Saturday, September 14, 2019

Small Press Expo (SPX) 2019 day 1 in photos

Mostly people local to the area...

Eddie Campbell

Karen Green at Fanfare Ponent Mon

Dustin Harbin

Fantagraphics table

Robin Ha with her autobiography due next year

Art Hondros

DC Conspiracy

DC Conspiracy - Dale Rawlings and Evan Keeling

DC Conspiracy

Mark Lindblom and his famous cartoonists figures

Winsor McCay

Teresa Roberts Logan

Ted Rall and his new autobiographical book

Michael Brace

Jason Lytle

Pauline Ganucheau, Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau

Keith Knight

Jared Smith of Retrofit / Big Planet Comics

Gemma Correll

KCBC beer art of Brooklyn, New York

Earl Holloway of KCBC

Typex from the Netherlands

Rob Ullman, giving me original artwork to a cover of the City Paper after I lost the tearsheets to a flood.

Gordon Harris

Deandra 'Nika' Tan

R.M. Rhodes

Jennifer Hayden

Summer Pierre, Ellen Lindner, Glynnis Fawkes and Jennifer Hayden

Chinese proto-comics

Craig Fisher, Chris Ware and Eddie Campbell

Friday, September 13, 2019

Lynn Johnston and Jaime Hernandez in photos

Ann Telnaes sketched last night's debate

The Post's obit for amateur cartoonist Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston, enigmatic singer-songwriter with a bittersweet touch, dies at 58 [in print as Enigmatic singer-songwriter achieved mythic status in indie-rock world].

Tomorrow: Jen Wang at East City Bookstore

At 3 pm.

Cavna talks to Raina (who will be at SPX)

With her new book, Raina Telgemeier makes a gutsy move. Kids and parents will love it. [in print as Raina Telgemeier knows growing up takes intestinal fortitude].


100 Years of Cartoons in El Universal exhibit opening official photos on Flickr

The Mexican Cultural Institute put photos from the exhibit opening online at

PR: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston opens at Embassy of Canada Art Gallery in DC

NEWS RELEASE – The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston opens at Embassy of Canada Art Gallery,
September 13, 2019 to January 31, 2020.

Washington, D.C., September 11, 2019 –
The Embassy of Canada is pleased to present The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston, an art exhibition exploring the career of Canadian comic artist Lynn Johnston and the themes of her popular comic strip For Better or Worse. The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston shows selections from the comic's 30-year history, highlighting the characters that readers know and love, and includes content from the Washington Post, as well as original artwork and current projects.

For Better or For Worse underwent many changes - taking the comic from a glimpse into the everyday home life of the Patterson family, to a comic with three-dimensional characters that seemed like real people. Seeing Elly Patterson and her family go through familiar situations added to the overwhelming success of the strip. Styling changes and character development were features that made For Better or For Worse uniquely relatable.

Throughout her career Johnston consistently drew from her own life and personal experiences. The exhibition gives a behind the scenes look at Johnston's creative process, her life, and the ways that her experiences made their way into her work, culminating in realistic characters and a complex storyline full of detail, color and humor in For Better or For Worse.   
The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston opens September 13, 2019, through January 31, 2020. The Embassy's art gallery is located next to the Newseum at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, free of charge.

Tom King tweets about 9/11 and Trump

Tom King, Batman Writer and Former CIA Officer, Addresses Donald Trump Over 9/11

Another animation voice actor interview from Otakon

DC-born anime voice actor Michael Lindsay RIP

Local cartoonists on panels or workshops at SPX

Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Glen Echo Room

Clay Sculpture Characters With Liz Reed (Workshop)

Learn how to make miniature clay cakes with Sweet Success & Sweet Competition author/sculptor Liz Reed. Attendees will create their very own unique clay character as Liz guides the class through different sculpting techniques using everyday household items.

Saturday 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Pigheaded Screening

Join filmmaker John Kinhart as he screens, Pigheaded, his documentary on the life of legendary underground cartoonist Skip Williamson. Kinhart says his film "faithfully portrays Williamson's life as rebellious artist, irreverent pighead and loving family man. Told through candid interviews, animation, and archival photographs, Pigheaded takes you back in time to see the behind the scenes of one of America's most curious art movement." Cartoonist Lance Ward (Blood And Drugs) will lead a Q&A session with Kinhart and Williamson's ex-wife Harriett Hiland after the film

Saturday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm White Oak Room

Science Fiction And Social Justice

Science fiction has long been used as a way to speak out against inequality, colonialism, and other injustices. Moderator and critic Kayleigh Hearn (Women Write About Comics) will lead a discussion with Ezra Claytan Daniels (Bttm Fdrs, Upgrade Soul), Kevin Czap (Fütchi Perf) and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder) on how they address systematic oppression in their comics.

Sunday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Oakley

Exploring Your Immigrant Story & Personal History With Mini Zines (Workshop)

In this workshop, you will work with NPR's Malaka Gharib, the author of I WAS THEIR AMERICAN DREAM: A Graphic Memoir, on using the mini-zine format to explore your personal histories. In a brief presentation, she will discuss the power of mini zines in inspiring artists to make short and completable creative projects that are perfectly sharable in the Instagram age. Using deliberate questions aimed to have participants reflect on their own personal immigration stories, participants will create their own zine. This workshop is intended for anyone with an immigrant story to share, and all are welcome! At the workshop, we hope you will be able to complete one mini zine using a template or your own design.

Sunday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm White Oak Room

Round 3…Fight! Tournaments As Narrative Structure

J.A. Micheline will moderate a discussion on the varied use of tournaments as part of narrative structure in comics. From reimagining the shape and structure of narratives, to representations of violence and reimagining history and historical texts, to the way tournaments appear in children's comics, there's a rich variety of material to explore with Ronald Wimberley (Prince Of Cats), Richie Pope (That Box We Sit On), and Shannon Wright (Twins).

I saw Josh Kramer yesterday, and while he's not tabling at SPX, he is on a panel on comics journalism on Sunday, along with local comics writer Andrew Aydin:

Sunday 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Graphic Journalism: On The Road

Graphic Journalism doesn't have the immediacy of typical news, but it allows the artist a chance to go in-depth and in-person for long periods of time to get at deeper truths. Award-winning author and policy advisor Andrew Aydin (March) will moderate the panel with road veterans Ted Rall (To Afghanistan And Back: A Graphic Travelogue), Aimee DeJongh (Taxi!), Josh Kramer (The Cartoon Picayune), and Jérôme Tubiana (Guantánamo Kid).

Sunday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm White Oak Room

Depicting Motion In Sports Comics

Sports comics have a long and distinguished tradition, both in America and abroad. They present a unique challenge for cartoonists: trying to find a way to depict dynamic movements in a static medium. Join José Quintinar (Gran Slam), AJ Dungo (In Waves), Rob Ullman (Old-Timey Hockey Tales), and Ellen Lindner (The Cranklet's Chronicle) as they discuss how they bring tennis, surfing, hockey, and baseball (respectively) to life. SPX Executive Director Warren Bernard will moderate and provide his own perspective on sports cartooning with examples of work by Willard Mullin, the pre-eminent sports cartoonist of the 20th Century.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

PR: New Exhibition “Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages” at LOC





Sept. 12, 2019



New Exhibition "Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages" Explores Visual Styles of Comics from Early Newspapers to Famous Characters

Yearlong Exhibition Features 45 Original Drawings, Comic Books and Printed Pages


            A new exhibition at the Library of Congress explores the fascinating evolution of visual storytelling styles in comic art – from panels in early newspapers to contemporary images of some of the most famous and funny characters in print. "Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages" opens Sept. 12 and will be on view for a year in the Graphic Arts Galleries of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building.

            The exhibition draws from the Library's extensive collection of comic art, which includes some of the earliest comics, including the first successful newspaper comic strip featuring Richard Outcault's "The Yellow Kid," early drawings of "Peanuts," superheroes including Batman, Superman and the Incredible Hulk in modern comic books, and much more.

            "The Yellow Kid," first published in a panel in the New York World newspaper in 1895, is credited with sparking the rise of comics as a new American art form. By the middle of the 20th century, a growing number of diverse comic artists were examining their own life stories and commenting on culture and politics while expanding into graphic novels, fanzines and web comics. Comic art characters and narratives have also spread across film, television, books and marketing to reach even more people.

            Highlights of the exhibition's first rotation include:

  • The first major recurring comic character in a newspaper, "The Yellow Kid;"
  • An early drawing of Charles Schulz' beloved comic strip "Peanuts" from 1952 with Charlie Brown, Lucy, Peppermint Patty and Snoopy;
  • A drawing of "Brenda Starr, Reporter" by Dale Messick, whose strip represents a milestone for female characters in comics by female cartoonists;
  • An original Batman comic book illustration from 1967;
  • A cover drawing of the Incredible Hulk by artist Marie Severin, one of the few women to advance to drawing major superhero titles for Marvel comics;
  • Self-published minicomics that helped launch the career of Raina Telgemeier;
  • An extremely rare first edition of "All-Negro Comics" created by black cartoonists in 1947.


"Comic Art" will feature 45 items in the first rotation and a second rotation in spring 2020. The exhibition is on view in the Graphic Arts Galleries of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.         


Two opening programs will feature contemporary cartoonists:

Conversation with Jaime Hernandez

Thursday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m.
Room 119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building


A conversation with comic artist Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of the alternative comic "Love and Rockets." Hernandez was the winner of the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best graphic novel/comic and the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Writer/Artist. He will be interviewed by Gary Groth, founder and president of Fantagraphics, about his work and creative process, representing Latinx experiences in comic art and changes in the field over the course of his career. A small display of materials from the Library's collections will accompany this talk.


Cartoonist Lynn Johnston Presents, in Words and Pictures

Friday, Sept. 13, at noon
Room 119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

Cartoonist Lynn Johnston, creator of the long-running syndicated comic strip "For Better or Worse," will discuss her career and artistic process, while illustrating the presentation in real time. Tickets are available at                                         

            "Comic Art" is part of a yearlong initiative inviting visitors to Explore America's Changemakers through a series of exhibitions, events and programs.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon and gifts in kind from the Small Press Expo.

An online exhibition is available at Follow the exhibition on social media with the hashtag #ComicArt.

The Library of Congress is the world's largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States – and extensive materials from around the world – both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at and register creative works of authorship at

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

One last CHAD- and Ziggy PSA from the Hospital Clipper

Two last illustrations from the Naval Hospital Memphis newspaper. Ziggy is from August 1974's special edition on women's rights and I'm not sure if it's really a PSA. CHAD- was an illustration in January 1974.

The Post closes its Express newspaper tomorrow

The content of the papers only partially overlapped. The Express ran Baltimore cartoonist Ben Claassen III's illustrations for its advice column and two comic strips, Pooch Cafe and Pearls Before Swine. Pooch does not run in the Post.

The Spirit on the radio in DC (UPDATED)

As we've noted in the past, Pete Mullaney is going through the microfilm of the Washington Star, finding items of interest in the comics.

Pete's latest find is that the Star was planning on running the Spirit comic book insert, and advertised it with an ad for Mr. Mystic on May 27, 1940.

They followed that up on June 1, 1940 by announcing the Spirit radio show, which was apparently very rare.

Local writer Karl Schadow researched the show in 2012, after Ken Quattro asked for information about it. Thanks to Bruce Rosenberger for the links to these articles.

UPDATE: Pete found another announcement for Lady Luck from June 8th's front page.

Tonight: Yann Kebbi: The Structure is Rotten, Comrade at Solid State Books

Yann Kebbi: The Structure is Rotten, Comrade

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
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Discover French artist and illustrator Yann Kebbi and his graphic novel The Structure is Rotten, Comrade

A young man's arrogance and ambition collide with revolutionary politics in a visually groundbreaking graphic novel.

Written by Viken Berberian with his signature originality and verve and drawn with audacious compositions, delirious colors, and a kinetic expressionistic technique by the acclaimed painter and illustrator Yann Kebbi, The Structure is Rotten, Comrade is a formally innovative and politically resonant work, by turns prescient, punchy, cautionary, and fearless.

This event is free and open for all to attend!

Monday, September 09, 2019

Bruce Guthrie's photos of El Universal exhibit

On display at the Mexican Cultural Institute, right now.

Top Shelf at SPX

COSMOKNIGHTS and Campbell lead a stellar SPX lineup!

We can't wait to see you this weekend at the Small Press Expo, September 14-15 at the Bethesda North Marriott outside Washington, DC.

As usual, Top Shelf will be represented by a stunning assortment of talent, in our booth and across the festival floor:
--Hannah Templer — festival guest! (debuting Cosmoknights: Book One)
--Eddie Campbell — festival guest! (debuting From Hell: Master Edition #7)
--The debut of Chris Gooch's Deep Breaths!
--Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls: Book Two)!
--Jarod Roselló (Red Panda & Moon Bear)!
--MK Reed & Greg Means (Penny Nichols)!
--Koren Shadmi (Highwayman)! — nominated for 2 Ignatz Awards!
--Carolyn Nowak (Girl Town) — nominated for an Ignatz Award!
--Campbell Whyte (Home Time)!
--Jess Fink (Chester 5000)!

For more info, visit

Uncivilized Books at SPX

Sep. 14-15. Bethesda, Maryland.

Come see us at SPX! We're celebrating our 10th Anniversary! With Kelsey Wroten (nominated for Ignatz Award!), Peter Wartman, James Romberger, Jordan Shiveley, and Tom Kaczynski. Table H1-2! See you there! SPX Site.

Brazilian mayor tries to seize Avengers comic book

An Avengers comic book showed two men kissing. A Brazilian mayor ordered the copies seized.

Washington Post September 9 2019

Saturday, September 07, 2019

PR: "Stuck" Mini-Comic #2 by Gordon Harris at SPX

September 6, 2019 

"Stuck" Mini-Comic #2 of 4 is done!

Available now! 19 all-new, full-color, newsprint pages of mini-comics-bonanza. Don't wait! Order today! Operators are standing by.

Or you can pick it up at next week's Small Press Expo (9/14-15). And if you can't make it to this year's SPX, Gordon will be at the Fairfax City Fall Festival next month.

Friday, September 06, 2019

More spot illos from CHAD-

As in the previous post about CHAD-, which helped identify him as Chad Grothkopf, these are from a newspaper held in the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's archives, here in Falls Church. The run is being digitized and put online in the Medical Heritage Library.

These are from the US Naval Hospital Memphis' newspaper The Hospital Clipper from 1972-1973.