Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ReDistricted: 'Act of God'

"Act of God" by 2016 Eisner and Harvey Award Nominee Rebecca Goldfield and artist Jason Axtell (both locals) is the newest story on ReDistrictedComics.com. It's a story about the 2011 earthquake that damaged the Washington National Cathedral and the stone-mason in charge of fixing the damage.


Comic Riffs talks to Sara Glidden

Monday, January 30, 2017

Brad Meltzer, former local resident, on his books about heroes

A Best-Selling Author's Heroes for Our Time


Jason Rodriguez's new Kickstarter


The Little Particle That Could was originally released as a black & white eBook in 2012. Noel Tuazon supplied the illustrations and Dylan Todd did the cover. Today we're launching The Little Particle That Could KickStarter for a new version of the book, in print for the first time, with color for the first time by Rob Croonenborghs and re-lettered by Jason Hanley.

The Little Particle That Could is about the friendship between two elementary particles - a graviton, which guides the force of gravity, this invisible force that pulls you down to earth, and a photon, which is the source of the electromagnetic radiation we know as light.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Fascism Is Not An Option"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennock:

"Fascism Is Not An Option"

A follow-up to the poster in solidarity with the rogue National Park Service Twitter feed, here's one in solidarity with all the guys'n'gals working the new rogue NASA feed.

Big ups from an old "Apollo Kid".

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Smokey the Bear, Remix"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennock:

"Smokey the Bear, remix"

Here's a quick one -- a remix of a poster I did about 11 years or so ago -- in solidarity with the dissident National Park Service employees running a "rogue" Twitter account on their own time to continue posting environmental information currently under lockdown by the White House.

Ru Xu's News Prints

Webcomics cartoonist Ru Xu has a News Prints new graphic novel out from Scholastic's Graphix imprint.  She was at Fantom Comics on Dupont Circle yesterday and I'm sure they still have signed copies.

The book is the start of a steampunk series about a young girl who pretends to be a boy to sell newspapers on the street after her family is killed in an ongoing war. She falls in with a crazed inventor and then gets involved with high-level hijinks about the conduct of the war, and also has to contend with what journalism and truth really mean.

The art is heavily-manga influenced, and I liked it quite a bit. Ms. Xu told me that one of her influences for this book is Miyazaki and one can certainly see that. She's working on the next book in the series now. Her webcomic, Saint for Rent is here.

Recommended for tweens (and aging men who like Miyazaki)

Second Story Books' great expectations

I walked past Second Story Books on Dupont Circle yesterday and saw this copy of The Art of Cartooning, usually a $10 book at best, for $1200.


As you can see, it's signed by several cartoonists, some of whom have passed away such as Ziegler and Fradon. Still, you could almost recreate this today.

Instead I spent $4 on Robert Osborn's How to Shoot Quail from the outside selection. It's beat-up but I enjoyed it.

Next to the Cartooning book was an early, perhaps first edition of the Star Wars novelization for $50.

Friday, January 27, 2017

City Paper reviews The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle is Another Studio Ghibli Delight [in print as Life's a Dream].

Michael Dudok de Wit's hand-drawn film is surreal and heartwarming.

Washington City Paper Jan 27, 2017 p. 24
online at http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/film-tv/blog/20850266/the-red-turtle-reviewed

Jan 28: Joshua Williamson at Third Eye Comics

Comic Riffs calls out the Times, in spite of the Post's shortcomings

Like killing their Book World section...

The New York Times just killed its graphic novel bestseller lists — and authors aren't happy

Washington Post Comic RiffsJanuary 27 2017

NPR on Riverdale

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Riverdale' and Teen Soaps

Pop Culture Happy Hour

Jan 29: NewsPrints Book Release Party! at Fantom comics

Tomorrow at 2 PM - 4 PM

Fantom Comics
2010 P Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

In celebration of the release of Ru Xu's graphic novel from Scholastic, NewsPrints, Fantom Comics will be holding a release party! There will be a presentation by the author, a Q&A, and a book signing! Also, feel free to enjoy our newsie themed photo area!

Synopsis for NewsPrints:

"Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There's a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only paper in town that tells the truth. And what's printed in the newspapers now matters more than ever.

But Blue struggles with her secret, and worries that if her friends and adopted family at the Bugle find out that she's a girl, she'll lose everything and everyone she cares about. And when she meets and befriends Crow, a boy who is also not what he seems, together they seek the freedom to be their true selves... and to save each other."

The Post on 'The Red Turtle' cartoon

'The Red Turtle,' from Studio Ghibli, is a lyrical escape into silence and solitude [in print as Cast away with no words... and a rosy reptile].

Washington Post January 27 2017
, p. Weekend 29
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/the-red-turtle-from-studio-ghibli-is-a-lyrical-escape-into-silence-and-solitude/2017/01/26/fdd4ff70-e193-11e6-a453-19ec4b3d09ba_story.html

Q&A: 'The Red Turtle' director talks about making his first feature film

Washington Post January 26 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Washington Blade contributing editorial cartoonist papers donated

Real life continues to get comic book weird

A comic book nerd won a city council seat — and was sworn in holding his Captain America shield

Washington Post 
Post Nation blog January 25 2017

Another cartoon diary of the Women's March

The Post (and NY Times) on Archie's Riverdale tv show

Both liked it.

There's something arch about 'Riverdale' [online as 'Riverdale' isn't about the same old Archie. (For starters, he's having sex with Ms. Grundy.)]

Washington Post January 26 2016 p. C1
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/riverdale-isnt-about-the-same-old-archie-for-starters-hes-having-sex-with-ms-grundy/2017/01/25/9dcfedd6-e1c2-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html

In 'Riverdale,' Archie Is Hot and Haunted

A version of this review appears in print on January 26, 2017, on Page C2 of the New York edition with the headline: Sex, Drugs and Archie


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

More on "March's" new awards

"March: Book Three" Makes History at the YMAs | ALA Midwinter 2017

By Christina Vercelletto and Sarah Bayliss
January 24, 2017

Lauren Weinstein also draws the Women's March

Drawing the Women's March on Washington

Lauren Weinstein, an illustrator who draws the Normel Person strip for the Voice, attended the Women's March on Washington with her family this past weekend.

Another diary strip on the Women's March

Half a Million March on Washington

The Women's March drew people from all over the country - and the globe.

The Nib January 23 2017


A Washington cartoon (presented without comment)

Courtesy of the Library of Congress
  • Title: "To begin with, 'I'll paint the town red'" / Hamilton.
  • Creator(s): Hamilton, Grant E., artist
  • Date Created/Published: 1885 January 31.
  • Medium: 1 print (2 pages) : chromolithograph.
  • Summary: Cartoon showing "Democracy" portrayed as the devil holding a bucket labeled "Bourbon Principles" and a paintbrush (in which appears a profile caricature of Grover Cleveland), both dripping red paint with which he plans to "paint the town"; he is standing on a wall overlooking a view of Washington, D.C. showing mostly government buildings.
  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-10482 (digital file from original print) LC-USZC4-5418 (color film copy transparency)
  • Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
  • Call Number: Illus. in AP101.J8 1884-1885 Case X [P&P]
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
  • Notes:
    • Illus. in: Judge, v. 7, no. 172, 1885 January 31, pp. 8-9.

March marches on

John Lewis' Graphic Memoir Wins 4 American Library Association Awards

NPR's The Two-Way blog January 23, 2017

Privacy on Display exhibit at Goethe-Institut Washington

Privacy on Display

(c) Tom Meyer (c) Tom Meyer

Wed, 01/25/2017 -
Tue, 03/07/2017

Goethe-Institut Washington

1990 K Street NW, Suite 03
(Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level)
Washington, DC

Privacy today is not what it used to be. Digitalization is rapidly transforming our world – ranging from individual to governmental relationships - and this provides fertile ground for artists to probe questions such as "What does privacy mean in the digital age?," "Is privacy a right or a privilege?" and "Which takes precedence – privacy or security?"

Cartoons concisely capture different and new ways of thinking, thereby serving as an ideal medium for conveying various interpretations of a topic and stimulating crucial conversations. Inviting us to reflect upon what seems to be the normal order of things, they enlarge our worldview.

These cartoons by American and European artists Ann Telnaes, Farley Katz, Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott, KAL, LECTRR, Matt Wuerker, Mawil and Tom Meyer express a range of ideas and perspectives on privacy.

Ann Telnaes is editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post. She previously worked for Walt Disney Imagineering and other studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Taiwan. Her print work was shown in exhibitions in the Library of Congress in 2004 and also in Paris, Jerusalem, and Lisbon. Her first book, Humor's Edge, was published in 2004. She received a Pulitzer Prize in 2001.

Farley Katz has been a writer and staff cartoonist for The New Yorker since 2007. His cartoons and short comedy pieces have also appeared in Mad Magazine, on Saturday Night Live, and in the online literary magazine Narrative. Katz has published several books, including his latest, The Married Kama Sutra: The World's Least Erotic Sex Manual.

Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Borgman and Reuben Award-winning cartoonist Jerry Scott co-created Zits, a comic strip about sixteen-year-old Jeremy's adolescent dilemmas. Debuting in 1997, it now appears in more than 1,600 newspapers worldwide and has won several prizes. In addition, Borgman has four political-cartoon anthologies to his credit and Scott is well-known for Baby Blues, the popular comic strip he co-produces with Rick Kirkman.

KAL (Kevin Kallaugher) is the editorial cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun. Over the past 37 years, he has created over 8,000 cartoons and 140 magazine covers.  His resumé includes six collections of his published work including Daggers Drawn (2013). In 2015, KAL was awarded the Grand Prix for Cartoon of the Year in Europe and the Herblock Prize for Cartoonist of the Year in the US, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning.

LECTRR (Steven Degryse) is a Belgian cartoonist best known for his daily political cartoons in De Standaard. Over the past decade he has been published all over Europe, both as an editorial cartoonist and a syndicated single panel cartoonist, in magazines such as Helsingsborgs Dagblad (Sweden), Prospect Magazine (UK), Nieuwe Revu (The Netherlands), Veronica Magazine (The Netherlands), Kretèn (Hungary) and others.

Matt Wuerker is the staff cartoonist for POLITICO. Over the past 36 years, his cartoons have been used widely in dailies like the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor, and in magazines including Newsweek and The Nation. In 2010, Wuerker was awarded the Herblock Prize at the Library of Congress and the National Press Foundation's Berryman Award; he received a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. 

Mawil (Markus Witzel) is a Berlin-based comic artist. His books have been published nationally and internationally. He works as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers including Der Tagesspiegel, teaches at art schools and gives workshops. Mawil has received the ICOM Independent Comic Prize several times.

Tom Meyer's cartoons have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and in magazines such as The New Republic and the Smithsonian. He is a regular contributor to Capitol Weekly, a website devoted to California politics. Meyer was editorial cartoonist at the San Francisco Chronicle from 1981 until 2009. He has received a Fischetti Award and a James Madison Freedom of Information Award.

Organized in conjunction with the Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays. An accompanying book launch and film premiere evening, "Power and Privacy," takes place on January 25.

Monday, January 23, 2017

A cartoonist on the Inaugural protests

The First Day of the Resistance

Dispatches from the front lines at the inauguration

The Nib January 23 2017


Another cartoon diary of the Women's March

Cartoonist Katie Fricas draws the march on Washington – in pictures

A cartoon diary of the Women's March

My Cartoon Diary of the Women's March on Washington

Migraines, bad signs, and heartbreak.

January 22 2017

Former DC resident Robert Aguirre-Sacasa on his Archie fandom

Archie and Betty and Veronica and Zombies

How a 76-year-old gang of teenagers wound up fighting the undead, meeting the Ramones, and starring in a sex-infused murder-mystery show on the CW.

By Abraham Riesman

*A version of this story appears in the January 28, 2017 issue of New York Magazine.


Big Planet Comics January Hardcover SALE!

 Big Planet Comics January Hardcover SALE!

Local cartoonist Chip Beck interviewed

but as a military artist.

Our Man in Arlington

Falls Church News-Press January 19, 2017 

Covering Donald Trump as an editorial cartoonist

Covering Donald Trump as an editorial cartoonist

CBC News January 22, 2017


Host John Northcott speaks with Ann Telnaes, editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post about the role of an editorial cartoonist today.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

'Magic Bullet' on the streets

The DC Conspiracy on Friday and Saturday fanned out across the city to distribute its new issue of the Magic Bullet comics newspaper during the inauguration and Women's March. Below MB Editor Andrew Cohen provide a brief account of the days' distort via Facebook:

"David Ross and I took Magic Bullet 14 to the Inauguration protests this weekend. At the Capitol, a guy from CSPAN ran up to us because he recognized the newspaper from picking it up at the comic stores. Later, near the security check in Chinatown, someone else flagged us down because his mother, an art teacher, would read it. Further west, around Franklin Square, we had a pleasant conversation with an anarchist, while the police set off concussion bombs and tear gas, beside us. We gave our last issues to a guy in McPherson Square, who told us that when he was in high school, his bedroom walls were decorated with show posters, and Magic Bullet pages."

Photos from Andrew Cohen

MB contributor Jason Rodriguez heads to the inauguration with bundles of MB14.

MB contributor Jason Axtell reports he flew through his bundles at the Women's March.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Comic Riffs talks to editorial cartoonists about Joe Biden

It's at the end - Rob Rogers and Michael Ramirez.

As Joe Biden exits, comedy bids farewell to a one-man gold mine

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog January 19

Comic Riffs talks to women creators before the March

Women's March: 8 great creative thinkers offer this advice for the sisters who follow in their footsteps

Washington Post
Comic Riffs blog January 21 2017

Today: Mocomcon at the Silver Spring library.

Beginning at noon is Mocomcon at the Silver Spring library.
January 21, 2017

12–4 pm

Doors open for registration at 11 am.

Silver Spring Library

900 Wayne Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

We are very excited to be holding our very first comic convention, MoComCon. This event is open and accessible to all. We want to attract seasoned comic conventioneers, novices, and the curious of all ages. The event will include a variety of panels, workshops, programs, displays, exhibits and cosplay — all free of charge.