Friday, January 22, 2021

'WandaVision' Traps Its Stars In An Ever-Changing Sitcom

'WandaVision' Traps Its Stars In An Ever-Changing Sitcom

Pop Culture Happy Hour January 22, 2021

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany star as Wanda Maximoff and Vision in WandaVision.

Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Disney Plus has big plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first show to arrive from its slate of Phase Four projects is WandaVision. Wanda's got magic powers, Vision's a synthetic android and together, they're trapped in a series of simulations of comedies from decades past. However, slowly but surely, the superhero world you know and love begins to creep back in.

Show Notes:

Interview on Box of Bones from Rosarium

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Beat recommends Gallas' The Poet and the Flea

A Year of Free Comics: in THE POET AND THE FLEA, William Blake faces the macabre

by Avery Kaplan

In The Poet and the Flea by G. E. Gallas is an ode to the life of poet and painter William Blake in which Blake's life is re-imagined (and given some very sinister elements).

Continuing John Lewis' "March": Comics to Teach Civic Awareness | Education Series

Continuing John Lewis' "March": Comics to Teach Civic Awareness | Education Series

Panelist are...Meryl Jaffe, PhD, educational consultant/author, Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy

Talia Hurwich, Doctoral candidate, NYU and author Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy

Andrew Aydin, author of March and Registered

Fred Van Lente, author Action Activists, Action Philosophers, Action Presidents

Ryan Dunlavey, author Action Activists, Action Philosophers, Action Presidents

Jenna Ryall, Senior Instructional Specialist, NYCDOE

Brian Carlin, Senior Instructional Specialist, NYCDOE

Yohuru Williams, founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative, University of St. Thomas, author Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "DAnon Shaman"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock -

"DAnon Shaman"

Well, it's about freakin' time. I was starting to wonder when the Democrats and their flunkies in the media were going to get off the dime and start screeching that ZOMG FOREIGN INFLUENCE (a.k.a. Russia, China, Iran) was responsible for the Great Capitol Hill Chud Riot a couple of weeks ago — and I was somehow reminded of this fake shaman who turned out with the QAnon crowd at the Capitol, and that joke about how Russiagate was basically QAnon for Liberals.

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"FBI probing Capitol riot link to foreign governments, groups", Al Jazeera 01.17.2021

"Here We Go Again: Hillary Clinton, Pelosi Allege Trump Orchestrated Capitol Riot on Putin's Orders", Sputnik International 01.19.2021

The "QAnon Shaman" at the Capitol,

Mike Flugennock, Political Cartoons:

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2021 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards nominations 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 Award. The nomination process ends February 1st:"

One apparently needs to create an account to enter a submission.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Malaka Gharib on NPR's covid-19 webcomics

11 Original NPR Comics That Brought Joy, Hope And Help During The Pandemic [comics journalism; webcomics]

Malaka Gharib

The Post on Batwoman

New Batwoman Javicia Leslie always wanted to be a superhero [in print as New Batwoman Javicia Leslie says she always wanted to be a superhero]

Q&A: Javicia Leslie takes on Batwoman role to empower others

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.|AP

Jan. 8, 2021

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Kal and Wuerker at editorial cartoonist symposium

The untold story of editorial cartoonists

Visual artists discuss sensitivities emerging around images, political and otherwise

Express Tribune January 16, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

Sal Buscema art sells for over $100K

Sal Buscema's original cover to 1971's Sub-Mariner No. 35, featuring the soon-to-be Defenders (Hulk, Silver Surfer and Namor) squaring off against a few assembled Avengers (Iron Man, Goliath and Thor). The artwork was one of two pieces in the Comics & Comic Art event to realize $102,000. 

Mr. Buscema lives somewhere in Northern VA.

Jan 24: Cartoonist Paul Merklein Virtually Returns!

Cartoonist Paul Merklein Virtually Returns!

Do you like to draw cartoons?  Do you want to meet a cartoonist?

Cartoonist (and former resident of Silver Spring MD) Paul Merklein is 
virtually visiting public libraries and schools this year, and he will 
return to the Fairfax County Public Library in VA on Monday January 25 
at 2:00 EST.

Meet Paul online and learn how to draw famous cartoon characters!  Win 
FREE prizes! Have fun drawing cartoons!

Register for Paul's program here...

If you miss the program on on January 25, you can see Paul's calendar 
of virtual programs here...

Paul Merklein taught Cartooning at Arlington Community Centers in 
Virginia for 5 years.  He now enjoys semi-retirement in Wisconsin 
where he draws cartoons, drinks tequila and misses Ben's Chili Bowl in 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

That darn Mark Trail

The Post reviews WandaVision

'WandaVision' on Disney Plus gives Marvel Studios its first true power couple [in print as 'WandaVision' gives Marvel Studios its first true power couple]

Washington Post Jan. 16, 2021 p C1-2

and here's a Master of Kung Fu article by Betancourt too -

Shang-Chi's return to Marvel Comics makes him the center of his own story