Thursday, April 30, 2015

Neil Gaiman interviewed in today's Express

Neil Gaiman and all his stories are coming to Constitution Hall [in print as Neil Gaiman: Author, Graphic Novelist, Master Storyteller, Social Media Maven].

May 2: Bigfoot in the Park, or David Hagen at Civitans

Another crop of embellished paintings will be offered up to the demanding public this Saturday morning May 2 at the Civitans Flea Market in Arlington, VA, including Bigfoot in the Park and Friend!

May 2: Juana Medina at Busboys & Poets

Busboys and Poets Brookland: Juana Medina - Smick

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Local illustrator Juana Medina brings the titular happy-go-lucky dog of this picture book to life. All Smick really wants is a stick. Told through simple rhyming phrases, with a helping of repetition, this infectiously happy tale follows him on his sunny afternoon in the park. Medina’s exuberant and bold multi-media illustrations will have young readers turning to Smick’s story again and again. Ages 4-7

Busboys and Poets Brookland
625 Monroe St NE
By Doreen Cronin, Juana Medina (Illustrator)
On Our Shelves Now
Viking Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2015

Tonight: Jay Hosler in Takoma Park

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Entomologist Hosler’s action-packed graphic novel depicts the tale of Lucy, a curious and tenacious scientist, who happens to be a beetle. She leaves New Coleopolis, her urban home at the edge of a vast desert in the protective shade of a palm tree, to discover something new about the world. With a team of researchers, consisting of a firefly, a stag beetle, and a variety of kin at her side, Lucy’s quest is rendered in sweeping pen and ink illustrations and filled with information on the scientific method and its applications. Ages 10 – 14

Takoma Park Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma ParkMD20912

May 2 is Free Comic Book Day at Fantom Comics

Robin Ha did this sweet image for Fantom Comics on Dupont Circle

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Comic Riffs follows up on Charlie Hebdo cartooning

Charlie Hebdo artist Luz will cease to draw Muhammad? Fellow cartoonists react

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog April 29 2015

May 1: Gaiman at Constitution Hall

"An Evening with Neil Gaiman" May 1, 8 p.m. at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. Tickets are $40 to $60.

Free Comic Book Day at Game On! Comics

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Free Comic Book Day 2015!
Saturday May 2nd!
10am to 6pm



Celebrate and discover the amazing world of comic books on Free Comic Book Day! Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops!

Free Comic Book Day Website
What is FCBD?
Video and List of Free Comics
Free Comic Book Day: What is it?
Free Comic Book Day: What is it?

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Hulk costume

Louis the Magician performs for kids



Game On! owner, Louis the Magician, will perform for your kids at 11am.  Don't miss DC's leading entertainer perform some magic! 

The Incredible Hulk appearance!

Hulk will be by the store for pictures and say "hello".  Just don't get him angry!  You wouldn't like him when he is angry!  
Balloon Animals
10am to 12noon

Meet talented balloon artist, Jenny Henry, and take a balloon animal home with you!  

Chad Coleman Wants you To Experience Free Comic Book Day!
Chad Coleman (Walking Dead) Wants you To Experience Free Comic Book Day!

Jason Mewes Wants You To Check Out Free Comic Book Day!
Jason Mewes Wants You To Check Out Free Comic Book Day!

See you on Saturday!!


Game On! Comics
310 Dominion RD NE
Vienna, VA 22180

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The Post on BEK's new cartoon autobiography

Three memoir picks for April

"I Was a Child," by Bruce Eric Kaplan. (Blue Rider)

By Nora Krug Washington Post April 29 2015

Free comics at Big Planet Comics

On Saturday,  the Bethesda branch of Big Planet Comics is expecting a huge day. Joel Pollack reports that the have lots of children's comics to give away and also have one of the best regular selection in the area.

All 4 of the chain's stores are participating in FCBD.

"Herblock Looks at 1965" Exhibit Features Cartoons About Voting Rights, Vietnam and More

April 29, 2015

Public contact: Sara Duke (202) 707-3630,
"Herblock Looks at 1965" Exhibit Features Cartoons
About Voting Rights, Vietnam, Nuclear Weapons, Immigration and More
A 10-cartoon display of Herblock drawings at the Library of Congress focuses on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and U.S. policies in Vietnam.  Herblock was the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist at The Washington Post for more than 55 years.
The exhibit, "Herblock Looks at 1965: Fifty Years Ago in Editorial Cartoons," is now open in the Herblock Gallery of the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground level of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.  Free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the exhibit runs through Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.
Other topics addressed in this display, which opened in March 2015, include internal discord in the Republican Party, the buildup of nuclear weapons and immigration reform.
The Herblock Gallery, part of the Library's Graphic Arts Galleries, celebrates the work of Herbert L. Block with a rotating display of 10 original drawings.  The display changes every six months.  A second set of drawings from 1965 will be placed on exhibition from Sept. 26, 2015 to March 19, 2016.
Herblock's cartoons also are showcased in another room of the Graphic Arts Galleries in an exhibition titled "Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues," which opened March 21, 2015 and will close on March 19, 2016.  The exhibition, featuring 30 cartoons, looks at how editorial cartoonists, often with divergent viewpoints, interpreted the divisive issues of the 20th century.
"Herblock Looks at 1965" and "Pointing Their Pens" have been made possible through the generous support of the Herb Block Foundation.  The foundation donated a collection of more than 14,000 original Herblock cartoon drawings and 50,000 rough sketches, as well as manuscripts, to the Library of Congress in 2002, and has generously continued to provide funds to support ongoing programming.
The Library has been collecting original cartoon art for more than 140 years.  It is a major center for cartoon research with holdings of more than 100,000 original cartoon drawings and prints.  These works, housed in the Prints and Photographs Division, span five centuries and range from 17th-century Dutch political prints to 21st-century contemporary comic strips.  The division holds the largest-known collection of American political prints and the finest assemblage of British satirical prints outside Great Britain.  The Library acquired these materials through a variety of sources including artists' gifts, donations by private collectors, selective purchases and copyright registration.  For more information, visit
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May 2: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at Fantom Comics

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Tomorrow, April 30: Signe Wilkinson and Ann Telnaes Discuss Political Cartooning


April 10, 2015

Public contact: Martha H. Kennedy (202) 707-9115,
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or

Cartoonists Signe Wilkinson and Ann Telnaes Discuss
Political Cartooning in Today's World

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists Signe Wilkinson and Ann Telnaes will share their perspectives on the art of political cartooning and show examples of their own cartoons, in a panel discussion at the Library of Congress.

The program, "'That's Not Funny!': Signe Wilkinson and Ann Telnaes on Cartooning in a Charlie Hebdo World," will start at noon on Thursday, April 30, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the Library's James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.  The event is free and open to the public.  No tickets are needed.

Wilkinson and Telnaes will address several topics that currently affect a political cartoonist's approach to his or her work.  The panel will be moderated by Martha H. Kennedy, curator of popular and applied graphic art in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress.

Each cartoonist will be asked to describe her initial reaction to the murders of five cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris on Jan. 7, 2015, and her responses in cartoon and other formats.  Wilkinson and Telnaes will share their perceptions about collective responses to the events from the cartooning community.

The broader, related issue of exercising freedom of expression in the art of cartooning also will be discussed by the cartoonists.  Both will show, and comment on, their own cartoons that have triggered controversy and aroused strong negative and/or positive responses.

Wilkinson is the editorial cartoonist for The Philadelphia Daily News and Telnaes creates animated editorial cartoons and a blog of print cartoons, animated gifs and sketches for The Washington Post.  The only women so far to have won the Pulitzer Prize for their political cartoons, each also has won many other prestigious awards in the field.  They are among a small number of women who pursue political cartooning as their main professional focus.  Both will comment on their own experiences as women in a cartoon specialty heavily dominated by men.

The program, co-sponsored by the Prints and Photographs Division, the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon and the Interpretive Programs Office, complements the Library of Congress exhibition "Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues," which features the editorial cartoons of Herbert L. Block (1909-2001) shown alongside the work of his contemporaries over four decades.  Curated by Sara W. Duke of the Prints and Photographs Division, the exhibition explores the art and expressive power of the editorial cartoon and allows for comparisons of the ways in which cartoonists react to and interpret current events, develop their own distinct visual vocabularies and convey their diverse political opinions.  The exhibit is on view through March 19, 2016 in the Graphic Arts Galleries, ground level, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The panel is part of the Swann 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 foundation's advisory board is comprised of scholars, collectors, cartoonists and Library of Congress staff members.  The foundation awards one fellowship annually to assist scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon.  Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be due Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.  For more information, visit or e-mail

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What Laughing Ogre in Fairfax (GMU) became

Carolyn Belefski will be there for FCBD.

Free Comic Book Day THIS SATURDAY (May 2) at Cards, Comics & Collectibles!

Press Release For Immediate Release
Cards, Comics & Collectibles!

Mark Waid, J.G. Jones, Steve Conley!

Free Limited Exclusive Print, Free Comics! 



From the Store that Brings You the Baltimore Comic-Con...



REISTERSTOWN, MD - April 28, 2015 - Free Comic Book Day 2015 is this Saturday at Cards, Comics & Collectibles - Baltimore County's Premiere Comic Book Store and the Official News Source of the Baltimore Comic-Con!  You don't want to miss our amazing guests, giveaways, events, and FREE COMICS!


The full-day event kicks off with an awesome line-up of creators appearing at the store! Mark Waid, J.G. Jones, and Steve Conley will be all signing autographs at the store throughout the day.


FCBD Limited Edition Print

The multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Mark Waid has been the voice behind numerous issues, mini-series, and title runs that have resonated throughout comics fandom and the creative community alike. His acclaimed runs and series include DC Comics' The Flash, Kingdom Come, The Kingdom, JLA: Year One, JLA, Legion of Super-Heroes, and Superman: Birthright, Marvel Comics' Captain America, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, The Indestructible Hulk, and Daredevil, BOOM! Studios' Incorruptible and Irredeemable, Archie Comics' The Fox, and Empire, originally published by Gorilla Comics and later by DC Comics. He also went on to become Editor-in-Chief and then Chief Creative Officer at BOOM! Studios, while continuing to work on freelance assignments for other publishers. Waid is one of the principals behind Thrillbent Comics, a digital comics initiative, where he also publishes titles such as In the Pi of the Beholder, Luther, Cthulhu Calls, If You're So Smart, and Insufferable. He is also featured in the 2015 FCBD title Dark Circle Comics from Archie.


Accomplished penciller, painter, and writer J.G. Jones has contributed his deft touch to a broad variety of titles and publishers. From Black Widow and Marvel Boy at Marvel Comics to Final Crisis and Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia and all covers for 52 at DC Comics, as well as Wanted at Top Cow, his work stands out among his peers. 


Bloop by ConleyAward-winning designer, illustrator, and cartoonist Steve Conley has worked on such notable comics as Star Trek: Year Four (IDW), Michael Chabon's Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (Dark Horse Comics), and JLA-Z (DC Comics). Conley, who is also the creator of Astounding Space Thrills and the all-ages series Bloop (, will be signing and sketching all day.


Jones and Waid will be releasing Strange Fruit, a fully painted title, in July of 2015 from BOOM! Studios, and Cards, Comics & Collectibles is amazingly fortunate to be able to offer a limited edition print from BOOM! Studios available only at our store to the first 500 people.


"Free Comic Book Day has grown to become such an important event - not just for retailers, creators, and fans - but for the comics industry as a whole," said Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles. "We are delighted to have Mark, J.G., and Steve signing here! Add another fantastic slate of free comics, and this year is going to be our biggest yet!"


Besides giving away free comic books, the store will have free Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirts to give away as well, and will offer 50% off modern back issues, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers.


Join us on Saturday, May 2, 2015 as events kick off at 11:00am with store signings and, of course, FREE COMICS!


Cards, Comics & Collectibles is located at 100A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit, our Facebook page, or call 410-526-7410.


Free Comic Book Day at Beyond Comics - May 2nd

Beyond Comics
May 2

Matt Wagner
10am to 4pm

John K Snyder
12noon to 4pm

Mike Imboden
10am to 4pm

Rian Miller
10am to 4pm

ALSO: Meet Members of the
Star Wars:
Rebel Legion, 501st,
& Mandalorian Mercs

5632 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
Marc Hempel
10am to 4pm

Mark Wheatley
10am to 4pm

John Watkins Chow
10am to 4pm

ALSO: Meet Members of the
Star Wars:
Rebel Legion, 501st,
& Mandalorian Mercs


18749 B N. Frederick Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

11am to 4pm
Danielle Corsetto

Monica Gahllagher

Rafer Roberts

Eva Hopkins
Nicole Roberts
Melanie Judd

Steve Younkins
11am to 4pm


Lee Garvin
11:00am to 5:00pm
Creator of 
Bad@$$ Zombie Killers

207 S. Princess Street
Shephedstown, WV 25443
(304) 870-4039

Up to 25% OFF
Almost Everything!

Some exclusions - Discount does not apply on new arrivals!


Want More Free Comics?
Bring in a Non-Perishable Food Donation!