Friday, May 18, 2018

June 6: Tom Angleberger at Politics and Prose

Tom Angleberger - Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear! **In the Children & Teens Dept.

Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m.
Politics and Prose bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave NW

Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear Cover Image
By Tom Angleberger, Andie Tong (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781368016292
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - May 25th, 2018


Note that only the writer is coming, but his wife is cartoonist Cece Bell who did the excellent book El Deafo.

About the Authors

Tom Angleberger, author of the New York Times best-selling Origami Yoda series, the Rocket and Groot series, Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear!, and has been a Star Wars fan and collector since 1977. Growing up before the dawn of the VCR, Tom listened to Star Wars again and again on cassette tape. His first action figure was C-3PO and his most recent (very recent) was a sandtrooper. He lives in Virginia with his wife, author and illustrator Cece Bell. Andie Tong has worked on titles for various comic franchises, including Tron: Betrayal, Spectacular Spider-Man UK, The Batman Strikes, Smallville, Wheel of Time, TMNT, Masters of the Universe, and Starship Troopers, working for companies such as Disney, Marvel, D.C. Comics, Panini, Dark Horse, and Dynamite Entertainment, as well as commercial illustrations for numerous advertising agencies including Nike, Universal, CBS, Mattel, and Habsro. When he gets the chance, Andie concept designs for various companies, and also juggles illustration duties on a range of children's picture storybooks for Harper Collins. Malaysian born, Andie migrated to Australia at a young age, and then moved to London in 2005. In 2012, he journeyed back to Asia and currently resides in Singapore with this wife and two children.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

NPR reviews Ellen Forney's new book on mental health

In 'Rock Steady,' Ellen Forney Combines Mental Health Advice, Artistry and Wit

May 17, 2018

May 24: Artist Talk: Tony Lewis, poetry inspired by Calvin & Hobbes

Tony Lewis. Courtesy of the studio. Photo: Mark Poucher.

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Tony Lewis is part of an exciting generation of artists working to collapse the boundaries between different art forms. He has quickly established himself in the contemporary art world by forming a distinct visual vocabulary that integrates poetry and text with the properties of abstraction. His monochromatic drawings pull from various visual and written sources, ranging from the personal to the political. Separating, rearranging, and erasing text, he shifts the way we read to open up new and unexpected meanings.

His current installation, Anthology 2014–2016, is comprised of thirty-four original collage-poems inspired by his favorite childhood comic book, Calvin and Hobbes, which the artist says was "a literary and artistic savior growing up in the '90s."

Lewis will join the Hirshhorn in conversation to delve into his practice of writing through drawing. He will discuss the inspiration for Anthology and how he deconstructed hundreds of comic strips, reordered them, and ultimately shaped them into poems through a process of erasing, editing, and rearranging dialogue to explore the collaborative nature of creativity and authorship, leaving meaning open to a range of interpretations.


May 24, 2018
6:30 pm–7:30 pm
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 19: Cartoonists at Gaithersburg Book Festival (UPDATED)

So, they have a children's panel of comics and a graphic novel panel, and they scheduled them for the same time. Well, at least you can get five book signed at one signing time. Local cartoonist Gareth Hinds is on slightly earlier in the day.


Paul Noth

Paul Noth is a writer and artist whose cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker and occasionally in other publications, including The Wall Street Journal. He was a regular guest writer for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” for which he created the cartoon “Pale Force,” and was an animation consultant for Saturday Night Live. He has also written for CBS’s “The Late Late Show” and other television programs.  His children’s book, “How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens,” is forthcoming in April 2018.
Twitter: @PaulNoth

Author Schedule:

Willa Cather Pavilion
Presentation Start Time:
2:15 pm
Presentation End Time:
3:05 pm
Signing Time:
3:15 pm


Joe Flood

Michael Kupperman

Michael Kupperman's comic drawings and strips have appeared in dozens of publications and websites, including The New Yorker, Fortune, The New York Times, Nickelodeon Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Esquire, Heavy Metal, Vice and McSweeney's; comic books for DC, Marvel and others; and been collected in multiple books, including five of his own. They've also been animated for Saturday Night Live, Adult Swim, and Comedy Central. Conan O'Brian described him as "probably one of the greatest comedy brains on the planet." "All The Answers" is his first serious book. Michael lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife, Muire, and son, Ulysses.
Twitter: @MKupperman

Author Schedule:

Rachel Carson Pavilion
Presentation Start Time:
12:15 pm
Presentation End Time:
1:05 pm
Signing Time:
1:15 pm

Author Website:

Dave Roman

Julian Voloj

Julian Voloj  is an award-winning author who specializes in non-fiction graphic novels and literary adaptations. His graphic novel "Ghetto Brother" (NBM, 2015) was named Booklist's 'Best Non-fiction Book of 2015' and praised by Junot Diaz in The New York Times as "superb" and "a gem." His new book, "The Joe Shuster Story," focuses on the life and struggles of the Superman co-creator. He lives with his wife Lisa and sons Leon and Simon in New York City's borough of Queens, not far from Joe Shuster's 1970s residence.
Twitter: @WarriorPeacemak

Author Schedule:

Rachel Carson Pavilion
Presentation Start Time:
12:15 pm
Presentation End Time:
1:05 pm
Signing Time:
1:15 pm

Tom Wolfe, cartoon collector

The Washington Post published an obituary of Tom Wolfe today. In the print edition of the paper, and in Ron Charles' video commentary, is a picture of Wolfe in his apartment in 1998. On one side of an archway is a cover of Simplicissimus, a pre-WWII German satirical magazine. On the other side is a comic strip, two pages of a comic book, and several caricatures, one of which looks to be Wolfe done by David Levine. You can see the image here -

If anyone else can figure out the rest of the comics, let me know.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Margot "Lois Lane" Kidder obituary in today's Post

Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in blockbuster 'Superman,' dies at 69 [in print as Margot Kidder, 69; Actress flew to fame as reporter Lois Lane].

May 15 2018 p. B6
online at
From the Vault of Artleytoons
Given recent events, thought I'd reprise this not-so-ancient cartoon from a few months earlier (click on image for larger view.

See more recent work by Steve Artley at Artleytoons

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Bipartisanship No. 2"

From Mike Flugennock, DC's only anarchist cartoonist:

"Bipartisanship No. 2"

So, anyway, just so we're clear on this... the GOP are worried that defense contractors will lose their jobs if we aren't bombing Syria (or Yemen, or Iran); the Democrats are still "resisting" their weak little asses off, but when it comes to Syria "there's no one more red, white and blue", as ol' Phil Ochs says.

There, done.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Glen Weldon on Fandom Files podcast

Superman's legacy & what superheroes mean to culture, with Glen Weldon

Jordan Zakarin

Fandom Files podcast April 16, 2018

The Fandom Files is joined by Glen Weldon, the author, NPR contributor and all-around geek expert. Weldon talks to us about the history of Superman — it's the Man of Steel's 80th birthday! — and what Zach Snyder got wrong. Plus, we talk about Batman, Star Wars, and the highs and lows of geek culture as pop culture. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY! (Photo from Batman/Superman #14, 2014)

June 26: Scholastic Graphix writer Tui Sutherland at Poitics and Prose

Tui Sutherland - The Lost Continent: Wings of Fire Book 11 ** in the Children & Teens Dept.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7 p.m.



This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
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Politics and Prose bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave NW   Washington   DC    20008

Sunday, May 13, 2018

That darn Candorville, Mark Trail and Judge Parker

Don't make fun of homeless people [in print as Stripped of everything].

Ann Rudd, Arlington

Washington Post May 12 2018

'Mark Trail' and 'Judge Parker' have jumped the shark [in print as Next time on 'Mark Trail': Literal shark-jumping].

Melissa Yorks, Gaithersburg

Washington Post May 12 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Comic Riffs report on Ward Sutton's Herblock address

Herblock Prize winner believes cartoon humor can help bridge a nation's differences

'Washington History' magazine now has comics

The newest issue of the semi-annual Washington History magazine, published by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., includes a new comics feature called "Another Look" by ... me (Matt Dembicki)! "Combustible" is the inaugural story about Mayor Walter Washington's leadership during the 1968 riots.

Below is a photo of the page as well as one of me (left) and editor Chris Myers Asch at the release gathering Wednesday at the National Building Museum.

Herblock award photos by Bruce Guthrie online

Ward Sutton was presented with the Herblock award last night at the Library of Congress and Bruce Guthrie got photos.


Everything else (mostly reception):