Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Post on latest Mohammad cartoon controversy

In Phoenix, anti-Muslim protesters and defenders of Islam face off [online as Hundreds gather in Arizona for armed anti-Muslim protest ].

The Post likes Awesome Con

Montgomery Sentinel appears not to understand plagiarism

Cul De Sac: Trip to the Beach video online

Cul De Sac: Trip to the Beach

by John Weber

 Mar 23, 2015

Donate to Team Cul De Sac:

This time on the Punchline, it's a tale of a throwback comic that was forced to retire far to soon...

Cartoonists Ran to Iran

Political cartoonists from all over the world respond to Iran’s anti-ISIS cartoon contest.
posted by Steve Artley

From the folks who brought you the “Down With America” cartoon contest and two contests ridiculing the Holocaust through cartoons, Iran has received over 800 renderings from around the world including American, Daryl Cagle.

PBS iran-hosts-anti-isis-cartoon-contest

CNN iran-cartoon-competition

Friday, May 29, 2015

Local newspaper plagiarizes editorial cartoons

Rockville Council Member Accuses Newspaper Of Stealing Political Cartoons

The Montgomery County Sentinel removed all political cartoons from its website after accusation

By Aaron Kraut


New Zodiac Starforce interview online

The Mary Sue Interview: Dark Horse's Magical Girl Comic Zodiac Starforce Is Your New Favorite Thing

Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau prepare you to fall in love.


The Post on Metro's refusal of Muhammad ads

Metro says no to issue-oriented ads [in print as Muhammad cartoon leads Metro to ban new issue ads].

By Paul Duggan
Washington Post May 29 2015, p. B2, 8

June 10-11: French animated films

The Hermione Brings to Shore French Animated Films

June 10 & 11, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007

The Poitou-Charentes Region is the home of Lafayette's Hermione. It is on board the Hermione that the Marquis de Lafayette came in 1780 to help the American insurgents gain independence. During 17 years, the ship was built in Rochefort, Poitou-Charentes Region thanks to local enterprises with an expertise in heritage ship building. 

The Hermione is now crossing the Atlantic Ocean to arrive in the United States and celebrate its ancestor. The ship will stop in 11 East Coast ports in the United States, with its first stop set from June 5 to 7 in Yorktown. 

Ideally situated on the West Coast of France, the Poitou-Charentes Region presents numerous cultural and touristic assets, including its historical heritage, a varied gastronomy, and a digital industry especialized in animation movies and video games. 

The Poitou-Charentes Region, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, is pleased to offer a cultural program to join the celebration of the Hermione in Washington, DC. 

Discover the series The Hermione Brings to Shore French Animated Films featuring two César award-winning French animated films. Each film will be introduced by a video that illustrates the cultural and touristic highlights of the Poitou-Charentes Region

June 10 | 7:00 p.m.
Ernest & Célestine 

Directed by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier (2012)

France - Belgium - Luxembourg / 76 min / Animation

SynopsisIn the conventional world of bears, it is not a common thing to become friends with a mouse. Nonetheless, the big bear Ernest - who is also a clown and musician - takes in Célestine, an orphan who has fled the underground world of rodents. The friendship that forms between these two solitary creatures, however, will prove disruptive to the established order.

This film won the 2013 César award for best animationIn French with English subtitles.

Online ticket reservations are mandatory to attend this free admission screeening

June 11 | 7:00 p.m.
Minuscule, la vallée des fourmis perdues
(Minuscule, Valley of Lost Ants)

Directed by Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud (2014)
France - Belgium / 89 min / Animation

SynopsisIn an otherwise peaceful forest, a picnic sparks off a merciless war between two rival ant gangs that are going after the same loot: a box of sugar. In this state of tumult, a young ladybug becomes friends with a black ant and finds a way to help her save her people from the rather cruel red ants.

This film won the 2015 César award for best animationIn French with English subtitles.

Online ticket reservations are mandatory to attend this free admission screeening.

July 15: Phil Nel on Dr. Seuss at the Smithsonian

Evening Program with Light Reception
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

$35 member, $45 non-member

It's truer than true that a book that is new means it's time to applaud Dr. Seuss!

The late-July publication of the recently rediscovered What Pet Should I Get? provides the perfect opportunity to look at the life and work of writer and illustrator Theodor Geisel, who as the beloved Dr. Seuss taught generations of children to read—as well as to think.

Seuss scholar Philip Nel examines how and why his books became an essential part of growing up. He delves into the energetic cartoon surrealism of his illustrations and the swingy rhyme that keeps young readers hooked on his verse. Galvanized by the propaganda work Geisel did during World War II, some of his books have a politically activist slant, and Nel looks at how Dr. Seuss took on issues including racism (The Sneetches), environmentalism (The Lorax), and nuclear proliferation (The Butter Battle Book).

Get insights into the man behind the art as Nel covers Geisel's German-American childhood in Massachusetts, his war years and postwar life in California, and his two marriages. Nel connects Geisel's longtime career in advertising (his "Quick Henry, the Flit!" ad campaign for a bug spray gave rise to a national catchphrase) to the rigor with which he controlled the merchandising of his characters. Learn, too, of Geisel's lasting legacy as an author and artist—from his characters serving as political shorthand in editorial cartoons to his influence on hip-hop lyrics. 

Nel is a scholar of children's literature and university distinguished professor of English at Kansas State University. He is the author of Dr. Seuss: American Icon and The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats.

Enjoy a light reception after the program featuring Seuss-inspired green eggs and ham.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Bride Of Frankenfood"

"Bride Of Frankenfood"

Those of you who've been following the Hillary Clinton campaign recently -- you poor sufferers -- are probably aware of Hillary's close ties to Monsanto and her continued support for GMO crops. In fact, her support for GMOs recently earned her the nickname "Bride Of Frankenfood" from Iowa environmentalists.

"Hillary's agribusiness ties give rise to nickname in Iowa: 'Bride of Frankenfood'"
Washington Times, 05.17.15
Mike Flugennock, flugennock at sinkers dot org
Political Cartoons: dubya dubya dubya dot sinkers dot org

Colonial Comics coverage

American History in the comic books   (Photo courtesy: Jason Rodriguez)  

By Joshua Pilkington

Metro's new policy is no political ads

Pamela Geller Isn't Thrilled After Metro Board Bans Issue-Oriented Ads

AWESOMECON on Kojo Nnamdi

May 28 2015 


Guest Host: Rebecca Sheir

A woman attending AwesomeCon in cosplay.

A woman attending AwesomeCon in cosplay. Justin Schneider

Nerds, assemble! D.C.'s third annual AwesomeCon is a gathering of the mid-Atlantic region's biggest sci-fi and comics fans whose numbers seem to be growing by the minute. We get inside the D.C. region's nerd culture to explore the psyche of fandom from a local perspective.


  • Ben Penrod President and co-founder of Awesome Conventions
  • Mark Pellegrino AwesomeCon guest and actor ("Lost," "Supernatural," "Dexter," "The Returned.")
  • Esther Kim Store manager, Fantom Comics

Awesome Con starts Friday


Awesome Con starts tomorrow, May 29th! Are you ready? We've got tons of fabulous programming, exhibitors and artists and guests and we're sure it's going to be an awesome time! 

If it's your first time attending Awesome Con or even if it's not, check out our guide to help you navigate the convention as it should help answer any questions you may have.


Get your tickets online before the convention and save yourself some time in line. We've got a new entry system in place that makes checking in those who have pre-purchased tickets super fast! 

Got your tickets? Get them here!

Comics writer Tom King quoted in NY Times

Sorry, Batman: Dick Grayson Outgrows the Robin Costume


A version of this article appears in print on May 28, 2015, on page D10 of the New York edition with the headline: Dick Grayson Outgrows the Robin Costume.

The Post's Dr. Gridlock on possible Muhammad ads on buses

Express on Awesome Con

Awesome Con delights fans of gaming, comics, science fiction, fantasy and other pastimes

By Kristen Page-Kirby
Express May 28 2015

I doubt if anyone cares, but I'm not going this year. There's far too few cartoonists for the price in my opinion, and that's who I go to shows for - Mike

Express on Fight Club 2

Chuck Palahniuk is bringing Tyler Durden back in a comic book, a short story and perhaps a musical scored by Trent Reznor

By Sadie Dingfelder
May 28 2015

Comic Riffs on possibility of Muhammad ads

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Texas Muhammad cartoon may appear in DC, according to NBC

The Post on Supergirl

May 28-June 4: HR Giger documentary airs in DC

Icarus Films and KimStim
Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World
A Film By Belinda Sallin

Meet surrealist artist H. R. Giger...Alien Oscar-winner and architect of nightmares
2014 | Switzerland | 95 mins | Color | Documentary
Swiss German with English Subtitles

Film Trailer: 
Opening theatrically in the U.S. and Canada in over 30 cities:

May 15-21 - New York, NY - Landmark Sunshine 
May 15-21 - Los Angeles, CA - Landmark NuArt
May 15-21 - San Francisco, CA - Landmark Opera Plaza
May 15-21 - Berkeley, CA - Landmark Shattuck
May 15-21 - Providence, RI - Cable Car Cinema
May 22-28 - Long Beach, CA - The Frida Cinema
May 22-28 - San Diego, CA - Landmark Ken
May 22-28 - Dallas, TX - Texas Theatre
May 23-26 - Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse
May 23-28 - Houston, TX - Alamo Drafthouse
May 28 - June 4 - Washington, D.C. - Landmark E St
May 28 - June 4 - Vancouver, BC - The Cinematheque
May 29 - June 4 - Denver, CO - Landmark (TBD)
May 28 - June 4 - Columbus, OH - Gateway Film Center
May 29 - June 4 - Philadelphia, PA - Landmark Ritz
May 28 - May 31 - Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Museum of Contemporary Art

View additional theatrical dates here: 

Running Time: 95 minutes

Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940-2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott's ALIEN. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex.

Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger's oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin's definitive documentary DARK STAR: H. R. GIGER'S WORLD shares the intimate last years of the artist's life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions.

Behind the shuttered windows and ivy-covered walls of his residence in Zurich, Switzerland, DARK STAR brings viewers into Giger's mysterious realm: from the first skull he was given by his father at the age of six, to macabre dinner parties with his close-knit team, to the grisly souvenirs from his time spent on the ALIEN set and reminiscences about model Li Tobler, Giger's one-time muse, whose suicide reverberates throughout his work.

The film also addresses Giger's complex relationship to the art world, where he defied traditional categories and embraced commercial projects for musicians including Debbie Harry, Korn, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and the Dead Kennedys. Fittingly enshrined in a museum dedicated to his work, Giger's output includes sculpture, painting, drawing, film and architecture, integrating meticulous technique with a instantly-recognizable sensibility that has inspired generations of nightmares.

LOC National Cartoonists Society event pictures posted

From: Bruce Guthrie

  I took 4,700 photos yesterday including the Library of Congress NCS event.  I'm still working on everything else but pictures from the LOC event have been posted on four separate pages -- the presentation itself, the slide show, the LOC sampling, and mingling.  Central location to start is

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

June 2: La Lucha booksigning


May 30: Daniel Boris at One More Page Books

Sat, May 30 at 2 pm: Join us as Daniel Boris shares from Dozi the Alligator Finds a Family, featuring a lovable little alligator who resides in a Florida swamp and observes wondrous colorful lights over a distant amusement park. Eventually, the curiosity of the little alligator gets the best of him and he heads off to discover the strange and fascinating new world of humans. 

A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Daniel Boris is an accomplished visual artist with more than 20 years of experience in design, illustration, and animation AND Daniel contributed to Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson's Team.

One More Page Books
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, #101
Arlington, VA 22213
703-300-9746    Visit our website
Mon-Sat: 10 am - 8 pm; Sun: noon to 5 pm

Big Planet Comics announces anthology

Big Planet Comics anthology

Big Planet Comics anthology



Super excited to announce our next project:
the Big Planet Comics anthology!

48 pages, color, 6 5/8 inches x 10 3/16 inches

Featuring new work by:
Saman Bemel-Benrud, Box Brown, Mark Burrier, Jensine Eckwall, Robin Ha, Angelica Hatke, Andy K, Nick Liappis, Jared Morgan, Ben Sears, and SUPERWAXX

Plus a classic page by Matt Baker

And including some great Big Planet ads by Brooke A. Allen, Kevin Panetta, and Kendall Goode

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Compleating Cul de Sac available now - New Richard Thompson book out

The Complete Cul de Sac isn't.

Complete, that is. Compiling it while ill, Richard accidentally left out some strips. Others were purposely left out, either because he had redrawn them for syndication, or they were too tied to the Washington, D.C. origins of the strip to make sense for a worldwide audience, or he "just felt some were not funny." Over 100 are not in The Complete CDS.

But if you're a cartoon completist, or just want a little bit more CDS, we understand and we're here for you. We've collected the lost water-colored Washington Post Magazine strips, the early inchoate musings about what the strip should be, the promotional material, the sketches for fans, and finally some fugitive Team Cul de Sac charity art by Art Spiegelman, KAL, Patrick McDonnell, Eric Shansby, Nate Beeler and others.

With Richard's blessing, or at least active acquiescence, any money the book makes will go to Team Cul de Sac to fight Parkinson's disease.

And if more art surfaces, we'll do a second edition.

Compleating Cul de Sac
by Richard Thompson, Michael Rhode and Chris Sparks
Asheville, NC: Team Cul de Sac & Arlington, VA: ComicsDC, 2015.

Available in paperback:


ebook pdf:

Review pdfs available to media upon request

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Comic Riffs on Pekar and Letterman

One can still buy Harvey Pekar: Conversations, the book I edited on Harvey.

May 22: Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Fetter-Vorm, author and illustrator of Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb, chosen by the ALA as 2013’s best graphic novel for teens, and Kelman, professor of the Civil War era at Penn State and author of A Misplaced Massacre, have teamed up for a unique and illuminating view of the War Between the States. Using Fetter-Vorm’s full-color panoramas and Kelman’s concise, penetrating commentaries, each chapter begins with an ordinary object—a pen, a flag, a set of manacles—which then gains extraordinary meaning for its wartime role.

Politics & Prose 
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
On Our Shelves Now
Hill & Wang - May 5th, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Photos online of Brian Selznick's visit to DC

Brian Selznick’s 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Slideshow

School Library Journal May 15, 2015 

Colorist Arsia Rozegar on crowdfunding his adaptation of Shahnameh, a 1000-year-old Persian poem

by Mike Rhode

Arsia Rozegar will be best known to comic book fans for his coloring work on Marvel Comics and with Image Comics' Avalon Studios. Like many cartoonists these days, he's branching out into children's books.

What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?

I do a variety of stuff. I like to do my own cartooning and digital art, but I'm most of my more well-known mainstream work has been as a comic book digital colorist.
 How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?

I work digitally for the most part in Adobe  Photoshop. Sometimes I wish real-life had a Ctrl-Z.

When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born?

I grew up with Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe and Transformers.

Can you tell us what your ethnic background is? I've not encountered your first name before.

I'm of Iranian heritage.  I was born in Tehran, Iran and came to the U.S.  with my parents when I was about a year and half old.  Iranian-born, American raised, proud citizen of Earth.  

"Arsia" is actually a rare name even for Iranians. My parents specifically chose a name that no-one had. 

Why are you in Washington now?  What neighborhood or area do you live in?

I grew up in the Washington, DC area. Had a tenure in Southern California for a while and then came back this way. I'm currently in Fairfax County. 

What is your training and/or education in cartooning?

I've been drawing and doing art as long as I can remember.  No formal training. Just simply had the desire to do it and make it happen.

Who are your influences?

This could be a potentially long list!  And it always changes over the years. Some of my big influences as far as comics and cartooning go off the top of my head are Shel Silverstein, Akira Toriyama, Jack Kirby, Peyo, Osamu Tezuka, Kevin Eastman, Frezzato, John & Sal Buscema, Bill Watterson, Gary Larson, early Charles Schulz, I can probably keep going...  When I was a teenager reading comics, Todd McFarlane and Erik Larsen were big influences.  As a comic colorist, Steve Oliff played a  role.
If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?

There was a period I had gotten really burnt out on working on a really popular Marvel title and asked to leave the book. Looking back that was probably not a wise decision. Oh well!

What work are you best-known for?

I think I'm best known for my color work on Marvel's Iron Man and The Hulk due to those titles' name value. 

What work are you most proud of?

There is an issue of Marvel's Double Shot where I colored a Klaus Janson Iron Man story. That was a lot of fun to do.  I'm also proud of the work I did with Steve Oliff and Olyoptics on Marvel's Thor Omnibus.  It was an honor to work alongside the Godfather of Comic Colors.   The most recent comic I'm coloring is André Araújo's MAN PLUS which comes out this summer.  

What would you like to do  or work on in the future?

I would like to continue working on Shahnameh For Kids, a children's book based on an ancient Iranian mythology.  I currently have a Kickstarter campaign for it right now!  I'm working with the talented Mike Amante on it. I'm very happy with how the book turned out.  It'd be great to do a few more books for it and make it a series.  

Tell us more about your Kickstarter project and why you decided to do it.

Shahnameh For Kids is a full color illustrated children's book inspired by the Iranian epic poem called the Shahnameh.  

This has been a project I've been wanting to do for a while now. I wanted to create a pop version of its stories geared towards younger readers. I wanted to start with one if its more famous tales, and a personal favorite of mine, "The Story of Zal & Simorgh."

This is the culmination of several years of research of the Shahnameh and ancient Iranian studies. It was important to me that the book presented a proper visual representation of what true Iranian culture is.  This is something that is rarely shown in mainstream outlets.

I'm really happy with how the book turned out. I think it will appeal to everyone, especially those who love World Mythology.
What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block? 
I usually don't have writer's block.  There's always so much inspiration around me at all times. Insomnia is more of an issue rather than writer's block.  

What do you think will be the future of your field?

I would think it would continue to go towards a digital medium even more-so than it is today.  

What local cons do you attend? The Small Press Expo, Intervention, or others? Any comments about attending them?

Awesome Con is always a blast. I will be guest this year and will also be doing a workshop demonstration on how comics are digitally colored.  I also enjoy going to SPX as a fan because there are so many great indy comics to check out.

What's your favorite thing about DC? 

The museums.  People take for granted how we have so many amazing museums and galleries with fantastic works of art to enjoy and appreciate.  It's our nation's crown jewel in my opinion.

Least favorite?

Sitting in traffic.

What monument or museum do like to take visitors to?'

The Freer-Sackler is great because it has lots of fantastic historical works (I'm partial to the Iranian wing) and the National Gallery of Art is amazing.

How about a favorite local restaurant? 

Nothing beats a home cooked meal from my mother.  

Do you have a website or blog? 

CRNI's Russell quoted Cartoonists under threat report

Read it here:

Drawing the line: Cartoonists under threat

On January 7, two gunmen burst into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing eight journalists and bringing into focus the risks cartoonists face. But with the ability of their work to transcend borders and languages, and to simplify complex political situations, the threats faced by cartoonists around the world—who are being imprisoned, forced into hiding, threatened with legal action or killed—far exceed Islamic extremism. A Committee to Protect Journalists special report by Shawn W. Crispin
May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 22: CARTOONING AND OUR CULTURE at Library of Congress

The National Cartoonists Society and the LOC's Prints and Photographs Division Present

CARTOONING AND OUR CULTURE: A Panel of Top King Features Cartooning Talents Celebrating the Syndicate's Centennial

• Patrick McDonnell – Mutts

• Jeff Keane – The Family Circus

• Brian Walker – Hi and Lois

• Hilary Price – Rhymes With Orange

• Ray Billingsley – Curtis

• Mike Peters – Mother Goose & Grimm,  Pulitzer Prize-winning Editorial Cartoonist for Dayton Daily News

Moderated by Brendan Burford, Editor, King Features Syndicate

May 22, 11 A.M.

Library of Congress
Madison Building • Montpelier Room
FREE and Open to the Public

Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at

(202) 707-6382 or For information, call (202) 707-3630

June 17-18: Brad Meltzer in DC for his new thriller

The President's Shadow Book Tour

Wednesday, June 17 — 7:00 PM
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW

Thursday, June 18 — 7:00 PM
Tyson's Barnes & Noble
7851 L Tyson's Corner Center

Brad's always glad to sign his comic book work, and I strongly recommend the children's books he's currently doing with cartoonist Christopher Eliopoulos.

May 20: Kaptara signing at 3rd Eye Comics



This Saturday, you can get a FREE IMAGE #1 comic, AND get awesome stuff signed by CHIP ZDARSKY & KAGAN MCLEOD!


Click here to get the full details on the event here!



Juana Medina interviewed by Politics and Prose

P&P Conversations: Juana Medina
May 6, 2015 and

Illustrator Juana Medina talks about her art style and plans for her upcoming autobiographical series about her childhood in Colombia.

The Post on Disney's Miles from Tomorrowland

Google, NASA work together on Disney show to inspire girls into sciences [in print as Disney gets help from NASA, Google to design a girl].

The makers of "Miles From Tomorrowland" tried to steer clear of science stereotypes. (Disney Junior")

Friday, May 15, 2015

Comic Riffs talks to Gene Yang

Comic recs in the City Paper Summer Arts Guide

The Post's Act Four blog on superheroes

She-Hulk is an adventuress, not a porn star By Alyssa Rosenberg I write about culture, so it's inevitable that my desk here at The Post is cluttered. Five piles of books creep up the walls, DVDs lean against each other in untidy stacks and printouts of old studies about Hollywood are cross-hatched on top of each other, waiting for my highlighter. There are some trinkets, too, …  Read full article »
The Avengers vs. 'Man of Steel'
By Sonny Bunch
At a certain point during the critics' screening of "Avengers: Age of Ultron"—I believe it was when Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) decided that it was more important to grab three people out of a collapsing tenement than focus on the world-ending event only he had the technical know-how to stop—I wrote "Oh, [expletive deleted] …  Read full article »

Kickstarter for new Arsia Rozegar project

Local artist Arsia Rozegar, who has done stints on coloring Iron Man and Hulk for Marvel Comics, is launching a Kickstarter to fund a children's book he is developing based on a popular Iranian tale.
Shahnameth for Kids: The Story of Zal and Simorgh will be a full-color children's book illustrated by Mike Amante.  Rozegar says the story is inspired by Ferdowsi's epic poem, "The Shahnameh," and this tale tells the story of Zal, who was born with skin and hair white as snow. Because of his unusual appearance, Zal is abandoned as a newborn by his father at the foot of a mountain, but only to be discovered by the mystical and mythical giant bird known as Simorgh.