Monday, February 22, 2010

Joel Pett on Matt Wuerker

Joel Pett, whom we should pay more attention to because he cartoons for USA Today even though he lives in Kentucky (I think), has a nice little piece up about Matt - In the footsteps of Herblock: Editorial cartoonist Matt Wuerker of Politico took the first of this season's cartooning awards, the Herblock Prize, Los Angeles Times (February 21, 2010).

I'll have an interview with Matt on the City Paper's blog early next week.

Comix Claptrap podcast reviews Matt Dembicki

Dylan Horrocks is no slouch of course, so you might want to listen to the whole show.

Ayuyang, Rina and Thien Pham. 2010.
Dylan Horrocks - Season 2, Episode 4.
Comix Claptrap podcast (February 18): and

Thien and Rina have the huge honor of interviewing distinguished comic artist and writer, Dylan Horrocks, whose celebrated comics masterpiece, "Hicksville" has just been re-released with a beautiful new edition published by Drawn and Quarterly. In this episode, Dylan talks about his personal journey in comics-making since the first printing of "Hicksville", as well as his revealing experiences writing for mainstream comics, the decision to serialize his comics on the internet, and the inspiring comics scene in New Zealand.

We also chat with our lovely New Comics reporter, cartoonist and buddy Josh Frankel about new work by Lewis Trondheim, Oliver East, Matt Dembicki, as well as McSweeney's Panorama. We are really happy about this episode, and hope you will be too -- have a listen!

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Kevin Rechin

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Kevin Rechin

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 02-24-10

Quick Picks for Comics Due 02-24-10
By John Judy
ALMOST SILENT HC written and drawn by Jason.  Otherwise known as the Jason Omnibus from Fantagraphics.  This collects four Jason graphic novels: "You Can't Get There From Here", ""Tell Me Something", "Meow Baby" and "The Living and the Dead."  Three of these are out of print and all of them are an entertaining way to spend a few hours.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #622 by Several Guys.  A Flash Thompson story and a new round with Morbius the Living Vampire.  It's been too long.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #9 by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart.  Evil Zombie Clone Batman versus the Batman Family!  Boy, if Bruce Wayne goes dead for five minutes the whole place goes to heck!  Recommended.
BLACK LANTERN GREEN ARROW #30 by JT Krul and Will Conrad.  Oliver Queen: Dead Again!  Mostly.  Awesome Neal Adams tribute cover.
BLACKEST NIGHT #7 of 8 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis.  Okay, so Nekron wants to kill every living thing in the universe but he still has a dark secret?!  What, he likes reality TV shows?  Jeez!  Still recommended.
BLACKEST NIGHT: JSA #3 of 3 by James Robinson and Eddy Barrows.  Evil, undead, Black Lantern Earth-2 Superman comes back for one more pass at wiping out the JSA.  And he's just crazy enough to do it!
CAPTAIN SWING #1 of 4 by Warren Ellis and Raulo Caceres.  Electrical pirates and things that are not supposed to fly in 1830's London.  From that nice Mr. Ellis.  Gotta look!
CHOKER #1 by Ben McCool and Ben Templesmith.  Let's try this again, now that Image is actually releasing this comic:  There are so many reasons this comic is a must-have, but among the most compelling is this: The female lead is a cop nicknamed "Dick-Puncher."  Described by co-creator Templesmith as "A little bit like FELL with a bad case of Gonorrhea."  Highly recommended.  Not for kids.
CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD: LAST BATTLE #3 of 6 by Garth Ennis and Oscar Jimenez.  Pope Jacko is back from Hell with a whole world of hurt for Danny the Anti-Christ and his loved ones.  And what's with Jay getting smart again?  Not for kids or the squeamish.
FALL OF THE HULKS: RED HULK #2 of 4 by Jeff Parker and Ed McGuinness.  Lotsa smashing.
FLASH: REBIRTH #6 of 6 by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver.  The Flash Family gets put in a blender set on "puree."  Of course for them that's like a slow gentle stir.  New Flash Facts start here!  Recommended.
HITMAN, VOL. 2: 10,000 BULLETS SC by Garth Ennis and John McCrea.  If you've never read the adventures of Gotham City hired gun Tommy Monaghan and his cohort Nat the Hat then you need to reserve your copy of this book today.  Re-released after a few years out of print, this collects issues #4-8 and Annual #2.  Highly recommended for teens and up.
IMAGE UNITED #0 of 6 by Robert Kirkman and Some Other Image Guys.  Beyond a new character fighting Savage Dragon, the paradoxical math on the issue numbering is the most eye-catching thing about this series.  I mean, if you're counting Zero as part of a numbered series you're always going to have one more than the number of issues you're advertising.  Unless you figure with Image's legendary lateness #6 becomes an imaginary number because we'll never see it during the lifetime of the Universe.  I have a headache now.
IRREDEEMABLE #11 by Mark Waid and Peter Krause.  Intrigues galore as Modeus gets closer to Tony and the remaining heroes are down to a skeleton crew.  Recommended.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #36 by Bill Willingham and Jesus Marino.  Nazis.  Is there anyone that sucks worse than Nazis?  No, and the JSA must remind them of this for the next few issues.
MARVELS PROJECT #6 of 8 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting.  Torch versus Subby, Round Two!  And now Captain America's on the scene!  Recommended.
NEW AVENGERS #62 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen.  The Hood and his hoods are back to trouble the Avengers because no one has thought to put the Hood out of his misery once and for all.  Honestly, he's such a wanna-be Osborn/Loki!  If the Big Bad Wolf doesn't eventually eat this guy I will be disappointed.
NORTHLANDERS #25 by Brian Wood and Leandro Fernadez.  In addition to the plague outside their walls the remaining Vikings begin to get cabin fever.  Not good in a place full of swords, axes and such.  Recommended.
PREVIEWS by Marvel and Diamond Comics.  What you'll be seeing on the racks in three months, once the snow and rains subside!
SCALPED #35 by Jason Aaron and Daniel Zezelj.  Now that Red Crow and Bad Horse have eliminated a whole bunch of distractions it's time for a stand-alone issue about what it takes to live on the Rez, the poorest community in America.  So far.  Highly recommended.
SUPERMAN #697 by James Robinson and Bernard Chang.  A short breather before Brainiac comes in for some ruckus.  Guest-starring the Legion, Superboy and of course Mon-El.
THOR #607 by Kieron Gillen and Billy Tan.  Norman Osborn's attacking Asgard and if Oklahoma gets in the way, so be it!  Osborn hearts Freedom!
THUNDERBOLTS #141 by Jeff Parker and Miguel Angel Sepulveda.  Osborn orders the remaining T-Bolts to fight Asgard and the Avengers because… he wants them to die?
ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY #2 of  4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Rafa Sandoval.  So the Ultimate Enemy appears to be a huge red fungus blob.  Or maybe it's the guy behind it.  Outlook cloudy. Ask again later.
VICTORIAN UNDEAD #70 by Ian Edginton and Davide Fabbri.  So Professor Moriarty came out of the Reichenbach Falls as a zombie.  By Jove, the game's afoot!  A delicious, tasty foot….
WALKING DEAD #70 by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard.  Washington DC is a paradise and all it took was a plague of flesh-eating zombies.  I believe there's a lesson here.  Not for kids. Highly recommended.
WONDER WOMAN #41 by Gail Simone and Aaron Lopresti.  WW fights Power Girl some more.  Here's hoping they kiss and make up soon.
X-FACTOR #202 by Peter David and Bing Cansino.  Still looking for the Invisible Woman.  And a better metaphor.  Big fight with Doctor Doom or one of his robots or something.
X-MEN LEGACY #233 by Mike Carey and Clay Mann.  Proteus is back from the dead and making up for lost time, evil-wise.  Punch-ups galore.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Jo Chen covers Marvel's Girl Comics

You can see a preview of her cover for #3 here - Jeanine Schaefer on "Girl Comics". Comic Book Resources (February 19 2010).

Thanks to our Russian readers

Apparently an earlier post on Stalin cartoons is bringing in a lot of attention from Europe, and other places with Russian language readers - our usual readership is between 150-300 per day, but yesterday: Previous 24hrs: 1,303.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Martel speaks on Calvin and Hobbes tonight

Lifted from the Post's Going Out Guide blog:

Nerd Nite

When was the last time you went to a bar to actually learn something? Other than all the bits of obscure trivia you've picked up at quiz night over the years, we're guessing it hasn't happened too often. That's where DC9's Nerd Nite comes in: Wet your whistle while stimulating your cranium with informative discussions on insects and storm chasing, and a special presentation about elusive "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson by Nevin Martell, author of "Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip." Local punk rockers Authorization will perform between lectures. Don't be late: A limited number of door tickets are available, but given the size of the venue, they'll go quickly.

Saturday at 6 p.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. $10.

Comic Riffs interviews Wuerker on winning Herblock

Politico's Wuerker says winning Herblock Prize is 'mind-boggling', by Michael Cavna, Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (February 18 2010).

May 2: Washington, DC Comicon at George Mason University

Apparently there's a new Washington, DC Comicon at George Mason University (which is 20 miles out of town). Here's one story and here's another. ComicsDC will admit to feeling a bit snubbed on this news. We're also wondering if it will affect Marc Nathan's attendance at Capicon.

Julian Lytle interviewed at 4thletter! blog

Black Future Month ‘10: Julian Lytle
by david brothers
4thletter! blog February 18th, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Post on animation - Ricky Gervais and Oscar shorts reviewed


'The Ricky Gervais Show': Animated hilarity

By Hank Stuever

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, February 19, 2010; C04


2010 Oscar-nominated short films at Landmark's E Street Cinema

By Michael O'Sullivan

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, February 19, 2010; WE29
The NY Times likes Gervais too:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Zadzooks on Dante's Inferno videogame

Videogame animation is one type of comic art this blog is weak on - there's just too much and it seems to attract different fans. But here's an article on an interesting new game - Zadzooks: Dante's Inferno: Divine Edition review, Joseph Szadkowski, Washington Times (February 18, 2010).

Nevin Martell jumps the big pond in search of Calvin and Hobbes

Unless he's moved to England (in which case we're dropping him like a hot potato), Nevin's got a guest piece here - The fantastic truth of Calvin and Hobbes: Bill Watterson's work remains hilarious, and wildly inventive – but it also manages to be authentic in a way that very few cartoons ever are. Guardian's Books Blog (February 17 2010)

Politics and Prose book group reads Alan Moore

Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
Graphic Novel Bookgroup
Top 10: The Forty-Niners, by Alan Moore

My reflections on the emerging US Mint / Captain America conspiracy at the City Paper

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Kal quoted

More on what makes Florida special from Kal...

Famous speakers find way to SW Fla.
Bush brothers here today; many others set to follow
Fort Meyer News-Press February 16, 2010

John Hopkins U's JohnCon details

Our colleagues at Baltimore Gamer have some of the details including a 24-hour anime room which actually sounds a bit rough to me.

Wuerker wins Herblock

Moving to the East Coast is finally paying off for Matt Wuerker. As a staff cartoonist he was a finalist for the Pulitzer last year, and just won the Herblock award. Congratulations, Matt. It couldn't happen to a nicer, more deserving guy.

Although it will be interesting to hear his speech...

'Kelly' back in the Onion

The Onion's editorial cartoonist "Kelly" (actually Ward Sutton) returned in the February 11th issue, with a Star Trek / NASA parody. The cartoons are purposefully horrible, parodying the worst of the field, but I'm glad to see them back.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Marvel's Civil War plays out on Post blog

The rationale behind Marvel's Civil War storylines plays out on Ezra Klein's Post blog where he wrote a paragraph concluding "Iron Man was right" in favor of superhero registration - and then the comments begin...

Local cartoonist Julian Lytle is Glyph Award nomine

Matt Dembicki writes in to tell us:

Local cartoonist Julian Lytle of "Ants" ( is a nominee for the Glyph Award's rising star category.

Let's all wish him luck.

Mo Willems comic strip in Post

Mo Willems, best known for his children's books, is a cartoonist too. He's filling in for Hilary Price this week in the Rhymes with Orange comic strip in the Post.

The Big Planet ACT-I-VATE Primer signing details (TIME corrected)

The ACT-I-VATE Primer Signing
The creators at have been serializing webcomics for free since 2006, and have finally put out a print edition with stand-alone, all-new stories - The ACT-I-VATE Primer. Please join Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, The Alcoholic), Simon Fraser (Lilly MacKenzie, Nikolai Dante), Joe Infurnari (ULTRA-lad!, the Process, Mush!), and Jim Dougan (Sam & Lilah, Crazy Papers, No Formula) for a discussion and signing of THE ACT-I-VATE PRIMER.

"ACT-I-VATE makes comics better."  - Warren Ellis

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Marc Singer on Watchmen, and the teaching thereof

Marc Singer writes on teaching Watchmen for weeks 3-4 of his class on comics at Howard.

What Kevin Rechin actually did on Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Now that the show has aired, and we saw less than 5 seconds of Kevin at work, let's quote his email about what he actually did, "The room was a superhero-themed room for two of the sons. I basically designed and painted a mural of a cityscape with caricatures of each kid as a superhero incorporated into the scene and also designed personal superhero logos for each kid. These were embroidered on capes for customized costumes and used as decals on a cool car bed built for the show. That's basically it. Keep in mind I had 4 days to come up with the design, get it approved and then had from about 4 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. the next day to do the whole room with the help of a couple more people. Needless to say it was an all-nighter! Everything done for that show is done for free or as a donation."

The family was the Tripp family of Hyattville, MD and it's episode 717 that you can watch on the Extreme Makeover Home Edition website. I quite liked Kevin's mural, and have invited him to do one in my house. I encourage you all to do the same. This time, we could pay him. Bravo to Kevin for donating his time and creativity to this!

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 02-17-10

Quick Picks for Comics Due 02-17-10
By John Judy
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #621 by Dan Slott and Michael Lark.  More Dark Aunt May!  Finally!  Are those wheat cakes or carb-loaded disks of death?!  Gotta look!
AVENGERS VS. ATLAS #2 of 4 by Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman.  The original Avengers are in the modern day and ready to rumble with the Atlas gang!  Big fight!
BLACKEST NIGHT: THE FLASH #3 of 3 by Geoff Johns and Tony Daniel.  Barry dukes it out with Black Lantern Professor Zoom while the rogues try to figure out whose side they need to be on.  Good times!
CAPTAIN AMERICA #603 by Ed Brubaker and Luke Ross.  Bucky America and the Falcon take on a group of violent racist anti-government nuts who (honest!) bear no resemblance whatsoever to the tea-baggers who got so steamed up over the depiction of tea-bagger signs and slogans last issue that they got in Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada's grill about it.  Sadly, Joe Q immediately groveled for tea-bagger forgiveness and promised that the tea-bagger signs would be redrawn for all subsequent printings of these stories featuring these evil scum who are (really!) not tea-baggers despite sharing many of the views openly espoused at tea-bagger rallies!  Point is: your first prints of these issues are now collectibles.  (BTW, Captain America would never put up with this stuff, Joe.  He'd bounce his shield off their heads and call it macaroni.)
DAREDEVIL #505 by Andy Diggle and Marco Checchetto.  DD heads to Japan to talk to the Hand.
DARK AVENGERS #14 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato.  Ripping the Greek God of War apart with his bare hands will be a tough act for the Sentry to follow, but… Well, let's just look shall we?  Not for the younger kids.
DEVIL #1 of 4 by Torajiro Kishi and Madhouse Studios.  "A vampire virus rages through Japan!  This disease will devour mankind."  But it will be hungry again an hour later.
DOOMWAR #1 of 6 by Jonathan Maberry, Will Conrad and Scot Eaton.  Doctor Doom fights everyone for six issues starting NOW!
GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS: HAPPY VALLEY #3 of 3 by Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra.  It's the final mission for our heroic WW2 bomber crew.  One way or another.  Highly recommended.
GREEN LANTERN #51 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke.  So Hal's Parallax again by choice, which is kind of a "Hail Mary" thing if you ask me.  Still a great spandex epic.  Recommended.
HELLBLAZER #264 by Peter Milligan and Giuseppe Camuncoli.  John Constantine wraps up an adventure in India.  Cue the dance number!
HULK #20 by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness.  Okay, everyone raise your hand if you are NOT a gamma ray-powered, green, red or sometimes gray or blue rampaging monster.  Right, both of you go talk to Loeb, get him to fix you up, write you a maxi-series or something…
IGNITION CITY SC by Warren Ellis and Gianluca Pagliarani.  A gorgeously illustrated sci-fi noir set in earth's last spaceport.  This one reads like "Blade Runner" only with more alcoholic perverts.  Look at the credits and go figure.  Not for kids.
INCORRUPTIBLE #3 by Mark Waid and Jean Diaz.  The companion title to Waid's superb IRREDEEMABLE, this one is the story of Max Damage, a bad guy driven to virtue by a hero turned monster.  In this issue Max shuts down a mad scientist who's giving out super-powers for money.  And killing people.  Recommended.
INCREDIBLE HULK #607 by Greg Pak and Paul Pelletier. The Red She-Hulk fights everyone and then gets a back-up feature. The real Hulk appears too but only on the variant cover.  Excelsior!
JOE THE BARBARIAN #2 of 8 by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy.  "Toy Story" meets a diabetic coma.  We shall see….
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #42 by James Robinson and Mark Bagley.  Lots of adjustments taking place in the wake of Red Arrow getting his arm ripped off.  Plus, Doctor Impossible!
KICK-ASS PREMIERE HC by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.  All the violent, vulgar visuals collected in hardcover!  Suitable for reading AND throwing short distances!
MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA #6 of 6 by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern and Jay Anacleto.  Having reached my weekly limit on Marvel-bashing, I will say only that Kurt Busiek is a great writer, the art looks very nice and issue #5 was released on April 22nd 2009.
SKIM GN by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki.  This coming of age tale about a mixed-race Canadian Wiccan goth lesbian has won a bunch of awards.  Read it and see why.  Highly recommended.
SPIDER-WOMAN #6 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev.  SW is fighting Skrulls, apparently unaware that she's seriously dating herself.
THE STAND: SOUL SURVIVORS #4 of 5 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.  Mother Abigail versus the rats of Flagg!  Highly recommended.
STARMAN OMNIBUS, VOL. 4 HC by James Robinson and Friends.  Collecting all kinds of adventures starring Starman Jack Knight and the heroes of many worlds!  Recommended.
UNCANNY X-MEN #521 by Matt Fraction and Greg Land.  Mutant mischief and mayhem, Part Infinity.

Tonight!: Kevin Rechin on Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Kevin Rechin writes in "I think you wanted me to give you a heads up about the air date for the Extreme Makeover Home Edition show. It airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. I designed and illustrated a mural and other elements for a superhero-based kid's room."

Belgian stop motion animation 'A Town Called Panic' at Landmark in DC

Here's the Post's review: "Movie review: 'A Town Called Panic' is a surreal riot," By Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post Staff Writer, Friday, February 12, 2010; WE29.

Michigan State U's Comic Art Collection additions for November 2009

It's been over a month since we looked at October, but I'm not getting a groundswell of interest in these posts anyway. So without further ado, here's bits added in November 2009 to the MSU Library's Comic Art Collection that struck me as interesting.

Hey, DC's Nate Beeler is the first entry:

"Bexley Graduate National Honoree" p. D3 in The Columbus
Dispatch, Nov. 21, 2008. -- Item about Nage Beeler and the
2008 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning. -- Call no.:
NC1320.S35 2008

This is followed by other articles from the newspapers, a lot of which are on Harvey Pekar for some reason. Maybe somebody else is doing a book on him.

Ahhh, remember the days when people really cared about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Enough to parody them?

Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters Classics. --
Eureka, CA : Parody Press, 1992- . -- ill. ; 26 cm. --
Began with no. 1 (Aug./Sept. 1992). -- Parody and funny
animal genres. -- LIBRARY HAS: no. 1. -- Call no.:

More newspaper articles, and oooh...

"Ultimate Comic Book" AP wirephoto in the Michigan State News,
East Lansing, Michigan, 1974. -- Shows collector Mitchell
Mehdy with a copy of Action Comics, no. 1 which he has
bought for $1,800. -- Call no.: PN6710.S35 1974

I wonder what's happened to that copy?

It's hard to imagine a comic less likely to cause ADD...

"Minds at 1,000 Miles an Hour" / by Michael D. Clark. p. 8A in
the Cincinnati Post, Dec. 4, 1989. -- Uses a Family Circus
panel by Bil Keane to illustrate an article on attention
deficit disorder. -- The panel is captioned: "Another
evening in the life on an A.D.D. child." -- Call no.:
PN6710.S35 1989

This looks vaguely interesting, at least to a bibliographer...

"Drawn from Life : How Comic Books are Changing Young People's
Lives, from Asia to the Middle East" / by Marco Visscher.
p. 20-24 in Ode, May 2009. -- Article about Suleiman Bakhit
and his company Aranim Media Factory, publishing comic
books for the Arabic language market. -- Call no.:
PN6710.S35 2009

I feel guilty saying it, but this sounds painful:

The Novel of Nonel and Vovel / Oreet Ashery ; Larissa Sansour.
-- Milano : Edizioni Charta, 2009. -- 183 p. : col. ill. ;
24 cm. -- "Oreet Ashery is from Israel and lives in London.
Larissa Sansour is from Palestine and lives in Copenhagen.
These two artists have created a very special graphic novel
that raises questions on artistic practice, the nature of
authority and art and politics, and offers an eye-opening
take on Palestine. All this assumes particular importance
considering that these artists come from both sides of the
Middle Eastern divide. Nonel and Vovel, the artists' alter
egos, are given superpowers from a virus compromising their
creativity. With their new powers and the help of local
ninja women, they strive to save Palestine" -- Political
and superhero genres. -- Call no.: PN6790 .I83 A77N6 2009

Remember when newspapers used to publish collections of their editorial cartoonists?

Macpherson Editorial Cartoons 1977. -- Toronto : Star Reader
Service, 1977. -- 126 p. : ill. ; 24 x 23 cm. -- Cartoons
published in the Toronto Star. -- Call no.: NC1449.M3A52

Shouldn't there be a 'Little Orphan Annie' subject heading here?

"Little Red Wonder Girl : Annie, the Broadway Orphan Who Stole
Our Hearts Almost 30 Years Ago, Arrives at the Wharton
Center for a Six-Day Run" / by Mike Hughes. p. 1D, 3D in
the Lansing State Journal, Apr. 18, 2006. -- The Annie
musical arrives in East Lansing. Sidebar, "Stars Who've
Played Annie," lists several actresses. -- Call no.:
PN6710.S35 2006

Fantagraphics published 50 issues of this? Must be before they became ideologically pure (that's a joke, Gary)...

Critters. -- Agoura, CA : Fantagraphics Books, 1986-1990. --
ill. ; 26 cm. -- Published no. 1 (1986) - no. 50 (Mar.
1990). -- Funny animal genre. -- LIBRARY HAS: no. 1-50. --
Call no.: PN6728.5.F3C7

...actually I wonder if there's material worth collecting in there. I seem to recall some fairly good stuff in the few issues I've seen.

There's a lot of NY Times articles indexed. The Times is becoming the paper of record for comic art as well, something I'd never have predicted:

"Captain America Chooses Its Director" p. C2 in the New York
Times, Nov. 11, 2008. -- Item about Joe Johnston being
chosen to direct a Captain America film. -- Call no.:
PN6710.S35 2008

"Sad News for Mad Fans" / George Gene Gustines. p. C2 in the
New York Times, Jan. 24, 2009. -- Item about Mad becoming
quarterly, quoting editor John Ficarra. -- Call no.:
PN6710.S35 2009
"In Tough Times, Finding the Humor in Value" / Edward
Rothstein. p. C1, C6 in the New York Times, Jan. 31, 2009.
-- Review of an exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum,
titled "On the Money : Cartoons for the New Yorker," which
collects cartoons about money. -- Call no.: NC1320.S35 2009
"Civil War in Uganda, Illustrated and In Panels" / by George
Gene Gustines. p. C1, C5, in the New York Times, Aug. 12,
2009. -- Article about the DC/Vertigo series Unknown
Soldier. -- Call no.: PN6710.S35 2009
"Spain Pulls Book with Grown-Up Tintin" p. B2 in the New York
Times, Aug. 19, 2008. -- Item about a book ("The Pink
Lotus") by Antonio Altarriba, which shows Tintin in his 30s
and "contains graphic sex scenes that the Hergé estate
considers to be inappropriate." -- Call no.: PN6710.S35

Not to worry though - obscurities continue!

George Morrow : His Book / with an introduction by E.V. Lucas.
-- 2d ed. -- London : Methuen & Co., 1921. -- 97 leaves :
ill. ; 25 cm. -- Cartoons reprinted from Punch and Land and
Water. -- Call no.: NC1479.M6G4 1921
Morrow, George, 1869-1955.
Lucas, E. V. (Edward Verrall), 1868-1938.
More Morrow : a Book of Drawings / by George Morrow. -- London
: Methuen & Co., 1921. -- 97 leaves : chiefly ill. ; 25 cm.
-- Cartoons. -- "Thanks are due to the proprietors of Punch
for permission to reprint ... contributions in this
volume." -- Call no.: NC1479.M6M6 1921
It's that Min again! (1968-69) : Cartoons from the New Zealand
Herald / by Minhinnick. -- Auckland : Wilson and Horton,
1969. -- 56 p. : chiefly ill. ; 19 x 24 cm. -- Editorial
cartoons. -- Call no.: NC1761.M5 I8 1969
Minhinnick, 1902-1992.


1001 Arabian Tails. -- Miami, FL : Conquest Press, 1992. -- 32
p. : ill. ; 26 cm. -- Numbered "1" on cover. -- Indicia
title: 1001 Arabian Tales. -- Funny animal and erotic
genres. -- Call no.: PN6728.6.C59 O5 1992

The lack of follow through with this was a disappoint to me, as I'm a big Zelazny fan:

Roger Zelazny's Amber: Nine Princes in Amber / adapted by
Terry Bisson ; illustrated by Lou Harrison, Bryn Barnard,
Tom Roberts. -- New York : DC Comics, 1996. -- col. ill. ;
26 cm. -- Cover title: Roger Zelazny's Nine Princes in
Amber. -- Complete in 3 nos. -- "A Byron Preiss Visual
Publications, Inc. book." -- Fantasy genre. -- LIBRARY HAS:
no. 1-3. -- Call no.: PN6728.6.D3R638 1996

Here's our buddy Nevin's book:

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes : the Unconventional Story of
Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip / by Nevin
Martell. -- New York : Continuum International Publishing
Group, 2009. -- 247 p. ; 23 cm. -- Call no.: PN6727.W337M3

Coming soon - December!

Feb 27: Act-i-vate at Big Planet Vienna too

At 2 pm.

426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Comic Riffs interviews Scott Kurtz

The 'Riffs Interview: 'PvP' creator Scott Kurtz speaks today at Macworld. Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (February 12, 2010). This is Cavna's 2nd interview with Kurtz, if you're a PVP fan.

Feb 27: Act-i-vate at Politics and Prose

Politics & Prose Bookstore

The Act-I-Vate Primer
With contributors: Dean Haspiel, Jim Dougan, Simon Fraser and Joe Infurnari

Saturday, February 27, 6 p.m.

5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW • Washington, DC • (202) 364-1919

Friday, February 12, 2010

My new bookish thing

The new issue of the International Journal of Comic Art 11-3 is actually Comic Art, 2005-2009: A Global Bibliography, 626 pages of citations on comics compiled by John Lent and Mike Rhode. And it's got a special cover drawing done for us by Richard Thompson which makes it a collector's item (for collectors of Richard Thompson of course). You can buy it as a stand alone issue by sending $15 to John Lent. This is an addendum to John's previous 10-volume series of comics citations, and is a bargain because a set of those will cost you well over $1000.

Here's a sample from the 2010 version I'm working on now - the new citations for 2010 are marked with *:

Comic Book Sales
-Flage, Karon. 2001. Ranking and List Position [comic book sales]. Sequential Tart 4 (2: February):
-Gustines, George Gene. 2009. Graphic Books Best Seller List: May 9. New York Times Art Beat blog (May 15):
-Gustines, George Gene. 2009. Graphic Books Best Seller List: June 6. New York Times Arts Beat blog (June 12):
*Hibbs, Brian. 2010. Looking At Bookscan: 2009. Comic Book Resources' Tilting at Windmills (February 12):
-Miller, John Jackson. 2007. Comic Sales Analysis: January 2007–Snows, fifth week spur big month. Comics and Games Retailer (182; May): 26-27
-Reid, Calvin. 2009. February Comics Bestsellers. Publishers Weekly’s PW Comics Week (February 3):
-Reid, Calvin. 2009. June Comics Bestsellers. Publishers Weekly (June 15):
-Sheriff, Amanda. 2008. Comic Sales Figures Circulate. Scoop (December 5):
*Unknown. 2010. Graphic Books. New York Times (February 4):

Eduardo Barreto's illness leaves Judge Parker less lovely

Alan Gardner had a more hopeful story up at Daily Cartoonist, but Michael Cavna's Comic Riffs post says Eduardo Barreto's illness is meningitis and he'll be leaving the strip, which definitely leaves Judge Parker less lovely. It's one of the best looking action strips out there now, although Paul Ryan on the Phantom and Graham Nolan on Rex Morgan, MD do excellent work -- and those strips aren't in the Post.

PR: Greenwood Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels

I'm a contributor to this - I wrote the Harvey Pekar entry. I think it's a good project - for years I've thought we should have the equivalent of the volumes of Dictionaries of British Cartoonists which give the basic information about the person. This is a good start and I'm noodling over other plans with a knowledgeable person.

...The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels is due out at the end of May. It is now described on the Greenwood website at and is up on Amazon as well.

Thanks again to all of you who helped to make this project a reality--I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. And thanks in advance to those of you who will help to make it a success by buying it or recommending it to your university or public libraries.
M. Keith Booker

That perfect Valentines/President's Day gift...

My latest City Paper blog post is another book review - “For the Wonky, Lovelorn Comics Reader, a Perfect Gift,” February 12, 2010,

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Post finally realizes Disney released movie with black heroine

The Post finally realized Disney released a movie with a black heroine last year and just did an article on what it all means to children - "'The Princess and the Frog's' Tiana: A more modern heroine," By Mari-Jane Williams, Washington Post Staff Writer, Thursday, February 11, 2010; T17.

USA Today's Truitt on GI Joe

This is about writer Christos Gage, not our own SL Gallant, but I'm continuing to assume that Truitt is still in the area - "'G.I. Joe: Cobra' brings on the bad guys," By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY February 11 2010.

British not-quite comic books reviewed at City Paper

Reviewed: Classic Dan Dare: Safari in Space and The Best of Roy of the Rovers: The 1970s Straight from the "boys papers," two recently collected U.K. comic strips
By Mike Rhode
Washington City Paper February 11, 2010

Feb 14: Kevin Rechin on Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Kevin Rechin writes in "I think you wanted me to give you a heads up about the air date for the Extreme Makeover Home Edition show. It airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. I designed and illustrated a mural and other elements for a superhero-based kid's room."

Phoenix Comics/ Laughing Ogre Comics open

Both our locations at GMU and in Lansdowne are open today.


Gary Dills

Beyond Comics store open in spite of snow UPDATED

Beyond Comics writes in:


FREDERICK Pending Plowing of Parking Lot

We will update the newsletter and our face book page.

Bravo to the Washington Post

I think the Post's delivery people deserve a special thanks, although I'm sure none of them are reading this blog. We haven't gotten the paper everyday, but it's been delivered when the roads are passable. I was very surprised to look out this morning and see a bag poking out of the snow.

And the same thanks holds true for the production people and the reporters. I don't even have my car shoveled out again yet, but my wife is reading the Post and sipping coffee in comfort while the wind howls outside.

So to any Postie (you don't really use that term, do you?) reading this, thank you.

Big Planet's got your hit today, in spite of the snow

Owner Joel Pollack wrote to me to say, "Because each store in our chain sets its own policy, I can only speak for Bethesda and Georgetown. We are going to try to open today (Thursday) 11-7, but we recommend a phone call, just in case." Owner Greg Bennett followed up with "Vienna and College Park are both open today as well. Closing time dependent on weather/road conditions, so call first if you're coming out after dark. And we have new books!"

I'm going to suggest that unless you live in Bethesda or Georgetown, it's probably not a great idea to try to get there no matter how much you're missing your comics. I was just out in my Arlington neighborhood and the streets and sidewalks aren't ready.

Here's the BP contact info:

4908 Fairmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Also affiliated with:

3145 Dumbarton St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Weldon on music and comics

Presumably Glen Weldon is snowed in like the rest of us in DC, so he's written a long look at "Comics That Have A Nice Beat And Are Easy To Dance To," National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (February 10 2010).

That darn Mussey

Marie Drom says in a letter to the editor of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star "Mussey's cartoon was not a bit funny" (2/10/2010)

Feb 20: DC Anime Club's Cosplay Corner.


CONTACT: Chris Wanamaker, (202) 262 2083

DC Anime Club
 Presents Cosplay Corner

On Saturday February 20, 2010 at 2:30pm DC Anime Club will be hosting an costume creation workshop called "Cosplay Corner" at the Martin Luthur King, Jr Memorial Library 901 G St NW Washington, DC 20001 in Room A5 on the A Level. "Cosplay" is short for "Costume Play", in which fans of Japanese Animation (Anime) and Japanese Comics (Manga) dress up as their favorite Anime, Manga and Video Game Characters by costumes they make themselves. The word "Cosplay" was coined by Nov Takahashi of the Japanese Studio, "Studio Hard". DC Anime Club will teach members how to create their own costumes: everything from making cosplay props, to places where materials can be acquired, to even acting as their characters. DC Anime Club has also given Cosplay Presentations at the Smithsonian Anime Marathon an event which is part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Fiesta Asia Parade where

This event is free and open to the public for Ages 13 and up.

For more information please call (703) 655-1412 visit the DC Anime Club website at

Tom the Dancing Bug cartoonist raises over $4,000 for Haiti

We highlighted Ruben Bolling's campaign to raise money for Haiti when he started, and now Ruben's written in to announce the total he's raised and who won original drawings. Let's here a big round of e-pplause for Ruben and his donors. Remember you can still donate too.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Big Planet Comics says "This crazy weather"

Big Planet Comics Bethesda and Georgetown stores will be closed Wednesday Feb. 10th because of the snow storm.  We hope to be open Thursday the 11th.  We do have the new comics...and they'll be on the racks when next we open our doors.
Please call before coming here on Thursday to make sure we are in fact open, and to find out what time we plan on closing.

Stay safe and stay warm.

--Joel Pollack

4908 Fairmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Also affiliated with:

3145 Dumbarton St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

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So who was editorial cartoonist John M Baer anyway?

For our 3rd post on editorial cartoonist John M Baer, we finally have some real information, courtesy of Curt Hanson, Department Head, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota. Thanks to Curt for providing copies of articles about Baer, and also for pointing out their digitized collection of Stuart McDonald editorial cartoons.

The first article by Charles P. Stewart of the Central Press Association appears to be from 1921. Baer had been elected to congress from North Dakota in 1917 as an advocate for labor and farmers. In this article Baer blamed his re-election loss on his cartooning, rather than the fact that he was on the left (blue) in a right (red) district. The article said, "The fact is, Baer's cartoons had not rated as of national importance while their circulation was confined to North Dakota. As a congressman's handiwork, however, they quickly began making their appearance in all corners of the republic, causing widespread trouble for conservatism. In consequence, the campaign of 1920 saw an invasion of the Fargo district by outside spellbinders with practically unlimited resources. Since then Cartoonist Baer has been an ex-congressman."

Personally, I doubt that his cartooning was the cause of his election loss, but who can say 90 years later? He apparently was represented at some point by King Features Syndicate, who released the following:

World-Famous Artist Crashed Congress With A Lead Pencil
Washington, D.C. - Let it be understood that John M. Baer knows his politics from left to right, up and down and diagonally. For years he has been the champion of the farmer and the worker, fighting for them, not with glib, silver-tongued oratory but with a facile cartooning crayon that clarifies and mocks at most intricate bits of Machiavellian chicanery that back-room politicians ever foisted upon a suffering country.

Baer's political cartoons are known wherever a newspaper is read and he has he distinction of being the only man who ever crayoned himself into Congress, his Farm-Labor and Graft drawings having brought him such prominence that he was elected to fill the term of Congressman Helgessen of North Dakota, on the latter's death in 1917. At the expiration of that term, he was re-elected.

It was in 1912 that he came into real prominence by cartooning an expose of how the farmers were being "gypped" 90 cents per bushel on their wheat.

Since then he has never ceased in his fight on graft and shady political dealings and his work has appeared in most of our national periodicals and newspapers. His friends, among them workers of every calling, number millions and he is adding to the list daily. Baer's home is in Washington, D.C., where he keeps a watchful eye on the solons that make the wheels go round. One wonders if he is ever amused at the tales of huge campaign funds ad he remembers how he crashed Congress with a pencil.

"John M. Baer, once N.D. Congressman, still active at 83," a 1969 article by Jack Hagerty for the Grand Forks Herald provided far more information on Baer's life and career. Baer was born Mach 29, 1886 in Black Creek, Wisconsin, went to Lawrence University where he edited the newspaper and the yearbook before graduating in 1909, and then married a woman from North Dakota and moved to work on her father's farm. In 1913 he was appointed a postmaster, but soon was making more money from cartoons so in 1916 he moved to Fargo, North Dakota, to work for the Courier-News.

After losing re-election, Baer worked for Labor, a railroad union newspaper. In 1969, he was still working for them in an AFL-CIO building on Lafayette Square, but also cartooning at his home in Chevy Chase, MD.

Hagerty's article says this "Appropriation Pie" cartoon was printed over 100 million times, in 18 languages, and was credited with bringing about the Naval Disarmament Conference of 1921. Unfortunately, it's still true - past wars are shown as taking up 68% of the budget, defense with 25%, education at 1% and 6% left to labor, farmer and public.

Hagerty's article says that General Billy Mitchell distributed 20 million copies of this cartoon in 1925 and it was used in his court martial over aggressively pursuing an air force.

Baer's 1931 cartoon that was credited with coining the phrase "The New Deal." The worker, honest business and the farmer are saying "We demand a new deal" at a crooked card game with speculators, big business and cooked politicians.

A sidebar to Hagerty's article says that "For 58 years, he has used bears on his Christmas cards, but was turned down when he offered another cartoonist $1,000 for the right to use a bear symbol as an identifying mark in his cartoons." The other cartoonist is undoubtedly Clifford Berryman, also of Washington, who created the Teddy bear and drew him in many cartoons.

Monday, February 08, 2010

A new comic shop in Falls Church?

Missy Frederick is reporting that Victory Comics will be at 586 S. Washington Street. She notes that Hole in the Wall Books (which is a general used book store with comics) and Anime Pavilion are already in Falls Church.

Editorial cartoon change at the Examiner

Perusing today's Examiner online, we find that their editorial cartoon today is from Mike Ramirez and Creators Sydicate. I'm not sure if Cagletoons will still be providing cartoons to them as well. Their editorial cartoonist Nate Beeler is syndicated through Cagle.

Brian Keene signing in Baltimore

Up to our north, we have an upcoming creator appearance, which is really to promote a horror anthology book, The New Dead, but that never stopped me personally from plopping a comic or four in front of the creator and asking for a signature!
Nationwide Signing Event

On February 16th, 2010, the day The New Dead is released, the majority
of the authors who have written stories for the book will be signing in various
locations around the country.

Baltimore, MD: Brian Keene
7 PM
Barnes & Noble, 1819 Reisterstown Rd, Baltimore, MD 21208
(410) 415-5758

Mr. Keene wrote Marvel's Dead of Night Featuring Devil-Slayer. He also edited Cemetery Dance Publications' Grave Tales.

Bored? Big Planet is open in Georgetown and Bethesda

I'm not going out, but Big Planet is open in Georgetown and Bethesda. Beyond Comics was planning on being open today too. I would imagine that Fantom Comics is open since both sites are in large malls.

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 02-10-10

Quick Picks for Comics Due 02-10-10
By John Judy
ADVENTURE COMICS #7 by Tony Bedard and Travis Moore.  Black Lantern Superboy!  No, the other one!  Fight!
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, VOL. 2 SC by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.  Collecting issues #7-12 of the best Superman comics in quite a while.  Recommended.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #620 by Dan Slott and Marcos Martin.  Mysterio made his big move last ish, but I'm really coming back to read more "Adventures of Dark Aunt May!"  Recommended.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #8 by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart.  So who or what exactly is coming out of that Lazarus pit?  There's gonna be a scrap!  I can tell!
BPRD: KING OF FEAR #2 of 5 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Guy Davis.  A journey to the Hollow Earth and an attempt to lay Lobster Johnson's ghost to rest.  Also, Liz cremates some dead dudes.
CHOKER #1 by Ben McCool and Ben Templesmith.  There are so many reasons this comic is a must-have, but among the most compelling is this: The female lead is a cop nicknamed "Dick-Puncher."  Described by co-creator Templesmith as "A little bit like FELL with a bad case of Gonorrhea."  Highly recommended.  Not for kids.
DAYTRIPPER #3 of 10 by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba.  Okay, I think I'm getting this one now.  Every issue is a new "Death of Kenny."  It's cool though because each issue thus far has been extremely well-crafted on both the art and scripting.  Recommended for grown-ups.
HELLBLAZER: PANDEMONIUM HC by Jamie Delano and Jock.  John Constantine goes to Iraq.  What could possibly go wrong?  This marks the return of the original HELLBLAZER scribe to the character.  Combined with Jock doing the art makes this one Highly Recommended.
HIT-MONKEY #1 by Daniel Way and Dalibor Talijic.  This is written by Daniel Way, the guy who writes WOLVERINE:ORIGINS.  And that's all I have to say about that…
HUMAN TARGET #1 of 6 by Len Wein and Various Creators.  DC's newest TV star, Christopher Chance, takes on every low-life and ne'er-do-well on the European continent!  Action, intrigue and glamour galore from co-creator Len Wein!  Recommended.
JSA ALL-STARS #3 by Matthew Sturges and Freddie Williams II.  After last week's godawful JSA ANNUAL #2 Mr. Sturges has some serious ground to make up.  Geoff Johns has never been more missed. And why there needs to be a Liberty Belle/Hourman co-feature written by Jen Van Meter continues to elude me.
PUNISHERMAX #4 by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon.  Words that will make me buy a comic, sight unseen: "Sledgehammer-swinging hitman!"  Must-have!  Not for kids.
SECRET SIX #18 by John Ostrander, Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore.  Black Lanterns vs. the Six vs. the Suicide Squad!  Boy, who most deserves to eat that one?  Recommended.
SMILE SC written and drawn by Raina Telgemeier.  The autobiographical account of a girl who gets her two front teeth knocked out just in time to start middle school.  In real-world pubescent terms this is Galactus coming to Earth.  Recommended.
SOLOMON KANE: DEATH'S BLACK RIDERS #2 of 4 by Scott Allie and Mario Guevara.  Okay, so if you're hiding from demons in the Black Forest is it really a step up to barricade yourself in a tavern called The Cleft Skull?  This is a cool adventure series and you should read it.
STRANGE #4 of 4 by Mark Waid and Emma Rios.  The big finish that leaves readers asking, "Hey, could we maybe get an on-going Doctor Strange series written by Waid, like, starting next month?"  Great series.  Recommended.
TAILS OF THE PET AVENGERS #1 by Various Pickers of the Short Straw.  Kids, when you start shooting heroin you think it will be cool, like in those reality fashion shows.  Then you wake up one morning , naked and alone, with your name attached to something like PET AVENGERS.  Stay in school!
UNWRITTEN #10 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross.  Tommy Taylor meets the spiritual father of Fox News: Josef Goebbels!  Gotta look!
X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK #1 of 4 by Kathryn Immonen and Sara Pichelli.  No Pet Avengers appear in this comic.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Feb 7: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" at Shirlington Library

Ok, I'm pretty sure this will be cancelled now that we have 1 1/2 feet of snow with another 1/2 foot projected... It was a good movie though.

Film: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2pm
Shirlington Branch Library

The Shirlington "Family Movie Matinee" presents "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" [2009]. Rated PG, 90 minutes. Directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. Featuring Andy Samberg, Anna Faris and James Caan. Based on the children?s book, this animated adventure follows a scientist who tries to solve world hunger only to see things go awry as food falls from the sky in abundance.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Gazette on Katsucon

Katsucon sets sail for National Harbor
Japanese culture, anime and manga convention moves to Oxon Hill for its 16th celebration
by Joshua Garner
Gazette February 4 2010

Cavna also interviews the doodling comedian

The Demi-Post: Comedy Central's DEMETRI MARTIN Returns. Thankfully.
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post's Comic Riffs blog February 4, 2010

Cavna's panda comic

Michael Cavna reprints his comic about the Tai Shan, the National Zoo panda on Comic Riffs today.

Brian Truitt on Hellblazer for USA Today

Brian Truitt used to be one half of the Washington Examiner comic book tag team, along with Scott Rosenberg. Scott's in the Big Apple now. Here's a new article by Brian - Happy birthday, John Constantine, By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY February 2 2010.

OT: Matt Fraction interview

Techland kindly sent me notice that it has an interview with Matt Fraction up, whose always been a nice guy whenever I run into him, so read it and buy his comics.

Although I liked Watchman better than he did:

PH: Did you think Watchmen sucked?
MF: I did, but I thought The Dark Knight sucked too, save from the Joker bits. I loved the first half, I was little tired in the second half, and in the third half I wanted to leave... Avatar is the first movie I've seen where it made me feel like I needed to up my game. In terms of what comics could do, Avatar was the first film that touched anything close to what comics can do.

Nate Beeler's astronomical economics lesson

Nate's cartoon today is a thing of beauty.

Feb 7: Capicon comics show CANCELED

Kathleen Stocker would like to point out that the Capicon comics show is this weekend. The guest is Tim Dzon, the show is at the Dunn Loring fire station from 10-3. I was planning on trying to attend, but I'm not sure given the weather forecast.

See Laura's comment - the show's called off.

Herblock! exhibit gallery talks schedule

In conjunction with exhibition Herblock! in Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson Building:

Gallery Talks, noon-12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 10  
Holly Krueger will discuss the Conservation of the Herbert L. Block Collection
Herblock! exhibition, 2nd Floor, South Gallery, Jefferson Building
Wednesday, February 17    
Sara Duke and Martha Kennedy, co-curators of the Herblock! exhibition will lead a tour of the "Reagan" and "Clinton/Bush" sections
Herblock! exhibition, 2nd Floor, South Gallery, Jefferson Building
Wednesday, March 24     
Sara Duke and Martha Kennedy, co-curators of the Herblock! exhibition will lead a tour of the special  "Classic Cartoons" section
Herblock! exhibition, 2nd Floor, South Gallery, Jefferson Building

Feb 4-6: Archer cartoon voice Aisha Tyler at DC Improv

According to the interview, she's at DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave thru Saturday - tickets are $15.

Written by Express contributor Roxana Hadadi

Express February 4, 2010

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Feb 27: Act-i-vate at Politics and Prose

Dean Haspiel announced it on Facebook.

Saturday, February 27, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC

The Quotable Darwyn Cooke up at City Paper

See my The Quotable Darwyn Cooke: Highlights from the Cartoonist’s Talk at American Art, by Mike Rhode on Feb. 3, 2010 at the City Paper for some of the interesting things the cartoonist said, and here's a few of my pictures as well.



100_9642 Darwyn Cooke at SAAM

Herblock! treasures tour at noon today

At least I think it's at noon.  It's on Herblock's Nixon cartoons and should be in the Jefferson bldg.

Chris Flick interview on Capes and Babes

There's a Chris Flick interview on his comic Capes and Babes at Villains Corner podcasts. Here's the download link. I bought Chris' comic at one of the recent cons in Virginia, but it's in the dreaded 'to be read' pile.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Comic Riffs scores an Up interview

THE OSCARS: Pixar's 'Up' soars to score a historic nom, By Michael Cavna, Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 2, 2010 has an interview with "its writer and co-director, BOB PETERSON."

Former local guy Brad Meltzer interview

Radiation Interrogation: Brad Meltzer
Blogs Atomic Fallout
Tuesday, February 02, 2010

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John M. Baer

No biographical information from the Library of Congress this time, although they hold some of his cartoons that they're cataloguing. However they do have two photographs:

Harris & Ewing Collection (Library of Congress)

Harris & Ewing Collection (Library of Congress)

and one drawing:

Ohio State U's Cartoon Library has 5 clipped comics by him.

Henry Eugene "Gene" Elderman

The Ohio State U Cartoon Research Library has a file under "Elderman, Eugene" with about 75 clipped cartoons in it.

Sara Duke of the Library of Congress pitched in with the following information:

Henry Eugene Elderman, 1910-1963

Check out his obituary in The Washington Post, "Henry Elderman, 53, former Post cartoonist," Washington Post, December 25, 1963, p. D8; "Gene Elderman dies at 53; former political cartoonist," New York Times, December 25, 1963, p. 33; Thirteenth Census of the United States: 1910, Montana, School District No. 63 (Aubrey), April 16, 1910, district 2, enumeration district 122, sheet no. 1B; Fourteenth Census of the United States: 1920, Kentucky, Ashland City, January 19, 1920, district 9, enumeration district 23, sheet no. 4B; Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930, Kentucky, Ashland, April 11, 1930, enumeration district 10-12, sheet no. 12B.

He had been the editorial cartoonist for the Post in the 1930s. He was born in Helena, Montana in 1910, where his father was a farmer, and grew up in Ashland, Kentucky with his mother, where he came to be known as Eugene. He worked as a civil engineer in a steel mill before he came to the Post in 1932, having worked as an animator. His colleagues knew him as "Geneo." He left the Post around 1942 to serve in the U.S. Army. He was a cartoonist for the Office of War Information's "Victory" magazine. After World War II he lived in New York, where he died in 1963.

Obviously, he didn't get his job back at the Post, as Herblock's first cartoon was published on January 3, 1946.

Feb 12-14: Katsucon anime and manga festival

16th year at the Gaylord in National Harbor, MD. $50 registration at the door. See for more information.

Updated - Eden in the comments says "Saturday only is $35, which is reasonable. Sunday is also only $20"

Monday, February 01, 2010

Henry Elderman? John M. Baer? UPDATED

Mike Lynch has 2 pages of scans of 'Famous Cartoonists' addresses from 1941 up at his blog. For DC, we find...

Henry Elderman at 5002 Newport Ave, Friendship Station, Washington, DC?

John M. Baer at A.F. of L. Bldg., Washington, DC?

Admittedly I wasn't here (or anywhere in 1941), but who are these guys? Is Baer a cartoonist for the American Federation of Labor Union? Where's the cartoonists for the dailies, like the Berrymans?


Ok, I've got a bit more time after turning in a City Paper article. Googling Baer finds his biographical file at the University of North Dakota - along with a biographical sketch that says he was a cartoonist before and after being a Member of Congress. After losing an election in 1920, "he resumed his previous activities as a cartoonist and journalist for Labor," says the ELWYN B. ROBINSON DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS in the CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY. And he's buried in Silver Spring. Here's a link to a larger version and more information on that sketch of him. This biographical note says he was born in 1886 and was the first cartoonist elected to Congress.

Henry Elderman's still a mystery at the moment though.

Comics go meta as Calvin and Hobbes interview appears

A Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter got an interview with Bill Watterson where our own Nevin Martel failed, so Comic Riffs interviewed the reporter - 'CALVIN & HOBBES': How a Cleveland reporter landed a rare interview with reclusive Bill Watterson, By Michael Cavna, Washington Post's Comic Riffs blog February 1, 2010.

Swann Fellowship applications due in 2 weeks

Feb. 15 is the deadline to receive Swann Fellowship applications. Up to $15,000 is awarded annually to qualified graduate student applicant(s) to support scholarly research in caricature and cartoon by the Swann Foundation administered by the Library of Congress. For criteria, application forms, and list of funded projects, please see
Email if you have questions.

Herblock! speedtour post up on City Paper blog

How to Zip through "Herblock!" in 10 Minutes, Make that Meeting on the Hill

Posted by Mike Rhode on Feb. 1, 2010, at 11:50 am