Monday, November 29, 2010

Denys Wortman in DC (sort of)

James Sturm's been working on rediscovering Denys Wortman, an early 20th century cartoonist, and is doing a book on him with Drawn & Quarterly. A few articles have been appearing about the exhibit on Wortman that's in New York-

Cartoonist's Depression-Era NYC Drawings Featured in East Harlem Exhibit; The works of cartoonist Denys Wortman will be on display at the Museum of the City of New York through March 20.
By Della Hasselle
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer, November 19, 2010

Gotham Chronicle: Sharp Eye, and Pencil
New York Times November 21, 2010

-and Allen Holtz put a nice early article online -

All N.Y. Poses For Wortman's Cartoons
Straphangers in the Subway and Flappers at Soda Fountains Are Unsuspecting
Models for New York World Artist Who Blends Comedy With Grim Reality in
"Metropolitan Movies" for N.Y. World
by John F. Roche (E&P, 3/23/29)

-tonight I was on the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art site and put in Wortman's name - and they have a collection of his papers (note the untranscribed interview)-

Wortman, Denys, b. 1887 d. 1958
New York, N.Y., Mass.
Cartoonist, New York, New York. Born in Saugerties, New York, Wortman studied engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology and at Rutgers College. From 1906-1909, he studied at the Chase School of Art in New York City with Kenneth Hayes Miller and classmates George Bellows, Edward Hopper, and Rockwell Kent. Beginning as a landscape painter from the "Gloucester School," Wortman's career changed when his drawings of life as a sailor in World War I were published in the New York Tribune. From 1924-1954, his daily cartoons "Metropolitan Movies" and "Mopey Dick and the Duke" mirrored New York life in the New York World-Tribune.

Denys Wortman papers, 1887-1980
2.0 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)
Reel(s): 3014

Biographical material, letters, business records, notes, writings, art work, photographs, printed material; and an untranscribed interview.

REEL 3014: Thirty-five letters to Wortman from friends and colleagues (1910-1957), including Gifford Beal, James Cagney, Stuart Davis, Guy Pene Du Bois, Juliet and Pier Hamilton, Edward and Jo Hopper, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Herbert Satterlee, John Sloan, Austin Strong, Frank Sullivan, William Sulzer, Gluyas Williams, and Mahonri Young.

UNMICROFILMED: Biographical accounts and a certificate of marriage between Wortman and his first wife Aimée Kempe (1913); letters to Wortman (1911-1958) and to his second wife Hilda (1958-1980), some illustrated, from his mother, his brother Elbert, newspaper publishers, and colleagues including Peggy Bacon, Roy Baker, George G. Barnard, Gifford Beal, Ruth Benedict, Isabel Bishop, Charlton Bolles, Arthur Brown, E. Button, Stuart Campbell, Edward C. Caswell, Thomas Cole, Nathaniel Collier, Worth Colwell, Fred Cooper, Raymond M. Crosby, Benjamin Dale, Bob Davis, John Dawson, Ed De Cossey, Steven Dohanos, Max and Eliena Eastman, Pat Enright, W. D. Faulkner, Robert Fawcett, Max Fleischer, Juliana Force, Lora B. Fox, Fred Freeman, James Freeman, Alfred Frueh, Murray Harris, Jim Herbert, R. John Holmgren, Ellison Hoover, Will B. Johnstone, H. J. Kauffer, J. Graham Kaye, Clarence B. Kelland,Walter Klett, Gene Lockhart, Arthur Mann, Frank J. Marshall, Jim McKenna,Helen Miller, Gladys Mock, Feg Murray, Frank Netter, William Oberhardt, Lloyd Parsons, Audrey Parsons, Garrett and Florence Price, Raymond Prohaska, George Raab, Samuel Raab, Jack Ratcliff, Norman Rothschild, Harry Salpeter, Albert Sterner,
Jack Van Ryder, Leroy Ward, Mahonri Young, Carl Zigrosser, William Zorach, and Thomas Benton's wife Rita; legal material, including contracts with newspapers and publishers (1925-1938), client lists (1935-1954), and a lease (1924); financial records, including check stubs (1921-1922), an expense book (1923), and receipts (1923-1952); notes and writings, including membership lists for the Dexter Fellows Tent Circus Saints and Sinners Club of America and the Artists and Writers Golf Association; word puzzles and mathematical formulae; scripts "I Know What I Like" by Arthur William Brown and Phil Broughton and "Taxi,-Lady?" by William and Vivian Place, a notebook (1927), and a diary (1918) of Aimée Kempe Wortman; interviews, including a transcript of Wortman, Charles I. Stewart, and Johanna Harris discussing "Art Under a Democracy," and an untranscribed interview of Wortman conducted by Thomas Craven, ca. 1952; and art work, including 25 drawings and a a print by Wortman (undated and 1919), and drawings by Francis Hackett and William Zorach.

Also included are clippings (1903-1978), exhibition catalogs (1935-1953), programs (1938-1951), and printed material concerning The Players (1938) and the Society of Illustrators (1901-1939); photographs (1887-1956) of Wortman, his family, and colleagues, including Harry Beckhoff, Alexander Brook, Clarence Brown, Glenn O. Coleman, Fred Cooper, Thomas Craven, Rudy Dirks, Steven Dohanos, Max and Eliena Eastman, Duncan Ferguson, Stefan Hirsch, Will B. Johnstone, Frank Kidder, Richard Lahey, Robert Laurent, Joseph Lilly, Esther Merrill, Wallace Morgan, Willard Mullin, Garrett and Florence Price, Otto Soglow, Marguerite Zorach, and Thomas Hart Benton, sports cartoonist Feg Murray (3) with film celebrities Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, and Jean Harlow, works of art, stage productions by members of the Society of American Illustrators and a gathering at the Grand Central Galleries of modern artists including Peggy Bacon, Dorothy Varian, Max Weber, and William Zorach.

Location of Originals: Reel 3014: Originals returned to the lender, Hilda R. Wortman, after microfilming.

Material on reel 3014 lent from microfilming by Hilda Wortman, Wortman's widow. She donated the unmicrofilmed material 1979-1983. Craven interview tape donated 1981 by Denys Wortman Jr.

Greg McElhatton's Read About Comics recent reviews

Greg continues to crank through a variety of comics for review including CLAMP manga, old Marvel Fantastic Four reprints , French multicreator Donjon issues (drawn by a Spaniard in this case), Emitown a formerly online and now print diary comic, Charles Burns' take on Tintin.... for more just go check out Read About Comics.

Richard Thompson on his USN&WR days

Complete with a Bill Clinton caricature for old times sake - Your Old Caricature from USN&WR for Today, November 28, 2010

R.C. Harvey reviews 'Barney and Clyde'

R.C. Harvey reviews 'Barney and Clyde' at

Carry the article to the end to see Rob Tornoe's take on Bucky the cat assailing Cul de Sac's Alice.

Comics Reporter interviews Rina Ayuyang, seen locally in Party Crashers exhibit

Spurgeon, Tom. 2010.
CR Sunday Interview: Rina Ayuyang.
Comics Reporter (November 28):

New comics on THURSDAY this week

No, I don't know why.

Kalman at Library of Congress article

Proud to be an American: Maira Kalman's Twelve Visual Essays at the Library of Congress
By Fiona Zublin
Express November 29, 2010

Nov 30: Maira Kalman at Library of Congress


November 9, 2010

Renowned Writer and Artist Maira Kalman to Discuss New Book, "And the Pursuit of Happiness"

Event Is First Co-Sponsored by Library of Congress and Hirshhorn Museum

Noted writer, illustrator and designer Maira Kalman's year-long investigation of democracy and how it works has resulted in her newest book, "And the Pursuit of Happiness" (Penguin, 2010), which is also the name of her popular blog at

Kalman will discuss and sign her book on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at noon in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event, co-sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The two institutions are planning additional co-sponsored programs.

"And the Pursuit of Happiness" combines words and pictures in an illustrated essay that is both probing and lighthearted. Beginning in 2008, Kalman traveled to Washington, D.C., launching a national tour that would take her from a town hall meeting in Newfane, Vt., to the inner chambers of the Supreme Court. She imagines making a home for herself in the center of the Lincoln Memorial, ponders Alexis de Tocqueville's America, witnesses the inner workings of a Bronx middle-school student council, takes a high-speed lesson in great American women in the National Portrait Gallery and considers the cost of war to the brave American service families of Fort Campbell, Ky.

Kalman is widely renowned for her contributions to The New York Times, The New Yorker and other major publications. Her book is also the subject of a discussion on Facebook. The new Books & Beyond Book Club is available at Here readers can discuss books, the authors of which have appeared or will appear in this series. The site also offers links to webcasts of these events and asks readers to talk about what they have seen and heard.

Since its creation by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress ( has become a major national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages, nationally and internationally. The center provides leadership for 52 affiliated state centers for the book (including the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and nonprofit reading-promotion partners and plays a key role in the Library's annual National Book Festival. It also oversees the Library's website and administers the Library's Young Readers Center.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Glen Weldon attempts comic book schooling...

...the fool!

Pop Culture Happy Hour: We Give Thanks, Try Comics, And Debate Happiness
by Linda Holmes
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog November 26, 2010 or

George Will on comic book censorship

Our puritanical progressives
By George F. Will
Washington Post November 28, 2010

Ooooh, the 90 comments are vicious.

PR: Sun, Dec 5-Capicons Show

Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con
Sun, Dec. 5, 2010

10 am - 3 pm

Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Hall, 

2148 Gallows Rd, Dunn Loring, Virginia

Admission $3 - Kids FREE!

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.

John Gallagher of Sky-Dog Comics (Buzzboy, Roboy Red)

Steve Conley (Star Trek, Astounding Space Thrills, Bloop, Kid Knight)

Andre Campbell and Tyran Eades of Heritage Comics HSQ

Dan Nokes, 21st Century Sandshark

Chris Flick, Capes & Babes

Rob Anderson, Panda Dog Press

Tim Dzon

Directions to DLVFRD: 
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PR: Spider Man - The Musical - A First Look on 60 Minutes

Tomorrow night, 60 Minutes will have a segment on the upcoming Spider-Man musical. I must say I'm somewhat interested in whether or not the producers pull this off.

Their press release follows. Note there's additional content on the web.


November 23, 2010






Lesley Stahl Gets the First Look at "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark"and its Aerial Effects and Also Talks to Director Julie Taymor as She Works to Complete the Most Expensive Musical Ever


          U2 band-mates Bono and The Edge have been having fun helping to create what will be the most ambitious and expensive musical ever staged on Broadway.  Lesley Stahl and 60 MINUTES cameras have been following the production for more than a year and a half and will offer the first look at the much vaunted aerial effects and the U2 stars' music sessions on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Nov. 28 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. 


            "It has been one of the funest (sic), more joyful rides of our artistic life, for sure," says Bono. "We've moved out of the rock 'n' roll idiom in places, into some very new territory for us," he tells Stahl. "There's big show tunes and dance songs."    The Edge said working with Julie Taymor was "like being a student in a master class of musical theater and opera."  Watch a clip.


            "Julie Taymor is definitely a magician. I think that's what you call a person, who, even though they put the rabbit in the hat, is really surprised when it comes out," Bono tells Stahl. 


            The show's first preview is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 28, after delays due to money woes, the complicated staging and flying effects that injured two actors. The show cost more than $60 million to make, and critics wondered if it would ever open.   But Taymor, with a string of stage and film successes, tells Lesley Stahl danger and risk make for a creative success.  "I love it when people say 'What a horrible, lousy idea.' I think that's great," Taymor says with a laugh. "I hate the comfort zone…I don't think that anything that's really creative can be done without danger and risk," says the two-time Tony winner, whose spectacular staging of "Lion King" is still playing in theaters after 13 years. 


            On Sunday, will feature a special, in-depth look at how Bono and The Edge collaborated with Taymor to write and play the music that defines the show's villains and heroes and drives its stunning special effects.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Wash Times on Toy Story 3's Oscar bid

Can a cartoon cowboy lasso Oscar's top prize? Animated film could be contender
By Christian Toto
The Washington Times November 25, 2010

Garry Trudeau profiled in Post

Garry Trudeau looks back at 40 years of 'Doonesbury'
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 26, 2010

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PR: Fantom Comics Thanksgiving Weekend Sale

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Comicsgirl reviews Party Crashers exhibit

Comicsgirl reviews Arlington's Party Crashers exhibit - I saw the exhibit briefly last Friday on opening night. Anyone want to try to go together? I think it's a show that talking through with others would be interesting.

Also, there's a nice catalogue for only $5.

'Tangled' reviews in local papers

Disney's 'Tangled' is fun for the whole family
 Sally Kline
Washington Examiner: 11/24/10

'Tangled': Disney's take on Rapunzel is as gorgeous as it is engaging
By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 24, 2010,1158941/critic-review.html
Movie Review | 'Tangled'
Back to the Castle, Where It's All About the Hair
November 23, 2010


Mark Zaid's “Superheroes in Court!” exhibit featured in alumni mag

Lawyers and Superheroes—Now That's Comical!
—Karen McCally
Rochester Review November–December 2010 Vol. 73, No. 2

thanks to Jeff R for the tip

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Picture This Press' Lost Art Books get reviews

Joe Procopio's Picture This Press' Lost Art Books have begun getting reviews - from the Hooded Utilitarian on Zim's Cartoons and Caricatures, comic book creator Steve Bissette and Comics Worth Reading.

As someone who's interested in the history of cartooning, I applaud Joe's efforts. Here's the Washington City Paper interview with him.

PR: The 2011 Kal Calendar is here

The new award-winning* fully illustrated 2011 Economist Wall Kalendar is now available to order. At only $15.00 (plus shipping) the Kalendar is a very unique and popular item for the holidays. You can order copies direct from The Economist website:

The Kalendars and other Kal related items will be available for purchase from my website, from December 1, 2010.

Let me know your thoughts about this year's edition!


Kevin Kallaugher

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

* Voted Most Original Calendar, US and International divisions, and Finalist, Calendar of the Year by the Calendar Marketing Association

Post on Wuerker's Berryman prize and Toy Story 3's Oscar bid

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Staff Writer
November 23, 2010; C04
By Rafer Guzman
Washington Post November 23, 2010; C04


Bringing your own stuffing? Cul de Sac and Miss Manners both address the issue in today's Post

Two views on the stuffing dilemna.
DEAR MISS MANNERS -- Is it rude to bring your own stuffing because you don't like what the host is serving?

Annie musical in town

Annie, the musical based on Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie comic strip, is at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd unitl January 2nd. Call 301-924-3400 or visit
The Post reviewed the show today -
By Nelson Pressley
Washington Post November 23, 2010; C02

Monday, November 22, 2010

Truitt on Batman

Scott Snyder puts the 'detective' in 'Detective Comics'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 22 2010

Matt Wuerker of Politico wins Berryman Award

Matt Wuerker of Politico has won the Berryman Award for political cartooning. The award is from the National Press Foundation. An article on the NPF's website says that Matt beat out Tom Toles of the Post; Daryl Cagle of MSNBC and Jimmy Margulies of the Bergen Record in northern New Jersey. Matt's recently won the Funny Times' Irving Award, the Herblock Foundation's Herblock Award, and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for the past two years. And he's a really nice guy. Here's a Washington City Paper interview with him and audio from a panel he was on this summer at the DC Public Library.

Congratulations, Matt!

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Jennifer Zyren Smith

A local webcomics creator speaks with us today -
Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Jennifer Zyren Smith

Dec 4: DC Anime Club Presents StarBlazers Marathon Press Release

DC Anime Club


  StarBlazers Marathon


On Saturday December 4, 2010 DC Anime Club will be hosting  a Marathon of the Anime classic Star Blazers with special guest voice actress Amy Howard Wilson who is the voice of the character Nova from Star Blazers
at 2:00pm-5:00pm at Martin Luthur King, Jr Memorial Library 901 G St NW Washington, DC 20001 Room A10.

About Star Blazers: Star Blazers is an American animated television series adaptation of the Japanese anime series, Space Battleship Yamato I, II & III ( Uchū Senkan Yamato?). Star Blazers was first broadcast in the United States in 1979. Significantly, it was the first popular English-translated anime that had an over-arching plot and storyline that required the episodes to be shown in order. It dealt with somewhat more mature themes than other productions aimed at the same target audience at the time. As a result, it paved the way for future arc-based, plot-driven anime translations.

About Amy Howard Wilson: Detroit native AMY HOWARD WILSON had the honor of being cast as the voice of Nova (Mori Yuki) in the classic 1970s anime series STAR BLAZERS, Season 1 - The Quest For Iscandar and Season 2 - The Comet Empire. In 1997, after many years of thinking about Star Blazers only as a fond memory, she was delighted to learn that there are fans around the world who still enjoy it. Since 2002, she's been recording and producing audio books; has formed a family friendly, full service audio production company called  studio V.O.I.C..E., and coined a new title CVO (Chief Vocal Officer). Amy recently entered a new joint venture with Writers Exchange E-Publishers - Please visit her website - http://www,



For more information please call (202) 262-2083 visit the DC Anime Club website at



About DC Anime Club:

DC Anime Club was established in 2003 to introduce and educate people in the Washington, DC area about East Asian culture, through viewing and discussion of Japanese animation (also known as anime) and Japanese comics (manga).

We also work to provide a positive, alternative activity to the youth in the area by exposing them to foreign culture, encouraging artistic expression and creativity, and providing opportunities for participation in community activities and leadership.

DC Anime Club is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Contributions to DC Anime Club are tax deductible to the extent allowable under the law.

DC Anime Club has been featured in many newspapers and publications .

In addition to our bi-weekly meetings, the club holds an Art Show, a Cosplay Party fundraising event, and anime lectures at local schools . Our club works with the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, Smithsonian Freer Gallery and DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival on their anime screenings. Our Marketing Team has helped promote performances for several Japanese bands such as Puffy Ami Yumi, Pine am, The Slants, The Captains and Ayabie.

DC Anime Club was founded by Chris Wanamaker (President), Jules Chang (former Vice President) and Craig Vaughn (Vice President) on Saturday June 5, 2003. We have a strong membership that continues to grow. 






Saturday, November 20, 2010

PR: November 21 Beyond Comics Pre-Black Friday Sale

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1970s-era Atlas Comics exhibit at Geppi's Museum

Special Atlas Exhibit Slated for GEM
Scoop November 19 2010

I'm sure the only reason for this is the resurrection of the line, which wasn't that interesting in the first place, but the exhibit sounds worth seeing.

Followup to Colleen Doran's editorial on piracy and copyright

The Post's excellent tech columnist Rob Pegoraro explains what the bill that Doran editorialized in favor of actually is:

Congress's latest awful tech-policy idea: the Net-censorship bill
By Rob Pegoraro

Essentially it's a bill to force Internet providers to block traffic to sites accused of piracy, including aggragators of links to scans - like TCJ.Com's Journalista and multiple other comics sites that point out when something rare has gone online.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Another possible area cartoonist?

Masked Military Man Is Superhero for Troops
November 19, 2010

WASHINGTON — Faster than a fleeting bullet point in an Army briefing slide. Able to leap Pentagon jargon in a single bound. While he's not a classic superhero like the Man of Steel, he's certainly a man of irony. Meet Doctrine Man...

Dembicki's District Comics website

This sounds really cool to me too:

Matt Dembicki writes in:
District Comics is an online comics anthology that will feature stories about the history of Washington, D.C., from its beginnings to contemporary times. The site will be open to the public. We want schools, libraries, comics readers and everyone else to visit the site to read some really cool stories pertaining to the nation's capital. We're currently looking for story pitches. For more info:

Matt Dembicki on Inkstuds

Robin McConnell interviews Matt Dembicki
 November 15, 2010 by Inkstuds

Matt Dembicki has put together a great comic anthology collecting and adapting First Nations folklore stories called Trickster.

Pearls Before Swine gives stunning call out to Cul de Sac

Pastis likes Richard! He really likes him!
Honestly, I can't recall anything similar to this in the comics. Anyone?

Tonight: “Party Crashers” and Comic Book Culture at Arlington Art Center

"Party Crashers" and Comic Book Culture at Arlington Art Center

Posted by Mike Rhode
I'm hoping to make it between 7-8 tonight. I think there's a catalogue as well and will try to get details of that for you.