Saturday, September 29, 2018

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Guardian Of Law"

from Mike Fluggenock, DC's anarchist cartoonist:
"Guardian Of Law"

Just going to leave this here... not addressing the Kavanaugh 
nomination specifically, but more of a general commentary on a 
long-decrepit American institution.

(Inspired by James Earle Fraser's "Guardian of Law" at the West Steps 
of the Supreme Court Building.)

The Post on animation - Smallfoot and Post-Apocalypto

Jack Black really wants you to see his new movie. He paid for it himself. [in print as What film has got Jack Black so excited?]

Washington Post September 30 2018, p. E1, 10, 12

'Smallfoot' is a charming yeti-meets-man animated fantasy [in print as Fantasy tale challenges creation myth].

Washington Post September 28 2018,

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Comic Riffs on the death of Norm Breyfogle

Norm Breyfogle, one of DC Comics' most beloved Batman artists, dies at 58

Boys Will Be Boys

Local cartoonist/illustrator William L. Brown issues a weekly commentary.

PR: Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Kicks Off Tomorrow!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - September 27, 2018 - The 19th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con kicks-off tomorrow afternoon, Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center! The show floor will open at 1:00 pm (12:30 pm for VIP Ticket holders), but box offices will be open as early as 8:00 am.
Here are a few last-minute reminders for attendees:
Baltimore Convention Center map
  • We are in the Pratt and Howard Street Lobby this year (which is the same entrance as last year).
  • Online ticket sales end Thursday afternoon.
  • Be sure to arrive early, as lines to enter when the show floor opens will begin to form early.
  • All attendees need to bring their receipt from their online ticket purchase or their physical tickets and a photo ID, and follow directions of staff members to guide them to the proper lines where their receipts will be scanned and collected, and wristbands issued.
  • Those who purchased the VIP Packages should go the VIP booth near WILL CALL to attain their packages.
  • We have celebrity photo ops and tickets for media guests. You can meet and greet your celebrity guests in the Guest Autographs and Photos Area. More information about all of our media guests can be found here.
  • The Frank Miller private event will be Friday at 1:30pm in Room 339-342. To purchase Frank Miller Autographs and/or Fan Packages, go to the Tickets page.
  • The 9th Annual Costume Contest, sponsored by, will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm for adults (professional and amateur), and Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 2:30 pm for children. Registration will begin as soon as the show opens at 10:00 am and lasts until 1:00 pm each respective contest day. Contest Registration forms will be handed out at the Costume Contest Booth located in the lower Pratt Street lobby for all patrons interested in entering the costume contest. Over-18 registration will cost $10 for professionals and $5 for craftsmen and amateurs. Under-18 registration will be free.
  • There will be ATMs available throughout the show for your convenience.
  • Maps for the show are now posted.
  • To ensure everyone has a safe and fun weekend, please familiarize yourself with the Baltimore Comic-Con Harassment Policy and Weapons Policy.
  • Bring your comfortable shoes and stay hydrated.
  • Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and follow us on SnapChat for all the latest updates and announcements throughout the show.


Unfortunately, the following previously-announced guests will not be joining us this year: Pat Broderick, Dave Dorman, Anne Drozd, Jerzy Drozd, Tod Emko & Piggy, David Finch, Alisa Kwitney, Hope Larson, Paul Levitz, Brandon Peterson, Afua Richardson, Andy Runton, Andy Smith, Rick Veich, and Magdalena Visaggio . We hope to see them in the future!
That's right! Mark your calendars now for the Baltimore Comic-Con's huge 20th Anniversary Show, which will take place the weekend of October 18-20, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center. You definitely won't want to miss it! We'll see YOU in Baltimore!
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as the Ringo Awards, are now on sale! Visit for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission!
To make parking easy and stress free, we have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow attendees to purchase guaranteed parking near the Baltimore Comic-Con. View real-time availability and pricing at many convenient locations within easy walking distance to the convention center.

Once purchased, parking is 100% guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees ever. Parking availability is very limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking in advance, if driving.
While they are available, be sure to take advantage of discount rate arrangements we have made with hotels near the Baltimore Convention Center. For all the details, see:

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year's confirmed guests for the show include: Arthur Adams (Guardians of the Galaxy), Joel Adams (Bucky O'Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Deadman), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Ethan Scott Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso), Marc Andreyko (Jeepers Creepers), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Mike W. Barr (The Outsiders), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Big Hero 6), John Beatty (Batman), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Marguerite Bennett (Animosity), Simon Bisley (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bodycount), Reilly Brown (Slapstick, Saturday and Sunday only), Ziggy Blumenthal (Operation Pajama Pants), June Brigman (Power Pack), Harold Buchholz (Mystery Science Theatre 3000), Mark Buckingham (Scooby Apocalypse), Dave Bullock (Barbarella), Jeffrey Burandt (Sick Monster), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis), Frank Cammuso (Wrong Earth), Chris Campana (Pathfinder: Worldscape - Vampirella), Greg Capullo (Dark Knights: Metal), Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales), Richard Case (Doom Patrol), Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown), Keith Champagne (Stranger Things), Howard Chaykin (Captain America), Sean Chen (Jasmine: Crown of Kings), Joyce Chin (All-New Wolverine), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Michael Cho (Batwoman), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Chad Cicconi (Null Fairies), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Steve Conte (Action Figure Kingdom), Katie Cook (Thanos Annual), Denys Cowan (The Question, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Clayton Crain (Spidergeddon), Paris Cullins (WWE Superstars), Nicole D'Andria (Miraculous), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), J. Robert Deans (The Bear from A.U.N.T.), Tom DeFalco (Spider-Girl, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jose Delbo (Spongebob Comics), Vito Delsante (Midnight Tiger Stronger), Todd Dezago (Tellos), Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark), Emily Drouin (Eplis), Garth Ennis (Jimmy's Bastards, Friday and Saturday only), G.D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle), Meredith Finch (Rose), Chris Flick (Capes & Babes), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Franco (Encounter), Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman), John Gallagher (Captain Canuck Season 4), Will Gallagher (EPIC Bros.), S.L. Gallant (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vs. the Six Million Dollar Man), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man), Joe Giella (The Flash), Mike Gold (The Pilgrim), Michael Golden (Micronauts: Wrath of Karza), Daniel Govar (Thanos: A God Up There Listening), Jimmy Gownley (Zootopia), John Patrick Green (Mickey Mouse Shorts: Season One), Sanford Greene (1000), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Tom Grummett (The New Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiatiive), Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit), Bob Hall (Squadron Supreme), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Glenn Hauman (The Whisper Campaign), Marc Hempel (Sandman), Clinton Hobart (Disney fine artist), Greg Horn (Batman), Ken Hunt (Lady Death: Devotions), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Tony Isabella (Black Lightning), Klaus Janson (Nightwing, Saturday and Sunday only), Sandy Jarrell (Catwoman/Tweety & Sylvester Special), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Low Road West), Todd Johnson (Tribe), Justin Jordan (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Kata Kane (Anna and the Cosmic Race), Chris Kemple (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Karl Kesel (Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (The Flash), Todd Klein (Black Hammer: Age of Doom), Evelyn Kriete (Weird Tales), Ken Lashley (Bloodshot Rising Spirit,courtesy of ComicWow), Jade F. Lee (Rolled & Told), Marty LeGrow (Toyetica), Leo Leibelman (Heavy Metal), Jay Leisten (Return of Wolverine), Mike Lilly (The Tick), Joseph Michael Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Nate Lovett (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Kevin Maguire (Man of Steel), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), Mike Manley (Judge Parker), Chris Mariano (Claire Lost her Bear at the World's Fair), Mark Mariano (Adventure Time), Billy Martin (Star Wars Adventures, Friday and Saturday only), Shawn Martinbrough (Shadowman), Ron Marz (Fathom Vol. 7), Ed McGuinness (Avengers), Bob McLeod (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Carla Speed McNeil (Empowered & Sistah Spooky's High School Hell), Dawn McTeigue (Divinica), Adriana Melo (Plastic Man, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, Saturday and Sunday only), Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Mark Morales (Justice League), Michael Moreci (Nightwing), Tony Moy (Mainstream), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Denny O'Neil (DC Universe Holiday Special, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jerry Ordway (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vs The Six Million Dollar Man), Rachel Ordway (The Elvis Adventures), John Ostrander (Suicide Squad, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Tom Palmer (Avengers), Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica Friends Forever), Jeff Parker (Future Quest Presents), Paul Pelletier (Titans Special), Andrew Pepoy (Mighty Moe Szyslak), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Tom Peyer (Captain Kid), Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Ed Piskor (X-Men: Grand Design - Second Genesis), Chase and Mark Poulton (Pizza Tree), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), David Proch (Quarter Moon), Joe Pruett (Black-Eyed Kids), Tom Raney (Giantkillers), Mark Redfield (Hunted), Frank Reynoso (Garbage Pail Kids: Fables, Fantasies and Farts), Roy Richardson (The Flash), Richard Rivera (Stabbity Bunny), Rafer Roberts (Modern Fantasy), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Startup), Stephane Roux (Faith: Dreamside), Sean Rubin (Bolivar), Joe Rubinstein (Batman: Prodigal, courtesy of Desert Wind), Jim Rugg (Street Angel), P. Craig Russell (Salome and Other Stories), Stuart Sayger (GI Joe: A Real American Hero vs. The Six-Million Dollar Man), Mark Schultz (Mark Schultz' Xenozoic Tales Artist's Edition, courtesy of Flesk Publishing), Bryan Seaton (Dollface), Brian Shearer (William the Last), Jeff Shultz (Archie Jumbo Comics Digest), Mimi Simon (Judge Parker), Louise Simonson (Action Comics #1000), Walter Simonson (Thor), Skan (Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Dan Slott (Tony Stark: Iron Man), John K. Snyder (Fashion in Action), Scott Snyder (Justice League, Saturday only), Mark Sparacio (Chelsea Dagger), Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Siblings, Saturday and Sunday only), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Action Comics), Paul Storrie (The Viking Queen), Larry Stroman (Tribe), Rob Stull (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies Return), Robert Tinnell (Feast of the Seven Fishes), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Tim Truman (Grimjack), David Trustman (God Slap), Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts), Billy Tucci (Shi), Ted Tucker (Disney World caricature artist), Mike Vasquez (Invader Zim), Gus Vazquez (Sunfire and Big Hero Six), Emilio Velez Jr. (Dodgeball Teens), Mark Waid (Captain America), Adam Wallenta (Punk Taco), Adam Warren (Empowered & Sistah Spooky's High School Hell), Michael Watkins (Pantha), Larry Watts (Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned); Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Dexter Weeks (Savage Eve), Lee Weeks (Batman), Mark Wheatley (Stargate Atlantis Singularity), Bob Wiacek (All New Wolverine), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis Gateways), Marcus Williams (Hero Cats of Stellar City: Year One), Javier Cruz Winnik (A Reason to Smile), Renee Witterstaetter (X-Force Epic Collection), Rich Woodall (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), John Workman (Kick-Ass), Thom Zahler (Time & Vine), Mike Zeck (The Punisher), and Liang Zhao (The Phantom).

Baltimore Comic-Con, P.O. Box 917, Reisterstown, MD 21136

NPR on Elfquest with commentary from Big Planet's Greg Bennett

After 'Forty Years Of Pointed Ears,' 'ElfQuest' Ends Its Legendary Run

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Comics Creators Discuss Mental Health at Baltimore Comic-Con

More than Kryptonite: Comics Creators Discuss Mental Health at Baltimore Comic-Con

This Saturday at Baltimore Comic-Con, comics creators will team up to discuss mental health in the comics industry and beyond.
The last few years has seen the loss of entertainment icons such as Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and others due to suicides connected, in part, to anxiety, depression, and addiction. While some have spoken out to raise awareness (including BCC guest Wil Wheaton, of Star Trek fame), too often, mental illness is an assumed and accepted condition of creative individuals.
John Gallagher (BuzzboyKids Love Comics) will moderate "Creativity & Mental Health - A Roundtable Discussion," 4:00-5:00 PM Saturday, and will be discussing being creative, and how it can sometimes go hand-in-hand with depression, anxiety, learning differences, and more. Joining Gallagher will be Laura Lee Gulledge (Page by PageSketchbook Dares), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia RulesDisney's Tangled)), andJamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground). Each creator will discuss their personal experiences, as well as topics like coping mechanisms, support networks, and reaching out for professional help. "Like diabetes, cancer, or any other disease, depression is not something to hide, or be ashamed of," says Gallagher, who has been treated the last twenty years for chronic depression, "and we wanted to get the conversation out in the open, hopefully to help guide creators, fans, and friends out of their dark places."

Gallagher does point out that he and the speakers are not therapists, but rather, creators who have worked in the trenches of the comics world, while dealing with issues of mental health. And while the panel will only be one hour, Gallagher hopes the discussion will continue and grow. As Gallagher stated, "Being diagnosed and treated for depression lifted me up beyond my illness, and allowed me to create comics that make me and others happy." Gallagher added, "Hopefully, this talk will help folks not feel so alone, and reach out for help, personally and professionally."
Please note: No licensed therapist will be on hand, and the moderator and speaker are not mental health professionals. Handouts will be provided to help guide those looking for mental health resources. If you are in crises, don't delay, call the suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255

4:00-5:00 - Creativity & Mental Health - A Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: John Gallagher
Panelists: Jimmy Gownley, Laura Lee Gulledge, Jamar Nicholas
Along with the thrill and excitement of being creative, it can sometimes go hand-in-hand with depression, anxiety, learning differences, and more. Moderator John Gallagher host creators Jimmy GownleyLaura Lee Gullidge, and Jamar Nicholasas they shine a light on mental health, crisis management, and joining together as an industry to encourage each other get the resources they need for a happier life. Please note: This is an open discussion on mental health, and may include topics of a delicate nature.

BCC Mental Health Panel

More To Come 336: SPX 2018 Comixology and the Naked Batman

More To Come 336: SPX 2018 Comixology and the Naked Batman

This week the More to Come crew, Calvin Reid, Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons, recap SPX 2018 and the controversies around Amazon/Comixology's sponsorship of the show and R.Crumb's comics legacy; the cohosts also add to the hoopla around DC's 'Batman Damned,' a gritty and revealing new Batman tale; and Calvin interviews Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock, the co-creators of 'The Silent Invasion', at SPX.

TODAY: Tom King at Third Eye Comics Annapolis

9/26/18 – Heroes In Crisis #1 Launch Signing with TOM KING!

Click here for the event info on FACEBOOK.- ANNAPOLIS LOCATION ONLY

Third Eye Faithful – we're not gonna even dance around it: Tom King is one of our absolute favorite writers in comics today, and after the EXPLOSIVE ending of the Batman/Catwoman wedding arc, we know that's gonna be our feeling for a long time.

Those of you who are long time Third Eye Faithful know that this isn't Tom's first rodeo with us.  In fact; we consider him Third Eye FAMILY at this point.  All the same, it's pretty awesome that we can bring him in again – this time for HEROES IN CRISIS, which will undoubtedly be an iconic and important event in DC Comic history.

We know many of you are already very familiar with Tom's work on BATMAN, along with his iconic VISION run, his breath-taking SHERIFF OF BABYLON, and his currently amazing MISTER MIRACLE run – but, HEROES IN CRISIS is set to be his biggest thing yet!

Read on, Third Eye Faithful, mark your calendars, and get stoked for another big Third Eye signing!

Comic Riffs on those darn cartoonists Chelsea Cain and Gary Varvel

Usually I reserve the 'darn cartoonist' subject header for letters to the editor, but here's a couple of articles about other problems between cartoonists and the press.

Newspaper apologizes for cartoon that depicted Christine Blasey Ford demanding M&Ms and roses

She's dealt with Marvel cancellations and online trolls. But Chelsea Cain's new series 'Man-Eaters' eases the pain.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Nov 4: Jeff Kinney coming to DC

Oct 13: Comic Con for children at Aurora Hills Library in Arlington

Comic Con at Aurora Hills

We Love Comics and Graphic Novels!

The Aurora Hills Branch Library has partnered with Literacy Through Comics and Art Way Alliance to present our first Comic Con.

This all ages event will feature panel discussions, hands-on comic book workshops, a cosplay contest, food, giveaways and more! During this program, we will also be collecting comic book donations for the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools.

Registration is required. Space is limited to 25 participants per session. For more information call 703-228-5715.


Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:30am - 4:15pm
Aurora Hills Branch Library
Events for Elementary Schoolers Events for High Schoolers Events for Middle Schoolers Good for Adults Age 55+ Good for Young Professionals (Lit Up)
Fun and Games Maker > Arts and Crafts Registration Workshop Writing
Aurora Hills


  • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Opening Remarks/Registration
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Literacy Through Comics - Panel Discussion (Ages 8 and up)- Register
  • 11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. - Pokemon Session (Ages 8 and up) - Register
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Drawing Anime (Ages 8 and up)- Register
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Table Top Trivia (Ages 8 and up) - Register
  • 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. - Cosplay Contest (Ages 12 and up) - Register
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Drawing Characters with S.T.E.A.M. (Ages 8 and up) - Register
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Literacy Through Comics Debate (Ages 8 and up)- Register
  • 3:00- 4:00 p.m. - Getting Started in Comics  (Ages 8 and up)- Register
  • 4:00 - 4:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks


Archives of American Art has digitized cartoonist Abril Lamarque's papers

From their newsletter:

Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage month is September 15 through October 15. To celebrate, we are revisiting holdings that speak to the extensive contributions of Latinos to the history of American art.

Dive into the fully digitized papers of cartoonist, caricaturist, graphic designer, illustrator, and art director Abril Lamarque. Help transcribe (in Spanish) his beginner book on drawing caricatures; enjoy a letter from Yolanda López to scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, in which she expresses that she looks forward to reading what he has written about "chicanos, the media, y 'zoot suit';" or enjoy digitized images of beautiful drawings from the collections of artists Emilio Sanchez and Naul Ojeda.