Friday, June 18, 2010

June 19: Terry Flippo Graphic Novel Launch Event at Beyond Comics

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Weingarten on Barney and Clyde strip

I think this just appeared online yesterday -
Gene and Dan Weingarten, drawn together by their comic strip, 'Barney & Clyde'
By Gene Weingarten
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 17, 2010; 11:31 PM
There's a photo section -
And on Monday they're having a chat -

Weingartens discuss 'Barney and Clyde'

Gene and Dan Weingarten
Comic strip writers
Monday, June 21, 2010; 12:00 PM

Dan and Gene Weingarten discuss their new comic strip, Barney and Clyde, about the unlikely friendship between a homeless man and a billionaire.

Post on Jonah Hex, Air Doll and Toy Story 3

This one's based on a DC western comic -
By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 18, 2010; C03
This Japanese movie is based on manga by Yoshiie Goda -
Movie review: 'Air Doll' slowly loses steam
By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 18, 2010; WE27
This is based on two previous movies -
By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 18, 2010; WE25

Examiner on Toy Story 3

Whatever your age, this 'Toy Story' is a good time
 Sally Kline
Washington Examiner Movie Critic
June 18, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cavna BEARds Pixar in their den

Comic Riffs exposes a Toy Story 3 ad campaign via faked commercials at Was Pixar behind that viral bear ad? The 'TOY STORY 3' writer talks, By Michael Cavna, June 17, 2010.

Crackin' good work, Michael.

(Sorry about that title pun).

PR: Swann Foundation Fellowship Awards Announced

Library of Congress

101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington DC   20540

June 17, 2010

Swann Foundation Announces Awards for 2010-2011

The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, announces fellowship awards to two applicants for the academic year 2010-2011:  Leora Maltz-Leca and Jeffreen M. Hayes.

Because of an unusually large number of strong applications, the foundation's advisory board did not award a single fellowship this year but instead decided to support two applicants' projects with smaller awards.

Maltz-Leca, an assistant professor of contemporary art, history of art and visual culture at the Rhode Island School of Design, will receive a fellowship to support her post-doctoral research on her dissertation titled "William Kentridge: Process as Metaphor and Other Doubtful Enterprises."  In her proposed book project, she will analyze the animated cartoons of Kentridge, a South African artist born in 1955, whom she credits largely with bringing drawing in general—and the drawing of cartoons in particular—to the forefront of contemporary international art.

Kentridge is well-known for a signature creative process that he describes as "stone age."  In this process, Kentridge continuously draws and erases schematic subjects on a single charcoal drawing, all the time taking photographs of his changing drawing.  He then films his photographic records and, thereby, produces film narratives that often feature his stock characters Soho Teitelbaum and Felix Eckstein, both caricatures of apartheid-era stereotypes.  Such figures can be seen to stem from earlier European models of political caricature.

Maltz-Leca aims to explore Kentridge's relationship to the aesthetics of cartooning in general and to 19th and 20th century European political cartoonists represented in the Library's strong collections of cartoon drawings and prints.  The sequential-mode and serial approach that characterizes Kentridge's creative process, his early cartoon strips of action figures and his numerous flipbooks all affirm technical parallels with cartoon art.

Hayes, a doctoral candidate in American studies at the College of William and Mary, will receive a fellowship to support her proposed investigation into African American cartoonists who challenge and broaden notions of blackness while commenting on political and social structures in white America.

African American cartoonists from 1930-2009 who have been selected for her study include Oliver W. Harrington (1912-1995), E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971), Brumsic Brandon (born in 1927), Keith Knight (born in 1966), Darrin Bell (born in 1975) and Aaron McGruder (born in 1974).  These artists represent pioneers in cartoon and comic art as well as emerging contemporary creators in the field.

Hayes' project will provide a contextual framework for her dissertation titled "Real Talk: Interrogations of Blackness and Whiteness in African American Post-Soul Visual and Popular Culture," which focuses particularly on McGruder.

During the next academic year, Maltz-Leca and Hayes will conduct research primarily in the rich holdings of graphic art of the Library's Prints and Photographs Division.

New York advertising executive Erwin Swann (1906 1973) established the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon in 1967.  An avid collector, Swann assembled a large group of original drawings by more than 500 artists, spanning two centuries, which his estate bequeathed to the Library of Congress in the 1970s. Swann's original purpose was to build a collection of original drawings by significant creators of humorous and satiric art and to encourage the study of original cartoon and caricature drawings as works of art.  The foundation's support of research and academic publication is carried out in part through a program of fellowships.

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International Ink: Demo, Smile, and Moving Pictures reviews up at City Paper

Posted by Mike Rhode 
Washington City Paper's Arts Desk blog Jun. 17, 2010

Mark Wheatley comic headed toward Hollywood

Breck Eisner Drinks 'Blood Of The Innocent'

Natalie Silverman Staff

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

PR: : The 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con Announces More Guests!

The 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con Announces More Publishers, Guests!

Baltimore, Maryland - March 19, 2010 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce the most recent set of publishers and guests for the 2010 convention. This August, we will welcome Dark Horse Comics, IDW, and Top Shelf Comix to Baltimore, joining already-announced publishers Image Comics, Boom! Studios, and Top Cow Productions.

Additionally, come and meet new and returning guests Tom Brevoort (Executive Editor, Marvel Comics), Bernard Chang (Prince of Persia), Sean Chen (Nova), Mark Chiarello (Editor, DC Comics), Mike Choi (X-Force), Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One), Francesco Francavilla (The Green Hornet: Year One), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four), Greg Horn (Green Lantern), Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Denis Kitchen (Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen), Barry Kitson (Iron Man 2 Prequel), Greg LaRocque (The Exiled), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Steve Lieber (Underground), Luna Brothers (The Sword), David Mack (Kabuki), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Mike McKone (Avengers Academy), Bob McLeod (New Mutants Forever), Mark Morales (Siege), Chris Moreno (Toy Story), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts), Lauren Perry (Blank-ees), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Extinction), Chris Pitzer (Publisher, Adhouse Books), Paul Pope (Wednesday Comics), Jack Purcell (Gotham City Sirens), Mike Raicht (The Stuff of Legend), Tom Raney (Black Widow: Deadly Origin), Chris Roberson (I, Zombi), Budd Root (Cavewoman), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes), Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac), Tim Sale courtesy of Hero Initiative (Captain America White), Ian Sattler (Editor, DC Comics), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker's Death Ship), Bob Schreck (Jurassic Park), Jim Shooter (Magnus, Robot Fighter), Andy Smith (WildC.A.T.S.), John K. Snyder III (The A-Team: Shotgun Wedding), Allison Sohn (Star Wars sketchcard artist), Billy Tan (Shadowland), Ben Templesmith sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics (Choker), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), Dexter Vines (Ultimate Avengers), Neil Vokes (Superman Adventures), Matt Wagner (The Green Hornet: Year One), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), and Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love).

"Our guest list is really picking up momentum now," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "We're happy to be adding guests from past years and welcoming new ones this year too. We are especially proud to welcome new guests Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Jonathan Hickman this year, since we know that they will fit in with our great group of returning guests. If you are a comic book fan, you will want to be in Baltimore in August! Needless to say, we're thrilled to welcome the Adhouse, Dark Horse, IDW, and Top Shelf crews back, and look forward to hearing what all of their latest and greatest projects will be."

Guests previously announced include: Mike and Laura Allred (Madman), Sergio Aragones (Groo), Ivan Brandon (Nemesis: The Imposters), Jim Calafiore (Secret Six), Eric Canete (New Avengers: Luke Cage), Howard Chaykin (Black Kiss), Cliff Chiang (Greendale), Frank Cho (Ultimate Comics New Ultimates), Steve Conley (Star Trek Omnibus: The Original Series), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Dan DiDio (The Outsiders, Co-Publisher, DC Comics), Al Feldstein (MAD Magazine), Ron Garney (Wolverine: Weapon X), Michael Golden (Marvel 1602: Spider-Man), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), Dean Haspiel (ACT-I-VATE), Geoff Johns (Blackest Night, Chief Creative Officer, DC Comics), J.G. Jones (DC Universe Legacies), Rich Koslowski (BB Wolf and the 3 LPs), Laura Martin (Girl Comics), Todd McFarlane (Spawn), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Terry Moore (Echo, SiP), Phil Noto (Avengers: The Origin), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), Eric Powell (The Goon), James Robinson (Justice League of America), Stephane Roux (Zatanna), Louise Simonson (X-Factor Forever), Walter Simonson (Thor), Jim Starlin (Dreadstar), Brian Stelfreeze (The Authority: The Lost Year), Karl Story (Zatanna), Mark Texeira (X-Men: Origins), Billy Tucci (Shi), Doug Wagner (World of Warcraft: Horde), Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Editor-in-Chief, Boom! Studios), Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans), and John Workman (Heavy Metal).

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website (, Twitter (, Facebook (, MySpace (, and ComicSpace ( pages.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 28th.

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Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con: - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications - for inquiries about submitted registrations - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 11th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010. For more information, please visit

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 5 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit

Mark Wheatley remembers Al Williamson

Al Williamson: A Personal Reflection
by Mark Wheatley
Jun 14, 2010

Publisher's Weekly on ALA's comic book presence

Graphic Novels in the Spotlight at ALA
By Brigid Alverson
Jun 15, 2010

OT: Al Capp notes - what do they all mean?

Don K has sent me some handwritten notes by Al Capp, but I can't help him figuring out what the topic is. Capp's strip was Li'l Abner, which as he aged, was ghosted by people like Frank Frazetta. Capp also moved across the political spectrum from high liberal to arch conservative.

Don writes, "I will be much interested in what you make of all this... maybe it will make more sense to you (or to somebody)."

If anyone has any idea what Capp's writing about, please post in the comments.

Animated "JC" cartoon protested before it's even started.


Religious coalition accuses Comedy Central of bad faith

 By Lisa de Moraes

Washington Post Friday, June 4, 2010; C04
I'm still catching up from Heroes Con.

Plum Loco web comic from Roy Delgado

Corcoran graduate Roy Delgado and Peter Plum and Peter Plum Jr. have a new webcomic out - Plum Loco.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Trickster on NPR

Missed this one at first - Matt Dembicki's interviewed, and Joseph Stands With Many has comments.

Hansen, Liane.  2010
Native American Folk Tales Take A Graphic Turn.
National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday (June 6).
online at and and

Washington City Paper's Jonah Hex contest

Win a comic book and t-shirt from the movie Jonah Hex

[boy, I wish they'd tell me about these things]

One key difference between us and Japan - freedom of speech

Tokyo assembly votes down measure to regulate child porn in comics
(Mainichi Japan) June 14, 2010

We may have the First Amendment, but there's a law in the US that says possessors drawings of imaginary under-age cartoon characters (how is that even possible?) can be prosecuted for child pornography. Support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today.

Here's a new interview with its head - Spurgeon, Tom. 2010.
CR Newsmaker Interview: Charles Brownstein Of The CBLDF.
Comics Reporter (June 13).

Comic book reviews by a local reader

Emilia, one of my co-workers in the Museum, let me know that she's got a site, Emilia's bookshelf: comic-books, where she reviews the comics she's read. I'm just checking it out now - and boy is she tough.

Interview with Trickster artist Andrew Cohen up at City Paper

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Trickster’s Andrew Cohen, Posted by Mike Rhode on Jun. 14, 2010.

Andrew and I will also be appearing on a panel at the DC Public Library on June 26th, talking about comics.

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

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

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

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Zadzooks on Elektra blue-ray release, Wednesday Comics and more

Zadzooks: Elektra, Alice in Wonderland and Spartacus
Depp's Hatter, Elektra worlds apart

By Joseph Szadkowski
Washington Times June 8, 2010

Comic book review: Wednesday Comics (hardcover)
by Joseph Szadkowski
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - Zadzooks - Worlds of Comics, Gaming and Action Figures

Bennett's Best: Secret Avengers and Mystery Society
By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bennett's Best: Serenity: Float Out and Superman/Batman
By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks
Saturday, June 5, 2010

Brian Truitt on the formerly-dead Robin

'Lost Days' looks at Red Hood's tragic saga
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY 6/3/2010

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 06-16-10

Quick Picks for Comics Due 06-16-10
By John Judy
AGE OF HEROES #2 of 4 by Paul Cornell, Dan Slott, Ty Templeton and Others.  An anthology of Marvel misfits taking their turns in the spotlight.  A must for fans of Gravity and The Gauntlet!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #633 by Zeb Wells and Chris Bachalo.  The all-new, all-improved, kid-killing Lizard  takes his shot at killing Spidey.  Disturbing because, y'know, he killed his own kid.  The Lizard, I mean.  Probably not for younger readers.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #634 by Joe Kelly and Michael Lark.  Back-up stories by Stan Lee and Marcos Martin and J.M. DeMatteis and Max Fiumara.  The Kraven chicks finally get into the game.  The comic so good they couldn't wait a week!  Twice the web-slinging in the same week!  Excelsior!
ATLAS #2 by Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman.  The 3-D Man enters the scene.  But will he be in IMAX too?
BIRDS OF PREY #2 by Gail Simone and Ed Benes.  The gals gang up to protect the Penguin!  They have their reasons!
THE BOYS #43 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.  Wee Hughie versus Malchemical!  Everybody fights!  Awesome stuff!  NOT for kids!
BRIGHTEST DAY #4 by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Others.  Black Lantern Firestorm?!?  Are you kidding?!?  Okay Johns, time to get the clues out there…  Recommended.
CRIMINAL VOL. 5: SINNERS SC by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.  The return of military deserter/bad-ass Tracy Lawless.  Highly recommended.  Not for kids.
CROSSED: FAMILY VALUES #2 of 6 by David Lapham and Javier Barreno.  Picking up where Garth Ennis left off, this one's about a country family running from the plague-infected maniacs who have taken over the world with at least one of them wondering if she wouldn't be safer on her own.  Absolutely not for kids, but great reading for the strong of stomach.
DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #2 of 10 by Ken Wein and Andy and Joe Kubert, J.H. Williams and Scott Kolins.  Recounting the early days of masked adventuring in the DCU.  Newsboy Legion, Seven Soldiers and (of course) the JSA.  Awesome artists on the job!
HELLBLAZER #268 by Peter Milligan and Guiseppi Camuncoli.  Constantine is so desperate to get his marbles back he summons Shade the Changing Man!  All the way from the eighties!  A blast from the past!
I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER SC written and drawn by Shannon Wheeler.  A collection of stuff by Eisner Award-winning New Yorker cartoonist Wheeler.  No long articles about restaurants and plays you'll never see, guaranteed!
INCREDIBLE HULK #610 by Greg Pak and Paul Pelletier.  Guess who's back.  The cover says it all.  About time!
NEW AVENGERS #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen.  Oh come on, we all knew Bendis was never gonna leave this one behind!  A new assemblage begins here!  Gotta look!
ULTIMATE COMICS X #3 by Jeph Loeb and Arthur Adams.  Wow, that Arthur Adams is still a swell artist!  He's drawing this!
WALKING DEAD #73 by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard.  Living in the zombie-free haven of the DC metro area can make you lower your guard.  Don't do that.  Highly recommended.  Not for kids.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Weingarten interviewed himself on Barney & Clyde

'Barney & Clyde' a tale of rich man, poor man, Miami Herald June 6 2010.

I guess the Herald couldn't spare a reporter...

And here's the note the Post ran about the strip a week ago - A note to comics readers, Sunday, June 6, 2010.

Post on Marmaduke

Playing catch-up due to Heroes Con,here's one for the record as I would imagine anyone who wanted to see this already has - He ought to stick to the funny pages, By Michael O'Sullivan, ,Friday, June 4, 2010.

Local cartoonist Issa Nyaphaga is fundraising for a Mobile Clinic Project to Cameroon

From: Issa Nyaphaga

Dear Friends,

We're not going to go have fun in South Africa.

I hope this message finds you well. On June 25th, we will be taking medical care to a place it's never gone before—the remote, indigenous villages of Tikar country in Cameroon, West Africa.

Soulful Presence and HITIP (Hope International for Tikar People) are partnering to bring Dr. Georges Bwelle, a local Cameroonian surgeon, and his team of 25 medical volunteers to remote, marginalized communities where most people have never even seen a doctor.


By supporting our Mobile Health Clinic, you will help provide critical health services and much-needed medical supplies to children, women, families, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly in the equatorial rainforest.

By donating just $10, you can send an indigenous Tikar villager to the doctor for the first time. Your donation will cover the cost of the doctor's visit and any necessary medication.


Will you please help us? The more donations we receive, the more people we can serve during our trip. You can donate online at or call us at 505.982.1977.


It only takes a few seconds to help us change a life. We deeply appreciate your generosity and your sense of shared humanity!

Thank you,


Marcie Davis, Jenny Sanborn, Anita Woodley, Ceci Tchakounte Tadfor and Issa Nyaphaga

Catch me in facebook if you can
Issa Nyaphaga -
"Think Local... Act Global!"  
Or inverse these words, it works as well. is my current email.

That darn Babin

Another letter to the editor - this time on Rex Babin:
Cruel treatment of the Gores, Gerald Kamens, Arlington, Washington Post (June 12 2010).

Friday, June 11, 2010

Meet a MSU comic librarian

Here's a feature with my friend Randy Scott - Faculty conversations: Randy Scott, Emily Fox, University Relations student writer, June 11, 2010.

July 12: Comic Book Boom! exhibit

Comic Book Boom!
Start Time:
Monday, July 12, 2010 at 9:00am
End Time:
Friday, August 27, 2010 at 5:00pm
Martin Luther King, JR. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC

COMIC BOOK BOOM! The D.C. Conspiracy's high-flyin' summer celebration of local comics, presented at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

July 12 - August 27, features an exhibit of original comic art and comic book reading room, showcasing the talents of local D.C. cartoonists.

July 31 and August 21, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, bring you workshops to teach you how to make your own comics, led by conspirators Matt Dembicki and Evan Keeling.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW
2nd Floor, West Lobby

More info on ALA 2010 Conference

It turns out that the American Library Association (ALA) 2010 Annual Conference has quite a bit of comic book/graphic novel content this year. Their Exhibitor Search function has a specific category for "Graphic Novels/Comic Books" under the "Books Periodicals Documents" (I suspect someone left off some punctuation there!) Product Category. These include:

ABDO Publishing - Spotlight - Magic Wagon - ABDO iBooks (Booth #3109)
Albert Whitman & Company (Booth #2616)
Alexander Street Press (Booth #3813)
Beijing Chinese Book Trading Co. (Booth #830)
BOOM! Studios (Booth #2359)
Brodart Co. (Booth #3225)
BWI (Booth #3231)
Capstone Press (Booth #2609)
Cinco Puntos Press (Booth #2833)
Classical Comics Ltd. (dist. in US by Publishers Group West) (Booth #2740)
Consortium Book Sales (Booth #2833)
Dark Horse Books (Booth #2453)
Diamond Book Distributors (Booth #2453)
Diversity Foundation (Booth #2464)
Feiwel and Friends (Booth #2813)
First Second Books (Booth #2813)
Gareth Stevens Publishing (Booth #2856)
Henry Holt for Young Readers (Booth #2817)
Hermes Press (Booth #2453)
IDW Publishing (Booth #2453)
Image Comics (Booth #2453)
Ingram Library Services (Booth #1942)
Junior Library Guild - Media Source Inc. (Booth #2959)
Kids Can Press (Booth #2852)
Lerner Publishing Group (Booth #2311)
NBM Publishing, Inc./Papercutz (Booth #2465)
Penguin Group (USA) (Booth #2506)
Roaring Brook Press (Booth #2812)
Rouke Publishing LLC (Booth #4136)
Scholastic (Booth #2624)
Sterling Publishing (Children`s Books) (Booth #2739)
Stone Arch Books (Booth #2609)
Top Shelf Productions (Booth #2466)
University of Nebraska State Museum (Booth #4233)
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. (Booth #2415)

That's a pretty impressive list of publishers! If you follow the links, you will find that some are very niche publishers, and others are very generic. Either way, we are well-represented. Top Shelf will have Andy Runton (Owly) and James Kochalka (Johnny Boo) signing at their booth. Additionally, perusing the Author Signing listings, I noticed names like Gene Yang (American Born Chinese), David Small (Stitches), Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn), Tony DiTerlizzi (Nodwick), and Mo Willems (Bizarro World), and I'm sure there are others that are either outside of my paradigm or are new and upcoming. I also noticed that Bill Galvan (Archie) and Fred Mausser (Archie Comics Co-President / Director of Circulation, or at least he was at one point) will be at the Diversity Foundation booth.

The show is June 24th-June 29th. Registration can be done on-line. If you are up for it, there is some interesting programming, though I'm not clear whether the $25 Exhibits Only pass buys you into these or if you have to go to Exhibits Supreme ($100) or actually join ALA ($170 for a day, $260 for the year):

Friday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Comic World: Graphic Novels Come of Age ALA - PUBLISHING Washington Convention Center -144A-C Booklist magazine's Books for Youth Annual Forum celebrates graphic novels with a program featuring comics creators and publishers Francoise Mouly, Gene Luen Yang, Mark Siegel, and Matt Phelan. Moderator: Ian Chipman, Booklist magazine, Associate Editor Speakers: Francoise Mouly, Toon Books, Editorial Director; Matt Phelan, Candlewick Press, author; Mark Siegel, First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, Editorial Director; Gene Luen Yang, First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, author

Saturday, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Back to the Future: Comics and Graphic Novels in Special Collections ALSC Washington Convention Center -145B Children & Young Adults; Literature & Collection Development This program will present the value of collecting and maintaining comics and graphic novels as a special collection. Fran├žoise Mouly, Editorial Director of Toon Books, will consider the genre’s historic and contemporary impact within juvenile publishing. Georgia Higley, Newspaper Section Head, will describe the evolution of these collections and use by researchers within the Library of Congress. Janet Weber, Youth Services Librarian, Tigard Public Library (OR) will serve as moderator. Speakers: Georgia Higley, Library of Congress, Head, Newspaper Section, Serial & Government Publications; Fran├žoise Mouly, Toon Books, Editorial Director; Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, Youth Services Librarian

Sunday, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Good Comics for Kids: Building a Collection of Graphic Novels for Young Readers ALSC Washington Convention Center -152A Children & Young Adults; Collection Development Graphic novels are moving out of the teen section and into the rest of the library. With so many new titles released every month, building a graphic novel collection for kids can be a daunting task. Join comics experts from School Library Journal's Good Comics for Kids blog as they discuss what comics and graphic novels are, why they are important to include in children's libraries, where to find them, and how to evaluate them. Speakers: Brigid Alverson, Good Comics for Kids, Contributing Writer; Robin Brenner, Brookline Public Library, Reference and Teen Librarian; Esther Keller, Marine Park Intermediate School, School Media Specialist; Scott Robins, Good Comics for Kids, Contributing Writer; Eva Volin, Alameda Free Library, Supervising Children's Librarian; Snow Wildsmith, Good Comics for Kids, Contributing Writer

Monday, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. AUDITORIUM SPEAKER SERIES - Graphic Novel Panel ALA Washington Convention Center -Ballroom C

It all sounds very interesting!

OT: National Geographic and Google on Jacques Cousteau's 100th birthday

My wife, Cathy Hunter, blogs for National Geographic in between her archivist duties and also provides some news stories for them. Today, one of hers on Jacques Cousteau's 100th birthday was picked up, and appparently used as the basis for Google's customized logo.

June 25: American Library Association in DC with comics programs

ALA Expands Graphic Novel Programming
At Its Summer Conference in D.C.
ICv2 06/11/2010

Some of this sounds like fun, but it'll only be open to registered attendees. However, I will be moderating a panel with some local cartoonists for the DC Public Library that weekend and will have more details as they're finalized.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lamont Cranston painting by Thomas Boatwright

Mr. Boatwright just put a note in the comments section of the Jim Amash's Shadow sketch post with a link to his painting of Lamont Cranston that I was lucky enough to buy at Heroes Con. It's a nice one isn't it? Spooky eyes though. Here's another painting he's done on the topic - I think I may buy a photoprint of that one after the Heroes Con bills fade.

This will join the Amash sketch, a Bill Sienkewicz poster and a Mike Kaluta cover to American Spectator magazine on my office walls.

Local animation student injured in Palestine protests

Emily Henochowicz was an American student who went to Israel to study animation, but then got caught up in Palestinian protests. I'm not sure if she's continuing with cartooning, but here's a story about her -

U.S. student pays devastating physical price to protest Israel's actions
By Robert McCartney
Washington Post June 10, 2010

Interview with Mike Short of Trickster up at City Paper

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Trickster Cartoonist Mike Short
Posted by Mike Rhode on Jun. 9, 2010 at 10:32 am
Collect them all! 

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Weldon explains Twitter and comics, but not why he wants ComicsDC on it

It's the return of Glen Weldon, who apparently took 3 weeks off, or maybe I just missed his posts - The Twittery Confluence of Comics, Comics, And (Of Course) Spider-Man, June 9, 2010.

Heroes Con 2010 pictures continued

More photos from Heroes Con 2010.

Richard Thompson IS ready for business.


Ben Towle namechecked me
- we had a nice conversation in the Westin bar.

Richard Thompson, Cul de Sac webmonkey Chris Sparks and Shannon Gallant.

The great Bernie Wrightson. I actually bought a piece of art from him. I never thought I'd own a Wrightson page. BTW, Joel, he says hello.

Comics cover god Brian Bolland.

More of my pictures are online here.

Finally, Our Man Thompson in Joe Lambert's photo.

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Politics and Prose bookstore for sale

Politics and Prose bookstore to be put up for sale
By Michael S. Rosenwald
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 9, 2010; 1:01 PM

I'm taking this one at face value - the owners are old and tired. They tried to bring in a new partner a few years ago, but he didn't work out.

Shadow sketch from Heroes Con

Jim Amash did this sketch for me after seeing a painting of Lamont Cranston by Thomas Boatwright that I was carrying around. It turns out that we're both pulp hero fans. As Alex Toth said about doing a drawing of the Shadow for Jim "it had to be in the style of Ed Cartier" and so is this one.

Roger Langridge's Barney Google sketch

Roger Langridge did this drawing for me last weekend - I knew he was a big Barney Google fan so I asked him for this at Heroes Con.  I also bought two pages of an X-Men story in the style of Edward Gorey from him which are very cool. Professor X was a spooky kid.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Heroes Con 2010 pictures

Evan Dorkin's perhaps ashamed to be caught buying a mainstream comic strip book from Richard Thompson.

After talking about the Thomas Boatwright painting of Lamont Cranston I bought, Jim Amash drew this Shadow sketch for me.

Richard Thompson is a fan of Kate Beaton.

Raina Telgemeier and her fine Smile.

And then there's Dazzler.

More pictures online here. Labels to follow.

Asaf Hanuka illustration in Sunday's Washington Post

It's not online of course, but Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka had a big lovely illustration in the June 6th paper for this story -

Hit-hungry Hollywood gambles on litany of 'romaction' flicks

Caro Small on Asterios Polyp

Apparently, everyone is suddenly critiquing Mazzuchelli's Asterios Polyp, including DC's Caroline Small. I liked the book well enough, thought the art was stronger than the story, and thought the ending was silly. Read Craig Fischer rather than me though, because he thinks about these things.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Cul de Sac like "an anchor" says Comic Reporter readers

Tom Spurgeon often asks a Friday question of readers of his excellent The Comics Reporter blog (the only one I read 'cover to cover' although Journalista is a close second), and this past week he asked which five comic strips should be used to anchor a comic strip section. Many answered 'Cul de Sac' although there was a surprise 'Barney and Clyde' vote - a surprise since the strip didn't start until 3 days after the poll.

Comic Riffs' full court Weingarten press

The interview -

The 'Riffs Interview: GENE WEINGARTEN, New Cartoonist, dares to attempt comic pearls before breakfast
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs June 4, 2010

The discussion of the strip at the Post Hunt event -

POST HUNT: When a comic strip stands between you and $2K

PR: Wash Post Introduces Gene Weingarten's Comic Strip: "Barney & Clyde"

I meant to post on this over the weekend, but got behind. Cul de Sac has moved next to Doonesbury to make space for this strip.

The Washington Post today introduces a new comic strip by Pulitzer-Prize winning Post columnist Gene Weingarten and his son, Dan Weingarten, with illustrations by David Clark.  "Barney & Clyde" is about an accidental friendship between a billionaire and a homeless man. Fans of Weingarten's "Below the Beltway" humor column will recognize his wit and lack of social grace in this comic, a satire that re-examines measures of success, failure, and fulfillment. The comic  will run Monday-Sunday in The Washington Post's comic pages.

 Barney & Clyde is the newest addition to The Post's comics and puzzle pages in Style. Last April The Post added The Post Puzzler, a crossword puzzle from celebrated puzzle writer Peter Gordon.  

  To visit Barney & Clyde, go to  

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Heroes Con pic of 3 cartoonists, 1 professor and 2 fanboy stalkers.

Dinner at Heroes Con. Left to right: Richard "Cul de Sac" Thompson, Mike "ComicsDC" Rhode, Shannon "G.I. Joe Gallant, Craig "Appalachian State" Fischer, Chris "Crogan's Vengeance" Schweizer and Chris "Cul de Sac webmaster" Sparks. Sparks and I are the fanboy stalkers because Fischer gets paid to do this stuff. The picture is Sparks' and we all had to really overtip the waitress by the time he was done asking her to take it.

Trickster’s Jacob Warrenfeltz interview online at Washington City Paper now

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Trickster's Jacob Warrenfeltz
Posted by Mike Rhode on Jun. 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Rand Arrington chat up at City Paper

I'm still accompanying Richard T at HeroesCon so my internet access is spotty, but the interview with Rand Arrington from the Trickster anthology has been posted at the City Paper.,

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 06-09-10

Quick Picks for Comics Due 06-09-10
By John Judy
ASTONISHING X-MEN: XENOGENESIS #2 of 5 by Warren Ellis and Kaare Andrews.  The X-Men must investigate why incredibly destructive, dangerous babies are being born!  Guess Professor X hasn't given them "the talk."
AVENGERS ACADEMY #1 by Christos Gage and Mike McKone.  The next generation of Avengers is being trained by… Hank Pym?  But... he's Hank Pym!  Gotta look.
BATMAN #700 by Grant Morrison and His Art Squad of Death.  A celebratory overview of the Batmen of different eras: Bruce, Dick and Damian.  Recommended.
BUZZARD #1 of 3 written and drawn by Eric Powell.  From the pages of THE GOON, the mysterious Buzzard strikes out on his own.  Plus a back-up feature with Kyle Hotz: BILLY THE KID'S OLD TIMEY ODDITIES.  Highly recommended.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #606 by Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice.  Zemo wants to finish what his dad started:  Kill Bucky America!  Good times!
CHEW #11 by John Layman and Rob Guillory.  Agent Tony Chu, the fed who gains psychic knowledge of whatever he eats, is on the job.  This time he's hunting down rich guys who eat exotic animals for fun, including extinct ones!  Older teens and up.  Recommended.
CHEW, VOL. 2: INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR SC by John Layman and Rob Guillory.  Agent Chu goes abroad, but there's nothing innocent about it!  Recommended.
DAREDEVIL #507 by Andy Diggle, Antony Johnston and Marco Checchetto.  DD's still tusslin' with the ninjas!
DAYTRIPPER #7 of 10 by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon.  The focus is on friendship in the latest issue of this insanely beautiful series.  Highly recommended.
THE GOLDEN TREASURY OF KLASSIC KRAZY KOOL KIDS KOMICS HC edited by Craig Yoe.  This is a sweet collection of vintage humor strips from the 40s and 50s by such legends as Kirby, Ditko, Dr. Suess, Frank Frazetta ,Walt Kelly, Jules Feiffer, Dan DeCarlo, Carl Barks, Harvey Kurtzman and many more.  If you love comics and/or have a kid you need this one.  Features an intro by Mo Willems, the creator of the "Pigeon" series of kids books.  Great for all ages.  Highly recommended.
GREEN LANTERN PROMO RINGS by DC Comics and the Guardians of the Universe.  Tell your local retailer you're ready to take the oath!
HELLBOY, VOL. 10: CROOKED MAN AND OTHERS SC by Mike Mignola, Joshua Dysart, Richard Corben, Duncan Fegredo and Jason Shawn Alexander.  Includes the Eisner-winning title story as well as the rare "They Who Go Down to the Sea in Ships", "The Mole" and "In the Chapel of Moloch."
HEROIC AGE: PRINCE OF POWER #2 of 4 by Greg Pak , Fred Van Lente and Reilly Brown.  Super-smart Amadeus Cho is picking up where the late Hercules left off and there's lots of folks who ain't having none of it!  Head-busting and intrigues galore!
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #27 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca.  Still digging out from the Siege and his self-imposed lobotomy, Tony Stark is catching not a single break.  New faces and old conspire to keep putting the "Invincible" part of the title to the test.  Action-packed!
IRREDEEMABLE, VOL. 3 SC by Mark Waid and Peter Krause. The latest collection in the ongoing story of the world's most powerful superhero gone bad.  In this one his old compatriots start pushing back hard.  Recommended.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #3 by Keith Giffen, Judd Winick and Fernando Dagnino.  Jamie Reyes gets onboard because it ain't the JLI without a Blue Beetle.  Maxwell Lord better watch his back!
KNIGHT LIFE: CHIVALRY AIN'T DEAD SC written and drawn by Jeff Chang. The follow-up to Chang's Harvey Award-winning daily humor strip "The K Chronicles."  If you like your sitcoms without plugging in the TV then check this out.
NEIL YOUNG'S GREENDALE HC by Joshua Dysart and Cliff Chiang.  A comic adaptation of an album by a rock legend.  Politics, mystery and adventure come together in a book that should go over well, except with southern men who don't need Neil Young around anyhow.
NEMESIS #2 of 4 by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven.  The worst super-villain ever sets his sights on the White House.  That's right: Nemesis is a teabagger!  Gotta look!
PREDATORS #1 of 4 by Marc Andreyko, David Lapham, Guilherme Balbi and Gabriel Guzman.  Yes, that is Lawrence Fishburne and Adrian Brody you see staring at you on the cover as the world's oldest, skinniest Navy SEALS.  "Official movie adaptation" is what they call that in Da Biz.
PUNISHERMAX #8 by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon.  In the past all cops, even dirty ones, have gotten a pass from the Punisher.  But things are changing…  Recommended, not for kids.
RAWHIDE KID #1 of 4 by Ron Zimerman and Howard Chaykin.   Seven years after RAWHIDE KID: SLAP LEATHER, his previous outing with/of the character, Zimmerman has returned to use all the campy, gay sub-text innuendo he could think up during that time.  Plus gun-fights.
SECRET SIX #22 by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore.  The concluding chapter of Catman's search for his son's kidnapers.  The only comic on the rack this week that actually drips blood when you pick it up.  Too intense for younger kids.
SHIELD #2 by Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver. In which it is possible we will actually read a story about how exactly certain historical figures beat back Galactus and other cosmic threats in the days before electricity and indoor plumbing.
SIEGEL AND SHUSTER'S FUNNYMAN SC by Jerry and Joe.  The story of the futile attempt by the co-creators of Superman to catch lightning in a bottle a second time.  This volume collects the humorous adventures of "the first Jewish superhero" and recounts how he crashed and burned back in 1947.  Edited by Thomas Andrae and Mel Gordon. Recommended for any creative types who might be tempted to sell the rights to their greatest creation for a pittance.
SOLOMON KANE: DEATH'S BLACK RIDERS #4 of 4 by Scott Allie and Mario Guevara.  The final issue of the puritan avenger's battle against the hellspawn of the Black Forest.
TOM STRONG AND THE ROBOTS OF DOOM #1 of 6 by Peter Hogan, Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.  The great boys adventure science hero is back in a mini-series featuring time travel, Nazis and ruined weddings.  Recommended for young teens and up!
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 #3 by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu.  Ultimate Nick Fury's super-mean Ultimate Avengers are gonna go beat up/kill Ultimate Ghost Rider.  Or, if he's really evil, make him join the team.
UNCANNY X-MEN #525 by Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson.  The X-folk have to destroy a bunch of Nimrods.  Look out, Arizona!
UNWRITTEN #14 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross.  The release of the new Tommy Taylor novel promises hijinks, geekery and violence galore!  Recommended.
YOUNG ALLIES #1 by Sean McKeever and David Baldeon.  This team consists of Nomad, Arana, Toro, Gravity and Firestar.  Never take a bet when you're drunk at the Marvel Christmas party, kids.  Just don't.  Ever.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Mexican cartoonist obit in today's Post

Gabriel Vargas' obituary ran online a few days ago, but today it is in the hard copy - Mexico's 'Familia Burron' cartoonist dies at 95
The Associated Press
Wednesday, May 26, 2010; 6:20 AM

ComicsDC goes to Heroes Con; so does Thompson and Gallant

...but you shouldn't care about that. What you should care about is that crack local cartoonists Shannon "GI Joe" Gallant and Richard "Cul de Sac" Thompson will be appearing in Charlotte, NC at Heroes Con for three days only! No rain checks!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Brother Juniper's Washington connection

Fred McCarthy, the cartoonist of Brother Juniper the Franciscan monk, died last October. A newsletter account of his memorial mass mentioned an attendee "Fr. Emeric Szlezak, OFM, representing the theology classmates at Holy Name College, Washington, D.C., 1941-1945." I have no idea if he was cartooning while he lived in Washington.

Did you photograph Bill Day at the RFK awards?

If so, he'd like to hear from you - " If you have any other photos taken during the RFK Awards, could you send them to me? I posed for a number of shots with people, but I don't know whose camera was being used. I especially would like to get a copy of my United Media Syndication Director, Lisa Wilson." You can write to Bill, care of me.