Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Alexandra Bowman

Alexandra Bowman emailed me that she's got some interviews online -

Satire Can Save Us All and The Hilltop Show (i.e. me wearing two hats) sat down yesterday with Chelsea Saunders, an animator, African-American activist, and political cartoonist for The Nib, to talk about her view of the current political cartooning world, particularly in light of the events of the past week. 

Our extended interview will be split into four parts on YouTube, two parts of which are already released! We'd really appreciate a like on these videos--like, subscribe, turn the bell on! The other two videos should be up soon. 

Also, be sure to follow Chelsea at @che_saunders on Twitter and @chelsea_saunders on Instagram!  

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Big Planet Bethesda New hours and policies

CLOSED to walk-in traffic
Curbside pickup:
Wednesday 11-7
Thursday 11-3
Friday 3-7
Saturday 1-5
Closed other days
Curbside policy:
Wait outside and call us, we will then charge your total and put a bag of your comics out on a table; don't approach if we or any other folks are at the table! Wear a mask.
Thank you.

Bethesda phone: 301-654-6856
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Monday, June 01, 2020

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "I Voted"

Definitely from DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock -

"I Voted"

Bringing up the coffee and morning paper last Sunday morning, I caught about 15 seconds of MSNBC on the bedroom TV. Some "contributing analyst" on the morning show was discussing the nationwide uprising against police terrorism and yammering about how we needed to unite "street politics" with electoral politics — which made me want to bring up my coffee again, if you know what I mean.

Cripes, what a stupid twunt. Didn't she realize that the reason we're in the streets right now is because electoral politics is a failure? I and millions of others in this country have realized that electoralism is a big, hot sloppy bucket of fail, and that it's time to get our yellow vests on and vote in the streets.

Never mind how many times I've heard rag-chewing Liberal talking heads on cable TV news flapping their cakeholes about "peaceful" protest — jeezus, I could play a drinking game with the number of times I've heard some knob on TV talking about being "peaceful". F'crissake, man — I can't think of a single time in my life when any meaningful change was brought about by people being "peaceful". Hell, the State and Capital aren't being peaceful right now; why should the People feel obligated to be peaceful? Screw "peaceful".

SPX's 2020 Ignatz Submission Deadline EXTENSION

Hello friends! 

Just sending out a quick reminder that the Ignatz submissions deadline has been extended to June 19, 2020. Some folks have asked, so to clarify, the books must have been published between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 to be eligible. If you had planned on a book coming out during the period, but it was delayed, it would be eligible next year. Sorry, but otherwise everything will just get murkier and Davis knows we don't need more murkiness now.

To review the submission process is:

Fill out this form for each submission you are making, no matter what format or category

PLEASE NOTE - Filling out the form is the only submission point for online comics!!!!!

We are ONLY accepting PDFs this year for printed comics

To submit the PDFs for your mini-comics, comics, graphic novels and anthologies for the SPX 2020 Ignatz Awards:

  • Go to this shared public folder to drop PDFs of your comics. All you have to do is place your PDF in that folder, and we will get it to the Ignatz jurors

  • For submissions of ONLINE comics, please

  • We are ONLY accepting single-file PDFs of the comics - we cannot accept folders of files, or comics in other formats

  • Each file must be named with the following naming convention:

  • For mini-comics, comics and graphic novels:


For example: Hanselmann.Simon.Bad_Gateway.Fantagraphics.July2019.pdf

NOTES: If there is no Issue Number, then do not put one in the file name
If it is self published, put Self as the Publisher

  • For anthologies:


For example: Newlavant.Hazel.Comics_for_Choice.Self.June2017.PDF

NOTE: If there are multiple editors, use only the first one listed on the title page.

  • Please do not assume we will figure out the creator's name, publisher, etc., as we simply won't have the time/person power

  • Submissions must have been published between June 1, 2019 and May 30, 2020, and the deadline for all submissions is June 19, 2020

  • We'd kindly ask you to hold one print copy of each title for inclusion in the Library of Congress small press collection - ideally you'll be able to simply drop a copy off at SPX, or we'll arrange to have it mailed to us hopefully sometime later this year depending on the circumstances.

Ok, that's it. Please let us know any questions you have, and thanks so much for making great art!!

Dan, Francesca and everyone else at SPX
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Cavna on the upcoming Hidden Object Game in the Sunday funnies

Comics will salute essential workers by hiding symbols in their Sunday strips

June 1, 2020 

The Post on Soviet animation

Cheburashka was the beloved misfit of Soviet animation. It's now a missing treasure for Russia. [Russia tries to reclaim treasured Soviet cartoon from Japanese studio].

Robyn Dixon 

Washington Post May 31, 2020 , p. A19

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Post recommends Robin Ha's new book

Bruce Guthrie wrote to me earlier today -

Tomorrow's Post's Arts & Style Section has an article on "Five new books for your teenager's seasonal reading pile".  One of them is "Almost American Girl" by Robin Ha.

The other four are:
 * "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You" by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendl
 * "Superman Smashes the Klan" by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru [also a graphic novel]
 * "Clap When You Land" by Elizabeth Acevedo
 * "Kent State" by Deborah Wiles

The article was written by Karen MacPherson, the children's and teen services coordinator for the library in Takoma Park, Md.

Those darn Wumo and Flashbacks

Friday, May 29, 2020

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "George Floyd Everywhere"

From Mike Flugennock, DC's anarchist cartoonist -

"George Floyd, Everywhere"

It wasn't just one cop who murdered George Floyd; it was America — the same America whose knee is crushing the throat of Iran, Venezuela, and dozens of other nations around the world.

Malaka Gharib on how to make a zine for NPR

How To Make A Mini-Zine About Life During The Pandemic

Malaka Gharib

May 28, 2020

Roye Okupe's latest Kickstarter ends today

Today is the last day you can grab your SIGNED copy plus EXCLUSIVE bonuses.

Grab Your Copy Of Iyanu Kickstarter Today Before Time Runs Out


Iyanu - Child of Wonder Volume One

A teenage orphan girl with no recollection of her past suddenly discovers that she has abilities that rival the ancient gods!

Iyanu chronicles the journey of a teenage orphan girl with no recollection of her past, who suddenly discovers that she has abilities that rival the ancient deities of her people. It is these abilities that are the key to bringing back the age of wonders and saving a world on the brink of destruction at the hands of The Corrupt — Cursed Wildlife and Divine Beasts desperate to destroy humanity.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Post on the return of the Justice League

The #SnyderCut of 'Justice League' was an Internet joke. Cinephiles should root for it.

Washington Post May 22, 2020

Tre Johnson on masking and superheroes

The coronavirus has made the waking world into a dreamscape [in print as The virus has turned our waking lives into a dreamscape]

Our masks make us look like superheroes. So why do we still feel so helpless?

That darn Dustin

Miller interviews Rubenstein

 David Miller writes in, "I just did an interview with Joe Rubinstein on my new Comics Prisoner show." 
Today Joe Rubinstein drops by the paper prison to check out his wares and discovers the Comics Prisoner squatting in one of his pages. We have a nice talk and learn a lot. Drop by and enjoy! While ...

The Washington School of Cartooning, just about a century ago

Warren Bernard  wrote in, "When Maryland re-opened some stuff, my sister and I went out to an antiques mall in Hagerstown. She spotted this gem:

"I had never seen a cartoon course diploma, no less one from 1924  from the only DC area cartoon school, run by Will Chandlee, who worked for the Evening Star in the 19th Century. The office for the cartoon school was on 15th St for a while and the most famous graduate was Frank Godwin. I also have a promo booklet from the school, and that's how I found out about Godwin."

Thanks to Warren for sharing this bit of The Secret History of Comics.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Steve Geppi on his Library of Congress donation

Geppi gave a wide-ranging interview to ICv2 which is well worth reading.

He talked about his legacy in the Library of Congress at the very end...

When I closed my museum and donated a portion of my collection to the Library of Congress, part of the thought process was this.

Right now, I love it when somebody else breaks up their collection at estate time, and I get to buy it and sell or keep it.  I didn't want my own collection to be something that I've spent my whole life building to be just dismantled, sold off in pieces, and have no identity.

So when I sat down and started doing my estate planning, I knew that my kids were going to be protected financially.  Even if they have an interest or didn't have an interest in my collection for posterity, they're not going to live forever, just like I'm not going to live forever.  So for the sake of the industry, if I might be so presumptuous, or for the sake of the collections themselves, knowing how rare they are, knowing how hard they are to get, I wanted to have arrangement where they would live on in perpetuity through an institution that in theory will live on in perpetuity.  The idea was I'll donate a big chunk of my collection (keep in mind, I have plans to donate even more as times goes on to the Library of Congress) so there will be a place 100 years from now, 200 years from now, whatever, we don't know the future, where other people will look back on our industry and be happy to say, "God, I'm glad somebody preserved that."

In addition to that, what it does for the Library of Congress, they have stuff that nobody knows they have that just sits in a basement, in an archive, waiting for the big flood or fire to destroy it.  They are so thrilled, the people particularly who work in the archives, that this is not only going to give them a place to put my stuff, but their stuff will also be part of the rotating exhibits, and the traveling exhibits.

There's an example of me looking past my lifetime. 

You can read all 5 parts at


Key March Decisions: Shutting Down and Delaying Payments

Posted by Milton Griepp on May 21, 2020



Diamond and DC Comics



Handling Product in the Pipeline, Diamonds New Competitive Landscape



Handling Rolling Shutdowns Going Forward, Plans for Free Comic Book Day



GFE's Restructuring and Rebranding, Future Plans for the Companies and Ownership


Jim Toomey and NOAA perfect together

Meet artist, conservationist, and NOAA friend Jim Toomey, creator of Sherman's Lagoon

 May 16th, 2020

WTOP interviews DreamWorks animator Radford Sechrist prior to GWU event next week

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Today: A Librarian in Conversation with Third Eye Comics

MAY 20

A Librarian in Conversation with Third Eye Comics

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 7 PM – 8 PM EDT
    Starts in about 3 hours

  • Zoom
  • Hosted by Anne Arundel County Public Library

Join us as we talk with Third Eye Comics about all things comics and graphic novels. Learn how you can access the library's collection of comics online and how to connect with Third Eye Comics during the time of social distancing.

Register at the link below to receive the Zoom login info via email.

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Flyover"

DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock's latest cartoon -


USAF F-16 "Fighting Falcon" as used by "Thunderbirds" aerobatic team: Unit cost: $US29.1m; operational cost $US8k/hour

US War Budget FY 2021: $US934bn

US Total Deaths from COVID-19 (as of 05.19.2020): 90,340


"25 Most Expensive Fighter Jets" Military Machine, 01.01.2020

"The Hourly Cost of Operating the US Military's Fighter Fleet", Forbes 08.16.2016

"US Military Budget, Its Components, Challenges and Growth", The Balance, 03.03.2020

"Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Cases in the US", Centers for Disease Control, 05.20.2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Beyond Comics in Frederick open tomorrow

Beyond Comics New Arrivals
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Frederick Location Open Wednesday!
Social Distancing Measures In Effect!

10am To 8pm
Masks Required - Maintain 6 Foot Distances - Customer Capacity Limits
Due to Shipping Problems
Many of our DC Comics May Arrive Later in the Week!