Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Post reviews Prentis Rollins' The Furnace

Best science fiction and fantasy books out this month [in print as Science Fiction].

Washington Post July 18 2018
The Furnace (Tor)

"The Furnace," by Prentis Rollins (Tor)

Rob Roger's political cartoon exhibit opens at GW's Corcoran

Rob Rogers
by Mike Rhode

I was able to briefly stop by last night as Rob Rogers made a few short remarks about an exhibit of his cartoons, including 10 original pen and ink drawings and the companion colored prints critical of Trump that a Pittsburgh newspaper refused to print before they fired him. Also included are prints of sketches that they turned down before they became completed cartoons. Rogers' contentious relationship with the papers new editor has been written about extensively and soon after he was fired, GW announced they would exhibit his cartoonist directly across the street from the White House complex (information from their press release follows the images). The exhibit is sponsored by GWU and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists. AAEC president Pat Bagley and Washington Post cartoonist Ann Telnaes contributed to the text of the exhibit.

The sold-out event drew local cartoonists Mike Jenkins, Joe Sutliff, Carolyn Belefski, Politico's Matt Wuerker, and Al Goodwyn a freelance cartoonists who appears locally in the Washington Examiner, in addition to Library of Congress curator Martha Kennedy (whose exhibit on women cartoonists is on display at the Library), and the Washington Post's Michael Cavna.

More photos can be seen here.

Incomplete sketch rejected by newspaper

Cavna, Goodwyn, Jenkins, Belefski

Belefski, Sutliff and Wuerker

Sutliff, Wuerker and Kennedy

Bagley's statement

 'Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers' Opens at the GW Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

Editorial cartoonist was dismissed from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after facing censorship of his cartoons

WASHINGTON (July 18, 2018)-The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George
Washington University opened "Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers"
today. This pop-up exhibition in the atrium gallery of the Corcoran School's historic Flagg
Building features 10 finished cartoons and eight sketches that went unpublished by Rob Rogers'
employer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, between March 6 and June 3, 2018.

Mr. Rogers served as the editorial cartoonist for the Post-Gazette for 25 years, until his firing in
June 2018. Prior to his dismissal, the newspaper refused to publish a series of cartoons
produced over three months.

"I believe the role of a newspaper is to be a watchdog, keeping democracy safe from tyrants. I
hope that visitors to the exhibit get a sense of the important role satire plays in a democracy and
how dangerous it is when the government launches attacks on a free press," Mr. Rogers said. "I
am excited to have my original cartoons on display at the Corcoran. The fact that these are
cartoons about the president and now they will be on shown a few blocks from the White House,
that is pretty incredible!"

The Corcoran strives to promote diversity of thought and experience, address critical social
issues and educate the next generation of creative cultural leaders.

"Mr. Rogers' work has tremendous educational value to our students by speaking to the skills of
technical virtuosity, iteration, perseverance and creative methodologies on how to critique
power," Sanjit Sethi, the director of the Corcoran said. "His work also becomes a powerful point
of departure for this community to speak with each other about issues around censorship,
freedom of the press, journalistic and creative integrity and the consequences of hypernationalism to a democracy."

The Corcoran organized "Spiked" in conjunction with University of Pittsburgh's University Art
Gallery and in collaboration with the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.
"Freedom of speech is more than words. It's pictures, too," Pat Bagley, president of the
association, said. "This exhibit draws attention to Rob Rogers, a popular voice at the Post Gazette
for 25 years. It points to what people in power do to people who draw funny pictures of
the powerful and why that is an important measure of a free and open society."

In addition to the exhibition this summer, the Corcoran will host a series of conversations this fall
regarding issues around censorship, freedom of the press, journalistic integrity and the consequences of nationalism to a democracy, in collaboration with both the Association of
American Editorial Cartoonists and GW's School for Media and Public Affairs.

Comic Riffs on The Dark Knight movie, the Ant-Man movie, and a Spider-Man comic book

'The Dark Knight' changed how we see 'comic-book movies.' But 10 years ago, some critics couldn't see its greatness.

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog July 18 2018

'Ant-Man and the Wasp' director likes life as Marvel's humble superhero comedy

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog July 11 2018

Nick Spencer takes over 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and will focus on the Spidey basics: Laughs and love

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog  July 17 2018

ALMOST Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: #MeltICE

I'm afraid I missed posting this commentary from DC's Anarchist Cartoonist Mike Flugennock when it came out on July 13th due to family demands...


"Schumer never once publicly criticized the Democrats who voted with the GOP to deregulate banks, give Trump more surveillance powers, or confirm a torturer as head of CIA. But this… "

Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) on Twitter, 06.26.2018

So, while the ICE has gone full Gestapo -- separating immigrant families, caging their children -- and people are in the streets taking direct action, occupying ICE offices, blocking detainee transfer buses and confronting officials in public, what are the Democrats doing? Well, along with hopping aboard the bandwagon for votes, they're lecturing us about "civility", with Chump Schumer and Nancy Pelosi being the worst of the bunch.

And, as usual, Democrats are waffling and mealy-mouthing, calling for "reforming", "restructuring" and re-imagining the American Gestapo; the most irksome of all has to be Kamala Harris who, after knocking herself out defending ICE, has suddenly started talking about "re-examining" ICE. Sorry, Ms. H., but "re-examining" and "reforming" are not abolishing.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Hill on Bill Bramhall's front page cartoon for the NY Daily News

Thanks to DD Degg of the Daily Cartoonist for this.

NY Daily News cover following Helsinki summit shows Trump shooting Uncle Sam

Rob Rogers in DC - for the record

Both events are either sold out, or no longer selling tickets, but for the record, he'll be at the Corcoran exhibit opening tomorrow night and the National Press Club on Thursday night.

Opening Night Reception: Wednesday, July 186 - 8 p.m.
The Atrium Galleries at Flagg Building; Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, 500 17th Street NW

Banned in Pittsburgh: A Conversation with Cartoonist Rob Rogers

July 19, 2018 6:00 PM

Journalism InstLocation: Bloomberg Room

This is a ticketed event. Click here to jump to the ticket form.

Rob RogersJoin the National Press Club Journalism Institute in a conversation with Rob Rogers and see the work that was too hot for his publisher to handle. He'll be talking with Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist at the Washington Post. Join us 6-8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the NPC's Bloomberg Room. Tickets are required to attend; RSVP using the link below. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session. Both Rogers and Telnaes will be signing copies of their books, which will be available for purchase.

This event is being hosted by the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Press Club.

Sense of Wonder exhibit open at National Gallery of Art

Sense of Humor
July 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019
West Building, Ground Floor

James Gillray, Midas, Transmuting All into Paper, 1797, etching with hand-coloring in watercolor on laid paper, Wright and Evans 1851, no. 168, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Purchased as an Anonymous Gift

Humor may be fundamental to human experience, but its expression in painting and sculpture has been limited. Instead, prints, as the most widely distributed medium, and drawings, as the most private, have been the natural vehicles for comic content. Drawn from the National Gallery of Art's collection, Sense of Humor celebrates this incredibly rich though easily overlooked tradition through works including Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics. The exhibition includes major works by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Jacques Callot, William Hogarth, James Gillray, Francisco Goya, and Honoré Daumier, as well as later examples by Alexander Calder, Red Grooms, Saul SteinbergArt Spiegelman, and the Guerrilla Girls.

The exhibition is curated by Jonathan Bober, Andrew W. Mellon senior curator of prints and drawings; Judith Brodie, curator and head of the department of American and modern prints and drawings; and Stacey Sell, associate curator, department of old master drawings, all National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

About the Artists

Press Event: Sense of Humor

At the press preview for Sense of Humor on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, remarks were given by Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. Following that, a tour of the exhibition was given by Jonathan Bober, Andrew W. Mellon senior curator of prints and drawings; Stacey Sell, associate curator, department of old master drawings; and Judith Brodie, curator and head of the department of American and modern prints and drawings.

Released: July 10, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Blue Plate Special"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennock:

"Blue Plate Special"

A little over a month ago, Democratic Party "rising star" (spit) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted "this is a massacre", referring to the Israeli slaughter of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. Needless to say, as soon as the establishment pushed back, she immediately started waffling her ass off and folded faster than Superman on laundry day, saying that she posted that tweet "as an activist" and not a Congressmember. However, now that she's a member of Congress, she's apparently willing to "learn and evolve" -- which, as someone who grew up in Washington DC, I understand to mean "flip-flop", or "do an Obama" as we say these days.

Granted, the focus of her activism was on economic issues, but still -- if you're going to run for Congress, you also need to keep up on lots of other issues as well, such as the 70 years of brutal occupation of Palestine and the Gaza Strip by Israel, and the ongoing mass murder of Palestinians in Gaza.

What especially galled the hell out of me is that initially, Ocasio belted out the straight, raw truth -- but when the pushback hit, her first instinct was to backpedal rather than show some backbone and stand her ground in solidarity with the people of Gaza against Israeli barbarity. All the walking back, backpedaling and explaining she can possibly do now will do her no good because, as the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

At least we found out early.

"Ocasio-Cortez hedges criticisms of Israel– 'I may not use the right words'", Mondoweiss, 07.15.18

"NY insurgent who said 'Dems can't be silent anymore' about Palestine clips AIPAC poodle in primary shocker", Mondoweiss 06.27.18

The Post on ‘The Dark Knight’ and Heath Ledger’s Joker

'The Dark Knight' and Heath Ledger's Joker were a prophecy of our troll culture [in print as Prophet of the trolls].

Washington Post July 15 2018, p. E2

online at

This Joker Holds All the Cards

By Stephen Hunter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Post on Akira anime

Why the pioneering Japanese anime 'Akira' is still relevant 30 years later [in print as How 'Akira' rewrote the rules for anime].

Washington Post July 15 2018
, p. E3, 5
online at

'Akira' (NR)

By Richard Harrington
Washington Post Staff Writer
December 25, 1989

John Siuntres talks to Tom King

Tom King Q&A The Bat(Man) Is (Heart) Broken

July 13, 2018

Batman #50 . Wow . Tom King joins us to pick up the pieces of Batman's jilted heart and gives us clues to look for as Bane gathers a strange anti-bat family to torture the caped crusader.

Members of the League Of Word Balloon listeners ask Tom about the firts 50 issues of his Batman run, Collaborations with Adam Kubert on The Wal-Mart Exclusive Superman story, Heroes In Crisis with Clay Mann Mister Miracle with Mitch Gerads and Joelle Jones . Lots of info on many current past and future projects, plus the passing of Steve Ditko and other comic creator encounters.

Ann Telnaes on Trump and Russia in The Post

JULY 21: DC Zinefest 2018


DC Zinefest 2018

· Hosted by DC Zinefest and Art Enables

  • Saturday at 11 AM - 5 PM

  • Art Enables
    2204 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20018

    Come see us at our NEW location at *air-conditioned* Art Enables in NE DC! The 8th Annual DC Zinefest features self-published zinesters from DC and beyond. The Fest is a one-day independent event designed to provide a space for zine-makers, self-published artists, and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington, D.C., community.

    FREE & Open to the Public! All Ages!

    The DC Zinefest is a safer space, which means that it is intended to be a welcoming, engaging and supportive environment free of oppressive actions, behaviors, and language. Participants and attendees are asked to consider how their language and behavior impacts others in attendance. Racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination will not be tolerated, in tabling material or at the Fest itself.

    *Accessibility: The building is two stories. Both entrances are accessible by an outside street, but to go from the first floor to the second floor you will need to exit the building and enter via the other entrance. There are 15-20 stairs with handrail inside to go between floors.

    *We suggest bringing CASH (and smaller bills are better!) for buying awesome zines. We'll have a list of ATM locations in the area, but know that some tablers won't be taking credit/debit cards.

    *How do I get there? Where can I park?

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    William L. Brown: Sucker

    Local cartoonist/illustrator William L. Brown issues a weekly wordless commentary.

    John K Snyder III on ‘Eight Million Ways to Die’

    Images from Eight Million Ways to Die courtesy of John K Snyder III and IDW
    By Matt Dembicki

    Comics creator John K Snyder III spent much of his early career in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., but these days lives in western Virginia. He occasionally visits the area for local comics shows and to catch up with friends. John will be in town Saturday, July 14, at Big Planet Comics in Bethesda to sign his new graphic novel Eight Million Ways to Die, an adaptation of the Lawrence Block detective novel.(See info, below.)

    Below is a Q&A we did with John about the new book ahead of this weekend’s signing.

    What was it about Eight Million Ways to Die — Lawrence Block’s fifth book featuring the gumshoe Matthew Scudder — that you thought would be ideal to adapt into a graphic novel?

    I thought Block's study of the human condition told through the detective/mystery genre lent itself to do something other than the typical slam-bang action sometimes associated with pulp fiction comics, though there's certainly enough of it in the story as well. Also, Block's work is very much dialogue-driven, which makes it a natural to adapt to the panel-to-panel format of comics storytelling.

    What was your approach to adapting the book? Was Block involved in the process, or did he just hand it off to you? How involved were IDW editors?

    I worked solo on the adaptation, and Lawrence was shown pages from time to time by my editor, Tom Waltz. It was always great to get a short note back he was pleased with how it was progressing, that's all I needed to hear to keep moving on. My adaptation process was to keep Block's writing as close to the original as possible, and to focus on the key points of the story to mirror as much of the feel and pace of the original novel. It was a very involved and fluid process, I had to be open to revise and cut sequences all the way through to the end. My gracious editor, Tom Waltz, gave me a free hand to tell the story my way, for that I'll always be grateful. Lawrence Block read and approved of the book once it was completely adapted, illustrated and lettered (by Frank Cvetkovic). Lawrence Block's enthusiastic response to the final product was just wonderful.

    The story takes place in the early 1980s, but it’s not stylized in a 1980s kind or way, nor is it overloaded with cultural references that might date it. How did you balance that?

    I thought of it in real time, how do we experience our day-to-day lives now? What marks the time period we are in? Our own daily cultural reminders are subtle, in the clothing, the technology, what's in the background. In this graphic novel, it's 1982 New York City—the characters use land line phones, answering services, and phone booths, read newspapers, people look for people by going to their familiar hangouts on the notion they'll be there, not by texting in advance. So the period is defined enough by the characters' actions, how they get around—there's not too much of a need to layer on top of that with additional symbols of the period. I did throw in a concert poster of The Who at Shea Stadium, with opening act, The Clash. That's a cultural moment that was a sign of the changing times, and in fact, The Clash weren't around long after that. It's good to throw in some specific references, but to choose ones that count.

    The book has an incredible gritty atmosphere, conveyed through the way you illustrated it. Can you briefly outline your approach? I believe you drew and colored it by hand? How long did the project take, including the writing and illustrating?

    I wrote a detailed explanation of my process in a recent article. But for the somewhat shorter version, the pages are all done by hand, fully penciled, sometimes inked, and light to solid color rendering over the pencil/ink, then all adjusted in photoshop, making multiple scans of the pages in different stages and layering them in portions, fusing them all together for the final effect. I guess you could say it's a little like old school animation, laying different animation cels one atop another to create depth. Being the first time adapting Block's work and also developing this illustration process, it took a considerable amount of time to figure it all out, but by the time it got to the last third or so of the book, I had it down to a rhythm of regular production.

    Although the story takes place in New York City, did you look back to you time living in D.C. in the ‘80s (which itself was rather gritty at that time) for particular influences?

    Absolutely! The book takes place in fall of 1982, at that time, I was living on King St in Old Town Alexandria, pre-Metro Station, and it held its own kind of dystopian vibe, though certainly not on the epic scale of New York City. I would regularly head down to DC Space at 7th and E streets NW and the original 9:30 Club at the Atlantic Building at 930 F Street NW, all of which was just a short drive away from Alexandria. And Old Town had its own little dive club, The Upstairs 704, directly on 704 King St. There was plenty of past inspiration to draw on between all of those locations alone, believe me. And I was quite enamored of New York City, my first time there was in the summer of 1981 — it was a brief visit, but I kept that in mind as well. All in all, it was quite an era. I hope readers will get some of the vibe of that period while reading the adaptation as well.

    Aug 4: Bizhan Khodabandeh at Fantom Comics

    Bizhan Khodabandeh will be signing the The Once Upon a Time Machine Anthology on August 4th at Fantom Comics in DC.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    July 21: DC Zinefest

    DC Zinefest

    The 2018 DC Zinefest will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Art Enables (2204 Rhode Island Ave NE) from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    This year's Zinefest will feature:

    • 50+ zine-makers sharing their writing, art, prints, and more
    • air conditioning!
    • 2 panel discussions
    • exclusive posters designed by Toni Lane
    • awesome buttons designed by Moose Lane

    Monday, July 09, 2018

    Sunday, July 08, 2018

    The Post on a cartoon singer that's not in Gorillaz, but is from Japan

    This singer is part hologram, part avatar, and might be the pop star of the future [in print as Miku! Not live!]

    Washington Post July 8 2018, p. E1, 11

    A minor review of a major Steadman show from The Post

    Five museum shows you should see this summer [in print as A rallying cry from the enraged: Ralsph Steadman retrospective, and four other art shows to see].

    Washington Post July 6 2018, p. Weekend 10

    Wonder Woman movie stories from this weekend's Post

    'Wonder Woman's' Gal Gadot visits children's hospital dressed in full superhero costume

    Washington Post July 8 2018

    Fantasy and reality clash as movie makers film Wonder Woman in D.C. [in print as Fantasy and reality clash with filming of 'Wonder Woman 84']

    Thursday, July 05, 2018

    Comic Riffs on the Ralph Steadman exhibit at American U

    Ralph Steadman's D.C. retrospective often shines a 'gonzo' light on America

    Washington Post Comic Riffsblog  July 5 2018

    PR: Our 4th location, Third Eye Richmond, opens this August!

    The 1st Third Eye Comics in Virginia opens on Saturday 8/4/18!
    Hello Third Eye Faithful!

    We've got some pretty exciting news for you: Third Eye is opening its first ever Virginia location this August, and we could not be more stoked!

    That's right, we'll be setting up shop in the lovely town of Mechanicsville, VA (just a short drive from downtown Richmond!), and bringing that comic goodness to you!

    While we know that many of you are local to our stores here in Annapolis and Lexington Park, we still wanted to let you in on the good news, and.. maybe even ask a favor: if you've got friends or family in the Richmond area, could you help us spread the word? :)

    Seriously though, we love you guys lots, and we know that we have many folks who follow us from all over the country, and we hope that this news of a Third Eye in VA reaches some of you in the area!

    And of course, for all our pals here in Maryland, we're still gonna keep serving up tons of comic awesomeness at our locations in Annapolis and Southern MD!

    We know that a lot of you probably have questions in regards to what to expect, so we've put together a FAQ for you to check out by clicking here. We do have a few major things we want to share though in this email:

    • Our grand opening is Saturday 8/4/18, and you can read more about the crazy awesome event we've got planned for it by clicking here.

    • For those who want to sneak a peek before then (or maybe just start catching up on their weekly comics!), we'll be doing a soft opening and beginning normal business hours on 7/16/18!

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