Thursday, January 31, 2019

Editorial Cartoons by Steve Artley

Recent cartoons from Steve Artley, "Plan BM" and "Bak to Skool."
click on images for larger view

©2019 Steven G. Artley • artleytoons • ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

©2019 Steven G. Artley • artleytoons • ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The Art of Richard Thompson is available in French

As of last fall, The Art of Richard Thompson is available in French (in Europe at least) from Urban Comics of Paris. They have done an excellent job on the book production. Cul de Sac is also reprinted by them in three volumes. The American version is sold out from Andrews McMeel. The Incomplete Art of Why Things Are (The Richard Thompson Library Volume 1) is still currently available.

The note says that translated versions of the comics have been added at the back of this edition.

Panetta interviewed about Bloom, his fun new book

INTERVIEW: Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau Talk BLOOM, Baking, & Music

01/29/2019   by

Danziger prose satire in The Post

As a Vermonter, I know: New Hampshire doesn't deserve the first primary [in print as Let Vermont in on New Hampshire's action].

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Free Black Panther movie showings Friday

Cavna talks Popeye with Liniers

At 90, Popeye is still going strong [in print as Popeye the sailor gets a makeover for his 90th birthday]

NY Times on new LoC Herblock exhibit

Library of Congress Exhibition Pairs Herblock With Other Socially Engaged Art

By Lauren Messman

A version of this article appears in print on Jan. 25, 2019, on Page C5 of the New York edition with the headline: Herblock in National Exhibition.

Jan 31: New Herblock exhibit opens at Library of Congress

Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times
Jan. 31, 2019 – Aug. 17, 2019

            A new exhibition, "Art in Action," will explore the tradition of artists as social commentators. Drawings by renowned editorial cartoonist Herblock will be paired with historical and contemporary artists' prints, drawings and posters that respond to major issues from the 17th century to the current day. As a political cartoonist for The Washington Post and other newspapers, Herbert L. Block, better known as Herblock, devoted his career to creating social commentary through art. Topics that drew his attention provide the exhibition's framework, including civil rights, women's rights, health, war, refugees and the role of media.

            Herblock's cartoons provide a call and response with other socially-engaged artists who expressed their opinions through art. The exhibition includes depictions of Pablo Picasso and works in the global tradition of political art by Jacques Callot, Francisco de Goya, and Leopoldo Méndez – as well as modern and contemporary American artists including Alexander Calder, Enrique Chagoya, Shepard Fairey, Kerry James Marshall, Juan Fuentes, Favianna Rodriguez and Helen Zughaib, among others.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Feb 15: BLOOM Signing with Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau

BLOOM signing by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau at East City Book Shop (645 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Suite 100, Washington DC 20003)
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 6:30pm
Cover of Bloom by Kevin Panetta
A thoughtful and endearing gay YA romance set in a bakery
Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band, if he can just convince his dad to let him quit their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away his days over rising doughs and hot ovens. But in the midst of interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easy-going guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of breads, love begins to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.

Writer Kevin Panetta and artist Savanna Ganucheau concoct a delicious recipe of intricately illustrated baking scenes and blushing young love, where the choices we make can have terrible consequences, but the people who love us can help us grow.
This event is free and open to the public.
Kevin Panetta is a comic book writer. He has worked on books for properties like Steven Universe, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, and WWE. Kevin came to writing after years dedicated to comics as a reader, retailer, and convention organizer. He lives in Washington, DC, with his cool wife and two cool dogs.

Savanna Ganucheau is a comic artist living in Australia, with a BFA in film from the University of New Orleans. In addition to creating the popular webcomic George and Johnny, Savanna’s artwork has appeared in notable publications including Jem and the Holograms, Adventure Time Comics, and Lumberjanes.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Feb 28: Lucy Knisley at Solid State Books

Children are welcome at this event!

Join us for a Parent Happy Hour while hearing from New York Times–bestselling author Lucy Knisley, who writes about fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood in this emotionally compelling and thought-provoking graphic memoir.

Lucy will be offering portraits of guests and/or their kids.

We will also have activities for kids to keep them busy!

About Kid Gloves:

If you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if you're smart and talented and “good enough,” you can do anything. Except get pregnant. Her whole life, Lucy Knisley wanted to be a mother. But when it was finally the perfect time, conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she’d ever attempted. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual successful pregnancy was plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-death experience in labor and delivery. Kid Gloves follows Lucy’s personal transition into motherhood, and it also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health from all angles, full of curious facts and inspiring (and notorious) figures in medicine and midwifery.

Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of beloved graphic novels about memory, identity, food, and family. She previously published the New York Times bestseller Relish: My Life in the Kitchen and Something New with First Second. She lives and works in Chicago, with her husband and child.

Solid State Books, 600 H Street NE, Washington, DC  20002

Feb 7: Cartoonist Jerry Craft at P&P

Jerry Craft will be signing his new book, New Kid, from HarperCollins at Politics & Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008) on February 7th at 10:30am.

Jerry Craft is an author and illustrator who has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels. His middle grade graphic novel, New Kid, will be released by HarperCollins on February 5, 2019. Jerry has earned recognition from the Junior Library Guild, and has won five African American Literary Awards. He is the creator of Mama's Boyz, an award-winning comic strip that was distributed by King Features Syndicate from 1995 - 2013. He is a co-founder and co-producer of the Schomburg’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival which has drawn close to 40,000 fans since its inception in 2013. Jerry was born in Harlem and grew up in nearby Washington Heights. He is a graduate of The Fieldston School and received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Jan 27: Fairfax! VA COMICON at GMU Jan 27, 2019!

The VA Comicon hosts a 1-day show in Fairfax, VA Sunday Jan 27!

Held in the Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center at George Mason University. Get in for FREE after 1p with a GMU ID (register online)!

Age 0-12 get in FREE! Get $10 tickets, booths and full event info at

We only accept cards for on-site ticket sales. $3 per-ticket convenience fee added for all paid ticket sales (including on-site).

Visit us from DC! GMU Metro Shuttle Schedule:

CIA agent-turned-Batman writer will give away comics to government workers amid shutdown - The Washington Post

Friday, January 18, 2019

Jan 19: NoVa Nerdfest: Gaming and Comics festival


Do you like comic books? video games? table games? beer!?!!?

On Saturday January 19th, Crooked Run will be teaming up with Huzzah Hobbies, Games & Comics Pair O'Dice , and Eye of the Heart to throw one of the biggest events of the year and embrace our inner “Nerd”!

Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Magic the Gathering tournaments, retro gaming vendors, speed run challenges, a comic book focused lounge and much much more!


Brings funds for event entry the day of the event.


Street Fighter II Tournament - Starts @ 3pm
Game - Street Fighter II: 30th anniversary for Switch
Controller - Switch Pro Controller
(You may bring a Switch-compatible fight stick)
VS. Default settings - Single elimination ~ Final is best of 3
PRIZE: $25 gift card, Medal, and a Street Fighter Amiibo

Magic The Gathering - Starts @ 4pm
**Update to MTG - Tournament will be Standard AND there will be space for casual/kitchen magic! $10 for tournament, $5 for casual play, BOTH get you a pack of the NEW set!
REGISTRATION - $10 Standard $5 casual (includes card pack for first 25 entries)
PRIZE: $100 in gift cards, winners badge courtesy of Uncle Goggles Emporium, 5 card packs, and more from our sponsors!

Smash Bros Tournament - Starts @ 7pm SINGLES TOURNAMENT ONLY Game - Smash Bros Ultimate for Switch Controller - Gamecube Controller (will be provided but can bring own) Stock - 3 Time - 5 mins Single elimination ~ Final is best of 3 NO ITEMS - NO ASSIST TROPHIES REGISTRATION - $10 PRIZE: $100 in gift cards, Google Home mini, trophy courtesy of Uncle Goggles Emporium, and other prizes from our sponsors!

Speed runs from 2pm - 7pm
~Super Mario Bros 1-1 (Played on NES Classic)
~Sonic The Hedgehog 1st level (Played on Genesis classic)
$5 for 3 attempts - fastest time of the day wins $25 prize

- Lorica Clothing
- Uncle Goggles Emporium (Sponsor)
- TNT Laser Works LLC (Sponsor)
- PowerPlay Anime
- All Star Comic Con
- Ella's Armoire
- BoldKnight Art by Branden
- Retro 808

- Johnny Lupsha (Wandering City Blues, A Carrier of Fire)
- Kristina Knapp (Imperial Legends)
- Bryan Nowak the Writer (Riapoke, The Dramatic Dead)

The Beat names Tom King writer of the year

And the Comics Industry Person(s) of the Year are: Stan Lee and Olivia Jaimes

The Post on Glass

Bad news for M. Night Shyamalan fans: 'Glass' is a mess. [in print as Dismantles genre, leaves broken mess]

Tom King supports furloughed feds

The City Paper on Glass

Glass Is a Clumsy End to M. Night Shyamalan's 'Superhero' Trilogy

The film caps off a 19-year film experiment that began with "Unbreakable."

Jan 17, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

PR: Batman writer Tom King comes to Third Eye Annapolis this Saturday

Meet superstar TOM KING (BATMAN, MISTER MIRACLE, VISION) this Saturday at Third Eye Annapolis!
Signing 11AM-2PM

Govt employee? Show ID and get a free DC Comics Graphic Novel or Comic courtesy of Tom King! - ALL DAY!
Third Eye Faithful, we know we have a lot of you out there who may have loved ones who are impacted by the recent government shutdown, or may be impacted yourselves -- and, we know how sometimes something as simple as an afternoon of good comics, good fun, and good friends can help lighten the week.

Well, when our pal, and all-around amazing comic book writer extraordinaire Tom King reached out to us to let us know he had tons of DC Comics graphic novels he wanted to put in the hands of those affected by the government shutdown -- we dug into the Third Eye vaults, put together a bunch of comics on our end as well -- and together, we're going to be hooking anyone who shows their government ID at Third Eye this Saturday between 11AM-9PM a free graphic novel or comic (while supplies last!)

And, of course, even if you don't have a government ID, you can still come and get your Tom King comics and graphic novels signed!
So, Third Eye Faithful, come on out this Saturday, and spend some time with your Third Eye Fam and Tom King as we deliver an afternoon of pure Third Eye fun!

Read all about Tom King's projects here!

RSVP for our Tom King event on Facebook!

Third Eye Comics | 2027A WEST ST, Suite 102, Annapolis, MD 21401

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Cavna on 2018's superhero movie glut

2018 was the greatest year in superhero cinema [in print as Cinema's Year of the Superhero

Library of Congress blogs on 1919 editorial cartoons

The League of Nations: Conflicting Opinions in Editorial Cartoons

The Post's Betancourt talks to David F. Walker

The voice behind some of the top black superheroes in comics is now writing about Frederick Douglass

DC-area Cave Pictures Publishing profiled

I'm supposed to be interviewing them, but have fallen down on the job. In the meantime, here's Abby Olcese's interview with them:

Comic Book Myths Have a Place in Spiritual Growth

PR: Get Your Awesome Con Tickets Now!

Autograph sales will begin at the end of the month!
Email not displaying correctly?
View it in your browser.

Dear Awesome Con Fans,

Due to an error on our part, some of our recent newsletters may not have made it to your
inbox—including the one announcing Early Bird ticket pricing for Awesome Con 2019!

To make up for our oopsie we want to offer a limited time extension of the Early Bird pricing!

This offer expires Friday, January 18th at 11:59 PM

Click the image below and use the promo code: EARLYBIRD before checkout.

Stay awesome and purchase your Club Awesome 2019 ticket below!



Copyright © 2019, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
35 Nutmeg Drive
Suite 125
Trumbull, CT 06611

Monday, January 14, 2019

Cartoonist RJ Casey would like to teach Richard Thompson's humor

Dreaming in Comics: Alumni Interview with RJ Casey '09

Friday, January 11, 2019

Jan 25: Animezing!: Fireworks

Enjoy a FREE Japanese ANIME film at the JICC!
Enjoy a FREE Japanese ANIME film at the JICC!
Animezing!: Fireworks
Animezing!: Fireworks
Nominated for Best Animation Film at the 2018 Awards of the Japanese Academy
Producer Genki Kawamura follows up his mega-hit Your Name with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist.
Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother's decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don't go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

Fireworks tells a simple story of adolescent longing that taps deep wells of emotion. It is tale of youthful wistfulness, missed opportunities and long-ago dreams, of the urgency of young lovers, and the desire to create a separate universe, a magic place outside of time, where they can be together. 

In Japanese with English subtitles | Rated PG | 2017 | 90 min | Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo & Nobuyuki Takeuchi
Registration required
Images: © 2017 Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? Production Committee
Trailer for Fireworks
You are invited to
Friday, January 25th, 2019
from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
1150 18th Street Northwest
Suite 100
Washington DC 20036 US
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
In the event of a cancellation, please contact us at

Program begins at 6:30PM.
Doors open 30 minutes before the program. No admittance after 7:00PM or once seating is full.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee a seat.

The JICC reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by JICC without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video.
Facebook Instagram YouTube
1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100 | Washington, D.C. 20036-3838
TEL: 202-238-6900 | FAX: 202-822-6524 |
© 1981-2019 Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan