Thursday, December 31, 2015

Big Planet Comics January 1 SALE

20% off everything in all four stores, I believe

Here's some books by local authors to consider: 

Compleating Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

Cartoons for Victory by Warren Bernard

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tables at Creator Con 2016

Nab a table for $20 for Creator Con 2016 on April 23 in Silver Spring, Md.  The table deal expires at the end of December.

Comic Riffs on the paucity of black editorial cartoonists

Walking Dead beer

At Total Wine & More, Terrapin Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA. (It was released for Halloween, but it's the first time I've seen it at a retailer in this area.)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Mo Willems' play at Kennedy Center, Dec 27-Jan 3

Elephant and Piggie (2016)Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - Sunday, January 03, 2016

In this vaudevillian romp of a musical based on Mo Willems's children's books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense, backed by nutty backup singers The Squirrelles. Age 3+

Friday, December 25, 2015

PR: Day After Christmas Sidewalk Sale Tomorrow at Third Eye Comics Annapolis


Happy Holidays, Third Eye Faithful! 

Click here for the event info on FACEBOOK
Please note that this is at our Annapolis location only.
You know we had to get you something awesome for the holiday, Third Eye Faithful.. and here it is -- the Third Eye DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS Sidewalk Sale!

We hope you've had a super great holiday, and got to spend some quality time with your family -- and of course, some quality time with all the cool stuff they got you from Third Eye!

And, we know that many of you are just itching to come throw down some of those gift cards & Christmas $ that were waiting under your tree!

So, we're going to give you an extra special reason to visit us on the Day After Christmas to do so!

Our annual DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS Sidewalk Sale returns, and we've got table after table waiting to be lined up in front of Third Eye Comics - Annapolis, and they're all going to be stocked deep with all sorts of totally rad goodies... at 50% off or higher!

So, whether you were already planning a Third Eye visit (you know you were!), or maybe you want to show your friends and fam that are in town visiting the awesomeness of Third Eye, come on by & have some fun with us this Saturday!

ALL Graphic Novels on Tables - 50% OFF
ALL Toys & Statues on Tables - 50% OFF
ALL T-Shirts on Tables - $5.00ea!
$1.00 Back Issue Bins or Fill a Short Box For $50.00!
Sidewalk Sale Special: ALL Star Wars FUNKO POP! Vinyl Figures on Sidewalk Sale Tables are BUY 1, GET 1 FREE!
*Annapolis Location Only*

Third Eye Comics | 2027A WEST ST | Annapolis | MD | 21401

A Christmas 66 years in the making

Last month we ran the following story about Bill Cogswell reading Whiz Comics in 1949. A friendly reader of ComicsDC, Brian C. (who lives nowhere around here and whom I'm only slightly acquainted with) actually sent a copy of the comic to me for Bill.  Here's Bill enjoying it today for Christmas in 2015.

Here's the original post:

My friend and neighbor Bill Cogswell used to collect comics back in the day. When his sister Ellen passed away recently, I saw this picture of them. It's Christmas 1949 and Bill appears to be reading Whiz Comics #119 (March 1950 cover date)* judging from the Grand Comics Database (which provided the image). Captain Marvel was the main feature.

Following the old familiar story, Bill's mother threw away his comic books when they moved within Arlington.

*comics came out months before their cover date to fool the newsstands into keeping them on display longer.

Jan. 9: Character designing with Chris Scott

Local cartoonist (and Fantom Comics employee) Chris Scott will host a character design workshop Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at Fantom Comics. The Facebook event page doesn’t mention if there is a fee for it. (Chris is an excellent illustrator and very personable and fun.)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

More on The Post's censorship of Telnaes' cartoon

Washington Post Pulls Ann Telnaes Cartoon Featuring Depiction Of Ted Cruz's Children
Tom Spurgeon
December 23, 2015

Washington Post's Cruz cartoon rekindles debate over candidates' children 

(Reporting by Erin McPike and Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott)

Reuters Dec 23, 2015

December's books received

As I've done this fall, I'm noting the books that I've received for review, but haven't had time to read yet. Publisher's descriptions are in italics.

The book I'm most looking forward to reading is Singapore's Sonny Liew's fake biography of a cartoonist. This has already been published overseas, and caused a contretemps within the Singaporean government over its funding.
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye 

 Meet Charlie Chan Hock Chye.

Now in his early 70s, Chan has been making comics in his native Singapore since 1954, when he was a boy of 16. As he looks back on his career over five decades, we see his stories unfold before us in a dazzling array of art styles and forms, their development mirroring the evolution in the political and social landscape of his homeland and of the comic book medium itself.

With The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Sonny Liew has drawn together a myriad of genres to create a thoroughly ingenious and engaging work, where the line between truth and construct may sometimes be blurred, but where the story told is always enthralling, bringing us on a uniquely moving, funny, and thought-provoking journey through the life of an artist and the history of a nation.

Titan continues reprinting European comics last seen a couple of decades ago.There's a lot of zaftig nudity in this first one. None of these are particularly to my taste, but Titan is doing an excellent job with their production values and pricing.


by Serge Le Tendre (Author), RĂ©gis Loisel (Author)
by Jamie Smart 
Scholastic, $8.

A team of scientists has sent a monkey into space! And good thing, too, because he's a mean, selfish, noisy, bullying little fur-bag. But... all does not go well with the flight, and Monkey's spaceship barely clears the first hilltop before crash-landing in a peaceful forest. Monkey decides this is a new world and claims it for his own. And his first decree is that all other animals should be banished! What follows is a series of hilarious, off-the-wall interactions between Monkey and the other forest animals.

Reprints from a British comic book, this is definitely for the elementary school student.

 DC's version of the venerable Li'l Archie books claim to be for ages 8-12, but I think as a comics - chapterbook mashup, it'll hit for younger kids. The draft I got has very rough pencils, but Nguyen's art looks like a good fit. If you skip over the illogic of the story and characters completely that is. 

Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1)
by Derek Fridolfs (Author), Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator)
Scholastic, $13

 The team behind DC Comics LIL' GOTHAM takes readers to the halls of Ducard Academy in Gotham City, where a young Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman start their very own Junior Detective Agency!

Young Bruce Wayne is the new kid at Ducard Academy, a prep school for gifted middle school students. Bruce finds out pretty quickly that he doesn't fit in: the faculty seems to not just encourage villainous behavior from its students, but reward it. He makes friends with two other outsiders, farm boy Clark Kent and the regal Diana Prince. The three band together to form a detective squad to find out why all of these extraordinary kids have been brought together at Ducard Academy, and to see just what the faculty is plotting.

An all-new series from the Eisner-nominated team behind Batman Lil' Gotham (Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs), Secret Hero Society uses comics, journal entries, and doodles to reimagine Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman as three students in the same school. They'll try their best to solve their case, but just because you're faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, or an Amazonian princess, it doesn't mean you get to stay up past eleven.

More on Telnaes' cartoon of Cruz family

Ted Cruz Blasts Washington Post Cartoon of Daughters as Monkeys

by and

Dec 23 2015, 7:19 am ET

Baltimore's KAL at the Economist

The year in KAL's cartoons

Our most popular editorial cartoons of 2015

Dec 23rd 2015 | Online extra

EVERY week The Economist publishes an illustrated comment on the state of the world by our editorial cartoonist, Kevin Kallaugher, known as KAL. Here are the most popular KAL cartoons of the year.

Politico's Year in Politics cartoons

The nation's cartoonists on the year in politics

Every year political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are thousands of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here's an offering of the best of this year's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker.

By POLITICO 12/22/15

Telnaes cartoon censored at The Post

Washington Post removes cartoon depicting Ted Cruz's daughters as monkeys



Monday, December 21, 2015

That darn Matt Davies and Richard Johnson

A local illustration and cartoon historian writes in...

Kudos to this artist [in print as Art that brings the courtroom to life].

David Apatoff, McLean

Washington Post December 19 2015

And then there's the other shoe...

The Zuckerbergs' example [in print as Wrongly mocking a good example].

Paul S. Frommer, Alexandria

Washington Post

The Post on Netflix animated short series

'F Is for Family': Bill Burr's stiff salute to the brutality of being a '70s child [in print as 'F Is for Family': That cruder '70s show].

Frank Murphy (voiced by Bill Burr) in the animated Netflix comedy "F Is for Family."
TV critic

Jan 6: One Year After Charlie Hebdo at the Newseum

Newseum Institute

One Year After Charlie Hebdo

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Knight Studio at the Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.


Join the Newseum Institute and Reporters Without Borders for a discussion of the impact world-wide on a free press and free expression after the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine staff on Jan. 7, 2015, and on the public at multiple sites in Paris eleven months later. Panelists will include experts from the U.S. in the Knight Studio and online participants from France.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Hoorah, sledding!"

"Hoorah, sledding!"

The latest Congressional spending bill prevents the District Of Columbia from funding abortion services for poor women and regulating and taxing the sale of marijuana. They did, however, repeal the ban on sledding on the Capitol grounds, after a vigorous local outcry last winter.

Apparently, they're still hurting from all the bad publicity they caught with the sledding ban, but could care less about all the ill will they get by restricting women's healthcare rights and the right to tax and regulate a plant that's been legal for nearly a year. Still, there's prime sledding opening up on the hill at the West Front, so there's that.