Friday, December 23, 2011

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Weldon's 2011 best comics


The Best Comics of 2011. Yep.
by Glen Weldon
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (December 22, 2011)
http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/12/22/144068495/the-best-comics-of-2011-yep

and a bonus list -

Kois, Dan.  2011.
Best Books Of 2011: Six Graphic Novels That Will Draw You In.
NPR.org (December 21): http://www.npr.org/2011/12/21/142899602/six-graphic-novels-that-will-draw-you-in


Wimpy Kid lawsuit wire article in yesterday's Post

'Wimpy Kid' Battles Trademark-Eating Zombies in Court

By Tim Kenneally at TheWrap

Reuters Dec 21, 2011

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/22/idUS205992784420111222

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Truitt on Batman and Memorial

The Court of Owls takes wing vs. the Dark Knight in 'Batman'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 19 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-19/Batman-comic-series/52061716/1

Chris Roberson builds a fantasy world for IDW's 'Memorial'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 21 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-21/Memorial-fantasy-comic-series/52141052/1

Post on GE's 1950s science comics

Teaching STEM: The GE Comics series
General Electric faced the challenge of getting young people interested in the sciences back in 1953. Its solution? Comic books.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-innovations/teaching-stem-the-ge-comics-series/2011/12/20/gIQAFDNF9O_gallery.html#photo=1

Magic Bullet #3 reviewed

Here at Panel Patter.

Carla McNeil's artwork on Dark Horse Christmas card

See it here.

Local papers on Tintin movie

'Tintin' character has a head full of it
By: Kelly Jane Torrance  Washington Examiner December 21 2011
http://washingtonexaminer.com/entertainment/movies/2011/12/tintin-has-head-full-it/2020021

So-So 'Tintin': Spielberg film's charm is all on the surface.
By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post Dec 21, 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/movies/the-adventures-of-tintin,1161918/critic-review.html

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

KAL profile online

Kal [Cartoonist]
Malibu Magazine December 15, 2011
http://www.malibumag.com/site/article/kal_cartoonist/

Jiminy Cricket poster in National Library of Medicine

I found this tonight while looking up safety posters for another reason. The National Library of Medicine, just north of the city in Bethesda, has a massive poster collection with a lot of cartoons and cartoonists represented, but I haven't seen this one before.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Publishers Weekly on Buzz Boy

New Buzz Boy Graphic Novel Out in Print, the Web, on iPad
By Calvin Reid
Dec 18, 2011
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/49926-new-buzz-boy-graphic-novel-out-in-print-the-web-on-ipad.html

Franklin Booth bookplate

Illustrator Franklin Booth's bookplate "This Book Is A Part Of The Library Of =" printed in "Textbook of General Zoology", 3rd ed. by Curtis And Guthrie, New York: John Wiley, 1938.

Somewhat off-topic, but I ran across a book with a bookplate by the great American illustrator Franklin Booth, a favorite artist of Joel at Big Planet Comics, so I threw it on the scanner. You can find a high-resolution color image here and a b&w one here if you'd like to print them out for use in your own books.

Cable ad campaign becomes a comic strip

This week's Washington City Paper had a surprising two-page comics insert. It's an ad for Comcasts xfinity service done in comic strip format, and based on their Slowskys turtle tv campaign. Here's the strip - the back was just advertising verbiage.

Truitt on Batgirl

Batgirl rebounds from controversy to newfound popularity
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 12 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-12/Batgirl-comics-story/51830078/1

Friday, December 16, 2011

Post on Mo Willems play

'Bunny' audience doesn't hold back
By Stephanie Merry
Washington Post Dec. 16, 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/performing-arts/knuffle-bunny-a-cautionary-musical,1220015/critic-review.html

Mo Willems is a children's book author in this case, but he's also a cartoonist.



Comic Riffs on Eduardo Barreto's death and Anderson's Berryman Award

EDUARDO BARRETO, RIP: Remembering the beauty and boldness of the great 'Teen Titans' & 'Judge Parker' artist
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog December 16 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/eduardo-barreto-rip-remembering-the-panache-of-the-brilliant-teen-titans-and-judge-parker-artist/2011/12/16/gIQAnNEKyO_blog.html

2011 BERRYMAN AWARD: Houston Chronicle's Nick Anderson 'humbled' by win
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog December 16 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/2011-berryman-award-houston-chronicles-nick-anderson-humbled-by-win/2011/12/16/gIQA6gQUyO_blog.html#pagebreak

Tintin merchandising invasion begins

Here's 3 pictures from the Bailey's Crossroads' World Market. I was hoping for more traditional Tintin stuff.


The Hill talks to political cartoonists about Presidential candidates

Political cartoonists rooting for Gingrich

By Judy Kurtz - 12/15/11

 http://thehill.com/capital-living/in-the-know/199561-political-cartoonists-root-for-a-gingrich-white-house

 

Post on Alvin and the Chipmunks movie

 These rodents won't go away
By Sean O'Connell
Washington Post Dec. 16, 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/movies/alvin-and-the-chipmunks-chipwrecked,1161884/critic-review.html

New animation from Joe Sutlff

Joe Sutliff writes in,
 
"I have  been a fan of live action and animation since I was a kid, and recently I got a chance to create some of my own. Working with Big Picture, Inc., I was the "star" (from the elbow out) of six animations on that most entertaining of topics, "80 Day Hiring Practices for the Air Force Civilian Service." I've posted the first one for your entertainment pleasure (be sure to get popcorn) at http://joesutliff.com/ACSvideos.html.

 

Flight anthology contributor from Woodbridge, VA

Randy Tischler's pointed out Reagan Lodge's Ars Militaria blog at http://reaganlodge.blogspot.com/ Lodge describes himself as being from "Woodbridge, VA, United States, "and his blog as "Imagery and words by a former comic book artist and illustrator, currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Combat Photographer."


Berryman award goes to Nick Anderson

The 2011 Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons Winner: Nick Anderson, The Houston Chronicle 
 
Clifford Berryman was the dean of Washington cartoonists, and worked for the Washington Star for many years. The award named for him and his son is given annually in Washington.

Post obituary for Joe Simon appears

Joe Simon, co-creator of the Captain America comics, dies at 98
By T. Rees Shapiro,
Washington Post December 16, 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/joe-simon-co-creator-of-the-captain-america-comics-dies-at-98/2011/12/15/gIQADjarwO_story.html

 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Truitt on Wolverine

'Wolverine' 300 begins end of Jason Aaron's run next month
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 15 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-15/Wolverine-issue-300/51982392/1

Comic Riffs on Joe Simon's death and Big Nate's expansion

JOE SIMON, RIP: Remembering the legendary 'Captain America' co-creator, who has died at 98
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog December 15 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/joe-simon-rip-remembering-the-legendary-captain-america-co-creator-who-has-died-at-98/2011/12/15/gIQAWTvMwO_blog.html#pagebreak

'BIG NATE's' BIG NEWS: Best-selling kids' feature launches its first app [Exclusive]
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog December 15 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/big-nates-big-news-best-selling-kids-feature-launches-its-first-app-today-exclusive/2011/12/14/gIQAYN8tvO_blog.html#pagebreak

Truitt on Spider-Man's next story arc

Spider-Man goes to the 'Ends of the Earth' in March
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 14 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-14/Amazing-Spider-Man-comic-news/51911282/1

Post blog on early Jim Henson animation

Early Jim Henson cut-paper animation found
By Maura Judkis
Washington Post Arts Post blog December 14 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/arts-post/post/early-jim-henson-cut-paper-animation-found/2011/12/14/gIQAONtwtO_blog.html

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Zadzooks' holiday gift guide

Zadzooks' Gift Guide: Comic book- and cartoon-themed gift ideas
By Joseph Szadkowski
The Washington Times December 14, 2011
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/14/zadzooks-gift-guide-comic-book-cartoon-gifts/

Team Cul de Sac stamp #4 now available

Joe Sutliff's special Hanukah drawing of the Otterloop children and friend scan now be purchased at Zazzle, as of just a few minutes ago. Joe says, "I was baking dreidles for the Sunday school when I had this idea, so I just drew it."

Barbara Dale's TCDS stamp #2 went out on my Christmas cards today.

Truitt on Archie & Cable

Archie rekindles a former romance beginning in March
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 12 2011http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-12/Archie-comics-story/51827338/1

Cable targets the Avengers in Marvel's 'X-Sanction' series
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 14 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-14/Avengers-X-Sanction-comic-series/51908496/1

Comic Riffs on IDW and comiXology's digital deal

IDW's NEXT BIG STEP: comiXology-powered apps and 'same day digital'
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (December 14 2011)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/idws-next-big-step-comixology-powered-apps-and-same-day-digital/2011/12/13/gIQAavV6tO_blog.html

Steve Jobs comic biography illo'd by Washingtonians

Although it sounds like a Frankentstein-type job as it is "...illustrated by a team of designer/illustrators from JESS3, a Washington DC Design, illustrations and data visualization firm..."
 
For more details:
 
John Wiley to Publish Graphic Biography of Steve Jobs

By Calvin Reid

Dec 02, 2011

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/comics/article/49720-john-wiley-to-publish--the-zen-of-steve-jobs---a-graphic-biography-.html

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Truitt on Star Wars

The Empire gets a secret agent in new 'Star Wars' series
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 13 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-13/Star-Wars-secret-agent-comic-series/51880832/1

Results of Tom Toles cartoon contest

Click through to GOP Frankenstein Cartoon Caption Contest for the Toles cartoon contest results.

Meanwhile, Frank Cho is doing the cover for Avengers vs X-Men #0.

Comic Riffs follows up on plagiarism chat

MY BIAS: Is a newsroom's political cartoonist a 'journalist'? A Poynter chat sheds light

'Finding Nemo' cartoon slides into real-life

For species in 'Nemo,' real risks [online title: The reality of 'Finding Nemo's' marine life]
By Juliet Eilperin,
Washington Post December 13, 2011, pA2
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-reality-of-finding-nemos-marine-life/2011/12/12/gIQAw0QYqO_story.html

Hagen's Duckpin of Excellence

I am now the proud owner of Fat Bat by David Hagen - see it here at http://hagenillustration.blogspot.com/2010/05/fat-bat.html
 
As David wrote to me when he once again reminded me that I had said I wanted to buy it, "The organizer said I had the most public votes for favorite artist from Artomatic@Frederick which meant a lot to me. I love my public!" See David and the award at http://hagenillustration.blogspot.com/
I've got 2 Hagen originals now.  I wonder if I can get his Team Cul de Sac original at auction next summer for a trifecta.

Monday, December 12, 2011

CARTOONS & PLAGIARISM: Live chat today @ 3 pm

Chat today at 3 with @washingtonpost Comic Riffs blogger Michael Cavna & Poynter's @kellymcb on cartoon plagiarism: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/155774/live-chat-today-should-editorial-cartoonists-follow-same-ethical-guidelines-as-journalists/

Michael Cavna
Style Section & "Comic Riffs"
The Washington Post
Washingtonpost.com/comicriffs
Facebook.com/comicriffs
Twitter.com/comicriffs

Dec 15: Al Jaffee in town

Authors Out Loud: Mary-Lou Weisman & Al Jaffee
Washington DCJCC

Mary-Lou Weissman - author, Al Jaffee- illustrator
Al Jaffee's Mad Life: A Biography
Thursday, December 15, 7:30 pm
$10, $8 Members/Seniors/Students

At 89, iconic American cartoonist Al Jaffee remains MAD magazine's oldest and most prolific contributor. Behind Jaffee's trademark dark humor lurks an even darker story of a childhood spent between two alien worlds, Lithuania and America. Mary-Lou Weisman tells the off-kilter life story of the man who countless fans know and love as the inventor of MAD's "fold-ins" and "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions."
Al Jaffee's Mad Life is illustrated by more than 65 original four-color original drawing by the master himself.
Mary-Lou Weisman is a journalist and author whose books include My Baby Boomer Baby Book, Traveling While Married, and Intensive Care: A Family Love Story.

Al Jaffee is an award-winning cartoonist whose work has appeared in more 440 issues of MAD magazine.

"Al Jaffee's Mad Life lays bare in harrowing yet often riotous detail how a Southern boy, twice uprooted by his mother to Lithuanian shtetls on the eve of World War II, grew up to become a tireless satirist for some of America's cheekier magazines."
-The New York Times

"It's an unnerving biography with a moving graphic novel hidden inside it."
-Art Spiegelman, author of MAUS

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Post runs Robinson obituary

Jerry Robinson, co-creator of the Joker, Batman's nemesis, dies at 89
By Michael Cavna,
Washington Post December 12 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/jerry-robinson-co-creator-of-the-joker-batmans-nemesis-dies-at-89/2011/12/09/gIQAe9A0lO_story.html

Truitt on Jerry Robinson, Artifacts and GI Joe

Comics historian Jerry Robinson, creator of the Joker, dies
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 8 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-08/jerry-robinson/51745168/1

'Artifacts' aims to build Top Cow's readership
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 5 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-05/artifacts-top-cow/51662486/1

IDW reveals a new and 'utterly ruthless' Cobra Commander
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 6 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-06/GI-Joe-comics-Cobra-Commander/51679676/1

Habibi is Washington Examiner's best graphic novel

The best books of 2011

 The Washington Examiner December 11 2011

Marcela Valdes picks the top 10 books of 2011 for The Washington Examiner.

"Habibi"

Craig Thompson. Pantheon, $35 (672p)

Humorous, heart-breaking, and visually stunning, Thompson's graphic novel tells the epic love story of two Middle Eastern slaves. Intended for grown-ups, this book contains some nudity, but it's real daring lies in the way it braids together the religious tales of both Islam and Christianity.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

That darn Toles redux


Violence on the editorial page

Washington Post December 9 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/violence-on-the-editorial-page/2011/12/04/gIQAEbX9iO_story.html

Is there to be no end to Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles's use of violence in an attempt to make political points? In recent days, I have seen the Republican elephant with a shovel about to murder the Democratic donkey looking stupidly into a grave (dug by whom?) [Nov. 28], a European beer drinker committing suicide (maybe) as he falls unaware to his certain death [Dec. 1] and finally Newt Gingrich getting ready to blow himself up as would a suicide bomber [Dec. 4]. Isn't there a less violent, more positive way to express political points?

As I get older (I'm 67) and turn away from violence and created drama and toward God and brotherly love, I am looking elsewhere than The Post for inspiration.

Mike Thompson, Hollywood, Md.


Truitt on Everlast

Chad Michael Murray ventures from Hollywood to 'Everlast'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 9 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-09/chad-michael-murray-everlast/51767038/1

Dec 11: KAL at the Walters in Baltimore

Details here at Kal's blog. He's a great public speaker, and will also be signing books and his new calendar.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Big Planet's Greg Bennett's band Jet Age plays tonight

Here's the Post review of the new cd (save me one, Greg) and they're playing in Northwest DC tonight (Dec 9) at 10 pm at the Comet Ping Pong restaurant (next door to Politics and Prose):

Information:202-364-0404

Price:$10

Comet Ping Pong

5037 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC


Cavna on editorial cartoonist plagiarism

NEWSROOM PLAGIARISM: Why are cartoonists treated so differently from their journalistic brethren?
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs December 9 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/newsroom-plagiarism-why-are-cartoonists-treated-so-differently-from-their-journalistic-brethren/2011/12/09/gIQA8pBHiO_blog.html

Weldon on the genius of Carl Barks

The Derring-Do of Donald Duck: Recolored. Restored. Really Great.

by Glen Weldon

National Public Radio's Monkey See blog December 9, 2011

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/12/09/143340903/the-derring-do-of-donald-duck-recolored-restored-really-great

Today: Kal on the radio


From: kevin Kallaugher

I thought I'd let you know I am going to be featured on WYPR's The Signal this Friday/Saturday.

http://www.kaltoons.com/wordpress/2011/12/kal-on-npr/


Best

Kal
Kevin Kallaugher
www.Kaltoons,com

The KAL iPhone App is now available at the iTunes store.





Thursday, December 08, 2011

Comic Riffs on the death of Jerry Robinson

JERRY ROBINSON, RIP: Pioneering Batman artist and comics ambassador dies at 89
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog December 8 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/jerry-robinson-rip-batman-artist-and-comics-ambassador-dies-at-89/2011/12/08/gIQACP4efO_blog.html#pagebreak

Team Cul de Sac Zazzle stamps for sale

Barbara Dale's stamp has been revised to lighten it up so you can see Alice better, and David Hagen volunteered his artwork for stamp #3. Collect them all! It's for charity!

 

Truitt on Batwing and Defenders

Judd Winick's 'Batwing' explores the Batman of Africa
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 5 2011

Matt Fraction embraces the weirdness of 'The Defenders'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 7 2011

Dean Haspiel's minicomic collection

Here's photos of Dean Haspiel's minicomic collection being sorted through before going to the Library of Congress for the new SPX collection.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Why I don't read superhero comics anymore

I was looking at this article tonight:

Remender Prepares "Venom" for "Circle of Four", by Dave Richards, December 6th, 2011

and took a closer look at the image promoting it:



Every one of these characters is derivative of a pre-existing and still existing character, and to top it off, these are less pleasant versions. Marvel is now like 1955 DC which had a Superman, Supergirl, Batman, Batdog, Batwoman, Batgirl, Superhorse (Comet), Supercat (Streaky), etc, etc, except they might be murderers or psychopaths.

In this picture is Red Hulk - one of five current Hulks, I think (if you count Hulk's son Skaar) - two male and two female. Given that I thought it was the GREEN gamma radiation that gave the Hulk, She-Hulk, Leader, Abomination etc their powers, I have no idea what Red means.

Venom, was derived from Spider-Man, albeit around two looong decades ago. Spider-Man got a symbiotic black suit that had the same powers he had, and could look like any type of clothes he wanted. It turned evil of course. Venom's the one with the guns, because you know, a suit that can mimic Spider-Man's powers isn't enough. Recently every other person on Manhattan supposedly had Spider-Man's powers. Uh-huh -- they're that special. And another Spider-Man clone is about to be running around as the second Scarlet Spider.

X-23 is the third Wolverine derivative, although her own comic just got cancelled.

And Ghost Rider is a woman now? Who knows, but there's two predecessors there as well, and Johnny Blaze the first one of them is still floating around the Marvel universe. Perhaps like the new female Red Skull (the first one's daughter), someone finds something sexy about a faceless skull-headed woman? If so, I don't want to think about that any more.

DC's not any better either. Harking back to the 1950s, in Grant Morrison's Batman Inc. each country has a Batman, there's no longer just a Green Lantern Corps, but also a Red, Black, Indigo, Orange and Pink set, a multitude of Firestorms, and who knows how many relatives that Superman "the last son of Krypton" has floating around now... Unmentioned so far are Marvel's multiple versions of the Avengers (four teams I think) and the X-Men (also four maybe?).

I'm hearing The Who's New Song as a comic book soundtrack much too often these days.


This post from yesterday touches on another aspect of derivative superhero stories. I track these articles for my Comics Research Bibliography.

Long interview with Batman producer Michael Uslan at City Paper

 
As a reminder, he'll be appearing in Silver Spring tomorrow - the contact information is at the bottom of the interview, or elsewhere on ComicsDC.

PR: Dec 11 - Kal at the Walters!

I've got a copy of his new calender - his 3rd - and I love it.

 

Political Cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher at the Walters 12/11

What: KAL-ender Konversation with KAL
Kevin Kallaugher, a.k.a KAL, is best known for his internationally-syndicated political cartoons in more than 100 publications worldwide. He'll chat about his work, look back at his best cartoons from 2011 and sign copies of his award winning 2012 Kal-endar (a great gift for the holidays), published by The Economist. He'll finish his talk with a fun and lively drawing lesson.
Where:
The Walters Art Museum
When:
Sunday, December 11, 2–3:30 p.m.
Price:
Free

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Stephanie McMillan continues her Occupy DC story

Click here to see actual Park Rangers in comic form. Actually, I'm finding these interesting, but she leaves DC in this segment of The Beginning of the American Fall.

Comic Riffs on Stahler's editorial cartoon controversy

JEFF STAHLER SUSPENDED: Columbus Dispatch political cartoonist's work probed over 'striking similarity' to New Yorker cartoon
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog December 6 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/jeff-stahler-suspended-columbia-dispatch-political-cartoonists-work-has-striking-similarity-to-new-yorker-cartoon/2011/12/06/gIQA8p6nZO_blog.html#pagebreak

but if you're interested, definitely click through to Alan Gardner's story with the cartoons.

Truitt on Marvel's 2012 slugfest


Marvel Comics pits 'Avengers vs. X-Men' in 2012
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 6 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-06/avengers-x-men-marvel-2012-series/51672646/1

and

Marvel event reaches 'critical mass' on social media
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY December 6 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-12-06/marvel-comics-avengers-x-men/51672784/1

Of course, we first saw this in X-Men #9 from January 1965, where they wrapped it up in a single issue. 1987's X-Men Vs. the Avengers took four issues. 2012 -- a whole year? At least the Avengers finally get top billing after 47 years...

Post on Disneyworld at Christmastime

A Disney home for the holidays
By Steve Hendrix, Washington Post December 4 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/at-disney-its-home-for-the-holidays/2011/11/15/gIQA0pqaHO_story.html

Michael Uslan interview coming to the City Paper tomorrow

I'll post the link when it appears, but I did a 45-minute telephone interview with the Batman movie producer, which touched on his new autobiography, his writing for Archie comics, and of course, on Batman:

Michael Uslan: Yeah, The Boy Who Loved Batman is about the boy who loved Batman, the ultimate fanboy geek who learned to read from comics before he was four, and the adventures and misadventures I had collecting comics, going to the world's first comics convention ever held, becoming an early member of comics fandom, finding a way to incorporate my love of comic books and superheroes, in particular Batman, into my work and life with my attempt to restore dignity to Batman after the tv show and finding the ways for a blue-collar kid from New Jersey to make it to Hollywood to show them the potential of dark and serious Batman movies, even though I didn't come from money, and couldn't buy my way into Hollywood. I didn't know anyone and didn't have any relatives in the business, so it's really my story of a life's journey of what you can do to make your dreams come true – for me I was able to pull it off ultimately.

Randy T discovers Corey Finkle, another local comics writer

Corey Finkle has written an adaption of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper.

Post columnist on Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick's 'Wonderstruck' is a worthy family tradition [in print, Dec. 1 as "Lightning strikes twice for author"p. AX17].
By Tracy Grant, Washington Post November 30 2011 http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/advice/brian-selznicks-wonderstruck-is-a-worthy-family-tradition/2011/11/20/gIQAOOgPCO_story.html

 

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Truitt on Super Friends app and Flash Gordon

DC's Super Friends have Santa's back on app
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 29 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-29/DC-Super-Friends-comics-iPad-app/51470794/1

Flash Gordon is retro cool in new 'Zeitgeist' series
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 29 2011
http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-29/Flash-Gordon-Zeigeist-comic-series/51458500/1

Capicon comics show today

PR--Sunday, Dec 4--Capicons Comic Book and Pop Culture Con

Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011
10 am - 3 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Hall, 

2148 Gallows Rd, Dunn Loring, Virginia
Admission $3 - Kids FREE!

Open to the public from 10 am - 3 pm. Buy, sell & trade: Gold, Silver,
Bronze Age comics; Indie & Modern comics, Publishers & Creators, TV &
Movie Collectibles. Non-sport cards; Videos & DVDs; Horror/Sci-Fi;
figures, toys; Star Wars & Star Trek memorabilia; original artwork,
posters and other comic-related collectibles.

FEATURING:
* John Dimes, author, artist, singer, actor and award-winning comedian
(a.k.a Horror Host Dr. Sarcofiguy from the Spooky Movie Show)
* Tim Dzon, Artist
* Chris Flick, Capes N Babes webcomic
* Bill McKay
* Michael Munshaw
* Dan Nokes, 21st Century Sandshark Studios
* Pete Tapang, Artist (featured in Mystique Magazine, FHM, Artcore
Magazine, V.A.M.P, Glamourcon)
* Dave Wilson, Model Maker Extraordinaire
* Ulysses E. Campbell from "Fantastic Forum" & Larry Reclusado of "The
NOVA Comic Book Show"
* Paul Gyurcsanszky will host a demo of Osiris Sanction: a new L.A.R.P.
created by Ford Ivey! "It's not your kid's laser tag."
...and MORE!!

Directions to DLVFRD: 
Take I-495 (DC/Capital Beltway) to Exit 47A
(Rt. 7 West). Go 1/2 Mile, Left on Gallows Rd. 1 mile to 2148 Gallows Rd

Capicons
PO Box 2488
Merrifield, VA 22116
http://capicons.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Capicons-Comic-Book-Pop-Culture-Con/221236176794#!/pages/Capicons-Comic-Book-Pop-Culture-Con/221236176794


McNeil's Finder makes Texas papers 'best of' comics list

A look at the best -- and worst -- of this year's comics
Joe Gross, The Reader
Austin AMERICAN-STATESMAN Dec. 3, 2011
http://www.statesman.com/life/books/a-look-at-the-best-and-worst-of-2010712.html

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Dec 9: Howl's Moving Castle at JICC

A great Miyazaki movie.


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Friday, December 9th @ 6:30 pm

 

Mark your calendars!

 

J-Film Series

TBA

12/15@ 6:30 pm

 

Commemorating friendship between Japan and the U.S. in the Year of the Dragon

Deadline: 12/19 

 

 

Where:

JICC

1150 18th St., NW  

Washington, DC 20036

 

(202) 238-6900 

jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp 

 

 



 

 

Sophie, a diligent teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her quiet life thrown into chaos when the dashing, mysterious wizard Howl comes into her life. Their friendship quickly catches the ire of the Witch of the Waste, who casts a spell on pretty, young Sophie, transforming her into a ragged old woman. Unrecognizable to her family, friends, and even Howl, Sophie seeks shelter in the magnificent moving castle, hoping to find a way to reverse the witches' spell. There she discovers that she is not the only one dealing with a strange transformation - Howl has a secret of his own.  

 

Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animation director who wowed audiences worldwide with his Oscar award-winning film Spirited Away, brings another visually spectacular tale  to life on the big screen. Based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones, the Oscar-nominated Howl's Moving Castle is a flight of fancy for the whole family-transporting audiences to a distant land of dreams and scenes more beautiful than our own.

 

Japanese with English subtitles. Rated PG. 119 min, 2004. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

 

This event is free and open to the public. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat. Registered guests will be seated first. Open seats will be given to guests on standby when the program begins.



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

'ComicBacks' Yahoo group is local now

A couple of years ago, Ray Bottorff Jr moved here from Detroit, and brought his project to produce a bibliography / price guide to paperback books related to comics with him. Ray's got a ComicBacks Yahoo group which he describes as:

"...a list designed to appeal to both fans of Comic Books and Paperbacks. ComicBacks is a term copyrighted by Ray Bottorff Jr to refer to mostly mass-market sized paperbacks that are comic-related. Comic-related means that the paperback has its origins in Comic Books, Comic Strips, Animation, Hero Pulps or other related Sister Arts. I have no problem including paperbacks in this list which may not have originated in comics, but are of a Super-Hero theme. The list can cover both comic reprinted work and prose material from comics or comic characters.
And if you wish to talk about Big Little Books, Oversize Paperbacks, Oblong Paperbacks or Trade Paperbacks of this "genre" feel free to do so.
Also feel free to post your buy/sell/trade lists!"

He's recently posted a link to a 700-page illustrated e-version of his list of ComicBacks. You can join the group through the above link.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Comic Riffs on Josh Neufeld's comics journalism

COMICS JOURNALISM: Today, 'A.D.'s' Josh Neufeld renders the compelling lines of 'Bahrain'
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog December 2 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/comics-journalism-today-ads-josh-neufeld-renders-the-compelling-lines-of-bahrain/2011/12/01/gIQARpwkKO_blog.html

Dec 15: Al Jaffee & His Biographer at the Washington JCC

Authors Out Loud: Mary-Lou Weisman & Al Jaffee
Washington DCJCC

   Mary-Lou Weissman - author, Al Jaffee- illustrator
Al Jaffee's Mad Life: A Biography
Thursday, December 15, 7:30 pm
$10, $8 Members/Seniors/Students

At 89, iconic American cartoonist Al Jaffee remains MAD magazine's oldest and most prolific contributor. Behind Jaffee's trademark dark humor lurks an even darker story of a childhood spent between two alien worlds, Lithuania and America. Mary-Lou Weisman tells the off-kilter life story of the man who countless fans know and love as the inventor of MAD's "fold-ins" and "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions."
Al Jaffee's Mad Life is illustrated by more than 65 original four-color original drawing by the master himself.
Mary-Lou Weisman is a journalist and author whose books include My Baby Boomer Baby Book, Traveling While Married, and Intensive Care: A Family Love Story.

Al Jaffee is an award-winning cartoonist whose work has appeared in more 440 issues of MAD magazine.

"Al Jaffee's Mad Life lays bare in harrowing yet often riotous detail how a Southern boy, twice uprooted by his mother to Lithuanian shtetls on the eve of World War II, grew up to become a tireless satirist for some of America's cheekier magazines."
-The New York Times

 "It's an unnerving biography with a moving graphic novel hidden inside it."
-Art Spiegelman, author of MAUS

Partner: 16th Street J's Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery Off the Wall series

 
Date:
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Address:
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
If you'd like to attend this event you can purchase tickets online.


Dec 8: "An Evening with Michael Uslan, Executive Producer of The Dark Night"

"An Evening with Michael Uslan, Executive Producer of The Dark Night"

CINE is co-hosting a book party with PGA-East for Michael Uslan, who is the Executive Producer of The Dark Knight and the other Batman movies in Silver Spring on December 8 at 6:30 pm. To pre-register, go to www.cine.org - there is a charge which varies between $10 and $30. Uslan will be mingling and available to chat as well as signing books.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Weldon on the changing look of unchanging Superman

Truth, Jawlines And The American Way: The Changing Face Of Superman

by Glen Weldon

December 1, 2011

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/12/01/142935250/truth-jawlines-and-the-american-way-the-changing-face-of-superman

Library of Congress' Swann Foundation accepting fellowship applications



The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship, one of the few in the field, for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Foundation is administered by the Library of Congress. Deadline for receipt of applications is February 15, 2012. Please email swann@loc.gov or call (202) 707-9115 if you have questions. For criteria, guidelines, and application forms, please see:

http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/swann-fellow.html

 

For titles of projects funded, see:

http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/swann-fellowslist.html

 

We appreciate the opportunity to post this notice. My apologies for cross listing.

 

 

Martha H. Kennedy

Curator, Popular & Applied Graphic Art

Prints and Photographs Division

Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave. SE

Washington, DC   20540-4730

Ph.: 202/707-9115     Fax: 202/707-6647

 

 

 


Dec 9: John Fantucchio at Del Ray Artisans December Show

Passing this along from John...

The Del Ray Artisans Exhibit for the month of
December  theme is 'It's All About the Little Things' - December 9 - 18, 2011.  The Del Ray Artisans Gallery is located at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA., 22301-1124.  Opening reception is Friday, December 9, 7 - 10 p.m.  Fantucchio will be there for the reception.  He will have three 8:" by 10" paintings showing the versatility of this prolific artist's range - three completely different approaches, all very thought-provoking and priced for the holidays at way under $200 each.   Bring a friend or two.  Mouth-watering food and drink will be served.  A unique opportunity to meet other patrons of the arts, and a good time to talk with John and ask him questions about his recent works.  If you're not able to attend the reception, John will also make a special appearance on Saturday, December 17, 12:30 - 3:30.  (Sorry, no food or drinks at this time.)  Now is the time to corner him on the meanings of his works. 

Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, MD has Upcoming In-Store Appearances




Charles Soule, writer of "27" from Image Comics, will appear at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, MD on January 7, 2012 from 11am-2pm.



On February 18, 2012 from 11am-2pm, Justin Jordan, writer, and Tradd Moore, artist, will be at Third Eye to promote their "Strange Talent of Luther Strode" title, also from Image Comics.

Cards Comics & Collectibles of Reistertown, MD December Sale, Coupons, Ron Marz In-Store in January



Cards Comics & Collectibles of Reistertown, MD (the store that brings you the Baltimore Comic-Con) is having a sale and offering coupons in December.


They are also featuring Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo) in the store on January 28, 2012