Saturday, November 30, 2013

That darn Prickly City

Feeling prickly over 'Prickly City'

Ted White, Falls Church

Washington Post November 30 2013

Capicons Show This Sunday, Dec. 1!

Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con
This Sunday, December 1, 2013
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.


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



Booking Info


8 Ft. Tables: $95 Vendor Tables; 2 Tables-$185; 3 Tables-$270; 4 Tables-$355

Artist Tables: $50 (on a limited basis; merchandise restricted to artist/publisher's unique creations or promotions of their creative work.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Comics-related art at Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center (housed in a former prison in Lorton, Va.) features some comics-related artwork, such as the oil painting "Fortress of Solitude," by artist Nicholas Zimbro, and a quilt called "A Funny Page?" by artist Sandi Goldmanwho used comics images from a fabric she found to make this neat quilt. 
Image courtesy of Sandi Goldman

Captain 20 promos and photos

The  Facebook page Captain 20 was my afterschool friend has some neat '70s photos of the Captain 20, a show on local D.C. TV station WDCA (Channel 20). Here are a couple images of a Washington Post ad and the Channel 20 Oath Card. There's also a photo of Captain 20 (who also played Count Gore De Vol, the station's horror host), the Banana Splits (characters of the the Krofft Saturday morning show of the 1970s) and kids on the Potomac. 

DC Comic Books Examiner on local Black Friday sales

Black Friday 2013: D.C. region starts comics-centric sales
Mark Ruffin | DC Comic Books Examiner
November 29, 2013
Midnight was a few locales storefront opener.for the super powerhouse sales event Black Friday, D.C. and Maryland area comic book stores had their sales beginnings for ready customers hungry for the second feasting in new titles, graphic...

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cartoonist Tony Sarg behind Thanksgiving balloons says Smithsonian

The Puppeteer Who Brought Balloons to the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Jimmy Stamp, November 27 2013

Comic Riffs' best superhero comics of 2013

Best Books of 2013: Comic Riffs' Top 10 Superhero Comics of the year

By David Betancourt
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 26 2013

Wow, I've read one of these. Hawkeye, for those who care, because my daughter wanted to read it after the Avengers movie.

The Busy Librarian's comics podcasts

The Busy Librarian is Matthew C. Winner of Ellicott City, MD, which is midway between DC and Baltimore. He's talked to a few cartoonists over the past six months for his Let's Get Busy podcast:

Matthew C. Winner

Let's Get Busy with graphic novelist Ben Hatke.

 Episode 24: November 12, 2013


Let's Get Busy with graphic novelist Zack Giallongo.

Episode 20: October 15, 2013

Matthew C. Winner


Let's Get Busy talking Graphic Novels with Rebecca Oxley.

Matthew C. Winner

July 9, 2013


Let's Get Busy with author Dave Roman.

August 6, 2013

Matthew C. Winner


Let's Get Busy with graphic novelist Matt Phelan.

Matthew C. Winner

November 18 2013 Let's Get Busy with author


Let's Get Busy with author Colleen AF Venable

Matthew C. Winner

October 18 2013

Ben Hatke to be guest at Angouleme

From Ben's blog:

Art and Adventure


Posted: 27 Nov 2013 07:59 AM PST

Well, the news is official: Zita the Spacegirl (or more precisely, Zita la fille de l'espace, the French edition published by Rue de Sevères) is one of the official selections for this year's Angoulême festival! And I will be going to France to attend!

Angoulême is one of the largest comics festivals in the world and attending the event has been on my dream-list for some time now. France has quite possibly the strongest comics-as-literature culture in the world and some of my very favorite artist/writers (or at least their publishers) will be at the festival. I can't wait.

Here's the list in The Comics Reporter, and here's another article about the selections (and Hawkeye).

Aphelion Arc uses cinema-style trailers to preview stories

Steve Artley notes:

On my APHELION ARC website, I will be previewing upcoming stories using cinema-style trailers that I create myself using images from storyboard rough sketches and music that I compose and perform. As these stories are in production, it gives readers a glimpse of stories in the anthology series. The Aphelion Arc opening sequence will be common to all the trailers. One such trailer for the story, "On Target" is currently available for viewing on the Aphelion Arc STORIES page Click the STORY TWO button. 

Steven G. Artley
President/Creative Director

OT: Solomon on Norman Rockwell at Politics and Prose

Book Cover
Thursday, December 5
7 p.m. - Deborah Solomon - American Mirror (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28)

Arlingtonian lectured at Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

Tad Suiter (George Mason University) gave a talk on "The Katzenjammer Kids go to the Armory Show: Cartoonists and Modern Art, 1913" at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum academic conference this month. I was quite surprised to hear the introduction of another local cartoon historian. His paper was excellent and I hope we'll see it in print soon.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Post reviews Disney's Frozen

Disney gives us two princesses without the usual stereotypes [online as 'Frozen' movie review: Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel dazzle in Disney's latest].

Wolk reviews Sacco's Great War for The Post

A disastrous World War I battle unfolds in just 24 feet [online as 'The Great War,' a 24-foot-long drawing by Joe Sacco].
By Douglas Wolk,
Washington Post November 27 2013

Steve Artley returns to editorial cartooning

Steve Artley writes in,

Here's a bit about my resumption of editorial cartooning. Frankly, I missed the soapbox. After walking away from the editorial side of the drawing board in October of last year, editor/publisher of Connection Newspapers, Mary Kimm ( has been urging me to resume, and has been gently hinting she'd like to have me at the Alexandria Gazette Packet. So, a couple of weeks ago, I wandered into her office and madly threw myself on the floor at her feet. Sobbing pathetically, I begged her to take me in. Taking pity on me, she consoled me, wiped my tears with her cardigan and gave me hot cocoa and a Graham cracker, and told me that I could bring in my crayons and my Big Chief drawing pad to scribble my little political renderings. So, I started this week. Meanwhile, I am continuing with my Aphelion Arc project and other professional duties in the commercial arts, as-well-as charitable work, community service, and hobbies. It's a full plate, but I prefer much being over-worked to being idle.  

It'll be nice working with Mary Kimm and other professional journalists such as Michael Pope (, Jeannie Theisman ( and Steven Mauren ( at this award-winning newspaper.

I'll likely be focusing more on local issues than I have in the past. Local issue cartooning is a challenge and in many ways more daring than tackling national and international topics. You're rubbing shoulders with and living alongside those who may be targets of your political commentary. I firmly adhere to a principle of avoiding personal ridicule in my cartoons. It's not about the person. It's about her/his policies. Still, feathers do get ruffled and it's a bit different when you're standing close enough to feel those ruffled feathers pressing against you.

Please refer to my blog for other particulars:

The attached cartoon is one I did  last week as a warm-up. Another one will appear in tomorrow's Gazette, so it's not yet available for distribution. The attached has been distributed to my syndicate (ARTIZANS) and other media outlets. 

Steven G. Artley
President/Creative Director

Cartoonist Rajan Sedalia is a yarn-bomber

Here's proof.

Coming soon - an interview with Rajan, who was a caricaturist at Cartoons and Cocktails.

Today's 'A.Word.A.Day' is from Herblock.

KAL profiled in Baltimore City Paper


KAL has been drawing—and occasionally influencing—history for 35 years

Photo: KAL, License: N/A


Photo: , License: N/A

Caricature of KAL by artist Paul Moyse

President goes to Dreamworks, emerges as alien

Obama speaks on economy with DreamWorks studios as background
By Philip Rucker, Washington Post November 27 2013

Family Guy shot the dog instead of jumping the shark

RIP Brian Griffin on 'Family Guy' — the dog always dies

Washington Post's ComPost blog November 26 2013 

There's a new comic shop in Fair Oaks Mall

Randy T reports:

I was at Fair Oaks Mall and I noticed across the hall was a new store, "The Comic Shop"!  I went over and talked to the guy working there who told me they've been opened just over 3 weeks now, and are owned by the same guy that runs Comics & Gaming in Fairfax and Gainesville. They coordinated the Fairfax City store (which is near George Mason University) with Gary at Laughing Ogre to make sure they didn't poach from each other, so that one just sells older comics.  Fair Oaks approached them to open a store which sells new comics, and started as something seasonal, but is now successful enough that they're taking subscriptions!
Phone:  703-273-4695
Address:  11774U Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA  22033 (upper level - across from The Cheesecake Factory)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jim Scancarelli's bullying in DC, leads to cartooning career

Kurt Kolka

Cartoonist for oldest American comic led to art by bullying

Petoskey News  November 24, 2013


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