Thursday, March 31, 2011

Politics and Prose recommends Tomine

Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly, $9.95)

Adrian Tomine's new book is quite different from his previous work. Utilizing a smaller format, and more cartoonish style, Scenes from an Impending Marriage documents, in several smartly staged and well told scenes, some of the humorous drama before Tomine's wedding. Here you'll find a lot of honesty and a frequently hilarious exposé of an often overwhelmingly stressful event. This is pure Tomine and a joy to read. Highly recommended.

Click here to learn about my other new favorites in the Graphic Novel Department.

- Adam Waterreus

City Paper reviews Super

Dwight Schrute fights crime; How I Met Your Mother Guy adopts
By Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper April 1, 2011

Post on Brazilian kid cartoonist

Teenage cartoonist lampoons Brazil's elite
By Juan Forero, Washington Post March 31 2011

Good review of Finder: Voice at

Finder: Voice
Carla Speed McNeil
Dark Horse
$19.99, 208 pages

REVIEWED BY Shaenon Garrity Mar 29, 2011

I love Carla Speed McNeil's Finder, and I imagine the reason I love it is the same reason it doesn't get more attention in the comics press: it's simultaneously straightforward and labyrinthine, genre-based and uncategorizable. It's solid sci-fi of the kind they were making in the 1970s...

Adam Dwight fine art animation at Flashpoint Gallery

Today's Express has a picture from the animated "Rocket Fuel" on page 5. Here's the information from Flashpoint's website.
Adam Dwight & Dana Jeri Maier: Off in a Corner
April 1 – May 7, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
Art + Coffee Program: Sunday, April 10, 1:30 p.m. — Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Foundation Center Art + Coffee Program [meet at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the F Street Lobby]
Pink Panel @ Flashpoint: Drink + Draw, Thursday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.

Adam Dwight's gouache paintings and rubber puddle will collide with Dana Jeri Maier's ink drawings on drink coasters for Off in a Corner, a two-person show that manipulates the line between fine art and illustration. When juxtaposed, Dwight's and Maier's farcical and cartoonish narratives reveal a dark absurdity to the characters and relationships depicted within.

Exhibition Press Release
[PDF, 348 KB]

Gallery Hours 
Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 p.m.
Contact  Karyn Miller, Manager, Visual Art
t 202.315.1310
f 202.315.1303

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Truitt on Who Is Jake Ellis?

We spy a 'Jake Ellis' extension
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY March 30 2011

Troy Allen of Bamn has a Podcast

From: Troy Allen
Introducing The Menagerie of Kick-Assery Podcast

No new Bamn updates this week (although we have a deadline of April 6th to complete the bubbling on #3), but I neglected to mention earlier that I recently started a podcast called Menagerie of Kick-Assery.

M.O.K.A. (as it is affectionately called by nobody) is centrally focused on all things "geek." That includes comics, movies, TV shows, and, yep...wrestling.

We are nine episodes in and the ninth episode just went online today.

This episodes we talk to my good friend and wrestling manager Marcus "King Kong" Dowling.

Marcus was there for my fall from grace from professional wrasslin' (it was a short fall) and he gives us tons of industry insight.

Download it, stream it, or Itunes it at the Menagerie of Kick-Assery blog (you might learn something...but no promises):

CLICK HERE to listen to me, co-host Gene Green, and Marcus at the MOKA blog.

April 10: Capicons next convention

Capicons Comic Book and Pop Culture Con
Sunday, April 10 · 10:00am - 3:00pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire And Rescue Department
2148 Gallows Road
Dunn Loring, VA
More Info
Special Guest: Rafer Roberts--creator of Plastic Farm, and editor of D.C. Conspiracy's Magic Bullet! More TBA!

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.

Wheatley / Hempel comic book funded for movie adaptation

Mark Wheatley tells me that his comic book, Blood of the Innocent about Dracula versus Jack the Ripper, has moved along in the movie development process and sends this link for more details.
Mark will be the next Meet a Local Cartoonist at the City Paper site.

Comicsgirl reports on "Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush/Trickster event at Busboys & Poets • 03.30.11"

Comicsgirl has written up last night's "Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush/Trickster event at Busboys & Poets • 03.30.11".  I was quite taken with Christopher Cardinale's talk about how he visited Mexico and photographed the scenes that the author had described in his short story.

Editor Matt Dembicki also pointed out this blog post on Trickster that talks about how Peter Kuper did the initial cover for the book

Comic Riffs interviews Tom Tomorrow

REBEL WITH A 'KOS': Tom Tomorrow ends Salon run to become 'comics curator' at the Daily Kos
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog March 30 2011

April 1: Nick Galifianakis at National Press Club

Nick Galifianakis will be at the National Press Club hosting Commedia dell Media, a contest to select Washington's funniest journalist. The event is a fundraiser for three causes.

Atlas Returns in Baltimore

It’s easy to forget how close Baltimore really is, but it is less than an hour away and has one of America’s few comics museums. Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (aka GEM), housed in a former railroad station right outside the Camden Yards ballpark, is a magical place for comics fans. Steve Geppi is the owner of Diamond Distributors, the largest comic book distributor in the country, and his museum is a showcase for his collections. The main hallway is filled with large posters (including one for the original King Kong movie), original comics artwork, advertising signs, and a letter from Walt Disney to Mrs. George ‘Krazy Kat’ Herriman expressing condolences on her husband’s death.

The exhibit galleries tell the story of popular culture via characters, beginning in the 19th century with Palmer Cox’s Brownies (although there’s a nod to earlier history in the first one – you can see Ben Franklin’s original newspaper cartoon in it). They jump decade by decade, hitting highlights such as The Yellow Kid, Superman, Disney’s characters, Little Orphan Annie, Popeye and the like before ending with Star Wars in the 1970s. Each room is packed with toys and merchandising.

The galleries begin with one devoted to the history of the comic book which begins with early collections of comic strips from the 1900s through the ‘20s, then moves into pulps and a whole wall of Big Little Books, before showcasing Geppi’s collection of key comic books. Atlas At Last! the current temporary exhibit began in this room. Atlas was a company that barely existed from 1974-1975. It was created by Martin Goodman, the former owner of Marvel Comics (which had used the name Atlas in the 1950s), for his son Chip to run, in an attempt to outstrip his former company. As Diamond’s Scoop site notes, “By paying top rates, the company attracted creators such as Russ Heath, John Severin, Alex Toth, Walter Simonson, Ernie Colon, Neal Adams, Pat Broderick, Mike Ploog, Rich Buckler, Frank Thorne, Tony Isabella, Jeff Jones, Boris Valejo and others. One series, The Destructor, featured longtime Warren, Marvel and DC editor Archie Goodwin as its writer, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange co-creator Steve Ditko on pencils, EC veteran and T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents creator Wally Wood on inks, with Marvel veteran Larry Lieber (one of the Atlas editors and Marvel impresario Stan Lee’s brother) providing the cover.” It’s worth noting that talents did not move between the major companies at the time, and one could be blackballed for doing work for a competitor.

Mark Huesman, JC Vaughn, Mike Wilbur, Philip Zolli & Mark Wheatley

The exhibit features most, if not all, of the comics, that Atlas published and some striking original art down for the books. These are drawn from the collection of Philip Zolli, the enthusiast behind The Atlas Archives website (which he started in 2003). Zolli bought the comics he could fine when they appeared originally, and has continued completing and filling out his collection over the intervening thirty-five years. Mike Wilbur (employee of Diamond International Galleries) was one of the show’s curators and provided some of the comic books on display. The other of exhibit’s two curators, J.C. Vaughn (of Gemstone Publishing), invited me to the opening of the show. Of Atlas’ enduring appeal, he told me, “I’ve worked in comics for sixteen years next month, and I freelanced for a year before that, so I’m not a novice, I’m not your average fanboy, but I was totally a geeked-out kid. I got two of the comics in a trade when I was a kid, like 1976, a year after they died, and I got so into them -- that’s the seed of the exhibit being here now.”

The Atlas line has just been relaunched by Ardden Entertainment and grandson Jason Goodman, and Vaughn says, “I think there’s a better understanding of the company now … we’re talking 72, 73 publications in 1975, and the fact that we’re still talking about them in any sense is amazing, and the fact that anyone’s bringing them back is even more amazing.”

Phil Zolli was attempting to collect his comics before there were comic book stores. “I remember there several stationary stores had the spinner racks, and they were there, and Atlas in my area got good coverage, so I was able to buy them right off the newsstand. They just struck a chord with me because all I knew at the time was Marvel and DC, and I got to be at the ground floor of a brand-new company. It was very exciting. A year later, they disappeared.” He didn’t buy all of the line at the time – Archie knock-off Binky, Gothic Romances and other magazines waited for later, as did buying original art. “Once I started the site, and I had searches out because I wanted to accumulate as much information as I could, E-bay was a great source of information and artwork that popped up. I thought, ‘This is great and relatively inexpensive. I’m going to buy it.’ Zolli’s original artwork is interspersed with other artwork, both in the main comic book exhibit room and the museum’s main hall, a weakness in the show’s design that lessens the impact of the art. Very little of the original art exists. Vaughn noted, “When people went up to the Atlas offices, after they ceased publication, there was one secretary that denied that they were ever in comics, Simonson had a whole story missing… some have cast glances at some of the last editorial employees and others have just heard that it got thrown out.” Maryland comic artist Mark Wheatley, who noted that he published the first or second story done by Howard Chaykin, said “During that period, it’s quite likely it just got tossed.” Zolli is continuing to collect the new versions of the comics, and has been buying original art from those series as well.

The second Atlas failed for a couple of reasons. Vaughn points out, “They hired Jeff Rovin from Warren [a black and white comics magazine publisher] and put him in charge of color comics; they brought in Larry Lieber who worked at the core of silver age Marvel, and put him in charge of black and white magazines…” Wheatley said of Atlas, “They looked like Marvel deliberately, and then the distributors forced them to change and not look like Marvel” while Vaughn says that “a lot of the changes were capricious like the Movie Monsters [magazine on display] originally had differently colored lettering that didn’t get lost in the background orange, but the Goodman’s came by and made them change it.” Discussing how much the comics industry has changed, Zolli says “Larry Hama was doing the second issue of Wulf, and his mother was dying, and Martin Goodman refused to push the deadline back. The guy quit right after that. A lot of people were bitter.” Distribution was a problem for the company, as other companies such as Skywald and Charlton were still fighting for space on the racks. Wilbur remembers, “The place I was buying my new comics in the ‘70s was a bookstore / newsstand place. I went in there often enough that they would let me put out the new comics when they came in. They had no say in what they got – they would just get these bundles of comics strapped together and it was just totally random. Maybe this month you might get ten copies of this title, next month you’d get two copies and the next month you’d get twenty of them.”

The failure of this newsstand distribution system is what led Geppi to begin Diamond, his distribution company – so he could get his own comic books to read. If you’re curious about a little company that didn’t matter much, or are interested in cartooning history, the museum is located at 301 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-625-7060, sliding scale entry fee begins at $10 for adults.

[Corrected June 1, 2011 for the misspelling of Mr. Zolli's name as Zullo. I regret the error].

Magic Bullet 2 distribution begins

D.C. Conspiracy Has Better Luck Hawking Papers Than Radiohead

 by Jonathan L. Fischer on Mar. 30, 2011 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Comic Riffs on meta-Peanuts

The 'Riffs Interview: One fan's new '3eanuts' site takes stripped-down view of 'PEANUTS'
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog March 29 2011

Truitt on new Thor cartoon

'Blood Brothers' shines new light on Loki
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY March 28 2011

April 2: Anime at Cherry Blossom time in Freer Gallery



Saturday, April 2, 11 am|Freer, Meyer Auditorium


The Freer's ninth annual anime marathon is hosted by anime expert Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the US. It features a Miyazaki kids' classic, a cosplay contest, a Makoto Shinkai feature and sneak preview, and a tribute to the late Satoshi Kon, who visited the marathon in 2007.


 This event is cosponsored by Otakorp, Inc., and copresented with the DC Anime Club.



PR: Watch America's Greatest Otaku in DC

TOKYOPOP Roboblast!
Watch America's Greatest Otaku Episode 5 on Hulu!
March 24, 2011




A BIG shout out to Baltimore,
Washington DC, and New York!!


(And of course, don't forget about our contests just for AGO Fans -- details at the bottom!)

America's Greatest Otaku,
a revealing eight-episode documentary series that searches the United States for the number one American otaku, heads to Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York!   

Stu and the Otaku six are fueling up for another week! 
Sully looks like he wants to finish his breakfast...


Who's Da Entertainer?  Home Made Kazoku!

Let's keep in all in the Familia



But let's not forget the classics: here's Italy playing the flute! 


With all this music going around, let's dance.


And we have special guest star M. Alice LeGrow, creator of Bizenghast! 


With her, the awesome author brought along Bubbles!



Aww, Bubbles is so cute...



 ... but ninja are scary!! 


Hot spots in this episode includes Otakon, Geppi's Entertainment Museum, the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, Alice's Tea Cup, New York Ninja, and interviews with Dr. Natsu Onoda Power, Reni Mimura, and I-ChiP!    


Be sure to tune in to Hulu every Thursday for new episodes of America's Greatest Otaku!  



Yay for another AGO contest! Watch EPISODE 5 NOW, and we'll post up how to enter the contest on the AGO website later today :) 



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NPR's Monkey See blog staff to read Sandman, and write technical report

Ok, so maybe they're not doing a technical report...

The 'I Will If You Will' Book Club: Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman: Dream Country'

by Linda Holmes

 National Public Radio's Monkey See blog March 29, 2011

2 local strips in Charlotte Observer comics poll

Both Barney & Clyde and Cul de Sac are in the running.  Good luck gentlemen.
Help us pick a new comic

Mar. 29, 2011

Tonight: Dueling comics events

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

Also on March 29, Ben Katchor is at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Here's their PR:

The Picture Stories of Ben Katchor
Tuesday, March 29
7 p.m.
Members $12; Public $15
Hailed by The New York Times as "the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip," Ben Katchor has collected both a cult and mainstream following for his wry, perceptive, and slightly surreal comic strips of urban life. The author of The Jew of New York and Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District, Katchor's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Forward, and Metropolis. The first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Ben Katchor discusses his first book in more than 10 years, The Cardboard Valise (Random House, 2011)- the whimsical graphic novel which follows the intertwined lives of three characters who travel to the fantastical nation of Outer Canthus. A book signing follows the talk.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Comic Riffs talks to Mike Peters

POLITICAL CARTOONS: Mike Peters reacts to winning National Headliner Award
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog March 28 2011

Leftist cartoonist Christopher Cardinale, in town and interviewed

Meet a Visiting Cartoonist: A Chat With Christopher Cardinale
 by Mike Rhode on Mar. 28, 2011
He'll be appearing at Busboys and Poets on March 29th at 6:30 pm, at the 14th and V Store, with some of the people from the Trickster anthology of American Indian tales.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Matt Wuerker's Team Cul de Sac donation

Matt Wuerker's Team Cul de Sac donation is lovely. Check it out now.

Truitt on Marvel's Fear Itself

'Fear Itself' for Marvel Comics' Big Three
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY March 25 2011

South Park duo's Book of Mormon play reviewed in Post

'Book of Mormon' deserves worship
By Peter Marks,
Washington Post March 25 2011

Wash Post review of Wimpy Kid movie

A middle school Holden Caulfield
By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post March 28, 2011,1163249/critic-review.html

Shannon Gallant Baroness fundraising drawing on ebay

Shannon Gallant has contributed a fullcolor drawing of GI Joe's Baroness for a fundraising effort on Ebay to help a comic book store owner with cancer.

Comic Riffs has a spate of interviews

I can see why Cavna didn't make it to Sarah Glidden's talk last night... the last of these was posted at 11:59 pm.

POLITICAL HUMOR: Detroit, Denver cartoonists react to winning top awards
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog March 24 2011

The 'Riffs Interview: Top college cartoonist JOHN VESTEVICH is 'shocked' by national Schulz award
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog March 24 2011

The 'Riffs Interview': JEFF KINNEY 'more relaxed' about new 'DIARY OF A WIMPY KID' sequel
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog March 24 2011

April 21: Library of Congress Lecture on South African Artist William Kentridge

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington DC   20540 

March 25, 2011

Public contact:  Martha Kennedy (202) 707-9115,


Swann Foundation Fellow Leora Maltz-Leca
To Discuss the Work of South African Artist William Kentridge, April 21

South African artist William Kentridge is considered one of the most significant artists working today.  He is largely responsible for bringing drawing in general—and animated drawing in particular—to the forefront of contemporary international art.

 Swann Foundation fellow Leora Maltz-Leca will discuss the artist's work in her lecture "William Kentridge: 'Stone Age Drawing,' Cartoon Logic and South Africa's Process of Change" at noon on Thursday, April 21, in the Whittall Pavilion on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street. S.E., Washington, D.C.

 In her illustrated talk, Maltz-Leca will relate Kentridge's studio processes of drawing and animation to South Africa's transformative political change, and address the peculiar timeliness of Kentridge's method.  He developed his distinctive process of animation in 1989, the same year that ushered in the seismic changes that finally ended apartheid in South Africa.

Kentridge, born in 1955, is well-known for a signature animation process that he describes as "stone age."  In this process, Kentridge continuously draws and erases on a single charcoal drawing, all the time taking photographs of his changing drawing.  He then films his photographic record and, thereby, produces film narratives that often feature his stock characters Soho Teitelbaum and Felix Eckstein.

In her lecture, Maltz-Leca will trace the genesis of Kentridge's animation method to early cartoon strips and flip-books.  She will ultimately argue that Kentridge's timely embrace of the dynamism of animation—a medium that speaks of material change—suggests how his unorthodox animation process is embedded in political processes of revolutionary change.

Maltz-Leca is an assistant professor in the History of Art Department at the Rhode Island School of Design.  She is the recipient of the 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writer's Grant, and she is completing a book on Kentridge titled "Process as Metaphor and Other Doubtful Enterprises."  Maltz-Leca holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Yale, a master's from Brown University and a master's and doctorate in art history from Harvard.

This presentation, sponsored by the Swann Foundation and Prints & Photographs Division, is part of the foundation's continuing activities to support the study, interpretation, preservation and appreciation of original works of humorous and satiric art by graphic artists from around the world. The Swann Foundation's advisory board is comprised of scholars, collectors, cartoonists and Library of Congress staff members. The foundation strives to award one fellowship annually to assist scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon.  Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year are due Feb. 15, 2012. For more information, visit  or by e-mail

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ISSN: 0731-3527


Big Planet Comics March newsletter online

Big Planet Comics' March Orbit newsletter is online now.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 25: Ian Rankin at Politics and Prose

Rankin's written the recent Dark Entries Hellblazer graphic novel for DC Comics. This signing is for his new detective novel, but I'm sure he'll sign and take questions about the comic. I've seen him before and he's an entertaining speaker. I'll be there.

Ian Rankin
The Complaints
Start: Mar 25 2011 7:00 pm

In his latest crime novel the Scottish creator of John Rebus introduces a new hero: Malcolm Fox, an Edinburgh cop. Fox’s beat is the police force itself, and he must be on the trail of something big, because his colleagues are conspiring to frame him, and his only ally is a detective suspected of selling child porn.

Small Press Expo cited as Best of DC

This is by me of course, although I had to pitch it to my editor.
Best Comics Convention: Small Press Expo.
Washington City Paper (March 24 2011).
online at

Glen Weldon on Marineman

Torrid Comics Confessions: 'I'm Cheating On The Sea-King With MARINEMAN!'
by Glen Weldon
March 24, 2011


Sarah Glidden interviewed in today's Post

Sarah Glidden discusses 'How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less'
By Michael Cavna,
 March 24, 2011


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Matt Wuerker gets syndicated

Matt Wuerker is going to by syndicated by Universal Uclick, they announced today, in which we were scooped by Alan Gardner's Daily Cartoonist.

March 29: Dueling comics events

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

Also on March 29, Ben Katchor is at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Here's their PR:

The Picture Stories of Ben Katchor
Tuesday, March 29
7 p.m.
Members $12; Public $15
Hailed by The New York Times as "the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip," Ben Katchor has collected both a cult and mainstream following for his wry, perceptive, and slightly surreal comic strips of urban life. The author of The Jew of New York and Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District, Katchor's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Forward, and Metropolis. The first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Ben Katchor discusses his first book in more than 10 years, The Cardboard Valise (Random House, 2011)- the whimsical graphic novel which follows the intertwined lives of three characters who travel to the fantastical nation of Outer Canthus. A book signing follows the talk.

Hatke's Zita the Space Girl reviewed

Front Royal's Ben Hatke's Zita the Space Girl is reviewed at ICv2 today.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 24: Sarah Glidden in DC

Sarah Glidden is speaking about her graphic novel, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, at the 16th Street Washington DC Jewish Community Center on March 24th at 7:30 pm for only $5. Tickets and information here.  I'm going. Her book was one of my favorites of 2010.

Kal at TEDx

Kal writes in about an online video of his work:

I wanted to alert you that I recently gave a TEDx talk in the UK on the magic and the power of caricature.  The video of the presentation is now online and can be viewed here:

best wishes


Kevin Kallaugher

The iKAL iPhone App is now available at the iTunes store.

2 new art pieces at Team Cul de Sac blog

Caanan the Art Boy's strip is quite cute as is Ron Ferdinand's Dennis the Menace in a different way.

Matt Dembicki's SPACE photos

Matt Dembicki's SPACE photos are here (link via Spurgeon's excellent Comics Reporter).

BTW, Matt, the last pic shows Ryan Claytor's car.

Jeffrey Thompson's new children's comics

Writer Lori Mortenson and Big Planet Comic's Jeffrey Thompson (the artist) have some comics from Capstone Press out for very young

A Day At The Fire Station
Going To The Dentist
A Visit To The Vet
Working On The Farm

These are really aimed at first graders, but Jeff did a nice job
making the art clear and easy to follow.

Additional DC area cartoonists

Matt Dembicki's pointed out 3 local cartoonists new to me, two of whom he met at SPACE:

Ed Delaney's Peculiar Comics.

Katie Omberg's Office Bitch stripand her Fancy Graphics blog.

Liz Suburbia's comics and blog.

PR: WashPost's Tom Toles's Cartoon Caption Contest returns

The Tom Toles Cartoon Caption Contest returns today! To enter, readers can post your suggested caption in the comments section. You will have until 11:59 p.m. ET on March 28. Toles will read through all the entries and plan to announce a winner by the next evening.


For the cartoon and rules, go here:


PR: Small Press Expo Announces Roz Chast, Jim Woodring, Ann Telnaes and Jim Rugg as guests for SPX 2011

Small Press Expo Announces Roz Chast, Jim Woodring, Ann Telnaes and Jim Rugg as guests for SPX 2011


For Immediate Release                              Contact: Warren Bernard


Bethesda, Maryland; March 22, 2011 - The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons is pleased to announce that Roz Chast, Jim Woodring, Ann Telnaes and Jim Rugg will be guests for SPX 2011, to be held September 10 and September 11 at the Marriott North Bethesda Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland, across from the White Flint Metro stop. 


Roz Chast is a long time contributor of cartoons and covers to The New Yorker. She has published  ten volumes of her cartoon work from The New Yorker and other magazines such as  Scientific American, Redbook and Mother Jones . In addition to her New Yorker output, she  collaborated with the comedian/actor Steve Martin on the book titled "The Alphabet from A to Y, With the Bonus Letter Z!" and last year released her children's book "Too Busy Marco". This will be Ms. Chast's first appearance at SPX and her first appearance at a convention since 2004.

Jim Woodring is the creator of the surreal long running comic series "Frank and Jim". The duo will be  appearing in their second full length graphic novel, a followup to last years "Weathercraft" , titled "Congress of the Animals" that is due to be released in May from his long time publisher, Fantagraphics.

. Mr. Woodring is also an illustrator and designs his own toys.

Ann Telnaes won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning for her work in The Washington Post. A few years ago, she moved from single panel cartoons to creating animated editorial cartoons for the Washington Post web site, using her prior background as an animator for a number of companies around the world. SPX is honored that this is her first time at any comic related convention.

Jim Rugg is the cowriter and artist for the multiple Glyph nominee "Afrodisiac" from Adhouse Books. At last years SPX, Mr. Rugg won the Ignatz Award for his mini-comic "Rambo 3.5". He also is an illustrator, working for such venues as VH1 and New York Magazine.

For detailed information about our announced guests, visit the SPX web site at


SPX culminates with the presentation of the Ignatz Awards for outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning on Saturday night, September 10 at 9PM. Attendees at SPX get in free to the Ignatz Awards. The Ignatz is the first Festival Prize in the US comic book industry, with winners chosen by ballots submitted by attendees during SPX. 

SPX is a registered 501(c)3 which brings together more than 300 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. 


As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), protecting the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.  For more information on the CBLDF, go to their website at             


The hours for SPX 2011 are 11AM-7PM Saturday, September 10, and noon-6PM Sunday, September 11. Admission is $10 for a single day and $15 for both days.

Politics and Prose graphic novel bookgroup discusses Market Day tomorrow at 7:30

From Adam W:


Just wanted to send out a friendly reminder that we are meeting tomorrow 3/23 at 7:30pm to discuss Market Day by James Sturm.

Gag cartoonist Mike Shapiro interviewed at City Paper

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With Mike Shapiro


Monday, March 21, 2011

Mammoth Shawn Belschwender interview up at City Paper

When Comics Return: A Chat With Shawn Belschwender

Belschwender's back, the City Paper's got him, and he tells us how he feels about that and a lot of other things.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Matt Dembicki's Team Cul de Sac contribution

Matt Dembicki's Team Cul de Sac contribution is another sweet one.  I'll be spending like a drunken sailor when these come up for auction.

SL Gallant's GI Joe 164 online preview

Click for SL Gallant's GI Joe 164 online preview.

Truitt on Green Wake

'Green Wake' introduces a colorfully creepy town
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY March 18 2011

Zadzooks on Walking Dead, All-Star Superman animation and Yogi Bear

Zadzooks: The Walking Dead and All-Star Superman
'Walking Dead' gratifyingly grotesque
By Joseph Szadkowski
The Washington Times March 18, 2011

Kids comics reviewed in Post

Graphic novels for young readers
By Douglas Wolk, Washington Post March 20, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Herblock oral history begun by Penn State professor

To Herblock and to Spring Flowers: Postcard from Washington
by Russell Frank
March 11, 2011


Herblock in the Hosbog: Musings on the Political Cartoonist with the 'Saber-Toothed' Pen
by Russell Frank
March 18, 2011

Children's comic strips in tomorrow's Kids Post

The Kid's Post insert runs four comic strips by young cartoonists tomorrow, based on their recent Jef Mallett article.

Post on Calder 'carticatures'

Tomorrow's paper has a review that explicitly uses the word carticature for these wire sculptures.

The National Portrait Gallery opens 'Calder's Portraits: A New Language'
By Stephanie Merry, Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wimpy Kid profile in Post's Parade Magazine insert tomorrow

The Wonderful World of Wimpy
David Browne
Parade Magazine March 20, 2011

Is Cul de Sac a repeat in March 20th's Washington Post?

Inquiring minds want to know - is Cul de Sac a repeat in March 20th's post from the previous week?

Yes, and no. The paper ran the wrong strip on March 13th actually publishing March 20th's a week early, but here's the correct one.

Coming soon - a great Shawn Belschwender interview

Shawn Belschwender's comic strip Clowntime Comics has returned to the City Paper, and he sent me some great interview answers today. Look for it on the City Paper's website hopefully on Monday morning.

New Flugennock: Bank of America and Japan

I was up late Sunday night, following the Al Jazeera feed, keeping up with Libya, Bahrain and Japan -- especially Japan -- when a tweet came in announcing Anonymous' "Black Monday" plan to release the trove of emails detailing mortgage and other fraud at Bank Of America, and my brain started bouncing back and forth: "Bank Of America...Japan...Bank Of America...Japan..." ...and I knew it was time for another one of my parodies of iconic art and imagery.

Mike Flugennock, flugennock at sinkers dot org
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New Flugennock: The New Flag Of Bahrain

Mike Flugennock, flugennock at sinkers dot org
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cavna's Breathed interview in today's Post

This ran on Comic Riffs a few days ago, but is in the print Style section today.

Launching 'Mars Needs Moms' into 3-D
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post March 17 2011