Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Comic Riffs on Action Comics #1 auction

SUPERMAN SOARS! Rare 1938 comic book sells for record $2M
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 30 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/superman-soars-rare-1938-comic-book-sells-for-record-2m/2011/11/30/gIQAtXOOEO_blog.html

PR: Richard Thompson in Pittsburgh

Actually, one of his comic strips may be in this exhibit curated by our mutual friend, John Read. It depends on what was picked to go in this version.  I saw the show at HeroesCon this year, and it's definitely worth checking out.


Wed, Nov 30, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Press Release
TOONSEUM
945 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15222

One Fine Sunday at the ToonSeum

The ToonSeum presents an exhibition of epic funny page proportions! More than 50 pieces of original comic strip art -- all from the same Sunday in 2010.

The exhibit is a who's who of the modern American comic strip, featuring the likes of Garfield, Beetle Bailey, Doonesbury and many more.
The ToonSeum's new Lou Scheimer Gallery is transformed into a ginormous slice of everyone's favorite section of the newspaper.

Exhibit curator and publisher John Read called upon members of the National Cartoonists Society to loan strips from the same Sunday. That Sunday is April 11, 2010. While that date holds no specific significance, it offers a look at a day in the life of the comic strip, a uniquely American art form.

Many of the strips featured presently run in Pittsburgh-area newspapers. Others are ones that ToonSeum Executive Director Joe Wos says should be featured locally!

"We had over 100 strips to pick from for the display, and some will rotate into the exhibit over the next month or so," Wos said. "It was a difficult task to narrow it down. We tried to choose ones that the public loved, as well as ones that we felt were underappreciated in Pittsburgh."

The ToonSeum is hoping the public and area newspapers will take notice of comic strips such as "The Pajama Diaries" and "Zippy the Pinhead."

The exhibit will open Dec. 9th and run through the end of January in the ToonSeum's Lou Scheimer Gallery.

The ToonSeum is located at 945 Liberty Ave. in Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
Admission is $4 for adults and free for children 12 and younger.
For more information, visit toonseum.org or call 412-232-0199.



Truitt on comic book gifts

Gift ideas for the comic-book fan
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 30 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/reviews/story/2011-11-30/holiday-graphic-novels/51515148/1

Blankets is the only one I agree with him on.

Marc Singer previews his Grant Morrison book

Fanfare for the Common Man
Marc Singer
I Am Not The Beastmaster blog November 29-30, 2011
http://notthebeastmaster.typepad.com/weblog/2011/11/fanfare-for-the-common-man.html
http://notthebeastmaster.typepad.com/weblog/2011/11/fanfare-for-the-common-man-part-2-the-good-old-days.html

Dec 3: A little far but...

From: Randy Tischler

Towson's not TOO far… 

 

http://tigercon.wordpress.com/



 


Wash Times reviews Thompson's Habibi

BOOK REVIEW: 'Habibi'
By Jeremy Lott
Washington Times November 29, 2011
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/29/love-and-terror-in-the-desert/

Politics and Prose comics bookgroup meeting tonight

They're meeting tonight at 7:30pm to discuss The Filth.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Marc Singer interviewed about his new Grant Morrison book

'Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics' – an interview with author Marc Singer on his new book
by Andrew Hickey
November 28th, 2011
http://mindlessones.com/2011/11/28/grant-morrison-combining-the-worlds-of-contemporary-comics-an-interview-with-author-marc-singer-on-his-new-book/

I've got my copy already.

Truitt on final Pilot Season

'Pilot Season' Week 8: The science of 'Everything'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 29 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-29/Theory-of-Everything-comic-book/51476704/1

City Paper catches upcoming DC Simpson's fest

D.C. Arts Commission Grants Are Totally Funding Simpsons Events and Tweed Rides by Jonathan L. Fischer and Benjamin R. Freed on Nov. 29, 2011


My editor over there is on top of things that I'm not, noting a grant of:

$5,000 for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, which plans to host a series of "multidisciplinary arts experiences which examine and celebrate THE SIMPSONS and its impact on American pop-culture psyche"—this in conjunction with Anne Washburn's dystopian Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play.

Comic Riffs on editorial cartooning

THE 'STATE' OF EDITORIAL CARTOONING: As Colorado Pulitzer winner goes today, so goes the nation?
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 29 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/the-state-of-editorial-cartooning-as-colorado-pulitzer-winner-goes-today-so-goes-the-nation/2011/11/28/gIQAoJby8N_blog.html#pagebreak

Monday, November 28, 2011

Truitt on Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four keep the family together for 50 years
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 28 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-28/fantastic-four/51445090/1

Comic Riffs on Mike Keefe's retirement

'RIFFS PICKS OF THE WEEK: 2011 Pulitzer winner Mike Keefe calls it quits; and five cartoons for your holiday cheers
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 26 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/riffs-picks-of-the-week-2011-pulitzer-winner-calls-it-quits-and-five-cartoons-for-your-holiday-cheers/2011/11/25/gIQAt50qxN_blog.html

Comicsgirl reports on Haspiel donation of minicomics to the Library of Congress

Ok, I'm not sure what this tumbler is (as opposed to her regular blog), but Comicsgirl reports on Dean Haspiel's excellent donation of minicomics to the Library of Congress.

Nov 29: Bully political cartoons at Library of Congress

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington DC 20540


November 7, 2011

Political Cartoon Biography of Theodore Roosevelt Is Subject of Discussion

"Bully!" Chronicles Life and Times of 26th President

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was a favorite subject of political cartoonists, due in large part to his outsize personality, his exploits as one of the leaders of the Rough Riders and, of course, his career as 26th president.

Roosevelt's biography as told through these political cartoons forms the basis of "Bully!: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt" (Regnery, 2011) by Rick Marschall. Marschall's book is the subject of a discussion and signing on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 11:30 a.m. in Dining Room A, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This event is part of the Books & Beyond author series of the Center for the Book and is co-sponsored with the Library's Prints and Photographs Division. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are requited.

"Bully!" features more than 250 full-color illustrations, many of them from the collections of the Library. According to Marschall, few people have influenced American history as Roosevelt did. A cowboy, soldier and prolific author, he vaulted to the top of American politics. His physical energy, great intelligence and larger-than-life personality made him not only a beloved leader but also the subject of countless political cartoons.

Marschall is the author of more than 65 books, is a former political cartoonist and has written extensively on politics, history and cartoons. He has taught at Rutgers University and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Marschall's book is also the subject of a discussion on Facebook. The new Books & Beyond Book Club is available at www.facebook.com/booksandbeyond/. 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 (www.Read.gov/cfb/) 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 affiliated state centers for the book and nonprofit reading-promotion partners and plays a key role in the Library's annual National Book Festival. It also oversees the Library's Read.gov website and administers the Library's Young Readers Center.

# # #

PR 11-219
11/7/11
ISSN 0731-3527

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Truitt on X-Men

X-Men book gets an 'Astonishing' new writer
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 22 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-22/Astonishing-X-Men-comic-series-new-writer/51352884/1

Maryland cartoonist Jose Villarrubia interviewed by Greek site

INTERVIEW CORNER #69: Jose Villarrubia
by Thomas Papadimitropoulos  November 22nd, 2011
http://www.comicdom.gr/2011/11/22/interview-corner-69-jose-villarrubia/

Page down when you open it and the Q&A is in English.

Fwd: PR--Sunday, Dec 4--Capicons Comic Book and Pop Culture Con

PR--Sunday, Dec 4--Capicons Comic Book and Pop Culture Con

Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011
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.

FEATURING:
* John Dimes, author, artist, singer, actor and award-winning comedian
(a.k.a Horror Host Dr. Sarcofiguy from the Spooky Movie Show)
* Tim Dzon, Artist
* Chris Flick, Capes N Babes webcomic
* Bill McKay
* Michael Munshaw
* Dan Nokes, 21st Century Sandshark Studios
* Pete Tapang, Artist (featured in Mystique Magazine, FHM, Artcore
Magazine, V.A.M.P, Glamourcon)
* Dave Wilson, Model Maker Extraordinaire
* Ulysses E. Campbell from "Fantastic Forum" & Larry Reclusado of "The
NOVA Comic Book Show"
* Paul Gyurcsanszky will host a demo of Osiris Sanction: a new L.A.R.P.
created by Ford Ivey! "It's not your kid's laser tag."
...and MORE!!

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

Capicons
PO Box 2488
Merrifield, VA 22116
http://capicons.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Capicons-Comic-Book-Pop-Culture-Con/221236176794#!/pages/Capicons-Comic-Book-Pop-Culture-Con/221236176794



Saturday, November 26, 2011

KAL's Economist 2012 Wall Calendar available now

I just heard from famed Baltimore cartoonist Kal, and his KAL's Economist 2012 Wall Calendar is available now. I've been a big fan of these in previous years, as Kal draws a new cartoon for each month.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Truitt on Dorkin's Milk and Cheese collection

Evan Dorkin's 'Milk and Cheese' brings sour satisfaction
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 23 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-23/Milk-and-Cheese-comics-collection/51373686/1

Richard Thompson blurbs Rip Haywire

I just read my copy of Dan Thompson's graphic novel Rip Haywire and the Curse Of Tangaroa! (based on his comic strip which doesn't run in the Post) and was surprised to see local cartoonist Richard Thompson quoted on the back:

"Derring-do is in short supply on the comics pages these days and square-jawed heroes are scarce. I'm glad we have Rip Haywire, who's square jaw almost overwhelms his head, and
that he's got the luscious Cobra and the bewildered TNT with him. In the Curse of Tangaroa, their adventures are far-flung and far-fetched, with weird flashbacks that lurch into other
strips entirely, including one like Peanuts but with explosions. Dan Thompson's loving satire of the classic adventure strip is a demented delight."
—Richard Thompson ( Cul De Sac, and Richard's Poor Almanac )

Post reviews local author's Drawing Power book

Book review: 'Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising'

By Michael Taube, 

Washington Post November 23 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/book-review-drawing-power-a-compendium-of-cartoon-advertising/2011/10/03/gIQAcvO5lN_story.html

A review of Rick Marschall and Warren Bernard's excellent book "Drawing Power"- Marschall will be speaking about the book next Tuesday morning at the Library of Congress. I'll bet Warren will be there too.

Wash Post on Arthur Christmas and Hugo

Arthur Christmas is by my favorite animation firm, Aardman -

An unexpected holiday gift
By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Nov. 23, 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/movies/arthur-christmas,1210229/critic-review.html

Hugo is based on the sort-of graphic novel by Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret-

3D becomes art in Scorsese's hands
By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post Nov. 23, 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/movies/hugo,1210235/critic-review.html

Meet a formerly local collector

Charlie Roberts got his start in Alexandria, VA.

ORIGIN ISSUE: Charlie Roberts
November 23 2011
http://scoop.diamondgalleries.com/public/default.asp?t=1&m=1&c=34&s=260&ai=115427

Weldon's Thanksgiving comic picks

I'm not feeling a lot of love for this list - Pogo's great, but I would have picked Carl Barks' Duck stories over that.

Still More Tryptophan-tastic Tomes To See You Through Your Turkey Coma
by Glen Weldon
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (November 23, 2011): http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/11/23/142682349/still-more-tryptophan-tastic-tomes-to-see-you-through-your-turkey-coma

New Buzzboy PR



Can Buzzboy Conquer the "Dynamic Trio" of iTunes, the Internet, and Print Publishing?

Cartoonist John Gallagher announced the release of his graphic novel, Buzzboy: Sidekicks Rule, through three publishers in three different formats. The humorous story of a tween super-sidekick, Buzzboy is being released as a new webcomic at Keenspot.com, in print through through Red Giant Entertainment, and as a digital comic in Gallagher's own "Comics Jukebox " iTunes app.

 

Buzzboy,  a kid-friendly tale of a milkshake loving, diner dwelling sidekick, who must save the world when all the adult heroes disappear,  was created as an answer to the dark, gritty comics that seem to dominate the comics marketplace. "I've always focused on creating comics that everyone can enjoy," said Gallagher, "and this lets me reach out to people other than the average comic book fan—essentially, the 200 million people who aren't going into comics shops." Comic books are an integral part of pop culture, but have had trouble at times attracting new fans, especially young readers.

 

"As the father of three kids," says Gallagher, "I found that my children were just as likely to read on an iPad as play a game or watch a show. That's why an app is part of the plan." Comics Jukebox, created with fellow cartoonist and friend Steve Conley, offers free and affordable kid-friendly comics on the iPad, including Buzzboy and other all-ages comics. "Jukebox" has already been downloaded thousands of times, and a version for the Android market is in the works, and they are currently prepping for the e-book market.

 

Although some say print sales could be hurt by the web and digital releases, Gallagher sees it as all part of a new, organic relationship across all media. "I read Calvin and Hobbes every day in the newspaper when it was originally ran, but that didn't stop me from purchasing collections of the comics in the bookstore," said Gallagher. "I don't think today's audience cares where the story is told, be it on the web, in a book, or on the side of a building—as long as it is where they want to read it."

 

Buzzboy: Sidekicks Rule is is available to read on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at http://buzzboy.keenspot.com, on iTunes through Comics Jukebox, and is headed to all comics shops, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com in early December.





Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Two, no, three, new cartoonist sites this evening

I ran across Rebecca Moretti (nee Simms) and Chris Mararac at the DC Conspiracy table at Anime USA this past weekend. Simms-Moretti was selling two collections of her webcomic, and Mararac had large prints of his cartoon artwork.

Simms does the webcomic Girl Ninja, and is a former local. Mararac's site is www.uppercut-justice.com

I also saw the people behind the Intervention con, and here's a link to Onezumi Hartstein's webcomic Stupid & Insane Defenders Against Chaos.

Pekar statue to be funded

Fundraising hits goal for library sculpture honoring late comic book writer Harvey Pekar
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS November 22, 2011
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/87a543fe49574a55bdbbf46c97ccd280/OH--Harvey-Pekar-Monument/

Yay!

Lauren Orsini writes about being Amime USA PR

Local journalist Lauren Orsini writes on her blog about being Amime USA's PR person. Lauren got me into the show, my first anime con, and I think I'll have a better idea about the whole shebang next year. I must say, I'm not used to being that clueless about the costumes.

And note Lauren's blog Otaku Journalist. I've added it to the linklist on the lower right as well.

Comic Riffs' Bil Keane followup

CARTOON OF THE DAY: 'Lio's' artful Bil Keane tribute

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 21 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/cartoon-of-the-day-lios-artful-bil-keane-tribute/2011/11/21/gIQAwATojN_blog.html


This includes reminiscences by Mel Lazarus.

Nick Galifianakis' Team Cul de Sac contribution finally comes in

Sure, he's late, but it's pretty. Here's what Nick says about the drawing -
http://teamculdesac.blogspot.com/2011/11/nick-galifianakis-says-and-draws.html

Monday, November 21, 2011

Linda Holmes on Brave

Thanks, Pixar, From All The Girls With Band-Aids On Their Knees
by Linda Holmes
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog November 21, 2011
http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/11/21/142591230/thanks-pixar-from-all-the-girls-with-band-aids-on-their-knees

PR: Cards Comics and Collectibles 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Sale










Cards Comics and Collectibles Annual Thanksgiving Sale
Press Release For Immediate Release
Cards Comics and Collectibles 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Sale

From the Store that Brings You the Baltimore Comic-Con...

For 23 years, we have brought you the largest, most complete comic book and collectibles Thanksgiving sale in the greater Baltimore area.  On Friday November 25th, Saturday November 26th, and Sunday November 27th, following Thanksgiving, those discounts return, with even larger discounts on Sunday.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
 
70% OFF: BRONZE AND MODERN BACK ISSUES, CARD SINGLES!
50% OFF: PAPERBACKS, HARDCOVERS, MANGA,
TOYS, STATUES, AND TOON TUMBLERS!
30% OFF: GOLDEN AND SILVER AGE COMICS!
20% OFF: CARD PACKS, CARD BOXES, NEW COMICS, "NEW THIS WEEK" COMICS, PAPERBACKS, AND HARDCOVERS!

SUNDAY ONLY

80% OFF: Modern Back Issue Bins
60% OFF: Paperbacks & Hardcovers


For over two decades now, folks travel hundreds of miles take advantage of our Thanksgiving deals. Be sure to ask us about next year's Baltimore Comic-Con too!


Our address:  100 A Chartley Dr., Reisterstown, MD  21136

Our Hours:  Friday, 11am-7:30pm; Saturday, 11am-7pm; Sunday, 12am-5:00pm

For more information, call Cards Comics and Collectibles @ 410-526-7410
  


Anime USA moving into DC next year...

...reports Arlington Now, which also has photos of cosplayers.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Truitt on Pilot Season and King City

'Pilot Season' Week 7: 'Seraph' wields biblical power
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 15 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-15/Pilot-Season-Week-7-Seraph-book-wields-biblical-power/51221172/1

A cool cat and master return in new 'King City' collection
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 15 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-15/King-City-collection-releases-in-February/51216618/1

Voice actor article in today's Post

Hank Azaria is very vocal about his line of work [animation voice actor].

Bentley, Rick / Fresno Bee.  2011

Washington Post (November 20): EZ14

Anime USA continues today in Crystal City


I stopped by Anime USA for a couple of hours yesterday, had a good time and in spite of not being as familiar with Japanese cartoons as I am with American ones. A few locals have tables - Chris Flick, DC Conspiracy and the Intervention Con. There's a lot of great costumes - it feels kind of like a Halloween carryover - and people are glad to have photos taken. The dealers room has a lot of material imported from Japan (and a lot of leather corsets and pink wigs) and I probably spent the most time in there, marveling at pop culture.



Friday, November 18, 2011

Post on Happy Feet 2

Dancing penguin and his missteps
By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Nov 18, 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/movies/happy-feet-two,1210234/critic-review.html
The Examiner ran an AP review and the Express ran a stripped down version of the above.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Truitt on Max Allan Collins and Lance Biggs

Max Allan Collins makes one more 'Return to Perdition'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 16 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-16/Max-Allan-Collins-Return-to-Perdition-graphic-novel/51241222/1

Football star Lance Briggs tackles the comics industry
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 17 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-17/Lance-Briggs-Top-Cow-comic-book/51267876/1


Takoma Park librarian on Wimpy Kid

'Cabin Fever' shows Jeff Kinney's hot streak not wimping out
 By KAREN MACPHERSON, Scripps Howard News Service November 16 2011
http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/65469

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Comic Riffs revisits Occupy Movement cartoon journalism


OCCUPY COMICS: Cartoon Movement journalists sketch a multi-city composite
By Michael Cavnahttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog October 15 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/occupy-comics-cartoon-movement-journalists-sketch-a-multi-city-composite/2011/11/15/gIQAxRvtPN_blog.html#pagebreak

And you can read Stephanie McMillan's comic about being in DC at the Occupy movement here.

OT: Harvey Pekar statue plea by Alan Moore

Here's Alan Moore asking you to contribute to Kickstarter for Harvey's statue. I've put in my money, days ago.

I'm actually quite happy to fund projects at Kickstarter. I think this is the 5th I've contributed to.

Nov 18: Anime USA con in Arlington


Anime USA 2011 starts in Crystal City on Friday afternoon and runs through the weekend -

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

KAL returns to Harvard

Political Cartoonist Sketches, Lectures
By Ethan G. Loewi
Harvard Crimson November 15, 2011
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2011/11/15/political-cartoonist-lecture/

To think he used that Harvard education to become a cartoonist...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Truitt on Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman gets a new origin story and a dad
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 14 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-14/Wonder-Woman-gets-a-new-origin-story-in-comic-series/51198256/1

City Paper spots chef Jose Andres on the Simpsons

Real José Andrés More Animated Than Simpsons Parody

by Chris Shott on Nov. 14, 2011

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2011/11/14/real-jose-andres-more-animated-than-simpsons-parody/

Nov 16: Wimpy Kid's Jeff Kinney at Politics & Prose

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, by Jeff Kinney - Event Tickets and Signed Books

$13.95
SKU: 9781419702235ticket

On Wednesday, November 16, 3 p.m.*
Jeff Kinney will visit Politics & Prose!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
(Amulet, $13.95)

In the sixth installment of the Diary, Greg is in trouble for damaging school property. He's innocent this time-sort of. He gets a reprieve when a blizzard closes school, but he knows that when the storm is over, he'll have to face the authorities. Ages 9-12.

* Join us at 3 p.m. when we start our own blizzard with a snow-making truck; Jeff Kinney will speak at 4 p.m.

Tickets - required for the signing line - are available now. A ticket will be provided with your purchase, if you are attending the event. You can pick the ticket up when you come to the store. The books will be available on November 15, the day before the event. Please contact the store for more details. 

We will stop accepting pre-orders on Monday, November 14 at 10 p.m. You may still buy your books and receiving signing line tickets in person at the store.

OT: Mike Keefe of the Denver Post

I got to talk to Mike Keefe at the recent Cartoonists and Cocktails and really enjoyed it. Plus I won a piece of art he donated too.  So here's a story on him:

Inside the Mile High: Denver Post cartoonist Mike Keefe
by DenverPost on Nov 13, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWXud0rak4M

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Truitt on Reed Gunther, Pilot Season and Marvel's Point One

'Reed Gunther' features bears, monsters and goofy fun
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 9 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-09/Reed-Gunther-series-features-bears-monsters-and-goofy-fun/51133256/1

'Pilot Season' Week 6: 'Anonymous' soldier with new mission
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 8 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-08/Top-Cow-Pilot-Season-gives-Anonymous-soldier-a-new-mission/51124646/1

'Point One' teases a new year of Marvel Comics stories
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 9 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-09/Point-One-teases-a-new-year-of-Marvel-Comics/51133222/1

Post reviews Redniss' Radioactive

Scientist aglow in the light of discovery ["Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie — A Tale of Love and Fallout" by Lauren Redniss]
By Marcia Bartusiak,
Washington Post November 13 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/radioactive-marie-and-pierre-curie--a-tale-of-love-and-fallout-by-lauren-redniss/2011/11/02/gIQANSMBDN_story.html

Friday, November 11, 2011

Walking Dead article in today's print Wash Examiner

This wire story ran in today's paper:

'Walking Dead' creator Kirkman is keeping it real
By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer
 November 10, 2011
 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/11/10/entertainment/e034939S91.DTL

Truitt on Green Lantern animation

Unlike most reviewers, I was completely unimpressed with this show tonight. The animation looked stiff and video-gamey, and the basic plot is lifted from Star Trek: Voyager - Green Lantern's Hal Jordan and Kilowog are on the far side of the galaxy in a ship filled with refugees while hunted by the Borg ... make that the Red Lanterns rather. I won't bother looking for this when it returns in 2012.

It's Green Lanterns vs. Red Lanterns in new animated series
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 10 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-10/Green-Lantern-animated-series-debuts-on-Cartoon-Network/51149004/1

Washington Times on Bil Keane

Bil Keane, 'Family Circus' cartoonist, dead at 89
by Terry Ponick
Washington Times November 11, 2011
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/entertainment-news-and-reviews/2011/nov/11/bil-keane-family-circus-cartoonist-dead-89/

PR: Meet G4TV's BLAIR BUTLER & KEVIN MELLON This Saturday










 


Meet G4TV ATTACK OF THE SHOW'S BLAIR BUTLER & LOVESTRUCK artist KEVIN MELLON FOR THE EAST COAST LAUNCH PARTY OF HEART #1 THIS SATURDAY (11/12)
READ ON FOR DETAILS! FIRST 30 PEOPLE IN LINE WILL RECEIVE FREE THIRD EYE-EXCLUSIVE HEART #1 ART PRINTS
Third Eye is Open Normal Hours Tomorrow 11AM-9PM for VETERAN'S DAY!

BLAIR & KEVIN WILL BE SIGNING AT OUR ANNAPOLIS LOCATION FROM 11AM-3PM

Hello Third Eye Faithful!

This is it, our biggest signing of the year, and we'd be honored to have all of our Third Eye Faithful joining us for this one.

We're honored to have the one and only Blair Butler, of ATTACK OF THE SHOW and FRESH INK fame, and Kevin Mellon, the rising star artist behind the recent hit LOVESTRUCK, in store this Saturday for the ONLY East Coast signing appearance for HEART #1. 

This is a HUGE event for us, and we are so totally stoked to be able to share this with you guys. 

HEART has turned out to be one of the biggest IMAGE releases of 2011, selling out nationwide, and creating massive buzz on many of the comic review sites. We've worked in collaboration with IMAGE COMICS to bring you guys an exclusive THIRD EYE COMICS-only HEART variant cover, and of course, bring Blair and Kevin to the store to sign copies of their title. 

Blair and Kevin will be on hand from 11AM-3PM signing copies of HEART, and more. We've got plenty of copies of the HEART #1 Third Eye variant, and the regular cover as well for you to pick up and get signed this Saturday. 

For our 6 WEEK HEART ATTACKERS, if you filled up your 6 WEEK HEART ATTACK card by attending all 6 of our HEART ATTACK events in October, then you will be allowed access 1 hour early at 10AM, and have plenty of time to get your items signed, say hello, and then at 11AM, the doors will open for everyone else. 

FREE LIMITED EDITION HEART #1 ART PRINTS (EXCLUSIVE TO THIRD EYE COMICS ONLY) TO THE FIRST 30 PEOPLE IN LINE THIS SATURDAY
 
Make sure you show up early, because the first 30 people in line will receive a very special limited edition HEART #1 print that will only be available at THIRD EYE this signing. The print is a full size black and white of the Third Eye variant cover (pictured to the right, with the flying knee being thrown), and it looks SICK. 

GET YOUR PHOTO TAKEN WITH THE IMPERIAL 501st LEGION'S STORMTROOPERS

Also, on hand, we'll have our good friends from the IMPERIAL 501st LEGION's OLD LINE GARRISON, and they'll be supplying us with plenty of Stormtroopers, Royal Guards, and other Imperial troops to take pictures with all attendees. The 501st will be on hand til about 1PM or so.
 
So, as you can see, Third Eye Faithful: this Saturday is going to ROCK. Make sure you pop on by, and join us for the fun!
 
The short version: 
 
WHAT? HEART #1 Signing with BLAIR BUTLER & KEVIN MELLON
WHO? Blair Butler (G4TV), Kevin Mellon (LOVESTRUCK), Stormtroopers (The Empire)
WHEN? SATURDAY 11/12 10AM-8PM (Blair and Kevin will be here from 11AM-3PM, and the Troops will be here 10AM-1PM)
 
Click here for the event info on FACEBOOK.

 

 
Third Eye Comics | 45 Old Solomons Island Rd | Suite 102 | Annapolis | MD | 21401

Weldon on Bil Keane

Bil Keane's Dotted Line: An Appreciation
by Glen Weldon
November 11, 2011
http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/11/11/142218444/bil-keanes-dotted-line-an-appreciation

Comic Riffs talks to Ward Sutton

THE [WASHINGTON] DC REBOOT: Ward Sutton unmasks the candidates as comic 'superheroes'
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 10 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/the-washington-dc-reboot-ward-sutton-unmasks-the-candidates-as-comic-superheroes/2011/11/10/gIQA7BiTAN_blog.html#pagebreak

PR: Mort Walker pens Beetle Bailey Vets Day Comic to Support Nat'l Army Museum

Famed cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of the Beetle Bailey comic strip for over 60 years, has penned a special Beetle Bailey comic strip in support of the National Army Museum.  In the strip, published internationally in over 1,800 newspapers on Veterans Day this Friday, Beetle can be found imagining himself immortalized in The National Museum of the United States Army in his favorite post – his bed.

 

Mr. Walker, a long time supporter of the military, has extended his support to The National Museum of the United States Army for the third time this year by using the Beetle Bailey comic strips to help promote the Museum.  Scheduled to open in Fort Belvoir, Va., outside Washington, DC, in 2015, the museum will honor America's Soldiers, preserve the history of America's oldest military branch, and educate all Americans about the Army's role in our nation's development. The U.S. Army is the only service without its own museum.

 

Mort Walker, one of the longest-drawing cartoonists in history, served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II, and was discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1947. In portraying the lighter side of military life for more than 60 years, Mort Walker's support of the military has earned him the praise of the highest ranking officials. He was given the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service by the United States Army, the highest award the Secretary of the Army can present a civilian.  During his distinguished career as a cartoonist, he has earned numerous awards including induction into the Museum of Cartoon Art Hall of Fame.

 

Mort Walker's Beetle Bailey comic strip about the National Army Museum can be found in syndicated papers nationwide on Friday, and online here.

 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Trickster won Aesop Award last month

Here's a couple of pullquotes from the Aesop Award page

"The Aesop Prize and Aesop Accolades are conferred annually by the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society upon English language books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction."

"Yet credit is given where credit is due: each tale has an author and an artist. Both work together to create a book that has the power to speak without words, that can be read aloud and still have the power of the storytelling event, and together make a powerful and compelling resource for cultural heritage and cross-cultural understanding."

Jim Woodring recording from Politics and Prose

The great DC bookstore has been putting recordings of its talks online.
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Jim Woodring at Politics and Prose
http://www.archive.org/details/JimWoodringAtPoliticsAndProse

This is an audio recording of Jim Woodring speaking about his book, Congress of the Animals, at Politics and Prose on September 9, 2011.

And here's a ComicsDC contributor:

Warren Bernard at Politics and Prose
http://www.archive.org/details/WarrenBernardAtPoliticsAndProse

This is an audio recording of Warren Bernard speaking about his book, Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising, at Politics and Prose on August 25, 2011.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Truitt on Resurrection Man

DC Comics gives 'Resurrection Man' series new life
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 7 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-07/DC-Comics-gives-Resurrection-Man-series-new-life/51104708/1

Nov 29: Political Cartoon Biography of Theodore Roosevelt at Library of Congress

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington DC   20540


November 7, 2011

Political Cartoon Biography of Theodore Roosevelt Is Subject of Discussion

"Bully!" Chronicles Life and Times of 26th President

    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was a favorite subject of political cartoonists, due in large part to his outsize personality, his exploits as one of the leaders of the Rough Riders and, of course, his career as 26th president.

    Roosevelt's biography as told through these political cartoons forms the basis of "Bully!: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt" (Regnery, 2011) by Rick Marschall. Marschall's book is the subject of a discussion and signing on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 11:30 a.m. in Dining Room A, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This event is part of the Books & Beyond author series of the Center for the Book and is co-sponsored with the Library's Prints and Photographs Division. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are requited.

    "Bully!" features more than 250 full-color illustrations, many of them from the collections of the Library. According to Marschall, few people have influenced American history as Roosevelt did. A cowboy, soldier and prolific author, he vaulted to the top of American politics. His physical energy, great intelligence and larger-than-life personality made him not only a beloved leader but also the subject of countless political cartoons.

    Marschall is the author of more than 65 books, is a former political cartoonist and has written extensively on politics, history and cartoons. He has taught at Rutgers University and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

    Marschall's book is also the subject of a discussion on Facebook. The new Books & Beyond Book Club is available at www.facebook.com/booksandbeyond/. 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 (www.Read.gov/cfb/) 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 affiliated state centers for the book and nonprofit reading-promotion partners and plays a key role in the Library's annual National Book Festival. It also oversees the Library's Read.gov website and administers the Library's Young Readers Center.

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PR 11-219
11/7/11
ISSN 0731-3527

Memphis Commercial Appeal reader doesn't like Beeler's cartoons

Letter: Forget the caricatures
Pablo Julian Davis
Memphis Commercial Appeal November 7, 2011
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/nov/07/letter-forget-caricatures/

'You needed to "balance" it with Nate Beeler's meretricious Drawing Board cartoon, which took a jab at the supposed hypocrisy of the [Occupy] movement.'

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Washington West Film Festival wrapup

Celebrating Animation at Washington West Film Festival
The Washington West Film Festival included an evening of Chuck Jones cartoons, celebrating the art of animation and encouraging entire families to get involved in the festival
    By Leslie Perales
Reston Patch (November 6 2011)
http://reston.patch.com/articles/animation-celebrated-at-washington-west-film-festival

Ruffin interviews Mike Raicht

Mike Raicht talks The Pack: On horror, werewolves and scripting
Mark Ruffin
DC Comic Books Examiner November 6, 2011
http://www.examiner.com/comic-books-in-washington-dc/mike-raicht-talks-the-pack

Truitt on Wonderland, Pilot Season and Sally's Bones

Raven Gregory returns Alice to wild 'Wonderland' miniseries
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 3 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-03/Zenescope-launches-Alice-in-Wonderland-comic/51065286/1

'Pilot Season' Week 5: 'Misdirection' revs up the contest
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 1 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-01/Top-Cows-Pilot-Season-rolls-out-Misdirection-comic/51031502/1

T.S Spookytooth gives artistic life to 'Sally's Bones'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY October 31 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-10-31/TS-Spookytooth-illustrates-childrens-book-Sallys-Bones/51015222/1

Breast Cancer charity comic has roots in DC

A.N.A. Comics Commits to help in the fight against Breast Cancer
Robert Sodaro
Comic Books Examiner November 5, 2011
http://www.examiner.com/comic-books-in-national/a-n-a-comics-commits-to-help-the-fight-against-breast-cancer

"According to [Anthony] Hary, in addition to everything else, quite a bit of e-mails went into the production of the issue. "The four of us are spread out between Washington D.C., Michigan, Minnesota, and Winnipeg Manitoba Canada."

Since I write about comics and cancer, I'll be ordering a copy of this even if it wasn't linked to DC.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Chuck Jones in the area

Sadly, this was last night:

Top Ten Creations of Master Animator Chuck Jones
The work of Chuck Jones will be featured at the Washington West Film Festival in Herndon and Reston
    By Leslie Combemale
Herndon Patch November 4, 2011
http://herndon.patch.com/articles/top-ten-creations-of-master-animator-chuck-jones

...at least the film part of it. However, some of Jones' artwork is on display in the Art Insights gallery in Reston.

McDaniel's college exhibit photos


From: Warren Bernard
Attached are a bunch of photos from the show at McDaniels college. They also have a great Little Nemo page, a nice Krazy Kat page, amongst other stuff. And the Hal Foster original they had originally belonged to Caniff, Foster even tries to emulate Caniff in the piece.









Friday, November 04, 2011

Nov 6: Jeff Kinney coming to town

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

4:00 p.m. Politics and Prose

5015 Connecticut Avenue NW

Washington D.C. 20008-2024

(202) 364-1919


http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/mobile/moverflow/892406-462/sixth_wimpy_kid_book_goes.html.csp

 


PR: Exclusive Third Eye Sneak Peek Event Tomorrow














Join us for STUFF OF LEGEND publishers TH3RD WORLD STUDIOS and ACTIVISION GAMES AS THEY ANNOUNCE THEIR NEW 2012 SERIES FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THIRD EYE!
FREE CALL OF DUTY & OTHER ACTIVISION SWAG, PLUS SERIES WRITER DAVID RODRIGUEZ WILL BE IN STORE SIGNING AT OUR ANNAPOLIS LOCATION

 FIRST 25 PEOPLE IN LINE GET EXCLUSIVE THIRD EYE-ONLY ART PRINTS OF THE NEW MYSTERY PROJECT FROM "STUFF OF LEGEND" PUBLISHERS TH3RD WORLD STUDIOS & ACTIVISION GAMES DESIGNER DAVID RODRIGUEZ (ANNAPOLIS LOCATION)

 

Hola Third Eye Faithful!

 

This is it. The last of our big 6 WEEK HEART ATTACK events, and the final in our lead-up to our HUGE signing next Saturday with BLAIR BUTLER (G4TV) and KEVIN MELLON for their new series HEART. 
 
We're going to be having our good friends TH3RD WORLD STUDIOS on hand tomorrow with loads of free giveaways, and more. 
 
This is a very special event, because right when the doors open, Mike DeVito (STUFF OF LEGEND publisher) and DAVID RODRIGUEZ (writer, and ACTIVISION GAMES designer) will be announcing their HUGE top secret new project that's due for release in 2012.
 
This is something that has not been announced ANYWHERE yet. Not on twitter, not on Facebook, not on the blogs... the first news of it is literally going to be right here at Third Eye. 
 
And, folks, if you're big fans of the STUFF OF LEGEND, then you will totally love the new series that Mike and the gang have coming out this year. 
 
They'll be going over Q&A about the project, signing FREE art prints for those who attend, and giving out loads of fun stuff throughout the day. You'll also get a glimpse at the original art pages of the series that's never been seen anywhere else before. 
 
The first 25 people in line will get FREE limited to THIRD EYE only art prints of the new series that will not be made available anywhere else. 
 
We'll also be doing some door prizes for tons of free swag provided by ACTIVISION GAMES. 
 
DAVID RODRIGUEZ will also be answering questions about the series, and signing the prints, as the writer of the new project. He's a newcomer to the field of comics, but has an extensive background working on some of the highest selling video games in recent years, like MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE, GUITAR HERO, and the recent SKYLANDERS.
 
Click here for the event info on FACEBOOK.
 
 NEXT SATURDAY: MEET BLAIR BUTLER (G4TV) & KEVIN MELLON (LOVESTRUCK) FOR THEIR NEW SERIES "HEART"

 And, then next Saturday, we'll be having our biggest signing yet with the one and only BLAIR BUTLER of G4TV's ATTACK OF THE SHOW and FRESH INK, and KEVIN MELLON (LOVESTRUCK) to sign their hit new IMAGE series, HEART.
 
Blair's new book is fantastic, and we're stoked to have her on hand at Third Eye to do the East Coast kick off of the series. 
 
Click here for the event info on FACEBOOK.
 
 


Warren Bernard's book blurbed in NY Times

Exploring Artworks While Recumbent
By DANA JENNINGS
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/arts/design/art-books-on-gerhard-richter-bruce-davidson-cartoon-advertising-football.html

DRAWING POWER
A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising 1870s-1940s
Edited by Rick Marschall and Warren Bernard
115 pages. Fantagraphics Books & Marschall Books. $28.99.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Comic Riffs on Syd Hoff and Occupy DC

TIMELESS SYD HOFF: How a Depression-era cartoonist speaks to the Occupy Movement
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (November 2 2011): http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/timeless-syd-hoff-how-a-depression-era-cartoonist-speaks-to-the-occupy-movement/2011/11/02/gIQAitCGhM_blog.html#pagebreak

Nov 6: 826DC's kids program on creating a superhero

Harry Potter Spider-Man Vs. The Evil Zombie Ninjas

Sunday, November 6, 2011
3:00 pm -5:00 pm
Ages 6 – 10

Whether you side with Spider-Man or the Green Goblin, 826 is giving you a chance to make your mark on the never-ending battle of good vs. evil. Students will get a crash course on essential superhero/supervillain knowledge and then create original characters. Then prepare for a battle of epic proportions when your characters meet for the first time. Who will prevail? Register today to find out—the fate of the world is in your hands!

Harvey Pekar statue Kickstarter project

Local cartoonists Richard Thompson and Matt Wuerker both tossed this link to me today, as I worked on a book about Harvey Pekar.

Arlington's One More Page bookstore gets Wimpy

It's a Wrap, for Wimpy Kid 6
By Sonia Jaffe Robbins
Nov 03, 2011
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/49359-it-s-a-wrap-for-wimpy-kid-6.html

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Nove 29: Rick Marschall speaking about Teddy Roosevelt at Library of Congress

 Rick Marschall will be speaking about his new book Bully - Teddy Roosevelt in cartoons on Tues. Nov. 29 at 11:30 in Dining Room A of the Madison Building of the Library of Congress.


Weldon on Science Dog

On Beyond Zombies: From The Walking Dead's Creator, A Time-Traveling Terrier
by Glen Weldon
November 2, 2011
http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/11/02/141905221/beyond-zombies-from-the-walking-deads-creator-a-time-traveling-terrier

Truitt on Batman, Swamp Thing and a Flight of Angels

'Noel' takes 'Christmas Carol' under Batman's wing
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 1 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-01/batman-http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifsuperhero-holiday/51030852/1

'Swamp Thing' writer Scott Snyder is a new master of horror
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY October 31 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-10-31/Swamp-Thing-writer-Scott-Snyder-a-new-master-of-horror/51012068/1

Heavenly interest sparks creation of 'A Flight of Angels'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 1 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-01/Heavenly-interest-sparks-A-Flight-of-Angels-graphic-novel/51031858/1

Former local cartoonist T Campbell on webcomics

Guest Column: The Historiography of Webcomics
by T Campbell Nov 2, 2011
http://www.tcj.com/guest-column-the-historiography-of-webcomics/
The Historiography of Webcomics: Reasons Not to Be a "Webcomics Historian"

I've got an interview with T that will appear on the City Paper site... someday.  The new job is taking my creative energy at the moment.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Team Cul de Sac founder profiled

Here's an article about Chris Sparks and Team Cul de Sac -
 
A-B Tech Digital Media graduates design a great fit
November 1, 2011
http://www1.abtech.edu/news/articles/a-b-tech-digital-media-graduates-design-a-great-fit