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:
Carolyn Cocca, author of Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation;
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.
"...one of the most ambitious of all anime productions, a visually sensational two-hour extravaganza." -Roger Ebert
Come join us for the film that launched the careers of dozens of Japan's animation superstars - including Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Summer Wars, Wolf Children) - and put Studio Gainax on the map as one of Japan's premiere production houses.
The Royal Space Force is established in Honnêamise - a fictional kingdom on a fictional planet. Although the force boasts 30 years of history, they haven't been able to achieve solid results; people and the government have given up on them, seeing the force as a burden.
Shirotsugh Lhadatt, the protagonist, is a member of the Royal Space Force, which far from their dreams have gone into idleness. One day, Shirotsugh meets Riqunni, a religious girl, and his destiny drastically changes, leading him to volunteer to be a space pilot...
This film is unrated and contains some scenes of violence and sexual situations. Viewer discretion is advised.
Mike Jenkins' LunchBagArt is on display at Studio Pause during the month of October. Please join us for a reception on Oct 20 6-8pm where Mike will talk about his inspriration, his daily method, and answer questions. Studio Pause owner Sush Mazumdar creates beautifully handmade books, so the much awaited LunchBag Art Books will also be for sale!
Studio Pause is at 2421 26th Rd South, Arlington, VA, just east of S. Glebe Rd. Not lots of parking, so plan on extra time to find a spot.
Reception, Sat., Oct 24, 6-8 pm Art to Lunch: Thinking Outside the Bag with Cartoonist Mike Jenkins After
a 25 year career as an Editorial Cartoonist, Mike Jenkins left the
newspaper business but is still recovering (though he occasionally falls
off the wagon). He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Tish and
daughter Maggy and works primarily as a caricaturist. He started his
company Capital Artworks to provide caricaturists for events around the
DC area as well as custom artwork for corporate, government and private
When his two older children left for college, he started doodling on
Maggy’s school lunch bags. When she mentioned one night during dinner
that all the kids in cafeteria would run to see her lunch bag every day,
they knew they were onto something. Mike’s wife posted the next bag on
Facebook, and they were stunned by the positive reaction. That’s when
Mike knew the pressure was on, and he was back to facing a daily
PLUS! Art to Lunch: Thinking Outside the Bag, a Handmade Storybook with 17 of Mike’s Lunch Bag art which will be available for sale at the reception.
Mike’s work can be seen daily on Instagram and Twitter @CapitalArtworks and on his website at www.CapitalArtworks.com
Fetter-Vorm, author and illustrator of Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb,
chosen by the ALA as 2013’s best graphic novel for teens, and Kelman,
professor of the Civil War era at Penn State and author of A Misplaced Massacre,
have teamed up for a unique and illuminating view of the War Between
the States. Using Fetter-Vorm’s full-color panoramas and Kelman’s
concise, penetrating commentaries, each chapter begins with an ordinary
object—a pen, a flag, a set of manacles—which then gains extraordinary
meaning for its wartime role.
us on Monday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. when artist Jorge Aguirre presents
his newest graphic novel for kids, "Dragons Beware!" The book, aimed at
ages 7-12, is a sequel to the popular "Giants Beware!" Politics &
Prose will be selling copies of Aguirre's books, but the program is free
and no purchase is required to attend.
Michelle Knudsen and illustrator Matt Phelan will read and discuss
their new picture book, "Marilyn's Monster," on Wednesday, May 13, at 7
p.m. In the book, aimed at ages 3-7, Knudsen and Phelan tell the story
of a little girl who grows impatient at being the only kid without a
monster and goes off in search of one to call her own. Politics &
Prose will sell copies of the book, but the event is free and no
purchase is required to attend.
Phelan's done some all-ages graphic novels which I recommend highly.
Hosler’s action-packed graphic novel depicts the tale of Lucy, a
curious and tenacious scientist, who happens to be a beetle. She leaves
New Coleopolis, her urban home at the edge of a vast desert in the
protective shade of a palm tree, to discover something new about the
world. With a team of researchers, consisting of a firefly, a stag
beetle, and a variety of kin at her side, Lucy’s quest is rendered in
sweeping pen and ink illustrations and filled with information on the
scientific method and its applications. Ages 10 – 14
novelist Jay Hosler will present his newest book, "Last of the
Sandwalkers," on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Hosler, who teaches
biology at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, is known for his unique
blend of science and comics. Politics & Prose will be selling copies
of Hosler's books, but the program is free and no purchase is required
novelists Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio Garcia Sanchez will present their
new book for kids, "Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure" on Thursday, April
9, at 7:30 p.m. In the book, Spiegelman and Sanchez tell the story of a
boy named Pablo, who gets separated from his schoolmates on a class
trip and has to figure out how to navigate the NYC subway system. In a
starred review, Kirkus noted that the book is "required reading for
anyone, tourist or resident, mystified by or anxious about using
arguably the greatest public-transportation system on the planet.." At
our event, Politics & Prose will be selling copies of "Lost in
NYC," but the event is free and no purchase is required to attend.
SuperNoVa Comicons is happy to announce our return to Leesburg Virginia on Sunday March 15th from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Over 50 Tables of vendors, artist, small press and special guests.
There will be vendors from 4 states offering comic books from Golden, Silver, Bronze and Modern Ages. Comic books for all ages, Non-Sports Cards, Comic Supplies, Gaming Supplies and MORE!!!
Confirmed Guests and Small Press:
Paste Pot Prefects
Top Secret Press
All American Comics- Gene Carpenter
Fandata Bargain Comics- Harry Hopkins
Timber Grove Traders- Dave Wulf
Philadelphia Comicon- Derek Woywood
Black Dog Collectables
Flying Donut Comics- Dan Cusimano
Comic Logic Books and Art- Kevin Bednarz
Untamed Worlds- Chris Garbee
Pack Cracker- Teddy Antonakos
Everyday Comics- John Rudemaker
Silver Dragon Studios- Thomas Mulvey
Phantom Wolfe Apparel- Ed Richter
Records and Rarities- Ryan Lynch
Cards Comics and Collectables- Marc Nathan
We hope you guys/gals will come out and give us a look.
What type of comic work or cartooning do you do? Graphic novels based on literary classics
How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination? Always a combination, sometimes more digital, sometimes more traditional.
When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born? I'm from central Vermont. I was born in 1971. Why are you in Washington now? What neighborhood or area do you live in? My wife took a job at the literacy nonprofit First Book, and we moved to Takoma Park about a year and a half ago. What is your training and/or education in cartooning? I went to Parsons School of Design for illustration, but they didn't have a lot of classes on comics, so as a cartoonist I'm mostly self-taught.
Who are your influences? Herge, Moebius, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walt Simonson, Walt Kelly, Lorenzo Matotti, Enki Bilal, Masamune Shirow and a lot of other manga artists. If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change? I would have probably picked a more popular play than King Lear as my first Shakespeare outing.
What work are you best-known for? Beowulf and The Odyssey
What work are you most proud of?
When I look back at each book I see things to love and things to groan about. Beowulf launched my career. The Odyssey is my magnum opus (At least so far).
What would you like to do or work on in the future? An impossibly long list of classic adaptations and original projects.
What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block? Work on something else for a bit, draw from life, meditate, doodle.
What do you think will be the future of your field? The only constant is change. However, like other media I don't think newer forms of storytelling will make comics go away, though they may become less profitable or change in terms of delivery format. I'm already doing eBooks, and I think they're still in their infancy. We're kind of still waiting for the right reading platform/device as well as a unified format.
What local cons do you attend? The Small Press Expo, Intervention, or others? Any comments about attending them?
I've been at SPX on and off since the mid-90s. I generally don't table, as I prefer to walk around and see what/who is there. I have been a guest at the Gaithersburg Book Fest and am going back this year.
What's your favorite thing about DC?
It's a lot easier to get around to things than New York, and there's more good theater (especially Shakespeare) than almost any other city but New York.
Downtown is just not very interesting, apart from the museums.
What monument or museum do like to take visitors to? Depends on who they are, but my favorite is probably The Portrait Gallery / Smithsonian Museum of Art. Particularly the Luce Center and some of the contemporary portrait shows.
How about a favorite local restaurant?
There are quite a few options I like, but right now probably Founding Farmers and Comet Pizza Ping Pong (right next to Politics & Prose bookstore!).
George O'Connor returns to the Takoma Park MD Library, Thursday Feb 5th, 7:30 in the kids room at the Takoma Park Maryland Library. If you can't make his signing earlier in the day come find him here. He's introducing Ares: Bringer of War, the newest in his Olympians series.
Talk process, research, story, characters, etc. with a real chill dude who has managed to carve a nice space for himself on the bookshelves of your local library and in schools etc. Nice guy does well. Hang out and have fun.
Jared Smith invited you to Big Planet Comics 's event 20% off everything New Year's Day sale! Thu Jan 1, 2015 at 12:00pm to Fri Jan 2, 2015 at 5:00pm Join Maybe Decline It's time for our annual New Year's Day sale! 20% off everything! Extra bonus sales! All 4 Big Planet stores! One day only! Big Planet Comics of Washington DC Big Planet Comics of College Park Big... Joel Pollack and 11 others are also in the guest list. Pending Invites (2) Block invites from Jared?
Rafer Roberts invited you to Beyond Comics 's event Nightmare The Rat Signing with Rafer Roberts and John Shine Saturday, November 22 at 12:00pm Beyond Comics in Gaithersburg, Maryland Join Maybe Decline Rafer Roberts will be meeting fans and signing his new Nightmare The Rat collection, from 12 to 4, along with Beyond Comics' own John Shine, Nightmare pin-up contributor. Barbara Dale and 26 others are also in the guest list. Pending Invites (3) Block invites from Rafer?