Sunday, July 31, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Three Female Cartoonists Open Up About Drawing Hillary Clinton
And sexism. Loads of sexism.
'Phantom Boy': Another old-school animation from the makers of 'A Cat in Paris' [in print as Timely crime with an old-school feel].
Washington Post July 29 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
July 29, 2016http://kindnessactivist.blogspot.com/2016/07/cartoon-kindness.html
By Jerry Gidner, Encore Stage & Studio Board of Directors
Mark Korsak recently contacted me to tell me that Scott McCloud would be in town for an event, courtesy of Maga Design. The International Forum of Visual Practioners is having it's annual meeting in DC. It's not open to the general public, but you can register to attend. Several local cartoonists such as Kevin Rechin, Joe Sutliff, Teresa Logan and especially Joe Azar have done jobs in this emerging field. Mark's quite happy with his new career, noting that he gets to travel around and was just in India for three days.
MR: What is graphic recording?
MK: Graphic Recording is one of a few terms used to describe someone who uses hand done static visual media to capture and document information, communicate ideas and foster development and creative thinking in real time. Most Graphic Recorders are hired for a presentation or development meeting. They go in to the event, tape a 4 x 8 foot sheet of paper up on a wall, and draw/write what everyone in the room is saying while they're saying it. Live. Improvisationally. They do this because it engages people in a way that talking alone, or a powerpoint presentation, can't. The audience becomes more absorbed in the subject. They retain information better and participate in the experience. Afterwards there is a unique visual record or the experience that can be referenced. Over all there is a much deeper impact.
There are 2 camps in the field. One would be Graphic Recorders, like me, who draw/write what is happening. The second camp is Graphic Facilitators. They tend to have much less drawing experience, but have psychology and management degrees. They know how to get a room full of people to think/work together and use the drawing more as a tool to build consensus. I am often paired with a facilitator on an assignment. They do the talking, I do the drawing.
Do the drawings tell a story?
Absolutely. For the people in the room, drawing is magic. It leaves a much deeper impression and ends up standing as an inspiration.
How did you get involved in the field? Are you a cartoonist?
I'm an illustrator/designer. I moved to DC from New York a few years ago. In an effort to connect with the local design community. I attended a cocktail party at Maga Design, a consulting firm here in DC that engages all their clients with Graphic Recording (and host of the cocktail party). I met Jim Nuttle and Greg Gersch at that party. Both of them are illustrator/designers that have become highly sought after Graphic Recorders. They introduced me to the Graphic Recording industry (along with Joe Azar) and I have since taken up the mantle.
Why do cartoonists make good practitioners? Or don't they?
Jack Davis, Mad magazine illustrator, dies at 91 [in print as Jack Davis, 91: Horror comics launched Mad cartoonist's career].
Washington Post July 29 2016, p. B6
These are the Richard Thompson masterpieces we'll most remember him by
Washington Post Comic Riffs July 29 2016
The early Thompson - Science fiction fandom art
July 29, 2016
We compiled a lot of art that wasn't used in The Art of Richard Thompson book. Here's some raw scans of a selection of it. Richard's earliest published works were in the convention program for the local sci-fi con Disclave, and the fanzine Science Fiction Eye....
Both Stacy and Dave knew Richard - Stacy worked on Cul de Sac with him, and Dave interviewed him at length for a documentary.
Rest in Peace, Richard Thompson
Dave Kellett's Sheldon comic
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Richard Thompson collected friends. And admirers who became friends. I first met Richard ten years ago in November 2006. Although it seems longer ago than that, probably because I'd seen his work in the Washington Post, practically every day, for the previous two decades. Joel Pollack introduced us at the opening of the Cartoon America exhibit at the Library of Congress. We hit it off, Richard's quiet, sly wit keeping me grinning, and soon we began taking in more exhibitions with other of Richard's old friends (who are also talented artists) such as Bono Mitchell, Nick Galifianakis and Kevin Rechin. Soon I was popping over to his house in North Arlington, where Amy, or their daughters Emma and Charlotte would answer the door and yell down to the basement studio, "Dad, Mike's here again," because of course, he was never on time for whatever event we were going to. Richard and his gang kindly enfolded me into their lives, and I can never pay him or them or his family back for that kindness. An inexact analogy would have Richard as the sun in a solar system, with family and friends orbiting around him and then around each other as a result. I met many good people, some famous and some not, through being privileged enough to hang out with Richard (and having a drivers license that I was willing to use).
"March" Co-Writer Grows Beard in Response to Trump Anti-Muslim Statements, Capitol Hill 'Bigotry'
ComicsDC's Mike Rhode:A short personal remembrance of Richard Thompson
Brian Fies: Richard Thompson
ICv2: R.I.P. RICHARD THOMPSON
Donna Lewis: So many words. So few words.
Washington Post's Michael Cavna's online obituary
Heroes Con: THANK YOU RICHARD THOMPSON
John Martz: A Cartoonist Remembers His Hero, Cul de Sac’s Richard Thompson
Stacy Curtis: Rest in Peace, Richard Thompson
Dave Kellett's Sheldon comic
Scoop: In Memoriam: Richard Thompson
A Certain Line: When the laughter stops
Washington Post's Michael Cavna: These are the Richard Thompson masterpieces we’ll most remember him by
RIP: Richard Thompson, creator of “Cul de Sac” by David Malki
Encore Stage: Remembering Richard Thompson, Creator of Cul de Sac
Cartoonist Richard Thompson Dies of Parkinson's Disease by Peter Dunlap-Shohl
RIP, Richard Thompson: How the artist extends to us the hand of profound wit and humanity By Michael Cavna
Comics Journal: Tributes to Richard Thompson - Craig Fischer and Warren Bernard and Charles Hatfield
Mike Lynch: Richard Thompson 1957-2016
Comics Journal: Dancing on the Manhole Cover: The Genius of Richard Thompson by Phil Nel
Comics Journal: Obituary by Andrew Farago
ComicsDC: Claire Rhode on Remembering Mr. Richard
RIP Richard Thompson by Dana Jeri Maier
Donna Lewis' Reply All tribute
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Local acclaimed illustrator dies at 58Ellison Barber, WUSA July 27, 2016
Robin Ha Is the Comic Book Superhero of Korean Cuisine
by Hannah BaeNBC Asian America July 15 2016
World War I: A Wartime Clipping Service
(The following is a post by Arlene Balkansky, reference specialist in the Serial and Government Publications Division, and Will Elsbury, military history specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division.) The Library of Congress' historical newspaper collections are extensive in their coverage of World War I. From the beginning of the war to America's involvement to […]
World War I news, editorials, features, cartoons, photos, maps, and more are also contained in a unique 400 volume 80,000-page set of newspaper clippings found within the collections of the Library of Congress Serial and Government Publications Division. The set, "World War History: Daily Records and Comments as Appeared in American and Foreign Newspapers, 1914-1926," was created after the war through the dedicated direction of Otto Spengler, owner of the Argus Press Clipping Bureau.
posted by Dominic Umile
Dominic Umile Blog May 16 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
by Rachel Kurzius in News on Jul 25, 2016
A Baltimore Comic Con staffer tipped me about Chris Fenoglio of Alexandria, VA, who kindly answered our usual questions. Fenoglio should be getting wider recognition soon as he's drawn an X-Files spin-off that comes out this summer.
MR: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
CF: I have a couple of projects right now. The biggest one I’m working on is the X-Files Origins: Mulder series coming out in August from IDW. I just finished the first issue of a project called Bloodworth written by the supremely talented Dan Corey that’s coming out really soon as well. I also work on a webcomic strip called Chris & Christina about me and my wife. It’s funnier than it sounds…
MR: How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?
CF: Mostly computer… especially lately. I have a lot of plates spinning, and it’s just faster this way.
MR: When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born?
CF: In Berkeley, CA in the early 1980s.
MR: Why are you in Washington now? What neighborhood or area do you live in?
CF: Alexandria. Does that count still?
MR: What is your training and/or education in cartooning?
CF: I have a master’s degree in illustration from The Academy of Art University. I teach some of their online classes now (like I said… lotsa plates).
MR: Who are your influences?
CF: Too many to count, but the major ones would be, like, Jeff Smith from Bone, Alex Toth, Chris Samnee, and Greg Capullo… at least those are the guys I try to copy as much as I can.
MR: If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?
CF: Nothing so far… maybe go to art school sooner in life? Or maybe pick a career that makes a lot of money… like accounting.
MR: What work are you best-known for?
CF: Probably the X-Files one now… but I also colored a few issues of the Orphan Black comic IDW put out.
MR: What work are you most proud of?
CF: Right now it’s a tie between my X-Files and Chris & Christina stuff. X-Files feels like a huge step forward in my career both artistically and in terms of my standing in the industry. Chris & Christina scratches that artistic itch of putting something together that’s totally mine. And it also lets me try out some of my weirder ideas.
MR: What would you like to do or work on in the future?
CF: Everything. Is that an answer?
MR: What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block?
CF: Just keep working. I find that you can usually work through things like that if you just keep noodling. Worse comes to worse, I’ll take a break and go do something else for awhile.
MR: What do you think will be the future of your field?
CF: Hopefully universal acceptance. I’d love to live in a world where everyone read comics. I think the way the medium is expanding and diversifying is really helping, but it’s still got a ways to go.
MR: What local cons do you attend? The Small Press Expo, Intervention, or others? Any comments about attending them?
CF: I just moved to the area about 2 years ago, so not a bunch. I’ve gone to NYCC the last two years and it’s been pretty great. I also checked out Baltimore this year also, which was a ton of fun.
MR: What's your favorite thing about DC?
CF: Is it cheesy to say, “the monuments and museums?” If you grew up on the other side of the country, they’re really awesome to see up close.
MR: Least favorite?
CF: Traffic… And that’s coming from a Californian. Is getting hit over the head with a tack hammer part of the driving exam out here?
MR: What monument or museum do like to take visitors to?
CF: Portrait Gallery. I like paintings.
MR: How about a favorite local restaurant?
CF: There’s this awesome place in Alexandria called Rustico. I love their pizza… and vast selection of beer.
CF: I have a website (that’s in dire need of an update) at
www.chrisfenoglio.com and you can check out my webcomic at https://tapastic.com/series/chrisandchristina. And people can always follow me on Instagram and Twitter @ChrisFenoglio
Here is the secret to effectively skewering Hillary Clinton
Washington Post Comic Riffs July 26 2016
Marvel’s Groot and Rocket will head to space on NASA’s newest mission patch
Washington Post Speaking of Science July 25 2016
One famous comics linkup not mentioned in the story above is Peanuts and the Apollo 10 mission.
Charles Schulz used Snoopy and his other characters in support of NASA for many years around the Apollo missions.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Washington Post Comic Riffs July 23 2016
Washington Post Comic Riffs July 21 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
3a-G. E. Gallas
Here is the true secret to mocking newly minted nominee Donald Trump
Washington Post Comic Riffs July 22 2016
'Ice Age: Collision Course': It's time for this franchise to become extinct
Washington Post July 22 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Former local resident Christian Farmer has written in about a new graphic novel planned in collaboration with J.C. Williams. Farmer tells ComicsDC:
My wife and I moved to DC in the winter of 2008. We lived in Old Town Alexandria for about 3 years actually, but we were in the city a lot. I played in a r&b/jazz band for a while there. Mostly we were just figuring out how to grow up. We decided not to. My wife grew up in the Annapolis area and went to school in Tampa, where we met. When she graduated she wanted to spend some time in DC.
The Protectorate story is so incredible and we've been extremely lucky with the art team we found. With the success of our Kickstarter we will be able pay the amazing artists that we've hired to make our story come to life.
The link to our Kickstarter is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/525399862/protectorate-awakening-volume-1 Our rewards start at only $1, and at that level you get the first 26 pages of our story in PDF form!
Faith and politics will collide when Hillary Clinton appears in Valiant Comics
Washington Post Comic Riffs July 18 2016
Washington Post Comic Riffs July 19, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
The Middle Age is a new comic strip from cartoonist Steve Conley which launched today, Monday, July 18. Click here to read the very first episode!
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Retooning: The Week 1180 winners
Friday, July 15, 2016
D.C. Lawyer Squatting On Clinton Website Domains With 'Hillary Potter' Cartoons
Hillary Potter and the Boredom of the Phoenix. (Cartoon courtesy of Jeremy Pegg)
Exclusive: Iranian cartoonist opens up about her captivity — and new freedom. #Draw4Atena
Washington Post Comic Riffs July 15 2016
"Yes, that's my art from some of the projects I've done for them. Because it's sold to the VA government, they get to use it as much as they want. They showed the posters to me after they did them - the CDC is getting slammed with requests for Zika materials, and they don't have anything ready, so these were thrown together. All public pools in Fairfax will soon feature one."
Thursday, July 14, 2016
This author uses comics to showcase Korean cuisine
Robin Ha is not your typical kitchen scribe.
Diversity Drives The Story In The Latest Incarnation Of Superman
Kong Kenan, who's Chinese, takes up the mantle of Superman in New Super-Man #1, written by Gene Yang.