Friday, August 23, 2019

Malaka Gharib talks to the NY Times

How to Draw Yourself Out of a Creative Funk

Malaka Gharib, the author of the coming-of-age graphic memoir "I Was Their American Dream," shares her tips.

By

A version of this article appears in print on Aug. 23, 2019, Section C, Page 16 of the New York edition with the headline: Creative Funk? Draw Yourself Out of It.

Comic strips in staff picnic ad from 1971 military newspaper

There's Beetle Bailey, B.C. and the Wizard of Id in this drawing from US Naval Hospital Memphis' newspaper in March 1971

Danielle Corsetto remembers Richard Thompson via his original art


Danielle Corsetto remembers Richard Thompson via his original art - more at

Sept 25: Music Graphic Novel Book Club

Music Graphic Novel Book Club

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
  • Solid State Books 600 H St NE Washington (map)
Monk.jpgJoin audiophile Jeremiah Foxwell in an engaging discussion of the life of Thelonious Monk. This vividly illustrated biography of jazz legend Thelonious Monk brings to life his relationship with the headstrong baroness who would become a life long friend and patron. Set against the backdrop of New York in the 1950s, this graphic biography explores the rare alchemy between two brilliant beings separated by an ocean of social status, race, and culture, but united by an infinite love for music. 

Thoroughly researched by author Youssef Daoudi and rendered in his spontaneous, evocative pen and ink, Monk! seems to make visible jazz itself.

Upcoming mystery event with Greg Pak in DC


From Greg Pak's twitter feed:

Yes, I'll be at the @NY_Comic_Con and the @baltimorecomics con and one yet-to-be-announced event in Washington, DC this year!



Scoop talks with anime director Hiroshi Nagahama at Otakon

Dana Maier on the New Yorker website

Know Your Drinks: A Beginner Barfly's Guide

Thursday, August 22, 2019

PR: Small Press Expo Announces 2019 Ignatz Award Nominees


For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Stafford
 
Small Press Expo Announces 2019 Ignatz Award Nominees

Bethesda, Maryland - August 22, 2019
 
Media Release - The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2019 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. 

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman's brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry. .

The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today's comics professionals, MK Czerwiec, Kelly Froh, Chris Kindred, Nola Pfau and Rob McMonigal.

Congratulations to all our nominees!, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 9:30 P.M.

This years Ignatz logo is by 2018 Promising New Talent winner, Iasmin Omar Ata.

SPX is proud to have Kickstarter as the sponsor for the 2019 Ignatz Awards. Their generous sponsorship will go towards ballot printing, manufacture of the awards, room & A/V costs for the ceremony and the Ignatz After Party.

More information on Kickstarter's exciting support of SPX's 25th Birthday will be announced in the next few weeks.
Outstanding Artist
  • Rosemary Valero-O'Connell - Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (First Second)
  • Koren Shadmi - Highwayman (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Lucy Knisley - Kid Gloves (First Second)
  • Sloane Leong - Prism Stalker (Image Comics)
  • Ezra Claytan Daniels - Upgrade Soul (Lion Forge)

Outstanding Collection
  • Love Letters to Jane's World - Paige Braddock (Lion Forge)
  • Girl Town - Carolyn Nowak (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Dirty Plotte - Julie Doucet (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Leaving Richard's Valley - Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • This Woman's Work - Julie Delporte (Drawn & Quarterly)

Outstanding Anthology
  • Electrum - Edited by Der-shing Helmer (Alloy)
  • Wayward Sisters - Edited by Allison O'Toole (TO Comix Press)
  • Family - The Nib Magazine - Edited by Matt Bors, Matt Lubchanksy and Eleri Harris (The Nib)
  • Death - The Nib Magazine - Edited by Matt Bors, Matt Lubchanksy and Eleri Harris (The Nib)
  • We're Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology - Edited by Tara Avery and Jeanne Thornton (Stacked Deck Press)

Outstanding Graphic Novel
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me - Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (First Second)
  • Upgrade Soul - Ezra Clayton Daniels (Lion Forge)
  • Woman World - Aminder Dhaliwal (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Highwayman - Koren Shadmi (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Gender Queer - Maia Kobabe (Lion Forge)

Outstanding Series
  • The Nib Magazine - Matt Bors (The Nib)
  • Daygloayhole Quarterly - Ben Passmore (Silver Sprocket Press)
  • Heavenly Blues - Ben Kahn/Bruno Hidalgo (Scout Comics)
  • Frontier - Youth in Decline
  • Endgames - Ru Xu (NewsPrints)

Outstanding Minicomic
  • Trans Girls Hit the Town - Emma Jayne (Diskette Press)
  • Gonzalo - Jed McGowan (Shortbox)
  • Silver Wire - Kriota Willberg (Birdcage Bottom Books)
  • Cherry - Inés Estrada (Kilgore Books & Comics)
  • YLLW YLLW YLLW - Mar Julia (Diskette Press)

Outstanding Comic
  • Lorna - Benji Nate (Self-Published)
  • Infinite Wheat Paste #7 - Pidge (Pidge Comics)
  • The Saga of Metalbeard - Joshua Paddon & Matthew Hoddy (Self-Published)
  • Egg Cream - Liz Suburbia (Silver Sprocket & Czap Books)
  • Check Please! - Ngozi Ukazu (First Second)

Outstanding Online Comic
  • Isle of Elsi - Alec Longstreth
  • That's Not My Name! - Hannako Lambert
  • What Doctors Know About CPR - Nathan Gray
  • About Face - Nate Powell
  • Full Court Crush - Hannah Blumenreich

Promising New Talent
  • Haleigh Buck
  • Ebony Flowers
  • Emma Jayne
  • Mar Julia
  • Kelsey Wroten

Outstanding Story
  • Sacred Heart Vol 2 Part 1: Livin' in the Future - Liz Suburbia (from Egg Cream #1) (Czap Books)
  • Sincerely, Harriet - Sarah Winifred Searle (Graphic Universe)
  • Woman World - Aminder Dhaliwal (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea - Vannak Anan Prum (Seven Stories Press)
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me - Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (First Second)
Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.smallpressexpo.com.
Small Press Expo
P.O. Box 5704
Bethesda, Maryland
20824
STAY CONNECTED




Tuesday, August 20, 2019

PR: Small Press Expo Announces Programming Schedule for SPX 2019



For Immediate Release
Contact: Eden Miller
 
Small Press Expo Announces Programming Schedule for SPX 2019
 
Bethesda, Maryland - August 20, 2019
 
Media Release - Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the Programming Schedule for SPX 2019. SPX is continuing the festival's established tradition of rich, thought provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule features 22 sessions with two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15.

See Raina Telgemeier, Eleanor Davis, Keith Knight, Chris Ware and Emily Carroll, along with all of the other Special Guests, in a wide variety of engaging panel discussions as part of SPX 2019.

In addition to the program panels, there are also 14 workshops with Special Guests and exhibitors being conducted by Pittsburgh-based Comics Workbook, you can sign up for the workshops here.
Here are some highlights:

  • Chris Ware And Eddie Campbell In Conversation: Chris Ware (Rusty Brown) and Eddie Campbell (The Goat Getters) are not only two of the most accomplished cartoonists in the world, they are also experts on its history. Moderator Craig Fischer (Appalachian State University) will join them in a wide-ranging conversation about comics' roots, their current work, being a cartoonist in Chicago, and whatever else strikes their fancy.  

  • Jaime Hernandez and Katie Skelly In Conversation: Jaime Hernandez (Love And Rockets) and Katie Skelly (My Pretty Vampire, Maids) are known for their pulp roots, drawing beautiful & fashionable women, and creating memorable characters that have a profound impact on their readers. Rachel S. Miller (Ohio State University) will join them in a discussion delving into their unique drawing styles, inspirations, and shared cultural fascinations.  

  • Racial Illiteracy: Harvey, Glyph and Inkpot award-winning indie cartoonist Keith Knight crashes SPX with an all-new slideshow addressing America's Racial Illiteracy. Using comix, story-telling, and humor, ye olde Gentleman Cartoonist gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to America's biggest problem. Tea will be served.

  • Libraries And Comics: Past, Present, And Future: Over the past twenty years, libraries and the comics industry at all levels have been working together to forge bonds that have benefited both. Comics and graphic novels have become a huge draw for libraries, who also use their resources for comics festivals and workshops. Libraries have become an essential client for publishers at all levels, emerging as a crucial part of their bottom line. Critic Chris Mautner explores the evolving nature of this relationship with Kathy Schalk-Green (of the American Library Association), Megan Halsband (from the Library of Congress), Jacq Cohen (representing Fantagraphics Books), and cartoonist Raina Telgemeier (award-winning and best-selling author of Smile, Drama, Sisters and her newest book, Guts).  

  • Queer Science Fiction And World Building: Science fiction has long been used as a means to address any number of society's ills through the use of alien settings and advanced technology. Many cartoonists address queer-specific issues in the way that they actually create the foundations of their worlds. Critic and publisher Carta Monir will moderate Hannah Templer (Cosmoknights), Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (What Is Left), Shing Yin Khor (Salvage Station No. 8), and Alison Wilgus (Chronin) as they discuss how their settings create explicitly and implicitly relate queer themes.  

  • Birthing Stories: There have been a number of extraordinary comics published about pregnancy and motherhood in recent years. Carol Tyler (Late Bloomer, Soldier's Heart) blazed the trail in this regard thirty years ago, and she will moderate an all-star assemblage of cartoonists to discuss the experience of giving birth. Join Lucy Knisley (Kid Gloves), Marnie Galloway (Slightly Plural), Meghan Turbitt (Laughter Birth), Lauren Weinstein (Mother's Walk), and Rachel Masilamani (We Conceive) as they offer a wide variety of perspectives on their own birthing stories.  
Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries. For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.smallpressexpo.com.
Small Press Expo
P.O. Box 5704
Bethesda, Maryland
20824
STAY CONNECTED
Small Press Expo | P.O. Box 5704, Bethesda, MD 20824





Editorial on Latuff editorial cartoon by DC writer

The Left Can No Longer Excuse Its Anti-Semitism
Izabella Tabarovsky
Forward August 19 2019

Izabella Tabarovsky is a writer in Washington, DC. She works at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Sept 14: Jen Wang at East City Bookstore

At 3 pm.

Catching up with Cavna on Spiegelman, Peanuts, Harvey Awards

Art Spiegelman says his Marvel book introduction was killed over Trump joke

Washington Post August 19 2019

New York Comic Con's Harvey Award nominations show streaming services gaining ground

Washington Post August 14 2019

How Woodstock — the bird — was inspired by the 1969 music festival [in print as A bird of peace amid the dogs of war].

Washington Post (August 17 2019): C1, 2

The story behind the fake Mad magazine and TV Guide covers in 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood' [in print as The deep reservoir of prop fictions in 'Once Upon a Time']

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post August 18 2019, p. E3

Online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/08/08/story-behind-fake-mad-magazine-tv-guide-covers-once-upon-time-hollywood/

The Post's obituary for animator Richard Williams

Richard Williams, Oscar-winning animator behind 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' dies at 86 [in print as Oscar winner created 'Roger Rabbit'].

The Post on Pokemon in DC

Yes, people are still obsessed with Pokémon — and this is their Super Bowl [in print as Catching Pokemon - and feelings]

Monday, August 19, 2019

Aug 31: Comics at the Library of Congress Book Festival

Sorted by appearance time.

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm Presentation 9:30 am - 9:55 am EDT
Children's Purple Stage

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm Book Signing Line No. 6 10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Book Signing Lines 6-10

Juana Medina Presentation 10:40 am - 11:05 am EDT
Children's Purple Stage 

Jim Ottaviani Presentation 11:00 am - 11:45 am EDT
Science

Cece Bell Presentation 11:50 am - 12:15 pm EDT
Children's Green Stage


Jim Ottaviani Book Signing Line No. 13 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Book Signing Lines 11-15

Juana Medina Book Signing Line No. 23 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Book Signing Lines 20-23

Cece Bell Book Signing Line No. 11 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
  • Book Signing Lines 11-15

Raina Telgemeier Book Signing Line No. 19 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Book Signing Lines 16-19

Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham Presentation 2:10 pm - 2:35 pm EDT
 
Children's Green Stage

Ngozi Ukazu Presentation 2:15 pm - 2:50 pm EDT
Teens

Fabien Cousteau Presentation 2:20 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
Children's Purple Stage

Fabien Cousteau Book Signing Line No. 5 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Book Signing Lines 1-5


Matt Phelan Presentation 3:30 pm - 3:55 pm EDT
Children's Purple Stage

Ngozi Ukazu Book Signing Line No. 3 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Book Signing Lines 1-5

Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham Book Signing Line No. 11 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
B
ook Signing Lines 11-15

Raina Telgemeier Presentation 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Main Stage

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Book Signing Line No. 8 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Book Signing Lines 6-10

Matt Phelan Book Signing Line No. 2 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Book Signing Lines 1-5


Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks Book Signing Line No. 5 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Book Signing Lines 1-5