Thursday, January 23, 2020

PR: New Grumble comic from Rafer Roberts in pre-order

Grumble: Memphis and Beyond the Infinite #1

A con-artist trapped in a pug's body and his half-demon daughter take a psychedelic trip across the universe in GRUMBLE: MEMPHIS AND BEYOND THE INFINITE!

You can't keep a bad dog down! Eddie Endino, the unrepentant crook trapped in a pug's body, and Tala Palacio, Eddie's half-demon daughter, return this March in a brand new mini-series published by Albatross Funnybooks. Written by Rafer Roberts and illustrated by Mike Norton,  GRUMBLE: MEMPHIS AND BEYOND THE INFINITE follows Eddie and Tala as they embark on a cross-dimensional rescue mission to the far side of reality where danger lurks around every corner…but where the real threat may be each other!

"Eddie and Tala have been through a lot together. They've lied, cheated, and conned their way across America, while growing to genuinely like each other. But this new adventure is going to test their tenuous family bonds like never before," said GRUMBLE writer and co-creator Rafer Roberts. "It's really a heart-touching tale of a deadbeat dad, who happens to be a pug, trying to reconnect with his daughter, while also attempting to rescue her mother from the evil forces who live in an alternate reality hellscape."

"GRUMBLE is a weird comic, and this series is only gonna make it weirder." says GRUMBLE artist and co-creator Mike Norton. "Rafer has done some really epic world building in this story, I'm so proud of this book!"

GRUMBLE: MEMPHIS AND BEYOND THE INFINITE #1 is a great jumping-on point for new readers who may not be familiar with Eddie and Tala's brand of heartwarming mayhem. "I pride myself on writing comics that are accessible no matter if you pick up an issue one or issue twelve," explains Roberts. "But all you really need to know with the new series is that Eddie's a jerk who got himself stuck in a pug's body and he's been recruited by his estranged daughter Tala to help rescue her mom from space prison."

While most of the action takes place in Tennessee and other psychedelic parallel dimensions, the new series takes special care not to forget where it started. "Yeah. We're sure spending a lot of time in Baltimore for a comic series with Memphis in the title," quips Norton. However, revisiting the "Charm City" of Baltimore is more than just a way to annoy Memphis-native Norton. "Eddie is an incredibly selfish jerk who would throw his own mother under a bus to save himself," Roberts explains. "But now he's heading across the universe to rescue a woman he hasn't seen in nearly 20 years. So, we're going to spend a little time in Baltimore and see exactly what went down between Eddie and Tala's mom back in the day, and learn why Eddie would put his life on the line for her now."

Adding her unmistakable coloring expertise to the strange alien landscapes is returning colorist Marissa Louise. "Working on GRUMBLE is my monthly treat. It's a comic I'm so proud of and in love with!" says Louise. "Rafer writes a beautiful father/daughter dynamic and Mike's imagination is unmatched. Plus I get to color this book in a completely unhinged way!"

"I love making this comic," said GRUMBLE writer Rafer Roberts. "Eddie and Tala have become like my own awful children, and I find myself in constant awe every time a new page of artwork shows up in my inbox. Mike and Marissa are masters of conveying action and emotion to the point where I get chills reading my own comic! And having Crank! on letters just ties everything together perfectly. I can't wait till March!"

GRUMBLE: MEMPHIS AND BEYOND THE INFINITE #1 (of 5) hits shelves March 25th, 2020, and is currently available for preorder.

Feb 26: My Hero Academia Movie Heroes Rising screening by DC Anime Club


CONTACT: Chris Wanamaker, (202) 262 2083

DC Anime Club to host a Free screening of My Hero Academia Movie 2 Heroes Rising.

On Wednesday  February 26 ,2020 at Angelika Mosiac Mosaic District, 2911 District Ave Suite
200,  Fairfax, VA 22031 at 7pm DC Anime Club will be hosting a free screening of My Hero
Academia Movie 2 Heroes Rising.  Doors will open at 5:30pm.

Those interested in the screening must send an e-mail rsvp to

Rsvp's will be taken on a first come first serve basis. If you are not on the list of names of rsvp's you WILL NOT be ALLOWED into the screening room. You must also bring photo ID.  RSVP's WILL NOT be taken by Eventbrite or any place else.

We hope to see you there.

For more information please visit the DC Anime Club website at or call 202 262 2083.

About DC Anime Club:
  DCAC was established in 2003 to introduce and educate people in the Washington, DC area about East Asian culture, through viewing and discussion of Japanese animation (also known as anime) and Japanese comics (manga). DCAC is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, contributions to DC Anime Club are taxed deductible to the extent allowable under the law.

The club also works to provide a positive, alternative activity to the youth in the area by exposing them to foreign culture, encouraging artistic expression and creativity, and providing opportunities for participation in community activities and leadership.

In addition to our bi-weekly meetings, the club holds an Annual Art Show, an Annual Costume fundraising event, and visits local schools to do presentations on anime. The club also works with the Smithsonian Freer Gallery and DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival on their anime screenings, and has helped locally promote performances for Japanese bands such as Puffy Ami Yumi and Pine am. DC Anime Club was founded by Chris Wanamaker (President),
Jules Chang (Former Vice President) and Craig Vaughn (Vice President) on Saturday June 5,
2003. We have a strong membership that continues to grow -- most of which are teenagers.

Christopher Wanamaker DC Anime Club President 202 262 2083

DC Anime Club Main Site
Meet up:

More To Come 399: Bill Campbell of Rosarium Interviewed by Calvin Reid

More To Come 399: Bill Campbell Interview

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Ann Telnaes sketches the Senate impeachment hearings

Sketches from the Senate impeachment trial

Stilson Greene, editorial cartoonist of Loudoun Now

A friend showed me a copy of the Loudoun Now newspaper today, and it had work by an editorial cartoonist I didn't recognize. A little bit of digging revealed it was done by Stilson Greene and ran in his weekly Stilson's Corner in the paper, which is archived back to March 2016. I've reached out to try to get our standard interview questions answered.

A lot of small papers may still have editorial cartoonists that aren't listed in the big run-downs of the death of editorial cartooning. The Daily Cartoonist linked to a story about Peter Waldner today for a second example.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

RFK editorial cartoon contest is open

"In these turbulent times, the preservation of accurate journalism is essential to our democracy. Join us in celebrating the best work of the year at the Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism Awards. The nomination process ends February 3rd:"

Cavna on impeachment cartoons

Cartoonists are having a tougher time with Trump's impeachment than with Clinton's. Except when it's easier. [in print as Clinton and Trump: Cartoonists draw distinctions].

Avengers medical support at CVS

My friend Nora spotted these at the CVS in Pentagon City.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Our Boarding House ad in the Washington Star

Pete Mullaney has continued looking at the comic strips of the Washington Star, and has a question - " Did the Major do a lot of these?" This is an ad from the October 20, 1940 paper.

Beyond Comics suffered an arson attack yesterday

On Facebook, they reported:

"In case you had not heard, our Frederick Store was the target of an arsen (sic) attack today (1/17/2020). No one was injured and only comic books got burned. As this was done during store hours and while we had customers shopping we are just very glad no one was injured. We want to acknowledge the help our customers Chris, Zack and Heather."

Friday, January 17, 2020

Richmond-born editorial cartoonist Ron Rogers RIP

Longtime political cartoonist Ron Rogers dies at 65


Washington Times (!) reviews Screwball, book about early cartoonists

I had no idea the Times was still publishing.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Screwball!' 

By Michael Taube 

Washington Times January 16, 2020

Library of Congress' Comic Art exhibit reviewed in the Post

At the Library of Congress, 'Comic Art' offers an appealing history of comics [in print as An exhibition that draws you into history].

Anime ‘Weathering With You’ reviewed in the Post

'Weathering With You': Animated love story is set against a backdrop of climate change [in print as Hope breaks through a cloud of melancholy in animated romance].

REGISTRATION OPEN_ The Oscars at the Archives

Registration for the 16th Annual Showcase of Academy Award®-Nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects held from February 5 - 9 at the National Archives is now open! 

Register for all film screenings below. 

* Arrive for screenings via the Special Events Entrance of the National Archives Museum off Constitution Avenue and 7th Street. 
Questions? Email or call 202-357-5103. 
The screenings are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the National Archives. This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Out! Out, damned spot!"

The latest from DC's Mike Flugennock, anarchist cartoonist.

"Out! Out, damned spot...!"

Man, it sure has been a helluva week for Fauxcohantas, huh? The Politico hit-piece smears on Sanders that blew up in her face, the roasting that she and CNN are getting for the treatment they gave Sanders at the Democratic Debate, the wave of requests for donation refunds so big it choked the servers at ActBlue... Fauxcohantas is going down like the Hindenburg, and I can't pretend I'm not enjoying it.

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"Op-Ed: CNN's Shameful Treatment Of Bernie Sanders", John Kass, Chicago Tribune 01.16.2020

"Warren-Sanders Dispute Jolts Bernie's Base Into Action", Politico 01.15.2020

Latest Liz at Large

Liz At Large: "Point"

Here's a little bit of cartoon wisdom.

Liz Montague
Jan 16, 2020

Robin Ha and Jillian Tamaki in Baltimore

I get the impression that this isn't open to the public, but I'm linking to it anyway to reproduce the info for Robin's book.

WI15: Children's Authors and Illustrators to Meet

Kids' and YA books and authors continue to be key to Winter Institute

Robin Ha

Almost American Girl (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, Jan.; $22.99 hardcover, $12.99 trade paper; 65,000-copy paper first printing; ages 13–up)

Why the buzz: "A graphic memoir is the ideal format for this story of immigration, assimilation, and the transformative power of art. Through Robin's eyes, we experience—on a visceral level—her confusion and hurt, but ultimately her triumph, when she is suddenly transplanted from Seoul, South Korea, to Huntsville, Alabama, as a girl."—Alessandra Balzer, v-p, co-publisher, Balzer + Bray

Opening: "I was 14 years old."

Evening author reception

Jillian Tamaki, illustrator

My Best Friend, written by Julie Fogliano (Atheneum, Mar.; $17.99; 100,000-copy first printing; ages 4–8)

Why the buzz: "This pitch-perfect friendship story is stunning in every way. Julie has the brilliant ability to write the way children feel and play and speak, and in this book she captures childhood friendship in all of its quirky, lovely detail. Jillian's lush illustrations are done in a limited palette of soft, warm colors that feel like a hug. My Best Friend has the feel of an instant classic from two incredible talents."—Reka Simonsen, editorial director, Atheneum

Opening: "i have a new friend."

Evening author reception

Feb 8: Oscar Animated Short Film Nominees at NARA


National Archives 16th Annual Showcase of Academy Award®-Nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects
February 5 - February 9, 2020

Washington, DC, January 15, 2020 — The National Archives will host free screenings of the 92nd Academy Award® nominees in four categories — Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film — in its William G. McGowan Theater from Wednesday, February 5, 2020 through Sunday, February 9, 2020. A very limited number of seats are available for press, contact:

The screenings are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the National Archives Foundation.

Reservations for the screenings will open to the general public at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, January 17, 2020, at or call 202-357-6814.

Theater doors will open 45 minutes prior to start time. Walk-ins without reservations will be admitted 15 minutes prior to start time, depending on available seats. Please note that some films may not be appropriate for general audiences.

The William G. McGowan Theater is located in the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. The public should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

Screening Schedule (subject to availability)

Animated Short Film Nominees
Saturday, February 8, 3:30 p.m. 

Dcera (Daughter)
Daria Kashcheeva
Hair Love
Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver
Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre
Siqi Song 

Total Running Time:  51 minutes

RVA's lastest comics column

RVA Comics X-Change: Issue 35
Ash Griffith | January 14, 2020

Jen Sorenson interviewed by Michael O'Connell

Calling out racists in cartoons makes them angry [Jen Sorensen]

by  Michael O'Connell

It's All Journalism 392, January 16, 2020