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

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

Friday, February 10, 2017

Feb 18: Gordon Harris and Dust Elves in Baltimore

February 10 , 2017

Bmore Into Comics NEXT Saturday

Gordon will be tabling at Bmore Into Comics next Saturday, February 18. That's Bmore as in Baltimore. It's casual. It's intimate. It's free. Come on by.
And in case you forgot, his four-part mini-comic series is now complete. Next step: Trade Paperback.
Here's a glimpse into the final chapter of The Secret Origin of the Dust Elves.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Local Cartoonist Tour by Paul Merklein


Do you like to draw?  Do you want to be a cartoonist?

See local cartoonist Paul Merklein this month at libraries in DC, Maryland
and Virginia.

Merklein is touring libraries in May thru August, drawing cartoons, super
heroes and people right from the audience!  Who will he draw next?

Merklein lives in Silver Spring MD, and tours Libraries, Schools and Comic
Cons. His cartoons appear in publications and online.

See Merklein's Tour Dates here...

See his cartoon "Dabney and Dad" at

See his cartoon "Take Five" at

Friday, November 06, 2015

Nov 13: Animezing - Royal Space Force: Wings of Honnêamise

Animezing series logo

 - ROYAL SPACE FORCE: The Wings of Honnêamise -
 November 13, 2015 | Friday, 6:30PM | Directed by Hiroyuki Yamaga
Sci-Fi | 1987 | 121 min | Unrated| In Japanese with English Subtitles

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The Japan Information and Culture Center
1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100
Washington DC, 20036

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Registration is non-transferable.

" 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.  
Recommended ages: 15+

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.
Doors open at 6:00PM and will close once seating is full or promptly at 7:00PM for security purposes.

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

JICC, Embassy of Japan | 1150 18th St., NW | Suite 100 | Washington | DC | 20036

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oct 20, 24: Mike Jenkins' LunchBagArt reception

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.


Art to Lunch coverReception, 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 clients.

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 deadline!

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Oct 20: Peter Kuper talk at Library of Congress (CORRECTED)

at noon about his new, "328 page graphic novel called Ruins that follows a fictional couple on sabbatical in Mexico and in tandem the migration of the Monarch butterfly."

Further details to come.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 22: Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7 p.m.
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.

Politics & Prose 
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
On Our Shelves Now
Hill & Wang - May 5th, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

May 18: Jorge Aguirre at Takoma Park library

Takoma Park Maryland Library
Monday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.
Join 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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 13: Matt Phelan at Takoma Park library

Picture Book Creators Michelle Knudsen and Matt Phelan Takoma Park Maryland Library

Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m.
Author 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. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

April 29-30: Jay Hosler at Politics and Prose and Takoma Park library

Wednesday, April 29, 10:30 a.m.
Entomologist 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
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C.DC20008

Graphic Novelist Jay Hosler Takoma Park Maryland Library

Thursday, Apr. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Graphic 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 to attend.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

April 9: Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio Garcia Sanchez

Takoma Park Maryland Library
Thursday, Apr. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Graphic 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.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

March 15: SuperNoVa Comicons Leesburg Va.

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:
Hebb Trimpe
Patrick Block
Shelly Block
Chris Flick
Bill McKay
Dan Nokes
Paste Pot Prefects
Mark Roberts
Top Secret Press

Confirmed Vendors:
All American Comics- Gene Carpenter
Fandata Bargain Comics- Harry Hopkins
Duckys Comics
Timber Grove Traders- Dave Wulf
Philadelphia Comicon- Derek Woywood
Zeno's Books
Black Dog Collectables
Dave Bowen
Tom Jackson
Hero Initiative
Ram Collectables
Anaconda Collectables
Flying Donut Comics- Dan Cusimano
Comic Logic Books and Art- Kevin Bednarz
Untamed Worlds- Chris Garbee
Scott Deane
Pack Cracker- Teddy Antonakos
Everyday Comics- John Rudemaker
Silver Dragon Studios- Thomas Mulvey
Phantom Wolfe Apparel- Ed Richter
Records and Rarities- Ryan Lynch
GameOn Comics
Cards Comics and Collectables- Marc Nathan
We hope you guys/gals will come out and give us a look.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

March 2: Steve Brodner in Baltimore

Steve Brodner will be speaking on Johns Hopkins' Homewood Campus at 5:30 on March 2. See the image for more details.

Monday, February 23, 2015

With Macbeth behind him, Gareth Hinds eyes an "impossibly long list of classic adaptations"

Gareth Hinds (all pictures from his website)
by Mike Rhode

Gareth Hinds just released Macbeth, his newest Shakespeare adaptation. He'll be introducing Macbeth tonight at the Takoma Park Library in MD, Politics and Prose in DC on March 3, and Hooray for Books in VA this Friday. Maria Russo at the New York Times just gave the book an excellent review, writing "The book feels like a remarkably faithful rendering of the world of the play. You can almost feel the damp chill of the Scottish Highlands in the silvery-green palette, and as the murdered corpses pile up, the warm oranges of the candlelit castle interiors inevitably tinge toward the blood-red at the center of the story."

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.

Least favorite?
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!). 

Do you have a website or blog? links to my blog, email newsletter, and social media profiles.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Feb 5: George O'Connor returns to the Takoma Park MD Library

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.

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