Thursday, March 21, 2013

March 22-23: Game On! Comics weekend events

ChildTime Magic

Join Us
for two very special events!
Game On! Comics
310 Dominion RD NE
Vienna, Virginia 22180
Upcoming Events
Aspen Events

We've got special events coming up and we want you to be part of it. Please join us on March 22nd and 23rd!  

Louis Meyer
Game On! Comics

Aspen Comics' Events this weekend

Join Us
for two very special events!

Game On! Comics
310 Dominion RD NE
Vienna, Virginia 22180
Upcoming Events
Aspen Events

We've got special events coming up and we want you to be part of it. Please join us on March 22nd and 23rd!  

Louis Meyer
Game On! Comics
Aspen Comics' Events this weekend

Friday Night Comic Book Club
Join us tomorrow for our monthly comic book club at 7pm.  We will be discussing two comic books, Legend of the Shadow Clan and Shrugged!  Then both artists will be at the store on Saturday for our store signing.  This club meeting is a great way to introduce yourself to Aspen Comic's first two of the 10 for 10 series this year.  We will read the comic and discuss it in our open forum.  You will get our exclusive Game On Comics Shrugged issue for FREE!  Did I mention snacks provided?  
Click on this link to attend and register: Game On! Comics Comic Book Club
Friday March 22, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Saturday Exclusive Store Signing

This Saturday we have two artists, one from Los Angeles and the other from New York, coming to Game On! Comics to sign copies of their newest comic books.  

Jonathan Marks: artist of Shrugged
Cory Smith: artist of Legend of the Shadow Clan 

Aspen Comics two newest titles, Legend of the Shadow Clan (about ninjas!) and Shrugged (about the adventures of a high school kid and the little creatures on his shoulders) will be on sale for only $1!  Not only that but the artist from each comic will be in the store to sign the copies.

In addition we will have face painters and balloon artists there to make balloons and paint faces for you and/or your kids for free!  Even the Incredible Hulk will be there for pictures!

Saturday's Schedule:
11am to 4pm Artist Signings
12pm to 2 pm Balloon Artists
1pm to 3 pm Face Painting
1:30pm and 3:30pm Pictures with the Hulk
Hulk costume  

 Click this link to let us know you are coming: Aspen Comics Exclusive Event

Where & When  Game On! Comics
310 Dominion RD NE
Vienna, Virginia 22180
March 23rd, 2013

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$1 Comics!
Both Shrugged and Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 are only $1.  And each one has variant covers for only $1.
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Comedian cartoonist Demetri Martin in Express; at One More Page on Saturday

A profile here -
One-Liners, Many Lines [in print as Deadpan Drawings]: Comic Demetri Martin illustrates his droll wit in 'Point Your Face at This' 
Express MARCH 21, 2013  
and here's a short bit from yesterday about 1 cartoon -
What's in the Box? 
MARCH 20, 2013 
He's signing his book of cartoons at One More Page, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington; Sat., 3 p.m., free book signing; 703-300-9746. (East Falls Church metro).

April 25: Mo Williams in town via Politics and Prose

Save the Date: Meet Children's Author Mo Willems

Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.

Willemsat The Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Ave NW
Mo Willems

When a devilishly dapper fox invites an innocent and delectable goose to dinner, disaster is in the offing. In fact, little yellow chicks warn the reader throughout that That is NOT a Good Idea! (Balzer & Bray, $17.99) But not for the reason one might expect. Ages 4-8

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, April 2 at 9 a.m. P&P members will receive an email with the member discount code the morning of the event.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 22: Batman visits Arlington

Mar 20, 2013 12:15 pm |

Batman will be visiting the Arlington YMCA at 3422 13th Street N. on Friday to teach kids about poison prevention. The Caped Crusader will be at the 'Y' from 4:30...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Daggers Drawn: Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) at TEDxJacksonHole

Kevin Kallaugher's (KAL) work for The Sun and The Economist has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide, including Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Pravda, Krokodil, Daily Yomiuri, The Australian, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek and US News and World Report.

Cartoon Character: Matt Wuerker talks cartooning & politics on VMS

Welcome to
The Virtual Memories Show!

March 2013: Cartoon Character

Check out the latest episode of The Virtual Memories Show podcast!
"Political cartoonists have it easy: we turn on the TV or computer
and Sarah Palin has said some inane thing . . .
and the cartoons can write themselves.
In the world of cartooning, we're the lazy bastards."
Matt Wuerker, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, joins The Virtual Memories Show to talk about his career (including his fascinating non-comics work and his prescient move to the online world with POLITICO), the experience of winning "the Academy Award for cartoonists", his artistic and political influences, what it takes to get on the NRA's Enemies List, how moving to Washington, DC changed his perspective on politics and politicians, the opportunities for editorial cartoonists in a post-print world, how his parents felt about his decision to become a cartoonist, whether he had it easier during the Bush/Cheney era or the Tea Party era, and why he thinks the golden age of cartooning is still ahead of us!

"One of the great cosmic quandaries for cartoonists is
that what's bad for the world is great for cartooning."

The new episode of The Virtual Memories Show is available at

where you can download it or listen through the in-browser player. This one's about 28 minutes long. If you have any problems getting the site to load, visit our tumblr page instead. (Our web-host has been migrating chimeraobscura to a new server, so there have been some hiccups.)

You can also visit the archives for past episodes, or subscribe on iTunes so you'll never miss an episode! Just go to the iTunes store and search for "Virtual Memories Show" orclick here then hit "View In iTunes" to launch that program. You can also skip all that anddownload the MP3 file directly from here (14mb).

The Virtual Memories Show is a biweekly podcast featuring conversation about literature, culture and the arts. Upcoming guests include Ben Katchor, cartoonist and MacArthur Fellow, John Crowley, author of Little, BigJesse Sheidlower, author ofThe F WordLori Carson, singer-songwriter and author of The Original 1982Craig Gidney, author of Bereft and Sea, Swallow MeEd Hermance, owner of Giovanni's Room bookstore in Philadelphia, Ivan Brunetti, cartoonist and author of Aesthetics: A MemoirValya Lupescu, author of The Silence of TreesCraig Gidney, author ofBereft and Sea, Swallow MeDrew Friedman, artist and cartoonist, Chris Bakken, author of Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek TableDavid Baerwald, singer/songwriter and producer, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, author of The Other Side of the Tiber, and Maxim Jakubowski, book editor/translator and founder of Murder One Bookshop in London.


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Matt Wuerker
Matt Wuerker has been POLITICO's editorial cartoonist and illustrator since its launch in 2007. In 2012, he won thePulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, POLITICO's first Pulitzer win. In 2009, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning. Over the past 25 years, his work has appeared in publications ranging from The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Timesand The New York Times to Smithsonianand the Nation, among many others. Along the way, he's also pursued other artistic tangents that have included claymation, outdoor murals, teaching cartooning in prison (as a visitor, not as an inmate), book illustration and animating music videos. Matt thinks Saul Steinberg is a cartoon god and the Peter Principle explains pretty much everything, and he also thinks the maxim "If you're not confused, you're just not thinking clearly" is one of the wisest things ever said. Matt lives in Washington, D.C., in close proximity to the National Zoo and the Swiss Embassy. Depending how bad things get, he hopes to find asylum in one or the other.
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Weldon on Sendak

 Maurice Sendak's Blistering, Bizarre Final Interview: How Disgressions into Murder, Terror and Alec Baldwin Explain "Where the Wild Things Are"
New Republic March 18 2013

Missing the Big Planet Comics newsletter?

Have you been missing the Big Planet Comics newsletter? I have, so I checked in with store owner Kevin Panetta. They've fallen behind on doing it, but their podcasts have been rolling along and can be downloaded on the Big Planet website, or through iTunes. The newsletter should return as well.

Comic Riffs talks to Lisa Hanawalt and SPX head Warren Bernard

JAMES BEARD HONOR: Gifted Lisa Hanawalt is 'super-surprised' by nod for illustrated 'Chefs' work
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs March 18 2013

SPX's ONLINE MELTDOWN: Small Press Expo sells out — but event calls ISP crash a 'disaster'
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs March 18 2013

NPR's Monkey See on the Simpsons

'The Simpsons' Better Than 'Cheers'? It Is To Laugh
by Linda Holmes
March 18, 2013

The Post reports The Examiner to cease publishing

The Examiner, which started brightly (for comics aficionados at least) with an editorial cartoonist and 3 pages of comic strips is packing it in, according to the Post. Fortunately editorial cartoonist Nate Beeler already got a job in Columbus last year.  More information at the link below:
Examiner to cease daily print publication; weekly magazine planned
  By Thomas Heath,
The Washington Post Tuesday, March 19 2013

March 26: Comic Book Panel Discussion at Library of Congress

As always events are free and open to the public. The West Dining Room is on the 6th floor of the Madison Building near the yellow elevators. All inquiries should be directed to the John Kluge Center, 202-707-3302

Monday, March 18, 2013

March 30: Wonder Women! documentary screening in NE

Screening of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines - ITVS Community Cinema
Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT) Washington, DC

Special advance screening of the documentary Produced by Kelcey Edwards and Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan that premieres in April 2013 on PBS!

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.  The film goes behind the scenes with TV stars Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna, and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A featuring Andy Hersberger, Associate Curator of Geppi's Entertainment Museum and Devon Sanders, blogger and comic book expert.  Moderated by Fantastic Forum producer/host Ulysses E. Campbell.  There will be light refreshments and prizes!  

The Public Access Corporation of DC DCTV
Brooks Mansion
901 Newton Street, NE
Washington, DC  20017
Free Parking Available on Premises
Directly adjacent to Brookland Station/Catholic University Metrorail - Red Line

Ghosts of DC links to McCutcheon cartoon

Prince of Wales Visits Washington

Ghosts of DC March 18, 2013

This is a drawing done by John T. McCutcheon for the 1919 visit of the Prince of Wales.

Editorial cartoonist Mike Ramirez was in town

Conservative Cartoonist Ramirez Faults Biased Media, Timid Romney for Obama Win

By Ken Shepherd | March 15, 2013

SPX's letter to would-be tablers

The Small Press Expo's e-sign-up system tanked hard yesterday. Warren Bernard apologizes for that.

Magic Bullet #6 arriving in stores

The free comics newspaper Magic Bullet has started appearing in local comics shops.

SPX tables same day sell-out

Small Press Expo exhibitor tables went on sale yesterday and demand crashed their system. Tables still sold out on the same day.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

KAL's take on Poe, now in your local bar

As he's noted on his Facebook page, Kevin 'Kal' Kallaugher drew a caricature of Edgar Allen Poe for The Raven Special Lager beer. These were bought in Alexandria at Total Wine in Landmark.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Art Hondros' comic in The Washington Post Magazine

Art Hondros has a multi-page comics piece in The Washington Post Magazine this coming Sunday, on the late animal rights activist Walt Rave - "Fox Guy" - of Takoma Park. It's online now at

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Robert Ariail's acceptance of the Berryman Award

As Alan Gardner pointed out, Robert Ariail's acceptance of the 2012 Berryman Award is now online.

April 15: Gilbert Hernandez in Baltimore

Gilbert Hernandez goes on tour for MARBLE SEASON!

Join beloved cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez (LOVE & ROCKETS) as he launches MARBLE SEASON, the first semiautobiographical story about his childhood in suburban California. Hernandez will present "From Funny Books to Graphic Novels", a fascinating slide show tribute to the legacy of the comics he read as a kid. He'll talk about the silver age comics featured in MARBLE SEASON, which helped set the course for Gilbert, as well as his brothers Jaime and Mario, to become the legendary comics creator they are today. The presentation will be followed by a Q+A and signing, so don't miss your chance to get to know the man behind thirty years of alternative comics history.

Monday April 15th, 2013 5:30 pm
101 Mattin Center, Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Monday, March 11, 2013

Truitt on Sharky

Titan's 'Sharky' graphic novel debuts a kid demigod
Brian Truitt, USA TODAY March 11, 2013
Hormones prove powerful for a boy who learns Odin and Zeus are his grandpas.

Comic Riffs on Marvel digital crash and Neil Gaiman

WHEN COMICS CRASH THE INTERNET: ComiXology site downed amid Marvel offer for 700 free digital comics [UPDATED]
By David Betancourt
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog March 11 2013

DOUGLAS ADAMS GOOGLE DOODLE : Neil Gaiman remembers 'genius' of 'Hitchhiker's Guide' humorist
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog March 11 2013

Marvel Comics digital article in today's Express

Marvel Releases First-Issue Comics: Digital versions offer origin stories usually reserved for collectors.
by Matt Moore / Associated Press
Express (March 11, 2013)

Selcuk Demirel returns to the Washington Post

The great Turkish cartoonist Selcuk Demirel used to appear regularly in the Washington Post Book World, when that existed. Yesterday, an illustration by  Demirel ran in the Opinion section.

OT: March 15 - Mystery writer Brad Parks at One More Page bookstore

This is off-topic, but I quite enjoyed his last novel when I read it this weekend and was pleased by the coincidence of his speaking this week. If you read mysteries - give him a try.

  • Fri, March 15 at 7 pm:  One More Page welcomes back Brad Parks to discuss The Good Cop. His fourth novel featuring investigative reporter Carter Ross as he traces illegal gun smuggling from Virginia to New Jersey.
  • Sunday, March 10, 2013

    USA Weekend on Disney Worlds' redo

    Mickey goes digital: A 10-year-old and his mom and dad try out Disney World's upgrade in time for spring break and summer.

    By Joel, Mike and Bobbi James,

    USA Weekend (March 8 2013).

    Online at

    USA Weekend is distributed locally in the Washington Examiner.

    Friday, March 08, 2013

    Need a book about comics? Try the National Gallery of Art

    Here's my friend Bart Beaty's book, Comics Versus Art in the National Gallery of Art's bookstore. In the Art Theory section, no less.

    Hank Ketchum in Navy Medicine's 1993 issue - online now

    The January 1993 issue of Navy Medicine is digitized and online. It features the article "Food is Ammunition- Don't Waste It" which reproduces World War II cartoon posters, some of which were drawn by Hank "Dennis the Menace" Ketchum during his Navy career.

    PSA: "Lenore" Creator Roman Dirge injured and in need of support

    Roman Dirge, creator and illustrator of the Lenore comic book series, and his girlfriend Amber were injured in a hit-and-run accident in Hollywood, CA, on February 26, 2013. One of Dirge's legs was severely damaged, but he is said to be in good spirits despite facing a long recovery.

    As a long time collaborator with Roman on his many exceptional projects, we at Titan Entertainment Group wish to offer him good health and a speedy recovery.

    We would also love to spread the word that Roman's friend's and family have set up a fund to help him with his medical bills as they will be exceedingly large.

    If you are a fan of Roman's work and would like to wish him all the best by making a contribution- please visit Give Forward at the link below:

    "I'm a self employed artist and I do not have insurance. The bills will start arriving next week, which I assume will add up to the cost of a small private island. One of my good friends set up a donation page to help with this. Believe me, anything helps. I've been blown away by the outpouring of support from friends, fans and family. I thank everyone, from the bottom of my jerky-like heart, and I'm just so thankful of everything." – Roman Dirge

    Katharine Carroll
    U.S. Publicity Director
    Titan Books / Hard Case Crime - New York

    Weldon on Superman, for Salon

    "Orson Scott Card isn't the guy to tell me a Superman story": A gay Superman expert explains why it was never a good idea for DC Comics to engage the controversial sci-fi writer
     By Daniel D'Addario
     Mar  7, 2013
    I believe Glen has his new business card - "A gay Superman expert" and his book isn't even out yet.

    Thursday, March 07, 2013

    For the record: Gossip on Rep. Lewis' comic book

    We posted the PR for this book here last week, but here's another local source picking it up -

    Rep. John Lewis to write, star in graphic novel
    By Judy Kurtz
    In the Know: The Hill's Gossip Blog 03/06/13

    Steven Heller on Thomas Nast's murals, and the Library of Congress connection

    Check out this excellent article on a failed project by Thomas Nast for a Th. Nast's Grand Caricaturama:

    A Caricamural View of the American Civil War.

    Steven Heller

    The Daily Heller blog (March 7)

    In the article, Heller notes, "In 1950 five of the large (8' x 12') paintings were found in a barn in Morristown, New Jersey, where Nast had lived. They were acquired by Erwin Swann, founder of the Swann Foundation of Caricature and Cartoon dedicated to scholarship on comics and cartoons in all media."

    DC-area cartoon types should recognize the name Swann - his collection is in the Library of Congress. Swann curator Martha Kennedy confirmed for me that the paintings are in the Library, albeit in off-site storage because they're so large. This search should pull up the catalogue records and hi-res scans of the five 8 x 11 1/2 feet images.  Martha also says that 2 more of the paintings survive in the northeast.

    More on Wertham's collection at the Library of Congress

    Comic books' real-life supervillain: psychiatrist Fredric Wertham
    Carol L Tilley
    Boing Boing Mar 4 2013

    Tuesday, March 05, 2013

    Meet a Local Illustrator: A Chat With Darrenn Canton

    Meet a Local Illustrator: A Chat With Darrenn Canton
    by Mike Rhode on Mar. 5, 2013

    PR: Small Press Expo Announces Seth, Gary Panter, Lisa Hanawalt, Gene Yang and Frank Santoro as Guests at SPX 2013

    Small Press Expo Announces Seth, Gary Panter, Lisa Hanawalt, Gene Yang and Frank Santoro as Guests at SPX 2013

    For Immediate Release                Contact: Warren Bernard

    Bethesda, Maryland; March 5, 2013 – Small Press Expo is pleased to announce Seth, Gary Panter, Lisa Hanawalt, Gene Yang and Frank Santoro as special guests at SPX 2013, to be held Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15.  We are honored that both Seth and Gary Panter will be making their first SPX appearances at this year's show.

    Creator and advocate of a Canadian design aesthetic, Seth is best known to the comics world as the artist/writer of the long running Palookaville comic, as well as his graphic novels Wimbledon Green and George Sprott (1895-1975), which was originally serialized in the New York Times. He is also known for his book design work for such series as The Complete Peanuts, Nancy and Melvin Monster, in addition to The Portable Dorothy Parker.

    Painter, poster artist, cartoonist, commercial artist, and set designer, polymath Gary Panter has covered the gamut. Best known to the comics world for his long running, post-apocalyptic Jimbo series as well as his graphic novel Dal Tokyo, he also won an Emmy Award for his work on Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and the Chrysler Award for his influence in graphic design.

    Lisa Hanawalt has vaulted from her Ignatz Award winning mini-comics Stay Away From Other People and I Want You, to illustrating for such periodicals as the New York Times Op-Ed page, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Bloomberg Business Week, as well as McSweeney's and The Believer. Her latest book is My Dirty Dumb Eyes, a compendium of her work being published this May by Drawn & Quarterly.

    Gene Yang, creator behind the award winning American Born Chinese, is returning to the graphic novel field with a two volume set, Boxers & Saints, to be released this fall by First Second Books. Set in China in 1900, it tells the story of the the Boxer rebellion and how the teemagers of the day used their "super heroes" from Chinese opera as inspirations to fight against foreign invaders.

    Frank Santoro is back with his latest work, Pompei, published by Picturebox. His Storeyville was one of the most influential comics of the 1990's, leading to its reprinting in book form in 2007. He now runs the Santoro Correspondence Course For Comic Book Makers, which carries on the tradition of correspondence courses for cartoonists that stretches back over century, now in an online form utilizing the latest in collaborative technology.

    About SPX

    Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that brings together more than 350 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators, as well as a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.

    As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit their website at

    SPX also supports the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress, which preserves the history of both the artistic output of the creators who come to SPX, as well as the art that SPX itself generates as part of its yearly festival. It the first program of its type by a major institution in the United States to preserve the works of the indie comics community.

    For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit

    Sunday, March 03, 2013

    Bob Staake featured in today's Post

    Bob Staake is featured in today's Washington Post for a decade of weekly contest drawings.

    Bob Staake's favorite cartoons of 20 years of Style Invitational
    Washington Post March 3 2013

    Bob Staake establishes the zaniness to the unwary of the Invitational. Bob started illustrating the weekly contest example in 1994, and he's drawn close to 1,000 images.

    and a biographical note:

    The art (or 'art') of the Invitational
    By Pat Myers,
    Washington Post (March 3 2013).
    online at

    Guess the artist, courtesy of Matt Dembicki

    From Matt Dembicki: Saw this at a Famous Dave's BBQ restaurant in Oakton, Va.

    Oooh, nice. Me want.

    PR: Onezumi relaunches her comic


    Oni Hartstein has relaunched her webcomic after a year hiatus spent working on her yearly event Intervention

    HIGHLAND PARK, NJ — February 14, 2013 – Oni Hartstein is back. She relaunched her slice of life comic "My Annoying Life" on Feb. 14th and her other comic "Stupid and Insane Defenders Against Chaos" is set to follow in the coming weeks. 

    Oni Hartstein, said, "Intervention rests mostly on me. I literally did almost everything in the first few years and so unfortunately the comic had to be temporarily sacrificed. I am now at the point where things are running well enough that I can devote some time back to my comics. I am back permanently now and really looking forward to being able to create again."

    My Annoying Life is set to be updated at least once a week to start. Stupid and Insane will be returning with a change - it will now be co-written with Intervention co-founder James Harknell and will have a similar update schedule.

    You can view Oni's comics at 

    Friend her on Facebook at 

    Follow her on Twitter at

    Intervention is located in Rockville, MD and takes place this August 23-25th. The website is 

    Saturday, March 02, 2013

    Meet a Local Con Organizer: Ron Barba of AnimeUSA

    101_4614 Deadpool
    The Convention season has started again, with anime and manga focused-Katsucon having been at National Harbor last month, and Emerald City Comicon kicking off the comic book cons in Seattle this weekend. Six months ago, I attended AnimeUSA at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park, where it had moved after being in Crystal City in Arlington. The following interview was done with one of the con organizers, Rob Barba, for a Washington City Paper article that didn't gel. But everyone I see at AnimeUSA looks like they're having a great deal of fun, so perhaps it's not too soon to start planning to attend this September's event.

    Mike Rhode: How’d you personally get into comics?

    Rob Barba: I'm the writer for a webcomic, Claude & Monet (; due to its anime style, I felt working with a convention would be a good way to gain both exposure and experience. The former I've got, but the latter my cup runneth over. I can honestly say that in my eight years of working with Anime USA, it's been a worthy experience.
    MR: How is AnimeUSA different than a standard comics con?

    RB: We focus both on manga, manwha, and manhua (Japanese, Korean and Chinese comics, respectively) as well as webcomics. In the former case, these are the basis of anime, which has been on the rise for a number of years. For the latter, it will be the future of how comics are produced, and we felt it was important to be at the forefront of exposing our audience to this medium.

    MR: How many years has it run, and how many years have you been a part of it?

    RB: Anime USA has been around since 1998. I joined in 2004, after I moved into the area.

    MR: How many people did you have?

    RB: We had an attendance of roughly 3800 people. While this number is roughly the same as last year, we believe that the move to the new hotel as well as the tragic events of Hurricane Sandy had an effect on our attendance. We plan for greater growth next year.

    MR: How did the weather such as Sandy and the following Noreaster affect 2012's con?

    101_4604RB: Quite a bit, to be honest. The result was a wholesale cancellation of various panels, vendors coming from the north, and even many of our own staff. As mentioned before, attendance took a hit because of it. Still, I believe we did our best to regroup and move forward for our fans.

    MR: Why did you move to the hotel in DC this year?

    RB: The Marriott was best suited for our needs after an exhaustive search for a new location. With a layout suitable for panels, workshops and the like; plenty of picturesque locations for cosplayer photography, and room to grow, we were hard-pressed not to chose this site. Combined with the attentive staff of the Marriott, it sealed the deal for us.

    MR: Any guests you are particularly proud of having come in 2012? Favorite guests of past years?

    101_4606RB: Phil Lamarr, as he is one of the largest guests we have had to date. Caitlin Glass is also a fan favorite. The list of favorites for previous years is too long to mention, but includes folks like Steven Bloom, Monica Rial and others.

    MR: Is there anything special about 2012 not mentioned yet?

    RB: If people enjoyed 2012, wait until they see what we have planned for 2013. While I can't comment due to contractual reasons, I can say that the marquee guest for next year will be one the fans have been clamoring for, for quite some time.

    Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with T.R. Logan

    Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with T.R. Logan

    Friday, March 01, 2013

    More cartoons on view at Library of Congress

    Continuing our recent survey of the Library of Congress' cartoons on exhibit - the Civil War in America show has at least three cartoons in it. Although they appear to our eyes as political cartoons, these were published as stand-alone prints that one would buy to admire and look at frequently - almost the television of their day. Go see them in person to get a better view than these pictures taken without a flash.




    In the Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912–2012 exhibit, there's two original paintings by Arthur Szyk for playing cards.



    Down to Earth: Herblock and Photographers Observe the Environment is only open for three more weeks.

    March 2: Meet GOOD CHARLOTTE'S Billy Martin & Brent Allen at our VITRIOL THE HUNTER Signing!

    THIS SATURDAY 3/2/13

    First 25 in Line Receive a Very Special Free Mystery Gift!   

    Heya Third Eye Faithful!

    Who's anxious to greet Spring? I know we are, and we're kicking off the season for you with a freakin' AWESOME signing event with GOOD CHARLOTTE's Billy Martin and Brent Allen signing copies of their brand new IDW PUBLISHING series VITRIOL THE HUNTER.

    We're really excited about this event for a number of reasons, but the biggest one is that the book itself, VITRIOL, is a fantastic read, and totally worth checking out if you're a fan of the horror comic genre.

    Not to mention the fact that Billy Martin, the artist on the series, is the guitarist of a stellar band that brought a ton of attention to our homestate here of Maryland; we have to admit, we're pumped because we know so many of you guys are stoked about this!

    So, let's kick things off big with a huge turnout for Billy and Brent this Saturday, and show them WHY they chose to make Third Eye their first stop of in-store signings for VITRIOL THE HUNTER.

    This exciting new series is a must for fans of HELLBOY, BPRD, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, and BALTIMORE: THE PLAGUE SHIPS.

    Drawing on folklore and old monster myths prevalent in today's society, shaping them into a story that's one part classic horror film, and one part futuristic fantasy; imagine Hammer Studios's Horror of Dracula by way of Blade Runner.

    A self-proclaimed vigilante, Vitriol leads a mission to cleanse his homeland of the malicious monsters that have overtaken it, led by a brutal vampire with some tyrannical inclinations.

    Set in the city of Basilika in the year 2127, Vitriol the Hunter chronicles Vitriol's encounters with werewolves, hordes of hellions, and other walking myths.
    The book has a great plot, with some sharp artwork, and is a total blast to read. Snag yourself a copy this Saturday.

    BE ONE OF THE FIRST 25 IN LINE WHEN DOORS OPEN AND RECEIVE A FREE MYSTERY GIFT!You know we like to do it up big for our events, and it's you guys that keep us pushing forward, and making these things happen! We love the excitement and energy of having a line of awesome Third Eye Faithful waiting for the event, and so do the creators, and as such, we feel it's our duty to reward you with something cool for your dedication. :)
    This week, we've got a very special item that's very limited, and very low in print run, that will be available as a FREE gift to the first 25 people in line. 

    Click here for the FACEBOOK event info.
    Okay, Third Eye Faithful, let's get the Spring season off to an awesome start, and blow this one out of the water! We'll be looking forward to seeing you guys this weekend, and we think you'll have a blast. Both Billy and Brent are super awesome dudes, and you're gonna like 'em both lots. 

    Feel free to bring your copy of VITRIOL, or we'll have plenty available for purchase at the signing. For those of you who're GOOD CHARLOTTE fans as well, you can also bring your CDs to the signing for Billy to sign as well.

    We'll see you Saturday morning! :) 

    Comic Strip Hate in Arlington (contains morally-offensive images)

    Randy Scott of Michigan State University's Comic Art Collection posts a list of material he's catalogued each week and I usually browse it on Friday evening.

    This description caught my eye recently:

    Buy Aryan : Boycott Jew Stores. -- Arlington, Va. : National Socialist White People's Party, 1973. -- 1 leaf : ill. ; 28 cm. -- A white supremacy leaflet describing the program of the political party, in comic strip format on one side and text on the verso. -- Call no.: HS2330.N39B8 1973

    Yes, Virginia, Arlington had a headquarters for George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazi party. Thanks to MSU, we can see this comic strip abuse of Uncle Sam in favor of ridiculous anti-Semitism. Thankfully, these days - 40 years later - Rockwell would be run out of Arlington on a rail. His former headquarters is now a coffee shop. As a corrective to these images, ComicsDC recommends a visit downtown to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, where one can see the consequences of rhetoric such as this. (We do of course recognize and support the First Amendment and Rockwell's right to speech like this, even as we despise his views).

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