Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kal in Bermuda

From KAL:

In the summer of 2014 I had the honor of being the Artist-in-Residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. During my 3 month sojourn, I embarked on a quest to capture in satirical style my observations of the island. 
I have now posted on my website the collection of work I created while on the island. You will find some inside Bermuda jokes, but on the whole, I hope you will appreciate the gist of the narative. 
A limited edition set of the large cartoons have been produced by the Museum and are available for purchase. Have a read and let me know your thoughts!

Inquiries should be made directly with the Museum. The number of sets is quite small... I think maybe only 30...  for the set of high-quality 13 prints in a special box.  The person to contact is Kate Ross at the museum at


Kaltoons Team

Kal's New retrospective collection Daggers Drawn is now available to order.

Comic strips and consumer culture, 1890-1945 online for free

Comic strips and consumer culture, 1890-1945, by Ian Gordon, is now online for free. 

Ian is now a friend of mine, but well before I ever met him, I thought that this book, originally published by the Smithsonian and researched while he worked there, was one of the best books about comic strips that I've ever read. I highly recommend it. You should download it in case he changes his mind; I just did even though I own the paperback.

Somebody besides Cavna at The Post talks to Roz Chast

Author and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast changed gears for "Around the Clock" [online as Roz Chast talks about her new children's book, 'Around the Clock"

By Carole Burns
Washington Post February 1 2015, p. E38

Prickly City is tribute to Charlie Hebdo cartoonists

Friday, January 30, 2015

Juana Medina children's book promo online

City Paper reviews Oscar short animation

Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animated and Live Action A suicide story, a cute little piggie, and a whole lot of meh

By Tricia Olszewski

Washington City Paper January 30, 2015, p. 32.

online at

Animation movies reviewed in today's Post

Prickly City on Charlie Hebdo massacre for the 4th day

Prickly City is on Charlie Hebdo massacre for the 4th day. Here's today's strip.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Catching up with Comic Riffs

Since Cavna has gone full-time producing Comic Riffs, I won't be linking to all of his stories anymore. Still, here's the rest of today's pieces.

THE RIFF: So 'Supergirl's' Jimmy Olsen is black. A fanboy weighs what we read into Hollywood's attempts at superhero-story diversity

By David Betancourt
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (January 29):

'EXPLODING KITTENS': It's now officially the most-backed Kickstarter campaign ever. Here's how game's co-creator is dealing with that.

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (January 29):

Angoulême: comiXology ups its presence — and international curated context — for 2015 festival

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (January 29):

2015 Angoulême: Bill Watterson's work goes on display today as grand comics festival kicks off

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (January 29):

The Post on a Pew report on Mohammad cartoons

The impact of Charlie Hebdo: Americans now back Muhammad cartoons

By Aaron Blake
Washington Post's The Fix blog (January 29 2015):

and the report is here:

After Charlie Hebdo, Balancing Press Freedom and Respect for Religion

Majority Says Publishing Cartoons Was 'Okay,' But About Half of Non-Whites Say 'Not Okay'

By Jeffrey Gottfried and Michael Barthel

Pew Research Center January 28, 2015

Prickly City continues its Mohammad cartoon commentary in today's Post

Carolyn Belefski interviewed by Jen Sorensen

Cartooning for the White House: A chat with the artist behind the #GetCovered comics

Jen Sorensen By Jen Sorensen @JenSorensen


New Eric Shansby painting for Team Cul de Sac

Washington Post cartoonist Eric Shansby has done a painting for Team Cul de Sac's fundraising effort to defeat Parkinson's disease. The painting will be auctioned this spring, but money can be donated at any time.

Shansby took over illustrating Gene Weingarten's Below the Beltway column from Richard Thompson, when Thompson moved on to doing Cul de Sac.

The painting shows Alice and Petey from Cul de Sac, climbing on Ben Franklin, an inspiration for Richard's other Washington Post strip, Richard's Poor Almanac. It is acrylic on canvas board and measures approximately 9"x12".

The painting will also be reproduced in the forthcoming fundraising book, Compleating Cul de Sac, which includes interviews, sketches and 100 Washington Post strips left out of the Complete Cul de Sac.

Telnaes and Galifianakis on being on the other side of the caricature

2015 REUBEN AWARDS: So what's it like to be caricatured by MAD's Tom Richmond? (Event speakers talk back.)

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (January 29 2015):

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

3 of 8 speakers at NCS annual meeting from DC

Tom Richmond, president of the National Cartoonists Society has posted the following:

2015 Reuben Awards Cover Art and Speakers

2015 Reuben cover ArtClockwise from far left: Nick Galifianakis, Mort Drucker,
Brian Crane, Doug Mahnke, Mark Anderson, Jeff Keane,
Ann Telnaes and Juana Medina- (Clicky to Embiggen)

Members of the National Cartoonists Society will be receiving the official brochure for the 2015 Reuben Award Weekend in their mailboxes in the next week or so. My cover art above. With it goes the announcements of the speaker lineup and special award winners:

  • Mort Drucker- First recipient of the "NCS Medal of Honor"; Speaker
  • Jeff Keane- Recipient of the NCS "Silver T-Square" for outstanding dedication to the Society
  • Brian Crane- Reuben winning creator of the syndicated comic strip "Pickles"; speaker
  • Doug Mahnke- Superstar comic book artist; speaker
  • Mark Anderson- Gag cartoonist, ""; speaker
  • Juana Medina- Illustrator, first recipient of the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship; speaker
  • Nick Galifianakis- Cartoonist, author, illustrator; speaker
  • Ann Telnaes, Pulitizer prize winning editorial cartoonist; moderating a panel on "Cartooning and Free Speech"

Medina, Telnaes and Galifianakis are local to us.

Prickly City continues its Mohammad drawing storyline in today's Post

Prickly City continues its Mohammad drawing storyline in today's Post.

Pictures of Fantom Comics' March vol. 2 signing

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Congressman Lewis on what it meant to be a Freedom Rider

Second Story Books window display

The used book store Second Story Books (Dupont Circle) has some neat original pulp magazines (and a few Robert Crumb comics) with fantastic covers in their storefront window. (I couldn't get a photo without a glare from the plastic display bags.)

Carolyn Belefski's cartooning for the White House

Wow. Click through to see them.

Remind You of Someone? You Should Share These:

As more Americans gain coverage and we near the February 15th enrollment deadline, one artist highlights what these diverse Americans have in common in a series of shareable graphics.

Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin's remarks on March vol. 2 at Fantom Comics

This past Sunday, Fantom Comics on Dupont Circle had Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin's in to sign their book on civil rights, March vol. 2. This recording is of their introductory remarks.

Prickly City draws the Prophet in today's Washington Post

I was surprised to see Scott Stantis' strip Prickly City drawing the Prophet in today's Post. You can see it yourself here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fantom Comics profiled last fall

We really need to do a series like this....

Local Comic Shop Spotlight: Fantom Comics

Hondros' Hometown of the 50 Foot Woman

Allison Hayes: The actress who got the FDA's attention … too late

A graphic tale of how Allison Hayes, star of the 1950s B-movie "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman," created a legacy with the FDA. Text and graphics by Art Hondros.

Washington Post Magazine (January 25 2015).

Comic Riffs talks to Roz Chast

ROZ CHAST: Eldercare graphic-novel author embraces an audience whose appreciation is as profound as she is

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog January 26 2015

The Hill on caricature

The dangers of caricaturing caricature

By Sharon Marcus, contributor

The Hill's Pundits blog (January 26, 2015)

Comic Riffs talks to Justice League writer

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Scripting a villain? Geoff Johns is basking in the joy of Lex

By David Betancourt
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog January 23

Comic Riffs explains yesterday's Pearls Before Swine

'Pearls Before Swine': Why Stephan Pastis decided to play 'inside baseball' today with the syndication business

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog January 25 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

March vol. 2 reviewed by Cavna in the Post

A rewritten version of this appears in tomorrow's papers as:

Cavna, Michael.  2015.
A second look at '60s civil rights.
Washington Post (January 25): E13

Q&A: Jared Smith of Big Planet Comics/Retrofit Comics

Jared Smith is one of the owning partners of Big Planet Comics, which almost two years ago dipped its toes into publishing by taking on some of the duties of Retrofit Comics. We thought it'd be interesting to check in with Jared on how that partnership with Philadelphia-based comics creator Box Brown is going.

Big Planet Comics has been publishing and distributing Retrofit Comics since about mid-2013. How have things been going?

Smith: I think really well. Box Brown, the founder of Retrofit Comics, has a great artistic vision, so working with him as editor and with Big Planet covering the rest of the publishing has been a good team.

What has been the biggest challenge so far? How are you tackling that challenge?

Smith: Distribution is tricky. It is very depressing to see the same few stores that are interested in carrying small press comic books (I'd say only about 20 in all of the US.) And some areas of the country are well served, like the major cities, but whole other areas have no stores that are interested. We've been reaching out to stores directly and trying to get more reviews and general awareness. We also distributed our first big graphic novel, FUNGUS: The Unbearable Rot of Being, through Diamond Comic Distributors, which has the best reach into comic stores here and internationally.

Big Planet Comics has several shops and locations, each with a different owner, correct? Was everyone initially on board with starting a publishing/distribution venture?

Smith: There are four stores, and there are four co-owners. We work together on most things though. Everyone was interested and supportive, but it was my idea and passion so I handle most of it, with help from various members of the Big Planet team like Kelly and Kevin and Peter.

How have you been getting the word out about Retrofit Comics?

Smith: We send out a lot of copies to reviewers, and of course the internet is huge for letting people know about your work. But we also go to a lot of conventions to reach people directly. It helps we publish such a wide range of artists of different styles and nationalities. I think it makes us a more appealing package, and when fans of one of our artists are directed to us, we have a lot of other things to appeal to them.

Several other retail shops around the country have also dipped their toes into publishing — such as Bergen Street Comics with Copra and Desert Island with Smoke Signal — though on a smaller scale. Do you think this is the start of trend? What makes publishing appealing to some retailers? 

Smith: Yes, there are about 10 retail stores who are publishing as well, such as Floating World, Locust Moon, Kilgore, and Secret Headquarters. I don't know if it's a trend, but it is just relatively easy for retail stores to support some of their favorite artists in a new way, by publishing their work. Most artists who are just starting out do it for the love of creation, and aren't making much money (if any). Plus many prefer to focus on the artistic side, the business side is a distraction from creating more comics! So if we can handle some of that, it works out well for everyone. Publishing also distinguishes your store and it helps gets better comics out into the world.

Obituary for anti-Saturday morning cartoon crusader in the Post

Peggy Charren, 86: Longtime advocate for better children's TV [online as Peggy Charren, advocate for improving children's TV programming, dies at 86]

By Matt Schudel
Washington Post January 24 2015

"Why can't children's television be more like a good children's library, with lots of diversity," she said in 1983, "and less like the comic-book rack in the local drugstore?"

Comic Riffs on the Eisner hall of fame

EISNER AWARDS: 'Marge' Buell, Bill Woggon inducted into Hall of Fame; voting open for 4 more inductees

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (January 23):

Tom Tomorrow's ephemera donated to OSU

Tom Tomorrow's 'accidental' alt-press collection is donated to OSU's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog January 24 2014

Friday, January 23, 2015

'Magic Bullet' No. 10 cover

Here's the cover for the D.C. Conspiracy's Magic Bullet No. 10. The free 48-page comics newspaper is scheduled to hit the streets Jan. 30. Cover by yours truly (Matt Dembicki).

Review of Provocative, Uncensored Art book collection also recommends The Art of Richard Thompson

which I just bought based on this, Dooley recommends Art of RT.

Newsarama interview on March vol. 2

JOHN LEWIS Calls MARCH 'Road Map' to Civil Rights Movement

by Zack Smith, Newsarama : 21 January 2015

Post blogger on women, webcomics and booze

How webcomics gave us a fresh take on women and alcohol [Questionable Content; Girls with Slingshots].

By Alyssa Rosenberg

Washington Post Act Four blog January 22 2015

Art Hondros story in Sunday's Post Magazine

On Facebook, Art reports:

Coming in this Sunday's Washington Post Magazine: my illustrated bio on a little-known B-movie actress and DC native who became the 50 Foot Woman. Check it out!

Coming in this Sunday's Washington Post Magazine: my illustrated bio on a little-known B-movie actress and DC native who became the 50 Foot Woman. Check it out!

Jan 25: Congressman John Lewis at Fantom on Sunday

Rep John Lewis at Fantom

Change of Date for the March Book Two Signing

Change of plans, everyone! 

Fantom Comics is now honored to host CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS & co-author ANDREW AYDIN for a MARCH Book Two signing and discussion on SUNDAY, 1/25/15, 1-3pm!

We cannot believe our good luck in having Representative John Lewis, legendary civil rights leader and inspiring congressman, along with his co-author, Andrew Aydin, here for this amazing event.

We'll also be raffling off free, signed copies of MARCH Books One and Two, as well as 2 free tickets to the movie "Selma."

We hope to see you all there, and we can't wait for this opportunity to delve deep into the life of one of the original Freedom Riders, Big Six leaders, and Selma March organizers!

Let us know you're coming on our Facebook Event page!

Meet the creators of the zombie punx comic TOE TAG RIOT this Saturday

Click here for event info on FACEBOOK.
First 20 In Line Receive a FREE Special Gift!
Signing from 11AM-1PM

Hello Third Eye Faithful!


We are stoked to be hosting the creators behind the killer new indie comic series, TOE TAG RIOT, at Third Eye this Saturday! 


We love this great new horror / comedy hybrid, which pits a bunch of punk rockers turned into zombies against those crazies from the Westboro Church. 


We'd be totally honored if you guys would pop by and join us for this super fun signing with these great up-and-coming talents, Matt Miner and Sean Von Gorman! 


Read on below to find out more about TOE TAG RIOT, and make sure you come by & snag a copy and get it signed!


Click here for event info on FACEBOOK.

When we first saw pages from TOE TAG RIOT, we knew we had to totally get on board with this one!

A hilarious and gory tongue-in-cheek story, Toe Tag Riot is about a punk rock band cursed to become zombies whenever they perform.

The band goes on a last cross-country tour in search of the cure for their affliction, but being the ethical sometimes-zombie punks that they are, Toe Tag Riot uses their zombie superpowers to rid the world of racists, homophobes, misogynists, and all kinds of other nasty people.

We're so stoked on TOE TAG RIOT that when the opportunity to have creators Matt Miner and Sean Von Gorman to Third Eye to do a big signing for the book came up, we knew we had to jump on it! 

Be One of the First 20 in Line & Get a RAD Free Gift!


You guys know that we love it when you get into the event, and line up to have some fun! And, the creators behind these great books love it just as much! But, what's always really cool for us is seeing the community that you guys build among yourselves when you hang out waiting for the doors to open -- so we like to throw a little something extra cool your way to encourage it!

The first 20 folks in line for our signing this Saturday will get hooked up with a very cool free gift!


OK, Third Eye Faithful, we look forward to seeing each and every one of you guys this weekend!

For those of you who may be wondering if this one will be as crowded as last week's Snyder signing, this one should not be as crazy, so you don't need to worry about the lines going around the block. :) It will be a blast though, so make sure you show up and have fun with us!

Click here for the event info on FACEBOOK.

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

R.W. Alley interview reveals comic book work

PADDINGTON: How a Maryland-sprung artist inherited a royal line of work: Rendering the beloved Brit-immigrant bear

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs January 22 2015

Late in this interview, RW Alley notes that he's done two comic book style books with his wife Zoe Alley. I just ordered them for my DC-area cartoonists collection.

Jan. 25: Lewis & Aydin at Fantom Comics

Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, co-authors of the March graphic novel series based on Lewis' experiences as a leader in the early days of the civil rights movement, will be signing the just-released second volume of the book at Fantom Comics (Dupont Circle) Jan. 25 from 1-3 p.m. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Newsarama did a Q&A with Lewis earlier this week.

Animation studio moving to D.C.'s Capitol Riverfront

By Rachel Kaufman/ElevationDC

An animation studio moving from Los Angeles to the District is in negotiations to lease space at the Boilermaker building in Capitol Riverfront for its new headquarters, according to Elevation DC.

Jan 23: Tom Toles in Georgetown TONIGHT

Friday, January 23 - 5th Annual Political Cartoon Exhibit



WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown 3100 South Street NW, Washington DC
TICKETS: $20 limited and available online only:
Make sure to get yours before we sell out. No Door Sales.




Tom Toles is the Pulitzer prizewinning Editorial Cartoonist for the Washington Post and is widely syndicated nationally. He has covered government, politics and society in six cartoons per week for the Post since 2002. Previously he has been Editorial Cartoonist for US News and World Report, The New Republic, The New York Daily News, The Buffalo News and the Buffalo Courier-Express.

He has also drawn a comic strip, Curious Avenue and a comic panel, Randolph Itch, 2am. In his spare time he sings and plays drums in two Washington DC based bands, Suspicious Package and Lethal Bark. He has written a musical comedy, Catapult Love featuring the original music of Lethal Bark. He also enjoys dancing all night long.! es




Continuing with annual tradition the event will feature live musical performance by local journo-band Suspicious Package, comprised of reporters armed with their musical talent and rock star looks. Band members include Pulitzer Prize-winning Editorial Cartoonist at The Washington Post Tom Toles, senior government officials Christina Sevilla and Bryan Greene, former TIME/Bloomberg correspondent and journalist Tim Burger and Director of Education and Outreach for the National Security Journalism Initiative at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Josh Meyer.


Grab Your Ticket

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "So Sue Me"

"So Sue Me"

Long story short: DC Mayor Bowser and the City Council plan to defy Congress and honor the will of the voters and implement Initiative 71. A gaggle of GOP clowns in the House are threatening litigation to prevent it. The response of Mayor Bowser and the Council is, in so many words, "so, sue me."

Long story:
"DC Marijuana Initiative Transmitted To Congress", Roll Call, 01.13.15:

Mike Flugennock, flugennock at sinkers dot org
Political Cartoons: dubya dubya dubya dot sinkers dot org

Underwire on March vol. 2

The Civil Rights Legend Who's Inspiring a New Generation With Comic Books

    By Laura Hudson 

    Wired's Underwire blog 01.21.15

Big Planet Comics co-publisher Box Brown interviewed

Questions for Cartoonists: Box Brown

Jesse R. Lucas

Darling Sleeper blog Jan 19 2015

Comic Riffs reviews March vol. 2

REVIEW: As a must-read monument, Rep. John Lewis's 'March: Book Two' illuminates the harrowing crucible of civil-rights heroism [+VIDEO]

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog January 21 2015

John Lewis Q/A Awesome Con 2014 DC

John Lewis Q/A Awesome Con 2014 DC

Q/A with Congressperson John Lewis at our DC show in April of 2014!

Who knew this was online until Cavna linked to it earlier this week? Not us.