Sunday, January 31, 2010

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 02-03-10

Quick Picks for Comics Due 02-03-10
By John Judy
BLACKEST NIGHT: WONDER WOMAN #3 of 3 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott.  WW's had her world rocked from fighting Black Lanterns, being a Black Lantern and then becoming an honorary Star Sapphire.  But no matter things get, she makes it look good.
THE BOYS #39 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.  New story arc kicks off here with everyone getting closer to knowing stuff they ought not.  Awkward moments galore!  Recommended.  Not for kids.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #32 by Brad Meltzer and Georges Jeanty.  "Chapter One: Buffy Has F#@$ing Superpowers."  Worth it for the tribute cover alone.  Recommended.
CRIMINAL: SINNERS #4 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.  Ex-Army bad-ass Tracy Lawless has been busted by Uncle Sam, which leaves him almost as screwed as disappointing the gangsters he's been working for.  What's an AWOL royal executioner to do?  Highly recommended.
CROGAN'S MARCH HC written and drawn by Chris Schweizer.  How long has it been since you've read a good French Foreign Legion story involving flesh-eating monsters?  Too long, obviously!  From Oni Press.
DEMO #1 of 6 by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan.  A series of done-in-one stories, each one sketching pivotal events in the lives of their unique protagonists.  From the author of NORTHLANDERS and DMZ.
DISNEY'S HERO SQUAD: ULTRAHEROES #1 by Riccardo Secchi and Stefano Turconi.  No, this is not the first Avengers comic under the Disney logo.  This is the all-ages adventures of Super Goof, the Duck Avenger, Eega Beeva and the Red Bat.  And they don't meet Wolverine until next issue.  From BOOM! Studios.
DOOM PATROL #7 by J.M. DeMatteis and Matthew Clark.  One of the greatest DP members ever, Crazy Jane, is back. But will she bring her multiple personalities and Morrisonian weirdness with her?  Plus, Metal Men!
GREEN LANTERN: SECRET ORIGIN SC by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis.  What it sounds like.  Collecting GL #29-35 with some nifty foreshadowing of the current "Blackest Night."  Recommended.
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #23 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca.  Tony Stark remains comatose while Norman Osborn's assassin draws ever closer.  This one's got three variant covers so it must be awesome!
JUSTICE SOCIETY ANNUAL #2 by Keith Giffen, Matthew Sturges and Tom Derenick.  The JSA thinks Magog's responsible for a prison break and he's miffed.  Expect fisticuffs and zappage.
MARVEL HEARTBREAKERS #1 by Various Creators.  Four Valentine's Day tales featuring the heartache of hormonal heroines.  Starring Dazzler, MJ and Gwen, the Nextwave gals and Snowbird.  That's right, Snowbird!  You got a problem with Snowbird?  Take it up with Dazzler, I say!  Gotta look!
MILESTONE FOREVER #1 of 2 by Dwayne McDuffie and Many of Milestone's Original Artists.  In which we see the merging of the Milestone Universe with the DCU from the Milestone POV.  Gotta look!
THE QUESTION #37 by Greg Rucka, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.  Vic Sage is back from the dead and looking to mix it up with the new Question.  I loves me some Rucka but what a shame they couldn't get Dennis O'Neil to write it.
SCALPED #37 by Jason Aaron and RM Guera.  When last we left our heroes Chief Red Crow was voluntarily having his guts kicked out by the Hmong gangsters.  Is it possible they have him right where he wants them?  Highly recommended.  Not for kids.
SIEGE #2 of 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Joe Quesada.  For some reason someone thinks it would be a fine idea to invade a city full of gods.  This in turn is guaranteed to result in an Avenger dying.  Tough break, Living Lightning.  (Note: I'm kidding about Living Lightning, but if Bendis did off him would people have to start calling him Dead Lightning?  Because that actually sounds cooler.)
SEIGE: EMBEDDED #2 of 4 by Brian Reed and Chris Samnee.  Y'know, you can't have a really great company-wide cross-over without a title devoted to the brave reporters who are covering all that stuff you've already read in the other titles.  Sorta goes without saying.
SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #12 of 12 by Greg Rucka, James Robinson and Pete Woods.  Supes and Adam Strange unravel the Kryptonian conspiracy but at what cost?  Plus, it looks like Brainiac is back for seconds.  Big finish!
TORCH #5 of 8 by Mike Carey, Alex Ross and Patrick Berkenkotter.  They should change the name of this comic to TORCHES because there's three of 'em in this issue.  Nobody can turn a one-shot into a maxi-series like Alex Ross!
ULTIMATE COMICS X #1 by Jeph Loeb and Art Adams.  So it appears Ultimate Wolverine has an Ultimate Kid or he's pretending to be dead while masquerading as a surly blonde teenager.  In spite of Loeb's recent output, this one merits a look because it is drawn by the great Arthur Adams.  And Loeb likewise always merits a look, if only to see if he's getting his game back.  Fingers crossed.
WOLVERINE: SAVAGE ONE-SHOT by Ryan Dunlavey and Richard Elson.  Wolvie's fighting monsters at sea!  Big ones!  Maximum choppage!
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #10 by Jason Aaron and C.P. Smith.  Nobody writes Wolverine better than Jason Aaron and this one introduces a new woman into his cursed life.  Good luck, lady!  And may god have mercy on your immortal whatever…  Highly recommended.

Big Planet extends 50% off hardcover sale

Store owner Greg Bennett writes in, "Seems that both owner and customer consensus is that we should extend the 50% off hardcover sale through Tuesday 2/2, since a bunch of people got snowed in this weekend and didn't get their last shot at it"

I know I got mine... at several of the stores.

A collector's account in the Post

There's quite a bit of overlap between book and comic book collectors these days...

Dispatch from the hoard
People who collect things and those who don't can be friends

Washington Post Sunday, January 31, 2010

The accompanying photo of generic comic books is actually Steve Geppi's collection at the Geppi Entertainment Museum in Baltimore

M.K. Perker comic strip in Post hardcopy

Attention, shoppers! by Michael S. Rosenwald opens with a large comic strip by M.K. Perker in the January 31 2010 Post's Outlook section. It's not online.

Zadzooks reviews comics!

Zadzooks: Soul Kiss, X-Men Forever and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Colossus of Destiny reviews. Joseph Szadkowski, Washington Times January 28, 2010.

Former Silver Spring resident pens anti-abortion comic strip

Obviously, comics can be used for anything! The cartoonist is Gary Cangemi, for anyone who knew him 38 years ago when he lived in Silver Spring and collected comic books.

Local man uses "Umbert The Unborn" to advocate for anti-abortion, JOSH MROZINSKI, January 31, 2010.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Comic Riffs on the slings and arrows of their webcomics poll

Check out Michael Cavna's defensive duck, bob and weave about his wecomics poll here.

Jim Shooter Signing (Charlottesville, VA)

A little off the beaten path (Charlottesville), but Former EIC of Marvel and founder of Valiant Comics Jim Shooter is coming to Atlas Comics, (1750 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville, VA 22901) on Friday, February 12, 2010 from 3:30-5:00pm.

From the PR:

After beginning his comic book career at age 13, Shooter has written acclaimed stints on Legion of Super-Heroes, The Avengers, Harbinger, and many other titles.

Presently he’s at work on Dark Horse Comics’ revival of Gold Key’s Magnus Robot Fighter, Doctor Solar, and other characters. The first of those stories debuts on Free Comic Book Day, May 1, 2010.

For more information on Atlas Comics or the signing, visit their website or call (434) 974-7512.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Cartoonists on the joy of cartoon contests

That title up there is sarcastic, but check out the comments where two local cartoon contests - the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the Herblock Award are specifically mentioned - Picking up the tab to enter cartoon contests, by Alan Gardner, January 13, 2010.

BTW, I've been asked to be an RFK judge again this year (mentioned in the interests of transparency), but I was told by one of the previous judges who picked Derf that they had to threaten to not give the award that year if it wasn't given to him - so the judges aren't always in sync with the award-granting organization. I can say that last year the other RFK judges and I took our roles quite seriously and spent hours pouring through a few score portfolios.

Holy!#@$! Kevin #$@ Smith is coming!

I think you're obliged to use profanity at least once when discussing and/or referencing Kevin "Silent Bob" Smith. I read it on Wikipedia. Or something.

So yes, Kevin Smith is coming to DC. It's quite a ways away, but tickets went on sale this morning through TicketMaster. He's coming to the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in NW on Thursday, April 22nd at 8pm. Anyone up for this? I've seen some of his college tour content on TV and he is hilarious.

Baltimore City Paper drops cartoon contest winner, and contest judges protest

Larnell Custis Butler's Just Ask Larnell won last year's Baltimore City Paper cartoon contest, but the paper recently dropped it. A letter to the editor signed by judges Tom Scocca, Tony Millionaire, Dina Kelberman, Benn Ray, and Emily Flake, "Bring Back Larnell," Baltimore City Paper 1/27/2010 brings the disagreement to light.

Politics and Prose book group reads Alan Moore

Adam reports that the next book for the Politics and Prose graphic novel book group will be Top Ten: The Forty-Niners by Alan Moore - not a typical Moore choice I'd think.

Tony Millionaire's Elvis Costello in Post

Tony Millionaire draws Elvis Costello for an ad that's on page 9 of the Weekend section of the Post.

Feb 3: Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers at JICC

Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers anime is at the Japan Information and Cultural Center at 1155 21st St, NW at 6:30. Call 202-238-6949 for reservations

Cooke interview at Smithsonian American Art blog

There's a Darwyn Cooke interview at the Smithsonian Magazine's blog for his appearance at American Art tomorrow. I'll be there - anyone else?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Signed Sacco books at Politics and Prose

Politics and Prose bookstore is reporting that they have signed copies of Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco for sale. We didn't fall down on the job and let you miss Sacco; the books were shipped in from NYC.

Comic Riffs on iTricorder

Top 10 Names for the new Apple tablet (*as chosen by top artists), By Michael Cavna, January 27, 2010

East Germany animation reviewed in Express

Drawn and Confined Together: 'Red Cartoons: Animated Films from East Germany'

[print title: Drawn and Confined Together: Vintage cartoons from East Germany draw a bleak picture of a country divided].

Red Cartoons, DEFA, East Germany

Written by Express contributor Stephen M. Deusner
Photo courtesy First Run Features

January 28, 2010

Daumier drawing at Corcoran

Today's Examiner, on p. 32, ran a Daumier drawing that's on display at the Corcoran for the exhibit Turner to C├ęzanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales, January 30–April 25, 2010.

1/30: Darwyn Cooke at National Portrait Gallery

Darwyn Cooke will discuss his graphic novel The Hunter, based on 1962 crime classic by Donald Westlake (under pseudonym Richard Stark). January 30. 4pm. Free.

Tip from Bruce Guthrie

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Glen Weldon on the iTricorder and comics

Glen Weldon's take on 2010's big early tech news: Did You Hear? The Apple Tablet Is Gonna Save Comics, Too. National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (January 27 2010).

Kal on Florida public radio

This is a good interview. Luis Hernandez asks some good questions and gets into Kal's different procedures for doing an editorial cartoon vs an Economist cover, and also gets Kal to mention his earliest influence - one I hadn't heard before - Dr. Seuss.

Political Cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher
WGCU's Gulf Coast Live 01-27-2010

Since 1978, Kevin Kallaugher has made a name for himself as a political cartoonist – drawing thousands of cartoons for papers like The Baltimore Sun, the New York Times and Newsweek. He’s probably best known for his dozens of cover pieces for the Economist. Kallaugher is the guest speaker for the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida this week and he joins us to talk about his craft.

Obscure Richard Thompson advertising art

Well, it was obscure Richard Thompson advertising art until he posted it on his website. Now it's just cool.

Big Planet Comics hardcover sale ends this week

Hardcovers are 50% off through the end of the week. I've gotten a good-size stack, but I didn't buy everything.

My look at the dwindling comics pages is at City Paper now

The State of the Union for D.C. Newspaper Cartoonists

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Danielle Corsetto's from Frederick?

Apparently she is -

Frederick native cartoons for a living
By Danielle McFall
Special to the News-Post January 26, 2010

My Comic Valentine play in Adams Morgan

Broadway has the story "MY COMIC VALENTINE Plays Valentines Week At DCAC in Adams Morgan".

Everybody seems to be mining old romance comics these days. Well, a play is creative. Anyone want to go?

Here's the details:

2438 18th Street NW, Washington DC 2009

2/11 - 7:30pm

2/12 - 10pm

2/13 - 10pm

2/14 - 3pm & 7:30pm
TICKET PRICES: General - $17, DCAC Members - $12

Tickets may be reserved by contacting the DCAC box office at 202.462.7833

15% of all profits will go to the H.E.R.O. Initiative, a charitable organization that supports aging comic-book artists.

Learn More at

City Paper post on Darwyn Cooke

Same basic information as posted here, but a bit more on Cooke -

Darwyn Cooke to Speak at Smithsonian Saturday

Onion dropped editorial cartoon?

Since they haven't appeared for the month of January, I'm assuming that the Onion has dropped the putative editorial cartoon by the hack "Sean Kelly" (actually the talented cartoonist Ward Sutton).

Monday, January 25, 2010

Post photo of kids seeking Superman

Today's Post (and the Express) had a cute photograph by Sarah L. Voisin of the children of the Fine family dressed as Superman and Flash Gordon. The caption said they were "preparing to see a Superman exhibit at the National Museum of American History on Sunday, but they missed it." As far as I recall the last Superman exhibit was for his 50th birthday in 1988 which means they missed it by quite a lot. -17 years in the case of the older boy.

Unfortunately the image isn't online.

Darwin non-fiction graphic novel that snuck by me

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation came out this fall. Amazon's product description, reproduced below, says that the cartoonist lives in DC:

Product Description

A stunning graphic adaptation of one of the most famous, contested, and important books of all time.

Few books have been as controversial or as historically significant as Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Since the moment it was released on November 24, 1859, Darwin’s masterwork has been heralded for changing the course of science and condemned for its implied challenges to religion.

In Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, author Michael Keller and illustator Nicolle Rager Fuller introduce a new generation of readers to the original text. Including sections about his pioneering research, the book’s initial public reception, his correspondence with other leading scientists, as well as the most recent breakthroughs in evolutionary theory, this riveting, beautifully rendered adaptation breathes new life into Darwin’s seminal and still polarizing work.

Michael Keller, an award-winning journalist and writer, has a bachelor of science degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Nicolle Rager Fuller is a professional illustrator, with a bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry from Lewis and Clark College and a graduate certificate in science illustration from the University of California-Santa Cruz. She lives in Washinton, DC, with her husband.

Few books have been as controversial or as historically significant as Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Since it was released on November 24, 1859, Darwin’s masterwork has been heralded for changing the course of science and condemned for its implied challenges to religion.

In Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, author Michael Keller and illustator Nicolle Rager Fuller introduce a new generation of readers to the original text. Including sections about his pioneering research, the book’s initial public reception, his correspondence with other leading scientists, as well as the most recent breakthroughs in evolutionary theory, this engaging, beautifully rendered adaptation breathes new life into Darwin’s seminal and still polarizing work.

SL Gallant interview posted to City Paper

The editor has had his way with it so go read Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with S.L. Gallant

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 01-27-10

Quick Picks for Comics Due 01-27-10
By John Judy
AFRODISIAC HC by Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg.  "By day he cleans up your office, by night he cleans up the streets: Alan Diesler, a.k.a. Afrodisiac!  A mysterious man from a faraway land – the original unbeatable, irresistible, smooth dark chocolate brother, b!^<!"  You want this in the worst possible way.  There's an eleven-page preview up on that will sell even the most hardened skeptic.  Highly recommended!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #619 by Dan Slott and Marcos Martin.  Mysterio's back working for the Maggia (I know…) and Aunt May has become Dark Aunt May!  This is totally the plot for the next Spider-Man movie!  Gotta look!
ARCHIE #605 by Michael Uslan and Stan Goldberg.  The final chapter in the "Archie Marries Betty" storyline in which things play out the way Nature intended.  Fun for all ages.
ASTRO CITY: THE DARK AGE BOOK FOUR #1 of 4 by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson.  The decades-spanning quest of the Williams brothers to catch their parents' killer continues.  It's the mid-80s and they're getting warmer.  Recommended.
ATOM AND HAWKMAN #46 by Geoff Johns and Ryan Sook.  Newly-minted member of the Indigo Tribe, Ray Palmer must use the indigo light of compassion to beat a pack of zombie Black Lanterns dressed up like his dearest friends.  Tough gig.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #7 by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart.  It's "Blackest Night" Morrison-style featuring guest-stars galore!  Some actually living!
BLACKEST NIGHT: JSA #2 of 3 by James Robinson and Eddy Barrows.  Dead JSAers all around!  Black power rings hungry for hearts!  Earth-2's mightiest corpses!  Gotta look!
CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #6 of 6 by Ed Brubaker, Bryan Hitch and Butch Guice.  This is the Big One!  The return of the dead star-spangled hero who's already been knocking around peripheral titles for the past month and a half!  Make Mine Timely!
CHEW #8 by John Layman and Rob Guillory.  Agent Chu must track down the murderers of some guys who make their living cock-fighting.  He must also track down a sense of urgency.  Recommended.
DAREDEVIL #504 by Andy Diggle and Roberto De La Torre.  Marvel promises a "shattering climax" in this one and that's always been good enough for me!  But whose climax will it be and what will it shatter?  Team Diggle!
FALL OF THE HULKS: RED HULK #1 of 4 by Jeff Parker and Carlos Rodrigues.  Three words: "Cosmic. Hulk. Robot."  See you there!
FANTASTIC FOUR #575 by Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham.  A new story begins here featuring the smartest moloid you'll ever meet.  Seriously, he's got his GED and everything.
GREEN LANTERN #50 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke.  Hal Jordan versus the Black Lantern Spectre.  A grudge match beyond life or death.  Good thing Hal's bringing some help.
IRREDEEMABLE #10 by Mark Waid and Peter Krause.  In which we learn more about what Bette Noir and the Plutonian were up to behind everyone's back.  Rough stuff.  Recommended.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE #6 of 7 by James Robinson and Mauro Cascioli.  Chopping off Red Arrow's arm was a bold move, but what else does Prometheus have up his sleeve?  Other than Red Arrow's arm, I mean…
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #41 by James Robinson and Mark Bagley.  When Congorilla joins the JLA that's either the first issue you're buying or the last.  On the other hand, he's no Rocket Red.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #35 by Bill Willingham and Travis Moore.  The gang decides they've taken enough guff for a while and starts dishing it out.  Piping hot!
KICK ASS #8 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.  Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl start killing people but they are all bad.  This will be a movie.  For real.  Not for kids.
NEW AVENGERS #61 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen.  Steve Rogers is back with the Avengers just in time for the Siege of Asgard.  Okay, awkward…
NORTHLANDERS #24 by Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez.  Supplies are running low and now the Vikings have to go outside the village walls to forage, plague or not.  Was that a cough…?  Recommended.
PILOT SEASON: DEMONIC #1 by Robert Kirkman and Joe Benitez.  A new hero's in town and he's possessed by a homicidal demon!  Or is he?
PREVIEWS by Diamond and Marvel Comics.  A way to plan your future comics shopping that never crashes and won't try to sell you Viagra!
SUPERMAN #696 by James Robinson and Bernard Chang.  Mon-El and his buds set out to give General Zod's sleeper agent a wake-up call.  The heat vision's gonna fly!
SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN #4 of 6 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.  The Man of Steel has his first major fight with the Parasite!  Major!
THOR #606 by Kieron Gillen and Billy Tan.  Doctor Doom has gassed up the Destroyer armor and challenged Thor to drag!  Big fight!
ULTIMATE COMICS: ENEMY #1 of 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Rafa Sandoval.  The greatest threat to the Ultimates universe is revealed and it ain't internal continuity!
VICTORIAN UNDEAD #3 of 6 by Ian Edginton and Davide Fabbri.  The zombies have overrun Baker Street!  Can the brain of Sherlock Holmes solve this problem before it gets eaten?  Pip-pip!
WALKING DEAD #69 by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard.  And in the other great zombie book, the survivors arrive at what's left of Washington DC.  Okay, serious note: I was just down in DC yesterday and the anti-abortion protestors left the place looking pretty much exactly like the cover of this comic.  Politics aside, these people are unbelievable litterbugs.  Not cool, kids.  Not.  Cool.
WONDER WOMAN #40 by Gail Simone and Aaron Lopresti.  WW fights The Crows, five guys dressed like Catholic schoolboys.  Years of therapy not included.
X-FACTOR #201 by Peter David and Bing Cansino.  The Invisible Woman has disappeared and…!  Hey, wait a minute…

Zadzooks on Joe Madureira's videogame

Zadzooks reviews Joe Madureira's videogame at Zadzooks: Bayonetta and Darksiders game reviews, Joseph Szadkowski, Washington Times January 21, 2010.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Kal interview on Maryland Morning about USDemocrazy

From: kevin Kallaugher

Friends and colleagues

I wanted to alert you that I will be on WYPR's Maryland Morning on Friday discussing the great website  USDemocrazy is a project that I lead as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The site is a current events/educational/entertainment site dedicated to making the news fun and interesting. 

The show airs at 9AM EST but I will be posting a link to an audio clip of the interview after it airs Friday morning on my blog:


Jim Scancarelli & Gasoline Alley helping army museum

According to this press release Cartoonist Takes Up the Cause (1/5/10) from the Army Historical Foundation, Jim Scancarelli is featuring Skeezix's World War II service in the Gasoline Alley strip to call attention to the Arlington-based Foundation's attempt to build a National Museum of the US Army at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Virginia animator featured in Post

Animation Odyssey: Charlotte Rinderknecht wants to build a state-of-the-art film studio in Virginia. Can her debut short help take this dream beyond fantasy?
By Stephanie Booth
Washington Post Magazine Sunday, January 24, 2010; W18

SL Gallant interview coming up soon on City Paper

DC-area cartoonist SL Gallant, the artist on IDW's GI Joe, answered some brief interview questions for me and it should be coming up on Monday after it's edited on the City Paper site.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Understanding Comics in the classroom

Marc Singer talks about problems with using Scott McCLoud's book Understanding Comics in the classroom as he teaches his course at Howard University.

Check out today's Cul de Sac

Check out today's Cul de Sac. Cartoonist have been saving themselves some effort on redrawing similar figures, at least since photocopiers became common, and certainly today with the prevalence of scanners. But not our Richard - note how Alice and Petey are slightly different in every drawing - and then enjoy that madcap 3rd panel. I think this gag actually works better in black and white too - the 3rd panel looks both more and less busy sans color.

Jan 23: Chip Bok (and Helen Thomas) booksigning

Chip Bok (and Helen Thomas) are doing a booksigning for their Great Whitehouse Breakout tomorrow at 10:30 in King's Park Library, Burke. Registration req'd. 703-978-5600.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Jan 27: Politics & Prose book group

Graphic Novel Bookgroup
Wednesday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.
Stitches, by David Small

One of these days, I may actually make it to this. But notwithstanding that, Stitches is a very good book - one of the best graphic books to come out last year. It's a nonfiction account of Small's childhood and the medical problem he labored under.

Tom the Dancing Bug cartoonist raises money for Haiti

Tom the Dancing Bug cartoonist Ruben Bolling is raising money for Haiti - he's set up a donation page and the two highest donors will get an original drawing from him. Check it out now. [Those of us with longish memories still miss Tom from the Post's Weekend section].

Ok, I just checked it out after putting up this post - I'm the first donor. Hah! Beat that! I'll bet you can.

Toles quotes Dr. Seuss

Tom Toles' cartoon today uses Dr. Seuss' Horton to make his point.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Weldon on floppies vs. trades

Weldon, Glen. 2010.
How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Wait For The Trade Collection.
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (January 20).

Like Glen, I'm of two minds about this. I usually buy the individual issues to make sure the series survives and then buy the collection if I think I want to read it again.

OT: Animators Bill Plympton and Patrick Smith have started a blog

Animators Bill Plympton and Patrick Smith have started a blog - Scribble Junkies. I'm a big fan of Plympton's work - he comes through town about every other year and I'd recommend meeting him, seeing his animation and buying his cartoon books.

Darwyn Cooke's appearance at American Art PR

Darwyn Cooke's appearance at American Art on January 30th has PR hitting the comics sites now. Except for mine. IDW doesn't love me.

Nevin Martell talking about Calvin and Hobbes in Pittsburgh

See Author goes in search of 'Calvin and Hobbes', By Maria Sciullo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Wednesday, January 20, 2010.

2nd Washington City Paper post is up

What’s So Special about Wednesday? which is kind of an oxymoronic question for anyone in the US likely to be reading this blog.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lise Myhre video interview

Lise Myhre, the Norwegian cartoonist behind Nemi, is in a video interview here.

Why is ComicsDC linking to this? Well, she's a friend of Greg Bennett of Big Planet who helps her on the translations into English. And Titan's sent me a review copy of the current collection which I still need to post on here.

Singer on McCloud's Making Comics

Marc Singer reprints his review of Scott McCloud's Making Comics that originally ran in the International Journal of Comic Art.

Jan 20, OT: Gaiman chat at New Yorker

Ask the Author Live: Dana Goodyear with Neil Gaiman
Posted by The New Yorker

This week in the magazine, Dana Goodyear writes about Neil Gaiman. On Wednesday, January 20th, at 3 P.M. E.T., Gaiman will be joining Goodyear for a live chat with readers. Submit advance questions for Gaiman and Goodyear, sign up for an e-mail reminder below, and come back Wednesday to join the discussion.

There's a long article about Gaiman in the magazine and online too. For some obligatory DC content, Gaiman's read at Politics & Prose and the National Book Festival.

My first Washington City Paper blog post

My first Washington City Paper blog post is online now. Nothing special, just introducing myself. I'm going to try to get the first content post written tonight though, and over to my editor. Heh. I like having an editor.

Monday, January 18, 2010

9 Chickweed Lane continues to push the envelope

Last year, I blogged about 9 Chickweed Lane's virginity losing strips. Apparently that storyline was a success for creator Brooke McEldowney because he's now got Grandma reminiscing about her first boyfriends (two and a time! warring countries!) and 'feeling a salute,' if you know what he means...

Chickweed makes reading the comics feel like watching modern tv, not Ozzie and Harriet!

More ComicsDC than ever before!

I've been asked by the Washington City Paper to freelance for them so I'll be writing longer pieces on comic art, most often for their blog I'd guess. I've submitted an introduction tonight and hope to have a piece about Wednesday and comic books up later this week. I will of course link from here to anything I write for them.

Richard Thompson on his watercolor technique

Tom Spurgeon picked this up first, but my excuse is that I was driving from NJ and I'm sticking with it. Here's Richard on his watercolor technique.

Herblock Christmas cards auctioned for Haiti

Rob Stoltzer's offering two Herblock Christmas cards from 1930-1931 on ebay for Doctors without Border's efforts in Haiti.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Comics on the Rack, 01-20-10

(Quick Picks for Comics Due 01-20-10)
by John Judy
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #618 by Dan Slott and Marcos Martin.  "Mysterio: Un-dead and loving it!"
AVENGERS VS AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 by Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman.  A bit of space-time screwiness results in the Atlas gang duking it out with Captain America and the original Avengers!  Retro-lovers must look!
BLACKEST NIGHT: THE FLASH #2 of 3 by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins.  Dead rogues versus live ones, Black Lantern-style!  Also the Flash(es)!
BRAVE AND BOLD #31 by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz.  The Atom versus the Joker!  Yeah, you read it right…
CAPTAIN AMERICA #602 by Ed Brubaker and Luke Ross.  The drug-addled, paranoid, racist Captain America from the 1950s is back!  But what's he been up to since resigning as Rush Limbaugh's life-coach?  Recommended.
DARK AVENGERS #13 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato.  The secrets of the Sentry are finally revealed!  No not those secrets!  The other ones!  No, those were last issue's secrets!  These are the real secrets, the double super-secret secrets!  You ain't never heard secrets like these, pal, believe you me!  This is actually a very fun comic which you should read.  Honest.
GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS: HAPPY VALLEY #2 of 9 by Garth and Carlos Ezquerra.  The crew prepares for their final bombing run against the German industrial heartland, but the krauts are preparing too.  Recommended.
HULK #19 by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness.  Red Hulk smash Thing!
INCORRUPTIBLE #2 by Mark Waid and Neil Edwards.  Ex-bad guy Max Damage is on the road to redemption, but can even he bring down the rogue Plutonian?  Recommended.
INCREDIBLE HULK #606 by Greg Pak and Paul Pelletier.  It's smashings a–plenty as "Fall of the Hulks" continues.
JOE THE BARBARIAN #1 of 8 by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy.  A mature readers series about a young Type-1 diabetic who may or may not be a fantasy adventure hero in a land full of toys.  It's Morrison so a look is required.
JOHN STANLEY LIBRARY: THIRTEEN GOING ON EIGHTEEN HC written and drawn by John Stanley.  Collecting the sixties comics series about two teens, Val and Judy, and all their cruel intentioned hijinks.  From Drawn & Quarterly and Seth.
MIGHTY AVENGERS #33 by Dan Slott and Khoi Pham.  The Mighty Avengers meet the Dark Avengers and things get mighty dark.  I mean, obviously…
PHANTOM STRANGER #42 by Peter J. Tomasi and Ardian Syaf.  Three words: Black.  Lantern. Spectre.  Reserve your copy now!
RASL #6 written and drawn by Jeff Smith.  Rasl gets serious about taking the lizard-faced killer out of the picture, but first he needs to swipe few more goodies.  Weird science!  Highly recommended!
SOLOMON KANE: DEATH'S BLACK RIDERS #1 of 4 by Scott Allie and Mario Guevara.  When Robert E. Howard's puritan Terminator goes questing through Germany's Black Forest you are permitted to feel pity for any bandit or demon who gets in his way.
SPIDER-WOMAN #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev.  Spider-Woman! Skrulls!  And… wait, is it 2008 again?
STARMAN #81 by James Robinson, Fernando Dagnino and Bill Sienkiewicz.  The Shade versus a Black Lantern Starman.  Good times!
SUPERBOY: THE GREATEST TEAM-UPS EVER TOLD SC by Many Legendary Creators.  Collected here: Key issues of ADVENTURE, SUPERBOY and NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY featuring the boy of steel and his amazing friends!
T-MINUS: RACE TO THE MOON GN by Jim Ottaviani, Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon.  Bringing the space race between America and the USSR into glorious graphic novel form!  Recommended!
THUNDERBOLTS #140 by Jeff Parker and Miguel Angel Sepulveda.  When they're not fighting the original Avengers and/or each other the Atlas kids like to wail on the criminals masquerading as heroes a bit.  Let's look, shall we?
UNCANNY X-MEN #520 by Matt Fraction and Greg Land.  There appear to be three separate storylines in this comic so odds are you'll like at least one of them.
WOLVERINE: WEAPON X #9 by Jason Aaron and Yanick Paquette.  Wolvie's pals show up to bust him out of the nuthouse!  Let's hope they brought a lot of Bactine!  Recommended.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Another Pekar interview to print and stuff into 'Conversations'

My Harvey Pekar: Conversations is getting more dated:

Harvey Pekar On "The Pekar Project"
by Alex Dueben
Thu, January 14th, 2010

Cartooning trick in Nate Beeler's Haiti cartoon

Nate's cartoon today, Helping Hand in Haiti, represents an interesting thing one can do with comic art. Nate made one large drawing, but then put the idea of time into the drawing by adding in the rectangle on the one side. our familiarity with the mechanics of comics means this functions as a brake on the reader's eye, so that the illusion of the passage of time is created even in one continuous drawing.

Jan 17: Kal and Danziger in Georgetown

On Jan 17, editorial cartoonists Kal and Jeff Danziger will be in Georgetown at Hudson on 2030 M St at 7 pm for "Obama's Portfolio". This sounds great - unfortunately I can't make it.

From the press release:

With a touch of art, style and humor Art Soiree celebrates one year of Obama’s presidency by presenting a one of a kind exhibition.

Join us Sunday, January 17th at 7pm for the most unique and controversial event in the country.

Obama’s Portfolio: Humorous highlights of the first year in office.

For ages graphic satire has been a significant journalistic medium and a catalyst for political debate. This exclusive ONE NIGHT ONLY exhibition will feature the most renowned editorial and political cartoonists from world’s top newspapers and magazines. Their works have been published in the Economist, NYTimes, Huffington Post and many other well known publications. Come and judge for yourself whether their graphic satire represents your, the citizen’s, perspective of the political life. The exhibition will provide a full analysis on Obama’s administration through political cartoons published in 2009.

All of this and more will take place this Sunday at Hudson Restaurant and Lounge – a great spot for socializing with friends over distinctively creative cocktails and great food in a warm and elegant atmosphere.

As always, Art Soiree promises to draw area’s most celebrated figures in both social and political arenas, may be even the president himself!!!

Disney plays workshop at Glen Echo's Adventure Theatre this summer

Here's the PR:


Adventure Theatre Announces the Summer Musical Theatre Workshop Productions

Adventure Theatre, the longest-running children's theatre in the Washington, D.C., area is kicking-off its 31st Annual Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for children ages 6-15 with an exciting line-up of children's productions including Disney's Aladdin Jr., Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids, The Magical Land of Oz and Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum*, each facilitated by professionally trained Directors, Choreographers, and Musical Directors.

The Summer Musical Theatre Workshop is a daytime workshop in which children audition for one of four age-appropriate productions, and will then participate in two full weeks of show rehearsals, music and dancing which culminate in a full-scale production of each show on the Adventure Theatre stage. Students will also attend Adventure Theatre's main stage performance If You Give a Pig a Pancake, ride Glen Echo Park's carousel, participate in a talent show, receive a commemorative t-shirt and enjoy a cast party. Adventure Theatre's Summer Musical Theatre Workshop has proven to be one of the most rewarding, challenging and confidence-boosting summer experiences for kids.

"We are increasing the value of the workshops by staffing them with instructors and counselors who can accommodate children with musical-theater aspirations, while keeping the same atmosphere of relaxed fun for those who don't," says Kathryn Hnatio, Education Director and acting Summer Musical Theatre Workshop Artistic Director.

Michael Bobbitt, Adventure Theatre's Producing Artistic Director and Summer Musical Theatre Workshop Choreographer continues, "Adventure Theatre's Summer Musical Theatre session is a highly interactive and educational workshop that focuses on fun, teamwork, self-esteem, a sense of ownership, presentation skills and bringing out the best performance from each of its students."

Summer Musical Theatre Workshop parents agree: "Our daughters had a wonderful experience and continue to sing the songs all day," says one 2009 parent.

Adventure Theatre's Summer Musical Theatre Workshops run Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm, June 14th to August 27th. Before and aftercare options are available.

Session 1 (mini session)- June 14 – 18

Session 2 – June 21 - July 2

Session 3 – July 5- July 16

Session 4 – July 19 - July 30

Session 5 – August 2 - August 13

Session 6 - August 16 - August 27

For more information or to inquire about tuition prices, please contact Adventure Theatre's Summer Musical Theatre Workshop Program Coordinator Selena Anguiano at 301-634-2275 or  Also, visit for more information on the Summer Musical Theatre Workshop and other educational programs at Adventure Theatre.


Marc Singer teaches comics course at Howard, and incidentally, resurrects his blog

Marc's announcement of his course on comics is here, and and he also announces a book he co-edited on detective fiction here. I'm glad to see that he resurrected his I am NOT the Beastmaster blog as I enjoy his writing. Take note of his Final Crisis writing on Grant Morrison that was singled out by a critic as one of the best online pieces last year.

SHOC: cartoonist Larry Wright

Larry Wright, Detroit editorial cartoonist and creator of the strip Wright Angles, was recently profiled on The Comics Journal's site:

Millikin, Eric.  2010.
Talking lifestyles of the semi-retired editorial cartoonist with Larry Wright. (January 13):
By coincidence, I had unwrapped some old records at work and found this illustration for an Erma Bombeck column from the May 27, 1966 Detroit Free Press.

I can't imagine this has been seen anywhere since it first appeared.

Anyone want to set up a Terry Pratchett con?

This rolled in today...  personally, I'd go. I love his books. 2 British comic adaptions have been combined into one large book last year that's a pretty good read.

Greetings, all Discworld fans and convention-goers! As most of you are probably already aware, the first ever North American Discworld Convention took place in Tempe, Arizona from September 4 - 7, 2009, and was deemed a big success by guests and attendees alike!  Once again, I and the entire 2009 committee would like to thank all of our amazing guests, participants, committee, staff, volunteers, and attendees for helping to make the con the wonderful experience that it was.  Thank you!  I have linked many photos, videos, and accounts of the convention on the convention website, so if you haven't yet seen that, please feel free to head over there and take a look:

The 2009 committee was delighted to hear that everyone had such a great time, and honored to learn that, due to the convention's success, many are clamoring for another one!  Our Guest of Honor, Sir Terry Pratchett himself, has said that he is definitely willing to appear again as Guest of Honor (health and circumstances permitting) should there be another NADWCon.

The committee has been approached by representatives of several cities interested in hosting the next North American Discworld Convention, and thus, after consulting with Sir Terry Pratchett, a North American Discworld Convention Steering Committee (to be known hereafter as "The Guild of Chelonavigators") has been formed from among several folks intimately involved in the successful organization and presentation of NADWCon 2009. The purpose of this oversight committee is to: 1) determine the next convention location and organizing group; 2) offer guidance and information to the next convention committee as it prepares for NADWCon 2011; 3) maintain a consistent archive of information and data related to past NADWCons; and 4) manage any con-related funds or properties during transition periods between cons.  The members of The Guild are as follows:

Voting Officers:

- Emily S. Whitten, Esq. (Chair)
- Denise Connell
- Margaret Grady
- Patrick Harkin Sr.
- Jean Tillson

Chelonavigational Consultant:

- Anna M. Caggiano

Regarding the decision as to where NADWCon 2011 will be held, it has been decided to ask for bid proposals from any fan organization interested in hosting the next con.  These will be carefully considered by The Guild before a decision is made and a group chosen, after which The Guild and the 2009 committee will pass the torch of our responsibility and experience as the organizers of this unique Discworldian event to the chosen group, but will remain available for consultation as a source of information, guidance, and resources.

If you love the idea of having an NADWCon in your city, and are considering proposing your local group and city as the best host for the next NADWCon, please first carefully consider both the goals and responsibilities of this convention, some of the main ones being:

-       To provide a well planned, smooth and well organized, exciting and uniquely fun Discworld experience for new and old Discworld fans of all ages, as well as for our guests;
-       To make the convention easily accessible and reasonably affordable for fans to attend;
-       To meet or exceed the level of programming and fun experiences provided by the first NADWCon, including such staples as a charity auction, gala banquet, and Discworld Maskerade;
-       To retain the Discworld flavor and culture of a Pratchett-centric convention;
-       To keep proper records and responsible accountings of the planning and management of the NADWCon, and to preserve these for future archiving with The Guild of Chelonavigators.

Please also be aware that planning a convention of this magnitude requires the dedication, determination, and cooperation of a number of experienced organizers with excellent planning, teamwork, organizational and communication skills.  Planning and running a convention can be an amazing experience, but please remember that it requires a lot of time and hard work, as well as a willingness to put the good of the convention first.  Any group that bids for the next NADWCon should have a number of willing and experienced volunteers local to the convention location to form the backbone of their potential convention committee.

And now, for those who are interested, onward to the bid proposal process!

Bid Proposal Process

Please include all information requested below on your bid submission, which should be emailed to  Please be as detailed as possible when appropriate, and feel free to include any additional information that might help in the decision as to why your city and organization would be the best host for NADWCon2011.

Bid submissions should consist of:

1)      Name and contact information (address, email, and phone) of submitting person or organization;

2)      Location (i.e. city) and range of proposed possible dates for the 2011 con;

3)      Possible hotel(s) to host the con, with as much detail as possible regarding what arrangements could be agreed upon with the hotel; a Letter of Intent from the proposed hotel is recommended.  Please also include information on methods, costs, and ease of travel to and from the hotel(s) proposed;

4)      Names and contact information for proposed key committee members, with summaries of their past experiences in fandom and convention organizing.

a.      Please list potential committee members for as many of these committee positions as possible, and any others which you expect to fill:

i.      Chair; Vice Chair; Treasurer; Hotel Liaison; Guest Liaison; Programming Director; Volunteer Coordinator; Convention Operations; Logistics Coordinator; Technology Coordinator; Security Coordinator; Dealers Room Coordinator; Information and Publicity Coordinator (including maintenance of website, email listserv, and news updates); Registration Coordinator; Maskerade Director; Banquet Director; Charity Auction Director; Program Book Director; Art Show Director; Ambience Director; Hospitality Coordinator.

b.      Please include one or more references who can speak to the individual's relevant experience and qualifications; a personal statement from the individual is also welcome.

5)      Estimated convention budget with breakdown of expected expenses, along with information on any start-up funds that may be available to the committee;

6)      Any other information you feel would be pertinent or helpful.

The deadline for bid proposals is midnight, March 15, 2010.  Once the deadline has closed, proposals will be carefully reviewed by The Guild, and a decision will be made and announced to bid applicants by approximately April 15, 2010.

Once a decision has been made, a representative of The Guild will contact the prevailing 2011 organization in order to facilitate the sharing of useful information and resources.  AFTER such contact, The Guild will publicly announce the winning bid, and the 2011 committee may then move forward in planning the 2011 NADWCon.

Please let me know via the email address provided above if you have any questions on the bid proposal process. Good luck, and I hope to hear from you soon!


Emily S. Whitten

Vice Chair and Webmaster, NADWCon2009
Chair, The Guild of Chelonavigators

Jan 16: DC anime club's manga workshop

Free MANGA DRAWING WORKSHOP, Saturday, Jan16th from 3 to 5 at Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Telnaes' year in review

I'm a little slow to get to this, largely because I still believe newspapers are for reading, not viewing, but here's Ann Telnaes' excellent year in review animation. All the cartoons she's done for the Post since 2007 are available which I think is damn nice of the Post.

Now with a corrected link!

Betty Boop music boxes popular in DC

It's hard to believe, but Betty Boop music boxes were among the most popular at the longtime, but now closing, Music Box Center according to a photo caption in today's paper. The image isn't online. Boop was created in 1930, and has not appeared in entertainment media since the 1980s, but like Hello Kitty still seems to be able to move merchandise. Including music boxes.

Weingarten on Arnold comic strip

In his January 5th Chatalogical Humor chat, Gene Weingarten polled his readers on the Arnold comic strip by Kevin McCormick.

The responses to the Arnold strip were:

Richmond, Va.: When I was looking at the first Arnold strip, my eyes accidentally leaped to the last panel where I saw the balloon "I consumed white death!" It made me smile, and I went back to read the whole thing. Er...mayonnaise is the white death? Er...okay. The only way I could think there's a joke in there is if it is a running gag - he hates mayo and the lunch ladies tricked him into eating it with the tuna salad. Anyway, it was kind of deflating that such a cool punchline had such a bad setup. I may use that line, though.

Gene Weingarten: Yes, his hatred of mayo was a running gag -- as was his war with the cafeteria ladies. But I contend this was all implicit in the strip you read.


And lastly, I put Arnold in there because it was a near-great strip. Arnold never succeeded because Arnold was, at its wicked little heart, really mean-spirited. It scared newspaper editors who (incorrectly) believed that the comics pages were the province of children. Arnold was really daring, and different -- it featured a child who had no innocence whatsoever.

When Arnold failed the cartoonist gave it all up and became (I kid you not) a minister. That's what he's doing now.


Lansing, Mich.: Hey, Gene! I was talking about "Arnold" with someone at Jef's book-release party last month (I wish I could remember who -- he specifically cited the "white death" strip you ran as one of his favorites.)

I had a (possibly unreasonably) strong devotion to "Arnold" when I was in college and find in reading it now that I'm still rather fond of it, although I have a little tougher time with the quality of the art these days.

I gave it a "pretty good".

Gene Weingarten: I asked a comics editor about this recently, and she, too, had some problems with the art; I don't see it, but you and Jef and she are pros, so I bow.

I love his nasty spirit.

Big Planet Comics founder's autobiography online

Joel Pollack mentioned this week that he's been writing his autobiography and putting it on the store's website. Joel's been a part of the comics scene for a long time and I hope he keeps fleshing this out.

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes slapped around on

A Narrator in Search of a Protagonist: Looking for Calvin and Hobbes, Posted by Kristian Williams on January 13th, 2010.

Harsh review. I think the book does function as a biography, and I enjoyed reading it.

Another Batchelor anti-VD cartoon

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Here's another CD Batchelor cartoon from World War 2 on the dangers of venereal disease from the collection of the National Museum of Health and Medicine. You can see earlier posts on Batchelor here and here.

This photo of a poster is by Lynn Brudon also from World War 2. I don't know anything else about him or the poster.

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Archer cartoon reviewed in Post

FX's raunchy cartoon 'Archer' has retro style but few contemporaneous laughs

By Hank Stuever
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 14, 2010; C06

Archer animation review in today's Express

Here's the citation -
McDonough, Kevin / United Features Syndicate.  2010.
Secret Agent Misogynist: 'Archer' is a crass cartoon spy with serious girl issues.
Express (January 14): 27

Washington City Paper comic strip has cartoonist faceoff

Ben Claassen III's Dirtfarm, the only comic strip still in the City Paper (sigh), has "Versus! Cartoonist Battle! Single Life vs. Married Life. Ben Claassen vs. Luster Kaboom". One can vote on which strip is the best at Dirtfarm's site.
Claassen is still doing regular illos for the Express' advice column as well.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Weldon on Langridge's Muppets

Nice review here. I bought the individual issues and the collection because 1. Roger's a buddy of mine, and 2. he's good. I also buy original art from him whenever he's in the States.

Weldon, Glen. 2010.
How Good Is The New 'Muppet Show' Comic, On a Scale of Swit to Moreno?
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (January 13):

SPX 2010 is...

September 11-12th.

Caricature in Post article

The print version of Better never than late has interesting caricatures of Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien by Joe Fournier, whose work I'm not otherwise familiar with.

Luna Park reviewed in Post

A tale of lowlifes in love, told graphically, By Dan Kois, Washington Post January 13, 2010; C04 reviews LUNA PARK, By Kevin Baker and Danijel Zezelj , Vertigo. 158 pp. $24.99.

Homer Simpson used as political whipping boy

See "Harry Reid is the Senate's Homer Simpson," By: Jay Ambrose, Washington Examiner Columnist January 13, 2010.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Palm restaurant caricature pictures incidentally in Post

Palm restaurant caricature pictures appeared incidentally in Post today, in an article on waiters who remember orders as opposed to writing them down. The article, oddly enough, appeared above the fold on the front page so one could seen Brant Parker's Wizard of Id in the background by the waiter's head.

Mark Alan Stamaty video interview

Robert Wright has an excellent interview on with Mark Alan Stamaty, who was regularly seen in the Post with Washingtoons years ago. Stamaty talks about his Washington Post experience at 17:35. Wow, it ran for 12 years in the Post!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cavna on Gigacon

In Art Institute of Washington holds first Gigacon, an animation convention, By Michael Cavna, Washington Post Staff Writer, Monday, January 11, 2010; C01, there's a line that makes me think I'm missing a big part of the local scene:

Unlike many major cities, including Baltimore, Washington lacks a true comics convention (the closest thing perhaps being the annual Small Press Expo in Rockville). Tillman, who last year hosted a panel at the granddaddy animation event, San Diego Comic-Con, thinks the time is ripe for Washington. "We've got so many animators and so many other artists and so much talent in the area, there's no reason Washington shouldn't have its own big convention."

I have heard that we lack a local comics con partly due to the lack of affordable reasonably-sized spaces which is why SPX is now in Rockville, Gaithersburg or North Bethesda. Still, let's here from our "so many animators".

OT: Comics Journal interview with David Astor

Our old friend is interviewed - Talking future of newspaper comics with former E&P editor Dave Astor, by Eric Millikin on January 11th, 2010. I really miss his Syndicate column.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Zadzooks still at Washington Times?

The Washington Times has laid off lots of editorial staff - apparently up to 60% - but it looks like Zadzooks might still be there as he had a game columnthis past week.

UPDATED: Yes, Joe Szadkowski has emailed me that he's still at the Times, so I'll continue to look for his column each week.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

COMICS ON THE RACK (Quick Picks for Comics Due 01-13-10)

(Quick Picks for Comics Due 01-13-10)
by John Judy
ADVENTURE COMICS #6 by Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul.  Superboy is determined to do something nice for Lex Luthor.  Y'know, to bring out the good in him.  This should be awesome!  Recommended.
ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON HORNBOOK by Moore and Jacen Burrows.  Prepping you for the sequel to Moore's THE COURTYARD, a modern take on the H.P. Lovecraft mythos.  Sure to be demented in all the right ways.  Crazy or not, Alan Moore is always a "gotta look!"
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #617 by Joe Kelly and Max Fiumara.  The Rhino is back and he really wants to kill… the Rhino?!  But what will the Rhino have to say about this?
BATMAN: WIDENING GYRE #4 of 6 by Kevin Smith and Walter Flanagan.  After a month off (which is really not bad for a Kevin Smith book) BWG is back as Batman tries to turn a bit more of the crime-fighting workload over to his new admirer.  Silly Batman!  Don't you know what happens when you trust someone in Gotham City?
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #31 by Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty.  Buffy flies.  Willow glows.  Oz says just the right thing.  Of course he does!  Whedon's writing!  Recommended.
CREEPY ARCHIVES, VOL. 5 HC by Various Creators including Steve Ditko, Reed Crandell, Angelo Torres and Alex Toth.  Yeah, you know you want it!  Classic horror for the post-holidays!  Recommended!
DAYTRIPPER #2 of 10 by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon.  OK, after last issue I'm not sure how this is possible, but this issue Bras and his best friend go on a nature hike and find more than they bargained for.  Recommended.
GHOUL #2 by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson.  An old-school LA detective noir starring an unkillable giant drawn by Wrightson.  Who could ask for more?
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #22 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca.  Can Tony Stark's pals re-boot his brains before the Ghost blows them out?  Guest-starring Doctor Strange!
MARVELS PROJECT #5 of 8 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting.  Steve Rogers puts on the red, white and blue and the Sub-Mariner comes up for a look.  Recommended!
NO HERO SC by Warren Ellis and Juan Jose Ryp.  Collecting the full run of the adventures of one of Ellis's less fortunate super-wannabes.  And that's saying something.
POWER OF SHAZAM #48 by Eric Wallace and Don Kramer.  Osiris is back from the dead as a Black Lantern.  And weren't we all secretly longing for that to happen?  And what does a zombie who's half-alligator poop look like?  Gotta look!
PUNISHERMAX #3 by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon.  One of the best Punisher stories in quite a while has Wilson Fisk clawing his way to Kingpin-dom and trying not to get killed doing it.  Oh, and the Punisher's in it, too!  Highly recommended.  Not for kids.
SECRET SIX #17 by John Ostrander, Gail Simone and J. Calafiore.  Part two of the Secret Six/Suicide Squad team-up finds the Six needing to rescue Deadshot from the Squad.  Maybe certain parties need this "team-up" concept explained a little more carefully…
STRANGE #3 of 4 by Mark Waid and Emma Rios.  The ex-Sorcerer Supreme and his newest apprentice go road-tripping in the American South.  And you thought you'd seen Mindless Ones before!  Recommended.
STUFFED GN by Glen Eichler and Nick Bertozzi.  From a writer of "The Colbert Report" and the creator of "Daria" comes this multiple-categoried concoction about a couple who inherit a Museum of Curiosities and discover that sometimes names don't quite cover it.  Recommended.
TROUBLEMAKERS HC written and drawn by Gilbert Hernandez.  Drugs, greedy-low-lifes, fires, beheadings and gunplay!  It don't get pulpier than this!  Not for kids!
UNWRITTEN #9 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross.  This issue: "Tommy Taylor and the Prison Riot!"  Recommended.

Boy, that Herblock was clever

Actually, this is a nice appreciation of the new Herblock book - Iconography • When Newspapers Were Newspapers, Robert Birnbaum, Our Man in Boston: A Book Blog January 7, 2010.

The Post had a national edition?

Ed Hall inks final issue for Washington Post
Mark Pettus
Ponae Vedra Recorder January 8, 2010

Post on Simpson's anniversary

Fox anniversary special salutes 20 years of 'The Simpsons'
By Jen Chaney
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 10, 2010; E04

Friday, January 08, 2010

Jan 30: Darwyn Cooke at American Art

Here's a reminder post, based on the DC Examiner mentioning it today.

Saturday January 30, 2010
The Hunter with Darwyn Cooke Lectures & Seminars
4:00 PM
McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
American Art Museum
Eisner Award–winning writer and artist Darwyn Cooke will discuss his evocative graphic novel, The Hunter, based on the 1962 crime classic by Donald E. Westlake (writing under the name Richard Stark). This best seller has been critically acclaimed in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post for breathing new life into one of the classic characters of crime fiction. With a visual style that both pays homage to and plays with ‘60s retro style, The Hunter vividly depicts the film noir genre.
Limited free tickets (two per person), G Street Lobby, one hour prior. Book signing follows.
McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level

Herblock award to accept animated editorial cartoons

Alan Gardener has the story on how the Herblock award committee is willing to look at animated editorial cartoons.

Gigacon schedule and bios

Here's the schedule and here's the biographies of the speakers.

Jan 8-9: Gigacon at National Building Museum

The Art Institute of Washington has Gigacon, a media arts convention going on today an dtomorrow at the National Building Museum. Animators from Adult Swim and other places are attending as is David Silva, a sculptor for McFarlane Toys. Cost is $10, and it runs from 10 am-5 pm. Here's a pdf poster with more information.

ToonSeum Press Release: January Cartoon Arts Lecture Series

The ToonSeum's in Pittsburgh, but DC's Nevin Martell is speaking there...

The ToonSeum January Lecture Series
The ToonSeum announces the line up for it's January Saturday Lecture Series.
The series features artists and authors discussing various aspects of the cartoon arts and its history.
The ToonSeum is Pittsburgh's Museum of Cartoon Art. Located in downtown Pittsburgh's cultural district. It is one of only three museums dedicated to comics and cartoons in the nation.

January 16th, 5:30 PM

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers will be at the ToonSeum speaking about his 25 years as an editorial cartoonist in Pittsburgh and his new book, "No Cartoon Left Behind."

As a editorial cartoonist for the last 25 years, Rob Rogers' cartoons appear regularly in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek, and USA Today, among others. His "How the Gingrich Stole Christmas" graced the cover of Newsweek's 1994 year-end issue. He received the 1995 National Headliner Award, the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award and has won seven Golden Quill Awards. In 1999, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

In his new book, "No Cartoon Left Behind", Rogers recounts his humorous path to cartooning and shares his own personal perspective on the major news stories of the past two and a half decades, covering a diverse range of topics including the Cold War, gun control, smoking, racism, the environment, 9/11 and presidential elections. It is considered as a must-have for political junkies, history buffs, cartoon fans.

January 23rd, 5:30 pm

Finding Calvin and Hobbes with author Nevin Martell

Author Nevin Martell shares his quest to uncover the story behind one of comics most elusive creators, Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

For ten years, between 1985 and 1995, Calvin and Hobbes was one the world's most beloved comic strips. And then, on the last day of 1995, the strip ended. Its mercurial and reclusive creator, Bill Watterson, not only finished the strip but withdrew entirely from public life. There is no merchandising associated with Calvin and Hobbes: no movie franchise; no plush toys; no coffee mugs; no t-shirts (except a handful of illegal ones).
There is only the strip itself, and the books in which it has been compiled
- including The Complete Calvin and Hobbes: the heaviest book ever to hit the New York Times bestseller list.

In Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip, writer Nevin Martell traces the life and career of the extraordinary, influential, and intensely private man behind Calvin and Hobbes. With input from a wide range of artists and writers (including Dave Barry, Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Lethem, andBrad Bird) as well as some of Watterson's closest friends and professional colleagues, this is as close as we're ever likely to get to one of America's most ingenious and intriguing figures - and a fascinating detective story, at the same time.

Only 3,160 Calvin and Hobbes strips were ever produced, but Watterson has left behind an impressive legacy. Calvin and Hobbes references litter the pop culture landscape and his fans are as varied as they are numerable.
Looking for Calvin and Hobbes is an affectionate and revealing book about uncovering the story behind this most uncommon trio - a man, a boy, and his tiger.

January 30th, 5:30 pm

Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front, Author- Todd Depastino

The program will be an illustrated talk on the great World War II cartoonist Bill Mauldin, an army infantry sergeant who rocketed to fame at age twenty-two with his wildly popular feature "Up Front."  Week after week, Mauldin defied army censors, German artillery, and General George Patton's pledge to throw him in jail for insubordination to deliver his grim depictions of war to "Stars and Stripes" and hundreds of homefront newspapers.

There, readers followed the stories of Willie and Joe, two wise-cracking 'dogfaces' whose mud-caked uniforms and pidgin of army slang and slum dialect bore eloquent witness to the world of combat and the men who lived
- and died - in it.  We have never viewed war in the same way since.

The talk is based on Todd's book, BILL MAULDIN: A LIFE UP FRONT (W.W.
Norton, 2008), a winner of the 2009 Anne M. Sperber Prize for biography.
Todd is also editor of acclaimed WILLIE & JOE: THE WWII YEARS (Fantagraphics Books, 2008), the first complete collection of Mauldin's World War II.

His previous books include CITIZEN HOBO: HOW A CENTURY OF HOMELESSNESS SHAPED AMERICA (University of Chicago Press, 2003) which won a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. He has a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and teaches at Waynesburg University.
Currently, he lives in Mt. Lebanon with his wife and two daughters.

Lecture series is included with paid admission to the ToonSeum.

4 dollars for adults

3 dollars for students

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Kal on Maryland NPR

From: kevin Kallaugher

I wanted to alert you to an interview that will be airing tomorrow (Friday) at the local NPR station in Baltimore, WYPR 88.1FM. 
It is dedicated to my work with the new 2010 Illustrated Kalendar and The Economist.... it's long (15 minutes) and is the second leg of the hour long show which is called The Signal.  

The show airs Friday at noon and again at 7PM. But they have already released the show on the web. Here's the link to the web audio (my interview starts at the 15:30 mark):  

I hope you enjoy it!


Kevin Kallaugher