Monday, February 28, 2011

Catching up with Comic Riffs

Michael was busy on Sunday...

The 'Riffs Interview: 'FRAZZ' creator Jef Mallett on art, childhood -- and inspiration at the 10-year mark
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 27 2011

'ZUCKERBERG' writer likes 'Social Network's' Oscars chances tonight
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 27 2011

THE 2011 OSCARS: Top 10 Quotes from the nominees for Best Animated Feature
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 27 2011

THE 2011 OSCARS: 10 Geeky Facts About the Academy Award winners & losers
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 28 2011

Live chat with Donna Lewis at Post right now (and an interview)

The 'Riffs Interview: Post syndicate launches Donna Lewis's 'REPLY ALL' today
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 28 2011


Tom Arvis chat at City Paper

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Tom Arvis

Disney jazz reviewed in today's Express

There's an AP article on a Disney Jazz album in today's free Express newspaper.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gaithersburg painting exhibit described as 'graphic novel'

A Portrait of the Artist: Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
By Bora Mici
February 26, 2011

Mici writes, "Mousetrapped," a 15-piece graphic novel about her seven-month-long effort to curb and permanently put an end to a mouse infestation in her 1923 SEARS home in Silver Spring, is currently on view at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg.

If anyone goes to see this exhibit, I'd be interested in hearing from you.

Zadzooks on DC Universe Online videogame

Zadzooks: DC Universe Online review
Earth stands a chance in DC Universe
By Joseph Szadkowski
Washington Times February 22, 2011

Wash Post obituary of interest for its photography

Note the family photograph of everyone reading the Sunday comics around 1955.

A Local Life: Alan L. Dean, 92, the 'Ideal Father'

Washington Post February 27, 2011

Alan L. Dean, with wife Vera and daughters Diana, left, and Claudia in 1955. Mr. Dean won The Washington Post's
Alan L. Dean, with wife Vera and daughters Diana, left, and Claudia in 1955. Mr. Dean won The Washington Post's "Ideal Father" contest. (Family Photo)

Tim Kreider on Ink Panthers show

The Ink Panthers Show! #81 featuring Tim Kreider
Mike Dawson and Alex Ronbinson
 The Ink Panthers Show February 22nd, 2011

SPX tables sell out

I saw Warren Bernard, the SPX exec at Big Planet last night and he said that the artist's tables for the Small Press Expo sold out at the end of last week.

Nick Bertozzi and Jason Little at Big Planet Comics

Nick Bertozzi and Jason Little's trip down from New York City to visit Big Planet Comics went well. Local cartoonists turned out including David Hagen, Jim Dougan, Matt Dembicki as well as comics bloggers Comicsgirl and Randy T. Signed copies of their new books should still be available in the store.

101_0212 Bennett  Bertozzi Pollack and Little

Big Planet Comics' Greg Bennett, Nick Bertozzi, Big Planet Comics' Joel Pollack and Jason Little.

101_0209 Jason Little

Jason Little drawing Bee.

101_0208  Bertozzi and Little

Nick Bertozzi looking for a spot to sign the Act-I-Vate anthology while Jason Little inks his Bee sketch.

More pictures are here.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jef 'Frazz' Mallett interview in tomorrow's Post

Cartoonist Jef Mallett on creating 'Frazz'
by Michael Cavna
Washington Post  February 27, 2011

Dwayne McDuffie and Uncle Pai obits in today's Post

Dwayne McDuffie, comic books creator who championed diversity, dies at 49
By Michael Cavna
Saturday, February 26, 2011; B04

Anant Pai, 81
'Uncle Pai' launched India's comics industry in 1960s
Associated Press
Washington Post February 26, 2011; B4

That Darn Mutts!

A letter to the editor...

It's a dog's life
Alice Lindsay, Chestertown, Md.
February 26, 2011

March 29: Trickster cartoonists at Busboys @ Poets

From: Matt Dembicki:

On March 29 I'll be at Busboys and Poets (14th and V in Washington, D.C., 6:30-8:30) discussing 'Trickster.' Joining me will be 'Trickster' contributing artists Michael Auger and Jacob Warrenfeltz, as well as Christopher Cardinale, illustrator of 'Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush,' who will be talking about that fantastic book.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Curls Studio video interview online

Interview with Curls Studio at NY Comic Con
MMA, Wrestling and Gaming News February 25, 2011 /

Front Royal's Ben Hatke interviewed

Spacing Out: An Interview with Ben Hatke
John Hogan
Graphic Novel Reporter (February 25 2011)

Donna Lewis' Reply All starts in Post on Monday

Donna Lewis' Reply All starts in the Washington Post on Monday; it's replacing Watch Your Head.

Here's the interview I did with Donna last year. I'll be asking her another set of interview questions this coming week, but she'll be on the Washington Post's chat on Monday so you can ask your own questions.

March 11: Atlas comics exhibit opens at Geppi Museum

"Atlas At Last" Opens at GEM on Friday, March 11
Scoop February 25 2011

Cartoon mascots - Mr. Peanut in Washington Examiner


Oscar animated shorts reviewed in Express

Coming Up Short: This Year's Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts Are Lacking

By Kristen Page-Kirby 

Express February 25, 2011, p. 31

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Feb 25: JT Waldman exhibit opens in DC

From Politics and Prose's newsletter:

Friday, February 25, 1 p.m. (Exhibit opens)


Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown
MEGILLAT ESTHER: The Book of Esther (Jewish Publication Society of America, $22)
JT Waldman turns The Book of Esther, with its twisting plot, into an illustrative masterpiece. The graphic novel is brought to life in an exhibit with interactive elements and an invitation for visitors to take part in the creative process. Waldman is a comic book illustrator and interaction designer. He is currently working on his next graphic novel, which he designed with the late Harvey Pekar. This exhibit will be on view from Monday through Friday, February 25 - April 29 during open tour hours from 1-2 p.m. Waldman will be speaking at 6th in the City Shabbat on March 11. Click here for information about attending this service. Click here for more information about the exhibit. Click here for a Google Preview of the book and its art.

Post blog on Dwayne McDuffie's death

Dwayne McDuffie, comic book creator, dies at 49
By Lauren Wiseman
Washington Post's Post Mortem blog February 24 2011

'Henry and Glenn Forever' available at Big Planet Comics

This odd little minicomic can be had at Big Planet in Bethesda, should one desire a copy.

"Henry & Glenn Forever" Art Show: How Did Rollins and Danzig React to the Gay Fantasy Comic?
By Lina Lecaro, Mon., Feb. 21 2011

Feb 27: Disney Live: Mickey's Magic Show at Patriot Center

Feb 27th sees 2 shows of Disney Live: Mickey's Magic Show at Patriot Center with tickets between $22 - $50.

Comic Riffs on syndication merger

BIG NEWS: United Media to outsource syndication to Universal Uclick [UPDATED]
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 24, 2011

Donna Lewis profiled in Baltimore Sun

Homeland Security with a sense of humor
Federal lawyer from Baltimore moonlights with a newly syndicated comic strip
By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun February 23, 2011,0,7839124.story

Jason Little interview prior to Saturday Big Planet Comics booksigning

Meet a Visiting Cartoonist: A Chat With Jason Little

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Toles second cartoon contest winner

Tom Toles' second cartoon contest has a winner today.

The Shocking True Story behind "Team Cul de Sac"

Comic Strip Fans Team Up to Fight Parkinson's Disease: When cartoonist Richard Thompson announced he had Parkinson's disease, one fan decided to make a difference.
By John R. Platt
Tonic February 23, 2011

Weldon and Cavna on Dwayne McDuffie

Dwayne McDuffie, RIP: Championed Diversity Among Champions
by Glen Weldon
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog February 23, 2011

RIP, DWAYNE McDUFFIE: Shocked fans, friends mourn the comics/animation force [UPDATED]
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 22 2011

Galifianakis cartoon contest wraps up

Click here to see the cartoon and read the final entries.

Nick Bertozzi interview prior to Feb 26th DC appearance

"Meet a Visiting Cartoonist: A Chat With Nick Bertozzi

by Mike Rhode on Feb. 23, 2011

Tonight, Politics and Prose bookgroup on City of Glass

Wednesday, 2/23, at 7:30pm discussing City of Glass

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Buy Dark Horse Presents #1 for Finder, but you've got a choice of 3 covers.

DC's Carla Speed McNeil is in the comic, but if you buy Dark Horse Presents #1 for Finder, you've got a choice of 3 covers.

From the Dark Horse blog:

Paul Pope covers Dark Horse Presents #1 with special ultra-rare variant cover!

As excitement about the relaunch of the legendary anthology comic Dark Horse Presents builds, Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson—who's also personally editing DHP's anticipated return—is adding another thrilling creator to the premiere issue's roster. In addition to the main cover by Paul Chadwick and Frank Miller's variant cover, an ultra-rare variant by Paul Pope (cover artist for The Escapists, the original and historic run of Dark Horse Presents, Marvel's Strange Tales, DC's Wednesday Comics) will also adorn Dark Horse Presents #1.

Retailers who buy twenty copies of DHP #1 featuring the Chadwick cover, the Miller cover, or a combination of both will receive a copy of DHP #1 featuring the ultra-rare variant cover (available only while supplies last), signed by one of the book's iconic creators. For each additional twenty copies ordered, another ultra-rare variant edition will be received, and each will feature a new signature.

Fans and comic collectors, ask your local retailer about how to get a copy of this exclusive variant-cover issue!

The thrilling lead-in to DHP's relaunch continues today on the Dark Horse blog, when we'll reveal the two covers to issue #2. Be there!

Ben Hatke on his Politics and Prose appearance

Ben Hatke did a cartoon on his Politics and Prose appearance - which David Hagen attended and passed this link along.

Truitt on the Mission

It's heaven on earth for Hoeber brothers and 'The Mission'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY February 22 2011

March 29: Ben Katchor at the Corcoran

 Courtesy of Warren Bernard -

Ben Katchor is speaking at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m., $15.

It's been years since I saw him - at Politics and Prose? - but I recall him being a good speaker so I'll be going to this.

latebreaking Harvey Pekar: Conversations review

I was just sent a review of a book I edited a couple of years ago -

Harvey Pekar: Conversations

Jordana Hall
Shofar (Winter 2011; 29:2), p. 190-192

- in which Ms. Hall says in conclusion, "To those unfamiliar with American Splendor, Conversations is an excellent introduction to the comics and their creator. To fans of Pekar's work, the book provides insight into the author, his personal tastes, and his creative process. What is more, the conversations with his artist collaborators offer an inside look at the entire production process. Taken together the twenty-one interviews are informative and entertaining, with humorous outbursts from Joyce Brabner, who also gets her say in the later pieces. Harvey Pekar: Conversations is an important book for any scholar or enthusiast of comics."

Ahhh. Thank you Ms. Hall.

Richard 'Cul de Sac' Thompson up for Cartoonist of the Year again

Comic Riffs has the story on this year's Reubens nominations.

Josh Lyman sketches of the Shadow

When I interviewed Josh Lyman recently I picked up copies of his two sketchbooks. He did these two Shadow sketches for me at the time, almost doubling my collection of them.

Tim Kreider at Atomic Books in Baltimore this Friday

Mike commented recently how he liked Tim Kreider's work, so I felt it was my duty to inform him, and now you, that Tim will be doing a reading and signing of his new Fantagraphics book, Twilight of the Assholes, at Atomic Books in Baltimore at 7pm on Friday, February 25th.

Click here for more information.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Flugennock's latest'n'greatest

From: mike flugennock

Note to my American readers: this cartoon requires an understanding of basic scientific principles. If in doubt, consult a high-school science teacher -- if he or she isn't busy pushing creationism in class.

Post on Disney cruises

I Dream of Disney
By Andrea Sachs
Washington Post Staff Writer
February 20, 2011; F1, 7

PR: Beyond Comics military appreciation sale this weekend

Saturday, February 19th to Monday, February 21st

Active and Retired Military Personal

Get 30% Off all Comics and Trades*

Military ID Required for discount. 

Beyond Comics New Years Image

Not in the Military?

You can Get 25% Off All Comics or Trades

With your donation to the troops.

We are looking for

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Zadzooks again on Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Zadzooks: Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Special Edition
Battles in hyper comic-book universe
By Joseph Szadkowski
The Washington Times February 17, 2011

Hot Air blog likes Nate Beeler

The commentators, not as much.  Personally I really liked this cartoon and clipped it to save - but that's probably partly because I found the whole idea of Watson fascinating. I will continue to nag Nate to do a book of his cartons.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Comic Riffs Galifianakis contest ends tomorrow

Click here to enter.

Feb 26: Nick Bertozzi and Jason Little at Big Planet Comics Bethesda

Two excellent alternative cartoonists at one time! Big Planet Comics Bethesda at 4-6 pm on February 26th. I'm there!

Here's an interview with Bertozzi about his new book -

Bertozzi Brings "Lewis & Clark" to Comics
by Alex Dueben,
Comic Book Resources February 17 2011

Artomatic Takes Flight!, says David Hagen

David Hagen writes in with a couple of pieces of news -

My Carrot Ride painting is participating in an art show at Reagan Airport this spring. No plane ticket required! Article in

Also, David's posted his Team Cul de Sac artwork's completed version.

Carla Speed Mcneil interviewed online at Newsarama

McNeil's FINDER: VOICE Finds New Home at Dark Horse
By Chris Arrant, Newsarama 16 February 2011

February 25: MEGILLAT ESTHER: The Book of Esther exhibit opens

From Politics and Prose's newsletter:

Friday, February 25, 1 p.m. (Exhibit opens)


Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown
MEGILLAT ESTHER: The Book of Esther (Jewish Publication Society of America, $22)
JT Waldman turns The Book of Esther, with its twisting plot, into an illustrative masterpiece. The graphic novel is brought to life in an exhibit with interactive elements and an invitation for visitors to take part in the creative process. Waldman is a comic book illustrator and interaction designer. He is currently working on his next graphic novel, which he designed with the late Harvey Pekar. This exhibit will be on view from Monday through Friday, February 25 - April 29 during open tour hours from 1-2 p.m. Waldman will be speaking at 6th in the City Shabbat on March 11. Click here for information about attending this service. Click here for more information about the exhibit. Click here for a Google Preview of the book and its art.

Ben Hatke had been at Politics and Prose this morning

For the record...  and I assume they still have signed copies.

Thursday, February 17

Ben Hatke - Zita the Space Girl
10:30 a.m. In Hatke's exciting graphic novel, Zita hits a red button and launches her friend Joseph into space. She hits the button a second time and sends herself out to find Joseph. As she crosses the universe, Zita encounters monsters, alien friends, and strange situations. Zita is resourceful, funny, and determined to rescue Joseph and bring them both home. Ages 7-10

Matt Dembicki's Xoc picked up by Oni Press

A few weeks ago, we mentioned that Matt Dembicki's shark tale Xoc was close to finding a publisher. Matt's now mentioning on Facebook that Oni Press has picked up the comic.

City Paper's Best of DC poll opens

I haven't looked at it yet, but if there's not something comics-related in the City Paper's Best of DC poll, I'm sure you can force it into a category.

Weldon on comics, Mondello on Spider-Man musical

The Week In Comics: Palicki Is Prince, Spidey Gets Nubbly, Comics Are Doomed

by Glen Weldon

National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (February 17, 2011)


Mondello, Bob.  2011.

'Spider-Man': Don't Be So Quick To Write Off The Dark.

National Public Radio's All Things Considered (February 14).

Online at and and


'Spider-Man' Shrugs Off Critics' Venom

by Bob Mondello

National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (February 16, 2011)


'No Ordinary Family' superhero tv show article in Examiner

For the record:
Neff, Lauri / Associated Press.  2011.
Chiklis: Expect more 'No Ordinary Family' thrills.
Washington Examiner (February 17): 24

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Comic Riffs talks to Stan Lee... because they CAN

STAN LEE reacts to big-screen Spider-Man's new look
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 16 2011

Washington-based NGO claims to have sent MLK comic book reprint to Egypt

The group is the American Islamic Congress. Read more at:

MLK comic book lands in Egypt's Tahrir Square
By Shelia M. Poole
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution February 15 2011

2 books by local cartoonists debut today

Carla Speed McNeil's Finder series moves to Dark Horse with the graphic novel Finder: Voices. See her thoughts on moving from self-publishing at her blog.

Baltimore's Tim Kreider gave up his Baltimore City Paper cartoon gig, but Twilight of the Assholes a collection of his last cartoons is out from Fantagraphics. I love Kreider's work.

Post's Petri on the appeal of bookstores

The worst part about the Borders bankruptcy

By Alexandra Petri
February 15 2011

Kung Fu Panda II, for the record UPDATED

In today's Express, on page 2, there's a picture of Jack Black and children in panda costumes, naming the Atlanta Zoo's new panda "Po" after Black's animated character in the Kung Fu Panda movies. I don't know why the Zoo is doing that.

Here's a press release about it, but it still doesn't explain what the Romans phrased as "who profits?"

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Truitt on Last Mortal

First look: 'Last Mortal' springs from two friends to the end
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY February 15 2011

PR: Tom Toles's Cartoon Caption Contest returns

The Tom Toles Cartoon Contest from The Washington Post returns! Here's how it works:


Editorial Cartoonist Toles has sketched a cartoon without a caption. To enter the contest, please post your suggestion caption(s) in the comment segment of the blog post below. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on February 21.


Toles will read through all the entries and plans to announce a winner on Feb. 22. The prize is a print of that cartoon, signed by Tom Toles and including the caption suggested by the winner.


For the cartoon and official rules, go here:


Spongebob interviewed in Post, True Blood reviewed in Express

Interview with SpongeBob on education
Valerie Strauss, Washington Post February 15, 2011
Prepare to be Bitten: 'True Blood' now a Comic Book
Katie Aberbach, Express February 15, 2011
These are both in print as well.

Mike Flugennock says, "I'm on Al Jazeera!"

From: mike flugennock
Scroll down the page a bit at

(it's the February 15th blog page or this cartoon, if you're reading this months later)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Feb 26: Nick Bertozzi and Jason Little at Big Planet Comics

Nick Bertozzi is signing his new book on Lewis and Clark at Big Planet Comics in Bethesda on February 26th from 4-6 pm, and he's accompanied by Jason Little, whose book Motel Art Improvement Service was one of my favorites of 2010.

Feb 16-21 Disney on Ice - Princess Wishes

Disney's "Princess Wishes" ice show is at the Verizon Center from February 16-21 with tickts from $15-$30, should you care to reinforce their marketing scheme.

That darn Baby Blues

In chess kings can never be captured
Douglas Goralski
Washington Post February 12, 2011

Even more Galifianakis

Here's David Paccia's report and photos on a Boston booksinging.

All Galifianakis, all the time

Tom Toles, Richard Thompson and advice columnist Carolyn Hax (because we're tired of seeing Nick).

Continuing our posts about Nick Galifianakis, we note that man-about-town photographer Bruce Guthrie has 3 sets of pictures online from the Politics and Prose booksigning:




Zadzooks review of Marvel videogame

Zadzooks: Marvel vs. Capcom 3 preview: Game play and interview (VIDEO)
by Joseph Szadkowski
Washington Times February 6, 2011

Zadzooks: Dead Space 2 review includes comics mention

Zadzooks: Dead Space 2 review - Visceral takes latest horror adventure over the edge
By Joseph Szadkowski
Washington Times February 10, 2011

Annapolis Capital to drop Peanuts for Arlo and Janis

Editor's Desk: We're changing a comic strip - be gentle with me, folks
Capital Gazette Communications
Published 02/13/11

Pictures from Nick Galifianakis' book signing

Click to see pictures from Politics and Prose and afterwards. See Nick and ex-wife co-worker Carolyn Hax share a stage!  See cartoonists Joe Azar and Barbara Dales's Draw-Off!! See Nick draw in public without a net!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Nick Galifianakis interviewed on The SOP

Judyth Piazza chats with Nick Galifianakis Nationally Syndicated Cartoonist and Author
    By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)    
The SOP February 11 2011

Comic Riffs interviews the Illusionist

The 'Riffs Interview: 'ILLUSIONIST' filmmaker Sylvain Chomet delves into art, inspiration & Oscars
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 11 2011

OT: National Geographic history

My SO Cathy Hunter has been writing historical posts for National Geographics blog at

Nick Galifianakis on NPR today

Cartoonist Sees Bad Relationships In A Funny Way
Scott Simon
National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday February 12, 2011

Last night's booksigning at Politics and Prose was a success with the book selling out, but P&P will have Nick in to sign more copies next week so you can still get a signed copy.  They take phone orders too.

Friday, February 11, 2011

PR: Explore the world of Carla Speed McNeil's Finder at!

Carla's title is moving into Dark Horse Presents this month.
Explore the world of Carla Speed McNeil's Finder at!


Lose yourself in a world beyond your wildest dreams…

Since 1996, Finder has set the bar for science–fiction storytelling, with a lush, intricate world and compelling characters. Now, Dark Horse is proud to present the first three story arcs of Carla Speed McNeil's groundbreaking series in a single, affordably priced volume!

The following summaries are organized by story arc. "Sin-Eater," "King of the Cats," and "Talisman" are collected in Finder Library Volume 1.

For the ongoing story of Jaeger & co., check out the original graphic novel Finder: Voice and other upcoming volumes from Dark Horse Books.


Nick Galifianakis Book Signing at Politics and Prose

From: Nick Galifianakis

Come out and watch me blather about my cartoons tonight at Politics and Prose, at 7 pm. I promise I'll sign your book and give you a big hug....and fall asleep on you shoulder since I'm exhausted from my book tour.

See you there, Nick

Washington Post picks up Donna Lewis comic strip

Washingtonian lawyer Donna Lewis will see her comic strip Reply All move from being a webcomic to a syndicated strip this month and it will be on as of 2/28. Congratulations, Donna! 

'The Oscar Nominated Short Films' reviewed in City Paper

Too-affable Ed Helms at an insurance convention, plus the academy's favorite nuggets

 By Tricia Olszewski on

Washington City Paper February 11, 2011

and in the Times-

An Oscar Film Festival, All in One Screening

By A. O. Scott

February 11, 2011

'Gnomeo and Juliet' reviews in local papers

Star-crossed lawn statues
By Sean O'Connell
Washington Post February 11, 2011,1174427/critic-review.html
Out, Damned Plot: 'Gnomeo & Juliet,' Yet Another Weird Shakespeare
Kristen Page-Kirby
[Washington Post] Express February 11, 2011
Gnomeo and Juliet: The bard and the balderdash
Sally Kline
Washington Examiner February 11 2011
A Kitsch-and-Tell Movie of Garden Variety Love
February 11, 2011

Library of Congress Main Reading Room Open House on Presidents’ Day

101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC   20540
Phone:  (202) 707-2905
Fax:  (202) 707-9199

February 11, 2011

Public contact: Visitor Services (202) 707-8000,

Main Reading Room Open House on Presidents' Day

Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room for a special public open house. The winter open house will take place on the federal Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day) holiday, Monday, February 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E. Washington, DC.  The Main Reading Room will be open to general visitors, who will also be allowed to take pictures. Reference librarians will be available to demonstrate the Library's online resources and discuss access to the Library's vast onsite collections, including services and collections for use in family history research.    No other reference services will be available and all other Library of Congress reading rooms and buildings will be closed.

The Thomas Jefferson Building also features The Great Hall and the Library of Congress Experience, which encompasses three exhibitions, including "Creating the United States."  This exhibition offers a remarkable opportunity to learn in a fresh, new way how the founding documents that emerged from this period, such as the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, were forged out of insight, invention, and creativity, as well as collaboration and much compromise.  The Library of Congress Experience provides innovative access to rare cultural treasures in ways that inspire and engage.   

Unreserved guided tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building will be offered at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Public tours, which are limited to 40 people, are designed to accommodate individuals and families, not large groups. More information about the Library or tours is available at the orientation desks at or by calling (202) 707-8000.

The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. 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. Many of the Library's rich resources can be accessed through its website at and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at


PR 11-30
ISSN: 0731-3527

Congressman John Lewis and staff member write comic book

Congress Meets Comic Books In Historic Graphic Novel

By Vaneta Rogers

Newsarama 09 February 2011

I'm not sure I'll be able to get a "Meet a Local Cartoonist" interview with the Congresman...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Comic Riffs obituary for Disney animator

From Peter Pan to Pirates: RIP, Disney legend BILL JUSTICE
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 10 2011

Today in the NY Comic Times

The Times continues to reflect a changing world - there's four articles on comic art in the print edition today:

Another Hirschfeld of Flowing Lines. But Bloodlines? That's a Puzzle.
City Room blog February 9, 2011,

It's Collaboratin' Time: Spider-Man to Join the Fantastic Four
February 9, 2011\

Animation Advocacy, Pixar Style
February 10, 2011

Japan Debates Depictions of Young Girls in Comics
February 10, 2011

Political cartoon book reviewed on The Hill

No laughing matter — cartoons shape our political history
By Erika Niedowski
The Hill 02/10/11

Caro on White Rapids

Nostalgic History: Pascal Blanchet's White Rapids

Friday: Nick Galifianakis book-signing

Tomorrow: Nick Galifianakis at Politics and Prose

Posted by Mike Rhode on Feb. 10, 2011

PR: New Arlington bookstore's grand opening starts tonight

This is the store that had Richard Thompson in over the holidays, before they actually opened. You've got to appreciate dedication like that.
One More Page 
2200 N. Westmoreland Street #101
Arlington VA  22213
We kick off with a Galley Giveaway and Wine Tasting on Thurs, Feb 10th.  Stop by to pick up an advance reading copy (or two while they last) and taste several of our excellent wines and snacks.
   Thursday, February 10th, 7:30 - 9 pm

Ellen Byerrum signs the latest in her A Crime of Fashion Mystery series - Shot Through Velvet - on Friday evening.  We'll also have copies of her previous books, such as Hostile Makeover and Grave Apparel and enjoy cookies from our neighbor, La Cote D'Or (including their famous chocolate chip and bacon cookie - it's delicious!).
   Friday, February 11th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

On Saturday, we will have TWO Grand Opening Events:

On Saturday afternoon from 1 - 3 pm, we will host an event with four(!) local Children's Authors.  We are so fortunate to have Jacqueline Jules, Wendy Shang, Marty Rhodes Figley and Fred Bowen confirmed for this event.  Don't miss it!

We wrap up our Grand Opening weekend with a Wine, Champagne and Chocolate Tasting.  If you've been in the store, you know we have a great selection of chocolate and (plus it goes well with the champagne and wine we've selected for our tasting)!  The store will be closing after the tasting, so shop early!
 Children's Authors Event, Sat, Feb 12th, 1 - 3 pm
 Wine, Champagne & Chocolate Tasting, Sat, Feb 12th ,4 - 6 pm

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Truitt on Hawkeye

First look: Archer's aims ring true in 'Hawkeye: Blindspot'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY February 9 2011

Matt Wuerker interviewed by David Paccia

Another great interview, or perhaps that's interview with another great, or maybe it's great that it's another interview...

Matt Wuerker - Cartoonist Survey #210
by David Paccia
David-Wasting-Paper blog February 9, 2011

New Flugennock cartoon

He's staying busy.  I like this one.

And here you thought all the fun was over after the Berlin Wall fell.
"End Of History", my ass.

Oscar animated shorts in Baltimore

Animated Oscar Shorts
By Laura Dattaro
Baltimore City Paper February 9, 2011

They start February 11th at the Charles Theater.

March 7: James Sturm speaking at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore

Cartoonist James Sturm to Speak at Johns Hopkins March 7
Priya Lopes on 02 8, 2011

Weldon on Daytripper

'Daytripper' Explores The Quiet Moments That Shape A Man's Life. And His Death(s).

by Glen Weldon

 National Public Radio's Monkey See blog February 9, 2011

February 10: Bill Ayers at Busboys and Poets

William Ayers Book Talk & Signing

Thursday, February 10, 2011
6:30 pm -8:00 pm
Busboys and Poets
14th and V St. NW

William Ayers, school reform activist, will discuss and sign copies of his recent books - To Teach: The Journey in Comics & Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom (co-authored with Rick Ayers). Sponsored by Teaching for Change and Graduate Students from The College of Education at the University of Maryland.  The event is free and open to the public.
(thanks to Joe Azar for the tip)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Truitt on Venom

Classic Spider-Man character gets a venomous makeover
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY February 8 2011

Wuerker comments at Comic Riffs on Huffington Post sale

BOON OR BOONDOGGLE? Working artists react to the HuffPo/AOL deal
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog February 8 2011

PR: This Sun, 2/13-Capicons Comic Con

I plan on being at this show close to opening time.
Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con

Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con
Sun, Feb. 13, 2011

10 am - 3 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Hall, 

2148 Gallows Rd, Dunn Loring, Virginia
Admission $3 - Kids FREE!

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.

John Gallagher of Sky-Dog Comics (Buzzboy, Roboy Red)
Dan Nokes, 21st Century Sandshark Studios
Also featuring:
Tom Arvis, of Sureshot Comics
and Josh C. Lyman

Over 50 dealer tables!
Door prize drawings at 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm!

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.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Spider-Man musical reviews begin appearing

There seems to be a consensus to start running reviews that began over the weekend with British newspapers...

'Spider-Man' on Broadway: No superpowers needed to sniff out this stinker
By Peter Marks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 7, 2011; 8:39 PM

Meltzer interview

Grace Bello
An Interview with Brad Meltzer
Bookslut February 2011

...he used to live around here, etc etc

Gnomeo and Juliet story in today's Express

Dawson, Angela / Entertainment News Wire.  2011.

Disney's Own 'Rocket Man': Elton John provides the soundtrack for 'Gnomeo & Juliet'.

[Washington Post] Express (February 7): 30

Bill McKay interview up at City Paper

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With Bill McKay
 by Mike Rhode on Feb. 7, 2011


Sunday, February 06, 2011

March 15: Kevin Smith intros new movie in DC

Kevin Smith, who sometimes writes comic books, will be at the Warner Theatre introducing his new movie Red State on March 15th.

Flugennock on Egypt's protests

From: Mike Flugennock:

Finally, getting in the groove on Egypt:

This one was inspired by a sign I saw someone carrying at the solidarity demonstration at the Egyptian Embassy last week (

Steve Brodner caricatures in Sunday's Post again

This time it's 'House of Cards' about Egypt in the Outlook section for February 6th.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Annapolis animation writer profiled

Annapolis native receives writing nod for cartoon
Matt Beans nominated for episode of 'Robot Chicken'
Capital Gazette Communications 02/04/11

Chris Gash, Washington Post freelance illustrator, interviewed

Chris Gash - Cartoonist Survey #209
by David Paccia
David-Wasting-Paper blog February 5, 2011

Gash has an illo of some sort in the Post about every week (and the NY Times too).

Today at 2pm: Summer Wars anime in Arlington

Today at 2pm, the Artisphere is showing Summer Wars anime movie in Arlington.

Friday, February 04, 2011

David Hagen's Team Cul de Sac contribution is sweeeet

Richard Thompson's friend David Hagen has painted his Team Cul de Sac contribution and put the image up on his blog. I'll be bidding on this at the auction, although I already have a Hagen hanging in my house. David also did the original ComicsDC logo out of the blue, and the goodness of his heart.

'Illusionist' reviews in local papers

An illustrious, Oscar-nominated 'Illusionist'
Sally Kline
Washington Examiner (February 4 2011)

Amuse Your Illustion: A Tati-esque magician’s tale, plus great moments in douchiness By Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper February 4, 2011 p. 16

A poignant look at a vanishing breedBy Stephanie Merry
Washington Post February 4, 2011

Disney pops concert featured in Examiner

Kennedy Center showcases NSO Pops and M-i-c-k-e-y M-o-u-s-e
Marie Gullard
Washington Examiner (February 4, 2011)

Thursday, February 03, 2011

SPX's Jeff Alexander's memorial service schedule

Convenant Funeral Service has an online obituary for SPX's Jeff Alexander stating that the funeral will be Saturday, February 5th in Fredericksburg, MD.

Truitt on Super Dinosaur

'Super Dinosaur' ready for a dino-mite debut
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY February 3 2011

Ben Claasen III paper dolls in today's Express

Ben Claasen III drew paper dolls to illustrate the Weekend Pass system in today's Express. They're young hipsters, of course.

Feb 3-5: NSO Pops: Disney in Concert at the Kennedy Center

NSO Pops: Disney in Concert

Enjoy the magic of Disney with the NSO Pops. Memorable scenes and melodies you know by heart, from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, The Lion King and more, will transform anyone into a Mouseketeer.

About the Program

Enjoy the magic music of Disney in Concert with the NSO Pops and guest conductor Michael Krajewski. Every new generation has a favorite Disney musical, whether it's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aladdin, or The Lion King. And then there are the classics, from a Mary Poppins medley to the "Yo ho" of Pirates of the Caribbean. When everyone joins together for memorable moments and sing-along melodies that Mouseketeers of all ages know by heart, it feels like a small world, after all.
VARIOUS - Disney Classics Overture

arr. Healey
MENKEN - The Little Mermaid Orchestral Suite
MENKEN - Pocahontas:"Colors of the Wind"
MENKEN - Beauty and the Beast Suite

arr. Troob
SHERMAN - The Jungle Book: "I Wanna Be Like You"

arr. van der Heijden
SHERMAN - Mary Poppins Medley
MENKEN - The Hunchback of Notre Dame Suite

arr. Staroboin
MENKEN - Aladdin Medley

arr. Troob
BADELT - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

arr. Ricketts
JOHN - The Lion King Suite

arr. Kelley
SHERMAN - "It's a Small World"

arr. Whitcomb

Weldon on bedbugs, ATC on Sendak

The Week In Comics: Bedbugs, Change-Bots And Tijuana Bibles
by Glen Weldon
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (February 2, 2011)

A Parade, Restored: A Maurice Sendak Mural Goes From Bedroom To Gallery.
Robert Siegel and Linda Holmes
National Public Radio's All Things Considered February 1, 2011

Truitt on Archie's new gay character

Kevin Keller proves a diverse and popular asset for Archie Comics
By Brian Truitt, USA Today February 2 2011

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Bill McKay interview coming soon

Bill McKay, who is currently working on Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders has done a Washington City Paper interview with me that's coming soon.

OT: Guy Billout interviewed by David Paccia

Guy Billout, one of my favorite magazine illustrator/cartoonists is interviewed -

Guy Billout - Cartoonist/Artist Survey #208
David Paccia
David-Wasting-Paper blog February 2, 2011

- check him out. I read the Atlantic JUST to see his work.

Nick Galifianakis book tour reports

Nick Galifianakis (whom I interviewed for the City Paper) is reporting about the West Coast leg of his book tour in tiny increments on Facebook. With his permission, here's some of his photographs and comments from the tour. But first, here's a video from a book launch party.

Kate Michael, aka kstreetkate has a YouTube interview with him up, of which she says, "Nick Galifianakis' funniest topics to cartoon and comment upon are human relationships. At a book launch party for his latest "If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute," hosted at the home of the Washington Post's Katherine Weymouth, Galifiankis dishes on what interactions he finds the most humorous - and why men might want to read up on his subjects!" She's got an earlier interview video with him online in The District Dish too.

And now, here's Nick!

"Seattle! Open, warm and wet - JUST the way I like my book signings!"

"Powell's rocked! Great crowd. Thank you Portland - I was even inspired get a tattoo. And pierced."

"Thank you, San Fran! I got some practice in."

"In honor of my Book Signing in LA, I present the first cartoon I drew when I moved there."

"LA highlights (in any order): meeting devoted fans, hanging with my cuz...and Helena Bonham Carter helping me set up."

Former local comics scholar A David Lewis interviewed

Fanboy Radio #578 - Religion in Comics with A. David Lewis & G. Willow Wilson
31 January 2011

Politics and Prose rescheduled book group meeting

From: Adam Waterreus

Due to the snow interfering with our meeting last week, I think we'll postpone our discussion of City of Glass to the 4th Wednesday of this month (February 23rd). I think it's a book worth chatting about, and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to do so. Stay warm, and see you all in a few weeks!


Tuesday, February 01, 2011