter Reed General Hospital, have treated millions of active and retired personnel from every branch of the military. This collection of photographs and text pays tribute to the center's legacy.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
...where he wraps it all up - The class brought just as much passion to the course as I did, right up to the very end, and I probably didn't need to worry about flagging attentions in the final weeks.
BTW, this is an excellent graphic novel and a moving story.
Herblock’s Political Cartoon Panel Exhibitions
Available for use in classrooms, museums, libraries, and organizations.
The Herb Block Foundation presents four panel exhibitions displaying reproductions of the work of legendary Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herbert Block, famously known as “Herblock.”
The goal of these exhibitions is to promote Herblock’s efforts to defend the rights and freedoms of Americans through his political cartoons. Prepared by Curator Harry L. Katz, these exhibitions can be used for teaching or promoting the American topics that reflect Herblock’s passions- Education, Democracy, Civil Rights and the Presidency. Together all four present a fascinating history of Herblock’s 72 year career.
No rental fee is required- only the shipping fees via Fedex or UPS are charged. The panels come in cases that are easy to move, set up and store.
A seven minute DVD, Herblock: The Man Behind the Cartoons and illustrated brochures come with the exhibitions.
For information on scheduling visit
www.herblockexhibitions.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 17, 2010
Herblock award winner Matt Wuerker's cartoons on display in the Library of Congress.
Wuerker surrounded by admirers.
Joe Sutliff, Nick G's date, Nick Galifianakis, Matt Wuerker and the previous year's winner Pat Bagley.
ComicsDC blogger Mike Rhode, apparently wondering what kind of seafood he just accidentally ingested.
Nick Galifianakis napping on Mike Rhode's shoulder as the speeches continued into the buffet.
Kevin Rechin may be getting ideas...
Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Joe Sutliff
Posted by Mike Rhode on May. 17, 2010 at 11:53 am
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection at Big Planet Comics in Vienna, Va., Sat., May 15, 2010 for a signing. In attendance: Matt Dembicki, Andrew Cohen, Evan Keeling, Chris Piers, Jacob Warrenfeltz, Mike Short, Jerry Carr, Rand Arrington and Scott White.
Matt Dembicki on left, Rand Arrington on right, Chris Piers in center.
(left) Mike Short, (right) Evan Keeling. Coincidentally, the piece of art I bought is the one between the two of them with the cardboard arrow pointing at it.
(left) Andrew Cohen, (right) Stephen Loya (not in book).
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Brad Meltzer and the infamous Buffy #34 sex issue.
I got a few shots of Brad Meltzer's booksigning a few days ago. He's a darn amusing speaker and you can hear most of what he said at this signing on his appearance earlier that day at Elliot in the Morning.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2-4 pm
Three children's films - The Magic Flute (Die kleine Zauberflöte), Bear Is Coming! (Karu Tuleb! Lacis Nak!), and Lost and Found - are followed by craft activities. Ages 6+. RSVP here.
The Magic Flute (Die kleine Zauberflöte)
Germany, 1997, DVD, 63 min., German with English subtitles, Director: Curt Linda
Over a period of four years, Curt Linda, champion of animated film, and his young team created a hand-drawn little treat of carefully created pictures animated onto imaginative backdrops.
Bear Is Coming! (Karu Tuleb! Lacis Nak!)
Latvia, 2008, DVD, 16 min., no dialogue, Director: Jānis Cimermanis
A brilliant short from festival favorite: a Latvian bear suddenly appears on a neighboring Estonian island and three young friends must get him back before he is captured by the hunter.
Lost And Found
UK, 2008, DVD, 24 min., English, Director: Philip Hunt
One person is lost, one person is found; which one is which? A beautiful animation narrated
by Jim Broadbent and inspired by the book by Oliver Jeffers.
SESSION 508 - Perspectives on Cartoons: Art, Archival Objects, Assets
Aug 14, 2010
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Andrew Farago (Chair)
Cartoon Art Museum
Assistant Librarian/Cartoonist Archivist
The New Yorker
Cartoons have been used to entertain, persuade, and provide political and social commentary. In the past decade, interest in cartoons has grown. Scholars have begun to use them to gain insight into American culture and this visual genre itself is the subject of inquiry. Each speaker offers a perspective on working with the visual form of cartoons that is unique to their institution, taking into account who their users are.
'Muhammad cartoonist' Lars Vilks undaunted after new attack [UPDATED]By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog May 12, 2010.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 14, 2010; C03
The signing's at Big Planet Vienna at 2-4 pm and I plan to be there.
Need to Know
by Steve Brodner
Friday night ... marks our first appearance on PBS' new weekly news magazine show, Need to Know. Director Gail Levin and I have been working with the same great crew from the Naked Campaign films in '08: Asterisk Studios (Richard O'Connor, Brian O'Connell, Christina Capozzi Riley), Ben Shapiro, DP.
This week: Hamid Karzai and his visit to DC. He's not easy to pin down, but we're here to do the tough ones. Here's hoping this adds some color and content to the show. And that it perhaps gives TV some ideas about how to use narrative art.
Erin McCarley writes in about her cool project and upcoming performance:
“Hey Girl!” is a comic that myself and a friend created that we also recorded a soundtrack for. (Kinda like the Sesame Street records I had as a kid that had follow along maps). Anyways, we are going to perform the soundtrack live for the first time and we are pretty excited about it.
The show info is:
Monday, May 17th.
8:30 pm, all-ages $8
The Black Cat
1811 14th Street NW
You can see more info about the comic here:
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2008/12/08/hey-girl-comic-book7/ and http://www.dischord.com/release/hg01/7-w-comic
I just ordered mine from Dischord.