Monday, November 30, 2009
'Improved' Express cuts most comics UPDATED
Should you wish to question this improvement, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be doing so in a few minutes.
UPDATE: The editor wrote back to me to say, "We might feature fewer comics in our print edition now, but we've added an expanded comics section in an easy-access, newspaper-style format at our Web site, ExpressNightOut.com. You'll find Bizarro, Cornered and The Duplex there every day - plus a slew of new comics to make a visit worth your time. Those include Lio, Non Sequitur, The Argyle Sweater, Bound and Gagged, Candorville, Cul de Sac and the New Adventures of Queen Victoria. You can find them here: http://www.expressnightout.com/comics."
While I obviously don't agree with him, I appreciate the fact that he took the time to respond. I've just sent him a response which includes, "We'll have to agree to disagree though because if it's a commuting newspaper, then putting the comics online doesn't really help anyone except those with overly-smart phones. Besides the Post does that already. In the end, I just don't see providing less of something as a way to bring in more readers."
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Dec 6: Will Eisner Film
WILL EISNER: PORTRAIT OF A SEQUENTIAL ARTIST
Sunday, December 6, 12:15 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
Will Eisner started working in comics in the1930s, just as they were moving from reprints of newspaper strips to tabloids featuring original material, and Eisner had some of the most original creations of all. He combined elements of art, literature and film that eventually led to a successful career in what he called "sequential art," the forerunner of today's graphic novels. Starting in 1939, his gritty crime fighter series The Spirit incorporated "film noir" as well as elements of the Jewish experience and the fight against anti-semitism. Featuring interviews with Michael Chabon, Art Spiegelman, Jules Feiffer and others, this visually imaginative documentary captures Eisner's groundbreaking genius. USA, 2007, video, documentary, 96 minutes, Director: Andrew D. Cooke
SPECIAL GUEST Andrew Cooke, Director
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SL (Shannon) Gallant, comic book artist, now in DC
I'm a comic artist-illustrator living in DC and currently working for IDW on G.I. Joe. I've also worked for DC, Dark Horse, Marvel, and Titan UK in the past on titles ranging from Marvel Adventures:The Avengers and Torchwood to more cartoon oriented work such as Shrek and Monsters vs Aliens.
The last few months I've been making the effort to create connections with other artists in the area, through DC Conspiracy and other groups. I was hoping you might know similar professionals in the region I should try to get in touch with who are less likely to participate in such outings?
So if you're a comic book professional in the area, feel free to post below. Send me news of your current and upcoming projects and I'll promote them as well. I know my co-author Randy's compiled a list of local people at one point - does he still have that?
Fantastic Mr. Fox feature in Post
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Zadzooks interviews Dark Horse's Scott Allie and reviews Plastic Man
Zadzooks: Plastic Man: The Complete Collection, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Complete Season One, Joseph Szadkowski, Washington Times November 19, 2009
Mark Wheatley interview on Baker's Dozen
Check out his books too - he's got interviews with Alan Moore and others. I bought a complete set recently.
The Real Story of the Superheroes photo exhibit CLOSING TODAY
I just got back from seeing The Real Story of the Superheroes photo exhibit and I'd recommend you rush into the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery on U St, NW at 16th St. and check it out. Photographer Dulce Pinzon clothed Mexicans working in New York City in Halloween superhero costumes loosely related to their jobs, and photographed them doing that work. 13 large images are displayed. It's a clever conceit and worth seeing. It's open until 3 pm today, the last day of the show.
Quick Reviews for Comics Due Thursday (NOT WEDNESDAY) 12-03-09
Mauldin biography wins history prize
Tonight: Kal onstage in Baltimore (repost)
Friday, November 27, 2009
ComicsAZ, part 2 - The Flintstones
Did you know the Flintstones were based in Arizona? Neither did I, until we passed this Flintstones Campground on the way to the Grand Canyon.
I would have loved this as a kid. Actually it was kind of appealing as an adult too, but not after four hours touring the Canyon.
I'm thinking the Buffalo Lodge was the reason for all the pickup trucks...
...but maybe they were buying film.
Rock Vegas or Bust, baby!
A few more pictures are on my Flickr site.
Express on Johnny Cash graphic biography
Stephen M. Deusner
Express November 24, 2009
Wes Anderson on Fantastic Mr. Fox in Onion
Thursday, November 26, 2009
U of Maryland prof on atomic bomb manga
I haven't read the article yet, but anyone who hasn't read Barefoot Gen,the older manga that is not the subject of the article, should make the attempt now. There's a new 8-volume set out in English now.
That darn Herblock!
Library of Congress Spins Lefty Cartoonist Herblock as an 'Independent Spirit'
By Scott Whitlock
Newsbusters November 23, 2009
Dirda on Herge
By Michael Dirda
Washington Post November 26, 2009
That darn Beeler!
I know the cartoonist Nate Beeler, and I don't think that's true, although I think he's a bit hard on Obama. On the other hand, that is the job of a political cartoonist, isn't it?
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Mark Wheatley featured in Scoop
Scoop November 25 2009
Call for a cartoon illustrator in DC area
I have no idea about the terms here, but thought I would pass it on:
I know Leon from DC Bloggers Meetup. He writes a humor blog and has been doing standup comedy. Don't know the other guys.
Commentary on news events and culture from Washington, DC
Weldon's Thanksgiving graphic novel recommendations
Fantastic Mr. Fox reviews
By Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper November 25, 2009
'The Fantastic Mr. Fox' a little less-than-fantastic adaptation
By Sally Kline
Washington Examiner Movie Critic
November 25, 2009
'Road' a diverging spectacle; 'Fox' a sure-footed charmer
By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Rob Ullman covers City Paper again
Rob Ullman has the cover of this week's City Paper - a bit of a change as he's doing cute gay guys rather than cute girls.
Politics and Prose and Jimmy Corrigan on Nov 30
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
1/30: Darwyn Cooke at National Portrait Gallery
Tip from Bruce Guthrie
Nov 28: Kal to Perform with Baltimore Improv Group
Fantastic Mr. Fox interview on Comic Riffs
The 'Riffs Interview: WES ANDERSON introduces his fantastic 'Mr. Fox'
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friends of ComicsDC badge
Because no one demanded it!
The official Friends of ComicsDC badge can now be ordered -- or be awarded for meritorious service (you'll have to take your chance on that though).
That artwork by David Hagen is certainly getting a workout. You can buy his stuff on Zazzle too.
ComicsAZ part 1
Last week, ComicsDC visited Arizona, and I'll put on my ComicsAZ guise for a few posts this week.
The above photograph refers to Krazy Kat's home in Coconino County of course. We didn't spot the Kat even though we drove through the county several times.
This cartoon by Bil Keane hangs in my cousin's house. He came in for something when she was running a print shop and did this drawing for her two children. She says she currently has a retired Disney animator for a neighbor - I'll try to get more details.
Weldon on Gaiman's Sandman
The Inevitable Post About Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' by Glen Weldon, National Public Radio's Monkey See blog November 18, 2009
Post-Thanksgiving comics sales in the area UPDATED
Friday November 27th to Sunday November 30th
25% Off Comics & Graphic Novels*
10% Off Everything Else*
Up to 75% Off Select Store Items
(Visit individual stores for sale items)
T-shirts 30 % OFF
Friday 9:00 am to 9:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 9:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
* Certain exclusions apply including recent arrivals. Not combinable with any other discount.
May not be used on subscriptions, special orders, or held items.
Cards, Comics & Collectibles (Reistertown, MD - 410-526-2321)
New Comics 20% off
Graphic novels and collections 50% off
Modern back issues 70% off
Vintage comics 30% off
Toys and statues 50% off
Black(est) Friday... 25% Off EVERYTHING
Yeah, that's right, it's a Blackest Night week. But its Dark Reign stops here. We Siege control from this runaway Goblin by offering the deal of the year. On November 27th from 5:00 am until 9:59 am at our Pentagon City Mall location only, we are offering 25% off EVERYTHING! The perfect time to pick up multiple volumes of a series or upgrade your favorite graphic novel to the Absolute edition!
33% Off Back Issues All Week
Starting Monday November 23rd and ending Sunday November 29th, all back issues are 33% off. We recently cleaned out old subscriber folders, which has supplied new titles to our back issue section. Come early and often to get the series you may have missed, want to get caught up on, or want to start. This sale is limited to comic books within the white back issue boxes.
Coloring Cul de Sac Contest
Also Richard's telephone interview by Tom Racine, postponed from San Diego until recently is online.
Brad Meltzer writes Buffy
Freer's Tezuka fest report
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Quick Reviews for Comics Due 11-25-09
Saturday, November 21, 2009
IJOCA 11-2 table of contents
Vol. 11, No. 2, Fall 2009
Indian Cartooning Symposium
Edited by John A. Lent
An Illustrated History of Indian Political Cartooning
John A. Lent
Vivalok Comics: Celebrating All That Is Small in India
G. Aravindan's "Small Men and the Big World":
Re- Defining the "Comic" in the Strip
Gokul T. G.
Making People Laugh:
Toms and K. J. Yesudasan, Premier Cartoonists
in Kerala, India
The Most Popular Polish Comics (1957-1989)
The Smartest Comic on Earth:
Metafiction in Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library #16
Lessons My Father Taught Me about Komiks
Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr.
"Sex and the City":
The Graphic Novel Series Aya
as West African Comedy of Manners
The Next Generation of Comics Scholarship
Sandino and Other Superheroes:
The Function of Comic Books in Revolutionary Nicaragua
Both Everyman and Other:
"Dilbert" as an Exemplar of Newspaper Comics' Simultaneous Identification and Distance
Julie A. Davis
Chronicler of Most of a Century:
Cartoonist Ding Cong (1916-2009)
John A. Lent and Xu Ying
"The Greatest Story Ever Drawn!"
Cleopatra in American Comics
Gregory N. Daugherty
Press Cartoons in France: A Short History
English translation by Micheline Maupoint and Alex Noel Watson
Vive la France, Now Who Are We?
Bande Dessinée, the 16 July 1949 Law,
and the Political Re-imagining of Post-World War II France
Beyond High and Low:
How Comics and Museums Learned to Co-exist
Affect and the Body in Melville's "Bartleby"
and Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki's Skim
Working Around Words:
Rauf Talishinsky's Azerbaijani Web Cartoons
Interview and Commentary by Alison Mandaville
Translation by Nikki Talishinsky
Drawn to Distraction:
Comics Reading in Kevin Huizenga's "Lost and Found"
From Bumpkin to Blessed --
Comics and National Identity: A Brazilian Case Study
Gêisa Fernandes D'Oliveira
Comic Book Artists and Writers and Philosophers
The Spirit Passes: The Second Coming
of the Comic Strip's Golden Age
"How to Draw Thinking" Panel,
Small Press Expo, Rockville, MD, Oct. 14, 2006
From Cartoon Art to Child Pornography
Murray Lee Eiland
Hong Kong Manhua after the Millennium
Moebius, Gir, Giraud, Gérard:
Political Commentary and Dissent
in the Tapestry and the Cartoon Strip
The Printed Word
John A. Lent
Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste
Sol M. Davidson
<Exhibition and Media Reviews>
edited by Michael Rhode
Michael J. Dittman
Peter R. Sattler
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Post features local sports cartoonist
By Jeff Newman
The Calvert Recorder
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Telnaes and Wuerker are runnerups for Berryman award
Mike Keefe of Denver Post Wins Berryman Cartooning Award
From National Press Foundation; Wuerker, Telnaes, Day Also Cited
Washington, November 19 -- Mike Keefe of the Denver Post has been awarded the 2009 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning for a wide-ranging series of drawings that poked fun at politicians, journalists and public perceptions.
The award carries a $2,500 prize and a crystal trophy. The award will be presented at the 27th annual National Press Foundation Awards Dinner, Tuesday night, February 16th, 2010, at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The theme of the night’s dinner is, “Journalism Matters.” NPF has created a special blog about its dinner, http://tinyurl.com/yhvsozl.
The judges also awarded Honorary Mentions to Matt Wuerker of Politico and Ann Telnaes of washingtonpost.com for the “innovative use of animation in their work, which is expected to be the wave of the future.”
· One devilishly complicated animated cartoon from Wuerker is called, “The Really Big Operation. “ It is based on a children’s game in which contestants take turns trying to extract a bone or organ from a patient, using an electrified tweezers. In Wuerker’s online version, the “patient” is the U.S. health care system, and making a mistake (as everyone must do) results in a dialogue balloon popping up, saying for example, “BZZZT! Don’t even go near proposing Single Payer. You’ll be called a socialist!” www.politico.com/wuerker/animation.html
· Ann Telnaes, a Pulitzer Prize and previous Berryman winner, uses sound bites made by public figures and then constructs an ironic and often absurd reference for them – Uncle Sam carrying an enormous figure representing China on his back, while a Chinese figure holding U.S. exports in a gift bag stands nearby. When the screen goes dark, you hear the loud sound of Uncle Sam crashing to the ground. (www.washingtonpost.com, search for Ann Telnaes.)
· In another gesture towards the historically important venue of cartooning, the judges awarded a Certificate of Merit to cartoonist Bill Day, for a series of graphically powerful images highlighting child abuse. One showing a small child facing an enormous fist hardly needs a caption at all. Day is the former editorial cartoonist of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, now syndicated by United Feature Syndicate. His work can be seen at www.unitedfeatures.com.
Keefe will narrative a dozen or so drawings at the event, which draws 1,000 people from the Washington journalism, policy and think tank communities. Single drawings from Wuerker, Telnaes and Day will also be shown. The cartooning award is always one of the highlights of the dinner, the single largest source of unrestricted revenue for NPF, a non-profit that provides no-cost, all expenses paid educational programs for journalists.
In one of Keefe’s entries, he mocks the health care debate and the public’s refusal to pay for infrastructure improvements with a drawing showing a family bumping along a miserable, rocky road. “WHY AREN’T YOU USING THE HIGHWAY?” a woman asks her husband. “I DON’T BELIEVE IN PUBLIC OPTIONS!” he snarls in return as a terrified baby in the back bawls his head off. Keefe has been the editorial cartoonist of the Denver Post since 1975. His work is available through http://www.intoon.com/.
The judges were David Rapp, editor-in-chief, Federal Computer Week, and VP/Content, 1105 Government Information Group; Kathy Mannix, executive director, Young D.C., and Walter Wurfel, broadcast executive. For information about participating in the NPF dinner, contact Kerry@nationalpress.org, 202-663-7282. For information about NPF, contact NPF president Bob Meyers, email@example.com.
Nevin Martell Signing Take 2
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
12/5: Matt Wuerker's Newseum event 12/5
Politico Cartooning with Matt Wuerker
Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m., Knight Studio, Level 3
-tip courtesy of
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Washington Blade closes
Post on A Madascar Christmas
By Hank Stuever
Washington Post November 17, 2009
OT: Joe Kubert auctions his art
A Gallery of Heroes, Up for Sale
Baltimore Comic-Con at the VA Comicon
Richmond, Virginia - November 17, 2009 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is passing along the following press release from our friend and Harvey Awards sponsor VA COMICON, as we will be making a panel appearance during the show! Please join us at 2:30pm on Saturday, November 21st as Marc Nathan, founder and promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con joins Shelton Drumm of Heroes Con to discuss inside information about comic conventions as well as surprise announcements!
The VA COMICON comes to Richmond, VA November 21-22, 2009 with 6 different GI JOE artists! This will be the first two-day comic book show in the state of Virginia in over 25 years, and will take place across 10,000+ square feet at the Crowne Plaza West (6532 W Broad Street in Richmond, VA).
With Guests of Honor Larry Hama (the creator of the Modern Day GI JOE franchise) and Chris Claremont (the #1 best-selling writer of X-Men), the event will be a blast for the whole family! These guests will be joined by dozens of top comic artists and writers including 6 different creators behind GI JOE, three different creators behind Deadpool, Alex Saviuk, the artist behind Stan Lee's The Amazing Spider-Man in the newspaper, and more!
Other Exhibitors include CGC comics grading services, the Hero Initiative, Regal Cinemas, Brick Weekly, The Wieringo Scholarship, multiple small press vendors, Nascar Comics, and MORE!
FREE for ALL children, FREE if you come in Full Costume, and FREE if you have a Student or Military ID! All other tickets are just $10 for the entire weekend! The first 750 paid admissions will receive a FREE VA Comicon holiday variant of Witchblade #132 by guest Randy Green! Art Auction Saturday, Costume Contest Sunday! Much more information at the VA Comicon website at www.vacomicon.com!
LARRY HAMA (GI JOE, Wolverine, 'Nam)
KEVIN SHARPE (Nova, Army of Darkness)
CHUCK DIXON (GI JOE, Outsiders)
CHRIS CLAREMONT (All things X-Men)
BILLY TUCCI (Sgt. Rock, Shi)
ADAM LUCAS (Zuda Winner)
ALEX SAVIUK (Spider-Man Sundays)
JOHN GALLAGHER (Nascar Heroes)
KELLY YATES (Dr. Who, Amber Atoms)
ROBERT ATKINS (GI JOE, NBC's Heroes)
RICK KETCHAM (Amazing Spider-Man)
MIKE McKONE (Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, JLI)
JAMES KUHORIC (Dead Irons, Battlestar Galactica)
DAN PARENT (Betty and Veronica)
RANDY GREEN (Witchblade, Tomb Raider)
REILLY BROWN (Cable and Deadpool)
JIM CALAFIORE (Batgirl, Deadpool)
MARK McKENNA (Exiles, Countdown)
J.C. VAUGHN (CSI, Shi, Battlestar Galactica)
BUDD ROOT (creator of Cavewoman)
ANDY SMITH (Weapon X, Deadly Duo)
STEVE BIRD (Hard Time, Blue Beetle)
JOHN WYCOUGH (BloodRayne, GI JOE)
BRIAN SHEARER (Marvel Trading Cards)
KEN MARCUS (Super Human Resources)
LOUIS SMALL JR (Lady Death, Vampirella)
ERIC WOLFE HANSON (Micronauts, GI JOE)
STEVE CONLEY (Bloop, Star Trek)
RICK SPEARS (Teenagers from Mars)
JAMES CALLAHAN (Strange Detective Tales)
We look forward to seeing you there! Tickets available online! All online ticket holders get in ½ hour early each day! Show hours are 12p-7p on Saturday, November 21, and 10-4pm on Sunday November 22! Free Bowling Party on Saturday Night! FREE Parking! Go to www.VAcomicon.com for info and to RSVP!
See you there!
Next Year's Baltimore Comic-Con
Please mark your calendars now to join us in 2010 on August 28th and 29th for the Baltimore Comic-Con's 11th year. Confirmed guests include Michael and Laura Allred, Howard Chaykin, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, Dan DiDio, Al Feldstein, Ron Garney, Michael Golden, Geoff Johns, Michael Lark, Phil Noto, Jimmy Palmiotti, Eric Powell, James Robinson, Jim Starlin, Mark Texeira, and Marv Wolfman.
Details on guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming leading up to the show can always be found at our website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and ComicSpace pages.
DC Craft Mafia
Monday, November 16, 2009
Irene Vartanoff interviewed
Interview with Irene Vartanoff!
Posted by Jacque Nodell
Sequential Crush blog Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Nov 21: Terry Flippo, Beyond Comics artist appearance