Showing posts with label Evan Keeling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Evan Keeling. Show all posts

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Download 'Teaching Japanese American Incarceration through Comics'

Local comics creator Evan Keeling posts on Facebook: "Today is Yuri Kochiyama's 95th birthday.
here is the comic I drew about her while working with the Smithsonian Youth Civic Engagement Program." Evan notes that you can download for free the entire booklet Teaching Japanese American Incarceration through Comics.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New DC Conspiracy anthology at DC Author Fest

The DC Conspiracy members will among the featured speakers at D.C. Author Festival Oct. 24-25 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. On Saturday, Andrew Cohen and Evan Keeling will be talking about the DCC's Magic Bullet comics newspaper at 2 p.m.

DCC will also be premiering a new comics anthology published in partnership with the DC Public Library system. DC Conspiracy, 2015: Comics from the Nation's Capital is 76 pages packed with mostly four-page comics by local creators (The cover is by David Ross). Proceeds from the sales of the book will go toward publishing Magic Bullet.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Q&A: Goldfield on 'Captive of Friendly Cove'

Rebecca Goldfield is a local documentary film producer who recently has ventured into the world of graphic novels and comics to tell her stories. This week, her first graphic novel, Captive of Friendly Cove: Based on the Secret Journal of John Jewitt (Fulcrum Publishing) its bookstores. A summary of the story: After his ship is burned and his shipmates killed, British sailor John Jewitt lived for nearly three years as a captive of the Mowachaht people, a Native American tribe on the west coast of Vancouver Island. During his captivity, Jewitt kept journals of his experiences and of tribal life. Follow his adventures as he plies his skills as a blacksmith, saves the life of his only remaining crew member, and comes up with a strategy to free them both.

Later this month, Goldfield will be signing at the Small Press Expo in Rockville, Md. 

Below, Goldfield answers a few questions about Captive. (Editor’s note: Matt Dembicki, who conducting this Q&A, inked Captive.)

How did you come up this story? What was it that grabbed your interest?

I was living in Vancouver BC and was in Horseshoe Bay one day, when I discovered this whacky little shop--a combination post office-candy counter-bookstore. I was soon poking through a creaky rotating rack that displayed just a handful of books--and one turned out to be John Jewitt’s journals. I thought it was a great story; a sympathetic young protagonist sets out alone to make his way in the world and suddenly finds himself caught up in an historical conflict he had no idea existed. His personal story was that he was injured in a bloody massacre aboard his ship and then spent several years having to survive both physically and mentally in the wilderness, as a slave in a culture that was utterly alien to him. But the larger story is the conflict between the native world and the explorers and traders of the time and that gave it another whole dimension.

Of all the ways to tell this story—a prose short story, article, documentary, etc.—why did you decide to make it a graphic novel?

Part of it was a matter of my own background, having produced and written TV documentaries for so long, it just felt natural to choose another visual medium. But as I read the source material I found a great adventure story that was a bit buried in descriptions of daily life, of rituals, of hunting techniques, of migratory patterns. I thought the art could very effectively depict those elements as well as action sequences, and even emotion, while I as a writer could focus more on building the characters and structuring plot and creating dialogue and narration. 

You previously wrote a short story for the comics anthology District Comics, but this is your first longer comics project. What were your impressions about the process, from researching and writing, to collaborating with the artists?

I had absolutely no idea of the scope of what I was undertaking. I went from having never created a single panel to committing to a full length graphic novel and the learning curve was about as steep as they come. I was used to writing for film but despite the similarities, I soon learned that producing a graphic novel is its own art form, one that plays out in space, not time, as film does. And structuring a story that took place over several years, a number of locations, different seasons, many characters, all taking place in an environment and culture that was new to me--it was a lot to figure out. My wonderful artists were incredibly generous about letting me, a novice, take the lead--teaching me as we went--because I had a lot to learn.  I’m sure they rolled their eyes often.

This is a historical graphic novel. What was the hardest part of researching it? Did you reach out to any of the descendants of the people in the story?

Research is always the most pleasurable part of any project for me, and I could not have been happier reading every book I could find on the contact period in the Pacific Northwest, and speaking with historians, anthropologists and museum curators. The hard part was connecting with the Mowachaht people themselves---it took a very long time for anyone to really talk to me. After all, they’d been living very successfully in the area for thousands of years, John was there for under three and so was not even a footnote to a footnote in their history. Ultimately, though, I did spend a wonderful day in Yuquot (Friendly Cove) and found the people to be extraordinarily open and willing to share their collective memories of John and contribute their perspectives. And though the story is told through our protagonist’s point of view, I did get some of that in.

Who is the target audience for this book? Do you envision it being used in classrooms?

It is targeted to middle school students and older, and yes, the hope is that it will be used in schools and libraries. It’s a great, true adventure story, with memorable characters and a dramatic historical conflict. I think it will appeal to young adults and not so young adults as well. Hope so, anyway!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Preparing for the D.C. Conspiracy party on Feb. 21

Members of the D.C. Conspiracy (namely Evan Keeling and Andrew Cohen) prepare the DCC comics arts exhibit at Fantom Comics, which on Feb. 21 will host the DCC's 10th anniversary party. The celebration, which runs from 3-9 p.m., will include a comics-making workshop, chat with creators and live music by Mickie & Mallory (which includes comics writer Joe Carabeo).

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Keeling on 'Student Exposure'

"Student Exposure" interviews Evan Keeling about the D.C. Conspiracy, Dr. Dremo, Magic Bullet and self-publishing. Click on photo to see the video.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fantastic Forum on DC Conspiracy's exhibit at Artisphere

DC Conspiracy Comics Making Workshop at Artisphere
Ulysses Campbell
Fantastic Forum· Sep 28, 2013

Matt Dembicki, Evan Keeling, Eric Gordon and Jake Warrenfeltz of TheD.C. Conspiracy talk about the group during the artists' reception for its Comics Making Workshop at Artisphere in Arlington, VA.

Darn, I'm sorry I missed this. September is just too busy in DC.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Big Planet Comics Orbit Newsletter - July 20, 2012

Big Planet Comics

July 20, 2012

Entire Xoc Pup now online!

The final part of Xoc Pup is now online for FREE on our website! You can read this all-new exclusive 8 page comic about a newborn shark and get a nice feel for the graphic novel Xoc: The Journey of a Great White that will be for sale next week. Plus don't forget that the creator Matt Dembicki will be appearing at our College Park and Vienna stores on next Saturday, July 28, along with the colorist of Xoc, Evan Keeling! We also have an awesome limited edition signed and numbered print by Matt and colored by Evan for sale! Only $5, but it is limited so be sure to get there early!

Also, we are proud to announce that Michael Rex, creator of the awesome all-ages comics Fangbone!: Third Grade Barbarian will be appearing in August at our Vienna and College Park stores too!

You can view the pages of Xoc Pup at:
Xoc Pup - page 1
Xoc Pup - page 2
Xoc Pup - page 3
Xoc Pup - page 4
Xoc Pup - page 5
Xoc Pup - page 6
Xoc Pup - page 7
Xoc Pup - page 8

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- the Big Planet Comics kids


UPCOMING - July 28 - Matt Dembicki Signing Xoc: The Journey of a Great White

Well, after you read the story of Xoc Pup above, get ready for a full graphic novel of the stories of a grown up great white shark! Matt Dembicki's Xoc is coming out soon! Join us on Saturday, July 28, at our College Park and Vienna stores for Matt signing copies of his new book. The colorist on the book, Evan Keeling, will also be there! Plus we will have limited edition signed and numbered prints for sale for only $5!

7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180


NEW - August 18 - Michael Rex Signing Fangbone!: The Birthday Party of Dread

Michael Rex, creator of Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian, will be appearing at both our Vienna and College Park stores on Saturday, August 18, for his new all-ages book Fangbone! 3: The Birthday Party of Dread! Michael Rex is a New York Times best-selling illustrator for his many excellent kids books, including Firefighter, Furious George Goes Bananas, Jack the Builder, and of course the first two excellent Fangbone books, Fangbone! 1: Third Grade Barbarian and Fangbone! 2: The Egg of Misery!

426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

Blacksad: A Silent Hell HC

by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido

Finally a new Blacksad adventure! Great 1950s noir as private eye Blacksad investigates a case in the music scene of New Orleans, with the superbly astounding art of Guarnido! Plus this book includes a huge art section at the back where Guarnido explains how he worked so hard to get the lighting of Louisiana in his watercolors. The entire story takes place over one day with changing light. It is amazing!!!

Sunset HC

by Christos N. Gage and Jorge Lucas

A retired hit man for the mob is finally tracked down by the gangsters he betrayed 30 years ago.  Now this tough old man must go back into the world he left behind to try to save his ex-wife and the son he abandoned. Hard boiled action and crime, as if Clint Eastwood's character from Gran Torino was a hitman!

Drawing American Pop Culture: A Career Retrospective HC

by Jack Davis

A massive oversized art book covering the entire career of Jack Davis, including all his work on MAD, movie posters, comic strips, and even his work in college!

Captain Marvel #1

by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy
Ms. Marvel returns in a new series, where Captain America implores her to accept the mantle of Captain Marvel! Plus a look back at the test pilot who inspired Carol Danvers on her own career path.

Bloody Chester SC

by JT Petty and Hilary Florido

A tough young man is recruited by a corrupt railroad magnate in the Old West to destroy a town slowing down the expansion of the railroad, and finds himself mixed up in a haunted town and a mix of strange characters who refuse to leave. A great new Western!

The Supernaturalist SC

by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano

Eoin Colfer's novel is adapted into comics with truly amazing art by Giovanni Rigano! In a dark future, an abused orphan escapes and teams up with a group of strange Spotters who can see the monsters preying on humanity and they continue to work to destroy them, even as they get mixed up in corporate scheming. A strange and dense new world!

The Adventures of Venus HC

by Gilbert Hernandez
Collecting all the all-ages adventures of young romance comic loving Venus from the Hernandez Brothers brief kids comics Measles run! Venus explores the city, goes to another world, and plays some soccer!

all ages

Untold Tales of the Punisher #2

by Jason Latour and Connor Willumsen
The writer of the amazing southern rural noir Loose Ends teams up with the amazing art of Willumsen to tell a new tale of the Punisher, MAX style!
Adventure Time #6
American Elf Vol 4 Sketchbook Diaries James Kochalka SC
Asterix Omnibus Vol 4 SC
Avengers Vs X-Men #8 (of 12)
Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #2 (of 4)
Captain America And Bucky: Life Of Bucky Barnes SC
Concrete Three Uneasy Pieces One Shot
Creepy Presents Richard Corben HC
Daredevil #15
Extermination #2
Fables #119
Fatima The Blood Spinners #2 (of 4)
FF by Jonathan Hickman Vol 2 SC
Mars Attacks #2
Not The Israel My Parents Promised Me GN
Reset #4 (of 4)
Saga #5
Showcase Presents Rip Hunter Time Master Vol 1 SC
Smurfs Vol 12 Smurfs Versus Smurfs SC
The Spider #3

Big Planet Comics Podcast #52
"(the new) 52!"
Kevin, Nick and Jared are back with a buncha reviews and comicon news! Download now or subscribe on iTunes!

Blacksad: A Silent Hell HC by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
Bloody Chester SC by JT Petty and Hilary Florido
Captain Marvel #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy
Punk Rock Jesus #1 (of 6) by Sean Murphy
Revival #1 by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton
Space Punisher #1 by Frank Trieri and Mark Texeira
Sparrow and Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles #1 (of 5) by David Accampo, Jeremy Rogers and Jared Souza
The Supernaturalist SC by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano
Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man HC by Carl Barks

Send us questions to or leave a voicemail at 1-703-539-CAST! (1-703-539-2278)

7/28 - Matt Dembicki
Signing Xoc
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

Signing Xoc
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

8/18 - Michael Rex
Signing Fangbone!
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

Signing Fangbone!
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

New Next Week 7/25

(Let us know if you want any of these!)
Naoki Urasawa 20th Century Boys Vol 21 SC
All Star Western #11
Amazing Spider-Man #690
American Vampire #29
Angel & Faith #12
Aquaman #11
Archie #635
Archie & Friends Double Digest #18
Archie Clash Of The New Kids SC
Astonishing X-Men #52
Avengers #28 AVX
Axe Cop President of the World #1 (Of 3)
B & V Friends Double Digest #227
Back Issue #58
Bart Simpson Comics #73
Batman Incorporated #3
Batman The Dark Knight #11
Before Watchmen Comedian #2 (Of 6)
Kevin Smith Bionic Man Vol 1 Some Assembly Required SC
Kevin Smith Bionic Man #11
BPRD Hell On Earth Exorcism #2 (Of 2)
Captain America #15
Captain America And Iron Man #634
Crossed Badlands #10
Dance Class Vol 2 Romeo & Juliets HC
Daredevil By Mark Waid Vol 1 SC
Dark Avengers #178
DC Comics Presents Wonder Woman Adventures #1 SC
DC Super Pets Biggest Little Hero SC
DC Super Pets Cat Crime Club SC
DC Super Pets Deep Sea Duel SC
DC Super Pets Fantastic Flexy Frog SC
DC Super Pets Night Of Scaredy Crows SC
DC Super Pets Swamp Thing Vs Zombie Pets SC
Deadpool #58
Debris #1 (Of 4)
Dejah Thoris & White Apes Of Mars #4
Dragon Age Vol 1 Silent Grove HC
Elephantmen #41
Elephantmen Vol 5 Devilish Functions HC
Everybody Loves Tank Girl #1 (Of 3)
Exile Planet Of The Apes #4 (Of 4)
FF #20
Flannery O'connor Cartoons HC
Flash #11
Fury Of Firestorm The Nuclear Men #11
Garfield & Co Vol 6 Mother Garfield HC
Gatecrasher Vol 1 Ring Of Fire SC
Ghostbusters #11
Godzilla #3
Goon #40
Graveyard Of Empires #4
Green Arrow Vol 1 Into The Woods SC
Green Lantern #11
Green Lantern New Guardians #11
Grifter Vol 1 Most Wanted SC
Grim Leaper #3 (Of 4)
Grimm Fairy Tales #75
Aragones' Groo The Wanderer Artist Edition HC
Hammer And The Anvil GN
Haunt #25
Hawken #5 (Of 6)
Hellraiser #16
Hit-Girl #2 (Of 5)
I, Vampire #11
Incredible Hulk #11
John Carter Gods Of Mars #5 (Of 5)
Justice League Dark #11
Lord Of The Jungle #6
Mad Presents Batman #1
Manhattan Projects #5
Marvel Previews August 2012
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #4
Mass Effect Homeworlds #3
Mighty Thor #17
Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol 8 SC
The Monolith HC
National Comics Eternity #1
Near Death #10
New Deadwardians #5 (Of 8)
Phoenix Wright Vol 5 SC
Planet Of The Apes #16
Previews #287 August 2012
Prophet #27
Red Hulk Haunted SC
Red Sonja Witchblade #5
Resident Alien #3
Resistance Vol 3 Victory SC
Savage Hawkman #11
Scalped Vol 9 Knuckle Up SC
Secret Avengers #29
Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #15
Spaceman #8 (Of 9)
Star Wars Blood Ties Boba Fett Is Dead #4 (Of 4)
Star Wars Darth Maul Death Sentence #1 (Of 4)
Super Dinosaur #12
Superman #11
Superman Family Adventures #3
Teen Titans #11
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #12
Thor Deviants Saga SC
TMNT Micro Series #6 Casey Jones
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #7
Transformers Robots In Disguise Vol 1 SC
Trio #3
Ultimate Comics Hawkeye By Jonathan Hickman SC
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #13 DWF
Ultimate Comics X-Men By Nick Spencer Vol 1 HC
Uncanny X-Force #28
Underwater Welder GN
Venom #21
Voodoo #11
Winter Soldier #8
Witchblade #158
Wolverine And X-Men #14 AVX
Wonder Woman Odyssey Vol 1 SC
Wonderland #1
X-Men Legacy #270 Avx
X-Men Steve Rogers Escape From Negative Zone SC
X-Treme X-Men #1

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oct 24: DC Counter Culture Festival 5

This Sunday, the DC Counter Culture Festival 5 will see a lot of cartoonists hanging around downtown, many of them with the DC Conspiracy. Click here for a list of attendees.

This Sunday, October 24th
12 noon -- 8pm
810 7th St NW
Washington DC 20001

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Chat with Evan Keeling up at City Paper

Online now!

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Evan KeelingPosted by Mike Rhode on Jul. 6, 2010

Evan Keeling is one of the Trickster anthology artists, a founding member of the DC Conspiracy comics co-op, and the person who puts together genre anthologies by the group. The next anthology, the fourth, will focus on romance. He also works for the Smithsonian, a quintessentially cool Washington job.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Graphic Content panel in pictures

As far as I know, the DC Library hasn't posted a podcast of last weekend's panel yet, but here's my photos. To remind all, this was -

"Graphic Content: A Conversation with Five DC Area Graphic Storytellers."
Shannon "G.I. Joe" Gallant, Matt "Politico" Wuerker, Andrew "Trickster" Cohen, Evan "DC Conspiracy" Keeling and Ben "Dirtfarm" Classen at Northwest One Neighborhood Library, June 26, 2010, Washington DC.

Andrew Cohen, Evan Keeling and then Matt Wuerker in far background. The pages Andrew is showing come from the graphic novel he and Matt Dembicki are doing on DC's Huerich mansion, and look lovely.

Matt Wuerker. Nobody asked him about the hat.

Ben Claassen and Shannon Gallant.

Shannon Gallant signing a 'Black Canary' sketch he gave to me.

Evan Keeling, Ben Claassen and Shannon Gallant comparing pencils.

Andrew Cohen, Evan Keeling and Ben Claassen.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June 26: New, Improved! Graphic Content, now with additional cartoonists

Wires got crossed, and Ben Classen got left off the announcement, but regular readers of the Express (he does spot illos) and the City Paper (he does Dirtfarm and all kinds of stuff) can now ask about Fappy the Seal's true role in humor. And Matt "Trickster" Dembicki has said on Facebook that he'll be attending in the audience.

I'll be moderating this, and Shannon "G.I. Joe" Gallant, Matt "Politico" Wuerker, Andrew "Trickster" Cohen, Evan "DC Conspiracy" Keeling and Ben "Dirtfarm" Classen will be speaking on creating comics.
Event: Graphic Content: A Conversation with Five DC Area Graphic Storytellers
Start Time: Saturday, June 26 at 1:00pm
End Time: Saturday, June 26 at 2:30pm
Where: Northwest One Neighborhood Library
155 L St, NW @ New Jersey Avenue

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

Monday, June 14, 2010

June 26: Graphic Content: A Conversation with Four DC Area Graphic Storytellers

I'll be moderating this, and Shannon "G.I. Joe" Gallant, Matt "Politico" Wuerker, Andrew "Trickster" Cohen and Evan "DC Conspiracy" Keeling will be speaking on creating comics.
Event: Graphic Content: A Conversation with Four DC Area Graphic Storytellers
Start Time: Saturday, June 26 at 1:00pm
End Time: Saturday, June 26 at 2:30pm
Where: Northwest One Neighborhood Library
155 L St, NW @ New Jersey Avenue

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Trickster graphic anthology signing

There were a LOT of cartoonists at the Trickster anthology launch at Big Planet Comics yesterday. I only got to talk to a few of them, but I'm going to run a series of Chat with a Cartoonist talks over at the City Paper with them over the next month. The book looks very good - it's published by Fulcrum, a specialist in American Indian books, but a newcomer to comics. I did buy a piece of art from Jacob Warrenfeltz of Takoma Park - the story he drew was about a trickster rabbit and two buffaloes.

Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection at Big Planet Comics in Vienna, Va., Sat., May 15, 2010 for a signing. In attendance: Matt Dembicki, Andrew Cohen, Evan Keeling, Chris Piers, Jacob Warrenfeltz, Mike Short, Jerry Carr, Rand Arrington and Scott White.

Matt Dembicki on left, Rand Arrington on right, Chris Piers in center.

(left) Mike Short, (right) Evan Keeling. Coincidentally, the piece of art I bought is the one between the two of them with the cardboard arrow pointing at it.

(left) Andrew Cohen, (right) Stephen Loya (not in book).