Monday, January 31, 2011

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Harley Davidson Inspired Art Group Show

Harley-Davidsons evoke different emotions for different people. That's because Harleys are the snowflakes of self-expression; no two Harleys are alike because no two riders are the same. From custom paint to chrome and exhaust, Harleys express their owners' personalities. More than any other mechanical object, Harleys are moving art.

"Live Fast" is an exhibit that will take this idea one step further by displaying art which is inspired by the gasoline, oil, and freedom that power these uniquely American machines. Pieces will include custom Harley tanks painted especially for this show as well as other pieces this hand-picked stable of artists created for this one-of-a-kind event.   The artist Dave "Letterfly" will also show us a traditional form of motorcycle expression- pinstriping.  This art form was made popular in the 50's Custom Culture and its influence on contemporary customs is still observed today.  Please join us as we celebrate Harleys through the eyes of these artists and show you many different takes on what makes these motorcycles great.


Opening Reception

Saturday, February 26th, from 5pm – 8pm

With special guest appearance by the infamous artist "Letterfly" who will demonstrate traditional "old school" pinstriping.

The event is FREE but RSVP required for entrance

Open to the public exhibit
Sunday, February 27th, from 11am – 5pm

Patriot University Seminar "Rolling Art-tips and tricks from the artist himself"
with Letterfly Sunday, February 27th, at 1 PM at Patriot H-D
This seminar is free but limited space is available.  Please sign up by emailing

Patriot Harley-Davidson
9739 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax VA 22031

Show end date: February 27th

Alan Defibaugh

Born in Washington D.C., Alan has spent a majority of his life living in the outlying metropolitan area. With the exception of school (4 years in mysterious Savannah Georgia), and his brand new home in Austin, Texas! Alan has been drawing since 1984 and has been getting paid for it since 2005. His personal style focuses on bold colors, 2-dimensional design, and a sense of humor that's perhaps a little off. He specializes in artwork suitable for digital media, print and any other surface you can think of! He loves David Bowie and the color pink.

Caia Koopman

caiaFrom the land of surf and sea, Caia Koopman has emerged as one of lowbrow's preeminent female artists. With a well-rounded background from her years spent obtaining her BA in Fine arts from UC Santa Cruz, to her time spent in the skateboarding and snowboarding scenes, Caia's environment has both molded and provided an eclectic background that makes her paintings come to life. With her fine detail for beauty, inclinations toward nature, and collectiveness of the female spirit, Caia has quickly become one of the quintessential artists fully encompassing the elegance, strengths, and vulnerabilities of femininity.

Casey Weldon

casey 2From the land of surf and sea, Caia Koopman has emerged as one of lowbrow's preeminent female artists. With a well-rounded background from her years spent obtaining her BA in Fine arts from UC Santa Cruz, to her time spent in the skateboarding and snowboarding scenes, Caia's environment has both molded and provided an eclectic background that makes her paintings come to life. With her fine detail for beauty, inclinations toward nature, and collectiveness of the female spirit, Caia has quickly become one of the quintessential artists fully encompassing the elegance, strengths, and vulnerabilities of femininity.

Drew Storm Graham

drewWhen I was 11 years old I moved to Madrid where I immediately fell in love with graffiti visually and conceptually. Graffiti embodies a bold, impetuous attitude rooted in controversy and rebellion. This spark of controversy that lies at the very soul of graffiti is what attracted my attention to the art form. It demands a reaction whether of affirmation or rejection because the viewer is an inescapable victim of its presence. Conflict is a necessary element that enhances the meaning of graffiti. A majority of this message rests solely in the action of creating it, defying the constraints imposed by society.

JeanPaul Mallozzi

jpJeanPaul Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens NYC, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). He graduated with B.F.A in Illustration and Fine Arts. He currently resides in Miami FL, trying daily to avoid the sun and stay pastey white.

I like to combine urban scenery with old world story telling. A city is a fun stage to play out fantastical scenarios with spirits and humans, weather phenomena and love. The world looks mundane at certain times of the day, but there are other times where magic can happen in a split second. The eternal kid in me believes that".

Jim Mahfood

Jim MahfoodJim Mahfood aka Food One is an illustrator/comic book artist/ muralist/ live art rocker residing in LA. He is the creator of the art style known as Visual Funk: a hybrid mix of comix art, graffiti, manga, street art, and funk culture. Jim single-handedly introduced Live Art to the American comic book scene. Food has worked for every major comic book publisher and his list of comics credits include Clerks (with filmmaker Kevin Smith), Grrl Scouts, Stupid Comics, Felt, Bad Ideas, various Spider-Man books for Marvel, One Page Filler Man, Kick Drum Comix, Carl -The Cat That Makes Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and more. His illustrations have appeared in magazines like Playboy, MAD Magazine, Star Wars Gamer, URB, BadAzz Mofo, BPM, the Hollywood Reporter, and so on.

Mr. Christopher

chris2 3Born and bred in the Midwest, Mr. Christopher has developed a unique style and ethic for someone residing in the Bible Belt. Dropping out of artschool at the age of 19, he decided that the academic world did not have much to offer him. At that time he was still a very active graffiti writer and preferred developing painting techniques on his own. Film, sexuality, politics and street art were all key in what was to become Mr. Christopher's style and content. Although he says he is retired from graffiti, he still manages to catch a few tags and paint a few trains. The allure of painting whatever you want, wherever you want is an addictive quality and that addiction has carried over into his other work as well. He can't go a day without painting, drawing, taking pictures, making music or shooting 8mm film. If creating were cocaine or heroin, then he'd be River Phoenix.

Nick Morris

nickI was born in Ballarat, just over an hour out of Melbourne. At the age of six I knew I wanted to be an artist and, at a similar time, discovered surfing and my passion for the coast had begun. When I was at secondary school, one of my teachers had said only two per cent of living artists make a living off their art, so I decided to become a graphic designer.

In many ways it was a positive result for eventually becoming an artist. I went to Chisholm Institute in Caufield where I met fellow designer Dave Bowers and, over time, we hit it off. After working in Melbourne for a few years after college I moved to the west coast of Victoria and, in 1990, Dave and I started a clothing label called Umgawa. It was incredibly successful but our inexperience caught up with us and from there I went on to become the art director at Quiksiver in Torquay, which had been something I had always aspired to. To be living down the coast working in an industry that moulded in around surfing was a dream come true. A few years later I bean my own freelance graphics company called Anyhow, servicing the surf streetwear industry working for the biggest labels in the world. The business peaked around 2004 when we were invited to speak at Semi Permanent graphics conference in Sydney and then later at Agideas with a host of international designers.

Nils Westergard

nilsNils Westergard started stenciling at age 13 when a friend introduced him to the world of street art. Now 18, he is a high school senior with plans to attend VCUarts to study film in the fall. His work with stencils and sculpture focuses on the conflict and legitimacy of street art as well as the nature of authority and rebellion. Aside from painting Nils works with film, sculpture, and set design where he takes his influence from a variety of sources ranging from Carl Sagan to the Cold War. When he's not creating art Nils enjoys nature, film, friends, history and science.

Patrick Haemerlein

patrick 4A native of Kinderhook, NY, Patrick Haemmerlein is a freelance designer and artist living in Los Angeles. After receiving his BFA from Savanna College of Art and Design in 2000, Patrick took the long road trip across country and settled down in LA. Here he began to obsessively photograph the city and its components. This gradually moved into new art form as he started to combine and create with images he was collecting. Reflecting on the issues of the day, Patrick explores themes of nature Vs. industry and how they can coexist of clash. The buildings and cityscapes are from Los Angeles while the animal and farm photos were mostly taken around his hometown area in upstate NY. They are not only a juxtaposition of nature and industry, but a combination of imagery from his two homes- one rural and one urban.

Ruben Ubiera

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Ruben Ubiera is a Dominican neo figurative artist, known for his strong use of the line, who has been drawing and painting ever since he had use of reason. Ruben paints and draws in a style considered by many as Pop-surrealism, but he prefers to call it urban-pop, since he has lived most of his life in the urban, populated areas and most of his inspiration is derived from the interactivity  between man and his urban environment.


scotchSCOTCH! is a stencil artist. Definition:noun;to cut. He is known for knee slapping memorable street art such as tricycle girl, the crotch-grabbing famous trooper, & the pantless laurel & hardy. The stencilist had a huge success with his first solo show, leading to other gallery showings from New York to L.A., Portland thru Miami to name a few. San Antonios Current paper gave Scotch! credit for Best Anonymous Public Art 2 years in a row. He utilized a questionable-legal public art installation coordinated and executed by a group calling itself Uniting Artists through Crime. the project quickly caught the eyes of lowbrow/street art magazine called juxtapoz. Scotch!continues to push for new  stencil techniques/ideas that people of all ages & genres can enjoy.

Thom Glick

thomglickThom Glick floated up from the bottom of the sea. After scientists cleaned the barnacles and seaweed from his sponge-like body, and equipped him with a magic salt water chest cavity breathing implant, he was secretly allowed to join the population of land dwelling humans. Now living among us, Thom is slowly documenting life on the surface with his abstracted visual interpretations and nonsensical babble writing.

To maintain an appearance of normalness, Thom lives with his cute surface dweller girlfriend, Zuz, and their fuzzy teeth monster, Pilot.

Also on exhibit will be 13 Full size Harley gas tanks that local artists were given to create unique 3 Dimensional Artistic Expressions. The artist coming from all walks of lives and genres will work with the iconic element of the bike and the lifestyles associate with them to create their interpretations of "Living Fast"

Gas Tank Artists

Brandon Hill

Daniel Barojas


Don Patron


James Walker


Jessica Zadlo

Juan Pineda

Keith Brooks

Mike O'Brien

Peter Krsko

Rodger Schultz

Tim Conlon

Ultra Asad Walker

Special Guest Appearance, Demonstration, and Patriot University Seminar by "Letterfly" 

Dave "Letterfly" Knoderer is an honored guest each year at our Ride of the Patriots event every Memorial Day Weekend. He sets up shop and creates countless works of art on bikes, helmets, and anything else with a surface that needs personalization. We are thrilled to have him join us February 26 & 27 to be part of our "Live Fast" Art Exhibit and to host his own Seminar, "Rolling Art- tips and tricks from the artist himself"

"The smartest thing I ever did was join the circus!" states the clearly unique "Letterfly". This decision launched a teenager into an unusual career, first as a show drummer accenting the efforts of the aerialists and artistes as well as plying his skill with paint and brush to decorate the circus fleet using his emerging style. Being part of this distinct entertainment experience provided skills that he says "have morphed into the relentless venture of creativity" that clearly continues to this day. Letterfly is an old school/renaissance man. As an apprentice in the sign painting trade, he learned design layout formulas, letterforms, pinstriping and wet-blended pictorial painting as his skills with the brush developed. With a penchant for adventure, the young artist soon began painting theatrical sets, amusement park and fairground décor, antique fire engine gilding, along with creating conventional, hand lettered signage and award winning storefront décor.

Today "Letterfly" travels the country visiting Harley-Davidson dealerships as well as Biker and RV events to create quality artwork on motorcycles, motor homes, hot rods and other modes of go-fast. Traditional brush painted pinstripe designs, pin-up girls, pictorials, inscriptions, pets, portraits and custom images of all kinds are produced on the spot in various locations across the nation and at his home/studio in Florida.

Letterfly now joins Patriot Harley-Davidson for an exhibition that goes beyond the bikes! A collection of hand painted artwork, photographs, posters, signs, cartoons and painted panels with intricate pinline designs showcase the varied and interesting career of the artist/entertainer and will be on display during our first ever "Live Fast" art exhibit.

We will also be treated to a demonstration of his traditional "old school" pinstriping. The delicate nature of the hand painted pinline design is the result of years of practice and developed finesse with the ungainly, specialized brush. Come see how it is really done at the opening on the 26th.

Patriot University Seminar:

letterSunday, February 27 at 1pm PHD is proud to host another in our series of Unique seminars: "Rolling Art- tips and tricks from the artist himself" This seminar is free but limited space is available.  Please sign up by emailing

You will see many examples of Old School pinstripe work and see how it is done and learn many of the artists tricks. No one should expect to leave this seminar with the ability to "Von Dutch" their Harley but you will see how a pro does it- the types of brushes required, ways to maintain symmetry, color selection and more. "Letterfly" will discuss his background and his experience in the industry, the history of pinstriping, and how a simple hand lettered inscription can communicate a statement and provoke an emotion.
Letterfly will also discuss his process of creating a custom image for an individual bike starting with the interview, exploring concepts, initial sketches, image development, and finally the paint medium. An especially informative portion of the talk will involve discussing the steps, materials and components that go into the creation of spectacular custom paint jobs with an opportunity for questions from any one interested in the technical aspects of this interesting facet of the biker culture.

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Comic Riffs checks in with Spiegelman

ART SPIEGELMAN reacts to winning grand prize at Angoulême
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog January 31 2011

Julian "Ants" Lytle interview online at City Paper

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Julian Lytle
by Mike Rhode on Jan. 31, 2011


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Greg McElhatton remembers SPX's Jeff Alexander

Greg McElhatton remembers SPX's Jeff Alexander

Spurgeon interviews Baltimore's Tim Kreider

Kreider has a new book coming out! Until last year, his cartoons appeared regularly in the Baltimore City Paper.

CR Sunday Interview: Tim Kreider
Tom Spurgeon
Comics Reporter January 30, 2011

Zadzooks on Red movie adaptation

Zadzooks: Red on Blu-ray
Action is fast and funny in Willis' 'Red'
By Joseph Szadkowski
The Washington Times January 23, 2011

Jeff Alexander, Small Press Expo organizer, has died

Reports are appearing on Facebook that Jeff Alexander, past Small Press Expo organizer, has died overnight, apparently of a heart attack. The information has been confirmed by Warren Bernard, this year's Executive Director (and SPX now has an online memorial). I didn't know Jeff very well, but we were friendly when we ran into each other, and I'm very sorry to hear this news. Jeff spoke to me last year about SPX before show, and I found another interview with him on Readers Voice as well. Like many comic cons, SPX is reliant on volunteers to make everything happen, and Jeff made much of the success of recent years happen.

I had planned to do a followup article at the City Paper after 2010's SPX, but time got away from me and it would have been stale. Here's the questions that Jeff answered about the con, in memory of Jeff and for history's sake.

Mike Rhode: How successful was your convention this year (2010)?

Jeff Alexander: I would say it was very successful.

Our attendance was up 10% for the third year in a row despite the sluggish economy.

Also, the inaugural year of the Animation Showcase exceeded our expectations and regularly had to turn people away when the room was full.

Mike Rhode: What will be changing for next year? Staying the same?

Jeff Alexander: I can't say for sure. I am stepping down as the Executive Director to have time to pursue other interests.

I am sure there will be some tweaking of the Animation Showcase based on what we learned this year, but fundamentally the show will remain the same.

Warren Bernard will be taking over next year and I'm sure he has a few plans up his sleeve for the future of SPX.

Mike Rhode: Do you have a favorite moment? Least favorite?

Jeff Alexander: My favorite moment came shortly after the show when local filmmaker Steven Greenstreet uploaded a two minute video from footage he shot at SPX.

It's hard to believe that SPX has the power to inspire such creativity.

The least favorite moment was not having a sign language interpreter available for two attendees.

This was their first SPX and were very excited about coming to the show. Having an interpreter there would have made their experience just that much more enjoyable.

Mike Rhode: What could have been done better? What did you 'hit out of the park'?

Jeff Alexander: If we had the time and resources to dedicate to it, I would have preferred to have done some cross-over events with Intervention.

We are competing conventions, but we share similar goals for promoting comics.

What we "hit out of the park" was in asking Paul Nadjmabadi and Angela Ottinger to head the Animation Showcase.

They assembled a first class committee and put on a phenomenal show.

Mike Rhode: Did you buy anything or meet anyone that's special for you personally?

Jeff Alexander: It was great to finally meet Kate Beaton and to see James Sturm, Keith Knight, and John & Sandra from Metaphrog again. Unfortunately, the job of Executive Director didn't leave me as much time to chat with them as I'd have liked.

I did find the time to pick up a copy of "Tigerbuttah" by Becky Dreistadt & Frank Gibson. It's an all ages book done in the style of the Golden Books from the 1950s and 1960s, but it's Becky's illustrations that make "Tigerbuttah" a must have book!

Eric Shansby covers Post Magazine

Eric Shansby usually draws cartoons for Gene Weingarten's column in the Post. Today his art covers the Post Magazine for Weingarten's story on the Volt car, with another large piece inside at the beginning of the story.

Local student does stop-motion animation

Mount Airy teen building a future in film, brick by brick
With webcam and Dell laptop, Koford brings old toys to life in stop-action animation
by Angie Cochrun
[Maryland] Gazette Jan. 29, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Steve Artley interviewed by David Paccia

I'm about to go read this now -

Steve Artley - Cartoonist Survey #207
David-Wasting-Paper blog January 29, 2011

OT PR: Stargazer, my all-ages graphic novel

Von Allan, although Canadian, has attended SPX and was an early supporter of ComicsDC. Here's his note about a new comic he has out.

I have new graphic novel that just arrived in comic shops and some bookstores.  Very quickly, it's an all-ages fantasy story focusing on a young girl named Marni who is dealing with the recent death of her grandmother.  As Marni struggles to place this loss, her life takes an abrupt and strange turn. Her grandmother bequeathed her a mysterious "Artifact" and, while on a backyard camping trip, the object suddenly takes on a life of its own.  Marni and her two best friends are transported to a strange and distant world. After summoning their courage, Marni, Sophie and Elora venture out to explore their alien surroundings, where they find a surreal world containing a robot, a mysterious far-off tower, and an illusive yet terrifying monster. Scared, yet buoyed by the stories and songs that they've heard while growing up, the three girls gather their meagre supplies and head out into the wilderness, determined to find a way home. A magical tale with the most unlikeliest of heroes, "Stargazer" is an exploration of friendship, loss, and hope. By turns terrifying, poignant, and humorous, "Stargazer" is part fairytale, part science fiction, and part adventure story.  The main website for my graphic novel is at

Why is this story special?  Well, I think there are a number of reasons.  First, it's an all-ages story that features three girls as protagonists, which is still fairly rare in comics.  Marni, Sophie and Elora are strong and independent characters.  While they are young, they are not weak and I think that's very important and something that both girls and boys can identify with.  Secondly, I'm both the writer and the artist of "Stargazer" and that, too, is uncommon in comics, which are generally created by teams of writers and artists sharing the work.  Thirdly, "Stargazer" is self-published, but I've managed to secure world-wide distribution through a number of distributors, including Diamond Comic Distributors, Follett Library Resources, Brodart Company and Ingram Book Company.  Publishing is certainly challenging in this day and age, but distribution and accessibility are critically important aspects that absolutely cannot be overlooked.

"Stargazer" is also getting some very positive reviews and I'd like to quickly share two brief ones with you.  The first is from the Midwest Book Review (

"Stargazer Volume One is a black-and-white graphic novel following three girls stranded on a faraway alien world. Young Marni has recently lost her grandmother, with whom she was very close. Her grandmother had also bequeathed a mysterious "Artifact" upon her - and it is this object that transports Marni and her friends, Sophie and Elora, far away from any home they have ever known. The three girls must pool their courage and resources to learn more about this unreal new world, and the strange things within it - a robot, a faraway tower, and an unknown monster hidden in shadows. Stargazer is a story of wonder, exploration, determination, and inward as well as outward challenge, and is highly recommended for readers of all ages."

Ms. Kat Kan, a librarian working in Florida, passed a copy of "Stargazer" to her elementary school book club; I received perhaps one of the best reviews I've ever gotten for my work from one of her students, a young third-grade girl.  With Ms. Kan's permission, I wanted to share it with you (I've left all of her grammar intact):

"Your book Stargazer. I'm reading it...I like adventure books, and this book so far has a lot of adventure already. It was pretty cool that Marni and her friends travelled into this other world. It was weird when they heard this roaring sound and I would be pretty freaked out if I was running for my life then I tripped like Marni did. I just absolutely love the book! I hope your happy about that. It was funny when she said "STUPID LACES, OH COME ON!" It was weird when that robot showed Marni all the different things in the fire. It was also funny when Sophie said "I had to go pee and I realized you weren't in bed." It was said with her having all those flashbacks with her and her grandmother. Because if you just imagine your grandma die you will cry just as Marni did when she figured out her grandma died. It was funny when Marni had that sword and said "en garde." I liked the extras. You told me how you write, concept art, brainstorming...I liked the pictures at the end, this book was amazing. I wish I could keep it and read it again, again and again, but I have to return it in five days so I probably can't but I just love Stargazer."

As you know, it's always a challenge to try to build awareness for a new book from a relatively unknown creator.  If you don't mind spreading the word, please do!  And, of course, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you very much!
Von Allan

Quote: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." (Beckett)

Stargazer, my all-ages graphic novel, is now available in all channels. It has a Diamond Item Code of NOV101057 and an ISBN of 978-0-9781237-2-7. More information about Stargazer can be found at

the road to god knows... (ISBN: 978-0-9781237-0-3) is also available through book trade channels. Information about road can be found at

Von Allan Studio
P.O. Box 20520, 390 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. K1N 1A3
Phone: 613-236-9957

Patton Oswalt memoir reviewed in Post

The review refers to the book as 'part graphic novel' -

Patton Oswalt's memoir 'Zombie Spaceship Wasteland'
Reviewed by Mike Sacks
Special to The Washington Post January 28, 2011.

Team Cul de Sac contributor updates

On Facebook, Chris Sparks identified two new Team Cul de Sac artist volunteers - Costa K and Thin Guy.

A noted cartoonist also made a $1,000 donation.

Thanks to all!

Nick Galifianakis book tour starts today in Seattle

Nick Galifianakis' first book tour schedule is online now.

He's in Seattle today, Portland tomorrow and California the next day.

In Washington, he'll be at Politics and Prose on Friday, February 11th - and his book is a perfect Valentine's gift.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Liza Donnelly's women's comedy in 6 1/2 minutes

Liza Donnelly's talk in December to TEDWomen here in DC is online now.

So, if you see a truck downtown with a giant cartoon head playing on the side of it...

...the explanation is here:

Cartoon of former Google CEO Schmidt's 'creepy' lines hits D.C. streets
-- David Sarno
Los Angeles Times Technology blog January 26, 2011

Sal Buscema turns 75 today

Comics Reporter caught that Marvel Comics artist Sal Buscema turned 75 today. I grew up on a lot of Buscema comics. Sal, not John (although I bought John's Conan).

Illustrators Club exhibit information

Joe Azar sent in this tip -

– runs through February 12, 2011
WHERE AiW Gallery, 1820 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209
METRO Rosslyn (across street from rear entrance)
PARKING at meters: Free after 6:00pm.
GALLERY HOURS M-Th 9am-8pm, F 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm
CONTACT Marie Dauenheimer, Show Coordinator: or 703-648-9038

Check out the Photo Gallery:

Politics and Prose book group cancelled tonight

due to the snow.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Truitt on latest comic book stunt plotting

The Fantastic Four lose one of their own
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY January 25 2011

Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever. Marvel even allowed retailers to sell it a day early (ie today).

Team Cul de Sac gets a cheerleader

Richard Thompson's drawn this illustration for Team Cul de Sac, and you can click through the link to donate cold hard... credit! But we know you're good for it.

If you're an artist, and you're on the fence about participating... the real money will probably be raised by the art auction, so please! draw Richard's characters for him.

Tom Toles picks cartoon contest winner

State of the Union Cartoon Caption Contest winner,  by Tom Toles says he got 2,000 entries. Wow!

Robot 6 notes Donna Lewis' new strip

There's nothing here we haven't linked to before, but Comic Book Resources is a big site that I read often, so I'm glad to note that they mentioned Donna's strip.

2 Beeler cartoons in today's Examiner

In addition to the regular cartoon on page 2, Nate Beeler's got a second one tucked into the paper on page 24, illustrating 'who owns the Democratic Party' as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Toles played music over the weekend

Another 'for the record' blogpost -

Reporters rock the National Press Club
By: Nikki Schwab and Katy Adams
Washington Examiner January 24 2011

- someday you'll thank me.

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund profile

Anyone who's serious about comics should be a member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Meet the CBLDF, the people who make sure you aren't arrested for reading comic books
By Cyriaque Lamar
January 24 2011

Long 2003 Carla Speed McNeil interview posted

Carla Speed McNeil
Jenni Scott
FA the Comic Zine January 2011

Ok, this one's 5 years old and just dragged out, but it's really long, but with God as my witness, I'll get Carla on the phone soon for a City Paper interview!

Hat-tip to Tom Spurgeon's Comic Reporter for catching this.

Front Royal's Ben Hatke

Randy T notes about Front Royal's Ben Hatke, "Not quite a local, but close enough:"

He's got a book coming out from First Second -

- and note that Richard Thompson's got a story in a nursery rhyme anthology from them too.

Sequential artist RM Rhodes begins writing on French comics

Here's his first column, and I like his anecdote and his conclusion -

Heavy Metal Magazine: A Brief Introduction

Posted on 01.23.11 by R.M. Rhodes

I interviewed him for the City Paper in 2010 and we're planning on having a follow-up as to the nature of sequential art and how cartooning is just one variety of it.

Disney's Kingdom Hearts game reviewed in Examiner

For the record, Disney's Kingdom Hearts Re:coded videogame is reviewed today's Washington Examiner.

Steve Conley interview online at City Paper

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With Steve Conley
by Mike Rhode on Jan. 24, 2011


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Contributing to Team Cul de Sac, if you're not a cartoonist

For the non-cartoonists who want to support Team Cul de Sac, you can choose to contribute money directly online.

The Fox Foundation's website for Team Cul de Sac is somewhat confusing, but click on that link, and then select the big orange button that says DONATE NOW. You can select amounts to be charged to a credit card. If you want to join TCdS, there's another button for that, but there's a $50 fee, and I'm not sure what benefit there is to that.

Mason Mastroianni of B.C. is the latest artist to join.

1 more day in Toles cartoon contest

The Post has joined the caption-writing contest world...

Readers will have a chance at writing a cartoon caption with The Washington Post's caption-writing contest with Tom Toles.

WashPost editorial Cartoonist Tom Toles sketched a State of the Union cartoon here, but there's no caption:

Readers can post their suggested caption(s) in the comments section until 11:59 p.m. ET Monday, Jan. 24. The winner gets a print of the cartoon, with their suggested caption, signed by Tom Toles. The winner will be announced before Obama begins his State of the Union address that Tuesday evening.

For official rules, go here:

Steve Brodner caricatures in Sunday's Post UPDATED

Steve Brodner illustrated Dana Milbank's column I'm declaring February a Palin-free month. Join me! in today's Washington Post but the excellent drawings aren't online at the Post site, but Mr. Brodner has them at his site.

Benita Epstein claims Richard Thompson is favorite artist

On a cold Sunday afternoon, I'm working my way backwards through David Paccia's excellent blog of interviews - here's one where Richard Thompson is cited as a favorite artist:

Benita Epstein - Cartoonist Survey #66
February 7, 2010

Cul de Sac up for vote at Post-Standard

Help choose a new comic for the pages of The Post-Standard
The Post-Standard  January 23, 2011

1/25: Tom Inge speaks on Charles Schulz in Fredericksburg

Good ol' 'Charlie Brown' Schulz
by Thomas Inge
Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star 1/23/2011

Ton says, "This leads to an article I wrote that appears in today's Fredericksburg FREE LANCE-STAR newspaper, in anticipation of my lecture on Charles Schulz in the "Great Lives" series next Tuesday at 7:30 in Dodd Auditorium at the University of Mary Washington."

Truitt on GI Joe

IDW relaunches G.I. Joe titles, ignites a 'Cobra Civil War'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY January 20 2011

Post reviews Dalai Lama manga

The forging of a holy man
Jeffrey Paine
Washington Post Sunday, January 23, 2011; B07

The book reviewed is


A Manga Biography

By Tetsu Saiwai


Unpaginated. Paperback, $15

Saturday, January 22, 2011

OT: New Jersey sports cartoonist

I was stunned and glad to see this article today - I grew up reading the Bergen (County, NJ) Evening Record, and seeing these caricatures. I'm thrilled to hear about the cartoonist and the fact that he's still doing them.

Sports Illustrator: Closter's Charlie McGill is quick on the draw
BERGEN.COM January 22 2011

CFP: International Comic Arts Forum 2011 (9/29-10/1)

It's not in DC anymore, but it'll always have a place in my heart...

The 15th Anniversary International Comic Arts Forum: ICAF 2011
September 29-October 1, 2011
The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont

ICAF, the International Comic Arts Forum, invites scholarly paper proposals for its fifteenth anniversary meeting, to be held at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont, from Thursday, September 29, through Saturday, October 1, 2011.

The deadline to submit proposals is March 18, 2011. (Scroll down for proposal guidelines and submission information.)

ICAF welcomes original proposals from diverse disciplines and theoretical perspectives on any aspect of comics or cartooning, particularly studies that reflect an international perspective. Studies of aesthetics, production, distribution, reception, and social, ideological, and historical significance are all equally welcome, as are studies that address larger theoretical issues linked to comics or cartooning, for example in image/text studies or new media theory. Proposals that focus on bandes dessinées or manga are encouraged.

In recognition of the fifteenth meeting of ICAF, we are hoping to schedule a special panel on larger issues pertaining to the teaching and study of comics. We are therefore particularly interested in papers that address the study of comics as an academic discipline by itself and within other disciplines. This can be focused either in terms of pedagogy (the challenges and pitfalls of how we bring the study of comics into the classroom) or scholarship (the opportunities for and liabilities of doing research in comics in the modern academy, and the concerns about methodology). There will also be a special panel on the representation of History and Alternative Histories in Comics.

The Center for Cartoon Studies <> is served by the Lebanon NH Municipal Airport. Coach service is also available through Dartmouth Coach from New York City and Logan International Airport in Boston MA.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES: For its refereed presentations, ICAF prefers argumentative, thesis-driven papers that are clearly linked to larger critical, artistic, or cultural issues; we strive to avoid presentations that are merely summative or survey-like in character. We can accept only original papers that have not been presented or accepted for publication elsewhere. Presenters should assume an audience versed in comics and the fundamentals of comics studies. Where possible, papers should be illustrated by relevant images. Presentations must be timed to finish within the strict limit of twenty (20) minutes. Proposals should not exceed 300 words.

REVIEW PROCESS: All proposals will be subject to blind review by the ICAF Executive Committee. The final number of papers accepted will depend on the needs of the conference program. Due to high interest in the conference, in recent years ICAF has typically been able to accept only one third to one half of the proposals it has received.

AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT: ICAF's preferred format for the display of images is MS PowerPoint. Regretfully, we cannot accommodate non-digital media such as transparencies, slides, or VHS tapes. Presenters should bring their PowerPoint or other electronic files on a USB key.

SEND ABSTRACTS (with complete contact information) by March 18, 2011, to C. W. Marshall, ICAF Academic Program Director, via email at:

Receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged. Applicants should expect to receive confirmation of acceptance or rejection by April 18, 2011.

Matt Dembicki's Xoc finds publisher

Matt Dembicki reports on his Facebook page, "'Xoc' followers: Looks like the shark book has found a publisher. (Just gotta sign some papers.) It will have about 50 percent new content. I'm excited to get working on this again!"

Matt's been self-publishing individual issues in comic book format.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Zadzooks reviews Spider-Man videogame

Zadzooks: Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD, Risk and Rock Band Reloaded HD
Spidey for 'tweens; Risk makes iPad debut
By Joseph Szadkowski
Washington Times January 20, 2011

If Cthulhu invades Washington, DC, do I get the day off work?

Cthulu Invades Washington, D.C. Unless LORNA Can Stop Him
By Chris Arrant, Newsarama  21 January 2011

Comic Riffs profiles Team Cul de Sac

TEAM CUL DE SAC: Richard Thompson launches cartoon campaign to fight Parkinson's
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog January 21 2011

Caro on Saul Steinberg

In praise of Saul Steinberg

 by Caro
Hooded Utilitarian January 21 2011

Apparently Cul de Sac is controversial in the Deseret News...

...but the light is dawning!

Comic not funny
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Cul de Sac comic smart, upbeat
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010

Love Cul de Sac strip
Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

Tea Partier swears off Wash Post in spite of losing Prince Valiant

The Newspaper Enemy
by Bill Colley WGMD Host
Jan 20, 2011

There's not much you can say about a value system so skewed it allows someone to turn away from Prince Valiant.

Donna Lewis' art style comments?

Donna Lewis' art style for her new web comic 'Reply All' generates some negative comments from Scott Kurtz at the Daily Cartoonist. Donna, who's a lawyer, immediately threatens to sue them everyone into oblivion.

Ok, she doesn't really. Check out the link.

Nick Galifianakis booktour schedule

Nick Galifianakis' first book tour schedule is online now. In Washington, he'll be at Politics and Prose on Friday, February 11th - and his book is a perfect Valentine's gift.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Carla Speed Mcneil interview online

McNeil Talks "Finder" at Dark Horse
by Shaun Manning,
Wed, January 19th, 2011

Reason looks at cartoon porn sentencing

The Simpsons, Skins, and Child Porn
Jacob Sullum
Reason's Hit & Run blog January 20, 2011

Herblock exhibit in Kentucky

Powerful doodles in KGMC exhibit
Ledger Independent January 19, 2011


Cartoonist Herb Block to featured [sic] at KGMC
Ledger Independent January 20, 2011

Weldon rambles on about Buffy comic

Apocalypse? We've All Been There: Comic-Book Buffy Gets a Season Finale
by Glen Weldon
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog January 20, 2011

I'm afraid I have to agree with his paragraph on when REDACTED and REDACTED created a new universe by REDACTING... This post of his may have gotten the most comments too...

Donna Lewis profiled in Baltimore paper

Spankin'-new syndicated Washington cartoonist Donna Lewis is profiled... in a Baltimore paper! Oh, the shame. I did interview her on the City Paper blog before she was syndicated. Anyway, check this out -

Donna Lewis' A Comic Life
Rochelle Eisenberg
Baltimore Jewish Times January 21, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kill Shakespeare at the Folger Shakespeare Library?

Yes, Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, the creative team behind the comic book Kill Shakespeare will be at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Tuesday, February 15 at 7:30pm and tickets are $15. More information here, but basically the comic's premise is that Shakespeare's characters get tired of being jerked around, and decide to take out the creator. There's a collected edition of the first comics out now.

Carla Speed McNeil blogs on her Finder artwork

Carla Speed McNeil is putting her Finder series in the new Dark Horse Presents and she's got a couple of posts about doing the artwork on her blog now. The first deals with penciling and inking.
The second that went up today is on coloring instructions.

I was a big fan of DHP back in the day, and I'm glad to see it relaunching and Carla being in it. I'll be doing a Washington City Paper interview with her soon.

Comic Riffs talks to Dick Tracy's Locher

'DICK TRACY': Writer-artist Dick Locher hangs up his fedora after 32 years
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog January 19 2011

The Hill looks at editorial cartoonist's constant-yet-every-changing problem

Drawing Boehner: Cartoonists work on Washington's new power player
by Kris Kitto
The Hill's The Washington Scene blog January 18, 2011,


Joe Fournier political cartoon in Sunday's Post

For the record, Joe Fournier had a Sarah Palin political cartoon "You Betcha" in Sunday's Washington Post from January 16, 2011.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reason magazine slaps around editorial cartoonist Steve Benson

The Dupont Circle iconoclasts go after the Arizona Republic's editorial cartoonist Steve Benson -

The Giffords Shooting, as Only a Pulitzer Prize-winning Cartoonist Could Render it
Nick Gillespie January 17, 2011

Comic Riffs interviews Steve Breen

BORDER LINES: Why a third Pulitzer might be in Steve Breen's future
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog January 18 2011

PR: WashPost's Cartoon Caption Contest

The Post has joined the caption-writing contest world...

Readers will have a chance at writing a cartoon caption with The Washington Post's caption-writing contest with Tom Toles.


WashPost editorial Cartoonist Tom Toles sketched a State of the Union cartoon here, but there's no caption:


Readers can post their suggested caption(s) in the comments section until 11:59 p.m. ET Monday, Jan. 24. The winner gets a print of the cartoon, with their suggested caption, signed by Tom Toles. The winner will be announced before Obama begins his State of the Union address that Tuesday evening.


For official rules, go here:


Feb 9: Kal is keynote speaker

In an event that must have Willie Don Schaeffer spinning in his grave (except he's still alive), Kal notes that he's the keynote speaker at Maryland Arts Day in Annapolis Wednesday February 9, 2011.

And, making it tough on Kal collectors, he's done two cartoons for the Economist cover this week - one for the US and one for Europe.

Team Cul de Sac launches for Parkinson's Disease fundraising

Chris Sparks, Cul de Sac's webmaster, has launched Team Cul de Sac to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson's Disease research. You can read Richard Thompson's take on it or just go right to the charity's main page and pledge some money. If you're a cartoonist, rather than contributing money, you may wish to participate in an art auction. Chris wants to raise $250,000 and has gotten commitments from excellent artists already (some of whom aren't even Richard's friends!), and Andrews McMeel will be publishing a collection of the artwork which I'm really looking forward to.

Thank you all for any support.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Comics Comics on Lost Art Books's Zim

Dan Nadel of Comics Comics has reviewed Joe Procopio and Lost Art Books's Zim reprint.

Truitt on Green Hornet, again

Inside the geek life of 'Green Hornet' star Seth Rogen
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY January 17 2011.

My daughter, of all people, saw this today, and liked it ok.

Comicsgirl reviews Remake by Lamar Abrams

Comicsgirl reviewed Remake by Lamar Abrams, published by Chris Pitzer's Adhouse Books (from Richmond) and revealed that he's a local comics creator. Apparently I knew that at one time, but spaced out about it. A link to Mr. Abrams' site is being added to the list on the right, now.

Ruffin's Party Crashers exhibit review part 2

Out of print: comic book art reaches exhibition in Arlington part 2
Mark Ruffin
DC Comic Books Examiner January 13th, 2011

PR: Art Whino Now Offering Classes

Does your New Year Resolution's include taking classes
to sharpen your arsenal of skills?
Then you are in luck!

Art Whino is proud to announce it will now
start to offer unique and fun art classes


We begin our line up of classes with four workshops. Please email us at with your favorites and classes will begin once they are filled up.

Classes will be held at the gallery
122 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD

Classes will be in the evening Tues-Thurs starting at 8pm.
Monday class will begin at 6pm


30 dollars per session
4 sessions per month
Each session is 2 hours

The workshop will focus on the idea of alter-existence and fantasy. Participants will learn aspects of visual character development and how they relate to the persona of specific characters common in the graphic novel: Superman, Aeon Flux, and Dr. Manhattan, are some examples of iconic character personas that will be discussed. All of these characters' physical personas can be directly translated to their behavioral personas. We will analyze how the behavior of each character manifests itself in their physical being and expression, and then based on our behavioral states, each student will create our own alter ego, representative of the way they behave—rather than the way they look. Each student will then create a fantasy environment for his or her alter ego that will serve as its habitat. The alter ego can be anything from a 5-legged reptile to a working class male.

Materials: Canson Vellum, Black Micron Ink pen set of 3, Stabilo Marker Set of 12, N. 2 pencil, eraser, ruler.

Optional: Watercolor, colored pencil.

*Student is responsible for purchase of materials prior to first session.


30 dollars per session
4 sessions per month
Each session is 2 hours

Students will learn the fundamentals of narrative structure used in telling the short story. They will read from the short stories of Donald Barthelme and Ernest Hemingway and will create a short story of their own. They will learn how to transfer their story from written word into visual depiction.

Materials: Canson Storyboard, Micron Ink Set of 3, Stabilo Marker Set of 12, N. 2 pencil, eraser, ruler.

Optional: Watercolor, colored pencil.

*Student is responsible for purchase of materials prior to first session.


30 dollars per session
4 sessions per month
Each session is 2 hours

Students will review Neil Gaiman's The Sandman Series for inspiration on how a serial narrative works. Students will begin drafting compositions using pencil, gridded paper, and tracing paper. These compositions will be loosely inspired and individually re-interpreted using Gaiman's Sandman Series as visual reference. The final product will be a series of narrative panel paintings loosely inspired from Neil Gaiman's serial comic The Sandman Series.

Materials needed: 4 Frederick pure linen canvases 11x14, N. 2 pencil, Micron black pen set of 3, Art Tin Watercolor set, Crayola Brush set of 4.

*Student is responsible for purchase of materials prior to first session


50 dollars per session
4 sessions per month
Each session is 2 hours

Students will be taught techniques in storyboarding, miniature set building, and 3D character development. The resulting end product will be a short stop-motion animated video based on each student's own narrative.

**Prerequisites: None. Students must have a digital camera and Mac laptop.

Materials needed: Shoebox, Klutz Create with Clay, Cardboard, Sharpie black marker, Colored construction Paper.

Optional: Colored pencil, Stabilo Marker, Art Tin Watercolor set and crayola brushes.

*Student is responsible for purchase of materials prior to first session.

Tables available for Small Press Expo

The Small Press Expo is selling tables as of Friday. Click here for the details. SPX is Sept 10-11, 2011 in the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Meet a Formerly Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Bebe Williams online at City Paper

Meet a Formerly Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Bebe Williams

Posted by Mike Rhode on Jan. 17, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Truitt interviews Green Hornet

Seth Rogen: Hollywood's latest comic book hero
USA Weekend January 16, 2011

City Paper on Green Hornet

Don't see it in 3-D.
The Green Hornet Directed by Michel Gondry
By Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper January 14, 2011

Cul de Sac for FREE

...if you're a newspaper, and want to buy it for six months, you get one month of Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac for free. Alan Gardner caught the story at his Daily Cartoonist site.

Ruffin on Party Crashers exhibit

Out of print: comic book art reaches exhibition in Arlington

By Mark Ruffin, DC Comic Books Examiner

Post review of anime "Summer Wars"

A visit to Oz, but no Dorothy
By Stephanie Merry
Washington Post January 14, 2010,1178158/critic-review.html

A mom on 'Cars' and a for the record item

Today's Express also has an article about a two-year old's love of Pixar's Cars, -
Kristen Page-Kirby
Express January 14, 2011, p. 29
Yesterday the Post ran a wire story on a Captain America educational comic -
Moore, Matt / Associated Press.  2011.
Suicide help is comic's aim.
Washington Post (January 13): C6

Summer Wars anime interview in today's Express

Destruction of Oz: Mamoru Hosoda's anime 'Summer Wars' illustrates the perils of a networked world.
Written by Express contributor Ryan Little
January 14, 2011

Washington Examiner on Green Hornet

'Green Hornet' falls short of expectations
 Sally Kline
Washington Examiner January 14 2011, p. 29

The Express ran the Post's review by Kois to.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Flugennock cartoon online

Flugennock checks in on Wikileaks and Twitter.

Kois on Green Hornet in Post

Harnessing the power of humor
By Dan Kois
Washington Post January 14, 2010,1158839/critic-review.html

He appears to like it, for the most part.

Post blogger recommends 'Paper Doll Orgy' collection

By Ezra Klein, January 12 2011.

The webcomic is by Ted McCagg.

USA Today on King!

'KING!' lays a rock and roll smackdown on evil
By John Geddes, USA TODAY January 13 2011

SF Examiner on KAL's exhibit

Prime political cartoons from KAL
Cathy Bowman
San Francisco Examiner 01/12/11

Beeler cartoon questioned on something called Sodahead

Nate's Beeler recent vulture cartoon is questioned on something called Sodahead. There's over 400 opinions logged now, if you can't get enough of that type of thing.

Third Eye Comics explains green superheroes

Green Good Guys: Steve Anderson on Green Superheroes


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Truitt and USA Today on comics

Mission creep alert!

On the assumption that USA Today is based in northern Virginia, and it's reporters probably are too, I'm going to expand to listing all their comic articles, and not just the ones by ex-Washington Examiner reporter Brian Truitt.

Captain America puts focus on suicide prevention
By John Geddes, USA TODAY January 12 2011

Take a trip to alternate realities with 'The Infinite Vacation'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY January 12 2011

Archie to go day-and-date digitally with titles in April
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY January 12 2011

Weldon on new comics news

Tonight, tomorrow: Brad Meltzer in town

I'm going to the one at Borders which is close to my house if anyone wants to meet up. For the record, many years ago I worked at the National Archives. Mike

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.

January 13 at 7 pm, at Politics and Prose.

Brad's site