Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Cavna on 2018's superhero movie glut

2018 was the greatest year in superhero cinema [in print as Cinema's Year of the Superhero

Library of Congress blogs on 1919 editorial cartoons

The League of Nations: Conflicting Opinions in Editorial Cartoons

The Post's Betancourt talks to David F. Walker

The voice behind some of the top black superheroes in comics is now writing about Frederick Douglass

DC-area Cave Pictures Publishing profiled

I'm supposed to be interviewing them, but have fallen down on the job. In the meantime, here's Abby Olcese's interview with them:

Comic Book Myths Have a Place in Spiritual Growth

PR: Get Your Awesome Con Tickets Now!

Autograph sales will begin at the end of the month!
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Cartoonist RJ Casey would like to teach Richard Thompson's humor

Dreaming in Comics: Alumni Interview with RJ Casey '09

Friday, January 11, 2019

Jan 25: Animezing!: Fireworks

Enjoy a FREE Japanese ANIME film at the JICC!
Enjoy a FREE Japanese ANIME film at the JICC!
Animezing!: Fireworks
Animezing!: Fireworks
Nominated for Best Animation Film at the 2018 Awards of the Japanese Academy
Producer Genki Kawamura follows up his mega-hit Your Name with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist.
Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother's decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don't go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

Fireworks tells a simple story of adolescent longing that taps deep wells of emotion. It is tale of youthful wistfulness, missed opportunities and long-ago dreams, of the urgency of young lovers, and the desire to create a separate universe, a magic place outside of time, where they can be together. 

In Japanese with English subtitles | Rated PG | 2017 | 90 min | Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo & Nobuyuki Takeuchi
Registration required
Images: © 2017 Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? Production Committee
Trailer for Fireworks
You are invited to
Friday, January 25th, 2019
from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
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Former local A. David Lewis writes a new old Muslim superhero

Interview: A. David Lewis embraces Kismet

01/04/2019 6:00 pm by  

JAN 16: Local Artist Jenna Ayoub signing

JAN 16 Local Artist Jenna Ayoub

Come meet local artist Jenna Ayoub. Jenna will have copies of her latest project "The Amazing World of Gumball vol 06 Midsummer Nightmare" Jenna will be signing from 5-7. Make sure you don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to meet this talented artist!

Josh Kramer cartoon - The Cost of A Government Shutdown

March 23: James Sturm in Charlottsville

James Sturm On Tour

Across America with Off Season

James Sturm is on tour this winter and spring with Off Season, his new graphic novel about the divisive separation of a couple during the fall of 2016, during Bernie's loss to Hillary, Hillary's loss to Trump, and the disorienting months that followed. 

Sturm will be making stops in New York, White River Junction, VT, Boston, Charlottesville, VA, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA. Join Sturm as he launches Off Season across the country! 

Charlottesville, VA
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
145 Ednam Drive, 22903

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "You Can't Silence..."

From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock -

"You Can't Silence..."

With all the critical issues facing this country – the escalation of  police violence, the continued highway robbery of the People by the likes of Amazon, the lack of hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, the lack of clean water in Flint, Michigan; the children dying in cages at the border – the first act of the US Senate this year was to introduce legislation that criminalized involvement with the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement working to end the Israeli occupation and apartheid state in Palestine.

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New Herblock exhibit opening this month at Library of Congress

Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times
Jan. 31, 2019 – Aug. 17, 2019

            A new exhibition, "Art in Action," will explore the tradition of artists as social commentators. Drawings by renowned editorial cartoonist Herblock will be paired with historical and contemporary artists' prints, drawings and posters that respond to major issues from the 17th century to the current day. As a political cartoonist for The Washington Post and other newspapers, Herbert L. Block, better known as Herblock, devoted his career to creating social commentary through art. Topics that drew his attention provide the exhibition's framework, including civil rights, women's rights, health, war, refugees and the role of media.

            Herblock's cartoons provide a call and response with other socially-engaged artists who expressed their opinions through art. The exhibition includes depictions of Pablo Picasso and works in the global tradition of political art by Jacques Callot, Francisco de Goya, and Leopoldo Méndez – as well as modern and contemporary American artists including Alexander Calder, Enrique Chagoya, Shepard Fairey, Kerry James Marshall, Juan Fuentes, Favianna Rodriguez and Helen Zughaib, among others.

Comics Research Bibliography 2018 print edition volumes and ebook available for order

Over 1200 pages long with more than 9,000 new entries, this is a bibliography of articles and books on all aspects of comic and cartoon art including comic books, comic strips, cartoons, animation, editorial cartoons, newly updated as of the end of 2018. It is based on the format used by John Lent in his ten-volume bibliography. Both the two volume print and the single file electronic book include tens of thousands of citations with links to information on comic book movies, the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Danish Islam cartoon controversy and other topical matters. In the e-book, many citations are hot-linked to the web publication for ease of use.

Here's part of a sample entry (the * indicates a new entry for this edition):

                        DC Comics / National Periodical Publications

  Adegoke, Yinka. 2010. Warner Bros moving some DC Comics jobs to Hollywood. Reuters (September 21): http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100921/media_nm/us_timewarner_dccomics_2

  Atchinson, Lee. 2003. DC's Marketing Doyenne: Patty Jeres. Sequential Tart (January)

  Bolle, Sonja. 1985. DC's 50th anniversary celebrates old favorites and new ideas. Publishers Weekly 228(Dec 6):40.

  Borsellino, Mary. 2007. Interview with a DC Editor: Jeanine Schaefer. Sequential Tart (October 1): http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=705

  Brady, Matt. 2006. Dan Didio, A 2006 Look Back [DC Comics]. Newsarama (December 13): http://www.newsarama.com/dcnew/Didio/Didio1.html

  Brady, Matt. 2008. SDCC 08: From Paul Levitz's Point of View [DC Comics]. Newsarama (August 11): http://www.newsarama.com/comics/080811-SDCC08-Levitz.html

  *Campbell, Josie. 2012. "American Idol's" Chris Daughtry Partners With DC's We Can Be Heroes Charity. Comic Book Resources (May 31): http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=38926

  Cavna, Michael. 2010. Comic-Con 2010: DC's Dan Didio talks Superman, Wonder Woman & why he loves fan interaction. Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (July 22):


To order the books:

Volume 2 covers Volume 2 covers Animation, Caricature, and Gag and Political Cartoons in the United States, as well as Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia & Oceania, Central & South America and the Caribbean. $27 at http://www.lulu.com/shop/michael-rhode/comics-research-bibliography-2018-print-edition-volume-2/paperback/product-23928108.html

Table of Contents (highlights only)




Introduction                                                                                                                  v

United States

1.    Comic Books and Strips                                                                                 002

2.    Comic Books                                                                                                   015

·         BUSINESS ASPECTS - Publishers, Companies                                023

·         BUSINESS ASPECTS -            Distribution, Sales                                        062

·         COMIC BOOK MAKERS AND THEIR WORKS                                      140

·         CHARACTERS AND TITLES                                                                 337

3.    Comic Strips                                                                                                   540

·         CHARACTERS AND TITLES                                                                 547

·         Cartoonists                                                                                          618

3a. Web Comics, webcomics                                                                         673



4.     Animation, Caricature, and Gag and Political Cartoons                            682

4a. Comic Art                                                                                                 683

4b. Gag, Illustrative, Magazine Cartoons                                                    695

·         New Yorker magazine                                                                 696

4c. Animation                                                                                                 755

·         Animators and Their Works                                                        765

·         Characters and Titles                                                                  778

·         Companies, Networks, and Studios                                           884

4d. Caricature                                                                                                            894

4e. Political Cartoons                                                                                                904

·         Feiffer, Jules                                                                          918

Canada                                                                                                                        965

Global & Europe                                                                                                         984

·         Danish Islamic Cartoons - Religion & Censorship Controversy           985

·         Charlie Hebdo massacre                                                                          1011

·         Belgium                                                                                                    1029

·         France                                                                                                       1040

·         Great Britain                                                                                            1079

Africa                                                                                                                          1146

Middle East                                                                                                                 1155

Asia                                                                                                                             1168

·         India                                                                                                         1176

·         Japan                                                                                                        1183

Australia and Oceania                                                                                               1232

Central and South America                                                                                      1241

Caribbean                                                                                                                   1249


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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Monday, January 07, 2019

Marc Singer's new comic studies book available for order

The discount code UTPRESS drops $14 off the price, and shipping is free so it's about $21.

Breaking the Frames

New in Comics Studies

By Marc Singer

Challenging common critical practices and offering new interpretations of canonical texts by Marjane Satrapi, Alan Moore, Kyle Baker, Chris Ware, and others, this volume offers the first major critique of the field of comics studies.

$34.95 Paperback
312 pages | 6 x 9 | 9 color and 21 b&w photos | ISBN: 978-1-4773-1710-5
Get your copy