Friday, August 31, 2012
Big Planet Comics Orbit Newsletter - August 30, 2012
The Examiner on District Comics, The City Paper on Reals, and The Post on cons
Staff Reporter - Crime
The Washington Examiner August 31, 2012
Faux Reals: On the Deconstruction, Mainstreaming, and Redeconstruction of Superheroes
by Chris Klimek
Washington City Paper Aug. 31, 2012, p. 30
Baltimore Comic-Con, Small Press Expo and #!&%!! turn D.C. into Cartoon Central
By Michael Cavna, Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Sept 21-23: Intervention 2012 in Rockville
NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR INTERVENTION 2012
Noted Video creators and films to grace Maryland's only "Internet Convention"; Founders mark convention's 3rd year of inspiring digital creators.
ROCKVILLE, MD — July 25, 2012 – An additional round of guests for the third annual event Intervention, Maryland's only "Internet Convention", have been announced – and, in keeping with the convention's focus, all of the guests are creators who have made a name for themselves by sharing their creations on the Internet.
Among the newly announced guests and events are Daniella Pineda, Actress and Online Video creator for CollegeHumor.com, A.J. Rosa, creator of video series My Life With Sega, Cinematic For The People, a live-action bad movie riffing experience, Spacetrawler creator Christopher Baldwin, Cosplay Burlesque, a unique combo of Burlesque and geeky skit comedy, and showings of the hit cult films Dork of the Rings, Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise, Browncoats, Ninjas Vs. Monsters, and more.
These creators – and more still to be announced – will be present at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville in Rockville, MD, from September 21st through September 23rd, for a weekend celebration of cyber-culture, geek life, and the creative opportunities of the internet. The event's co-founder, Onezumi Hartstein, said, "[co-founder] James Harknell and I wanted to put together an event that would compliment the existing print-centric conventions – we wanted to showcase the creators who use the Internet as their primary publishing method. We felt that web creators needed their own space, We're giving them that with Intervention." After successful runs in 2010 and 2011, this year will mark Hartstein's third time organizing the event.
The convention also features panels, educational content, children's programming, board and video gaming, an extensive Artist Alley, Live Action Roleplaying, musical performances, and plenty of giveaways. As in past years, there will be a charity auction to benefit the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an international non-profit digital advocacy group that helps to defend civil liberties in the digital space.
Tickets for Intervention 2012 can be bought at http://www.interventioncon.com for $40 for the full weekend (through August 31, 2012); and then regular price of $45 afterwards at the door.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Team Cul de Sac LIVE!!!! at Baltimore Comic-Con
Saturday Sept. 8
11:00-12:00 - Team Cul de Sac
When Richard Thompson, the creator of the comic strip Cul de Sac, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, his friend Chris Sparks began a fundraising effort to honor his friend. With Richard's support, he asked others to donate artwork featuring the Cul de Sac characters for a Team Cul de Sac book with proceeds going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research. Now, join Chris Sparks and other members of Team Cul de Sac including Steve Conley, Matt Dembicki, SL Gallant, Roger Landgridge, Michael Cavna and others as they discuss the book, Richard Thompson's work, and their continuing efforts to raise funds in Richard's name."
Chris Mautner's favorite Cul de Sac characters
by Chris Mautner
August 24, 2012
Chris is usually at SPX if anyone would like to debate this with him...
'Reals' play featured in The Post
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Post interviews Captian Underpants' Pilkey
by Tracy Grant
Washington Post August 28 2012
He'll be signing the new book tomorrow at Barstons Child's Play at 4 p.m. at 5536 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington.
NBC Washington reviews Chuck Jones DVD
The Naughty and Mice Cartoons of Chuck Jones
New collection showcases Looney Tunes early mouse-minded work.
By Scott Huver
NBC Washington Aug 27, 2012
Gordon Harris interview at the City Paper
Sept 22-23: Library of Congress bookfest
Sept 13-14: AAEC's Damn Cartoons convention at George Washington U
Films at SPX 2012 include Spotlight on Old Cartoonists and the Center for Cartoon Studies
For Immediate Release Contact: Warren Bernard
Bethesda, Maryland; August 28, 2012 – The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to offer a small film festival at this years show.
Mark Newgarden will show a series of shorts from the 1920's to 1960's about the old time comic strips and their cartoonist creators. See rare film footage from Newgarden's personal collection with Rube Goldberg, Otto Soglow, Al Capp and Fontaine Fox and others, as well as cartoons based on the comics strips Nancy, Krazy Kat and Popeye. This will be a once in a lifetime chance to see this series of extraordinary films that are not otherwise available, with half the shorts to be shown Saturday September 15, and the other half Sunday September 16.
Cartoon College is a documentary by Tara Wray and Josh Melrod about a dozen students working their way through the MFA program at the Center for Cartoon Studies, one of the top schools in the country focusing on creating comics and cartoons. Besides following the students through their academic paces, the film features cameos by such comic creator luminaries as Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Jules Feiffer and Charles Burns. The film will be shown once on Saturday, September 15.
For details about showtimes and additional information, go to the SPX 2012 Programming page at http://www.spxpo.com/programming.
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPX is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that 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 well as a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.
As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which bestows graphic novels to public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit its website at http://www.cbldf.org.
SPX 2012 will be held Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16. For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.spxpo.com.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Tranquillity"
When Neil Armstrong died last Saturday, my boyhood finally officially ended.
By all rights, flags all over this country should be lowered to half-staff in honor of one of the last real American heroes, but it would still be meaningless, because no one can lower the one flag that really matters.
And now, one more time, for all you young'uns out there:
Jason Rodriguez's new children's book
PR: My new book - Batman's biggest secret is...
"Fast paced...fun...impressive and fascinating. A must-have."
After six years of work, 34 rejections, multiple rumors debunked, and several new mysteries uncovered, my nonfiction picture book for older readers, Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, is out.
Unprecedented in both subject and format, it tells the startling story of Bill Finger.
...designed Batman's now-iconic costume.
...wrote the first Batman story.
...wrote many of the best Batman stories of his first 25 years, including his groundbreaking (and heartbreaking) origin.
...was the original writer of Robin, the Joker, and Catwoman.
...named Gotham City, the Batmobile, and Batman's secret identity, Bruce Wayne.
...nicknamed Batman "the Dark Knight."
But Bill who...
...was barely credited as a Batman writer—and never as co-creator—in his lifetime. He is not even in the credits of either film (The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) named for the nickname he coined.
Because cartoonist Bob Kane, Bill's onetime partner, took all the credit. In 1974, Bill died alone and poor. No obit. No funeral. No gravestone.
You do not have to be a Batman fan or even a superhero fan to find something worthwhile in this book. It contains the first "new" photos of Bill in decades and significant never-published info...including a bombshell with the potential to make pop culture history. Announcing it at Comic-Con International caused the crowd to erupt into applause.
My TED talk about Bill Finger and the tragedy of creators' rights
My interview on NPR's All Things Considered
"Purposefully and meaningfully (and beautifully) written."
"Bold...dynamic...a fitting tribute."
"Eye-opening and quietly tragic."
Thanks for reading to the end!
Please forward this to anyone who might be interested; of course spreading the word via Facebook, tweet, blog, Amazon/Good Reads review, interpretive sidewalk dance, or any other method, digital or otherwise, is deeply appreciated.
Justice has no expiration date.
Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, the book trailer (warning: contains tights)
Joe Sutliff's pre-Blown cover for the New Yorker
George Mercer's obituary in the Post
"Reals" superhero play opens tonight
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Beeler covers today's Examiner
Saturday, August 25, 2012
District Comics booksigning pictures
I've finally got my pictures of the District Comics booksigning at One More Page online.
Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo have theirs online too. They did a spy story in Georgetown for the book.
Here's an annotated version:
Local Kickstarter project profiled
Charlie McElvy of Spotsylvania County hopes Kickstarter will help turn his dream of publishing a comic book into reality.
BY CATHY JETT
Friday, August 24, 2012
Rafer Roberts and Graphic Details exhibits reviewed in The Post
DCJCC showcases some wonder women of underground comics
By Mark Jenkins,
Washington Post August 24 2012
Big Planet Comics Orbit Newsletter - August 23, 2012