Wednesday, November 14, 2018
TALES FROM THE DMV: The Origins of Comic Book Fandom in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia: True Tales of Carl Bridgers' Barbarian Book Shop, ... & the Yancy Street Gazette (Volume 1)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
A Marvel Of A Man: Stan Lee Dead At 95
Opinion: How Stan Lee Helped This Blerd Find His Superhero
The Code Switch November 13, 2018
A True Believer Remembers Stan Lee
Remembering Stan Lee
Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, Maggie Thompson
Pop Culture Happy Hour November 12, 2018
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A Letter to Stan Lee, Comic Book Legend, Written by One of His Biggest Fans
Movie producer and instructor Michael Uslan eulogizes his hero and mentor, whose superheroes taught him countless life lessons
Stan Lee called his fans 'true believers.' But Stan the Man was the truest believer of all.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Inaugural Issue of The Incredible Hulk to be Auctioned by Huggins & Scott
LOS ANGELES, November 12, 2018 –A high-grade issue of The Incredible Hulk #1 from May 1962 will be auctioned by Huggins & Scott Auctions from November 2- November 15. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online.
This first issue is considered one of the most valuable and prestigious comics of the Silver Age. Marvel Comics published the inaugural issue of the Incredible Hulk in May 1962, which was part of an enormous resurgence of super-hero comics in the early 1960's. This comic book earned a Universal Grade of 8.5 from the leading comic book grader CGC.
The consignor read this 56-year old Hulk Comic once as a youth and kept it in storage since 1962. Well known to be a super tough comic to find in upper grades, this high-demand pivotal issue continues to show astonishing sale price increases, reaching a Fair Market Value of $175,000 in recent years for the few known examples that have been graded at the 8.5 level.
The popularity of the Incredible Hulk comic series led to Marvel Studio producing a superhero film The Incredible Hulk in 2008. The film starred Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk. Mark Ruffalo replaced Norton as the Hulk in the 2012 film The Avengers. Ruffalo reprised the Hulk role in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.
The comic book is estimated to sell between $125,000 to $175,000.
Additional information on the comic book can be found at
About Huggins & Scott Auctions
Huggins and Scott, based in Silver Spring MD and founded in 2002, is a leading catalog auction company specializing in sports and Americana collectibles. The company was founded by current president Bill Huggins, who has been in the collectibles business since 1976 when he opened his baseball card store. Specializing in vintage sports and non-sports cards, autographs, memorabilia, and a wide range of collectibles for every level of collector, Huggins and Scott runs four online Masterpiece Auctions per year.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Friday, November 09, 2018
Nora Krug - Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home — in conversation with the Washington Post's Nora Krug — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Like Art Spiegelman's Maus, Krug's graphic memoir centers on events she experienced at one remove, by inheritance—and that for that reason may have marked her all the more deeply. A member of the second generation of Germans born after World War II, Krug draws on letters, photos, flea-market artifacts, and archival materials for a powerful exploration of Heimat, the place that first forms us. Now an award-winning artist and member of the faculty of the Parsons School of Design, Krug researched her grandparents' role in the Third Reich, and her sifting of layers of history is as vital a story as what she discovered. Krug will be in conversation with Washington Post "Book World" writer and editor Nora Krug.
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He Makes Archie Deep and Sabrina Dark. Meet Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
A version of this article appears in print on Nov. 11, 2018, on Page AR1 of the New York edition with the headline: Meet Archie's Best Pal, Roberto
Come through to Fantom Comics to get a copy signed and meet LIGHTS at our store before they perform later at their concert at The Anthem!
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12 PM – 2 PM
You'd have to be a Scrooge to resist the new animated 'Grinch' [in print as Resisting this one would be sheer Scroogery].
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Mohammad Sabaaneh "Linocuts and History From Palestine"
Gallery Al-Quds invites you to the exhibition
Black and White / Thoughts in Cartoon
original linocuts by
Meet artist Mohammad Sabaaneh in conversation with
Robert "Bro" Russell, Executive Director of Cartoonists Rights Network International
Reception, talk and book signing
Saturday November 17, 5-7 pm
Live Auction Saturday December 15, 3-5 pm!
Exhibition Dates: November 17-— December 15, 2018
Jerusalem Fund Gallery / Palestine Center, at 2425 Virginia Ave NW, in Foggy Bottom, DC.
RSVP: 202-338-1958 or firstname.lastname@example.org
More information lifted from JWE's newsletter:
Mohammad's show features numbered pulls of 16 of his evocative linocut images, all of which he has produced only in very limited editions. It also features a large-scale giclee (high-quality) print of his iconic "History of Palestine" mural-- the same image that won an award at the recent conference of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
The Nov. 17 event starts with a reception, which will be followed by a discussion between Mohammad and Robert ("Bro") Russell, the director of the NoVa-based organization Cartoonists Rights Network International, for which Mohammad serves as a key Middle East Ambassador.
Mohammad Sabaaneh, as I'm sure you know, is the Ramallah-based cartoonist who's the lead political cartoonist for the Palestinian daily Al-Hayat al-Jadida. His book White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine was published by Just World Books last year to much acclaim.
While he maintains a hectic output of gripping images in his daily cartoon work, Mohammad has also been intent on developing his capacities as an artist in a range of different media-- as well as sharing his signature artwork with audiences around the world.
Last November, he was one of four high-achieving Palestinians from around the world who were brought to New York by the UN's Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People" to be honored in a ceremony at UN Headquarters that marked the 70th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
All the works being hung in the Jerusalem Fund Gallery's exhibition will be available for sale. The proceeds will be divided between the Palestine Center's humanitarian projects in Palestine, Just World Ed's educational projects here in North America, and the artist himself.
At the Nov. 17 event, the de-luxe new hardcover edition of White and Black will be debuted, and smaller giclee prints of some of the images in it will also be available.
The exhibition, titled "Linocuts and History from Palestine" will continue until December 15, culminating in a fun, exciting live auction of any works remaining unsold.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Jarrett Krosoczka is probably best known as the cartoonist for the Lunch Lady graphic novels for children. I hadn't run across his work before, but I was pleased to make his acquaintance with this book.
Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father and Dealth with Family Addiction (Scholastic Graphix, 2018; $25/$15) is definitely aimed at an older audience than his other books. The marketing material suggests a young adult audience, but I think it can enjoyably be read by adults as well. Krosoczka tells the story of his childhood and teen years, in a muted palette of browns and oranges. He was raised by his grandparents when his young mother mysteriously kept disappearing from his life. His father was never mentioned or featured in his life. Krosoczka tells his story chronologically, which keeps some suspense for anyone who hasn't read the promotional material or interviews.
He begins with his grandparents meeting and marrying and raising a family of five children after his grandfather Joe Krosoczka returned from World War II and convinced Shirley Olson to marry him. Joe began his own business making a particular piece for plumbing and seems to have been a success, but Shirley had difficult times with her children, especially Jarrett's mother, her daughter Leslie.
Krosoczka recounts staying with his mother in a house that his grandfather provided for them, but she continues to shoplift and run around with less-than-admirable men, including two who come in one night covered in blood. His mother disappears after that and the preschooler moves in with his grandparents that raise him.
For the next few years (and chapters), Leslie pops in and out of his life, and as a young boy, after a trip to Disneyworld, his grandparents reveal that his mother is a drug addict and in jail. She's been addicted to heroin since she was a teenager. Eventually the teenage Jarrett uses his talent for cartooning to escape from working in the family factory, and reconnects with his long-missing father.
Throughout the book, his grandparents are presented as real people with some serious flaws revealed especially about his grandmother. However the author is adamant that they did give him a good life, and he has no regrets about the way things turned out.
Due to Krosoczka's cartooning ability, the story works as a graphic memoir. As a prose piece, it would be about 10 pages long. It held my attention, and I definitely felt for the young boy, so I would recommend this to people interested in memoirs. It was a National Book Finalist this year, and is available online and in most bookstores.
Krosoczka spoke about the book at DC's lovely West End Library on November 8, 2018 and took questions from his friend, children's book authority Mindy Thomas. Here are some pictures from the event.
|Watercolor backgrounds for the line art|
|Grandfather Joe, Grandmother Shirley and young Jarrett|
|The photo is the complete stack of art for the book|
Get your copies of Uncanny X-Men #1 signed, and ask them about the secrets of the X-Men universe.
Uncanny X-Men is a new ongoing series kicking off with a 10-part weekly epic. It starts with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, and then the X-Men are drawn into what might be... their final adventure?! X-Fan favorite writers Ed Brisson, Matt Rosenberg, and Kelly Thompson with all-star artists Mahmud Asrar, R.B. Silva, Yildiray Cinar, and Pere Pérez join forces on this epic relaunch.
G.I. Joe, Mickey Mouse and Captain America Walk Into … a Display
The following is material that will not be on display including a Maud the Mule comic strip by Opper, a Cathy comic strip by Cathy Guisewite, Big Little Books, buttons and pins, and more pages from Mickey Mouse in Plane Crazy.