Saturday, July 31, 2010

DC Anime Club Press Release - August 7th event

DC Anime Club and It’s Gosu Presents Video Game Tournaments and Anime

DC Anime Club in association with It’s Gosu invites all Anime and Video Game Enthusiast to our event video game tournaments and anime on Saturday August 7, 2010 2pm-5pm at the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Library 901 G St NW Washington, DC 20001 in Room A5 on the A Level of the Library.

The event will include activities such as Super Street Fighter IV Tournament for Playstation 3, Yugioh Tournament for duelist, Anime Swap Meet for anime enthusiast to trade anime related items, learn how to create your own costumes based on your favorite Japanese Animated/Comic Book characters at Cosplay (costume play) corner,
free style Video Gaming where attendees are encouraged to bring their own video games, systems and even televisions.


There is a $5 entry fee for the Super Street Fighter IV Tournament while all other
activities are free and open to the public.

Age rang for this event is 13 and up.

For more information please visit the DC Anime Club website at http://dcanimeclub.org or call 202 262 2083.

PR: Top Cow Brings Top Talent to the 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con!


Top Cow Brings Top Talent to the 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con!

Baltimore, Maryland - July 30, 2010 - Top Cow Productions is excited to be returning to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2010 for its 11th annual show.  A recurring exhibitor at the annual comic book event, the premiere publisher will be bringing some of their star writers and artists, as well as an exciting show exclusive.
 
Stop by the Top Cow booth to meet Angelus, Artifacts, Magdalena, Velocity, and Witchblade writer Ron Marz, Artifacts and The Darkness artist Michael Broussard, Velocity and Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer artist Kenneth Rocafort, and upcoming Pilot Season:  The Asset writer and Top Cow Productions Publisher Filip Sablik.

"Baltimore Comic-Con is my hometown show and one of my personal favorites to exhibit at each year," stated Top Cow Productions publisher Filip Sablik. "This year, we're thrilled to be coming back to Baltimore with the Artifacts team of Ron Marz and Michael Broussard as well as artist of Velocity, Kenneth Rocafort. The Baltimore fans know how to treat creators right and so these guys were all too eager to make a return appearance!"
 
Top Cow will also be offering an exclusive Velocity #1 variant by Michael Broussard with interiors by Kenneth Rocafort at the show as well.
 
 
 
In addition to Top Cow Productions, publishers exhibiting in 2010 include Archaia Comics, Adhouse Books Boom! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Image Comics, and Top Shelf Comix.
 
Our guests include: Dave Aikins (SpongeBob Squarepants), Mike and Laura Allred (Madman), Sergio Aragones (Groo), Ivan Brandon (Nemesis:  The Imposters), Tom Brevoort (Executive Editor, Marvel Comics), Jim Calafiore (Secret Six), Eric Canete (New Avengers:  Luke Cage), Bernard Chang (Prince of Persia), Howard Chaykin (Black Kiss), Sean Chen (Nova), Cliff Chiang (Greendale), Mark Chiarello (Editor, DC Comics), Frank Cho (Ultimate Comics New Ultimates), Mike Choi (X-Force), Steve Conley (Star Trek Omnibus: The Original Series), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Shane Davis (Superman:  Earth One), Dan DiDio - Sunday only (The Outsiders, Co-Publisher, DC Comics), Francesco Francavilla (The Green Hornet:  Year One), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics), Ron Garney (Wolverine:  Weapon X), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Michael Golden (Marvel 1602:  Spider-Man), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), Dean Haspiel (ACT-I-VATE), Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four), Greg Horn (Green Lantern), Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Van Jensen (Pinocchio:  Vampire Slayer), Geoff Johns - Sunday only (Blackest Night, Chief Creative Officer, DC Comics), J.G. Jones (DC Universe Legacies), Denis Kitchen (Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen), Barry Kitson (Iron Man 2 Prequel), Rich Koslowski (BB Wolf and the 3 LPs), Greg LaRocque (The Exiled), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Norman Lee (New Mutants), Steve Lieber (Underground), Joe Linsner (Dawn:  Not To Touch The Earth), Luna Brothers (The Sword), David Mack (Kabuki), Clay Mann (X-Men Legacy), Laura Martin (Girl Comics), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Todd McFarlane - Saturday only (Spawn), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Mike McKone (Avengers Academy), Bob McLeod (New Mutants Forever), Pop Mhan (Ender's Game: Mazer In Prison), Terry Moore (Echo, SiP), Mark Morales (Siege), Chris Moreno (Toy Story), Sean Murphy (Joe the Barbarian), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Phil Noto (Avengers:  The Origin), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts), Lauren Perry (Blank-ees), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Extinction), Chris Pitzer (Publisher, Adhouse Books), Paul Pope (Wednesday Comics), Eric Powell (The Goon), Jack Purcell (Gotham City Sirens), Mike Raicht (The Stuff of Legend), Tom Raney (Black Widow:  Deadly Origin), Chris Roberson (I, Zombi), James Robinson (Justice League of America), Budd Root (Cavewoman), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes), Stephane Roux (Zatanna), Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac), Tim Sale courtesy of Hero Initiative (Captain America White), Ian Sattler (Editor, DC Comics), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker's Death Ship), Bob Schreck (Jurassic Park), Jim Shooter (Magnus, Robot Fighter), Louise Simonson (X-Factor Forever), Walter Simonson (Thor), Andy Smith (WildC.A.T.S.), John K. Snyder III (The A-Team:  Shotgun Wedding), Allison Sohn (Star Wars sketchcard artist), Jim Starlin (Dreadstar), Brian Stelfreeze (The Authority:  The Lost Year), Paul D. Storrie (Twilight Crusade:  Gabriel), Karl Story (Zatanna), Billy Tan (Shadowland), Ben Templesmith sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics (Choker), Mark Texeira (X-Men:  Origins), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), Timothy Truman (Conan the Cimmerian), Billy Tucci (Shi), Dexter Vines (Ultimate Avengers), Neil Vokes (Superman Adventures), Doug Wagner (World of Warcraft:  Horde), Matt Wagner (The Green Hornet:  Year One), Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Chief Creative Officer, Boom! Studios), Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans), John Workman (Heavy Metal), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), Kelly Yates (Doctor Who: 2010 Annual), and Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella:  From Fabletown With Love).
 
Regretfully, Al Feldstein will be unable to join us due to illness, but looks forward to returning next year! 
 
In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website (http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/baltimorecomics), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/baltimorecomiccon), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/baltimorecomics), and ComicSpace (http://www.comicspace.com/baltimorecomicon) pages.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 28th.
 
Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
 
press@baltimorecomiccon.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries
 
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 11th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area.  With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010.  For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards.  With a history of over 20 years, the last 5 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories.  They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.  For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

 
  


Baltimore Biz Journal on Otakon

Otakon and soccer mean big business for Baltimore
 by Rachel Bernstein
Baltimore Business Journal  July 30 2010

Baltimore Sun on Otakon



Where fashion meets fantasy

Otakon -- annual celebration of Asian pop culture -- inspires creativity with costumes


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Zadzooks on Batman's Red Hood and The Losers


Zadzooks: Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Losers, Clash of the Titans
Blue over Batman's 'Red Hood'

By Joseph Szadkowski - The Washington Times July 28, 2010

Greg's recommendations popped up this week too -

Bennett's Best: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Welcome to Tranquility
By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks
Monday, July 26, 2010

Otakon 2010 in Baltimore this weekend

Their website has all the information. Including a pretty complex schedule.

And here's how they describe it:

About Otakon

Otakon is the convention of the otaku generation: by fans, for fans; and we're back for our 17th year in 2010!

Join thousands of your fellow fans as we descend on Baltimore to celebrate all anime, manga, and all facets of Asian pop culture!

Ever since 1999, we've taken over a sizable chunk of Baltimore's Inner Harbor for a 3-day festival celebrating the pop culture that's brought us everything from Astroboy to Yu-Gi-Oh, from the Seven Samurai to Spirited Away.

PR: TOKYOPOP Tour @ Otakon




TOKYOPOP Roboblast!
TOKYOPOP at Otakon this Weekend!
July 28, 2010


Visit the TOKYOPOP Tour Bus at Otakon!



Neko Ramen
Our colorful tour bus will be parked out front at Otakon so be sure to stop by! We're handing out all kinds of free stuff!

On Saturday, start your day off with some laughs at our Van Von Hunter screening. See this Fantasia film festival official selection at 9am, Video Room 1.

See you at Otakon this weekend!

   Get more information on the TOKYOPOP Tour and our search for America's Greatest Otaku at TOKYOPOPtour.com



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Carla Speed McNeil panel at Comic-Con

CCI: Spotlight On Carla Speed McNeil
by Pam Auditore
Tue, July 27th, 2010

Xavier Xerses on Ken Dahl

Somehow I missed buying this from him at HeroesCon even though I was recommending his Monsters book - Welcome to the Dahlhouse by Ken Dahl.

Weldon on Scott Pilgrim movie and Comic-Con

A Fan's Notes: Being A Non-Spoilery Nonreview Of The 'Scott Pilgrim' Movie
by Glen Weldon
July 27, 2010

The 2nd Annual Monkey See Comic-Con Post-Mortem
by Glen Weldon
July 28, 2010

Weingarten on Callahan

By Gene Weingarten
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 28, 2010; C01
 
I'm a big fan of Callahan's work. A quadraplegic cartoonist - amazing.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Comic Riffs interviews Breen, memorializes Callahan

WORKING IN OILS: Pulitzer winner STEVE BREEN visits Gulf to create 'spill' cartoons out of BP's own crude
By Michael Cavna | July 27, 2010


A CARTOONIST'S TRIBUTE: Let us not forget the unflinching wit of John Callahan
By Michael Cavna | July 27, 2010

Speed Racer animation voice obituary in Post

Today's print Post ran this obituary from the Times -
 

Fernandez voiced the main character of 'Speed Racer' and adapted the concept from the Japanese anime children's series in the 1960s.

By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times

July 25, 2010

That darn Beeler

From readers: Outrage felt over cartoon
Washington Examiner July 27, 2010

Re: "The Prophet Palin," cartoon, July 23

I did not expect such an expression of treason-like appeasement in your newspaper. According to this cartoon, we should agree to erect a monument for murderers in the place of their crime at our own home.

Why not build an O.J. Simpson statue in the front yard of Nicole Simpson's house, or a statue of Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City? Or Hitler's statue in Auschwitz?

It is not Sarah Palin who is a "religious intolerance bomb," but those Islamic jihadists who murdered Americans by the thousands. Now they want to have their temple at the scene of the crime as a symbol of their coming conquest and rule. It's horrific.

Margaret Young

 

 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bennett's Best on Zadzooks

Bennett's Best: Strange Science Fantasy and Widow Warriors
By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks
Tuesday, July 20, 2010


True Blood comic mention in Post

There's a brief wire story in the Post today saying that the True Blood books and tv show will have a comic book based on them. There's actually a long tradition of this in comics, with some series lasting beyond the show.

Also in the Style section is a strange Cul de Sac comic on evolution.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

PR: Sun, Aug 1-Capicons Comic Con in Tysons


Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con
Sunday, August 1, 2010
10 am - 3 pm

Admission: $2--Kids FREE!
$1 of each paid admission
...will be donated to The Hero Initiative

Open to the public from 10 am - 3 pm. Buy, sell & trade: Gold, Silver,
Bronze Age comics; Indie & Modern comics, Publishers & Creators, TV &
Movie Collectibles. Non-sport cards; Videos & DVDs; Horror/Sci-Fi;
figures, toys; Star Wars & Star Trek memorabilia; original artwork,
posters and other comic-related collectibles.

Special Guest Artist: Josh C. Lyman!

Also Featuring:
• Cover Artist and Inker Tim Dzon (Marvel Comics Presents, Avengers West
Coast, Hawkeye, etc.)
• Artist Tom Arvis, Sureshot Comics
• Fabulous Door Prizes!
• 50+ Dealer Tables!

More Artists TBA--stay tuned!
.................
2010 Capicons Shows

Sunday, Oct. 3 - With Special Guest Carolyn Belefski
BOOK NOW! info@capicons.com

Sunday, Dec. 5

****** Coming Soon--2011 Capicons Dates! *******

See you there!
Jeff, Laura & Ed at Capicons
www.capicons.com



Animation voice interview on Comic Riffs

COMIC-CON 2010: 'Cleveland Show's' KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON voices his fandom of Macfarlane, McGruder and The Batman
By Michael Cavna | July 24, 2010;

Harvey Pekar reminiscence by a long-time coworker

This is a nice letter from one of his co-workers at the VA hospital:

A day in the working life of VA file clerk and 'American Splendor' creator Harvey Pekar
Friday, July 23, 2010

At some point I'll try to list all of the interviews that popped up after Harvey's death, but hadn't been included in Harvey Pekar: Conversations.

Washington Post on Comics-Con

An article in print today -

Comic-Con in San Diego makes a heroic effort to party hearty
By Jen Chaney
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 24, 2010; C05

and five more stories on their Comic Riffs blog

COMIC-CON 2010: Legend STAN LEE talks 'geek power,' new movies -- & why he was embarrassed to be a comic-book writer
By Michael Cavna | July 23, 2010

COMIC-CON 2010: 'iCarly's' JERRY TRAINOR goes 'b-i-g' to voice the new cartoon 'T.U.F.F. Puppy'
By Michael Cavna | July 24, 2010

COMIC-CON 2010 Interviews: MAD magazine artists 'excited' about TV show for a new generation
By Michael Cavna | July 24, 2010

COMIC-CON 2010: 'Opus's' BERKELEY BREATHED talks pigs, penguins & the thrill of adapting 'Pete & Pickles' for animation

By Michael Cavna | July 23, 2010


COMIC-CON 2010: Rising OLIVIA MUNN has already inherited the geeks. Will she now inherit the Earth?
By Michael Cavna | July 23, 2010

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 07-28-10


COMICS ON THE RACK
Quick Picks for Comics Due 07-28-10
By John Judy
 
ABE SAPIEN: ABYSSAL PLAIN #2 of 2 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Peter Snejbjerg.  "We're all dead in a commie submarine, a commie submarine, a commie submarine!"  Recommended.
 
ACTION COMICS #891 by Paul Cornell and Pete Woods.  Lex Luthor has taken over as the star of this book and is up to some insanely depraved stuff even for him.  Can Lex regain his Orange Lantern juice?  And who's gonna be dumb enough to get in his way?  Highly recommended.
 
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #5 by Stephen King, Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque.  Wrapping up the first arc with some fang-tastic payback!  Recommended. Not for kids.
 
BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #4 of 6 by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart.  Bruce just hopped the DeLorean into the wild, wild west!  Will the Time-Masters catch up with him before he actually makes it back?  Or will he???  Recommended.
 
BATMAN: THE WIDENING GYRE #6 of 6 by Kevin Smith and Walter Flanagan.  Ha! I knew there was a Smith title that hadn't come out in a while! I knew it!  Issue #5 was out in March!  BTW, did you know there's going to be a second volume to this story?  Supposedly it will run from July through December 2010 "after a six-month hiatus."  Thank-you, Kevin Smith!  My world feels normal once again.
 
BUZZARD #2 of 3 written and drawn by Eric Powell with a back-up feature drawn by Kyle Hotz.  A solo adventure of your favorite mystery man from THE GOON. Highly recommended.
 
FANTASTIC FOUR #581 by Jonathan Hickman and Neil Edwards.  Reed's dad shows up during his son's college years to press Reed, Ben and young Doc Doom into service.  It's a retcon road trip!
 
FLASH #4 by Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul.  Captain Boomerang is back from the dead and ready to make you stop laughing at his name!  Flash-fact!
 
GREEN LANTERN #56 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke.  Hector Hammond and his huge head get back in the game.  Creepy cover.
 
INCORRUPTIBLE #8 by Mark Waid and Horacio Domingues.  Reformed super-creep Max Damage has to keep two sidekicks above ground. A difficult task considering some non-reformed creep just let some daylight through ol' Max.  Recommended.
 
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #47 by James Robinson and Mark Bagley.  The latest JLA/JSA cross-over continues!  Original Green Lantern Alan Scott has gone nuts and it's gonna take both teams to chill him out!  Big fights and lots of 'em!
 
LIFE WITH ARCHIE: MARRIED LIFE #1 by Michael Uslan and a Team of Fine Artists.  A continuation of the popular stories in which Archie married both Betty and Veronica.  Who knew Archie was a Mormon?
 
NORTHLANDERS #30 by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli.  Bonnie and Clyde in the time of the Vikings!  Highly recommended!
 
PREVIEWS by Marvel and Diamond Comics.  Imagine yourself reading these comics outside on a cool Fall day three months from now…  Nice.
 
PUNISHERMAX #9 by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon.  Bullseye finally goes too far.  Think about that one for a minute.
 
RASL #8 written and drawn by Jeff Smith.  His back to the wall, science-punk Rasl lashes out.  Highly recommended.
 
SECRET AVENGERS #3 by Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato.  Nova's gone nuts and now the gang's gotta duke it out on Mars. Big fight!
 
THOR #612 by Kieron Gillen and Doug Braithwaite.  Thor goes to Hell.  But enough about the post-Kirby years…
 
ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY #1 of 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Rafa Sandoval.  "Umm, why is Marvel still doing this line of books?"  Wait! No!  It's the sequel to ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY!  Y'know, the one where they never told you who the bad guy was even after you bought all four issues!  Not to worry, they'll clue us in at the end of the next four-issue mini-series after this one fer sure!  Excelsior!
 
UNCANNY X-MEN #526 by Matt Fraction, Alan Heinberg, Olivier Coipel and Whilce Portacio.  Five new mutants have popped up.  That requires an extra creative team in my book. "Five Lights" no waiting.
 
WOLVERINE: WEAPON X #15 by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney.  The final chapter in the Deathlok story.  For now… Recommended.
 
WONDER WOMAN #601 by J. Michael Straczynski, Don Kramer and Michael Babinski.  Love him or hate him, JMS doesn't go half-way on an idea.  Here he completely revamps the Amazon Princess.  Will it work?  Time will tell…  Gotta look.
 
X-MEN LEGACY #238 by Mike Carey and Clay Mann.  This is set in India.  Apparently there's a new mutant whose power is answering the phone.
 
 


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Scott Pilgrim bandwagon token post

Big Planet Comics in Bethesda has free miniposters for the upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs the World movie.

Riffs on Comic-con's overgrowth

Has COMIC-CON outgrown San Diego? 9 big-time guests tell us where to go
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog July 21, 2010

I think Cavna's gone home for the madness as he says he'll be posting on the Con frequently.

Weldon's book reviews and recommendations

Five Great Books They Won't Talk About At Comic-Con, by Glen Weldon, July 21, 2010.

Richmond's free weekly comic strip issue

The Comic Strip Issue, Style Weekly 7/20/2010.

I'd appreciate getting a copy if anyone would pick me up one.

SpongeBob begins appearing in oil protests

Signs of the times: Oil-spill victims on Grand Isle post protest [SpongeBob SquarePants].

By Ylan Q. Mui

Washington Post July 20, 2010; C10

Monday, July 19, 2010

Carla Speed McNeil to work on novelist Sara Ryan's Bad Houses

At least that's what it says here.

New Weingarten interview online

PopMatters 20 Questions: Gene Weingarten
By PopMatters Staff 19 July 2010


Iranian cartoonist interviewed at Comic Riffs


Q&A: Muslim cartoonist offers her thoughts on depicting Muhammad
By Michael Cavna 
Washington Post's Comic Riffs blog  July 19, 2010

Comics and Stamps Have a Longer History than You’d Expect

I wrote a short history of cartoons and stamps that I've been planning for a decade or so...


Comics and Stamps Have a Longer History than You'd Expect

Posted by Mike Rhode on Jul. 19, 2010 at 10:53 am
 

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 07-21-10

 
COMICS ON THE RACK
Quick Picks for Comics Due 07-21-10
By John Judy
 
ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON #1 of 4 by Moore and Jacen Burrows. Moore's sequel to THE COURTYARD in which two FBI agents get mixed up in some Lovecraftian badness. It is fortunate that Moore has overcome his disdain for creators building on the works of others. Fortunate indeed…. Gotta look.
 
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #638 by Joe Quesada and Marcos Martin.  In which Joe Q tries to square the circle between pre-Mephisto/Marriage Spidey and post-Mephisto/Brand New Day Spidey.  Heads will explode tonight!
 
AVENGERS #3 by Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr.  The Avengers go back to the future to see what shenanigans their kids have been up to.  But will they all fit in the DeLorean?!  Doc!!!
 
BRIGHTEST DAY #6 by Geoff Johns and Friends.  The truth of the White Lantern revealed!
 
CBGB #1 of 4 by Kieron Gillen, Sam Humphries, Marc Ellerby and Rob G.  A mini-series built around the legendary "Country/Blue-Grass/Blues" music club in New York that is sadly now a high-end men's clothing store.
 
DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #3 of 10 by Len Wein and Many Awesome Artists. The dawn of the Silver Age of Heroes. Cool.
 
GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS #8 of 9 by Ennis, Russ Braun and Garry Leach.  In the midst of bloody WW2 aerial combat, love takes flight among the commies.  Recommended.
 
HELLBLAZER #269 by Peter Milligan and Giuseppe Camuncoli. Desperate to keep his sanity John Constantine summons Shade the Changing Man for help.  Because none of his ex-girlfriends or demons from hell were available.
 
JANET EVANOVICH TOUBLEMAKER, BOOK ONE HC by Janet and Alex Evanovich and Joelle Jones.  Crime-fightin' NASCAR sweethearts in Florida!  It's a movie!
 
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #41 by James Robinson and Mark Bagley.  It's a JLA/JSA cross-over as the source of the original Green Lantern's power comes back for him and his kids.  Oy!
 
KEVIN SMITH'S GREEN HORNET #6 by Smith and Jonathan Lau.  The son of the dead Green Hornet gets up to speed under the watchful tutelage of Mr. Miyagi.. I mean Mister Han… sorry, this "Kevin Smith comics coming out on schedule" thing is disorienting…
 
MARVELMAN CLASSIC PRIMER #1 by Many People.  Everything you ever wanted to know about Marvelman/Miracleman but were afraid to ask.  Please don't screw this up, Marvel…
 
NEW AVENGERS #2 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen. The gang mixes it up with a magical menace!
 
OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE, VOL. 40 HC & SC by Team Overstreet.  The Bible of what your stuff is worth, featuring variant Batman and Captain America covers.  Educational.
 
RASL POCKET EDITION, VOL. 1 SC written and drawn by Jeff Smith.  Collecting the first seven issues in a handy 6.5 x 9 inch format.  Recommended for travel and/or staying home.
 
SCOTT PILGRIM, VOL. 6: FINEST HOUR GN written and drawn by Bryan Lee O'Malley.  At last!  The final Evil Ex-Boyfriend arrives!  It's clobberin' time!  (Sorry.  Wrong book.  Sorry…)
 
THUNDERBOLTS #146 by Jeff Parker and Kev Walker.  Luke Cage and his new T-Bolts must clean up a mess from the previous administration.  Lotta that going around…
 
TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT #1 of 6 written and drawn by Dan Jurgens.  The search for Batman brings in the bigwigs of DCU time travel, including Rip Hunter!
 
TRUE BLOOD #1 by Alan Ball, David Tischman, Mariah Huehner and David Messina.  A little something from the world of HBO's hit vampire soap that's been called "Twilight for people with pubic hair."
 
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 #5 of 6 by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu.  Ya ever notice how some titles just trip off your tongue?  Like music really…  Anyway, they're still fighting Ultimate Ghost Rider for the life of the Vice-President. Honest.
 
ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #3 of 5 by Jeph Loeb and Frank Cho. This comic was drawn by Frank Cho.
 
WALKING DEAD #75 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.  You knew the peaceful life was too good to last, right?  You knew that weasel preacher shoulda been fed to the biters early on, right?  Here's where it all comes down.  Plus a color back-up story drawn by Ryan Ottley.  Highly recommended. Not for kids.
 
WALKING DEAD, VOL. 12: LIFE AMONG THEM SC by Kirkman and Adlard.  Collecting issues #67-72, in which the gang finds The Community.
 
WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY: ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE #1 of 6 by Gail Simone and Horacio Domingues.  The retirement village for super-folk is back! As are several colorful characters with scores to settle, whether this mutant Mayberry is ready or not!  Recommended!
 
X-FACTOR #207 by Peter David and Sebastian Fiumara. Is a shock ending still a shock ending when they tell you ahead of time it's gonna be a shock ending?  Head hurts…
 
ZATANNA #3 by Paul Dini and Stephane Roux. "Dab yug Rehtorb Thgin skool ekil eht Rekoj no htem!  Sekiy!"
 
Wishing everyone a happy Comic-Con (except the Westboro Baptist Church)!
 


Saturday, July 17, 2010

America's Next Great Cartoonist's contestant Dan Boris

An Interview with Dan Boris, Cartoonist of Hoxwinder Hall.
by Erik Weems
July 11? 2010


Intervention webcomic con update

A few weeks ago, we posted some PR for the webcomics con Intervention, that's arriving in DC in September. One of the organizers wrote to me this week with additional news, "Hugo Award-winning Sci fi author Ben Bova has chosen our event to debut his new webcomic. We have also just signed Molly Crabapple to bring Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School to the con." 

Kathleen Parker continues to editorialize on Islam and cartoons

Americans must not be cowed by Muslim objections to cartoons
By Kathleen Parker
Washington Post Sunday, July 18, 2010; A19

Truitt on Walking Dead, again

'The Walking Dead' shambles into Comic-Con, courtesy of Robert Kirkman
 Brian Truitt
July 16th, 2010
http://whosnews.usaweekend.com/2010/07/the-walking-dead-shambles-into-comic-con-courtesy-of-robert-kirkman/

Newport News Daily Press on Olivia Walch

William and Mary student doodles her way into the Washington Post
Olivia Walch beat out 500 people to win newspaper contest that will allow her to have a comic strip in the paper.
By Tyra M. Vaughn
Newport News Daily Press July 16, 2010



Conductor's obituary mentions Hungarian comic strip

Maverick Australian conductor Charles Mackerras dies at 84
By Anne Midgette
Washington Post July 16, 2010; B07

The article notes that Leos Janacek's music which Mackerras championed, "includ[ed] one adaptation of a newspaper comic strip, "The Cunning Little Vixen"".

Jeff Smith, Brad Meltzer and Jules Feiffer at National Book Festival



NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
101 INDEPENDENCE AVE. S.E.
WASHINGTON, DC  20540

July 15, 2010

10th Annual National Book Festival to Headline Follett, Glass, Kostova / The President and Mrs. Obama Will Serve as Honorary Chairs

         The stellar lineup for the 10th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, will include international best-selling author Ken Follett; Rae Armantrout, winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for poetry; National Book Award winner Julia Glass; Pat Mora, one of the nation's most beloved writers for children; and Elizabeth Kostova, author of the worldwide sensations "The Historian" and "The Swan Thieves." They will be among more than 70 authors now slated to appear at the event on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.  The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between 3rd and 7th streets on the National Mall.
         President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, the First Lady, will be honorary chairs of the event.
In observance of its 10th anniversary – "A Decade of Words and Wonder" – the festival will feature several special events during the week preceding the festival day.
         The 2010 National Book Festival poster, by renowned illustrator Peter Ferguson, can be downloaded from the festival website at www.loc.gov/bookfest.
         Authors and illustrators scheduled to participate in the National Book Festival will make their presentations in the Children, Teens & Children, Fiction & Mystery, Poetry & Prose, History & Biography and Contemporary Life pavilions.
•       Children: Mary Brigid Barrett, Timothy Basil Ering, Jules Feiffer, Mem Fox, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Norton Juster, Pat Mora, Marilyn Nelson, Linda Sue Park, Jerry Pinkney, James Ransome, Judith Viorst and Rosemary Wells
•       Teens & Children: M.T. Anderson, Michael Buckley, Suzanne Collins, Margarita Engle, Peter Ferguson, Phillip M. Hoose, Brad Meltzer, Katherine Paterson, Jane Smiley, Jeff Smith and Rebecca Stead
•       Fiction & Mystery: Isabel Allende, Ken Follett, Diana Gabaldon, Julia Glass, Martha Grimes, Elizabeth Kostova, Anchee Min, Karin Slaughter, Scott Spencer, Peter Straub and Scott Turow
•       Poetry & Prose: Elizabeth Alexander, Rae Armantrout, Jonathan Franzen, Gail Godwin, Allegra Goodman, Chang-rae Lee, Thomas Mallon, Orhan Pamuk, Jane Smiley and Natasha Trethewey
•       History & Biography: Adele Logan Alexander, Timothy Egan, Jules Feiffer, Wil Haygood, David E. Hoffman, Richard Holmes, James McGrath Morris, Nell Irvin Painter, David Remnick, Steven V. Roberts, Stacy Schiff, Evan Thomas and Gordon S. Wood
•       Contemporary Life: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Gurcharan Das, Ree Drummond, Bruce Feiler, Jonathan Safran Foer, Spike Mendelsohn, Michele Norris, Richard Rhodes, Henry Petroski, Craig Robinson, Anita Silvey, Harold Varmus and Edward O. Wilson.

         Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities.
         The 2010 National Book Festival is made possible through the generous support of Co-Chairman, National Book Festival Board David M. Rubenstein; Charter Sponsors Target and The Washington Post; Patrons, AT&T, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The James Madison Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS KIDS Raising Readers; Contributors, Borders, Digital Bookmobile powered by OverDrive, Penguin Group (USA), ReadAloud.org, Scholastic Inc., and the Library of Congress Federal Credit Union; and Friends The Hay-Adams and National Endowment for the Humanities.  Thanks also to C-SPAN2's Book TV and The Junior League of Washington.
         The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library's rich resources and treasures may be accessed through the Library's website, www.loc.gov, and via interactive exhibitions on myLOC.gov.

PR 10-162
07/15/10
ISSN 0731-3527

Post reviews Fringe's Superheroes Who Are Super

At Fort Fringe, X-Men mark the spot for 'Superheroes Who Are Super'
By Fiona Zublin
Washington Post July 15, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

G. Willow Wilson on Draw Muhammad Day at Post blog

A Muslim cartoonist on "Draw Muhammad Day"
by G. Willow Wilson
Washington Post's On Faith blog July 15, 2010.

Haven't read it yet, myself.

Olivia Walch's paper on her win

Student wins Washington Post comic contest
By Ian Brickey
College of William and Mary's The Flat Hat July 15, 2010

America's Next Great Cartoonist winner profiled in Post

This article talks about the contest, and the other local contestants, including Joe Sutliff who's been noticed by the Washington Post's syndicate editor-

Va. student Olivia Walch named 'America's Next Great Cartoonist' in Post contest
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 15, 2010; 1:51 PM
published as And the winner is... Young Va. woman tops comic contest with triumphant 'Quest' July 16, 2010

This article is a profile of Olivia Walch -

Young 'America's Next Great Cartoonist' winner honed craft at Va. college paper
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 15, 2010; 1:15 PM
in print as And the winner is... Science major delights in rendering a most rewarding sideline, July 16, 2010

And this is a video 'chat' with her in an annoying format -
Live video discussion with Olivia Walch, the winner of the Post's 'America's Next Great Cartoonist' contest

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Zadzooks reviews comics

Zadzooks: Superman, Wonder Woman and Wolverine
By Joseph Szadkowski
Washington Times July 15, 2010

PR: Wash Post Announces Winner of Cartoonist Contest!

After some 500 entries and 4,000 first-round votes, The Washington Post today announces the winner of America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest.

Olivia Walch, 20, of Fairfax Station, Va. is the contest winner, impressing the judges with her "Imogen Quest" cartoon and winning over readers. She emerges as America's Next Great Cartoonist after our panelists picked 10 finalists, celebrity judges critiqued entries, then thousands of readers voted in two rounds of challenges to choose the winner. As winner, Walch receives $1,000 and a shot at syndication.

Of Walch's work, Judge Jerry Scott said, "Olivia's panel is really current and smart. Her ideas are fresh and funny, and the drawings are consistent and likable." Gene Weingarten was impressed with her jokes. Richard Thompson also reviewed her work and wrote, "This Sunday is ingenious and funny, and pushes metahumor about as far as it can go."

Walch is studying math and biophysics at The College of William and Mary and is a cartoonist for the student newspaper, 'The Flat Hat.' To  read more about the winner, go here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/15/AR2010071502123.html

To check out her work for the contest: http://views.washingtonpost.com/cartoonist/contestants/OliviaW/2010/07/imogen_quest_winner.html

 

For more about The Washington Post's contest: http://views.washingtonpost.com/cartoonist/

 

 


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Kal, speaking in Baltimore July 15, and his new exhibits

Kal writes in, and note that he's speaking in Baltimore TOMORROW,


Friends and colleagues

I wanted to share some recent news that I hope you will find of interest.

A large exhibition of KAL cartoons and animation is currently set to be on display in Seoul, South Korea at SICAF (Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival) July 21-25. The festival is very well attended with over 300,000 cartoon enthusiasts expected to visit over the 5 day event. Photos from the exhibit will be available later this month at www.Kaltoons.com.

Another exhibition of my cartoons is set to open this Fall at the Center for The Arts, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. "Drawn From The Economist: The editorial art of KAL" will run from September 10 to October 24. The show will include more than 40 cartoons, covers and illustrations from my 33 year career with The Economist.

This Thursday, July 15, I will a featured speaker at the opening of "Betascape", Baltimore's newest showcase of technology and Art. This inaugural event will take place at the WindUp Space, 12 West North Avenue, Baltimore. It starts at 7PM and admission is free. For more info go to: http://betascape.org/

Best

Kal
Kevin Kallaugher
The KAL iPhone App is now available at the iTunes store.


Trickster reviewed by Good Comics for Kids blog

Review: Trickster
by Katherine Dacey
School Library Journal's Good Comics for Kids July 14th, 2010

America's Next Great Cartoonist local paper feature

Zachary Snyder is featured here -

Willowbrook cartoonist needs your vote
Staten Island Advance July 13, 2010

Harvey Pekar on Australian radio

I actually got a phone call from Australia last night - and I'm old enough to find that technologically marvelous and cool - for quotes for this story:

American Splendour's Harvey Pekar dies
Thea Dikeos reported this story on Wednesday, July 14, 2010
ABC News' PM
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2010/s2953704.htm
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/audio/pm/201007/20100714-pm11-splendour.mp3

I'm going to keep mulling over that spontaneous Steinbeck comparison as I think there's something to it. When I mentioned Hemingway and Steinbeck, I initially meant Pekar was a quintessentially American writer, but I think he might have some real thematic links to Steinbeck.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Cul de Sac and Act-I-Vate up for Harvey Awards

The Harvey Awards have 2 local candidates - Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson for best syndicated strip and Act-I-Vate featuring local writer Jim Dougan for best anthology.

More on Harvey Pekar

It sounds like Harvey just wore out last night.

I'm sure tributes and obituaries will be popping up all over this week. I know the Washington Post print edition should have one tomorrow. Today Comic Riffs did two posts on Harvey -

Remembering Harvey Pekar, legendary bard of the 'underground' comic book
By Michael Cavna, July 12, 2010

Michael got my first impressions for this article, almost immediately after I heard the news while on vacation -

Harvey Pekar book editor recalls a 'kind and diffident' man
By Michael Cavna, July 12, 2010.

A longer piece, quoting liberally from a 2005 interview I did with Harvey, should appear on the City Paper's website tomorrow.

Harvey Pekar's passing


I've just heard that Harvey Pekar passed away during the night. Some years ago I was asked to fill in and interview Harvey at SPX. I reluctantly agreed, and went home and brushed up on his career. Day 1 went well, so I did the second session the next day with Harvey and his collaborators Josh Neufeld, Ed Piskor and Dean Haspiel. These two interviews became the genesis of my edited book of interviews, Harvey Pekar: Conversations. Harvey gave me his permission to use anything he had done, but he didn't have a file of interviews to make my life much easier. I got the occasional thrill of picking up the phone and hearing him saying, "Hey Mike, it's Harvey Pekar" as though his gruff voice wasn't immediately recognizable. The book came out about a year later, and Harvey and I stayed loosely in touch. I always found him to be kind and approachable, not a curmudgeon, and will miss our infrequent talks and any new stories from him. Through the force of his intellect and willpower, Harvey made himself a part of the American experience and we've lost something with his death.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Batwoman: Elegy reviewed in Examiner

Today's Examiner had a brief review of Batwoman: Elegy which isn't online. The main takeaway: "The obvious attraction is Williams and colorist Dave Stewart's artwork, whose mutable style and wildly inventive layouts get across the story's twisted chronology and psychological subtleties all by themselves."

Bennett's Best on Zadzooks

A couple of week's of catchup here.

Bennett's Best: Justice League of America and Wonder Woman
By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks Sunday, July 4, 2010.

Bennett's Best: Batman: The Odyssey, Scarlet and more
By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks Friday, July 9, 2010

Truitt on Daredevil

Daredevil embraces his darker side in 'Shadowland'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY July 8 2010


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Trickster interview at Graphic Novel Reporter

Trickster Tales: An Interview with Matt Dembicki and Michael Thompson
-- Danica Davidson
Graphic Novel Reporter July 2010

Shore Leave 32 con includes comics writers

Mike Barr, Peter David and Keith DeCandido will be appearing in Baltimore at the Shore Leave 32 con this weekend, July 9 -11

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 07-14-10


COMICS ON THE RACK
Quick Picks for Comics Due 07-14-10
By John Judy
 
ABSOLUTE PLANETARY, VOL. 2 HC by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday.  Collecting issues #13-27 in this coffee-table size book, thus completing this trippy tribute to every pop fantasy adventure ever printed on cheap paper.  Recommended.
 
ADVENTURE COMICS #516 by Many People.  A Legion of Super-Heroes story with a back-up feature starring The Atom!  Because sooner or later that stuff's gonna sell!
 
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #637 by Lotsa People.  Kraven!  Dead and loving it! Too bad about that other guy, though…
 
ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN/WOLVERINE #2 of 6 by Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert.  It's Aaron's first "summer movie" comic and it's pretty raucous!  Web-slinging, claw-popping fun!
 
ASTRO CITY: THE SILVER AGENT #1 of 2 by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson.  At last!  The low-down on Astro City's most famous and tragic citizen!  A long time coming and highly recommended.
 
BATMAN #701 by Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel.  An untold story of the Batman by Grant Morrison to help you understand what's happening in all those other stories of the Batman by Grant Morrison!
 
BLACKEST NIGHT: BLACK LANTERN CORPS VOL. 1 and 2 HC by Everyone.  Your favorite dead heroes return as heart-ripping ghouls! (Hey, Marvel wasn't doing much with that story anymore…)
 
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #35 by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz.  The Legion of Substitute Heroes and the Inferior Five.  This is why I still read comics.  Highly recommended.
 
BRODY'S GHOST, BOOK 1 of 6 SC written and drawn by Mark Crilley.  When a cute ghost tells you to begin samurai training to unlock your hidden powers you better begin samurai training to unlock your hidden powers, buster!  Recommended.
 
CHEW #12 by John Layman and Rob Guillory.  Poyo, the Killer Cock returns!  Excelsior!
 
COMIC BOOK GUY: THE COMIC BOOK #1 of 5 by Boothby, Delaney and Davis.  Our hero, our role model, our avatar.  "Best.  Comic.  EVER!"  Recommended.
 
DAREDEVIL #508 by Andy Diggle, Antony Johnston and Roberto DeLaTorre.  If your friends are trying to stop you from killing Bullseye are they really your friends?
 
DAYTRIPPER #8 of 10 by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon.  The latest chapter in the ongoing lives and deaths of Bras.  Highly recommended.
 
DOCTOR SOLAR MAN OF THE ATOM #1 by Jim Shooter and Denis Calero.  Living Comics Institution Jim Shooter brings back this silver-age powerhouse for yet another shot at The Show.
 
FRACTURED FABLES HC by Many People, including but not limited to Jill Thompson, Bryan Talbot, Peter David, Ben Templesmith, Terry Moore, Ted McKeever, Bill Morrison, Larry Marder, Jim Valentino, Shannon Wheeler.  Fairy tales for all ages and sensibilities.
 
GIRL COMICS #3 of 3 by Many talented Female Creators.  Wrapping up this combination history of women in comics/anthology of under-utilized characters.  Fun stuff and a lot of information I didn't know before.  Kudos to Marvel for making this happen.  Recommended.
 
GORILLA MAN #1 of 3 by Jeff Parker and Giancarlo Caracuzzo.  A peek into the backstory of Ken Hale, the immortal talking gorilla from the Agents of Atlas!
 
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #28 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca. Armor-plated action and hi-tech hijinks abound as Tony and Rhodey start tearing up the town! Recommended.
 
JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #5 by Keith Giffen, Judd Winick and Joe Bennett.  Maxwell Lord has reassembled his old, cut-rate Justice League (more or less).  But why???
 
OFFICER DOWNE ONE-SHOT by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham. The adventures of the baddest cop in this world.  And the next…
 
REVOLVER HC written and drawn by Matt Kindt.  Given a choice between soul-crushing order and post-apocalyptic chaos, which would you choose?  Or would you?  In this original graphic novel one guy has a chance to find out.  Recommended.
 
RICHARD STARK'S PARKER: THE MAN WITH THE GETAWAY FACE adapted and drawn by Darwyn Cooke.  Following his triumphant adaptation of PARKER THE HUNTER Cooke now primes the pump for this October's release of THE OUTFIT with this short 24-page lead in story.  This is a guaranteed Awesome Read and everyone should reserve their copies immediately.  Highly recommended.  Not for kids.
 
SCOTT PILGRIM, VOL. 6: FINEST HOUR GN written and drawn by Bryan Lee O'Malley.  At last!  The final Evil Ex-Boyfriend arrives!  It's clobberin' time!  (Sorry.  Wrong book.  Sorry…)
 
SIXTH GUN #1 and 2 by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt.  Dark magic and gun-slingin' in the old west.  Could it be someone decided to do the "Jonah Hex" movie right…?
 
STRANGE SCIENCE FANTASY #1 written and drawn by Scott Morse. A little retro madness from the creator of SOULWIND.
 
SUPERMAN #701 by J. Michael Straczynski and Eddy Barrows.  The new creative team brings Superman back to Earth in "Grounded, Part One."  Gotta look!
 
UNCANNY X-MEN: HEROIC AGE #1 by Matt Fraction and Three Artistes.  Three tales of X-action in the Marvel Yoo!
 
UNWRITTEN #15 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross.  Tommy's getting closer to finding his dad while poor Lizzie's having a Dickens of a time…  Recommended.
 
VIKING PRINCE BY JOE KUBERT HC written by Robert Kanigher and Bob Haney, drawn by Kubert.  Collecting the Silver-Age adventures of a great Viking warrior, pre-NORTHLANDERS.  Recommended.
 
X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT #1 of 6 by Steve Niles, Adam Jones and Tom Mandrake.  Mulder and Scully fight the vamps!  Gotta look!
 
X-MEN: SECOND COMING #2 by Many People.  Who lives?  Who dies?  Who comes back? Hint: Red hair, people.  Red.  Hair.
 
 


America's Next Great Cartoonist contestant Walch featured in college newsblog

A vote for Walch is a vote for America's Next Great Cartoonist
William and Mary News & Events July 9, 2010

July 10: Matt Dembicki at Hooray for Kids bookstore REPOST

Local graphic artist Matt Dembicki (editor of "Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection") is giving a workshop for kids 7 and up on drawing and putting together a comic book. Kids will learn the basics—creating a character, developing a story, and laying out a page using various tricks of the trade. Participants will make their own mini-comics to take home. The workshop is Saturday, July 10, at 3 p.m., and folks should call (703-548-4092) or e-mail (info@hooray4books.com) to make a reservation.

Hooray for Kids
An Independent Children's Bookstore
1555 King St. Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Ph. 703-548-4092 Fax 703-548-4094
Hours M-Sat. 10-6 Sun 11-4

Troy Allen interview at Superpunch

Super Punch Interview: Troy Allen. by John Struan, July 5, 2010

Friday, July 09, 2010

PR: Tickets On Sale, Hotel Discounts Available for the 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con!



Tickets On Sale, Hotel Discounts Available for the 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con!

Baltimore, Maryland - July 8, 2010 - Tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con, to be held on August 28 and August 29, 2010 at the Baltimore Convention Center, are now on sale!  Many have been asking, and we're pleased to now be able to offer the opportunity to purchase your tickets!  To do so on-line, please follow http://www.ticketmaster.com/Baltimore-Convention-Center-tickets-Baltimore/venue/172201 to purchase your Two-Day, Saturday, or Sunday passes.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at Cards, Comics & Collectibles of Reisterstown, MD (100A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD  21136), or at any show or convention at which Cards, Comics & Collectibles is exhibiting.  As with years past, we encourage you to purchase tickets ahead of the show so as not to have to wait in the ticket line.
 
"We've been getting a lot of questions about when tickets would be on sale this year," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.  "Everyone can now solidify their travel plans, and be sure to take advantage of the discounts that the hotels around the Baltimore Convention Center are offering -- just follow the About > Hotels link off of our main webpage for details!"

We are also proud to announce that Archaia Comics and Adhouse Books will be exhibiting at the 2010 convention in addition to the already-announced Boom! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Image Comics, Top Cow Productions, and Top Shelf Comix.
 
Joining our already spectacular list of comic book professional guests, we are happy to announce the following additions:  Dave Aikins (SpongeBob Squarepants), Van Jensen (Pinocchio:  Vampire Slayer), Norman Lee (New Mutants), Joe Linsner (Dawn:  Not To Touch The Earth), Clay Mann (X-Men Legacy), Pop Mhan (Ender's Game: Mazer In Prison), Sean Murphy (Joe the Barbarian), Paul D. Storrie (Twilight Crusade:  Gabriel), Timothy Truman (Conan the Cimmerian), and Kelly Yates (Doctor Who: 2010 Annual).
 
Guests previously announced include: Mike and Laura Allred (Madman), Sergio Aragones (Groo), Ivan Brandon (Nemesis:  The Imposters), Tom Brevoort (Executive Editor, Marvel Comics), Jim Calafiore (Secret Six), Eric Canete (New Avengers:  Luke Cage), Bernard Chang (Prince of Persia), Howard Chaykin (Black Kiss), Sean Chen (Nova), Cliff Chiang (Greendale), Mark Chiarello (Editor, DC Comics), Frank Cho (Ultimate Comics New Ultimates), Mike Choi (X-Force), Steve Conley (Star Trek Omnibus: The Original Series), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Shane Davis (Superman:  Earth One), Dan DiDio - Sunday only (The Outsiders, Co-Publisher, DC Comics), Al Feldstein (MAD Magazine), Francesco Francavilla (The Green Hornet:  Year One), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics), Ron Garney (Wolverine:  Weapon X), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Michael Golden (Marvel 1602:  Spider-Man), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), Dean Haspiel (ACT-I-VATE), Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four), Greg Horn (Green Lantern), Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Geoff Johns - Sunday only (Blackest Night, Chief Creative Officer, DC Comics), J.G. Jones (DC Universe Legacies), Denis Kitchen (Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen), Barry Kitson (Iron Man 2 Prequel), Rich Koslowski (BB Wolf and the 3 LPs), Greg LaRocque (The Exiled), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Steve Lieber (Underground), Luna Brothers (The Sword), David Mack (Kabuki), Laura Martin (Girl Comics), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Todd McFarlane - Saturday only (Spawn), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Mike McKone (Avengers Academy), Bob McLeod (New Mutants Forever), Terry Moore (Echo, SiP), Mark Morales (Siege), Chris Moreno (Toy Story), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Phil Noto (Avengers:  The Origin), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts), Lauren Perry (Blank-ees), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Extinction), Chris Pitzer (Publisher, Adhouse Books), Paul Pope (Wednesday Comics), Eric Powell (The Goon), Jack Purcell (Gotham City Sirens), Mike Raicht (The Stuff of Legend), Tom Raney (Black Widow:  Deadly Origin), Chris Roberson (I, Zombi), James Robinson (Justice League of America), Budd Root (Cavewoman), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes), Stephane Roux (Zatanna), Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac), Tim Sale courtesy of Hero Initiative (Captain America White), Ian Sattler (Editor, DC Comics), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker's Death Ship), Bob Schreck (Jurassic Park), Jim Shooter (Magnus, Robot Fighter), Louise Simonson (X-Factor Forever), Walter Simonson (Thor), Andy Smith (WildC.A.T.S.), John K. Snyder III (The A-Team:  Shotgun Wedding), Allison Sohn (Star Wars sketchcard artist), Jim Starlin (Dreadstar), Brian Stelfreeze (The Authority:  The Lost Year), Karl Story (Zatanna), Billy Tan (Shadowland), Ben Templesmith sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics (Choker), Mark Texeira (X-Men:  Origins), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), Billy Tucci (Shi), Dexter Vines (Ultimate Avengers), Neil Vokes (Superman Adventures), Doug Wagner (World of Warcraft:  Horde), Matt Wagner (The Green Hornet:  Year One), Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Editor-in-Chief, Boom! Studios), Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans), John Workman (Heavy Metal), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), and Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella:  From Fabletown With Love).
 
In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website (http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/baltimorecomics), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/baltimorecomiccon), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/baltimorecomics), and ComicSpace (http://www.comicspace.com/baltimorecomicon) pages.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 28th.
 
Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
 
press@baltimorecomiccon.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries
 
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 11th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area.  With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010.  For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards.  With a history of over 20 years, the last 5 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories.  They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.  For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.