Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Linda Holmes teases Simpsons interview on NPR

Right here.

Parade Magazine in Sunday's Post features Peanuts article

It's online too.

Lessons From The Great Pumpkin
Eric Konigsberg
Parade October 31, 2010

'The Millions' recommends Cul de Sac

If You Don’t Read “Cul de Sac,” You Really Probably Should
By Jacob Lambert
The Millions October 30, 2010

Oct 31: Beyond Comics Walking Dead Premiere Party

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Express on Walking Dead and Tamara Drewe

Picking Zombie Brains: John Bernthal, Star of 'The Walking Dead,' Hometown Boy
By Jennifer Barger
Express October 29, 2010

Beyond Drawn: 'Tamara Drewe', in Theaters [published as 'Tactful Transition'].
By Kristen Page-Kirby
Express October 29, 2010

Mark Fiore's GU appearance

Given that this event was sponsored by the Journalism department, I'm a little surprised this article isn't credited - Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist Satires Politics (October 28, 2010). Fiore was a good speaker, and showed about 5 of his cartoons.

Nov 2: Super-Art Fight at American University's Katzen

November 2 sees a Super-Art Fight at American University's Katzen Museum at 8 pm featuring Jami “Angry Zen Master” Noguchi, Garth Graham and Chris “Impact” Impink.

Post reviews Victory Comics in Falls Church

Falls Church neighborhood guide
Justin Rude, David Malitz and Fritz Hahn
Washington Post October 29, 2010

Here's a direct link to the part on Victory Comics. As an aside, across the street from Victory Comics, on the Maple Ave side, is the Galifianakis exhibit which is open on weekends.

The Post also reviews Howl and Eric Drooker did some animation for the movie.

Beeler tops Cartoons & Cocktails auction updated

Steve Artley went to Cartoons & Cocktails last night and tells us, "Nate Beeler stole the show with one of his toons auctioning for 2100 buckeroos. That is a record for the C&C event. Actually, yours truly held the record for a few years at $1750, but am happy to pass the baton to the next generation of political renderers."

Nate says the cartoon that sold is his September 1st one, pictured above. You can see all his cartoons at the Washington Examiner site, which even though I'm a friend of his and opposed to the Examiner's political stance, I must say are excellent.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Carolyn Belefski's DC Counter Culture Festival report

Carolyn Belefski's DC Counter Culture Festival report is online now and includes a Super-Art Fight.

Weingarten on Doonesbury

Mr. Butts: Gene Weingarten on the character that could have killed Doonesbury but didn't.
By Gene Weingarten
Oct. 27, 2010

Slate has a bunch more articles, including one by Brian Walker previewing his new Doonesbury art book and a long interview with Trudeau.

More on stunningly insensitive* UMD Diamondback cartoon

The cartoon in question, with the cartoonist's explanation of said cartoon -
Editorial cartoon: Oct. 26
By Morgan Noonan
Published: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 00:10

-the editor's rationale -
From the Editor: An answer
By Marissa Lang
Diamondback Wednesday, October 27, 2010

-the on-campus reporting of it buried in the sports news -
Notebook: Arnett switches to offensive line; DeSouza is ‘well’
Friedgen slams cartoon at presser
By Kate Yanchulis
Diamondback October 27, 2010

-The Sun on it-

Friedgen calls cartoon about DeSouza 'insensitive'
Maryland student newspaper runs drawing poking fun at offensive tackle who broke both legs after car hit him while he was riding a motor scooter
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun October 26, 2010

*that's satirical, in case you weren't sure.

Weldon on yet another Superman reboot

On 'Hipster Superman' And Other Wildly, Weirdly Successful Press Releases
by Glen Weldon
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog October 27, 2010

American Vampire interview at Comic Riffs

The 'Riffs Interview: 'American Vampire's' SCOTT SNYDER on vampires, Vertigo & collaborator Stephen King
By Michael Cavna 
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog October 28, 2010.

Oct 28: Nick Galifianakis opens his exhibit in Falls Church today

Nick Galifianakis, the illustrator of Carolyn Hax's Washington Post advice column, opens his exhibit in Falls Church at ArtSpace in East Falls Church this Thursday, Oct. 28th, at 7pm.

Zombies turned away at Lincoln Memorial says Post

AMC's stunt to promote the Walking Dead tv show seems to have worked.

You've got your article -

The TV Column: The zombie apocalypse is upon us -- sort of
By Lisa de Moraes
Washington Post October 27, 2010; C06

-your video-

Zombies invade D.C.
Washington, D.C. was overrun by zombies on Tuesday morning as part of a promotional stunt by AMC for its new TV show, "The Walking Dead," which premieres on Halloween night. (Madeline Marshall/The Washington Post)

and your photos -

Zombies take over the morning commute
A group of zombie-clad actors descended on the streets of Washington this morning to give a scare to unsuspecting passersby and to help promote AMC's new series, "The Walking Dead."
Astrid Riecken-For The Washington Post

PR: Fantom Comics' 1st Annual Halloween Parade And Walking Dead Viewing Party

We've thought about it and thought about it, and at the end of the day we can't figure out why not to do it. So you've read it here first: YOU are invited to Fantom Comic's first annual Halloween parade at Union Station.

Come as your favorite... whatever!  All costumes are welcome, the brighter and more outrageous the better.
(Just not Sarah Palin, that's sooooooo 2008.)

Halloween is on a Sunday this year, and most of the parties we're hearing about in this town are going to be on Saturday night, meaning there is a black hole sized void for things to do to celebrate Halloween the proper way - on Halloween and we're doing it right!
Comics giveaways for trick-or-treaters! And candy.

Candy! Candy! Candy! Sweet, sweet CANDY!

Plus, Halloween also brings the television premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC TV, the first comic-book-turned-mainstream(ish)-TV-series that we can remember for quite some time. Possibly ever! Join us after the parade for a group viewing of The Walking Dead.
And for those of you who can't make it to the nighttime events, we will be hosting trick-or-treating and costume judging all day long. Store hours are noon 'til the 8:30 PM parade begins. Check out our website for the full details (

Hope to see you there!

Fantom Comics

Union Station - 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20002 | 202-216-9478

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Oct 28: KAL on Kojo at 1 pm

Kevin 'KAL' Kallagher, Baltimore's crack editorial cartoonist, will be on the Kojo Nnamdi Show at 1 pm discussing political satire. I believe he also will be appearing at Cartoons & Cocktails tomorrow evening. I'm now thinking I really should have accepted that invitation to go.... on Cul de Sac

Shaenon Garrity reviews the first Cul de Sac Treasury. Spoiler warning: She likes it. She compares it to "the giant tubeworms that flourish around the hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor..."

Mark Fiore interviewed by Comics Riffs

Michael Cavna got an interview with Mark Fiore up before his talk at Georgetown University tonight. I attended the talk and enjoyed it. I'll try to post some highlights tomorrow before Fiore attends the Cartoons & Cocktails auction, where as you'd expect, if you attend you can bid on editorial cartoons. Mark's also got some DVD collections of his animation for sale, if you ask him.

Luna Brothers interview online now

Meet Two Local Cartoonists: A Chat with the Luna Brothers

David Hagen's donations to Cartoons & Cocktails

Tomorrow night is Cartoons & Cocktails, the editorial cartoon fundraising auction. My buddy David Hagen's donated two cartoons.

Zombies in DC yesterday

Apparently zombies were shambling around the city yesterday - the
Express has a photo on page 2 of one at the Gallery Place metro stop.

The paper also has an online article about the tv series -

Zombieland: 'The Walking Dead,' Series Premiere
Written by Express contributor Stephen M. Deusner
October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

UMD's Diamondback editorial cartoon offends football team

Maryland football team says scooter cartoon was in poor taste
By Eric Prisbell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 26, 2010; 5:31 PM

Comic book writers at Borders

Orson Scott Card

November 23, 2010 7:30 PM

Baileys Crossroads - Borders
5871 Crossroads Center Way
Baileys Crossroads, VA 22041

A powerful secret. A dangerous path. Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg's strange talent for seeing the paths of people's pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him--secrets about Rigg's own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

Brad Meltzer
The Inner Circle

January 12, 2011 7:30 PM

Baileys Crossroads - Borders
5871 Crossroads Center Way
Baileys Crossroads, VA 22041

There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I love those stories. And since I work in the National Archives, I find those stories for a living. So says Beecher White, a young archivist who spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government.

Leo Cullum remembered at Comic Riffs

In Memoriam: New Yorker cartoonist LEO CULLUM's warm and witty legacy
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog October 26, 2010

Nov 9: Nick Galifianakis at National Press Club

Nick Galifianakis at National Press Club book fair from 5:30-8:30 on November 9th.

Tom Toles' blog reprinted in today's print Post

There's a small bit 'The all of a presidency' reprinted from Tom Toles blog in today's Post.

Fiore at GU article on Patch

Mark Fiore Learns to Speak Pulitzer
Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, Mark Fiore, aims to start a conversation through his work. He visits Georgetown University Oct. 27 for "Political Satire: Serious Implications for Today's Politics,"at an event open to the public.
By Katie Kindelan  October 25, 2010

Oct 27: Mark Fiore, Pulitzer Prize Winning Political Cartoonist at GU

The Graduate Liberal Studies and the Master of Professional Studies in Journalism Programs 

invite you to 


a lecture & presentation by

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Mark Fiore

Political Satire: Serious Implications for Today's Politics

Part of the In the Spirit of Mark Twain Lecture Series


Wednesday, October 27, 2010
 Reception at 6:00 p.m.

Lecture at 7:00 p.m.

 Georgetown University Leavey Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Road, NW


Mark Fiore won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning this April, marking the first time the coveted award has been given for political cartoons that appear entirely online. With this new form of political cartoon, he is a pioneer in the contemporary display of political satire in the spirit of Mark Twain. Fiore will discuss the role of satire and the serious implications it has for today's politics.


According to the Pulitzer jury, Mark Fiore's "…biting wit, extensive research, and ability to distill complex issues set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary." Recognition of his significant leadership in this field has come from other awards as well: the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in the category of cartoons, an Online Journalism Award from the Online News Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and two awards from the National Cartoonists Society for his work in new media.

PR: Oct 31 - Fantom Comics Announces its 1st Annual Halloween Parade

Matthew Klokel
Fantom Comics announces 1st Annual Halloween Parade
Washington, DC- Retail comic book store Fantom Comics will host its first annual costumed Halloween parade on Sunday, October 31st beginning at 8pm.  The parade will begin in front of Fantom's store in the West Hall of Union Station and will finish at a nearby location where participants will gather to watch the premiere episode of The Walking Dead, AMC TV's new zombie series based on the popular comic book.
The parade is the brainchild of Fantom Comics co-owner David Bishop. "I've always felt that DC deserves a proper Halloween parade, and that any true Halloween Parade has to be on Halloween.  And  being an owner of DC's comic book store, combining dressing up in costume with a store event seemed like a natural fit," said Bishop, who along with his wife marched in his first NYC Halloween parade dressed as Super Friends sidekicks Zan and Jayna, The Wonder Twins. "It's going to be informal this year, marching around Columbus Circle outside Union Station. But hopefully we can continue this in future years and attract a large enough crowd to march through the streets of DC."
The event will gain further steam because AMC TV, home of hit TV shows Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Rubicon, scheduled the premiere of their new zombie holocaust series to fall on Halloween. "The Walking Dead is THE zombie story out there. It's a great comic book that's going to translate into a great TV show, and what better way to enjoy it than with a bunch of other people?" said Fantom co-owner Matthew Klokel.
Besides the thrill of parading around the city in your costume, and the camaraderie of watching the premiere of an event that is highly anticipated among comic book aficionados, Fantom Comics will also be offering prizes for creative costumes. When asked, Klokel said, "We've got some great prizes lined up. I can say the prize for best costume is going to be valued at over $150."
The parade will take place Sunday, October 31st, at 8pm. The Walking Dead premiere starts at 10pm. Those with questions about the Halloween Parade can visit, call the store directly at 202-241-6498 or find the event on Facebook by searching for Fantom Comics 1st Annual Halloween Parade.
Fantom Comics was established in 2005 with twin goals: To offer a wide selection of comic books and graphic novels to comic book fans and to introduce this under-appreciated yet quintessentially American art form to the public at large. Fantom Comics is located in the heart of Washington, DC, just steps from the US Capitol and easily accessible by Metro's Red Line via the Union Station stop.

Union Station - 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20002 | 202-216-9478


Oct 28: Nick Galifianakis opens his exhibit in Falls Church

Nick Galifianakis opens his exhibit in Falls Church at ArtSpace in
East Falls Church this Thursday, Oct. 28th, at 7pm.

So did Walking Dead zombies show up at the Lincoln Memorial today?

Zombies at the Lincoln Memorial!? Where are the brains?
By Lisa de Moraes
Washington Post October 26, 2010; C05

Monday, October 25, 2010

SPX video of Jaime Hernandez online

SPX 2010 - Spotlight - Jaime Hernandez
by Small Press Expo October 15 2010

Oct 27: Fantom Comics' Hardcover Sale

 Fantom Comics' Horrendously Hardcore Hardcover Sale - One Day Only

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 just got better.
For one day and one day only, Fantom Comics is bringing our customers a Horrendously Hardcore Hardcover Sale:
X-Force Vol. 1 in hardcover retails for $34.99 (BOO!!!) for and for one day only, Fantom Comics has it for $12! Yes. We're doing that.
Want to reconnect with your childhood? Get reacquainted with Power Pack Vol. 1 HC, normally retailing for $24.99, for $11!
This is just a small sampling of the hundreds of books that will be on sale this Wednesday only.
X-Men! The Avengers! Dardevil! Wolverine! Lovecraft! Power Pack! The Punisher! (Power Pack and Lovecraft? There's a grouping you don't see everyday) All hardcover, all on sale! Hardcovers as low as $5 with no book higher than $12!!!
These are all NEW books, not overstock sitting on our shelves. This is a special purchase in consideration to our valued customer in mind and is first come, first served.
Again, hundreds of hardcover books on sale for as low as $5. And seriously, there's not a loser in the bunch and once they're gone, they're gone!

We will not be taking special orders over the phone. We won't be able to hold them. This is special and trust me, it will be worth your time to see what we've got in store.
And as always, Wednesday brings new comics and this one looks spectacular with new releases including the eagerly awaited J. Michael Straczynski Superman: Earth One hardcover
Also from DC Comics, Death comes calling, in Action Comics #894 as one of comics' greatest creations, Vetigo's Death makes her way to The DC Universe. Co-written by her creator, New York Times best selling author, Neil Gaiman!
From Marvel, a double dose of Avengers with Secret Avenegers #6 and Avengers #6, along with Uncanny X-Men #529.
So, come see us as we continue to prove that every day is a great day to a Fantom Comics customer!

Union Station - 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20002 | 202-216-9478

Myla Goldberg at Politics and Prose tonight

Myla Goldberg is signing her new book "The False Friend" at Politics and Prose tonight. She's not a cartoonist, but her husband Jason Little is an excellent one.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Oct 24: DC Counter Culture Festival

This Sunday, the DC Counter Culture Festival 5 will see a lot of cartoonists hanging around downtown, many of them with the DC Conspiracy. Click here for a list of attendees.

This Sunday, October 24th
12 noon -- 8pm
810 7th St NW
Washington DC 20001

OT PR: Comica Festival 2010

This is from my friend Paul, the man at the crossroads of comics. Anything Paul's involved with is good. If you're in England, go see it.



Where: London Print Studio and other venues
When: Throughout November 2010

Friday, 22 October 2010 saw the opening of the Comica Festival 2010 and the exhibition I have curated with a full two-month run at the London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10, on till 18 December and admission free. Entitled That's Novel: Lifting Comics Off The Page, it presents original artworks and specially conceived digital prints by a range of British and transnational creators. The accent here is on innovation and on how comics can transcend their printed forms, both literally and physically in Karrie Fransman's and Philippa Rice's hand-crafted three-dimensional comics, or adapted for the big and small screens, such as Charlie Adlard's Walking Dead or Pulp Theatre's Alien Ink for Channel 4's website, as well as more subtly, for example being used to help carers, patients and relatives coping with depression or mental illness in Brick's Depresso or Darryl Cunningham's Psychiatric Tales, or as searing personal testimonies and astonishing works of art in their own right, as in the case the late John Hicklenton's last, tortured masterwork, 100 Months. More details...

The exhibition at the London Print Studio forms the hub of this year's Comica Festival and already we've got an array of brilliant events lined up there, kicking off with Comica Conversations with Brick and Darryl Cunningham, and with Charlie Adlard and Alex Fitch, on Saturday 6 November, and a rare UK appearance by Ho Che Anderson, graphic biographer of Martin Luther King Jr, on Monday 15 November, talking with UK artist Paul Peart-Smith. More amazing events to come at LPS but meantime be sure to book tickets online as numbers are limited. And we have not left the ICA, by no means. The grand finale event on 1 December will be at the ICA's Cinema 1 where two legends of British comics, Steve Bell and Bryan Talbot, get together to reveal all about their prolific careers and launch their brand new books. More details....

In tune with the times, Comica Festival also continues to offer you great free events, and this year's programme kicks off again on Friday 5 November - 'Remember, Remember!' - with a free full-day Comica Symposium. The whole day's schedule is now online. Come and hear, and engage with, some of the UK's brightest researchers into all kinds of comics culture, from manga to superheroes, bandes dessinées to autobiography, and watch the fireworks fly! More details...

And we're adding an exciting new venue and attraction to the regular free Comica Comiket Independent Comics Fair this year from 12-5pm at the Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury on Sunday 7 November. As well as a dazzling variety of self-publishers, small presses, zinesters and collectives offering you the chance to buy their latest titles direct, we've invited a range of exciting artists from this scene to a 'Drawing Parade', in which they will draw live, before your very eyes, and inside their books if you like, and have their performances viewable on a large overhead screen. Among those taking part are: Charlie Adlard (Walking Dead), Paul Duffield (Freak Angels), Hunt Emerson (Firkin, Fortean Times), Garen Ewing (Rainbow Orchid), Paul Grist (Jack Staff, Torchwood), Roger Langridge (Muppets, Thor), Ellen Lindner (Whores of Mensa) and others. More details...

This year's 4th Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize has once again unearthed some amazing UK-based talents. The winner will have their 4-page strip printed in The Observer on Sunday 7 November, but you can see many of the finalists on show at Orbital Comics Gallery from Monday 1 November till the end of the month. We're also compiling links again to as many entrants' stories as we can, so do please contact us once you've posted yours online. More details...

And a last plug for two imminent events that I'm involved with. First up, today (Saturday 23 October) at 7pm, I am chairing a panel on Indian Graphic Novels as part of the new DSC South Asian Literary Festival, with special guests Mustashrik, Kripa Joshi, Woodrow Phoenix and S. Anand plus, technology willing, a live Skype-chat with Vishwajyoti Ghosh in New Delhi. The Indian comics scene is blossoming, come and discover its latest blooms! More details...

And secondly, The Crick Crack Club are bringing to London (Tuesday evening 26 October) and Oxford (Wednesday lunchtime 27 October) a totally wild and thrilling 21st century version of Kamishibai, the Japanese performance storytelling tradition which is a major precursor of both manga and anime. Spice Arhur 702 have to be seen to be believed - you can see a video of them in action here. A unique chance to experience this inventive manga-performance troupe in the UK! More details...

I'll sign off there, with the promise of more frequent newsletters as the Comica Festival season bubbles into life and as our very first Escape Book, The Great Unwashed by Warren and Gary Pleece, nears completion, ready for us to preview to you soon. More details...

Thanks again for supporting my websites and the varied events and projects that spin out of them. Your continued interest means a lot to me and do hope you can spread the word to let more people know about them. I hope you'll enjoy more of the wonders of the comics world with me.

Warmest wishes.

Paul Gravett
Comica Director  -  -

Comic books at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

Today and tomorrow on the Mall by the Smithsonian, hundreds of scientific groups have set up including ASME's Heroes of Engineering comic panels.





Catching up with some photos

OSU's Wexner's book store had my Pekar book for sale! I couldn't believe it. More pictures from the OSU Festival of Comic Art are here.

Matt Groening and Tom Gammill.


Jeff Stahler construction cartoons at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Jen Sorenson and Richard Thompson admiring Crumb's line.

Pictures of Ted Rall at Busboys and Poets are here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Caro on SPX minicomic buy Alexis Frederick-Frost’s "Voyage”

Here Be Lovely Monsters: Alexis Frederick-Frost's Voyage

Mark Zaid's legal comics exhibit coverage continues

Opening Statements - Comic-Con: The Legal Edition
By Jill Schachner Chanen
Posted Nov 1, 2010

"The Book in Art & Science," deadline November 30, 2010. SHARP meeting, Washington DC 14 July through Sunday, 17 July 2011

I did a paper for this conference a few years ago - it's a neat venue.

A reminder that the deadline for individual and panel proposals for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) 2011 conference, CFP "The Book in Art & Science," is November 30, 2010. The links to the electronic proposal submission forms can be found at

SHARP's  nineteenth annual conference will be held in Washington, DC, Thursday, 14 July through Sunday, 17 July 2011. The sponsors of the conference are the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library and Institute, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design. The National Library of Medicine will be the site for welcome ceremonies and the conference's opening keynote address by Dr. Jon Topham, Senior Lecturer in History of Science & Director of the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds.

Evoking Washington's status as an artistic and scientific center, "The Book in Art & Science" is a theme open to multiple interpretations. Besides prompting considerations of the book as a force in either art or science or the two fields working in tandem, it also encourages examinations of the scientific text; the book as a work of art; the art and science of manuscript, print, or digital textual production; the role of censorship and politics in the creation, production, distribution, or reception of particular scientific or artistic texts; the relationship between the verbal and the visual in works of art or science; art and science titles from the standpoint of publishing history or the histories of specific publishers; and much more.

Such topics raise a host of possible questions:

What tensions exist between the book in art and the book in science? What collaborations emerge? How do these tensions or collaborations differ according to time or place? What roles have materialforms-manuscript, print or digital embodiments or books, periodicals, journals, editions-played in the histories of artistic and scientific works?  How does the lens of art or science inform histories of reading and readers?  What does this lens reveal about histories of authorship?
How have commercial factors or economics influenced the production or distribution of scientific or artistic works? What roles have states or institutions played in the history of the book in art and science?

The conference hopes to welcome many longstanding SHARP members but also aims to attract new members. The conference's address of art and science in its title invites those working on the history of science, technology, knowledge production, or the scientific book, to join us.

The full CFP is available now at

Eleanor F. Shevlin, Ph.D.
Dept. of English
548 Main Hall
West Chester University

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP)
Membership Secretary<><>

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History of the Book in the West, Vol. 3, 1700-1800

Comic Riffs talks to Pastis on Pearls before screens

Casting 'PEARLS BEFORE SWINE': Stephan Pastis & RingTales take aim at screens big and small
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (October 22, 2010):

Note that Ringtales also did an interview with Richard Thompson, according to this.

"Tamara Drewe" movie review in Post

I love Posy Simmonds' work and the graphic novel this was based on.
A silly tale that wins by a nose
By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post October 22, 2010

Cartoons continue to show up in weird court cases

`South Park' Cartoon Threats Result in Terror Guilty Plea for Virginia Man
By William McQuillen - Oct 20, 2010

Meet a Local Comic Book Writer: A Chat with Joe Carabeo

Joe and other local cartoonists will be at the DC Counter Culture Festival downtown tomorrow.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nate Beeler Youtube interview that we may never have linked to

Cartoonist Nate Beeler interviewed by Daryl Cagle
CagleCartoons | June 20, 2010

Daryl Cagle, the political cartoonist for and owner of the Cagle Cartoons syndicate, speaks with Nate Beeler, the editorial cartoonist for the Washington Examiner, at the 2010 AAEC Convention in Portland, Oregon.

Our Man Thompson on Our OSU Trip

Richard blogs about the trip to OSU's Cartoon Festival, so I don't have to. However, I do have pictures waiting to go up on Flickr. And more people knew who he was - must be something about having your name in a couple hundred papers, rather than a blog and a local paper, that leads people to recognize you. At least that's the only thing I can figure.

PR: Lynd Ward graphic novel prize established

Wordless comics have been a minor interest of mine - you can still buy a 2008 bibliography of them I did. Lynn Ward actually had more influence on me via his illustration work - my grandfather had a copy of the Frankenstein that Ward illustrated. His engravings for that are stunning. It's one of my favorite books, partly due to Pop's owning it, of course. Georgetown University here in DC also has a sizable Ward collection in its Library's special collections.


Penn State announces new graphic novel award in honor of Lynd Ward

University Park, PA—Penn State University Libraries and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book are pleased to announce the creation of the Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year.

The Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize honors Ward's seminal influence in the development of the graphic novel and celebrates the gift of an extensive collection of Ward's wood engravings, original book illustrations and other graphic art donated to Penn State University Libraries by his daughters, Robin Ward Savage and Nanda Weedon Ward. Between 1929 and 1937 Ward published his six ground-breaking wordless novels—"Gods' Man," "Madman's Drum," "Wild Pilgrimage," "Prelude to a Million Years," "Song without Words" and "Vertigo"—which are being re-issued this month by

The Library of America in a two-volume boxed set entitled "Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts," the first time the nonprofit publisher has included a graphic novelist in its award-winning series.

Sponsored by Penn State University Libraries and administered by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize will be presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year in the United States by a living American citizen or resident. The announcement of the award will take place each spring and the prize of $2500, the two volume set of Ward's six novels published by

The Library of America, and a suitable commemorative will be presented each fall to the winner at a ceremony to be held at Penn State.

The selection jury for the award will have representatives from various Penn State academic departments who use the graphic novel in their teaching or research, as well as representatives with graphic novel expertise from among Penn State's alumni. The inaugural selection jury for 2011 includes John Meier, an assistant librarian in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library; Jarod Rosello, a cartoonist, writer and doctoral student in curriculum and instruction in the College of Education; Jean Sanders, an associate professor of art in the School of Visual Arts; Scott T. Smith, an assistant professor of English and comparative literature in the College of the Liberal Arts; and Jerry Zolten, an associate professor of communication arts and sciences and American studies at Penn State Altoona.

For more information about the selection criteria and how to submit books for consideration for the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, contact Steven Herb at 814-863-2141 or visit the Pennsylvania Center for the Book website

Dustin Harbin draws me in a comic strip

My buddy Dustin Harbin drew me (and Richard Thompson and Roger Langridge) in a comic strip about a meal at SPX - how cool is that?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Zadzooks on Spider-Man videogame and comic book movies

Zadzooks: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions review
Re-piecing reality in 4 Spidey universes
By Joseph Szadkowski
Washington Times October 13, 2010

Zadzooks: Jonah Hex, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and 30 Days of Night
By Joseph Szadkowski
Washington Times, October 20, 2010

Oct 28: Cartoons & Cocktails

The annual auction of editorial cartoons at Cartoons & Cocktails is coming on October 28th. Tickets are on sale now.

Comic Riffs' Cyanide and Happiness webcomic interview

The 'Riffs Interview: 'CYANIDE & HAPPINESS's' Dave McElfatrick tackles visas, viscera & American humor
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog October 20, 2010

OSU Festival of Cartoon Art report from Isaac Cates

My friend Isaac Cates (who has a very cute Halloween minicomic to give out to kids in his neighborhood) has a good report on the OSU Festival on his blog. I'll try to get one of mine written up soon.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mark Zaid's comic book lawyer exhibit continued

Mark Zaid's exhibit on the law in comic books continues to spin off online interest. Here's some new bits:

Video of "Superheroes in Court!" talk is now available by Mike Widener, Yale Law Library - Rare Books Blog October 18, 2010

Mark's talk on the exhibit - Superheroes on Court! Lawyers, Law and Comic Books by Yale Law Librarians Oct 18, 2010

An audio interview - Where We Live: It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A Lawyer! Today Lawyers become Superheroes and Comics, Kind of

Host: John Dankosky

Guest: * Mark S. Zaid
* Michael Widener
* Joey Novick
* Dale Cendali
WNPR's Where We Live Oct 04, 2010 and the mp3.

And an interview by lawyers - Abnormal Interviews: Lawyer/Comic Book Collector Mark Zaid, by Phil Reeves and Stephanie Flynn, Abnormal Use blog October 18, 2010

And finally, Mark's other career as a lawyer is mentioned here in the NY Times - A Stimulus Plan, Disguised as Censorship, By JOHN SCHWARTZ, October 9, 2010

Jim Dougan's "SAM & LILAH" webcomic updated

Subject: SAM & LILAH Updated Today!
We're getting close to the end of Chapter Three! Grab on tight!;

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 November 1!

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! Right?;