Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Oct 10: Paul Pope at Politics and Prose

Paul Pope will be at Politics and Prose and Takoma Park Library on October 10th.

Paul Pope - Battling Boy

Oct 10, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

Best known for his graphic novels, Pope—in his new book for younger readers—vividly depicts Acropolis, where child-eating monsters roam the streets. The townspeople pin their hopes on Battling Boy, a demigod sent to save them—if he can. Ages 10 and up.

Battling Boy (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781596431454
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second, 10/2013 
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Paul Pope - Battling Boy — at Takoma Park Library

Oct 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Best known for his graphic novels, Pope—in his new book for younger readers—vividly depicts Acropolis, where child-eating monsters roam the streets. The townspeople pin their hopes on Battling Boy, a demigod sent to save them—if he can. Ages 10 and up.

Battling Boy (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781596431454
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second, 10/2013 
Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Avenue
Takoma Park

Here's the press release from his publisher:




"A new generation superhero." – Entertainment Weekly


Boing Boing says, "You're going to love this," while The Huffington Post calls it "an instant classic," and MTV Geek "a rip-roaring superhero adventure for the ages."  "This book is a number one stunner," says Junot Diaz, while Brian K. Vaughan says, "there's more imagination in each page of this book than in whole years of other comics," and Jeff Smith calls it "the adventure of the year."


When Battling Boy's father (a warrior god) drops him on a world infested with bloodthirsty monsters, he leaves his son with nothing but a magic credit card, a trunk full of enchanted tee shirts, and instructions not to come home until he's liberated the planet from its plague of monsters.


It's one kid versus an entire world full of monsters – and the monsters don't stand a chance.


PAUL POPE is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator behind the fiercely beloved comics The One Trick Rip-Off, Batman Year 100, Heavy Liquid, and100%. A master of gritty sci-fi epics, he's known for genre-bending storytelling and frenetic, stylish artwork. Paul Pope's art has been featured in places as diverse as LucasArts, Diesel Industries, and Cartoon Network, and DKNY. Widely considered to be one of the best and most influential cartoonists today, Paul Pope's comics storytelling has its roots in the classic superhero stories he read as a child, from his lifetime devotion to the classic stories of Asimov and Bradbury — and the epic storytelling of Star Wars.  At age 25, Pope embarked on a career creating comics for the Japanese manga publisher Kodansha, living and working in Tokyo.  His comics have since reflected the effortless pacing, breathless emotional storytelling, and widespread accessibility that the manga form is so well known for, while retaining an aesthetic that is truly Pope's own. The protégé of Moebius, the legendary grand master of the French comics industry, Pope's current work integrates all these influences into a heady concoction with a uniquely American sensibility.


Review copies are available.



by Paul Pope

First Second Books

Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Trade Paperback: 9781596431454, $15.99 / $18.50

Hardcover: 9781596438057, $24.99 / $28.99

6 x 8 1/2, 208 pages, Ages 10 - 14

On Sale 10/8/13



Gina Gagliano

Associate Marketing & Publicity Manager

First Second Books





Oct 21-22: Brian Biggs at local bookstores

Cartoonist turned children's book illustrator Brian Biggs will be at Hooray for Kids in Alexandria on Monday afternoon Oct 21 at 4 pm, and at Politics and Prose on Tuesday Oct 22 at 10:30 am.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Wire stories on comic book readers and The Simpson's from yesterday's Post's Style section

Comic book heroes are hot. Comic books are not. And that's OK with their fans
Melissa Rayworth / Associated Press
Washington Post October 6 2013

'The Simpsons' to kill off a character this season
By Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times
Washington Post October 6 2013

Julian Lytle featured on The Beat

NYCC '13: Artist Julian Lytle offers prints of JLA members eating yummy foods
by Heidi MacDonald

SpookyFest begins Thurs.

The 10-day Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival begins Thursday at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Md., with a bigfoot film, "Willow Creek" (Pretty cool poster). Director Bobcat Goldthwait will be there. Here's your comics angle: John Dimes, a local TV personality and artist (and sometimes cartoonist) will be screening his film "Bald Headed Blues: A Doctormentary on Sarcofiguy." It's described as "the hysterical true-life story of reluctant local television pioneer and artist John Dimes and his 'charming̕' alter-ego 'Dr. Sarcofiguy' as they navigated for more than 15 years the diverse D.I.Y. worlds of modern television horror hosting with cutting edge improv, humor and wit. Featuring interviews with television hosts past and present, including Dick Dyszel ('Count Gore De Vol'), Jerry Moore II ('Karlos Borloff'), Bob Hinton ('A. Ghastlee Ghoul'), Leanna Chamish ('Boo dePest'), and narrated by New England horror host 'Penny Dreadful.'

Flea Market finds this weekend

I found some material by formerly famous cartoonists over the weekend.

Digby Bell in The Education of Mr. Pipp by Augustus Thomas: The Charles Dana Gibson Play postcard
New York: Carter & Gut, 1905

The Road to Paradise sheet music (missing middle pages)
New York: G. Schirmer
Cover by Raeburn van Buren

Donald Hessler Said "Hello" original cartoon
Richard Yardley, Baltimore Sun cartoonist

Friday, October 04, 2013

Zadzooks: Scribblenauts Unmask

Washington Times review of the DC Comics-based video game "Scribblenauts Unmasked—A DC Comics Adventure." 

Brian Ralph interview from SPX

'I always want to be joking': a chat with 'Reggie-12′s' Brian Ralph
by Chris Mautner | October 3, 2013

Today: 'Arcana' at Telegraph

Telegraph in Charlottesvilles, Va., is holding a reception and release today (5 p.m.) for "Arcana," an exhibit fof ive interpretations of iconic cards from the Major Arcana of the Tarot. One of the artists participating is cartoonist Benjamin Marra. Prints will also be available online for sale. (You should check out the amazing array of prints the store has, with several by cartoonists such as Zach SotoWarren Craghead and Michael DeForge.

Dust Elves at Capicons on Sunday

October 4, 2013

Visit Gordon at Capicons Sunday

If you missed Gordon at the Small Press Expo last month, here's your chance to get a copy of The Secret Origin of The Dust Elves (and more). He'll be there this Sunday, October 6 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Capicons is a small comic book convention in Dunn Loring, VA. It's at The Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station at 2148 Gallows Rd. Come on by and say hi.

And don't forget to check out the new Dust Elves website.


Thursday, October 03, 2013

Oct. 11: George R.R. Martin at Beyond Comics

George R.R. Martin, author of the best-selling series of novels that HBO adapted into the hit TV show Game of Thrones, will be visiting Beyond Comics at the Gaithersburg, Md., on Friday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. Nuff said! (Keep up to date on the event through the store's Facebook event page.) BTW, Meathouse Man, an e-comic adaptation of Martin's short story of the same name, will be available for Kindle readers on Oct. 15. 

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Noguchi at Artisphere on Oct. 3 and 5

Cartoonist Jamie Noguchi will be the artist in resident tomorrow at the Artisphere in Arlington, Va., as part of the D.C. Conspiracy’s Comics Making Workshop in the Works in Progress Gallery. Jamie will be there from about 6:30-9ish p.m. (depending on how long it takes him to finish his chalkwall drawing, which each resident artist has done each week). Jamie will also be there on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Below is a recent episode of his online comic Yellow Peril.

Courtesy of Jamie Noguchi

The Post on the (lack of) popularity of comics

The Washington Post ran an article about how comics characters are popular, but comics themselves…not so much. Quoted in the piece is Lina Krueger of Washington, D.C., who is a contributor to the comics blog Girls Read Comics, Too (Comics From a Female Point of View).

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Mills/Hondros team to tell a tale of a terrible tsar

Local cartoonist Art Hondros has teamed with cartoonist/writer Scott Mills (a former Marylander) on a historical comic about tsar Ivan Vasilyevich, aka Ivan the Terrible. "In an effort to combine my love of Russian history and old Gold Key comics I’ve joined forces with artist Art Hondros to create Terrible: Tsar Ivan IV," Scott writes on the blog he created for the comic. The book will comprise 10 six-page chapters "detailing what I see as the most salient–or at least most interesting–aspects of history’s most notorious tsar." The first chapter is up online today, and Scott also posted some of Art's black-and-white drawings for the project. 

Image courtesy of Scott Mills/Art Hondros

15 days to get submissions in for the Berryman Award


Open to editorial cartoonists of newspapers, websites, magazines and blogs in the U.S. for  printed or animated work that exhibits power to influence public opinion, plus good drawing and striking effect. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and an engraved crystal vase.

To learn more, CLICK HERE