Thursday, June 30, 2016

Newseum launches Declaration of Independence exhibit with 'graphic novel' features

Here's the PR:

Jun 29, 2016

First Newspaper Printing of the Declaration of Independence Goes on Display at the Newseum

Business Leader and Philanthropist David M. Rubenstein Lends Rare July 6, 1776, Newspaper for New Exhibit

WASHINGTON — On July 1, the Newseum will open "1776 — Breaking News: Independence," a new exhibit featuring one of only 19 known copies of the July 6, 1776, edition of The Pennsylvania Evening Post, the first newspaper to publish the newly adopted Declaration of Independence. The rare newspaper is on loan to the Newseum from business leader and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein and will be on display in the museum's Pulliam Family History of Liberty Gallery through 2017.

"This extraordinary 240-year-old newspaper shows the Declaration of Independence as Americans first saw it — as front page news," said Cathy Trost, senior vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum. "The words and images of America's revolution come alive in this exhibit in dramatic graphic novel form to tell the story of how the Colonial press fanned the flames and spread the news of the fight for freedom."

All four pages of The Pennsylvania Evening Post will be displayed. Other pages of the newspaper offer a glimpse into the everyday life of Philadelphians in the 18th century. Among the items listed for sale in advertisements are sugar, spirits and very fine hay "of this year's growth." Another listing offers a $2 reward for the safe return of a 5-year-old brown horse that had strayed from its owner's pasture.

Interactive kiosks in the exhibit allow visitors to zoom in and explore the newspaper in high definition. Illustrated panels around the gallery use the format of a graphic novel to tell the story of how and why delegates from the 13 American Colonies gathered in Philadelphia to break the bonds of British rule and forge a new nation. A Newseum-produced video, presented as a documentary graphic novel, will feature original animated illustrations and interviews with journalist Sebastian Junger, political commentator S.E. Cupp and "The Daily Show" contributor Lewis Black.

On July 7, the Newseum will host a members-only reception and program featuring Rubenstein and Newseum president and CEO Jeffrey Herbst, who will discuss how the news of freedom spread through the world and played a crucial role in uniting American colonists behind the cause of independence.

"1776 — Breaking News: Independence" was made possible with generous support from David M. Rubenstein.

About the Newseum

The Newseum is dedicated to free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Through exhibits, programs and education, the Newseum works to ensure that these fundamental freedoms remain strong and protected both today and for future generations. Headquartered on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the Newseum's compelling, dynamic and engaging exhibits, programs and education initiatives help ensure that these fundamental freedoms remain strong and protected both today and for future generations. The Newseum Institute promotes the study, exploration and education of the challenges confronting freedom through its First Amendment Center and the Religious Freedom Center. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Comic Riffs on John Patrick Green, Lucy Knisley, and the Flintstones

How a kids' book artist turned his childhood illness into both passion and profession

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post  
Comic Riffs June 30 2016

A new graphic novel explains the ridiculousness of the marriage industry

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post  Comic Riffs  June 29 2016

Yabba-dabba reboot! The Flintstones are back, this time in comics form. [in print as Redrawing a page right out of history, June 30, p. C8).

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post  Comic Riffs June 28 2016

Declaration of Independence exhibit, graphic-novel style

The Newseum on July 1 opens “1776 — Breaking News: Independence,” a new exhibit featuring one of only 19 known copies of the July 6, 1776, edition of The Pennsylvania Evening Post, the first newspaper to publish the newly adopted Declaration of Independence. An interactive exhibit presented in a graphic novel style is include. Per the Newseum website:

"Interactive kiosks in the exhibit allow visitors to zoom in and explore the newspaper in high definition. Illustrated panels around the gallery use the format of a graphic novel to tell the story of how and why delegates from the 13 American Colonies gathered in Philadelphia to break the bonds of British rule and forge a new nation."

Courtesy of the Newseum

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Latest'n'Greatest: "Flugennock, the Documentary"

"Flugennock, the Documentary"

Total running time: 19:19
Music by: Rations and Utter Failure on 86'd records

Ron Douglas, producer of this documentary, is an Assistant Professor of Multimedia Communications at Wesley College, Delaware; he was a student activist involved in the anti-globalization movement at the turn of the century (this one) and became a fan of my work while wheatpasting my posters for the 2000 Spring IMF/World Bank mobilization.

Fast-forward 15 years -- Ron has become an accomplished filmmaker and documentarian, producing films about police brutality, and about Native American boarding schools in the US and Canada. Last summer, he contacted me about being the subject in one of a series of documentaries on the emergence of citizen journalism on the Internet, and specifically the creation of the Independent Media Centers across the US and the world in the wake of the Seattle WTO mobilization of 1999, and the "A16" mobilization at the IMF and World Bank in the spring of 2000.

This film provides a brief history of my cartoon work going back to the Yipster Times in the late 1970s, and my art and media activist involvement with the antiglobalization and antiwar movements of the '00s, and my work with the DC Statehood and marijuana legalization campaign of 2014.

Follow Ron Douglas on Twitter at

Check out more of Ron's documentary work on YouTube at

Barney & Clyde tribute to Mell Lazarus

I'm not sure what connection either the Weingartens or Clark had, but here's the strip:

Barney & Clyde 06/28

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Pretty Vacant"

From Mike Flugennock, DC's anarchist cartoonist:

"Pretty Vacant"

"There's no point in asking, you'll get no reply...!"

So, yesterday I'm watching and reading the ongoing coverage of the Brexit vote -- watching "Leave" win by something like 4% -- but what really got me going was the discussion of the ripple effect through the rest of Europe, as other countries watched the UK bail and thought "Hell, if the Brits can do it, why not us...?"

It's also worth noting here that the discussion couldn't really be broken down into a strictly either/or division, despite most media trying to forcibly break it down to "good Lefties vote Remain" and "only Rightist Trumpsters vote Leave". I started out buying into that because the mainstream US media were beating the living crap out of that riff, but the more foreign and dissident media I read, the more nuances became evident.

In the end, I think it might be a good thing, and that this might actually work out well for our side, simply because I can't think of a single kind of substantive, revolutionary change that didn't require chaos, tumult and upheaval -- the old "breaking eggs to make an omelet" thing. And man, am I ever hungry for a nice omelet right now.


"Though I could not caution all, I still might warn a few...
Don't lend a hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools!"

-Grateful Dead

Friday, June 24, 2016

Pop Culture Happy Hour on Finding Dory and Voltron

Robin Ha interview online

Comics, Culture, and Cooking with Robin Ha at #CrossLines

On the second day of the Smithsonian's CrossLines pop-up culture lab on intersectionality, artist Robin Ha stopped by the NOC Reading Lounge to talk about her new book Cook Korean, which takes Korean recipes and presents them in a comic book format.

Robin also talks about her history and influences as an artist as well as the importance of networking and social media. In fact, she reveals her book deal for Cook Korean was a result of someone finding her Banchan comics on tumblr!
Cook Korean will be released in bookstores everywhere on July 5.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Zdepski new editorial cartoonist for Loudoun Tribune

Paul Zdepski is the new editorial cartoonist for the weekly Loudoun Tribune. His first strip appeared this week. Below is a sneak peek; Click on the image to see the whole thing.

The Post on Disney princesses

The unexpected way Disney princesses affect little boys

By Danielle Paquette

Washington Post Wonkblog June 22 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

July 13: Teresa Logan's Coloring & Cocktails at Hooray for Books

Wednesday, July 13thWe are so excited to host a night of ColoringCocktails with author and artist Teresa Roberts Logan. This event is ticketed: For $20, you will receive one copy of Logan's adult coloring book Paisley Designs For Fun and Relaxation and a drink ticket. For $30, you will receive one copy of Logan's coloring book Paisley Designs for Fun and Relaxation, one copy of Logan's book The Older I Get, The Less I Care, and a drink ticket. On the night of the event, come to Hooray for Books! to pick up your book(s) and drink ticket, then head over to the Lorien Hotel & Spa patio for drinks and coloring! Space is limited, so reserve your tickets now. 6:30 pm.

1555 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

JUNE 22: Indoctrination Release Party at Fantom Comics

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar
Fantom Comics - 2010 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036 - View Map
Tickets -

The new comic from Mike Moreci & Matt Battaglia
Signing by Matt Battaglia and Special Guest Matt Kibbe
Cash Bar and Free Sketches. Quality of Sketches may degrade as evening progresses, so get yours early.

Monday, June 20, 2016

New Axel and Alex #3 is out from Terry Flippo

From Terry's Facebook page:

Haven't gotten your copies of the Axel and Alex collections? Today's your lucky day! There are three books (48,40,and 36 pages) Each book comes with an original sketch on the back cover. They're $6.00 each, or all 3 for $15.00. Just paypal me at

Terry Flippo's photo.

July 7: Cartoonists Draw Blood - Art Exhibit

Thursday, July 7
at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

Join the DC Chapter of National Cartoonists Society for the first "Cartoonists Draw Blood" art exhibit at Takoma Park Community Center on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 6:30PM. This talented group of artists works with the American Red Cross every year to draw for blood donors. We will have snack and drinks at the reception and many of the pieces are for sale for the general public to purchase and own. (Our next blood drive is Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 10am-3:30pm at Seekers Church).

Art Hondros, Bill Brown, Carolyn Belefski, Eric Gordon, Jake Warrenfeltz, Jay Payne, Joe Carabeo, Joe Sutliff, Mal Jones, Matt Rawson, Steve Artley, Steve Loya, Teresa Roberts Logan

Carolyn Belefski (

Bill Brown, Steve Loya, Troy-Jeffrey Allen, Takoma Park Community Center

July: Two appearances by Robin Ha

Thursday, July 7 at 6 PM - 9 PM
Fantom Comics
2010 P Steet, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Join us for a celebration of Korean food, comic books, and intrigue! We'll be hosting a book release party for local creator, ROBIN HA's new graphic cookbook COOK KOREAN! & guest creators' DAVE KELLY & LARA ANTAL's latest installment of TALES OF THE NIGHT WATCHMAN (writen by Kelly, drawn by J. Vigants)! Please join us for a fun night of booze, food, and comics love!

6-6:30pm: Happy Hour! Stop by to mingle before the Q&A. Free wine.
6:30-7pm: Q&A with Robin Ha, Dave Kelly, and Lara Antal about Cook Korean! & Tales of the Night Watchman.
7-7:30pm: Live Cooking Demo w/ Robin.
7:30-9pm: Party with cash bar & Korean food bites.

Cook Korean! is published by Ten Speed Press (an imprint of Penguin Random House). Tales of the Night Watchman is published by So What? Press.


Tuesday, July 12 at 7 PM - 9 PM
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20011

Join us for a feast of Koren food, inspired by Robin Ha's charming graphic cookbook, Cook Korean!

Robin Ha is a cartoonist, textile designer, illustrator, and painter living in Falls Church, VA. Cook Korean! is an introduction to the basics of Korean cooking in graphic novel form, with 64 recipes, ingredient profiles, and more, presented through light-hearted comics.

Tickets include many traditional dishes and two drinks. Reserve your spot here:

Signed books also available!

Juana Medina interviewed


Illustrator Juana Medina on Her 1 Big Salad Counting Book


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Marvel Comics app reviewed in The Post

The Marvel Comics app: An easy way to keep your reading organized [in print as Marvel Comics: Adventures await - why not organize and store them?]

Friday, June 17, 2016

Juana Medina interview online

Meet the Illustrator: Juana Medina

by The Brightly Editors

June 2016

Comic Riffs on Finding Dory

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "He Can't Say 'Radical Islam'"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock:

"He Can't Say 'Radical Islam'"

Never mind that the stew of motives for the Orlando nightclub mass shooting pretty much includes everything but ISIS. Never mind that the shooter's attachment to ISIS was on the level of a metalhead's allegiance to his favorite band (Dokken RULES!). Once the media got the slightest whiff of an ISIS connection, they and the politicians were on it like a dog with an old shoe, pausing only briefly to pretend to care about gays and lesbians before returning to the ongoing ISISfest -- which brings us to Donald "You're Fired" Trump.

Despite the shooter's ISIS connection being weak at best, it didn't stop The Donald from a spasm of self-congratulatory yelling and screaming about ISIS and Muslims and immigrants and kicking Obama's nuts by bitching about Obummer's seeming inability to say the words "radical Islam". Never mind that B.O. has bombed at least seven countries in his term in office, or that he's had this country perpetually at war in the Middle East, or that he hasn't lifted a finger to stop the wave of hate and discrimination against American Muslims -- dude can't say "radical Islam", and maa-aan, has it got The Donald's panties in a twist.

The Express on Finding Dory

Sea worth: 'Dory' shows the value of parental support [online as 'Finding Dory' will ring true for parents of kids with special needs].


Dory isn't defined by her short-term memory loss. She also isn't defined by her short-term memory loss. (Pixar)

The Post reviews Finding Dory

Remember 'Nemo'? Pixar dives in again [online as 'Finding Dory': It's no 'Nemo,' but it'll do].

Washington Post

Dory has a sudden and surprising memory of her family and swims off in search of them in "Finding Dory," the sequel to Pixar's 2003 hit "Finding Nemo." (Pixar/Disney)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Glen Weldon on DC's 'Rebirth'

DC Comics' 'Rebirth': When The Super-Villain Is Your Own History

Fantom Comics' Jake Shapiro interviews Emma Rios

Interview: Emma Ríos on Craft, I.D., and Island


And here's more articles by him:

Cavna talks to Dory animator

The Post's Style Invitational contest channels Zits

Style Invitational Week 1180: Strip search — play off a line of text in a comic strip

Plus a lit' obit of fun with the winners of Week 1176

(From "Zits," by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, King Features Syndicate, altered by Bob Staake for The Washington Post with a parody by Chris Doyle)

Tom King interviewed on Batman

The Post reflects on Finding Nemo

As 'Finding Dory' is released, why did 'Finding Nemo' connect so deeply with all ages?

Comic Riffs

Richard Thompson panel at 2011 Heroes Con

Heroes Con is going on this weekend in Charlotte, NC. Richard Thompson's mother was an orphan in the town, and the con is held right across the street from the former orphanage space.

We went down twice together, at the invitation of con owner Shelton Drum and his right-hand man, Dustin Harbin. Richard had a great time. Last night I stumbled across a recording that I had forgotten about, so I put it online.  I haven't listened to it since recording it, but here's Richard talking about Cul de Sac, and Parkinson's Disease.

Heroes Con 2011: Richard Thompson A Celebration

Published June 4, 2011

10:30 AM
Richard Thompson: A Celebration
Room 209 

Is Cul-De Sac the best comic strip being published today?
Perhaps, but one thing is for certain, it is the best drawn and the
funniest. Okay, that's two things. Please join Mike Rhode and
some fellow strip creators as we sit down and examine the art of Mr.
Thompson. In addition to discussing craft and daily deadlines, we will
see if Richard can provide any insight as to whether poor Petey will
make it through the entire soccer season without having a psychotic
breakdown. Ahhh, total Bliss (haven).

With Craig Fischer and Team Cul de Sac's Chris Sparks.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Glen Weldon is live at Hooray for Books now

Retrofit / Big Planet Comics surveyed

A Retrofit Comics Survey

Comic Riffs on Kingdom Come

Elderly Batman and Superman? That's what the brilliant 'Kingdom Come' imagined 20 years ago

Comic Riffs J

Tonight: Glen Weldon on Batman in Alexandria

Wednesday, June 15th: Author, blogger, and regular NPR "Pop Culture Happy Hour" podcast contributor Glen Weldon will be at Hooray for Books! to present his newest book The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture. Weldon's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, McSweeney's, and more. He is the recipient of an NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, a Ragdale Writing Fellowship, and a PEW Fellowship in the Arts for Fiction. 7 pm.
In this witty, intelligent cultural history, NPR book critic Glen Weldon examines the trajectory of Batman's status in society -- and what Batman's story tells us about ourselves. Whether a two-fisted detective, a planet-hopping gadabout, a Pop-art sensation, or Christian Bale, Batman's endlessly mutable qualities speak to who we are and make the character endurable. In his interrogation into Batman, Weldon uses the character as a lens through which to examine contemporary geek culture.

Hooray for Books!

1555 King Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

Monday, June 13, 2016

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Delete Your Account"

From DC's resident anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock:

"Delete Your Account"

So, anyway, about a week or so ago, Donald Trump had one of his usual bigoted Tourette's outburts on Twitter -- nothing of note, really -- to which the Clinton campaign responded curtly, "Delete your account". Obviously, it wasn't the Ice Queen herself, but some mouthy intern who probably thought she was being all cool and edgy n'stuff.

Delete your account, I thought... was it perhaps really a command to the People to forget everything they know about the Clintons? You know, like:

Delete your account of Hill'n'Bill's excellent adventures in Serbia, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Sudan?

Delete your account of Hillary's tenure on the Board Of Directors of Wal-Mart, whose reputation with workers has been in the toilet for years?

Delete your account of Hillary carpetbagging her way into a New York Senate seat, where she accomplished exactly nothing except to build out the infrastructure for a Presidential campaign?

Delete your account of Hillary's support for the Patriot Act, the War On Terror, and the disaster in Iraq?

Delete your account of Hillary's support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement?

Delete your account of Hillary's remarks to the board of Goldman Sachs, for which she received $670,000? An average speech, for Hill, considering how much she and Bubba get per speech on any given speaking tour. Six-seventy large, man -- in some parts of this country, that'd still buy you a house.

That's just a slice of the lies, deceit, betrayal, greed and hypocrisy that Hillary, the DNC, and the aging Liberal establishment would like you to forget, so you can be "united".

Delete your account. Hell, if there's anybody who knows how to work a delete key, it's Hillary Clinton.

Sept 2016: Comic book artists in Delaware

Delaware Art Museum hosts famous fantasy, science fiction artists


Delaware Art Museum hosts famous fantasy, science fiction artists


Imaginative Realism combines classical painting techniques with narrative subjects, focusing on the unreal, the unseen, and the impossible. The Delaware Art Museum is partnering with IX Arts organizers to host the first IX Preview Weekend September 23 – 25, 2016 at the Museum, celebrating Imaginative Realism and to kick off IX9–the annual groundbreaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to the genre. Imaginative Realism is the cutting edge of contemporary painting and illustration and often includes themes related to science fiction and fantasy movies, games, and books. A pop-up exhibition and the weekend of events will feature over 16 contemporary artists internationally recognized for their contributions to Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Marvel, DC Comics, Blizzard Entertainment, and Wizards of the Coast, among others.

The weekend will also include after-hours events, performances, exclusive workshops with artists, talks, film screenings, artist signings, live demos, and games. The artists represented include Greg Hildebrandt, illustrator of the original Star Wars poster; Boris Vallejo, who is famous for his illustrations of Tarzan and Conan the Barbarian; Charles Vess, whose award-winning work graced the covers of Marvel and DC Comics; and Donato Giancola, known for his paintings for Lucasfilm, DC Comics, Playboy Magazine, and the Syfy Channel.

Other featured artists include Julie Bell, Bob Eggleton, Rebecca Leveille-Guay, Ruth Sanderson, Jordu Schell, Matthew Stewart, William O'Connor, David Palumbo, Dorian Vallejo, Michael Whelan, and Mark Zug. Each artist will present original work in the pop-up show, covering the gamut from illustration through personal/gallery work in a wide range of mediums. All artists represented will be present at the Museum over the course of the weekend.

"When the Museum approached us about the possibility of doing an IX Weekend, we were immediately struck by the appropriateness of this particular partnership," says IX Arts co-founder Patrick Wilshire. "The Delaware Museum holds the country's finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art and is also the definitive home for Howard Pyle and Brandywine illustrators. Many contemporary Imaginative Realist artists' work is founded in these past traditions."

The Imaginative Realism tradition harkens back to many of the great 19th century Romantic, Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian artists such as John Martin, Edward Burne-Jones, and John William Waterhouse, and moves through many of the great Golden Age illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth, both well-represented in the Museum's collection. Rarely seen fantasy works from Pyle and other Golden Age illustrators will be displayed in the Museum's permanent collection galleries during IX Preview Weekend.

With the mass exposure to imaginative subjects that has come with science fiction and fantasy movies, games, and books throughout the 20th century and up to the present, the imagery of these artists is more deeply embedded in the public consciousness and popular culture than ever before.

Ticket and registration information will be available this summer. Visit for details and updates.

Click here for bios of the IX Preview Weekend artists.

About IX 9 and IX Arts

Launched in 2008, IX is the first, groundbreaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to Imaginative Realism–bringing artists, students, collectors, and art fans together for an annual gathering intended to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for Imaginative Realism and the realm of the fantastic.

IX is the world's largest gathering of artists, students, and collectors of Imaginative Realist art. Each year, over 200 artists come to IX from around the world for five days to exhibit their work, finding inspiration and buyers in equal measure. Over the years, the show has been attended by artists from all over the United States, Canada, Spain, Australia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Croatia, and the Netherlands, featuring well over 1,000 pieces of original art and countless books, prints, and other materials each year. In addition, art collectors from as far away as the United Kingdom and continental Europe attend annually.

IX 9 will be held in Reading, Pennsylvania at the GoogleWorks Center for the Arts October 19 – 23, 2016. For more information, visit

Sponsors and Partners

IX Arts is a partner for IX Preview Weekend. Support is provided in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on


Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.

The Delaware Art Museum is located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Open Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Admission fees are charged as follows: Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit the website at

Follow the Museum for details and updates:

Twitter: @delartmuseum
Facebook: delawareartmuseum
Instagram: @delartmuseum


For more information, contact:

Jessica Jenkins
Manager of Marketing & Public Relations

Nik Kowsar starts a blog

I can't say that I agree politically with his first strip, but he's a talented cartoonist so check it out.

June 25: Spongebob SquarePants at National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum's Family Day
Featuring Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants
June 25 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Copyright 2016 Viacom International Inc. Created by Stephen Hillenburg
Come join in the adventures of the world's most lovable sponge and his friends at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum on Saturday, June 25th from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.!

See the museum transformed into Bikini Bottom and participate in
nautical-themed activities, such as
games, sand castle building and much more - including a chance to
meet SpongeBob SquarePants!

This family day event offers a variety of educational and interactive experiences throughout the day, providing visitors of all ages opportunities to learn, engage and have fun. All activities are complimentary and offered on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Meet SpongeBob SquarePants -The world's most lovable sponge will be available to meet and greet his friends at the National Postal Museum! SpongeBob will be in the museum's atrium at regular intervals for pictures throughout the day, dressed in an extra-special pair of mail pants! (The SpongeBob SquarePants costume character will not be available all hours of the event.)

"Greetings from Bikini Bottom" Postcard Writing Station -The museum will be providing special pre-paid SpongeBob SquarePants postcards. Visitors are encouraged to send notes to friends and loved ones describing their fabulous "beach" trip, or just a simple hello!

SpongeBob SquarePants Episode Screenings - Curl up in a big, squishy beanbag and enjoy screenings of classic SpongeBob SquarePants episodes, as well as a brand new, never-before-seen episode. Episodes will be shown every hour, on the half hour.

Beach Games - Visitors can experience one of SpongeBob and Patrick's favorite pastimes - jelly fishing! And in a fun take on a popular classic, visitors can also try their hand at a dolphin ring toss. (Prizes available while supplies last.)

National Zoo Corner -Though he more closely resembles a kitchen sponge, SpongeBob is actually based on a sea sponge! Learn more about deep sea life with Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) as they share information about SpongeBob's real-life, underwater counterparts.

SpongeBob SquarePants Photo Booth - Visitors can document their experience by posing in a custom SpongeBob SquarePants photo booth. Guests are welcome to take home their printed photos, which will feature a Bikini Bottom motif.

Sand Castle Station - SpongeBob lives in a pineapple, and Patrick lives under a rock. But what is really found on the ocean floor? Sand! Visitors can get their hands dirty by building SpongeBob a new Bikini Bottom home using kinetic sand.

Coral Reef Community Mural -The museum will have special supplies for kids to make a unique contribution to a large community mural. Decorate a fish, mammal or other sea creature and choose a comfy spot for it to live.

Stamp Collecting Station - Visitors can select up to six free stamps to create their own topical stamp collection. Museum staff and volunteers will help children find stamps related to the ocean, wildlife, cartoon characters or other popular categories.

"Snail Mail" Story Time -Take a relaxing break with a story about an adorable snail who delivers mail for a living. Snail is resolute not to fail as a mail carrier, even when numerous challenges arise. Young children will be delighted by Snail's determination in this lively story with bright illustrations.

The National Postal Museum would like to thank and recognize Viacom as the sole sponsor of the event.

All ages welcome. Free; no registration required. All activities are complimentary and offered on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.  Unfortunately, the SpongeBob SquarePants costume character will not be available all hours of the event.

Nick Galifianakis on Peter de Seve

Peter de Sève, 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee

Nick Galifianakis
Cartoonist, The Washington Post

Jared Smith at CAKE

My good friend Gene Kannenberg Jr took this shot of Retrofit / Big Planet Comics' Jared Smith at CAKE in Chicago this weekend.  Gene's academic site about comics is at

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Today: Lucy Bellwood at Fantom Comics

Baggywrinkles Ahoy!

Sunday, June 12 at 2 PM
Fantom Comics in Washington, District of ColumbiaPlease help us welcome LUCY BELLWOOD to DC for this very special BOOK RELEASE party of BAGGYWRINKLES: A LUBBER'S GUIDE TO LIFE AT SEA!!

This all-ages book covers everything we land lubbers need to know about the sailor's life, from the meaning of various nautical tattoos to what exactly a "fathom" covers and all of the essential details Lucy learned while sailing on the LADY WASHINGTON!

Join us for a day of sailing and adventure within the pages of this fantastic new graphic novel!



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Get rescued by Superman on a roller coaster

This is in PG County.

Virtual reality is revolutionizing the roller coaster experience

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: #HesWithUs

From DC's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennock:


So, aaaanyway... Bernie and Obummer met at the White House this week to talk about the future of the Democratic party or someshit, but not before Obummer spews out a ringing endorsement of the Ice Queen. Russia Today says Bernie's not dropping out, but the Washington Post says he is. Seeing what the Post has queefed out the better part of this year, I'll go with Russia Today on this one.

If you ask me, though, Obummer endorsed Hillary, and then when Bernie showed up, Obummer and the Ice Queen took him around back to the Rose Garden, offed his ass, then dragged him out in front of the cameras when it was time for him to drop that mumbling about how he was going to "work with Clinton against Trump".

Don't forget that he said right from day one that he'd support the Ice Queen if she won the nomination.

Hell, he's not dead; he's just resting. He's pining for the fjords.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Polansky: ‘Intellectual property II: The Wrath of Con(s)’

Silver Spring, Md.-based intellectual property lawyer Seth Polansky discusses the issue of artist and copyright infringements at comic cons, which is garnering more attention. 

“The obvious legal answer is that all conventions should stop allowing the sale of infringing items, and attendees should refuse to purchase them,” he writes on his blog. “But I’m not naïve enough to think that attendees or organizers are going to stop any time soon.”

June 12: D.C. Conspiracy monthly meeting

The local comics collaborative the D.C. Conspiracy meets this Sunday at 5:30 at Madhatter at Dupont Circle. According to the Facebook event post: "We'll be upstairs, towards the back. Otherwise, just look for the sketchbooks. Bring a book and some pens, anything you're working on, printing, drawing or reading, or just come and hang."

June 24: Animezing!: Anthem of the Heart (2015)

Come join us for a free film at the JICC!
Japan Information and Culture Center
Anthem of the Heart
Anthem of the Heart | June 24, 2016 | Friday @ 6:30PM
Japanese w. English subtitles | Not Rated (Rec. 13+) | 120 min | 2015
2016 Japan Academy Award Nominee for Best Animation

From the creators of the hit series and movie, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, 「あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。」.
"I have feelings I can't tell anybody hidden deep in a shell inside of my heart. But, really, I want to shout it out…my honest feelings like a beautiful anthem is waiting to break free!"
Jun is a girl whose words have been sealed away. She was once a very happy girl, but because of a "certain thing" she said when she was very young, her family was torn apart. Then, an egg fairy appeared in front of her and sealed away her ability to talk in order to stop her from hurting anybody else. Since this traumatic experience, Jun lives in the shadows away from the limelight. Years later, she is nominated to become an executive member of the "community outreach council". On top of that, Jun is also appointed to play the main lead in their musical…     
Mari Okada, Screenwriter
A member of the Writers Guilde of Japan and one of the most prolific and well known anime screenwriters today, Mari Okada began her career in 1996 writing scenarios for direct-to-video features, video games, and radio dramas.  In 1998 she wrote the script for one episode of DT Eightron which began her career as a writer for anime. [read more...]
You are invited to
Friday, June 24th, 2016
from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
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Washington DC 20036 US
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