Monday, October 29, 2012

PR: Hello Kitty(R) Goes to Washington!

Hello Kitty® Goes to Washington!


Global Icon Announces Her Candidacy for Commander in Chief

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/

-- This election season Hello Kitty wants red, white and YOU! Join the Friendship Party and vote Hello Kitty for President!

Hello Kitty is throwing her bow into the ring for President of the United States, adding a playful punch to the busy election season. And with her recent celebration of 10 million Facebook fans, she's energized and ready to run! So if you're squarely in the 'undecided' column - or simply a huge fan - Hello Kitty could be just the candidate for you!

"Hello Kitty has embodied positivity for almost 40 years and inspires millions of fans worldwide," says Jill Koch, Senior Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing, Sanrio, Inc.  "This campaign is a celebration of what she represents: friendship, fun and happiness."

Beginning mid-October and true to Sanrio's, 'small gift, big smile', philosophy, Hello Kitty's Friendship Party street teams and door-to-door canvassers will give away free Hello Kitty for President campaign bumper stickers, buttons, and yard signs throughout Washington, DC.  Hello Kitty will also make appearances leading up to election week, culminating in a Sanrio-style celebratory event before the election votes are tallied.

Starting November 1, Hello Kitty for President's Campaign Headquarters will pop-up for a week-long residence at LivingSocial's 918 F Street in Washington, DC.  918 F Street is a historic venue located in the heart of the nation's capital.  The multi-floored space will host curated activities and events, an art show, and many more surprises. The pop-up campaign shop will offer limited edition Hello Kitty for President collectible products including t-shirts, campaign kits, plush, a tote bag and red, white and blue headband bows.

In addition, Sanrio and Hello Kitty will partner with 826DC, the Washington DC chapter of the 826 National network of nonprofit creative writing centers, to promote awareness, develop programming with students, and foster 826's mission of educating students ages 6-18 in creative & expository writing skills.  To find out more about 826DC, visit

Every candidate needs a running mate and Hello Kitty is no different.  Fans from around the world will be invited to vote for her Vice President on Facebook - choosing from Sanrio friends including Tuxedosam®, My Melody®, Badtz-Maru®, Keroppi®, and Chococat®.  Hello Kitty's Facebook friends can also share free digital and printable campaign goodies with the Hello Kitty for President Facebook Gifts app.  Campaign coverage, free campaign gifts with purchase and select limited edition products will be available exclusively online at  Sanrio stores will offer free campaign buttons during the weekend of October 19th.

So join the party!  Hello Kitty for President is the only election campaign where everybody can come together and vote for friendship, fun and happiness!  For more information, please visit,, and follow the campaign trail using #HelloKitty2012 on Twitter, Instagram and at

About Sanrio
Sanrio, best known for global icon Hello Kitty and home to many endearing characters including Chococat, My Melody, and Keroppi, is a worldwide lifestyle brand founded on the 'small gift, big smile'® philosophy -- that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages.  For over 50 years, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique Sanrio products and experiences.  Today, more than 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are available in over 70 countries and upwards of 12,000 U.S. locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 100 Sanrio boutiques.  For more information, please visit and

About 826DC
826DC, the newest chapter in 826 National network of nonprofit writing centers, is dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.  Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.  826DC provides after-school tutoring, field trips, in-school programming, help for English language learners, and student publishing opportunities all free of charge. To find out more about the 826DC, visit

SOURCE Sanrio, Inc.


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Sunday, October 28, 2012

DC's American Public Health Association publishes cartoon book

Book tells history of health care reform through cartoons
Written by James Goodman
Oct 27, 2012

Here's the information on ordering the book:

The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History brings together two American political traditions - editorial cartooning as a medium for trenchant contemporary commentary and the long-standing effort to achieve universal national health reform. As early as the nineteenth century, caricatures and cartoons parodied the leading personalities and institutions in American politics. This book focuses on national health reform as told through the vision of popular editorial cartoonists.

ISBN: 978-0-87553-020-8
Author: Georges C. Benjamin, MD; Theodore M. Brown, PhD; Susan Ladwig, MPH; and Elyse Berkman
Publisher: APHA Press

I'll be picking up a copy of this as I build my collection of comics and cartoon books from Washington.

Damn Cartoons AAEC festival videos now online

You can see almost all of the sessions of the AAEC Damn Cartoons festival in videos now online.  Local cartoonists such as Matt Wuerker, Tom Toles, Ann Telnaes, and Nate Beeler are among the speakers.

Cartoon Challenge with Pulitzer Prize Winner Matt Wuerker of Politico

Cartoon Challenge with Pulitzer Prize Winner Matt Wuerker of Politico
James Kotecki
Oct 26, 2012 by EmergencyCheese

I gave a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist 3 headlines, 3 random
words, and almost no time to draw a cartoon. Did he live up to the

Favorite horror comics of local creators and collectors

John K. Snyder III: Favorite Horror Comic
Scoop October 26 2012

Mark Wheatley: Favorite Horror Comic
Scoop October 26 2012

Mark Zaid: Favorite Horror Comic
Scoop October 26 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Post on Wreck-It Ralph

'Wreck-It Ralph's' local lighting touch
By Michael Cavna,
Washington Post October 28 2012

There's also a Celebritology interview by Jen Chaney, but even though it's presumably a blog post reprint, I can't find it on the Post's website.

Molly Lawless on public radio

'Hit By Pitch': A Look Into MLB's Only Deadly Injury
By Bill Littlefield
WBUR's Only a Game (October 27 2012):

Molly Lawless' graphic novel, Hit by Pitch: Ray Chapman, Carl Mays and the Fatal Fastball, explores the story of Ray Chapman, the only major league baseball player to be killed by a baseball.  The book includes lively images and the stories of the people involved.  Bill Littlefield spoke with Lawless for this week's Only A Game.

11/5: Martk Tatulli in Alexandria

Monday 11/5, 7:00-8:00 p.m. --Cartoonist Mark Tatulli

Award-winning, internationally-syndicated cartoonist Mark Tatulli, creator of the comics Lio and Heart of the City will visit the store. His newest collection, Lio: There's a Monster in my Socks, is compiled especially for younger readers! The world of Lio is filled with the extraordinary - monsters under the bed, wild reptile pets, robot inventions, weird science - but it's all commonplace for this most uncommon kid. Lio explores the twisted realm of a kid's imagination - at once bizarre, creepy and fun. Email us to reserve a copy or to let us know you're coming. Ages 6 and up.

Hooray for Books! | 1555 King St., Ste. 101, Alexandria, VA 22314 | Phone (703) 548-4092 Fax (703) 548-4094 |

October 27 – District Comics Signing

October 27 – District Comics Signing

The gang behind the smash hit anthology Trickster is back with another great anthology all about the history of Washington, D.C.! Many of the writers and artists of District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington D.C. will be appearing at both our Washington DC store on Saturday, October 27.
District Comics creators appearing include:
Michael Brace
Andrew Cohen
Michael Cowgill
Matt Dembicki
Mal Jones
Dale Rawlings
Kevin Rawlings
Kevin Rechin
Mike Rhode
Rafer Roberts
Jason Rodriguez
Jacob Warrenfeltz
Tabitha Whissemore
Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009


Game On! Comics - It's Free Comic Book Day today!

ChildTime Magic
Free Halloween Comic Day!!
comicfest 2012 

It's today!!  From 11am to 4pm come get your free comics!  We have 19 different comics for you today, did I mention FOR FREE??

We look forward to seeing you today!!

Game On! Comics
310 Dominion RD NE
Vienna, VA 22180

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10/26 & 10/27:Third Eye Comics' Halloween Comic-Fest, BEDLAM Signing & Annapolis Comic-Con

Friday 10/26/12
BEDLAM #1 Launch Party with special guests
NICK SPENCER (Morning Glories, Thief of Thieves, Ultimate X-Men)
RILEY ROSSMO (Debris, Green Wake, Cowboy Ninja Viking)
Happy Halloween, Third Eye Faithful!

We've got a stacked weekend of Halloween Third Eye fun for you guys, and it all starts on Friday with our HUGE Bedlam launch party with creators NICK SPENCER (Morning Glories, Thief of Thieves, Ultimate X-Men) and RILEY ROSSMO (Green Wake, Debris, Cowboy Ninja Viking).

We're also kicking off Day 1 of Halloween Comic-Fest this Friday, with over a thousand FREE Halloween Comic-Fest comics to give out to YOU! 

And, of course, we can't just rot your brains, so we're going to be giving out candy as well! What can I say? We love Halloween here! 

Of course, that's not all, we'll be continuing the Halloween festivities with DAY 2 at the ANNAPOLIS COMIC-CON: Halloween Special!

This is by far, our favorite season, and we'd love to have you guys, our Third Eye fam, around to celebrate with us! 

Read on below for full details on all the festivities! 

10/26: 7PM-9PM
*First 20 in Line Get a FREE Mystery Gift!*
BEDLAM #1 Launch Party w/ Nick Spencer & Riley Rossmo

Folks, you've been hearing us rant, rave, and just all around gush over how excited we are about the new IMAGE COMICS series BEDLAM. Now, the release is finally here, and we cannot wait to share this incredible, and innovative new series with you. 

What's even cooler is NICK SPENCER and RILEY ROSSMO have made time in their schedules to join us for the release of the book. Nick is flying in from England for this, and Riley is flying in from Canada, so needless to say, we're pretty flattered that they're making the trip to see us here at Third Eye!

Many of you may already know Nick from his work on the incredible IMAGE series, MORNING GLORIES, and many of you are familiar with Riley from his recent work on DEBRIS and GREEN WAKE. 

Both of these guys are two of the most talented folks in Image's stable right now, and their new series, BEDLAM, deserves all of the hype and accolades it's been receiving 

What's BEDLAM about? Meet Fillmore Press, aka the homicidal masked maniac known as Madder Red. Madder Red was the epitome of evil, as he terrorized the town of BEDLAM for several years, reigning a senseless crusade of crime and violence down upon the citizens there. Women, children, no one was safe from Madder Red. And, then, he was caught... and cured, or at least so he's been told.

Now, released back into society due to some kind of legal loophole, Fillmore can't escape the nightmares of his former crimes, but when a vicious serial murderer is hunting the senior citizens of BEDLAM... he decides to give his life a new meaning: he offers his assistance in tracking the killer to the police. 

But, is Fillmore cured? Will these senseless crimes awaken the beast within? That's the question that BEDLAM asks.

Folks: imagine if THE JOKER was cured, and let back into Gotham City. This is what BEDLAM is all about.


Riley's artwork is INCREDIBLE, and brings a nightmarish view of BEDLAM to the reader, while Spencer takes Madder Red to some of the darkest, most depraved corners that we've seen in a comic.

Get the BEDLAM #1 Third Eye Variant Starting Wednesday 10/24
Not only is this comic a fantastic read, but it's also getting tremendous buzz, and you know what that normally means for IMAGE series. Starting Wednesday (today) 10/24, we'll be making our BEDLAM #1 Third Eye variant available to you guys at just $3.50 cover price, so you can snag yourself a copy for the signing this Friday! 

This is a custom cover that is only available at our stores, from series artist RILEY ROSSMO, and it features our own little Third Eye mascot wielding some very BEDLAM-y fangs. 

Click here for a preview of BEDLAM #1
Click here to RSVP to the event on FACEBOOK.

10/26 7PM-9PM
Halloween Comic-Fest 2012 Day 1
Also kicking off this Friday is the first ever HALLOWEEN COMIC-FEST. This is an event that is very similar in tone to Free Comic Book Day, but on a slightly smaller scale. 

We've worked in collaboration with many of our publishing partners, and they've provided us with hundreds upon hundreds of specially printed Halloween-themed comics for us to give out FREE to you this Friday and Saturday! 

Just like the FCBD books are made specially for FCBD, so are these great HCF comics. 

We'll be giving out plenty of FREE HCF comics, plenty of candy, and hosting some very special Mystery Sales on select items beginning at 6PM and running until 9PM.

And, of course, this is also happening at the same time as our huge BEDLAM #1 Launch Party with creators NICK SPENCER & RILEY ROSSMO!

Click here for more information! 

10/27 10AM-6PM (Annapolis Comic-Con)
10/27 11AM-8PM (Third Eye Comics)
Halloween Comic-Fest Day 2 & Annapolis Comic-Con

The fun continues, Third Eye Faithful, on Saturday 10/27 at the special Halloween-themed ANNAPOLIS COMIC-CON, as well as Third Eye Comics!

Not only will we be giving out candy and comics at both ANNAPOLIS COMIC-CON and THIRD EYE COMICS, but we'll have all the other awesomeness that is ANNAPOLIS COMIC-CON.

Third Eye Comics will be Open 11AM-8PM 10/27 & Celebrating Halloween Comic-Fest during the ANNAPOLIS COMIC-CON!
Just a heads up, because we've gotten a few questions: Third Eye will most definitely be open normal hours for the ANNAPOLIS COMIC-CON. The store is only 5 minutes from the con, and we'll be giving out Halloween Comic-Fest comics all day, as well as hooking you up with the comic goodness! So, if you need your Third Eye fix, while visiting the con, make sure to stop by!

Full Details on the Annapolis Comic-Con?

Saturday 10/27/12
Truxton Park Recreation Center
273 Hilltop Ln 
Annapolis, MD 21403

Festivities include:

Over 40 vendors, featuring a variety of awesome stuff!

Our Biggest Artist's Alley yet, with tons of local and national artists!


Events & Activities for Kids and Adults!
Click here for the full schedule of events & panels.
Loads of great activities and panels, including:

ADVANCED Zombie Survival with Daniel Palmer
Identity Comics Studio Presentation on Breaking Into Comics & More

Plus, some cool stuff for kids: 

All Day Artathon Contest!

Kid's Costume Contest!

Learn How to Create Your Own Super-Villain with professional artist K. Michael Crawford!

Click here to RSVP for the Annapolis Comic-Con.

Third Eye Comics | 2027A WEST STREET | Suite 102 | Annapolis | MD | 21401

Friday, October 26, 2012

Truitt interviews Lea Hernandez

Food, folks and fangs in Lea Hernandez's 'The Garlicks'
The DIY tale centers on the half-vampire Pandora Garlick, her foodie family and her misadventures
Brian Truitt

Comic Riffs interviews ‘Talon’ writer James Tynion

TOP-FLIGHT TALENT: New 'Talon' writer James Tynion looks to soar with Gotham launch
By David Betancourt
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog October 25 2012

October 27 – District Comics Signing

October 27 – District Comics Signing

The gang behind the smash hit anthology Trickster is back with another great anthology all about the history of Washington, D.C.! Many of the writers and artists of District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington D.C. will be appearing at both our Washington DC store on Saturday, October 27.

District Comics creators appearing include:
Michael Brace
Andrew Cohen
Michael Cowgill
Matt Dembicki
Mal Jones
Dale Rawlings
Kevin Rawlings
Kevin Rechin
Mike Rhode
Rafer Roberts
Jason Rodriguez
Jacob Warrenfeltz
Tabitha Whissemore


Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Weldon on Superman's bold move in a slowly improving economy

'Take This Job And Planet!': Why Clark Kent Quit His Day Job
by Glen Weldon
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (October 24, 2012):

and Weldon's interviewed in

Cornish, Audie and Melissa Block.  2012.

Read All About It: Superman's Alter Ego Quits Job.

National Public Radio's All Things Considered (October 23).

Online at and

Truitt on shocking Superman plot twist first seen in 1973

Clark Kent makes a major life change in new 'Superman': Mild-mannered reporter leaves The Daily Planet

Brian Truitt

Regarding my headline - yes, it's true.

Bamn at Annapolis Comic Con

This weekend, Saturday, October 27th, Bamn and Coconut Cosplay will be exhibiting at Annapolis Comic Con in the Pip Moyer Community Center. Join us for a very special Halloween show as Coconut Cosplay hosts a children's costume workshop and Bamn Comics will be unveiling brand new, original, purchasable art prints (pictured below) by artist Jay Payne.

Doors open at 10AM. 
$10.00 at the door.
Kids get in free!
For more information, please visit:

Also, I'd be a poor Washingtonian if I didn't mention the fact that I'm part of the MOKA radio show near Howard University. MOKA is a geek culture program brought to you LIVE every Sunday at 8pm on WLVS satellite radio. You can access it anywhere in the world at or you can listen to it on iTunes or on our site. This week, we'll be crowning the horror icon of this generation (whatever that means). You can listen to our archived episodes and find out more about us at  

Take Care,

Troy-Jeffrey Allen, writer

William Brown says, 'Hallowe'en masks for ya'

Download your full-size Romney and Obama masks:

-Bill Brown


Oct 25: Trickster signing

From: Matt Dembicki :

This Thursday, Oct. 25, Rajshree Solanki of the National Museum of the American Indian and others from Smithsonian museums will talk at a ThirstDC event about what they do. Solanki will briefly discuss 'Trickster,' and she'll also have a couple signed copies of the book to give away.

The event is at 915 F St NW (No Kings Collective) at 7pm.