Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ot: John Kovaleski in Gettysburg

Got this email a few minutes ago, as I'd bought his book and minis at SPX:

Christmas is coming (perhaps you've heard - it's in all the papers) and that means
shopping shopping shopping. So, with that in mind, I'm doing a booking signing at Gallery 30 (30 York St, Gettysburg PA) on Friday, December 5, 5:30-8:00. I'll be signing my new book APPEELING: The Best of Bo Nanas and my not-so-new book Bo Nanas: Monkey Meets World.

At the same time, in the same place, my wife, Jocelyn Swigger, will be having a release shindig for her new CD, "Piano Recital."

I know it's pretty unlikely that you'll all be in southern central Pennsylvania this Friday. So if you feel the need to gift-up, you can find my books here:

And my wife's CD here:

And for more info than you'd ever need/want about me, please visit my blog. I post about 4 times a week about my cartooning life for your time-wasting pleasure.

ComicsDC logo - first shot

comicsdc logo1

I'm obviously not an artist, but I kind of like this one, and Our Man Thompson approved of it. I'm sticking it on a Zazzle mug now. It's also on a magnet so you can stick it on your computer and remember to check this site (if it wipes your hard drive, I don't want to hear about it. You should know better than to put magnets around computers).

Comic advertisements - a few old snapshots

Here's some more advertisements using comics motifs.

Dick Tracy Franklin Bookman standup - Crown Books 199803
Dick Tracy advertisement for Franklin Bookman standup - Crown Books March 1998.

Spider-Man - Hardees 199905
Spider-Man advertisement - Hardees May 1999 (in Kentucky, I think).

Thing - Dodge Caravan ad - NJ Turnpike 199909
Thing from Fantastic Four - Dodge Caravan advertisement - NJ Turnpike September 1999.

Spider-Man - Got Milk Metrobus 199908
Spider-Man - Got Milk Metrobus advertisement, August 1999, Washington, DC.

Disneyland ashtray 2
Disneyland ashtray.

This week's Zadzooks

ZADZOOKS: Video game review, Gears of War 2: Fenix's foe tougher, Joseph Szadkowski, Washington Times Thursday, November 27, 2008. Meanwhile in Bennett's Best, Greg recommends Fables and Twisted Toyfare Theater. I must confess to enjoying Wizard's fotonovella abuse of toys.

Help me have a happy holiday; OR ComicsDC goes commercial

movies cover

Just kidding with that title (right now!), but I'm playing around with Zazzle's line of products prefatory to really nagging cartoonists I know to start making some neat stuff I can buy. Bill Griffith of Zippy sells stamps and cards there for example and I just ordered a complete set of both of them.

In the meantime, here's a mug* featuring the original photograph (as seen above) for my book Film & TV Adaptations of Comics - 2007 edition. I'm working on the 2008 edition of the book now - and a new Punisher movie opens next week. Oh boy!

*My photographs of flowers on mugs and cards are also available for your mothers.


By John Judy

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #579 by Mark Waid and Marcos Martin. Our hero is trapped underground with the father of his worst enemy. What to do? What to do? Good comics!

ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #10 by Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard. The Secret Origin of Zechariah, the world’s most bi-polar vampire.

BATMAN #682 by Grant Morrison and Lee Garbett. Well, now that Batman is “dead” at the hands of his dad or “Mr. Hurt” or The Devil or whoever, we are to be treated to a retrospective of his life by Alfred the faithful butler on his deathbed. More fun from Grant Morrison’s collection of soggy cocktail napkins, strung together with pictures! WARNING! MAY CONTAIN COHERENT NARRATIVE! (kidding!)

THE BOYS #25 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Wee Hughie a.k.a. “Bagpipe” meets the G-Men and their founder. Meanwhile his team-mates are up to their own shenanigans. Ennis-style action and debauchery! Not for kids. Recommended otherwise.

CRIMINAL 2 #7 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. This latest arc comes to a conclusion as Jacob the beat-up forger/cartoonist must figure out how to double-cross his double-crossers. Highly Recommended!

ESSENTIAL DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR HC written and drawn by Alison Bechdel. The best strips from the past eleven volumes of DTWOF, plus sixty new ones not previously collected. Twenty-five years worth of funny, opinionated, challenging stuff. Recommended, especially for Mormons.

HAUNTED TANK #1 of 5 by Frank Marraffino and Henry Flint. The classic DC war comic about the ghost of a Confederate General who makes himself available to aid his tank-driving descendents gets a great twist here. The General’s latest descendent is a black man serving in Iraq. I already love this comic. Recommended!

HELLBOY: THE WILD HUNT #1 of 8 by Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo. HB’s fightin’ giants! But of course nothing’s ever that simple in his world. The follow-up to last year’s DARKNESS CALLS.

IMMORTAL IRON FIST #20 by Duane Swierczynski and Travel Foreman. Danny Rand faces down his latest and most deadly nemesis, the weird demon critter who’s been killing Iron Fists for centuries. I’m betting on the guy with his name on the comic.

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #21 by Geoff Johns, Alex Ross and Dale Eaglesham. Anytime a God says “Worship me!” you know you’re in trouble. Next thing you know you’ve got guys in bad suits and worse haircuts asking for money. Good thing the JSA is here to put a stop to all that. The penultimate chapter of “One World, Under Gog.”

MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA #1 of 6 by Kurt Busiek and Jay Anacieto. A sequel to the ground-breaking 1994 series MARVELS, in which we learn again what it’s like to be an everyman in a world of supermen. Nobody writes such stories better than Kurt Busiek. Recommended.

NEW AVENGERS #47 by Brian Michael Bendis and Billy Tan. An issue focusing on the consequences of the Skrull invasion, specifically as they affect Luke Cage. Look for green people getting punched in the brain.

PUNISHER MAX: X-MAS SPECIAL #1 by Jason Aaron and Roland Boschi. A little something for all of us who were beginning to doubt Santa Claus: A Punisher story by Jason frickin’ Aaron! The author of SCALPED! You probably want to draw the blinds and turn off your phones for this one. Not for kids. Highly recommended!

SANDMAN: DREAM HUNTERS #2 of 4 by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell. A beautiful adaptation of an earlier Sandman novella. Highly recommended.

SECRET INVASION #8 of 8 by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu. The final chapter. Radical stuff occurs. “He loves you!”

SHE-HULK: COSMIC COLLISION #1 by Peter David and Mahmud S Asrar. For all you Shulk Completists out there! It’s okay! Come out into the light! Featuring powerful chicks in tight clothes!

SOLOMON KANE #3 of 5 by Scott Allie and Mario Guevara. Intrigues abound as Robert E. Howard’s puritan Punisher is drawn deeper into a mystery that can only be resolved with steel and powder. Very solid stuff. Recommended.

WOLVERINE: MANIFEST DESTINY #2 of 4 by Jason Aaron and Stephen Segovia. Wolvie gets his butt kicked all over Chinatown by a girl. It’s swell. Jason Aaron strikes again!

X-MEN: NOIR #1 of 4 by Fred Van Lente and Dennis Calero. What if the X-Men had been created and written by pulp crime novelists back in 1930-something? Imagine Mickey Spillane writing Wolverine! Highly recommended and hopefully the gateway through which X-maniacs will find their way to SCALPED and CRIMINAL. Recommended.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My Thompson collection grows

Holy Tango of Literature by Francis Heaney (Author) and Richard Thompson (Illustrator) arrived in the mail today. Richard did caricatures of authors such as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost for the 2004 book. The Library of Congress Cataloguing-in-Publication data doesn't list Richard, caricature or cartooning so many of us may have missed this.

That darn Toles, continued

Bush Forfeited Respect
Washington Post November 29 2008

Regarding the Nov. 22 Free for All letter objecting to Tom Toles's Nov. 18 cartoon:

I thought Toles's depiction of the torturer in chief departing the White House was spot on.

I have heard before the argument that the president deserves respect, but may I remind the letter writer that it's the office of the presidency as defined in our Constitution, not the individual, that deserves deference.

When an individual disgraces that office, as George W. Bush has surely done, that individual is no longer worthy of respect. He's lucky he hasn't been subjected to the Dick Cheney-Alberto Gonzales-style justice that has besmirched our nation.

-- Cathy Clary

Richard Thompson wraps up his White House visit

Here's part 3.

Books I've liked lately

I don't have the inclination, nor the discipline to do a 'year in review' column, but here's a few titles I've enjoyed lately. Of course, I've got tons unread so if a title that I've mentioned buying recently (Derf, Get Your War On) isn't on here, I probably just have gotten around to it yet.

Bourbon Island 1730 - Apollo and Trondheim tell a tale of a search for the dodo on Reunion Island. The search quickly gets derailed by pirates, romance and a brewing war between ex-slaves and the island's government. It's taken me a little while to get used to Trondheim's funny animal characters, but now I enjoy them.

Skitzy by Don Freeman - this is a minor graphic novel from 1955, but it's enjoyable. It could run in today's New Yorker without too much trouble. Freeman is best known today as a children's book author, but this story is for adults and tells about the conflict between a man's artistic and professional sides. There's an excellent afterword with information on Freeman's wide-ranging professional career.

The Venice Chronicles by Enrico Casarosa - Casarosa is an Italian artist working in the US on animation. This book is a graphic travelogue of a trip with his girlfriend back to Italy where they go exploring Venice, meeting his family, and running into Hugo Pratt's daughter. It's done in a sketchy style with watercolor that is very appealing. I bought mine from Casarosa's website and got a little sketch in it. I bought all his other books at the same time - they're slighter sketchbooks, but still fun.

Crogan's Vengeance by Chris Schweizer - I talked to Chris at HeroesCon and bought some of his artwork so I'm thrilled to see this out. It's another pirate story, this time in the grand swashbuckling tradition of Rafael Sabatini. The Crogan family is apparently given to much derring-do and this is the first installment. Other members have been gunfighters, secret agents and French Legionnaires. In this "Catfoot" Crogan is a reluctant pirate, but proves to be quite good at it. Chris' art style is more cartoony than one might expect in an adventure tale, but he's got a fine handle on action (see the bottom of page 75 for example). I'm definitely looking forward to more in this series.

Various sketchbooks by Ryan Claytor
- Ryan's been doing comics-format journals and publishing them for a while. I ran into him online and liked the idea of that so I bought them all from him. He's kind of like Harvey Pekar with drawing ability and better-controlled angst (although I've got issues with his music tastes that I don't have with Harvey - sorry Ryan). I'm reading these now, and enjoying them, but I seem to have bought the last copy of his masters thesis in comics form.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Dec 2: Superhero Rabbi talk

Sara Duke noted this in some editions of the Post today:

Tuesday, December 2, 7pm, for ages 13 and older

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein will discuss his book "Up, Up and Oy Vey!" about how Jewish history, culture and values helped shape the early years of the comic book industry. Chabad of Upper Montgomery County, 11520 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg, registration required, $20, but $15 in advance. Call 301-926-3632 or go online

Full page o' Our Man Thompson in Thanksgiving Post Magazine

The last page of the Post Magazine on Thanksgiving has a full-page Cul de Sac strip. I have a suspicion this one is recycled, because it looks like watercolors rather than the Syndicate's limited palette. Also... it's not Sunday! So this is probably just a gimme for the Post.

Since Cavna's presumably taking the day off, also in Watch Your Head, Lio and his pet Cthulu (see HP Lovecraft in Wikipedia) make a guest appearance. Whoa, just checked and he did pick Thanksgiving strips to mention - however, we've got a 10-point deduction for not recognizing one of the Elder Gods.

New issue of International Journal of Comic Art shipped

The latest issue of IJOCA shipped earlier this week John tells me. He's also working on getting the website updated. It's renewal time and next year goes to three issues per volume, so send him your check ($45 for individuals in the US) now! And remember, you can still order the parody Interplanetary Journal of Comic Art with the proceeds going to support the real thing.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Richmond's AdHouse Books best of 2008

With Best of 2008, AdHouse Books blog (November 24 2008), Richmond's Chris Pitzer decides to lead the pack with a month still left to go in the year - I haven't read any of his picks yet although I've got Alan's War.

Dec 6: DC Anime Club's Osamu Tezuka Marathon

DC Anime Club's Osamu Tezuka Marathon
A tribute to the God of Manga

The DC Anime Club, an organization whose purpose is to educate the Washington, DC community about East Asian culture through the art form known as Anime (Japanese animation) will host a Marathon of Anime Films based upon the Manga (Japanese Comics) works by Dr.Osamu Tezuka on December 6, 2008 from 2pm-5pm at the Martin Luthur King, Jr Memorial Library in 901 G St NW Washington, DC 20001 in Room A10. During the Marathon such anime as Phoenix , Kimba The White Lion and Black Jack and or course Tetsuwan Atom best known to American audience as Astroboy will be shown.

About Dr.Osmamu Tezuka:
Dr. Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫 Tezuka Osamu?, November 3, 1928 – February 9, 1989) was a Japanese manga artist, animator, producer and medical doctor, although he never practiced medicine. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. He is often credited as the "Father of Anime", and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his formative years. His prolific output, pioneering techniques, and innovative redefinitions of genres earned him such titles as "the father of manga" and "the god of Manga." His grave is located in Tokyo's Souzen-ji Temple Cemetery.

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 tax 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 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 (Vice President) and Craig Vaughn (Sgt in Arms) on Saturday June 5, 2003. We have a strong membership that continues to grow -- most of which are teenagers.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information please visit the DC Anime Club website at or call DC Anime Club at 202 262 2083.

# # #

Christopher Wanamaker
DC Anime Club President
202 262 2083

Monday, November 24, 2008

Videogame animation voice actors featured in Post

See "The Voices of Video Games: Local Actors Give Life to the Elves and Villains Who Wander the Teeming Cyberspace Underworld," By Ashley Halsey III, Washington Post Staff Writer, Monday, November 24, 2008; B01, for a look at the least-appreciated part of animation.

VOA visits NoVA comics store

Voice of America visited the Northern Virginia comic book store NOVA Comics and Games in Springfield, Virginia, and talked to sales clerk Dave Weinberger who says, "Comics are too expensive for kids. And they’ve changed -- ". This show is to help non-English speakers, so it's a bit basic, but hey, before the Internet, you couldn't even hear VOA in America. Both John Lent and I have been on programs we've never heard.

Ember, Steve and Barbara Klein. 2008.
Batman, Spider-Man Face a Growing Crowd in Comics, Graphic Novels, Voice of America's Special English This Is America 24 November 2008.

Richard Thompson's White House journalism pt2

He's dragging out the story on his blog. At least this time he's put up some sketches.

Blackhawk as sickbed reading, circa 1951

53-2024-1 GSW of lower femur (with comic)

Here's a picture from work that one of the assistant archivists brought to my attention today. This poor guy has a gunshot wound of his lower femur (with a Blackhawk comic book on the bed) during the Korean War, 1951.


By John Judy

(This week we are thankful for comics and not being a turkey at a Sarah Palin interview.)

BATMAN #681 by Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel. “Batman R.I.P.” wraps up here, leading into all kinds of stories in which Batman is not allowed to be technically alive and present. Don’t think about this too hard. Just go with it…

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #19 by Joss Whedon and Karl Moline. Dark Willow, Fray, Time-Travel. Who doesn’t love time-travel stories? Only your evil alternate-future selves, that’s who!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #44 by Ed Brubaker and Luke Ross. Only Brubaker could make Batroc the Leaper versus Bucky a smashing good yarn. It’s miraculous really…

CREEPY ARCHIVES VOL.2 HC by Various Creators, including Archie Goodwin, Alex Toth, Al Williamson and many more! Collecting issues 6-10 of the classic horror mag! Originals are valued at over 500 bucks! Yours here for a lot less. Recommended.

DAREDEVIL #113 by Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark. And did I mention Lady Bullseye? I mean, whatever they’re feeding Brubaker I’ll take a case. This is the same guy who writes CRIMINAL, one of the best comics EVER! Take a gander.

GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS: NIGHT WITCHES #2 of 3 by Garth and Russ Braun. It’s Krauts versus Commies in this fact-based WWII adventure as things heat up between The Hun and the honeys! Boom!

GLAMOURPUSS #4 by Dave Sim. Gotta be honest, the only way to describe this book is “It’s a Dave Sim project.” Take it or leave it, CEREBUS fans.

HOLY SH*T: THE WORLD’S WEIRDEST COMICS HC by Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury. Exactly what it sounds like, folks. Gotta look!

HULK #8 by Jeph Loeb, Frank Cho and Art Adams. Wendigos (“Wendigoes?”), Lady Liberators and a couple of Hulks. You want more, write your own HULK comic!

JSA KINGDOM COME SPECIAL: THE KINGDOM #1 by Geoff Johns and Fernando Pasarin. More Gog, but at least it’s Geoff Johns writing it. Plus, Starman finally comes clean about his mission, his insanity and his Commander Riker-looking beard. Okay, two out of three. Gotta look.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS ALL-WINNERS, VOL.3 HC by Various Creators. Collecting issues 9-14, currently valued at over ten grand in near-mint. Cheaper here. Lotsa Golden-Age ruckus guaranteed!

NORTHLANDERS #12 by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly. The Vikings continue their tour of the Emerald Isle. Hijinks ensue. NOT for kids. Highly recommended.

PREVIEWS by Marvel and Diamond Comics. As if 2009 wasn’t looking good enough already!

SUPERMAN #682 by James Robinson and Renato Guedes. The 100,000 Kryptonian refugees start to figure out the INS can’t really do anything to them. Lou Dobbs goes into hiding.

THOR: MAN OF WAR #1 by Matt Fraction and Patrick Zircher. Thor and his dad have a fight. Hey, they’re both gods! It’s a Big Fight!

UMBRELLA ACADEMY: DALLAS #1 of 6 by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba. If you liked the first Eisner-winning limited series you’ll love this. Featuring rampaging stone Presidents!

WALKING DEAD #55 by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard. Bi-weekly now? Does this mean the zombies are getting faster? Awesome! Not for kids.

WELCOME TO HOXFORD #4 of 4 writ and scribbled by Ben Templesmith. It’s the insane criminals versus the werewolves in their final battle. From the co-creator of FELL and 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, since you ask.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rees reminder

David "Get Your War On" Rees at Busboys and Poets in an hour. I'm definitely going, having just spent a grand to replace the washing machine that locked up this morning - I need a break from domesticity.

(However the new one is energy and water efficient).

Update - I went, and it was cool. Quotes, photos and a review of the book to come soon.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thanksgiving sale at Cards, Comics, & Collectibles

Got a postcard today for a Thanksgiving sale at Cards, Comics, & Collectibles in Reistertown, MD. Friday Nov 28-Sunday Nov 30, 20%-70% off things. Fri - 11-7:30, Sat 11-7, Sun 12-5. Call 410-526-7410 for details.

That darn Toles, continued

Disrespect for the President
Washington Post November 21 2008

The Nov. 18 "Obama ends torture" editorial cartoon by Tom Toles was tasteless and mean-spirited and reflected an angry and biased mind-set.

One may not like President Bush or agree with his agenda, but the U.S. president deserves the respect of all Americans. That includes The Post's editors and cartoonist.

-- Billups E. Lodge

California, Md.

Post obituary for Belgian former cartoonist and caricaturist

"Guy Peellaert; Belgian Painter Of Surreal Art, Album Covers," By Joe Holley and Adam Bernstein, Washington Post Staff Writers, Saturday, November 22, 2008; B04.

Zadzooks and Bennett's best

ZADZOOKS: Black Canary, General Obi-Wan Kenobi on shelves
Joseph Szadkowski
Washington Times Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bennett's Best for the week of November 9
By Greg Bennett
Zadzooks Blog
POSTED November 17 2008

Advertisements using comics motifs

These would more properly go on my friend The Ephemerist's blog, but I'll stick them up here. A request for advertisements showing comics influences to use in teaching went up on the comix-scholars list recently. I tend to have a lot of clippings files on comics, and this was one that I could help with. Here's what I scanned for the request - a lot of these date from the 1990s because I was much better about getting things filed when I had no children and wasn't writing about comics.

comics ad - Wash Flyer 08-05
Watson Wyatt superhero motif ad, Washington Flyer magazine, May 1998.

comics ad - Superchecking Wash Post 96-09-29
1st National Bank of Maryland's Superchecking ad was obviously influenced by the Superman logo. Washington Post, September 29, 1996.

comics ad - Paramus Honda - Bergen Record 96-11-29
Paramus Honda ran a series of ads with a continuing comic strip in the Bergen [County, NJ] Record. This one is from November 29, 1996.

comics ad - Norton Utilities - Govt Computer News 95-09-04
Norton Utilities compared themselves to superheroes in this ad from Government Computer News, September 4, 1995.

comics ad - AOL Mailer
AOL's cd mailer went for the superhero ad motif.

comics ad - Commander in Chief - NYT 05-09-10
The "Commander in Chief" tv show ran several gag cartoon ads in both the Washington Post and the New York Times. This one is from the Times, September 14, 2005.

comics ad - Inova Hospital for Children - Wash Post 96-10-26
"Superhero Action Figures - They Really Exist" from Inova Hospital for Children, Washington Post, October 26, 1996.

comics ad - Mercury Tracer - Ent Week 96-09-06
Neal Adams' Continuity Associates Studio undoubtedly did this series of ads for the Mercury Tracer car that ran in magazines in 1996. This one is from Entertainment Weekly, September 6, 1996.

comics ad - Mercury Tracer

comics ad - 1st TN bank - Cookeville Herald Citizen 94-09-11
The 1st Tennessee Bank used a superhero comic strip ad, Cookeville Herald-Citizen, September 11, 1994.

comics ad - Kings Dominion - Wash Post 95-06-25
Paramount's Kings Dominion amusement park and MTV teamed up in this ad, Washington Post, June 25, 1995.

comics ad - Wash Post 98-01-17
An ad, probably done inhouse by an amateur cartoonist, for Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Washington Post January 17, 1997.

comics ad - Perry Ellis NYT06-02-06
Perry Ellis ad, New York Times, February 6, 2006. These panels were from a longer storyline.

comics ad - Perry Ellis NYT06-06-06
Perry Ellis ad, New York Times, June 6, 2006.

comics ad - Perry Ellis NYT06-06-30
Perry Ellis ad, New York Times, June 30, 2006.

comics ad - Balvenie - Wash Post 06-03-28
Balvenie whiskey ad, Washington Post March 28, 2006. These ran longer in the NY Times than the Post, and an earlier series is available on their website. A lot of these were about holidays.

comics ad - Balvenie - NYT 06-05-13
Balvenie whiskey ad, New York Times May 13, 2006.

comics ad - Balvenie - NYT 06-10-06
Balvenie whiskey ad, New York Times October 6, 2006.

Beeler's High School willing to claim him, now that he's a success

See Editorial cartooning: Bexley graduate national honoree, Columbus Dispatch Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dave Gibbons on Comic Riffs

Like everyone else who wasn't busy interviewing Art Spiegelman on his book tour, Comic Riffs interviewed Dave Gibbons on his book tour - Betancourt, David. 2008. The Interview: "Watchmen's" Dave Gibbons. Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (November 20).

Unfortunately for all of you, I believe I bought Big Planet's last copy of Watching the Watchmen yesterday.

Local News and Reviews

A couple of local Bolt reviews, a surprise Wall-e review and a look at a Japanese cartoonist are in our local papers today:
Disney's 'Bolt,' Picking Up Pixar's Trail
By Dan Kois
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, November 21, 2008; C01
'Bolt' a cute tale designed for younger audiences
By Sally Kline
Washington Examiner Movie Critic 11/21/08

One Lovable 'WALLE,' Four Fantastic DVD Sets
By Jen Chaney Staff Writer
Washington Post Friday, November 21, 2008; WE32
Kafka of the Cubicle
Japanese Cartoonist Chronicles the Indignities Endured by Young, Dutiful, Sad Office Drones
By Blaine Harden
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, November 21, 2008; A01

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Nov 23: David Rees at Busboys and Poets reminder

This Sunday! I'm planning on being there at the moment.

David Rees, creator of the infamous Get Your War On cartoon, will be making people laugh at Busboys and Poets (1025 5th Street, NW (5th and K), Washington DC) on Sunday, November 23, at 6pm.

Here's a recent audio interview -

Champion, Edward. 2008.
David Rees (BSS #248).
Bat Segundo Show (November 4):

Richard Thompson on his White House reporting

Richard's got part 1 of his covering a White House ceremony on his blog - it's hilarious.

Bolt review in City Paper

"Bolt and JCVD: Star Stuck: Two films take a smirking glimpse into the limitations of fame," By Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper November 19, 2008. If my daughter has any say in the matter, I'll be seeing this one.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dec 3: Kramer's Ergot 7 tour kicks off in Baltimore

Colin Solan, Senior Editor at and wrote in to point out that the extremely large anthology, Kramers Ergot 7 will be signed by some of the cartoonists in Baltimore. Sammy Harkham is the founder and editor of the anthology and I'm sure he'd appreciate people stopping in to buy the large, large book.

Kramers Ergot Book Tour Itinerary

Wednesday, December 3rd
Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD.
Sammy Harkham, Kevin Huizenga, John Pham, Ron Rege Jr.

Comic Riffs gets comments on Lee's medal

See "Plaudits Still Pour In for "Spider-Man's" Stan Lee," By Michael Cavna, November 19, 2008 for comments by Marvel writers Matt Fraction and Jeph Loeb. Reggie Hudlin, writer of the Black Panther chimed in yesterday.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Big Planet Comics comics Delayed!

Joel Pollack from Big Planet Comics e-mailed us to say (and our guess is that this will affect other local stores):

Subject: Heads-up - NEW COMICS DELAYED!

There was a hazmat incident at the Laurel UPS center early Tuesday morning, which kept us from receiving our books on Tuesday.

That means, at the very least, we will not have new comics on our racks until 3 PM on Wednesday, and that's a best-case scenario.

If you are a Wednesday regular, please feel free to call us before dropping in.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Stan Lee hits DC for award.

He was here over the weekend - see "Arts, Humanities Medals Awarded; Bush Awardees Include Stan Lee, Olivia de Havilland," By Joel Garreau, Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 18, 2008; C02.

Most of us missed him, but not one sharp-eyed lad - "Hey, Isn't That...?" Washington Post (November 18): C3.

And here's the official press release.

For those who'd like something tangible of Stan's, the charity Hero Initiative has copies of the new Stan Lee's Soapbox collection signed by both Lee and John Romita.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Pekar and Bechdel strip on Daily Cross Hatch

Brian Heater's site, Daily Cross Hatch, has a nice piece by Harvey Pekar and Alison Bechdel about a reading tour (probably the one they did in North Carolina). Brian mentioned Harvey Pekar: Conversations, but neglected to note that an interview he did is reprinted in the book. By the way, Bechdel illustrated one of Harvey's strips back in the '80s... Josh Neufeld's got a list.

Dec 8: Swann fellow speaks on Civil War prints


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Public contact: Martha Kennedy (202) 707-9115,


Swann Foundation grantee Mazie Harris, in a lecture at the Library of Congress, will discuss the Civil War Era chromolithographs by Henry Louis Stephens, the primary illustrator for the satirical New York journal Vanity Fair.

Harris will present the lecture, “A Colorful Union: The Development of Union Patriotism in Henry Louis Stephens’ 1863 Chromolithographs,” at noon on Monday, Dec. 8, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC.

In her illustrated talk, Harris will describe her research on the work of Stephens (1824-1882), a caricaturist as well as illustrator. She will draw on examples of his imagery from works held in the Library’s Marian S. Carson Collection and other source material in the Prints and Photographs Division.

The Emancipation Proclamation compelled Stephens to reconsider his previously virulently anti-abolitionist propaganda, according to Harris. In her talk, she will contend that after Abraham Lincoln’s groundbreaking executive orders in 1862 and 1863, Stephens deployed color printing and caricature in an attempt to reformulate views of race relations in the North and mobilize military enlistment.

Harris will analyze Stephens’ visual narratives by considering hand-written directions to the printer that the illustrator scrawled on the margins of each sketch for the series. These technical notes on color, which could be regarded simply as artistic instructions, when carefully examined and assessed, make explicit the particular political ideology of the prints.

Harris is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University. She completed an M.A. in art history from Boston University, and became interested in the work of Henry Louis Stephens while working as a curatorial assistant in the Agnes Mongan Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs in Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum.

This presentation is part of continuing activities of the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon to support the study, interpretation, preservation and appreciation of original works of humorous and satiric art by graphic artists from around the world. The foundation is overseen by an advisory board composed of scholars, collectors, cartoonists and Library of Congress staff members.

The foundation strives to award one fellowship annually (with a stipend of up to $15,000) to assist scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon. For 2008-2009, because of an unusually large number of strong applications, the foundation’s advisory board chose to support five applicants with smaller awards instead of selecting a single recipient of the fellowship.

Applications for the academic year 2009-2010 are due Feb. 13, 2009. For more information about the fellowship, visit or email

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Comic Riffs interviews latest fired editorial cartoonist

Unfortunately this seems to have been the year when many papers who had editorial cartoonists decided they could probably do without one. Michael Cavna interviews the latest victim in "The Interview: Steve Greenberg: Life as a Pink-Slipped Political Cartoonist" on the Comic Riffs blog.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Nate Beeler's Berryman award featured in Sunday's Examiner

This is a bit late, but you can probably still find copies in your neighbor's driveway. This article "Examiner editorial cartoonist wins prominent national award," By Bill Myers, Examiner Staff Writer 11/14/08, appears in print today along with a gallery of five of Nate's cartoons that allegedly precipitated the winning of the Berryman award. Nate's regular cartoon, still reduced to barely legible at 3x4 inches, also appeared today, along with the large caricature on the front of the tabloid. Nate's now drawing 3 Sunday caricatures for the DC, Baltimore and a California, possibly LA, issues.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mr. IS, the realtor advertisement webcomic, continues

Episode 4: "Restoration" continues the free entertainment by the Washington-based MRIS.

Nov 19: Free educator tour at Geppi's Entertainment Museum

Arnold Blumberg's column has the information including, "We’re inviting teachers and educators to join us at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, for an evening of pop culture, refreshments, and an exclusive introduction to our Educational Tour Program. Join us here at GEM from 4:00 to 6:30 PM and meet me as well as our Educational and Special Programming Associate, Bailey Ball, and Director of Sales and Marketing, Julie Meddows. We’ll be taking everyone on a private tour of the museum’s collection and providing educator’s kits containing information on our education program, related teacher resources, and more."

I love this Museum and recommend this if you qualify to go.

Friday, November 14, 2008


From the US Virgin Islands! Enjoy!

By John Judy

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #578 by Mark Waid and Marcos Martin. The start of a two-part adventure featuring one of President-Elect Obama’s two favorite heroes! That’s right! “That One” is a comics geek! “One of us! One of us!” Also Waid and Martin are swell. Recommended.

AVENGERS/INVADERS #6 of 12 by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Steve Sadowski. At the half-way mark as Toro learns he’s dead and the Torch decides to liberate his Life-Model Decoy brethren from… GAH! I mean, robots and androids, Ross! How can you be a comics professional and not know the difference? GAH!

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #5 by Timothy Truman, Tomas Giorello and Richard Corben.. Another thrilling adventure from President-Elect Obama’s other favorite hero! Featuring tough chicks with swords! Yes!

EX MACHINA #39 by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris. Wrapping up the “Dirty Tricks” storyline with a call-back to issue #1. Yeah, that BK Vaughan knows how to pay it off. Recommended!

FANTASTIC FOUR #561 by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch. The Invisible Woman dies. Oops! I mean, “Spoiler Alert!” (Come on, the story’s called “The Death of the Invisible Woman” so just save your hate-mail for when Millar gets to write the next Superman movie.)

GHOST RIDER #29 by Jason Aaron and Tan Eng Huat. Johnny Blaze vs. Danny Ketch is a Ghost Rider/Ghost Rider smack-down. I kinda want this to wrap up quick so Aaron can get out of having to make sense of the hopelessly insane Ghost Rider continuity and just start telling stories like “Zombie Highway.” Still, Big Fight! My money’s on the guy they made the movie about.

GOON #30 written and drawn by Eric Powell. The gorgeous cartoon noir fun continues. “The only reason you ain’t dead is that he’d never forgive me.” Highly recommended.

GREATEST HITS #3 of 6 by David Tischman, Glenn Fabry and Gary Erskine. A great-looking riff on the super-hero as Rock Star, guaranteed to pluck the heartstrings of any Beatlemaniac comics fans out there. You know who you are…

HELLBLAZER #249 by Andy Diggle and Leonardo Manco. Wrapping up Diggle’s run as Constantine returns to Ravenscar Mental Hospital for the big showdown.

JACK KIRBY’S THE DEMON OMNIBUS HC written and drawn by Da King. Even though DC seems to be killing off every one of its Kirby characters lately, they took the time to collect all 16 issues of the last survivor of Camelot, the demon Etrigan and his mortal host Jason Blood. Bizarre seventies horror adventure for them that likes it!

JSA KINGDOM COME SPECIAL MAGOG #1 by Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin. The latest doings with resurrected Marine and Franklin Roosevelt descendant David Reid and the being he has become. Can Magog be a hero in spite of the creepy name and awkward headgear? Here’s all the stuff that won’t fit into the regular JSA book!

PUNISHER MAX #64 by Gregg Hurwitz and Laurence Campbell. Frank’s still pretty annoyed by those drug dealers making him think he killed a little girl so this one’s bound to be a little bumpy. Not cool, drug-dealers. Not for kids.

SCALPED #23 by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera. “The Gravel in Your Guts” continues in this stark, hypnotic crime comic that just happens to be set on an Indian reservation. Can the murderous Chief Lincoln Red Crow ever redeem himself? Will Dino Poor Bear follow the same dead end path? This is the comic you should read first then hide from your family. Highly recommended.

STAN’S SOAPBOX: THE COLLECTION SC by Da Man. Collecting every one of Smilin’ Stan Lee’s interstitial manifestos from 1967 to 1980. These were the monthly asides that made a generation of fans feel like Stan Lee was standing right behind us, whispering in our ears even when he usually wasn’t. A true geek “Must-Have!”

SUPERGIRL #35 by Sterling gates and Jamal Igle. For you “New Krypton” completists who can’t wait for the trade.

THUNDERBOLTS #126 by Andy Diggle and Roberto De La Torre. A new creative team asks the musical question “What happens when a team of criminal nut-jobs who hate each other are left unsupervised by the criminal nut-job who’s supposed to be in charge of them?” It’s kind of like that time Dick Cheney got locked in the bathroom and the economy collapsed…

UNCANNY X-MEN #504 by Matt Fraction and Terry & Rachel Dodson. A new creative team is clearly chomping at the bit to get started with FOUR distinct storylines starting in one issue! Which ones will be resolved and which ones will trail off into Claremontian nothingness? Place yer bets, bub!

X-MEN LEGACY #218 by Mike Carey and Scot Eaton. Professor X tries to help Wolver-Boy, y’know the one whose healing factor can’t quite manage to take care of his tattoos and stupid haircut. Definitely NOT one of President-Elect Obama’s favorite heroes! Nuff said!

Nate Beeler of the Washington Examiner Receives Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning

Good news for my buddy Nate!

Nate Beeler of the Washington Examiner Receives Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning

Washington, D.C. – Cartoonist Nate Beeler of the Washington Examiner has been awarded the 2008 Clifford K. Berryman and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning, the National Press Foundation has announced.

The Berryman judges said they were “taken with Nate Beeler's technical skill and wry sense of humor. His grasp of politics is excellent, which is particularly important when you're drawing for an audience of Washington insiders. Beeler is a new talent in one of the most popular forms of journalism.”

The Berryman award – and six other major prizes – will be presented at the National Press Foundation’s 26th Annual Awards Dinner, on February 10, 2009, at the Hilton Washington Hotel. Announcement of other winners will be made shortly. The awards include the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year, the Sol Taishoff Broadcaster of the Year, the W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism, the Dirksen Awards for Print and Broadcast Coverage of Congress and the NPF Award for Online Journalism.

Beeler will comment on a dozen or more of his cartoons, which take clear delight in skewering the powerful and bursting the bubbles of the self-absorbed. Beeler follows in a distinguished line of Berryman winners, including Jim Morin of The Miami Herald, Chan Lowe of the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, and Jimmy Margulies of The Record in New Jersey.

The Berryman judges this year were NPF board members Sandra K. Johnson, an independent journalist and former Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press; Deborah Howell, the ombudsman of The Washington Post; and Peter Copeland, Washington bureau chief for Scripps Howard News Service. Also serving as a judge was Ann Telnaes, a syndicated cartoonist with Women’s eNews and the 2003 Berryman winner.

Beeler is a 2002 graduate of American University, in Washington. His drawings can be found on the Examiner’s website,

A selection of cartoons from other Berryman winners can be found on the NPF website,

For information about the NPF Annual Awards Dinner contact Kerry Buker,, or call 202-663-7282.

Bruce Campbell tonight!

Unfortunately, it's sold out:

Washington, D.C.: E Street Cinema
Film Opens Fri, Nov 14
Bruce Campbell In Person Sat, Nov 15 at 7:45 & 10:15pm.
Please note that both performances are now SOLD OUT.

Bruce Campbell has written The Hire and Man with the Screaming Brain for Dark Horse and Obergeist for Top Cow (Image).

But hey, just because it's sold out doesn't mean you can't show up and try to get a scalped ticket. Or just stalk the side entrance looking for an autograph. (Just don't try to get your Army of Darkness from Dynamite Entertainment signed!)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Elena Steier's new book

Fringe: A Cartoon History of the George Dubya Bush Administration is Elena Steier's new book of political cartoons. I was Elena's guest at the only Cartoons & Cocktails that I've been to (as she's a friend of my friends Gene and Kate), and these are cartoons about the Administration, so there's two DC links. This press release gives the details on the book and how to order it.

Zadzooks reviews

"ZADZOOKS: Comic book reviews of Dear Dracula and The Joker; Boy seeks Dracula's assistance," Joseph Szadkowski, Washington Times Thursday, November 13, 2008.

OT: Harvey Pekar opera?

In a forlorn hope of seeing some reviews for Harvey Pekar: Conversations, I have a Google alert for Pekar. Today's alert noted, in addition to the University of San Diego Libraries buying a copy of the book (thanks!), the blog LIBeral ARTs: News from the Clarence Ward Art Library is reporting that Harvey Pekar will write and appear in an opera at Oberlin. There's no word if this is another American Splendor adaptation, but it seems like it might be. Here's the official information from Oberlin's website:


Director & Sponsor: Jonathon Field, Bibbins 131, x58206

Full Credit - Group Project

Category: Academic Study

On Campus: Finney Chapel

Limit: 15 - Fee: None

Oberlin Opera Theater, in association with Real Time Opera, is presenting a world premiere of the jazz opera LEAVE ME ALONE!, with music by Dan Plonsey and libretto by Harvey Pekar. This opera will feature Oberlin students as performers, both vocal and from the jazz department. Due to the nature of the writing, vocal soloists do not necessarily have to be classically trained singers, and the Jazz Department has expressed their willingness to help out as well. There are also opportunities for designers, technicians, performers and stage management students to participate.

The opera will feature Mr. Plonsey and Mr. Pekar onstage playing themselves, both as characters and as individuals having a dialogue about creating an opera. Often times the singers will take over from the authors themselves, giving an atmosphere of "reality opera", where the creators and the interpreters are one and the same. This opera will be presented in Finney Chapel on January 31, and will have a live web-stream version that will open up the world of an international audience to this event. A kind of "Lost Highway" meets Dave Brubeck.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

First Second reads Cul de Sac

Mark Siegel who's doing a generally excellent job picking books at First Second brings some high praise to Cul de Sac on his blog. Regarding First Second, check out Bourbon Island 1730 by Apollo and Trondheim - it's my favorite comic of the fall so far.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ira Schnapp, the genius that most inspired Joel Pollack's interests in comics

Big Planet Comics founder and owner Joel Pollack sent me a note which he said I could reprint here:

Just found on Wikipedia, an article on Ira Schnapp, the genius that most inspired my interests in comics. Ira was a friend of my Aunt Kitty Goldberg, and hosted me to two long visits to DC Comics offices when I was 15.

Ira's career before comics was amazing. His comic work was unsung, but he helped define the look of DC Comics covers from 1938-68. To what should be DC's great shame, Ira was left out of "The 50 That Made DC Great" commemorative publication.

The ultimate Ira Schnapp article.

The Wikipedia article is interesting, but also of note is the kindness shown to a 15-year-old who ended up making comics his career. I've had a few people do the same for me - my Mom and Dad bought comics we read to death; Mike Violante who married my cousin and shared his collection of Silver-Age DC and Marvel with me; Frank Grembowiec the owner of Collectors Comic Shop formerly in the Bergen Mall in Paramus NJ who sold me comics in my teens, Joel who picked that role up, John Lent who asked me out of the blue to be a part of the International Journal of Comic Art... there's a lot of people I could list and you just never know how things will work out.

OT: Stan Lee's Soapbox raising money for cartoonist's charity

Hero Initiative is receiving money from reprints of Stan Lee's Soapbox columns from Marvel Comics in the 1970s. Here's a video message from Stan - and a review of the book - "Comics: Stan's Soapbox: The Collection," By Chris Landers, Baltimore City Paper November 10 2008. I've already ordered mine from Previews. Nostalgia and charity - two great tastes that taste great together!

Nov 12: Billy Tucci and WWII veterans in Reistertown

Billy Tucci and WWII veterans are signing Sgt Rock comics tomorrow in Reisterstown at:

Cards, Comics & Collectibles
100 Chartley Drive
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
(410) 526-7410
Special Guests: 442nd RCT veterans Kelly Kuwayama and Terry Shima, and Merrill's Marauders' Grant Hirabayashi

I'm not sure of the time, but give them a call. More information on Sgt Rock's mixing with real-life units is at Tour of Duty 11 - Some Will Say "It's Just A Comic Book" By Billy Tucci, Newsarama 2008-11-03.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Brian Wood interview

This one's online only. See "'Local' Matters: Brian Wood," by Express contributor Scott A. Rosenberg, November 10, 2008

Deepak Chopra appearance

11/12/08, 7:30 P.M. - Deepak Chopra, a teacher of Eastern philosophy and spirituality, discusses and signs his new book, Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment, at the National Cathedral, Wisconsin & Massachusetts Ave. NW. Tickets are $22, $16 for students and seniors; call 877-537-2228 or visit
Deepak Chopra has written Buddha - A Story of Enlightenment and Beyond for Shakti (Virgin Comics).

Animator Seth McFarlane interview in Express

Today's Express has an Associated Press interview with animator Seth McFarlane who created Family Guy and American Dad and has just been signed to a $100 million production deal.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

KAL at Duke this week

Charm City's editorial cartoonist Kal sent in this note:

From November 10-14, Editorial Cartoonist for The Economist Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher will be an Artist-in-Residence at Duke University's Sanford Institute for Public Policy. During his time on campus, he will be creating a clay sculpture to commemorate the 2008 Presidential campaign.

The Sanford Institute will also be holding a forum titled “Laughing at Power: Satire in American Politics” on Tuesday November 11. It will feature Kal and North Carolina cartoonist Dwane Powell as well two staff members of the “Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. The forum is Free and open to the public.

For more information visit the Sanford Institute's website:

Irwin Caplan 1951 gag cartoon

This has nothing to do with ComicsDC, but I saw this Irwin Caplan gag cartoon on the back of a clipping from the International Herald Tribune, March 18, 1951 so I tossed it on the scanner. Enjoy.

Comics in the World photographs - National Museum of Natural History

The new Oceans exhibit in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington has some cartoons scattered through it. According to one of the exhibit designers, Jill Johnson (in a comment below), they're "by local artist Jim Haynes, Graphics Plus, Silver Spring, MD." The exhibit is very good, and big, so there's probably more than these three that I caught:




Art Spiegelman at Politics and Prose

Spiegelman gave his usual entertaining performance at a booksigning for Breakdowns last week. The crowd was standing room only, but I was near the front due to Rick B's vigilant saving of a seat. After noting that he didn't have to worry about the government trying to kill him or any of his usual fears, Spiegelman ran through a powerpoint that covered the high points of the Breakdowns book, touched on his children's book for his wife's imprint and then took questions. You can buy a recording of the talk from Politics and Prose.

Bruce Guthrie took his usual load of shots, but here's three that I got:

100_6477 Art Spiegelman

100_6476 Art Spiegelman

100_6478 Art Spiegelman

Saturday, November 08, 2008

November: Thurber play

A Thurber Carnival is appearing on Fridays and Saturdays this month at The Kellar Theater in Manassas. Written by a cartoonist who spent time in the area as a child, the show also features Amy "Mrs. Cul de Sac" Thompson. Amy made some of the props based on Thurber's artwork, which sounds cool to me.

Today's finger puppet - Obama!

Our Man Thompson finally draws a finger puppet that I want to make - Obama!

Friday, November 07, 2008


By John Judy

ACTION COMICS # 871 by Geoff Johns and Pete Woods. In which we learn if you didn’t escape Krypton before it exploded it’s only because you didn’t try.

BATMAN: CACOPHONY #1 of 3 by Kevin Smith and Walt J. Flanagan. Don’t worry, the working title of this comic was not “Bruce and Selina Make a Porno.” Unfortunately the Big Bad’s name is “Onomatopoeia” and I am not making that up. To save you a trip to Wikipedia I’ll tell you that the word is Greek in origin and refers to the making of words that sound like their meanings. Words like buzz, bop, thump and whatever sound Kevin Smith’s head makes when you smash it repeatedly into a concrete floor for trying too damn hard to be clever. Oh yeah, “Onomatopoeia” in this case is the name of a “mysterious masked killer” bent on vexing the Gotham Goliath. No doubt by making him say his name three times fast. Oy…

BLACK TERROR #1 by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Mike Lilly. No, it’s not about what red state voters are experiencing this week. It’s a series spun off from PROJECT SUPERPOWERS that will no doubt appeal to both of the people still reading PROJECT SUPERPOWERS. I liked the Alan Moore TERRA OBSCURA version better on account of Moore being able to write. Hey, these Golden-Age revamps are public domain so write your own if you like!

CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #7 by Paul Cornel and Leonard Kirk. The Mindless Ones are on the attack! Guess they’re still not over last Tuesday. J

JLA/AVENGERS SC by Kurt Busiek and George Perez. Finally one of the biggest of Big Fights is collected in affordable, bookshelf-friendly, trade paperback form. From the days when Big Event comics didn’t suck and/or take all year to come out. Recommended for all ages.

JSA KINGDOM COME SPECIAL: SUPERMAN #1 written and illustrated by Alex Ross. This is the first comic ever done by Alex Ross flying solo. That automatically gets it a “Gotta Look.” Here’s hoping it’s more KINGDOM COME and less EARTH X or PROJECT SUPERPOWERS. Fingers crossed.

THE STAND: CAPTAIN TRIPS #3 of 5 by Stephen King, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Mike Perkins. The best Stephen King adaptation ever continues as we see the super-flu begin its extermination of the world population. No more long lines at the polls! Recommended.

THUNDERBOLTS, VOL.2: CAGED ANGELS SC by Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato. That nice Mister Ellis shows us what happens when one attempts the psychic domination of people who self-mutilate, eat people and throw exploding pumpkins at Spider-Man. Most entertaining! Not for kids.

WALKING DEAD #54 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. New friends, old friends and lotsa zombie-killin’! It’s good to vent now and then. Recommended. Not for kids.

WOLVERINE #69 by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. Okay, much as I hated the movie “Wanted” and don’t want Millar on the next Superman flick, he is delivering a solid, intriguing alternate-future Wolverine story here. But the pay-off better not be that he saw a puppy die and swore off claw-popping forever. Fair warning has been given. Recommended.

X-MEN: MAGNETO TESTAMENT #3 of 5 by Greg Pak and Carmine Di Giandomenico. The Nazis invade Poland and young Magneto still hasn’t powered up. A dark story that doesn’t flinch from the history in which it’s based. Probably too intense for young kids. Good for teens and up. Recommended.

Local Reviews of Madagascar 2

Local reviews of the new animated movie -
'Escape 2 Africa': The Hip Are Best When Shaking It [Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa]
By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 7, 2008; C01
Who's That Voice? [Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa]
By Ellen McCarthy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 7, 2008; WE26
Animation: Not Just A Push of a Button [Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa]
By Ellen McCarthy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 7, 2008; WE27

'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa' has some humor for everybody
By Sally Kline
Washington Examiner (November 7): 21

Germain, David / Associated Press. 2008.
Youthful Appeal: 'Madagascar 2' is yet another manic mess aimed at the children.
[Washington Post] Express (November 7): 19
Washington Times Friday, November 7, 2008
MOVIES: 'Madagascar 2' knows how to move it
Kelly Jane Torrance
New York Times November 7, 2008
Duck! The Penguins Are Flying the Plane [Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa].

Thursday, November 06, 2008

OT: My friend, the Food Fluffer

See how food styling really works, and quickly discover you wouldn't want to actually eat that dish in "How to Build a Dish Like a Food Stylist; Step One: Be very, very picky," by Jule Banville, Washington City Paper November 5, 2008. It features my friend Lisa Cherkasky.

Art Spiegelman! (updated!)

'Toonsmith Art Spiegelman Gets Graphic About His Life, Career and the Processes of a Comics Universe
By Bob Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 6, 2008; Page C01

Secret Identity: Art Spiegelman's Life Work
Written by Scott A. Rosenberg for Express
Posted By Express at 12:08 AM on November 6, 2008

Athitakis wrote in to point out:

another interview -
Art Spiegelman Is Not Arrogant
Posted by Mark Athitakis
Washington City Paper City Desk blog Nov. 6, 2008, at 10:56 am

and a review of Breakdowns -

Art Spiegelman
Friday, Nov. 7, at Politics and Prose
By Mark Athitakis
Washington City Paper November 6, 2008

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Michigan State's comic librarian

My buddy Randy Scott is featured in "Fortress of comic-tude: Almost 40 years of collecting has left MSU with the world's largest library comic book collection," By Sarah Harbison, MSU's The State News November 4, 2008. There's also a video showing some of the collection. I regularly send MSU material and encourage you all to do so as well. Icelandic comics! Polish Tom & Jerry! (actually I think that one IS from me).

Seth in today's New York Times

Good luck finding a hard copy, but Canadian cartoonist Seth illustrated five poems about the Presidential election for the New York Times' editorial page. Fortunately they actually put them on the web this time - and a one, and a two, and a three, and a four, and a five.

Yesterday, Sarah Wheaton had an article on a Treasure Chest comic featuring a black president. The story's been kicking around a while - Catholic University even put out a press release linked to here earlier about owning the issue. See "Foreshadowing a Political First," By Sarah Wheaton, New York Times November 4, 2008.

That darn Toles, continued

Spurgeon called him "the Best Editorial Cartoonist in North America" and linked to today's cartoon, which I liked immensely as well.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

November Bash paper hits the streets

I picked mine up yesterday. This is issue #4.

Nov 7: Art Spiegelman at Politics and Prose

Politics and Prose Friday, November 7, 7 p.m.
(Basic Books, $26.95)

The creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus explores the comics form—and how it formed him. Spiegelman traces his life, from a MAD-comics-obsessed boy in Queens to an adult examining his parents’ memories of Auschwitz. An illustrated essay looks back at the ’60s as the artist reaches sixty.

Nov 6: Israeli comics lecture at Library of Congress REPOST

101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540
Phone: (202) 707-2905
Fax: (202) 707-9199

October 3, 2008


Drawing both from Judeo-European and American cultures, comics have been a mainstay of Israeli newspapers and readers’ markets since the early 1930s. Little known outside the Middle East, these comics open an interesting window into Israeli society, past and present.

Ofer Berenstein will deliver a lecture titled “Israeli Comics: Past and Present” at the Library of Congress at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave S.E., Washington, D.C.

The lecture, which is sponsored by the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division, Serial and Government Publications Division and the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Ofer Berenstein is a founding member of the Israeli Comic Book Readers and Collectors Society. He served in the Israeli Army Home Front Command as a photographer, graphic designer and editor. He is a graduate student at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library holds more than 138 million items, including 21 million cataloged books, 61 million manuscripts and nearly 14 million photographs, posters, prints and drawings.

The Library’s Prints and Photographs Division houses the Library’s outstanding holdings of original cartoon and caricature drawings and makes them accessible through its online catalog at The Library’s Serial and Government Publications Division houses the world’s largest comic book collection (5,000 titles; 100,000 issues).

The Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division ( is the center for the study of some 78 countries and regions from Southern Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Baltimore City Paper's Tim Kreider interviewed

Brian Heater's got the interview at "Election 2008: An Interview with Tim Kreider," Daily Cross Hatch (November 2). Unfortunately Kreider says he's going to pack it in next year. Say it ain't so, Tim! I get the Baltimore City Paper hand-delivered largely for your comic!

Shilling for Ted Rall

He asked nicely, so here's a press release about Ted Rall's EXCELLENT AND EXCITING NEW ANIMATION:

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New Animated Cartoon by Ted Rall:

Editorial cartoonist Ted Rall and animator David Essman have released a hilarious, vicious parody of GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to celebrate Election Day 2008.

Distributed for free on YouTube and at, "Death Cab for Palin" is an animated political cartoon that lampoons Sarah Palin's presidential ambitions. Noting that vice presidents frequently become presidents, "Death Cab" depicts a rabid Vice President Palin trying to poison and bomb President McCain in the style of the classic "Road Runner" cartoon series.

Rall, a syndicated cartoonist for Universal Press Syndicate, is no stranger to controversy. His "Terror Widows" and "FDNY 2011" cartoons after 9/11 were some of the most controversial cartoons in U.S. history. Will "Death Cab for Sarah" join their ranks? "I don't know," says Rall, "but it was such a fun idea I just couldn't resist going with it."

Permission for reproduction and broadcast are freely given under the condition that the piece not be altered in any form without express permission. To contact Ted Rall, please email


TED RALL's editorial cartoons and columns are syndicated to more than 100 newspapers around the U.S. Twice the winner of the RFK Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Finalist, he is President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

DAVID ESSMAN is an animator currently at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His animated films have been screened across the country, including Animation Block Party, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, and the St. Louis International Film Festival.

Luna Bros. interview on Filipino site

The local cartoonists are interviewed in "Luna Brothers conquer US comic book scene," Interview by DAVID DIZON, 10/31/2008.

Nov 14: Doraemon The Movie

DC Anime Club and Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan Present: Doraemon The Movie

The DC Anime Club and the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan present Doraemon on Friday November 14, 2008 at 6:30pm as part of the Anime/Live Action Series based upon Manga (Japanese Comics).

The adorable blue robo-cat from the future and beloved Japanese icon Doraemon is back and better than ever in this 2006 remake of his first feature length film. Doreamon's human friend Nobita discovers an egg that hatches into a cute little dinosaur. However as the baby dino grows bigger and bigger the entire town is thrown into chaos. With both the town and the dinosaur in danger, Nobita realizes that he must return the creature to its own time. With Doraemon's help, the gang sets out on a prehistoric adventure full of obstacles and danger.

The screening will be held at the Japanese Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan located at Lafayette Center III 1155 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20036-3308.

Seating for the screening of Doraemon is limited and attendees are encouraged to rsvp by sending an e-mail to

This program is free and open to the public. For more information please visit the Japanese Information and Culture Center website at or visit the DC Anime Club website at

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 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 (Vice President) and Craig Vaughn (Sgt in ARMS) on Saturday June 5, 2003. We have a strong membership that continues to grow -- most of which are teenagers.

About Japan Information and Culture Center:
The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) is the cultural and public affairs section of the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. Our primary role is to promote better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by providing a wide range of
information, educational services and programs to the public. The JICC is located on the lower level of the glass-enclosed Galleria at Lafayette Centre III in downtown Washington, D.C. Its facilities include a research library, a 152-seat auditorium, and a 1,500-square-foot exhibition gallery where a wide variety of events sponsored by the JICC are hosted throughout the year.

Christopher Wanamaker
DC Anime Club President

Big Planet Comics alumni Dan Nadel in HEEB 100

Joel Pollack reports, "Hip Jewish magazine, HEEB, has picked Big Planet Comics alumni, Dan Nadel, for the HEEB 100.

Congratulations, Dan!"

Two comics articles in Express today

For some reason, the Express, which is owned by the Washington Post, ran a wire story on Trudeau calling the election in Doonesbury from the LA Times even though the story was broken by the Post’s own Michael Cavna on the Post’s Comic Riffs blog.

Also, Scott Rosenberg had an article, "Comedy Before Country: A Mad magazine man talks about poking fun at the political" interviewing John Ficarra in the Express (November 3): 18.

Sunday, November 02, 2008


By John Judy

(NOTE: What better day to read comics, either in celebration or to escape?)

ADVENTURE COMICS SPECIAL: GUARDIAN by James Robinson and Pere Perez. The Great Kirby Character Kill-Off continues! Pretty soon they’ll be down to the Marvel romance and western characters. Still pretty good in all.

AVENGERS: INITIATIVE SPECIAL #1 by Dan Slott and Steve Uy. Two of your favorite characters have it out. Can True Love win out over secret Hydra membership? And Dan Slott’s back at the helm! Recommended.

FINAL CRISIS: RESIST #1 by Greg Rucka, Eric Trautman and Ryan Sook. Darkseid’s in the driver’s seat and it’s up to Checkmate, Snapper Carr and Mister Terrific to pull him over. I know, but it’s Rucka so it’ll actually be good.

FREAKANGELS, VOL. 1 SC by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield. The notorious web-comic in tangible form for the first time, in full color. Featuring twelve special children with one big secret. Gotta look!

IRON MAN: THE END #1 by David Michelinie and Bernard Chang. The latest in Marvel’s continuing series of “Last” stories of iconic characters. I believe this one involves an aging and still bitter Terrence Howard.

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #20 by Geoff Johns, Alex Ross and Dale Eaglesham. Alternate Universe JSAs do battle and Gog the big scary guy hangs back being all cryptic and omnipotent. Come on, people! Let’s show Geoff Johns the love so he gets to write the next Superman movie instead of Mark Millar! Did you see “Wanted?” We cannot let that happen again!

POPEYE, VOL. 3: LET’S YOU AND HIM FIGHT HC by E.C. Segar. The third of six volumes from Fantagraphics collecting Segar’s complete run of Popeye strips. This one covers the years 1932-34 and includes a two-week extra large sequence done specially for the Chicago World’s Fair. It has never been reprinted anywhere until now. Also includes the only appearance of Popeye’s arch-rival Bluto by Segar. Highly recommended.

SANDMAN: DREAM HUNTERS #1 of 4 by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell. Yes, it’s a re-telling of an illustrated story released ten years ago, but it’s Neil and P. Craig so we are all compelled to buy it and sleep with it tucked under our pillows next to our guns. Highly recommended.

SECRET SIX #3 by Gail Simone and Nicola Scott. It’s the Six versus everyone they used to drink with. As usual. Also a new member joins the team. Who? Well, that’s the “secret” part, isn’t it? Good stuff.

TOP TEN SEASON TWO #2 of 4 by Zander Cannon and Gene Ha. Among the best news in comics is that this police procedural set in the world of capes and tights holds up fine even without co-creator Alan Moore scripting. Recommended for fans of both genres.

ULTIMATUM #1 of 5 by Jeph Loeb and David Finch. The great powers of the Ultimate Universe band together against… bad weather? Will this mark the debut of Ultimate Al Roker?

WOLVERINE: CHOP SHOP #1 by Mike Benson and Roland Boschi. Some dope thinks he’s gonna harvest Wolverine’s organs. That’s why this is a one-shot.