Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wimpy Kid joins Macy's Thanksgiving parade

Wimpy Kid Balloon Joins Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
By Sally Lodge
Sep 30, 2010 a reminder, Kinney was a University of Maryland cartoonist prior to hitting it big with his Wimpy Kid.

Waking Sleeping Beauty reviewed in City Paper

Fincher's hyper, fictionalized Facebook flick; Disney's dysfunctional family
By Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper October 1, 2010

I guess the Disney documentary is playing here somewhere, but it's not on the City Paper's movie site yet.

Oct 2: Peanuts at National Portrait Gallery

On October 2, the National Portrait Gallery will host a family-and-friends day with events for all ages: cartooning workshops; a screening of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; and guest appearances from Snoopy and Schulz friend Lee Mendelson, executive producer of all the classic PEANUTS specials.

Wertham article in print City Paper; longer version online

The online version has many more quotes from people about WHAT IT ALL MEANS.

A Comics Villain Revisited: What Will the Opening of Fredric Wertham's
Papers Mean for Comic-Book Scholarship?
Posted by Mike Rhode on Sep. 30, 2010

Thru Oct 17: Peanuts play in town

Tickets are $25 from No Rules Theater at the H Street Playhouse -

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Book, Music & Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Micael Mayer
Additional Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Directed by Matt Cowart
Choreographed by Pauline Grossman
Musically Directed by Taylor Williams

Lucy - Carolyn Cole
Snoopy - Chris French
Sally - Kristen Garaffo
Schroeder - Sean Maurice Lynch
Linus - Joshua Morgan
Charlie Brown - Augie Praley

H Street Playhouse - Washington, DC
Theatre Mania Box Office: 866-811-4111
9/30 - 8pm | 10/1 - 8pm | 10/2 - 2pm & 8pm | 10/3 - 2pm
10/7 - 8pm | 10/8 - 8pm | 10/9 - 2pm & 8pm | 10/10 - 2pm
10/14 - 8pm | 10/15 - 8pm | 10/16 - 2pm & 8pm | 10/17 - 2pm

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Truitt on Stephen King's comic writing

Stephen King learns in and outs of comics with 'American Vampire'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY September 29 2010

A couple of SPX interviews from Comixtalk

Interviews with Sara Turner and Jerzy Drozd
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 14, 2010

XX's website Comixtalk is another local one that I've been shamefully behind in realizing was local as it largely focuses on webcomics.

Post interviews Guisewite on body issues

I mentioned a Post blog post on the Cathy comic strip with accompanying body image poll a couple of days ago.

Tomorrow they go right to the source and interview cartoonist Cathy Guisewite -

Cathy Guisewite, creator of 'Cathy' comic, on weight
Jennifer LaRue Huget
Washington Post September 30, 2010; GZ12

Hey, people who aren't me are reviewing comics at the City Paper?!

That Martell guy who did the book on Calvin and Hobbes is poaching in my territory!

Reviewed: Krazy & Ignatz in Tiger Tea by George Herriman
by Nevin Martell on Sep. 28, 2010

He's lucky I like him. Otherwise...

Oct 2: Crafty Bastards arts fair downtown

The City Paper's Crafty Bastards fair is coming up this Saturday. Here's some information pulled from their website:

Now in its 7th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. The fair is all-day, outdoors, free to attend, and will offer goods for sale, food, entertainment, prizes, and more! Crafty Bastards will take place Saturday, October 2, 2010 in Washington, DC.

Saturday, October 2, 2010, 10am-5pm at the Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & Wyoming in the hip Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Of local cartoonists, so far Carolyn Belefski's Curls Studio will be there at Tent 80.

Minor bits by Arlingtonians in new books

Richard Thompson has a 1-page cartoon introduction to the new Barney Google book from Craig Yoe.

Meanwhile I'm thanked in Daniel Clowes: Conversations (Conversations With Comics Artists Series) by Ken Parille (Editor) and Isaac Cates (Editor), for suggesting to Isaac that he do a Conversations book. The book was already finished when I interviewed Clowes, so print out “Likable Characters Are for Weak-Minded Narcissists”: A Chat with Daniel Clowes" and glue it in the back of the book. In the book trade, they call that 'tipping-in' and I'll autograph it for you to increase the value.

The return of W.E.L.D.O.N.

In which Glen examines the Iron Man villain who probably won't ever be in one of the big movies -
In Praise of M.O.D.O.K: Why Gleefully Goofy Beats Broodingly Brutal

by Glen Weldon

September 29, 2010


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Truitt on Stephen King's comics

Stephen King bites back with 'American Vampire' comic book

By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

'Cathy' body image poll at Post

Aack! Has comic-strip 'Cathy' shaped your body image?
By Jennifer LaRue Huget 
Washington Post's The Checkup blog September 28, 2010

As of this writing, sadly, "yes" is winning.

It's Banned Books Week...

... and this cartoon is working its way through the comics blogosphere. It's from the Library of Congress

* Title: Books are weapons in the war of ideas / S. Broder.
* Date Created/Published: [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Government Printing Office, 1942.
* Medium: 1 print (poster) : color.
* Summary: Poster showing Nazis burning books, with quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt, "Books cannot be killed by fire ...."
* Reproduction Number: LC-USZC4-4267 (color film copy transparency) LC-USZ62-121473 (b&w film copy neg.)
* Call Number: POS - US .B761, no. 1 (C size) [P&P] [P&P] [P&P]
* Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
* Notes:
o GPO no. 1942-O-487131.
o OWI no. 7.
o Promotional goal: U.S. J49. 1942.
* Subjects:
o Book Burning--Germany--1940-1950.
o World War, 1939-1945--Communications--United States.
* Format:
o Posters--American--1940-1950.
o Prints--Color--1940-1950.
* Collections:
o Posters: Artist Posters
* Bookmark This Record:

Beeler appears in paper of record

For the record, on this past Sunday (9/26), Nate Beeler's cartoon The GOP Evolution appeared in the NY Times op-ed section.

Meet a Visiting Cartoonist: A Quick Chat with Jeff Smith

Now at the City Paper -
Meet a Visiting Cartoonist: A Quick Chat with Jeff Smith
by Mike Rhode on Sep. 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

America's Next Great Cartoonist and Comic Riffs blogger on Tall Tale Radio

Episode 100 – Olivia Walch and Michael Cavna
By Tom Racine
Tall Tale Radio September 27th, 2010

Ted Rall in town and interview up at City Paper blog

Ted's going to be at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V, NW at 6:30 tonight. I'm planning on being there. Here's an interview about his new prose book:

Beeler sneaks into Examiner

Nate Beeler doesn't usually do a cartoon for Monday's Examiner, which instead relies on the Cagle Syndicate, but he's got one on page 23 today. It's an homage to Gulliver's Travels that illustrates an editorial.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Jeff Smith at Library of Congress National Book Festival

100_0590 LOC NBF Jeff Smith

I got to talk to Jeff Smith for a few minutes at the National Book Festival of the Library of Congress. The interview should appear at the Washington City Paper site this week, but here's my Book Festival pictures.

Friend of ComicsDC Dustin Harbin featured in paper

Dustin's a friend of mine and Richard Thompson -- he's the guy who invited Richard down to HeroesCon, opening a whole new world to us.

Fine-tooning his passion: Local cartoonist Dustin Harbin has turned talent, luck and hard work into burgeoning career success.
By April Denee Baker
Charlotte Observer Sep. 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

That darn Toles! (continued)

Witches are your neighbors and acquaintances

Washington Post Saturday, September 25, 2010; A11

What is a witch? The Tea Party's Senate candidate in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell, said that she dabbled in witchcraft. Post columnist Richard Cohen ["Republicans, bewitched," op-ed, Sept. 21] and cartoonist Tom Toles [Sept. 21] commented on it. I wonder if either knows what a witch is? Is it the Hollywood version from "Snow White" or "The Wizard of Oz?" If not, then what?

A witch could be standing in line behind you at the checkout counter or sitting next to you on the Metro. And he or she probably does not cackle or have a wart on her nose or carry a broom. There are several thousand of them in America. They are hard to tell from Episcopalians or anyone else.

If The Post is going to write about them, perhaps you should invite one or two to talk to your staff to provide some background and answer questions.

John B. Holway, Springfield

Audio online for Graphic Content: A Conversation with Five DC Area Graphic Storytellers

I'm afraid I gave up on waiting for the DC Public Library to post the audio for this and have put it up on the Internet Archive.

Graphic Content: A Conversation with Five DC Area Graphic Storytellers

A panel discussion with local talent on creating comics, cartoons and graphic novels in the D.C. area. The panelists are Ben Claassen (DIRTFARM), Andrew Cohen (DC Conspiracy/Trickster), SL Gallant (DC/Marvel/IDW), Evan Keeling (DC Conspiracy/Trickster), and Matt Wuerker (Politico). The talk will be moderated by Washington City Paper's Mike Rhode. Sponsored by the DC Public Library, Northwest One Neighborhood Library, 155 L St, NW @ New Jersey Avenue, Washington, DC.

2nd local editorial on Molly Norris and Draw Mohammad Day

The Satanic toonist? Molly Norris is in hiding. Why?
Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star 9/24/2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Comic Riffs on Draw Mohammad Day and Muslims

MOLLY NORRIS UPDATE: American Muslim petition defends 'Draw Muhammad Day' cartoonist
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 24, 2010

Lynn Brudon's World War 2 malaria posters

Here's all 12 of Lynn Brudon's World War 2 anti-malaria posters that I was able to find in the National Museum of Health and Medicine's photo collections.

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Malaria prevention. Charts. "Why bother to send out invitation. Sloppy Joe cordially invites you. Unhappy mess call. Hiroskito in person. Honorable down beat. Most unworthy bunion. Prevent malaria shorten the war! Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945." [Posters. Illustration. Cartoon, Mosquitoes. Insect pests, Control. Sanitation. Preventive medicine, Propaganda.] Reeve 88456-1


Malaria prevention. Charts. "Presenting tonight and every night. 'The 4 Freedoms From Malaria.' Featuring the Soldiers Chorus. Better than Faust. Prevent Malaria! Shorten the war! All star cast. Repellent, atabrine, malaria, d.d.t.[Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane?], bed net. Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945." [Posters. Illustration. Insect pests, Control. Mosquitoes. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.][Propaganda.] REEVE 088546-2


Malaria prevention. Charts. "Don't be a damn fool. You wouldn't bed down with a boa or slug it out with a sling shot. Why hang out your old caboose for bayonet practice? Hiroskito. Prevent malaria! Shorten the war! Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945." [Posters. Illustration. Insect pests, Control. Mosquitoes. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.] [Propaganda.] REEVE 088546-3


Malaria prevention. Charts. "G.I bedtime story. Control malaria. Shorten the war. Bug heaven, here comes Hiroskito. Damn that d.d.t.[Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane] Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945." [Posters. Illustration. Insect pests, Control. Mosquitoes. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.] [Propaganda. Cartoon by Lynn Brudon.] REEVE 088546-4


Malaria prevention. Charts. "Sloppy Joe 'You can't fool him - he's too ignorant.' Don't bathe outdoors after dark. Hiroskito. Honorable blood bank. Prevent malaria! Shorten the war! Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945." [Posters. Illustration. Insect pests, Control. Mosquitoes. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.][Propaganda.] REEVE 088546-5


Malaria prevention. Charts. "Hiroskito speaking. Japan expects every saboteur to do his duty. Are you listnin [listening]? Brave American soldier are not care damn for chills and fever. Never mind do strong Japanese. Let honorable buddy do all the work. Take your atabrine. Keep on your feet! A man on his back can't fight. Prevent malaria! Shorten the war! Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945." [Posters. Illustration. Insect pests, Control. Mosquitoes. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.][Propaganda.] REEVE 088546-6


Malaria prevention. Charts. "When the Japs stole the world's supply of quinine they were sure of a successful jungle war with malaria fighting on their side. But you can help the Mikado bite his nails! Take a tablet of atabrine every day... It's the ace in the hole the Japs forgot. Prevent malaria! Shorten the war! Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945." [Posters. Illustration. Insect pests, Control. Mosquitoes. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.] [Propaganda.] REEVE 088546-7


Malaria prevention. Charts. "Some things are hard to understand. For instance, the Japanese train of thought and their big idea of world domination, all those cabinets they keep forming that fall apart, and the G.I who scoffs at necessary precautions to prevent malaria! Shorten the war! Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945." [Posters. Illustration. Insect pests, Control. Mosquitoes. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.] REEVE 088546-8


Malaria prevention. Charts. "Atabrine. Commando of the blood stream. He can only do his duty if you do yours. Ignorant rumors about atabrine are as groundless as Jap propaganda. Don't leave a gap in the line by refusing to cooperate! Prevent malaria! Shorten the war! Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945." [Posters. Illustration. Insect pests, Control. Mosquitoes. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.][Propaganda.] REEVE 088546-9


Malaria prevention. Charts. "Sure it makes a difference. Prevent malaria! Shorten the war! Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945." [Posters. Illustration. Mosquitoes. Insect pests, Control. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.][Propaganda.] REEVE 088546-10


Malaria prevention. Charts. "The champ. Keep fit! Take atabrine daily... malaria is no match for this heavyweight! Prevent malaria! Shorten the war! Lynn Brudon [artist]." [Posters. Illustration. Insect pests, Control. Mosquitoes. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.][Propaganda.] REEVE 088546-11


Malaria prevention. Charts. "Sloppy Joe. One man army in his own mind. Now retired. Prevent malaria! Shorten the war! Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945." [Posters. Illustration. Insect pests, Control. Mosquitoes. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.][Propaganda.] REEVE 088546-12

Coming Monday - a big Ted Rall interview

I interviewed Ted Rall last night for the Washington City Paper, about his new book, An Anti-American Manifesto. The interview should run at the City Paper on Monday morning and you can read Ted's statements like, "I would say that I'm an idealist, and anyone who's not an idealist is a bad citizen."
Then you can go to Busboys and Poets on 14th and V St, NW at 6:30 pm (September 27th) and debate him. Fun for all!

Oct 3 Capicons Comics Show

 Please note the DC-area talent we have scheduled to join us, including 2010 Lulu Nominee Carolyn Belefski, Matt Dembicki and members of DC Conspiracy.

Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con
Sun, Oct. 3, 2010
10 am - 3 pm

Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Hall, 2148 Gallows Rd, Dunn Loring, Virginia

Admission $3 - Kids FREE!
FREE Admission for those in Costume (Costume Contest at 1 PM)

Open to the public from 10 am - 3 pm. Buy, sell & trade: Gold, Silver, Bronze Age comics; Indie & Modern comics, Publishers & Creators, TV & Movie Collectibles. Non-sport cards; Videos & DVDs; Horror/Sci-Fi; figures, toys; Star Wars & Star Trek memorabilia; original artwork, posters and other comic-related collectibles.

2010 Lulu Nominee Carolyn Belefski, Curls Studio
Matt Dembicki, Artist/Publisher and Editor of Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection
D.C. Conspiracy--a collective of DC comic creators, writers, publishers & artists

Directions to DLVFRD: Take I-495 (DC/Capital Beltway) to Exit 47A (Rt. 7 West). Go 1/2 Mile, Left on Gallows Rd. 1 mile to 2148 Gallows Rd.

Laura Daugherty
PO Box 2488
Merrifield, VA 22116

Lauren Affe, comic book colorist in DC

My co-blogger Randy T just sent me a link to the blog of Lauren Affe, a comic book colorist in DC. The redhead is a GI Joe cover (lifted from her blog) that's she's colored. She's also worked on the book A Friendly Game, out now from SLG.

Comics Creators at the 2010 National Book Festival

This is tomorrow, so make your plans now.

Comics Creators at the 2010 National Book Festival

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Comic Riffs on DC's partial LA move

PUTTING THE 'L.A.' in 'JLA': How might DC superheroes fare in their new California digs?
By Michael Cavna 
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 23, 2010

Noted animated historian Charles Solomon likes Cul de Sac

Book review: 'Cul de Sac Golden Treasury'
Richard Thompson manages to preserve a little kid's sense of wonder and fear and mischief in his delightfully quirky comic strip.
By Charles Solomon Special to the Los Angeles Times September 26, 2010,0,5377445.story

3 pages of Ben Classen in today's Express

Ben Classen has got 3 full page illustrations for the Virgin Mobile FreeFest in today's Express, the free paper in the yellow box.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Comic Riffs on Signe's support for freedom of speech

Signe Wilkinson is interviewed in IN SUPPORT OF MOLLY NORRIS: Pulitzer winner draws line against fatwa
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 22, 2010

Comic Riffs interviews Sikoryak

I'm sending my wife out to buy my first ever issue of GQ tomorrow. This looks great.

Midterm elections spoofed in GQ 'Funny Pages'
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 22, 2010; C05

Sept 27: Ted Rall at Busboys and Poets

This PR just arrived -
Renowned political cartoonist and graphic novelist TED RALL will will be appearing at Busboys & Poets on 14th St, NW at 6:30PM on September 27.
A little about Ted:
Twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, TED RALL is a political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, and Los Angeles Times. Due out is his new book, The Anti-American Manifesto, in October. The book is a new manifesto for an America heading toward economic and political collapse. While others mourn the damage to the postmodern American capitalist system created by the recent global economic collapse, Rall sees an opportunity. As millions of people lose their jobs and their homes, they and millions more are opening their minds to the possibility of creating a radically different form of government and economic infrastructure.
- I'm a big fan of Ted's work, and glad that my Kickstarter donation to send him back to Afghanistan didn't get him killed, so I'll probably be attending this.

NIck Crawford, GPO cartoonist interview

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with the GPO's Nick Crawford
 by Mike Rhode on Sep. 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Oct 2: Lolita Picnic Press Release



CONTACT: Chris Wanamaker, (202) 262 2083


DC Anime Club

  Presents Lolita Picnic


DC Anime Club on October 2, 2010 at DC Freer Gallery Garden from 12:30pm-5:00pm will have a Lolita Picnic. For those who are unfamiliar, Lolita is a fashion subculture in Japan that is primarily influenced by Victorian children clothing, as well as costumes from the Rococo period. Lolita has made this into a unique fashion by adding gothic and original design elements to the look. From this, Lolita fashion has evolved into several different sub ...styles and has created a devoted subculture in Japan. The Lolita look consists primarily of a knee-length skirt or dress, headdress, blouse, petticoat, knee-high socks or stockings, and rocking horse or high heel/platform shoes.

Attendees are encouraged to bring food, since there will be a potluck with the photo shoot.

We will meet up at Smithsonian Subway Station (Blue/Orange Line) at 12pm, then proceed to the Mall. Come in your best Lolita outfits.


Contact: (connected to Blackberry)



This event is free and open to the public for Ages 13 and up.


For more information please call (202) 262 2083, email DC Anime Club visit the DC Anime Club website at



About DC Anime Club:


DC Anime Club 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).

We also work 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.

DC Anime Club is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Contributions to DC Anime Club are tax deductible to the extent allowable under the law.

DC Anime Club has been featured in many newspapers and publications .

In addition to our bi-meetings, the club holds an Art Show, a Cosplay Party fundraising event, and anime lectures at local schools . Our club works with the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, Smithsonian Freer Gallery and DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival on their anime screenings. Our Marketing Team has helped promote performances for several Japanese bands such as Puffy Ami Yumi, Pine am, The Slants, The Captains and Ayabie.

DC Anime Club was founded by Chris Wanamaker (President), Jules Chang (former Vice President) and Craig Vaughn (Vice President) on Saturday June 5, 2003. We have a strong membership that continues to grow. 



Another Lynn Brudon cartoon found

A few months ago, I posted on a Lynn Brudon anti-malaria World War 2 cartoon in the National Museum of Health and Medicine. See the comments of that post for more on Brudon. Meanwhile here's one I found today.

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Malaria prevention. Charts. "G.I bedtime story. Control malaria. Shorten the war. Bug heaven, here comes Hiroskito. Damn that d.d.t. [Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane]. Lynn Brudon [artist], 1945."

[Posters. Illustration. Insect pests, Control. Mosquitoes. Sanitation. Preventive medicine.] [Propaganda.]

Meet a Local Comics Writer: A Chat with the GPO’s Jim Cameron

Meet a Local Comics Writer: A Chat with the GPO's Jim Cameron
by Mike Rhode on Sep. 21, 2010

Sigh. Comic Riffs interviewed them too.

THE MOUSE THAT SCORED: GPO publishes its own comic book (*starring Gutenberg!)
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs September 21, 2010

Washington Examiner editorial on Molly Norris and Islam cartoons

I rarely agree with the Examiner's editorial line, as much as I like Nate Beeler, their editorial cartoonist (look at his lovely Dracula). However, I think they're pretty much spot on here:

Government and journalists cower at threats to cartoonist
Washington Examiner Editorial
September 20, 2010
Signe Wilkinson had a nice cartoon on this recently too.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Matt Wuerker on Paul Conrad

Among others, Matt's recollections of the great cartoonist are here - Conrad the mentor: An editorial is 90 percent idea and 10 percent drawing
By Kevin Cody
Easy Reader September 20th, 2010.

There's a tiny thumbnail of Matt's obituary cartoon - I don't know if it appeared in Politico or not.

Kal's fall schedule

He's keeping busy - the Russia one sounds a bit different, for him.
Remember, he's regularly in the Economist (twice each week, if I'm
getting the uncredited color cartoon correct).

From: kevin Kallaugher

Friends and Colleagues

I wanted to share with you some fun and exciting events that will be coming up in the weeks ahead.

On September 28, I will be in St Petersburg, Russia opening an exhibition of my work at the State Russian Museum of Political History. I will be in the country for 8 days addressing groups of journalists, artists, students and academics on issues of cartoons, commentary and freedom of expression. I will be posting pictures of events upon my return at my Sketchblog...

October 7, I have been invited to be the featured speaker at the at the 21st annual GBTC TechNite on Oct. 7 at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore. With over 800 attendees TechNite is the Greater Baltimore Region's premiere night out to celebrate the business and technology community. For more information:

On Election night, November 2, I will be teaming up with the Baltimore Improv Group for an evening of Political nonsense, improvisational humor and Stand Up Cartooning. The event will take place at Baltimore's famous Creative Alliance Theater. More information will be available at

Speaking of the Creative Alliance... On Monday November 8, I will be headlining a fundraising party for this amazing Arts institution. It is called "Art to Dine For". These are always great fun...

Alpha and Omega review in Post

Alpha and Omega: This tale just chases its tail
By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post September 17, 2010,1163473/critic-review.html

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Zadzooks and Bennett's Best

Comic book review: 'Fractured Fables'
by Joseph Szadkowski
Monday, August 16, 2010 - Zadzooks - Comics and Video Games

Bennett's Best: 'Cuba: My Revolution' and 'I Am Legion'
By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bennett's Best: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'Thor,' 'Wolverine' and 'Batman: Cacophony'
By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bennett's Best: 'New Orleans After the Deluge,' 'Superman/Batman' and 'Guarding the Globe'

By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks
Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bennett's Best: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'The Doom Patrol,' 'Little Lulu's Pal Tubby'
By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bennett's Best: 'Bone,' 'Strange Science Fantasy,' 'Avengers' and 'Unwritten'
By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks Friday, August 20, 2010

Truitt on Wolverine's son, clone daughter

... or something like that. I don't bother reading X-Men titles any more.

Daken steps out of dad Wolverine's shadow
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY September 14 2010

Marjorie Liu brings humanity to the tortured teen of 'X-23'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY September 15 2010

and here's one that sounds more interesting - I'm going to put it on my pull list now (of course I've written a paper on this topic).

Marvel Comics gives a superhero cancer in 'One Month to Live'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Belefski of Curls nominated for Lulu Award

Matt Dembicki's let me know that Carolyn Belefski of Curls is nominated for a Lulu Award - Carolyn has the story on her site. It looks like anyone who wants to can vote.

She also has her report on SPX up where she notes that she's publishing Elizabeth Watasin's return to comics. (whoo-hoo! I loved Charm School). She also discusses her new anthology which has a lot of local creators in it.

I interviewed Carolyn a few weeks ago for the City Paper - coming up soon, her writing partner Joe Carabeo.

Joe Sutliff's Ark design

Local cartoonist Joe Sutliff has also been a furniture designer, and
is now designing an Ark for his family's Temple. We chatted at SPX and Joe sent me his design, noting, "Here's what it's gonna be - based on Exodus - a Burning Bush stained glass in the face of a Torah table, with a Moses and staff image made out of cut steel, that has added copper and brass elements (guess who gets to do that part?). I will also probably have to do the Hebrew lettering over the doors. Growing up Spanish Catholic, that urge to do something for a church is pretty strong. I'm planning on doing a limited edition woodblock print of the door art as a fundraiser for the temple."

Pretty cool, huh? Joe, let us know when the woodblock is out.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lost Art Books promo video online now

Lost Art Books promo video here. I bought all the books at SPX and am glad to have them (although they remain in a giant pile with everything else I bought there).;

Sept 18: Audrey Niffenegger at Politics and Prose

Anyone going to this? I'm going to try to make it.

Audrey Niffenegger - The Night Bookmobile

Start: September 18, 2010 - 3:30pm
End: September 18, 2010 - 4:30pm

Readers know Niffenegger from The Time Traveler’s Wife, but her involvement with books is visual as well as literary. A professor at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, she has produced two “novels-in-pictures,” and now a graphic novel. First serialized in The Guardian, this is the story of Alexandra, a reader who becomes a librarian in order to find the elusive night bookmobile containing everything she has ever read.

A bit more on SPX

I still haven't pulled the pictures off my camera, but here's a nice video that features some of our local creators in the DC Conspiracy, including RM Rhodes in the purple -

Small Press Expo - Canon 7D
by Steven Greenstreet
September 13 2010

The video was recommended by David Malki, whose webcomic Wondermark is excellent. Here's his account.

Comics Riffs sourced for NY Times article

Cartoonist in Hiding After Death Threats
New York Times September 17, 2010


Thursday, September 16, 2010

PR: 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art

Off-topic, but I'm going with local cartoonist Richard "CdS" Thompson.

The 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art
October 14-17, 2010

Spaces are still available for the tenth triennial Festival of Cartoon Art, which will take place at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH from October 14-17, 2010.    The Festival will feature presentations by acclaimed cartoonists Steve Breen, Roz Chast, Tony Cochran, Jan Eliot, Matt Groening and Tom Gammill, Dave Kellett, Paul Levitz, Dan Piraro, Jen Sorensen, Art Spiegelman, James Sturm, and Gene Luen Yang.   The Festival will also include an academic conference, a tribute to Jay Kennedy, cartoon exhibitions, special receptions, and much more!   For a complete list of speakers and events see

The Festival is limited to 275 participants.  Registration is available online through October 12 or until it sells out.  The registration fee is $125 ($100 for members of the National Cartoonists Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists).  The registration fee for students and senior citizens aged 65 and over is $25 (ID will be required).  

The conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Columbus.  Reservations can be made at the conference rate through September 24.  Transportation from the Hyatt Regency to campus for the Festival will be provided.

For further information about the Festival, see or contact us at or 614-292-0538.





USA Today's Dark Horse

USA Today bills itself as the nation's newspaper so I rarely think about them actually being in the DC area - are they still in Rosslyn? Anyway, here's an interesting article on a partnership between the paper and Dark Horse Comics -

Defining Dark Horse's Partnership With USA TODAY-TOSHIBA
By Chris Arrant
posted: 15 September 2010

Truitt inteviews comics fan actor Nathan Fillion

With Nathan Fillion, there's no mystery to actor's success
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

More SPX from local folks

Matt Dembicki has a few pictures up.

Comicsgirl was there,
but we've avoided another potentially hazardous blogger meeting again. Although I did meet Xavier Xerses at Intervention, and apparently the universe still exists. And "Comic Riffs" Cavna and I talked. Maybe it'll only be a problem if 3 of us meet at one time...

Weldon on Moto Hagio's manga

'A Drunken Dream': What it Feels Like For a Girl. (And a Boy. And an Iguana.)

 by Glen Weldon

September 15, 2010


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mark Zaid's comic book lawyer exhibit profiled in Times

Read the article here -
Superheroes in Court at Yale Show
September 15, 2010
-and watch for an upcoming interview with Mark.

Jim Dougan's "SAM & LILAH" webcomic updated

I spoke to Jim at SPX who says they're almost 1/2 through and the Act-I-Vate Primer story occurs next.

Jim Dougan
Jim DouganSeptember 13, 2010 says
Subject: SAM & LILAH Updated Today!
Here's two more pages from Chapter 3....;

Need to catch up first? Start here:

Chapter 1:;

Chapter 2:;

Chapter 3:;

We'll be back with more in just two weeks!
See you September 27!

In the meantime, here's where to go for all
the OTHER great comix at ACT-I-VATE:;

If you haven't already, why not pick up a copy
of the ACT-I-VATE PRIMER? We didn't win the
Harvey Award, but being nominated still counts!

Sept 15: Beyond Comics signing - Sean Anderson (Skyscraper)

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Bruce Guthrie's Small Press Expo photos

Bruce has two pages of pictures up - one from panels and one from the floor. When you go to one of his pages, the little pencil icon under the picture lets you create a caption for the image. Some caption fairies would be helpful, because Bruce doesn't do that - he's too busy taking more pictures.

That's is the great New Zealand expat Roger Langridge being interviewed.

And this is Kate Beaton and Julia Wertz on Dustin Harbin's panel blowing attendance for my counter-programmed one out of the water.

But we looked gooood.

Me, Richard Thompson, Marguerite Dabaie and Keith Knight.

Oooh, and Spurgeon linked to a video of Dean Haspiel's shirtless SPX moment.

And Dirk Deppey pointed out Brian Heater's con report. I love the Daily Cross Hatch and have never managed to run into Brian at the show.

Thompson and Rhode outed by Devlin

Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly's Tom Devlin's posted his SPX memories here, and outed Richard and I. It's true - we do love comics.

Seriously, James Sturm's talk was really interesting and I was glad to pick up his new book Market Day. Dinner with James, Tom and Kevin Huizenga as well as a local poetess was a lot of fun too. Thanks to Thad at Politics and Prose for the restaurant recommendation. And thanks to D&Q for putting out such a great line of books - I already had most everything they had on their table, but bought Kevin's new book as well as Vanessa Davis'.

Truitt on Spider-Man video game

'Spider-Man' scribe talks 'Shattered Dimensions'
By Brian Truitt
USA Today's Game Hunters blog Sep 14, 2010

It's an interview of Dan Slott.

Amazing Fantasy 15 original art going on the road

Here's a press release with the relevant part highlighted. Long-time readers may recall that ComicsDC broke the story of the donation in 2008:

September 13, 2010

Library of Congress Takes to the Road, Bringing Rolling Exhibition to the Heartland

         The Library of Congress will launch a new traveling exhibition late in September that will bring facsimiles of many of its top treasures and information about the millions of resources in its unparalleled collections to the heartland of America. "Gateway to Knowledge," an exhibition that will travel in a specially fitted-out 18-wheel truck, will launch from the site of the National Book Festival on the National Mall late in September, and will initially travel to sites in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

         Ultimately, "Gateway to Knowledge" is expected to visit up to 60 sites in states across the Midwest and South over the next year.

         The exhibition was the idea of philanthropists Abby and Emily Rapoport, the granddaughters of Audre and Bernie Rapoport, founding members of the Library's private-sector support organization, The James Madison Council.  The young Rapoports have donated $1 million to the Library to make the "Gateway to Knowledge" exhibition possible and bring the Library's riches to areas of the nation – particularly rural areas – that may not be aware of their access to the wealth of information in this publicly funded institution.

         "As both a storehouse of world knowledge and primary resource for the U.S. Congress, the Library is energized by the prospects of the Abby and Emily Rapoport Traveling Exhibition playing an important role in sharing the national collection with the people to whom it belongs," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

         The exhibit will include programming especially for teachers and students and provide relevant and engaging learning experiences for lifelong learners.  The truck, which will be staffed and driven by two docents well-versed in the Library and its collections, will be parked at various schools, libraries, community centers and other public venues.

         The trailer expands to twice its road width, and visitors will enter from a central staircase to find several areas of museum-style exhibits including a welcoming multimedia display, computer terminals displaying Library of Congress websites including the main site, and other library websites including the Center for the Book/ Literacy Programs site and sites pertaining to U.S. collections, exhibitions and a special site for use by teachers.

         The exhibition will also outline the history of the Library, including Thomas Jefferson's role in allowing its re-establishment following the burning of the U.S. Capitol in 1814 by providing his personal book collection to the nation.  Jefferson's organization of his books by "Memory, Reason and Imagination" will inform the organization of the exhibition, which will feature facsimiles of such treasures as the 1507 Waldseemüller Map (the first document to use the word "America"); the 1455 Gutenberg Bible; the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, in Thomas Jefferson's hand with edits by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams; the original 1962 drawings for the comic book that introduced Spiderman to the world; the handwritten manuscript to jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton's "Frog-i-More Rag"; and Walt Whitman's poem "Leaves of Grass."

         Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution.  The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions.

Tour Stops for the Library of Congress "Gateway to Knowledge"
Traveling Exhibition

•       Sept. 25, 2010, Library of Congress National Book Festival, National Mall, Washington, D.C.

•       Sept. 27-28, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Va.

•       Sept. 30, Canal Place, Cumberland, Md.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Brave New Comic Strips panel at SPX audio is online

I had a good time doing this, and I think everyone was happy with it, so here's my recording for those who couldn't make it.

Brave New Comic Strips (September 12, 2010)

Small Press Expo panel from September 12, 2010.

The newspaper industry, long the home of American comics first popular dedicated format, faces an existential crisis presented by the emergence and proliferation of digital media. Against all odds, artists interested in the daily strip format continue to produce work with an eye for print. Mike Rhode will discuss the present and the future of the newspaper comic strip with Marguerite Dabaie, Keith Knight, and Richard Thompson.

Patriot-News comics poll considers adding Cul de Sac

Vote on the comic strip that will replace 'Cathy' in The Patriot-News
CHRIS MAUTNER, The Patriot-News September 12, 2010.

No ballot stuffing now. My friend Chris is undoubtedly technically savvy enough to detect that, and the fact that he undoubtedly spent time in Richard's vicinity at SPX this weekend doesn't mean anything.

A couple of SPX links and a Politics and Prose set

Greg McElhatton took some nice photos and has them online now.

Bruce Guthrie thinks his will be online tomorrow, but in the meantime has 2 sets (set 1, set 2) of pictures from Richard Thompson and Keith Knight's appearances at Politics and Prose bookstore.

Animator Marc Crisafulli, Politics & Prose's Adam Waterreus, SPX's Warren Bernard, Keith Knight, Politics & Prose's Mike G, Richard Thompson and Mike Rhode.

And here's my friend, and crack cartoonist, Ben Towle on his experiences. I talked to him on Saturday night, around the time that last picture was being taken and followed up on his recs on Sunday.

New comics publisher starts in DC

Oddly enough, it's the Government Printing Office:


WASHINGTON—The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) builds on its storied history by publishing the agency’s first comic book. GPO employees created the comic book Squeaks Discovers Type! as a teaching tool for children of all ages. As the agency celebrates its 150-year anniversary, the comic book takes a unique approach to educate readers on the important role printing has played from the beginnings of civilization to today’s digital world. The comic book’s concept, story and illustrations were created at GPO. Jim Cameron wrote the story and Creative Services’ Graphic Designer Nick Crawford provided the illustrations. Squeaks Discovers Type! is available at GPO’s newly designed and renovated bookstore in Washington, DC or available online at:

“GPO serves the communication needs of the federal government, and a comic book is a great way to communicate with young people,” said Public Printer Bob Tapella. “Through the talents of Jim Cameron and Nick Crawford, GPO is able to create a publication that conveys the message that printing is an important component to the history of the world and to our nation.”

The GPO is the federal government’s primary centralized resource for gathering, cataloging, producing, providing, authenticating, and preserving published U.S. government information in all its forms. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the federal government. In addition to publication sales, GPO makes government information available at no cost to the public through GPO’s Federal Digital System ( and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit Follow GPO on Twitter and on YouTube

Cavna on Peanuts and with Ted Rall

Cavna's Comic Riffs blog post turned into an article over the weekend -

'Peanuts' comics strip will leave syndicate in February for Universal Uclick
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 11, 2010; C02

and then he ran an interview with Ted Rall today -

The 'Riffs Interview: TED RALL returns from Afghanistan, ready to draw upon his up-close encounters
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 13, 2010

ComicsDC (ie me) helped fund Ted's trip through Kickstarter, so I'm glad it worked out well. I don't need any guilt about prematurely dead cartoonists.

PR and OT: Top Shelf comics sale

I like Top Shelf's products a lot and just bought more from them at SPX. To move this slightly on-topic, 'Regards from Serbia' is a journalistic/autobiographical comic about the wars in the Balkans and I helped compile it.

For the next ten days -- thru Friday September 24th -- Top Shelf is having a giant $3 graphic novel web sale. When you visit the site, you'll find over 100 graphic novels and comics on sale -- with over 70 titles marked down to just $3 & $1!

To go directly to the list of items on sale at the Top Shelf website, just click here:

But here are a few sample sale items:

-- Slashed Prices: Lost Girls, Alec: The Years Have Pants!
-- Slashed Prices: Essex County, Moving Pictures, BB Wolf!
-- Slashed Prices: Owly Hardcovers and Plushy, Undeleted Scenes!
-- Slashed Prices: Dodgem Logic, The Surrogates Owner's Manual!
-- Slashed Prices: The 120 Days of Simon, Far Arden, and more!

-- $3 Titles: Voice of the Fire, The Surrogates (Vols 1 & 2)!
-- $3 Titles: Sulk (Vols 1, 2, & 3), I Am Going To Be Small!
-- $3 Titles: SuperF*ckers #1-#4, Lower Regions, Please Release!
-- $3 Titles: Regards from Serbia, Delayed Replays, and more!

-- $1 Titles: The Surrogates #1-#5, Black Ghost Apple Factory!
-- $1 Titles: The Man Who Loved Breasts, Comic Diorama, 24x2!
-- $1 Titles: Jack's Luck Runs Out, Tales/Great Unspoken, & more!

Please note that Top Shelf accepts PayPal (as well as Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover -- all secure), and that this
sale is good for retailers as well (and comic book shops will get their wholesale discount on top of these sale prices).

Your friend thru comics,

Chris Staros
Top Shelf Productions
PO Box 1282
Marietta GA 30061-1282

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Another Gallant sketch

Another sketch from Shannon, for another con goer -

"St Trinian's girl..."
- and he didn't even have a table. This is a Searle tribute, of course.

Another reason to buy sketches from Shannon (SL) Gallant at cons

My 3rd original Shadow drawing is this sweet piece. I now have a collection. Coming soon - Roger Langridge's SPX drawing.

Jerzy Drozd's arrival at SPX on his Comics Are Great podcast

This is a new podcast, and since I'm too tired to post any of my SPX bits yet - here's one to try out.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Off to SPX and Intervention

I'll be hanging around SPX until around 4 today, and then moving over to Intervention. Tomorrow I'll be at SPX and running a panel with Richard Thompson, Keith Knight and Marguerite Dabaie.

Kleefeld visits Big Planet

Big Planet Comics, Bethesda
Wednesday, September 08, 2010

"The inside of the store was almost surprisingly clean." Who needs a better recommendation than that?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Niffenegger and Feiffer also at Politics and Prose

Audrey Niffenegger will be signing her new comic book, The Night Bookmobile on Sept 18th at 3:30 pm.
Jules Feiffer and Norton Juster will be signing The Odious Ogre at 11 am on Sept 26th.
Not a comics writer, but science fiction author William Gibson will be there later the same day at 1 pm.
Here's an NPR piece with Feiffer:

Hansen, Liane.  2010.

'Phantom Tollbooth' Creators Reunited By An 'Ogre'.

National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday (September 5).

online at


Sturm at Politics and Prose tonight

Note that it's an hour later than usual.

James Sturm - Market Day
8 p.m. Co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies, Sturm has set this beautifully crafted historical fiction in the Eastern European countryside of the 1900s. His day in the life of Mendleman, a carpet peddler, uses spare narrative and finely-honed images to achieve a powerful emotional resonance.

Geppi Museum curator Arnold Blumberg featured in Post

By Daniel de Vise
Washington Post September 10, 2010; B01

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Weldon on Cruse's Stuck Rubber Baby

A book I liked a lot although I haven't read it since it originally came out.

Back in Print: In 'Stuck Rubber Baby,' Civil Rights In Black & White & Gray
by Glen Weldon
September 8, 2010

Comic Riffs on Peanuts syndication move

These are strange times...

Good grief: 'PEANUTS' will leave syndicate in February for Universal [UPDATED]
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 9, 2010

Tonight! Keith Knight and Richard Thompson duet

They're at Politics and Prose bookstore on Conn Ave, NW in the District -

Thursday September 9
Richard Thompson & Keith Knight
7 p.m. In conjunction with the Small Press Expo (September 11-12 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center), we're delighted to host two artists who excel at contemplating the minutiae of everyday life and making it hilarious. Thompson's strip is focused on a loveable family in a suburban development, while Knight's is told through the eyes of a city dweller.

and the following evening-

Friday September 10
James Sturm - Market Day
8 p.m. Co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies, Sturm has set this beautifully crafted historical fiction in the Eastern European countryside of the 1900s. His day in the life of Mendleman, a carpet peddler, uses spare narrative and finely-honed images to achieve a powerful emotional resonance.

New local comics publisher Lost Art Books launches at SPX

Meet a Local Comics Publisher: A Chat with Joe Procopio

Posted by Mike Rhode on Sep. 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

Joe's reprinting some of the lesser known, but still interesting, artists of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

3 - count 'em - 3 links to local writers' stories

Baltimore's great cartoonist Tim Kreider smacks around Cathy-

Requiem for an Overweight
by Tim Kreider on September 7th, 2010

Caro looks glancingly at the great Radebaugh -

Too Much is Never Enough: Morris Lapidus’ Postmodern Curves
by Caroline Small on September 8th, 2010

and Weldon sneaks in a Kevin Huizenga review -

A Funny, Fractured Field Guide To A 'Wild Kingdom'
by Glen Weldon
National Public Radio's Books We Like September 4, 2010

PR: Bamn at SPX This Weekend

Troy Allen says,

Don't tell the other cons this...but the Small Press Expo is my favorite.

Created with the purpose of showcasing the brightest in indie comics (and letting them pimp thier books to you), SPX takes place every year in my home state of Maryland. But that's not why she's my prize stallion. Nope, the reason is that SPX is where Bamn, Jay, and I introduced ourselves to the comic industry. It's the moment of realization that we weren't the fans anymore, we were the professionals. For that reason, --- for the nostalgic electricy in the air at SPX --- she's my favorite.

Like previous years, SPX will be held at the Marriott in North Bethesda and, once again, she seems primed to disrupt the quiet "city" of Rockville for 2 nights.

You should be there this weekend. Buy some stuff and discover some new art. I'm certain it will be as memorable for you.

The Official SPX Website  

We Are At Table W6b!  

The DC Conspiracy Will Be There With Fresh Copies Of The Magic Bullet! 

Greg McElhatton's Read About Comics website

One local blogger who's been at it longer than most of us (except perhaps Zadzooks?) is Greg McElhatton. I never link to Greg's Read About Comics! site because he runs reviews of comics, and I tend to mostly note news and happenings here. That is a stupid reason, but it has the advantage of being the truth. It's still lame. So here's Greg's description of his site, just as he puts a notice up that he's taking a break for SPX:

Welcome to Read About Comics! Read About Comics’s goal is to help keep you informed and updated on comics of all shapes, styles, sizes, and genres. Hopefully there will be a little something for everyone here, no matter what sort of comics you enjoy reading. Read About Comics is written and produced by Greg McElhatton.

Greg McElhatton was a founding contributing writer to Wizard: The Guide to Comics, providing interviews and articles on a regular basis between issues #1 and 58. He has served on the Small Press Expo Steering Committee since 1997, and was Executive Director for the 2002 and 2003 shows. Between 1999 and 2006 he wrote 1000 reviews for He has served as a judge for the Eisner Awards, wrote the monthly “Things to Come” column for just over two years at Ninth Art, and contributed an essay to St. Martin’s Press’ The Year’s Best Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga in 2005. Outside of comics his fiction has been published by Penguin Putnam and Barnes & Noble. In his spare time he runs marathons.

Since he's taking a break, that gives you all a chance to go through and read everything he's posted so far.

I've also added some links to local sites, including Greg's to the far right list.

October 17: "Max and Moritz: A Cartoon Opera in Seven Pranks" at National Gallery of Art

New York Opera Society at the National Gallery of Art
"Max and Moritz: A Cartoon Opera in Seven Pranks" by Gisle Kverndokk
October 17 at 6:30PM
World premiere performance
Presented in honor of Edvard Munch: Master Prints and in conjunction with Norway Comes to Washington