Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Alexandra Bowman talks to Chelsea Saunders

Alexandra Bowman emailed me that she's got some interviews online -

Satire Can Save Us All and The Hilltop Show (i.e. me wearing two hats) sat down yesterday with Chelsea Saunders, an animator, African-American activist, and political cartoonist for The Nib, to talk about her view of the current political cartooning world, particularly in light of the events of the past week. 

Our extended interview will be split into four parts on YouTube, two parts of which are already released! We'd really appreciate a like on these videos--like, subscribe, turn the bell on! The other two videos should be up soon. 

Also, be sure to follow Chelsea at @che_saunders on Twitter and @chelsea_saunders on Instagram!  

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Big Planet Bethesda New hours and policies

CLOSED to walk-in traffic
Curbside pickup:
Wednesday 11-7
Thursday 11-3
Friday 3-7
Saturday 1-5
Closed other days
Curbside policy:
Wait outside and call us, we will then charge your total and put a bag of your comics out on a table; don't approach if we or any other folks are at the table! Wear a mask.
Thank you.

Bethesda phone: 301-654-6856
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Monday, June 01, 2020

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "I Voted"

Definitely from DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock -

"I Voted"

Bringing up the coffee and morning paper last Sunday morning, I caught about 15 seconds of MSNBC on the bedroom TV. Some "contributing analyst" on the morning show was discussing the nationwide uprising against police terrorism and yammering about how we needed to unite "street politics" with electoral politics — which made me want to bring up my coffee again, if you know what I mean.

Cripes, what a stupid twunt. Didn't she realize that the reason we're in the streets right now is because electoral politics is a failure? I and millions of others in this country have realized that electoralism is a big, hot sloppy bucket of fail, and that it's time to get our yellow vests on and vote in the streets.

Never mind how many times I've heard rag-chewing Liberal talking heads on cable TV news flapping their cakeholes about "peaceful" protest — jeezus, I could play a drinking game with the number of times I've heard some knob on TV talking about being "peaceful". F'crissake, man — I can't think of a single time in my life when any meaningful change was brought about by people being "peaceful". Hell, the State and Capital aren't being peaceful right now; why should the People feel obligated to be peaceful? Screw "peaceful".

SPX's 2020 Ignatz Submission Deadline EXTENSION

Hello friends! 

Just sending out a quick reminder that the Ignatz submissions deadline has been extended to June 19, 2020. Some folks have asked, so to clarify, the books must have been published between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 to be eligible. If you had planned on a book coming out during the period, but it was delayed, it would be eligible next year. Sorry, but otherwise everything will just get murkier and Davis knows we don't need more murkiness now.

To review the submission process is:

Fill out this form for each submission you are making, no matter what format or category

PLEASE NOTE - Filling out the form is the only submission point for online comics!!!!!

We are ONLY accepting PDFs this year for printed comics

To submit the PDFs for your mini-comics, comics, graphic novels and anthologies for the SPX 2020 Ignatz Awards:

  • Go to this shared public folder to drop PDFs of your comics. All you have to do is place your PDF in that folder, and we will get it to the Ignatz jurors

  • For submissions of ONLINE comics, please

  • We are ONLY accepting single-file PDFs of the comics - we cannot accept folders of files, or comics in other formats

  • Each file must be named with the following naming convention:

  • For mini-comics, comics and graphic novels:


For example: Hanselmann.Simon.Bad_Gateway.Fantagraphics.July2019.pdf

NOTES: If there is no Issue Number, then do not put one in the file name
If it is self published, put Self as the Publisher

  • For anthologies:


For example: Newlavant.Hazel.Comics_for_Choice.Self.June2017.PDF

NOTE: If there are multiple editors, use only the first one listed on the title page.

  • Please do not assume we will figure out the creator's name, publisher, etc., as we simply won't have the time/person power

  • Submissions must have been published between June 1, 2019 and May 30, 2020, and the deadline for all submissions is June 19, 2020

  • We'd kindly ask you to hold one print copy of each title for inclusion in the Library of Congress small press collection - ideally you'll be able to simply drop a copy off at SPX, or we'll arrange to have it mailed to us hopefully sometime later this year depending on the circumstances.

Ok, that's it. Please let us know any questions you have, and thanks so much for making great art!!

Dan, Francesca and everyone else at SPX
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Cavna on the upcoming Hidden Object Game in the Sunday funnies

Comics will salute essential workers by hiding symbols in their Sunday strips

June 1, 2020 

The Post on Soviet animation

Cheburashka was the beloved misfit of Soviet animation. It's now a missing treasure for Russia. [Russia tries to reclaim treasured Soviet cartoon from Japanese studio].

Robyn Dixon 

Washington Post May 31, 2020 , p. A19

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Post recommends Robin Ha's new book

Bruce Guthrie wrote to me earlier today -

Tomorrow's Post's Arts & Style Section has an article on "Five new books for your teenager's seasonal reading pile".  One of them is "Almost American Girl" by Robin Ha.

The other four are:
 * "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You" by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendl
 * "Superman Smashes the Klan" by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru [also a graphic novel]
 * "Clap When You Land" by Elizabeth Acevedo
 * "Kent State" by Deborah Wiles

The article was written by Karen MacPherson, the children's and teen services coordinator for the library in Takoma Park, Md.

Those darn Wumo and Flashbacks

Friday, May 29, 2020

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "George Floyd Everywhere"

From Mike Flugennock, DC's anarchist cartoonist -

"George Floyd, Everywhere"

It wasn't just one cop who murdered George Floyd; it was America — the same America whose knee is crushing the throat of Iran, Venezuela, and dozens of other nations around the world.

Malaka Gharib on how to make a zine for NPR

How To Make A Mini-Zine About Life During The Pandemic

Malaka Gharib

May 28, 2020

Roye Okupe's latest Kickstarter ends today

Today is the last day you can grab your SIGNED copy plus EXCLUSIVE bonuses.

Grab Your Copy Of Iyanu Kickstarter Today Before Time Runs Out


Iyanu - Child of Wonder Volume One

A teenage orphan girl with no recollection of her past suddenly discovers that she has abilities that rival the ancient gods!

Iyanu chronicles the journey of a teenage orphan girl with no recollection of her past, who suddenly discovers that she has abilities that rival the ancient deities of her people. It is these abilities that are the key to bringing back the age of wonders and saving a world on the brink of destruction at the hands of The Corrupt — Cursed Wildlife and Divine Beasts desperate to destroy humanity.

Thursday, May 28, 2020