Saturday, July 20, 2019

Martha Kennedy of Library of Congress wins Eisner award


comiXology (@comiXology)
The Award for Best Comics-Related Book goes to Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists by Martha H. Kennedy! #EisnerAwards

Friday, July 19, 2019

PR: DC Zinefest 2019 is TOMORROW!

Dear Zinefest fans,

DC Zinefest 2019 is tomorrow (Saturday 7/20) from 11:00am to 5:00pm at the amazing, air-conditioned Art Enables (2204 Rhode Island Ave NE). Don't miss it!

Key points:

  • 70+ talented zine-makers sharing their zines, prints, buttons
  • limited-edition Zinefest posters, tote bags, and more
  • FREE admission (though we would love your donations)
  • air conditioned!
  • come before 1:00pm to avoid the rush! 

Want to share your work too? Volunteers will be running a "day-of distribution" table tomorrow. You can add your zines to the table for sale or trade during the fest!

RSVP at the DC Zinefest 2019 Facebook event and come say hi! Connect with the 'fest on social media using @DCZinefest and #DCZF19.

How to get there? What else is nearby? Check out our website


The DCZF Organizers


SEPT 4: Baaaad Muthaz Book Launch at Fantom Comics


  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

  • Fantom Comics
    2010 P St NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20036
  • Hosted by Rosarium Publishing

Join author Bill Campbell (Rosarium Publishing) as he launches his brand new "spaceploitation" graphic novel, BAAAAD MUTHAZ!

These women are truly baaaad!!!

They're rough. They're ready. They're space pirates. They're a James Brown revival band. They are the Baaaad Muthaz!!!

Follow Afro Desia, Cali Vera, Alley Bastard, Candy Ass, Katana Jade, and Snake on their madcap cosmic adventures as they funk up the galaxy and face off against freakazoids, alligator women, and a reindeer who looks like Prince all in search of the almighty booty!!!

"You got SAGA with a funk/punk riff here. What's not to love???"

–Zig Zag Claybourne, author of The Brothers Jetstream

"I hang with surrealists, but reading Baaaad Muthaz was a whole, entire next-level experience."

–John Edward Lawson, author of Devil Entendre

"A love letter to black American pop culture."

–Publishers Weekly

Join us for the funk, the Q&A (with Christopher Chambers), and the BAAAAD MUTHAZ!!!

Aug 12: J. Michael Straczynski - Becoming Superman at Politics and Prose booksore

J. Michael Straczynski - Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood

Straczynski may be best known as the creator of the Babylon 5 and Sense8 TV shows, but his amazing four-decade career also encompasses screenwriting—Changeling, Thor, and World War Z—writing for several D.C. and Marvel Comics' series, and creating his own award-winning graphic works. Now in this stunning memoir he tells his own story—perhaps his most fantastic feat yet. Straczynski grew up in the care of adults variously damaged by addiction, mental illness, and poverty. His only refuge from the misery was comic books, and he gradually realized that he, too, could invent alternate worlds. But even as he managed to take power over his future, a terrible secret in his family's past continued to haunt him.

NOTE: Anyone can enter the post-event signing line provided they have proof of having purchased Becoming Superman from Politics and Prose. The author will sign up to three other items in addition to Becoming Superman.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Click here for more information.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW   Washington   DC    20008

Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood Cover Image
By J. Michael Straczynski, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Harper Voyager - July 23rd, 2019

July 20: Graphix Con at Barnes & Noble (Fairfax, VA)

The Post on Kyoto Animation arson

'Die!': Alleged arsonist turned a celebrated Japanese anime studio into a death trap [in print as Arson at Japanese animation studio leaves 33 dead]

Washington Post July 19 2019, p. A12

NPR reviews Takei's new graphic memoir

George Takei Recalls Time In An American Internment Camp In 'They Called Us Enemy'

Cavna on the Eisner Awards

NPR at San-Diego Comic-Con day 1

The Post, NPR, and City paper on Lion King remake

The Lion King Is a Bland Blunder [in print as Circle of Strife]

Jon Favreau's remake doesn't hold a candle to the 1994 original.

Washington City Paper July 19, 2019 , p. 22

'The Lion King' feels way more like 'Hamlet' this time — and that's why it's so good [in print as In this version, a lot less Hakuna Matata].

Washington Post July 19 2019, p. Weekend 22

How do the 'Lion King' movies compare? A closer look at 6 key elements.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Important Fish To Fry"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock -

"Important Fish To Fry"

First of all, huge thanks to Kate Nocera at Buzzfeed News for tweeting that inspiring quote from the Speaker:

So, now, folks... considering her enabling of fascism, her support for an obscene war budget, her desperate opposition to Medicare For All, and her bitter refusal to hold a criminal executive to account – a tendency going back to Bush v2.0 – I have to ask myself: who exactly ARE the "important fish" that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are needing to fry?

Oh, yeah, that's right...

11x17 inch medium-res color .jpg image, 1.3mb

Publishers Weekly on ALA's Washington meeting

More To Come 374: Vertigo Elegy

PW Comics World on Jonathan Luna vs. Image

Luna story starts at 33:00

More To Come 371: Graphic Novels at BookExpo and BookCon 2019

New webcomic written by Julian Lytle and Sean Causley premieres today

Julian Lytle wrote to me today:

Today I started, with my friend Sean Causley (who's from Northern VA), a new webcomic on Webtoon. It's call Power Girl Mob. Here's the link -

Here's our description from the site -

"It's senior year and Kim, Chrissy and Pamela are ready to step out as the new young queens. Although they have super powers, they aren't interested in being heroes. They just want to make sure their last year of high school is as epic as possible; the stuff of legend. What the girls are about to find out is that super abilities mixed with ego, pride, and naivety can be a dangerous combo."

Our artist is Tressa Bowling from Kentucky. We plan on updating on Wednesdays for the rest of 2019.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Catching up with The Post on Zorro, Annie, and The Little Mermaid

Johnston McCulley dreamed up Zorro 100 years ago. The masked avenger is still a thrill. [in print as 100 years on, Zorro still rides for justice].

Washington Post July 11 2019, p C1, 4

Africa celebrated black mermaids long before Disney and #NotMyAriel [in print as African mermaids existed long before Disney]

Washington Post July 10 2019

' a mermaid': Disney network defends casting black actress in live-action remake of classic film

 Washington Post Morning Mix blog July 9 2019

The Post's opinion on The Lion King and fascism

'The Lion King' is a fascistic story. No remake can change that [in print as 'The Lion King' teaches the weak to bow down to the strong. Just like fascism].

Ann Patchett on Snoopy in The Post

Snoopy taught me how to be a writer

He let his imagination run wild, and then he sat down to type — with mixed results. [in print as Learning how to write - from Snoopy].

The Post on George Takei's WW2 internment graphic history (updated)

George Takei has talked about his family's internment before. But never quite like this.
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post July 12 2019

George Takei doesn't want us to forget the last time the U.S. put people in detention camps
Erin Patrick O'Connor/The Washington Post

"Star Trek" icon George Takei is on a mission to ensure America doesn't forget its shameful legacy of internment camps.

Ben Garrison dis-invited to White House

POLITICO Playbook: NEW: W.H. says cartoonist is no longer attending social media summit


Monday, July 15, 2019

Raven creators at Big Planet Vienna shown at Publishers Weekly Instagram

Tonight: Simpsons' writer at The Wharf

Mike Reiss - Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf, presented with Capital Fringe

Former showrunner and longest-serving writer for The Simpsons, Reiss started working on the show with its first episode, and stayed with it for 28 years, winning four Emmys and a Peabody. His funny and informative memoir takes fans behind-the-scenes of this beloved Fox series, showing how the episodes were created, explaining enduring mysteries such as why Matt Groening made all the characters yellow, profiling the animators, writers, actors, and guests, and reminiscing about his favorite moments. Springfield Confidential is full of great stories, plenty of jokes, photos, and interviews with Conan O'Brien, Al Jean, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, and more. In partnership with Capital Fringe.


This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Click here for more information.

Politics and Prose at the Wharf   70 District Square SW   Washington   DC    20024

Saturday, July 13, 2019

July 24: Animezing!: Lu Over the Wall

Enjoy a FREE anime film at the JICC!
Enjoy a FREE anime film at the JICC!
Animezing!: Lu Over the Wall
Lu Over the Wall
From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Ping Pong, Adventure Time) comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame.
Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. His only joy is uploading songs he writes to the internet. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their practice sessions bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance – whether they want to or not.
Winner of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival and an official selection of Sundance 2018Lu Over the Wall is a toe-tapping, feel-good demonstration of Yuasa's genre-mixing mastery that will leave you humming long after you leave the theater. 
In Japanese with English subtitles | Rated PG | 2017 | 112 min | Directed by Masaaki Yuasa
Registration required
Images: © 2017 "Lu Film" partners
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