Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Andrew Aydin on Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story

Rafer Roberts' X-O Man-o-War page online

New sketch blog at Washington Post

Comics panel at Telegraph April 13

Telegraph in Charlottesville, Va., is hosting a comics panel April 13 ( 3-5 p.m.) about independent publishing and what drives illustrators to create. Participating cartoonists include Warren Craghead III, Jared Cullum, Andrew White (who lives in the D.C. area)  and Dustin Harbin. According to Telegraph, the “panel will discuss each artist's different approach to comics form, their publishing choices, and the respective comics scenes that they hail from.” Panelists will also have books and new works available for sale all weekend.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lalo Alcaraz interview on Comic Riffs

Note the film was last night...

Q&A with LALO ALCARAZ: ‘La Cucaracha’ creator gets a national closeup tonight on Ovation

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog March 16 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Moving story of a local autistic child who communicated through Disney movies

Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney


A version of this article appears in print on March 9, 2014, on page MM20 of the Sunday Magazine with the headline: Animating Owen.


Animating Owen

By Roger Ross Williams March 7th, 2014



Roger Ross Williams, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker, spent time with Ron Suskind and his son, Owen, who has autism, to show how they learned to communicate using dialogue from Disney movies.


Greg Benton sketches still available at Big Planet Comics Bethesda

Last month I reported on Gregory Benton's visit to Big Planet Comics in Bethesda. I was there yesterday, and the store still has six copies of B+F with large original illustrations in them. They look like this one. Get one before they're all gone!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Comics art show in Frederick, Md.

The 505 North Art'iques Gallery & Studio in Frederick, Md., is featuring a new comics art show March 21-April 11 with an opening reception on March 21 from 6-9 p.m. It will feature work by local cartoonists Matt Rawson, Andrew Cohen, Rafer Roberts, Jason Axtell, Teresa Roberts Logan, Stephen Loya, Danielle Corsetto, Martin Graff, Laura McClure and Monica Gallagher.

Time to submit for the Ignatz Awards

The Small Press Expo is now accepting submissions for its Ignatz Awards. Submissions are open to all independent creators and publishers, even if you are not exhibiting or attending SPX.
All Ignatz nominees will automatically be sent for preservation in the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress.
Categories are:
•Outstanding Artist
•Outstanding Anthology or Collection
•Outstanding Graphic Novel
•Outstanding Story
•Promising New Talent
•Outstanding Series
•Outstanding Comic
•Outstanding Minicomic
•Outstanding Online Comic
Send six copies of work published between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 sent to:
SPX Ignatz Awards
c/o Big Planet Comics
4849 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Links to comics eligible for the Outstanding Online Comic category should be emailed to spxignatz@gmail.com.
All submissions must be received by June 7, 2014.
Full guidelines are available a. All questions should be sent to the Ignatz Award coordinator, Eden Miller, at spxignatz@gmail.com.

Big Planet Comics Bethesda featured

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pictures from Smudge Expo

Santiago Casares

G.E. Gallas

Kevin Rechin

Matt Dembicki, Mike Rhode and Matt's original ComicsDC art
ComicsDC artwork over Mike's desk

Photos from CARTooons second exhibit at University of District of Columbia

CARTooons second exhibit at University of District of Columbia. Curated by Teresa Roberts Logan and featuring Andrew Cohen, Michael Auger, David Hagen, Carolyn Belefski, Matt Dembicki, Steve Artley and Rafer Roberts.

Missed it - John Kascht at National Portrait Gallery in 2011

How does he DO that?: The Secrets of Drawing a Face [John Kascht].
Wendy Wick Reaves
National Portrait Gallery's Face to Face blog (April 7, 2011):
and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpUE-oMpjNE

May 7: Becky Cloonan & Shaun Simon Signing - Killjoys & By Chance Or Providence

  • Big Planet Comics Vienna is proud to welcome Becky Cloonan and Shaun Simon for a signing of the collection of their series, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and Becky's self-published collection, By Chance Or Providence!

    The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is a scifi adventure where the Killjoys lost their lives battling against a controlling megacorp, and now their followers carry on the fight.

    By Chance or Providence is a compilation of Becky's self-published minicomics of fantastic adventures of magic and horror!

    Becky's website: http://beckycloonan.tumblr.com/
    Shaun's website: http://shaun-simon.tumblr.com/

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March 22: Magnus Robot Fighter Signing at Game On!

Game ON logo

Comics of the Week for Vienna and Arlington VA
Comics of the Week for Vienna and Arlington VA

Do NOT forget to pick up and add Magnus to your sub list this week!  It will sell out for sure!

We are very excited to have them both come to the store! It will be a great time! Stop on by and meet them and get them to sign your copy!



 J.R., Louis, Giahn, Matt, and Michael 

Game On! Comics


April 3: Ellen Forney at GWU

-as part of the second installment of Composing Disability

Special offer on 'By Chance or Providence'

Special offer from Fantom Comics: Be one of the first 20 people to pre-order Becky Cloonan's new hardcover book By Chance or Providence through ther store and get a free limited-edition, signed screenprint of her art from Conan.
Price: $20
Deadline: March 20th, 2014
How to Pre-order: Walkin, Call (202)241-6498 or email us at
reservations@fantomcomics.com and ask to special order "By Chance or Providence!"

Monday, March 10, 2014

Gaithersburg Book Festival graphic novel guests

The Gaithersburg Book Festival (May 17) is expanding its lineup of graphic novel authors this year, with a good number of creators from First Second. Returning is Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and joining him is Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Garth Hinds (The Odyssey), and George O’Connor (Olympians). Authors that combine comics and text include Rachel RenĂ©e Russell (Dork Diaries) and Janet Tashjian (My Life As a Cartoonist).

Comics-making workshops in Fairfax

I’ll be doing a couple comics-making workshops this month and April, with two at Fairfax libraries. The first is March 19 at CentrevilleRegional Library from 7-8 p.m. (geared toward teens), and the second April 14 at Oakton Library from 7-8 p.m. It's encouraged to sign up prior for the workshop.

--Matt Dembicki

May 21: Ben Hatke at Takoma Park Library

Ben Hatke - The Return of Zita the Spacegirl — at Takoma Park Library

May 21 2014 7:30 p.m.
ISBN-13: 9781596438767
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: First Second, 5/2014 
Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Avenue
Takoma Park
United States