Showing posts with label UPCOMING EVENT. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UPCOMING EVENT. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Sept 18: J-Film: Drowning Love

Note this is based on a comic.

Come to the JICC for a FREE Japanese film!
Come to the JICC for a FREE Japanese film!
J-Film: Drowning Love
Drowning Love
September 18 - 6:30 PM
Based on the best-selling comic "Oboreru Knife" by George Asakura
Winner of Best New Actress, 2016 Kinema Junpo Awards
Natsume, a teenage fashion model moving from Tokyo, spends the days without any dreams or excitement. After meeting Koichiro, successor of a Shinto priest family, she finds herself falling under his spell. Both separately and together, she tries to find her place in life through the relationship with Koichiro.
Starring Nana Komatsu, Masaki Suda, Daiki Shigeoka
In Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 2016 | 111 min | Directed by Yuki Yamato
Registration required
Image: © George Asakura,KODANSHA/"Oboreru Knife"Production Committee
Presented with Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.
Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.

J-Film: Drowning Love

September 18th, 6:30 PM
Venue name: Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
Venue address: 1150 18th Street Northwest
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
In the event of a cancellation, please contact us at
Program begins at 6:30PM.
Doors open 30 minutes before the program. No admittance after 7:00PM or once seating is full.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee a seat.

The JICC reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by JICC without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tonight: Malaka Gharib at Solid State Books

We talked to Malaka a month ago, and now her book is coming out:

Malaka Gharib: I Was Their American Dream

  • 600 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
  • In Conversation with Shaheen Qureshi

    Event is from 6- 10 pm, with book talk beginning at 7 pm. 

    One part Mari Andrew, one part Marjane Satrapi, I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir is a triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of a family’s rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. Malaka Gharib’s illustrations come alive with teenage antics and earnest questions about identity and culture, while providing thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raised.

    Malaka’s upbringing will look familiar to anyone who grew up in the pre-internet era, but her particular story is a heartfelt tribute to the American immigrants who have invested their future in the promise of the American dream.

    The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigates her childhood chasing her parents’ ideals, learning to code-switch between her family’s Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in, crushing on skater boys, and trying to understand the tension between holding onto cultural values and trying to be an all-American kid.

    I Was Their American Dream is at once a journal of growing up and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children.

    Malaka Gharib is an artist, journalist, and writer based in Washington, D.C. She is the founder of The Runcible Spoon, a food zine, and the co-founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair. She lives in a row house with her husband Darren and her 9-year-old rice cooker.

    Shaheen Qureshi is a poet, editor, and literary agent. Originally from the DC area, she has previously worked with 826DC and has taught writing workshops at Politics & Prose and Duende District. She is currently pursuing her MFA in writing at Bard and lives in Brooklyn. She is the daughter of immigrants from Pakistan and the Philippines. 

    600 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

    This event is FREE and open to all. Let us know you’re coming on Facebook.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Catching up with Shannon Gallant

by Mike Rhode

Next month, I'll be moderating a Nerds in NoMa panel on March 12th on "Comic Converts: The World of Comic Illustrators in D.C.” One of the attendees will be Shannon Gallant, a local comic book artist whom I've interviewed several times. He recently finished his work for the miniseries G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero vs. the Six Million Dollar Man.

So what's new?

I’m contributing strips to Beano (the UK kids magazine), I’ve got an issue of Ghostbusters coming out in April as part of the anniversary celebration of the franchise, and I’m doing a fill in issue for GI Joe:Real American Hero.

You're known for your work on GI Joe in America, with a long run drawing it for IDW. How did you begin working on a traditional British comic?
Ned Hartley, who used to be an editor at Titan Comics (where I drew Shrek, and Torchwood) is a contributing writer for BananaMan in Beano; some might know the cartoon that aired on Nickelodeon alongside Danger Mouse. He recommended me, and after some audition pages, I’m getting to fill in for a few artists on maternity leave. As a friend said to me, let’s hope the regular artists continue to expand their families!
Any idea how people can buy it in the States?

The easiest way I know that someone can get Beano is digitally through their app. Otherwise, it would be a hunt for a store that specializes in British imports, or a comic shop that does the leg work. I barely have any because the company doesn’t send copies. I’ve had friends who were traveling, or have relatives, smuggle... I mean, bring some over. Weird thing is, it’s the highest circulation comic I’m involved with. Last issue apparently almost hit 50K. 

Here are some scenes from the Ghostbusters comic dropping in April. This was fun, because I got to ink it all myself, both cover and interiors. My upcoming GI Joe work will have an inker on my pencils. 

Which GI Joe title are you on? 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Feb 15: BLOOM Signing with Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau

BLOOM signing by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau at East City Book Shop (645 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Suite 100, Washington DC 20003)
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 6:30pm
Cover of Bloom by Kevin Panetta
A thoughtful and endearing gay YA romance set in a bakery
Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band, if he can just convince his dad to let him quit their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away his days over rising doughs and hot ovens. But in the midst of interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easy-going guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of breads, love begins to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.

Writer Kevin Panetta and artist Savanna Ganucheau concoct a delicious recipe of intricately illustrated baking scenes and blushing young love, where the choices we make can have terrible consequences, but the people who love us can help us grow.
This event is free and open to the public.
Kevin Panetta is a comic book writer. He has worked on books for properties like Steven Universe, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, and WWE. Kevin came to writing after years dedicated to comics as a reader, retailer, and convention organizer. He lives in Washington, DC, with his cool wife and two cool dogs.

Savanna Ganucheau is a comic artist living in Australia, with a BFA in film from the University of New Orleans. In addition to creating the popular webcomic George and Johnny, Savanna’s artwork has appeared in notable publications including Jem and the Holograms, Adventure Time Comics, and Lumberjanes.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Feb 28: Lucy Knisley at Solid State Books

Children are welcome at this event!

Join us for a Parent Happy Hour while hearing from New York Times–bestselling author Lucy Knisley, who writes about fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood in this emotionally compelling and thought-provoking graphic memoir.

Lucy will be offering portraits of guests and/or their kids.

We will also have activities for kids to keep them busy!

About Kid Gloves:

If you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if you're smart and talented and “good enough,” you can do anything. Except get pregnant. Her whole life, Lucy Knisley wanted to be a mother. But when it was finally the perfect time, conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she’d ever attempted. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual successful pregnancy was plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-death experience in labor and delivery. Kid Gloves follows Lucy’s personal transition into motherhood, and it also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health from all angles, full of curious facts and inspiring (and notorious) figures in medicine and midwifery.

Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of beloved graphic novels about memory, identity, food, and family. She previously published the New York Times bestseller Relish: My Life in the Kitchen and Something New with First Second. She lives and works in Chicago, with her husband and child.

Solid State Books, 600 H Street NE, Washington, DC  20002

Feb 7: Cartoonist Jerry Craft at P&P

Jerry Craft will be signing his new book, New Kid, from HarperCollins at Politics & Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008) on February 7th at 10:30am.

Jerry Craft is an author and illustrator who has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels. His middle grade graphic novel, New Kid, will be released by HarperCollins on February 5, 2019. Jerry has earned recognition from the Junior Library Guild, and has won five African American Literary Awards. He is the creator of Mama's Boyz, an award-winning comic strip that was distributed by King Features Syndicate from 1995 - 2013. He is a co-founder and co-producer of the Schomburg’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival which has drawn close to 40,000 fans since its inception in 2013. Jerry was born in Harlem and grew up in nearby Washington Heights. He is a graduate of The Fieldston School and received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Jan 27: Fairfax! VA COMICON at GMU Jan 27, 2019!

The VA Comicon hosts a 1-day show in Fairfax, VA Sunday Jan 27!

Held in the Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center at George Mason University. Get in for FREE after 1p with a GMU ID (register online)!

Age 0-12 get in FREE! Get $10 tickets, booths and full event info at

We only accept cards for on-site ticket sales. $3 per-ticket convenience fee added for all paid ticket sales (including on-site).

Visit us from DC! GMU Metro Shuttle Schedule:

Friday, January 18, 2019

Jan 19: NoVa Nerdfest: Gaming and Comics festival


Do you like comic books? video games? table games? beer!?!!?

On Saturday January 19th, Crooked Run will be teaming up with Huzzah Hobbies, Games & Comics Pair O'Dice , and Eye of the Heart to throw one of the biggest events of the year and embrace our inner “Nerd”!

Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Magic the Gathering tournaments, retro gaming vendors, speed run challenges, a comic book focused lounge and much much more!


Brings funds for event entry the day of the event.


Street Fighter II Tournament - Starts @ 3pm
Game - Street Fighter II: 30th anniversary for Switch
Controller - Switch Pro Controller
(You may bring a Switch-compatible fight stick)
VS. Default settings - Single elimination ~ Final is best of 3
PRIZE: $25 gift card, Medal, and a Street Fighter Amiibo

Magic The Gathering - Starts @ 4pm
**Update to MTG - Tournament will be Standard AND there will be space for casual/kitchen magic! $10 for tournament, $5 for casual play, BOTH get you a pack of the NEW set!
REGISTRATION - $10 Standard $5 casual (includes card pack for first 25 entries)
PRIZE: $100 in gift cards, winners badge courtesy of Uncle Goggles Emporium, 5 card packs, and more from our sponsors!

Smash Bros Tournament - Starts @ 7pm SINGLES TOURNAMENT ONLY Game - Smash Bros Ultimate for Switch Controller - Gamecube Controller (will be provided but can bring own) Stock - 3 Time - 5 mins Single elimination ~ Final is best of 3 NO ITEMS - NO ASSIST TROPHIES REGISTRATION - $10 PRIZE: $100 in gift cards, Google Home mini, trophy courtesy of Uncle Goggles Emporium, and other prizes from our sponsors!

Speed runs from 2pm - 7pm
~Super Mario Bros 1-1 (Played on NES Classic)
~Sonic The Hedgehog 1st level (Played on Genesis classic)
$5 for 3 attempts - fastest time of the day wins $25 prize

- Lorica Clothing
- Uncle Goggles Emporium (Sponsor)
- TNT Laser Works LLC (Sponsor)
- PowerPlay Anime
- All Star Comic Con
- Ella's Armoire
- BoldKnight Art by Branden
- Retro 808

- Johnny Lupsha (Wandering City Blues, A Carrier of Fire)
- Kristina Knapp (Imperial Legends)
- Bryan Nowak the Writer (Riapoke, The Dramatic Dead)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Today: Comics Promoting Social Justice: A Conversation with Jeff Weaver

AUG 15

Comics Promoting Social Justice: A Conversation with Jeff Weaver


  • Today at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Arlington Independent Media
    2701-C Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22201

    KAPOW! Join the Arlington Young Democrats Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Caucus for a robust discussion of how comics and graphic novels are one of the strongest mediums for promoting social justice. Featuring Jeff Weaver, Owner of Victory Comics and the campaign manager for Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential bid, this conversation will focus on how the medium of graphic novels lends itself to discussing cutting edge issues in our society in a manner that evokes empathy and understanding, connecting diverse communities through the art.

    This event will be filmed in partnership with Arlington Independent Media. Please submit questions in advance to ensure that this conversation remains within the time constraints for the filming.

    Audience questions form:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sept 1: Cartoons and comics at the National Book Festival UPDATED

The Library of Congress' National Book Festival is free and at the Convention Center.

2:40 pm-3:10 pmPatrick McDonnell5:30 pm-6:30 pm
3:10 pm-3:40 pmTillie Walden5:30 pm-6:30 pm
3:10 pm-3:40 pmPénélope Bagieu5:30 pm-6:30 pm
3:40 pm-4:10 pmEd Piskor5:30 pm-6:30 pm

It appears that the above is the biggest chunk of time to see cartoonists, all on the 'genre' stage. Corrections and additions are welcomed.

Pénélope Bagieu

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982 to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a best-selling graphic novel author, and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. In America, her graphic novels include "Exquisite Corpse," "California Dreamin'" and, most recently, "Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World" (First Second). She blogs, plays drums in a rock band and watches lots of nature shows. Bagieu is also the creator of the animated film "No More Laughter," and she has done work on many advertising campaigns.

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Children's Green Stage
    Saturday, September 1
    10:40 am - 11:05 am

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    noon - 1:00 pm
Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker. He has illustrated many picture books, including the No. 1 New York Times best-selling series by Doreen Cronin that began with "Diary of a Worm," and he has both written and illustrated several picture books, including "Grace for Gus" and "Luke on the Loose." Harry Bliss lives in New Hampshire. His new book is "Good Rosie!" (Candlewick), written by Kate DiCamillo.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances


Roxane Gay

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    4:10 pm - 4:40 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Roxane Gay’s writing appears in “Best American Mystery Stories 20140,” “Best American Short Stories 2012,” “Best Sex Writing 2012,” and the magazines Harper’s Bazaar, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review and many others. She is also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. Gay is the author of the books “Ayiti,” “An Untamed State,” the New York Times best-selling “Bad Feminist,” the national best-selling “Difficult Women” and the New York Times best-selling “Hunger: A Memoir of My Body.” She is also the author of “Black Panther: World of Wakanda” (Marvel) and the editor of “Best American Short Stories 2018.” Gay is currently at work on film and television projects, a book of writing advice, an essay collection about television and culture and a young adult novel, “The Year I Learned Everything.”

Previous National Book Festival Appearances


Patrick McDonnell

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    10:00 am - 10:45 am

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Brad Meltzer is the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of "The Inner Circle," "The Book of Fate" and nine other best-selling thrillers, including "The Tenth Justice," "The First Counsel," "The Millionaires" and "The President's Shadow." His newest book is "The Escape Artist" (Grand Central). In addition to his fiction, Meltzer has been on the best-seller lists with the nonfiction "History Decoded," children's books such as "Heroes for My Son" and "Heroes for My Daughter," and for comic books such as "Justice League of America."

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    3:40 pm - 4:10 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Ed Piskor is the writer and artist behind "X-Men: Grand Design" (Marvel). This deeply personal and heavily researched reimagining of the origins of the world famous X-Men incorporates the past 40 years of the title's history and has been met with critical acclaim from all corners of the comics world. Piskor is also the creator behind "Hip Hop Family Tree," the New York Times best-selling series that won the 2015 Eisner Award for best reality-based work. Piskor's other published works include "Wizzywig" and, in collaboration with Harvey Pekar, "American Splendor" and "The Beats: A Graphic History." Ed teaches classes on comics and lives in Pennsylvania.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Genre Fiction
    Saturday, September 1
    3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Ausin, Texas. She is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and is a two-time Eisner nominee and Ignatz Award winner. She is the author of the graphic novels "Spinning" (First Second) and "On a Sunbeam." "Spinning" is about Walden's years as a competitive figure skater. She lives in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

December 7: Lecture: "An Introduction to French Comics"

Lecture: "An Introduction to French Comics"

Lecture: "An Introduction to French Comics" 

(postponed from October 24)

A high-level introduction into how a closely neighboring culture views the humble comic book in a completely different way.About the Speaker: RM Rhodes has a day job and lives in Arlington, but he would prefer to be known as a comics creator and historian. He has written articles and reviews for sites like Forces of Geek, Need Coffee, The Hooded Utilitarian, and Comics Workbook. He is learning French so he can read his French comics and enjoys talking about himself in the third person. $5, Doors at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m., followed by a wine and dessert reception.

VENUE: The Lyceum CAPACITY: 120 PRICE: $5.00 DATE: 12/7/2017 EVENTID: 6000278

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Aug 4: Jason Reynolds on Spider-Man at Hooray for Books

Meet the Author: Jason Reynolds
Friday, August 4: 6:30 pm

Hooray for Books! is thrilled to host rock-star author Jason Reynolds for the first time ever! Jason will present and sign his new book, Miles Morales: Spider-Man. In this novel for ages 12+, Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not want to be a superhero, but he must come to terms with his identity as the new Spider Man and deal with a villainous teacher.

In addition to Miles Morales, we have special permission from the publisher of Ghost and All American Boys to sell the paperback editions before their respective official publication dates of August 29 and 30.

Can't make it to this event but want a signed and personalized copy? Just place your order by Tuesday, August 1. To order, call 703-548-4092 or email

Hooray for Books! | 1555 King St • Alexandria, VA 22314 | 703.548.4092

Thursday, June 01, 2017

June 14: FRESH TALK: Who are the new superwomen of the universe? (with discount)

For much of comics history, women characters were introduced as plot devices for the leading male characters with disheartening regularity. Join us for a conversation about the new wave of superheroines entering the comic universe, leading the fight for justice and dispelling traditional stereotypes in fiction and beyond. 

Joining the conversation are:
Moderated by Emily Whitten, writer and Awesome Con moderator, based in Washington, D.C.

Sign up now for your Friend Discount Rate of $15! Discount tickets are limited. (Regular price: $25 general; $20 members, seniors, students). Price includes museum admission and Catalyst cocktail hour. Galleries open to attendees from 3 p.m - 6:45 p.m. Museum store will have speaker's books and comics for sale before and after the program