Thursday, June 25, 2015

National Library of Medicine historian Michael Sappol on WWII animation

The Inside Story

  on June 25, 2015

By Michael Sappol

Inside Out, Pixar's latest hit animated feature, is mainly set on the inside of a young girl's brain. Riley, an eleven-year-old, is operated by a committee of characters, each representing an emotion, who collectively try to deal with her troubles at school and home. It seems like a very contemporary way to depict consciousness, and critical reaction from psychologists and neuroscientists has been largely favorable.

Title frame from The Iside Story, featuring a sailors face and depictions of him from various stages of childhood.But, strangely, the film echoes an older and quite obscure piece of animated cartooning: a 1944 movie made during wartime for the U.S. Coast Guard, The Inside Story. That film, now preserved in the historical audiovisual collection of the National Library of Medicine, deals with the typical emotional problems suffered by men entering the military service and argues that psychotherapeutic approaches may help.

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Frank Cho to illustrate new Hulk title

The Hulk Gets Totally Awesome In New Series From Greg Pak and Frank Cho

  • - 06/25/2015

Comic Riffs wins awards

"Michael Cavna won four awards for his work on the great Comic Riffs blog, including first place/blog portfolio, first place/video storytelling, third place/arts and entertainment feature and third place/short feature."

The Washington Post wins 14 awards in Society of Features Journalism contest

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kevin ‘Kal’ Kallaugher video online

Kevin 'Kal' Kallaugher – Entertaining & Enraging with Cartoons
Kevin Kallaugher (KAL)
Moses Znaimer's Ideacity conference

Julian Lytle quoted in article about black cartoonists reaction to racial violence

"If James Baldwin didn't change fucking America, what's a comic essay going to do?"

    Seven cartoonists discuss race, outrage, and black grief after Charleston

    June 24 2015


With words and work from Ron Wimberly, Whit Taylor, Keith Knight, Chris Kindred, Richie Pope, Shannon Wright and Darryl Ayo.

July 7: KAL at Goethe-Institut

FuturePerfect - Telling Stories for a Better Future: How Art and Narratives Can Change the World

Forging the Future

Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 6:30 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum and FotoGalerie
No charge
+ 1 (202) 289-1200
2040 Climate Change Summit, 2009 (c) KAL
This discussion event officially launches FuturePerfect, a project showcasing stories of individuals and their innovative efforts to build a better future. FuturePerfect features stories from pioneers all over the world who are working in their communities in areas like energy, food security, textile production, mobility and the arts.

FuturePerfect stories show that the transformation of modern society toward sustainability is not principally the domain of experts in the fields of science, economics, and politics. It is the business of each individual to use their scope of action to experiment with what is possible in the here and now. FuturePerfect is a joint venture of the German foundation FUTURZWEI and the Goethe-Institut. Since its launch in 2012, FUTURZWEI has presented the stories of hundreds of pioneers of new and different economic, social, and cultural practices.

This panel discussion will explore how art and narratives can change the world by spreading visions of a utopian future. Questions to be discussed will include: Is art just utopia? Can stories lead people to change their behavior and work towards a better future? And what is the best way to make people pay attention to the problem of sustainability and to act on it?


KAL (Kevin Kallaugher) – KAL is an editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine and The Baltimore Sun. He won the 2014 Grand Prix for Cartoon of the Year in Europe as presented by Press Cartoon Europe, and his work has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide. KAL's work has been widely displayed at exhibitions including at the Tate Gallery in London and the Library of Congress in Washington. Many of his cartoons deal with climate change, the dependence on oil, and environmental pollution.

Sarah Browning – Browning is a poet and co-founder and executive director of Split This Rock (a project that calls poets to a greater role in public life). She is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and a featured writer for Other Words. She is the recipient of artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and has been a community organizer for Boston public housing and a grassroots political organizer on a host of social and political issues.

Marc Gunther – Gunther is an editor-at-large for Guardian Sustainable Business US and a contributor at Fortune where he writes about business and sustainability. He is the creator and co-chair of Brainstorm Green, Fortune's annual conference on business and the environment. Gunther is the author or co-author of four books, including Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism is Transforming American Business. His newest book, Suck It Up: How Capturing Carbon from the Air Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis, was published in 2012.

Nancy Averett – Averett is a freelance science journalist who writes for a variety of national publications like Pacific Standard, E! The Environmental Magazine, Inc., and She is a member of the Society for Environmental Journalists and a contributor to FuturePerfect.

Erik Assadourian – Assadourian is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, contributing editor to Adbusters and Managing Editor of FuturePerfect (US). He has published two editions of Vital Signs and four editions of State of the World, including State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? He is currently producing Yardfarmers, a reality TV show about young Americans moving back in with their parents to farm their yards and neighborhood green spaces, and in the process help solve issues such as the obesity epidemic and food insecurity.

A reception follows the discussion.

Eventbrite – FuturePerfect - Telling Stories for a Better Future

This event is part of the Forging the Future series.

(c) Heinrich Böll StiftungPromoted by the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and the Heinrich Böll Foundation

Deutsch-Französischer Kulturfonds / Culturel Franco-AllemandForging the Future is supported by a generous contribution from the Elysée-Fonds for German-French cultural programs abroad. This event is also made possible with support from Friends of the Goethe-Institut.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Captain America comes to Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C.

Summer of Superheroes

School is out and superheroes are in! Just in time for summer break, Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. welcomes Captain America.

Captain America, the famed Marvel character known for his super powerful and virtually indestructible shield, was greeted in the Nation's Capital by local children. The children and their families were on hand to unveil the wax figure to press and fans alike.

Captain America will be with Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. for a limited period of time, so be sure to visit him while you can!

PLUS, wear you superhero themed attire (Captain America t-shirt, Spiderman suit, Hulk mask, and more) and save $5 off your admission to Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. during the month of June.

The Post reviews novel on 200-year old cartoonist

'Death and Mr. Pickwick' asks if Dickens stole his famous first novel [in print as Did Dickens steal his first novel?]

Daily Cartoonist follows up on Montgomery County Sentinel cartoon plagiarism

Investigation called in Sentinel plagiarism; 81 of 84 cartoons found to be copies; paper owner: 'meh'

June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Spider-Man cited in Supreme Court patent decision today

Elena Kagan brings her Spidey sensibility to Supreme Court ruling



'With great power': How Supreme Court went fanboy-ish today in ruling for Marvel

July: Teresa Logan teaches comics at Politics & Prose

Four Fridays: July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 6 – 8 p.m.

$105 (10% off for members)

The medium of graphic novels is a great way to combine words and pictures to tell a story, and can bring a personal memoir to life.

The class will delve into the ways the graphic novel can be an advantageous medium for writers exploring difficult themes. For instance, Ellen Forney uses humor in her work Marbles to depict her struggles in identifying and coping with bipolar disorder, whereas Marjane Sartrapi relies on the visual aspect of the narrative to make the political more personal in Persepolis, which is a moving depiction of the Iranian revolution. Graphic novel basics will also be covered, as well as how to put your own stories down in a way which will capture your readers' imaginations.

Recommended Reading:
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
Marbles, Ellen Forney
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast

About the Instructor(s): 

T.R. Logan is a Reuben Award-nominated cartoonist, and has been a professional writer/artist for over 30 years, making a living from her words, as well as her pictures, from stage to page. A regular contributor to the D.C. Comics-only paper MAGIC BULLET, she is also a regular on comedy stages, and a storyteller at Storytalks in NYC and at Speakeasy D.C.  As a standup comic, she has been an opening act for Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Carey, Kevin Nealon, Dana Carvey, and more. Her personal stories come through in her standup comedy act (HBO, Comedy Channel, A&E), and have been published in chapter books from a variety of publishers, including the upcoming Dirty Diamonds, an All-Girl Comics Anthology. Her work was also chosen to appear in the nationally distributed Cartoon Crier, published by the Center for Cartoon Studies, and her own book of cartoons, The Older I Get, The Less I Care, is available from Andrews McMeel Publishing.She is a regular exhibitor and frequent guest at ComicCons, including New York ComicCon, AwesomeConDC, and CreativeCon Panama City.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Comic Riffs talks to Jim Davis about the new Garfield musical

The Post's review of a comic book-influenced play

More on 'Inside Out'

'Inside Out' is a kids' movie without villains, princesses or cool cars — and that's a good thing [in print as Toyless Story: 'Inside Out' puts mind over matter]

Why The Key Character In 'Inside Out' Is The One Who Isn't There

June 19, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Inside Out' And Moms And Dads In Love

June 19, 2015

Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

The Post reviews Inside Out

'Inside Out' mixes adventure and brain science to create a literal joy ride [in print as This brilliant film flies even  higher than up].

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cartoon journalist Josh Kramer interviews a food artist

Chewing The Fact With Local Artist Marcella Kriebel

By DCist Contributor Josh Kramer

June 18 2015

Comic Riffs on Z2 Comics and Inside Out

Pete Docter's inspiration behind Pixar's mindful 'Inside Out'? This one goes to 11.

By Michael Cavna

June 18 2015


Z2 Comics announces new fall titles as it ramps up its creator-owned mission

By David Betancourt

June 18 2015

New book from Nick Galifianakis?

Nick Galifianakis usually lets me know when he's got a new project, so I was surprised to have a new book of his pointed out to me:

I asked Nick about it, and he replied, "Bridget is Katharine Weymouth's youngest daughter.  Bridget (I call her Bridgey Boo) had a very serious accident, one that almost resulted in her losing her arm.  I've always been close to Katherine's children so I visited Bridget almost daily during her long hospital stay of multiple surgeries and endless treatment.  She was in tremendous pain so I did my best to distract her by doing quick drawings at her bedside.  Sometimes she would draw a squiggle and challenge me to make something from it.  Other drawings were simply dashed off in the moment and yet others were more refined - whatever it took to make her smile that day.

"Later on, her mother, Katharine Weymouth, collected the drawings, all of which I left with Bridget, and created this book by pairing my crazy pictures with a story Bridget's wrote about her her experience.  The proceeds go to charity.  Beyond being brave and tough that's rare in a child that age, she's also easily my most adorable coauthor."