Thursday, February 28, 2019

What is Spider-Man's origin doing in the Library of Congress anyway?

SPIDER-MAN's Greatest Mystery: How AMAZING FANTASY #15's Original Art Ended Up in the Library of Congress

Lucy Knisley is drawing at Solid State Books

The Beat reads Mr. Miracle by DC's Tom King

MISTER MIRACLE Roundtable: 'There's always more show'

The Beat's DC Round-Up crew re-reads Tom King and Mitch Gerads' MISTER MIRACLE and discusses everything from metafiction to the meaning of 'Darkseid is.'

Alex Lu and Kyle Pinion, with contributing writers Louie Hlad and Zack Quaintance

The Beat February 20 2019

NPR reveals time-travel graphic novel Chronin

Chronin's Elegant, Minimalist Samurai Adventure Is – Literally – Timeless

Etelka Lehoczky
NPR February 23, 2019

NPR on the problem of Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss Books Can Be Racist, But Students Keep Reading Them

NPR's Codeswitch February 26, 2019

Washingtonians Tom King and Glen Weldon talked Mr. Miracle in NYC

Tom King Knows You Read His Comics on the Can

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

March 6: My Comic Life: Creating Comics 101 the Prequel

Repeating the Facebook posting:

MAR 6 2019

My Comic Life: Creating Comics 101 the Prequel

· Hosted by Studio A at UMD and 2 others

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM

  • Studio A at UMD
    Stamp Student Union, College Park, Maryland 20742

    Love comics? Ever wanted to create your own? Then do not miss this event!

    C. Edward Sellner has carved a unique career in the comics industry. He has built a highly successful production studio that is one of the best known in the business. He has been paid professionally and published as an editor, writer, colorist, and artist. He has worked with top professionals and helped several aspiring ones launch their own careers. Join him for a one-night open discussion about comics, their history, the secrets behind their creation, and how you too can pursue becoming a creator of your own! Whether you just love the medium, or are serious about a career in it, this event is your chance to dive into the modern American mythology of comics!

    This event is free and open to the public!

Tomorrow: Lucy Knisley at Solid State Books

Library of Congress' British Cartoon Print Collection interview

Researcher Stories: Mining a Royal Collection

Today: Gallery talk at Library of Congress on new Herblock and Fellow Artists exhibit

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Mo Willems is working for the Kennedy Center

Mo Willems Appointed First Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence

March 12: Nerds In NoMa - Comic Converts: The World of Comic Illustrators in D.C.

March 12, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Comic Converts: The World of Comic Illustrators in D.C.
Telling stories through narrative illustrations and words is a centuries-old art that continues to thrive everywhere — including D.C., where there are a number of comic art practitioners. Some do it only as a private passion, while others manage to get paid for their creative endeavors. We'll dive into the local scene to learn what motivates artists, how they find ways to make money, and where the industry is headed.
>>>Moderator: Michael Rhode, Author/Publisher/Owner | ComicsDC
>>>Panelists: Malaka Gharib, Author/Illustrator, I Was the American Dream (forthcoming); Jade Feng Lee, Educator/IllustratorJosh Kramer, Journalist/IllustratorShannon Gallant, Comic Illustrator
Let us know you're coming: Facebook / Eventbrite

Nerds In NoMa is sponsored by Advantage Financial Federal Credit Union

Light bites provided by Stellina Pizzeria
Sweets provided by Insomnia Cookies

Cavna on Thompson refusing to work with Lasseter on animation

Cavna on Steve Breen's cartoon misfire

A cartoonist added Jussie Smollett to the list of 'Famous African-American Storytellers.' The backlash was swift.

Will Henry liked Cul de Sac

New kid on the block: Will Henry's 'Wallace the Brave' joins Savannah Morning News' comics lineup

PR: 4/26 – 4/28: AWESOME CON 2019






Contact: Kathryn DeGeller

Linda Roth Associates, Inc.


4/26 – 4/28: AWESOME CON 2019


Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2019) – The seventh annual Awesome Con by LeftField Media, the Mid-Atlantic's premier pop culture convention, will unite 80,000 fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay, and more at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, 2019. The convention floor and panel rooms will buzz with hundreds of hours' worth of programs including: celebrities and experts hosting panels and exclusive reveals; cosplay fashion shows; gaming tournaments; iconic pop culture memorabilia collections; and as always, a diverse array of activities for the whole family.


Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr presented by the Toy Association returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike. Smithsonian partners up with Awesome Con once again to present Future Con, a science pavilion showcasing the intersection between science and science fiction with tech demonstrations, experts discussing everything from dystopia to scientific advancement, and more. Back for the third year is Pride Alley presented in partnership with Geeks OUT and Washington Blade, shining a spotlight on LGBTQ creators and fans in an even more robust section of Artist Alley and presenting special programs discussing diversity in pop culture.


In addition to returning esteemed comics publishers such as DC Comics and Third Eye Comics, for the first time at Awesome Con, Dark Horse Comics and Oni Press will be onsite. Attendees will have the opportunity to stop by their panels for special announcements and exclusives. 


With Awesome Con 2019 hosting more energetic programs, more globally recognized special guests, and presenting more exclusive previews and announcements to attendees than ever before, it continues to grow into a standout annual destination – and unite fans at one of the largest pop culture events in the country.


WHEN: Friday, April 26; exhibit hall hours 12pm – 8pm, programming until 10pm

Saturday, April 27; exhibit hall hours 10am – 7pm, programming until 10pm

Sunday, April 28; exhibit hall hours 10am – 5pm


WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW

Washington, DC 20001




Screen Stars:


Comic Guests:          

  • Greg Capullo (BATMAN series for DC Comics, SPAWN, Marvel Comics X-FORCE, QUASAR, The Creech)
  • Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Kiss, Wonder Woman, Deadpool)
  • David Walker (Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Cyborg)
  • Amanda Conner (Vampirella, Harley Quinn, Power Girl)
  • Jeff Parker (Agents of Atlas, X-Men First Class, Hulk, Flash Gordon, Aquaman)
  • Amy Mebberson (Walt Disney Company)
  • Cat Staggs (DC Comics, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries)
  • Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Justice League of America)
  • Chrissie Zullo (Vampirella, Josie and the Pussycats, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love)
  • James Silvani (Disney and Muppet comics for BOOM! IDW and APE Entertainment)
  • Jimmy Palmiotti (Event Comics, Marvel Knights, Paperfilms)
  • Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin, Robin Rises: Omega, Superman/Wonder Woman)
  • Richard Starkings (Hip Flask, Elephantmen, Doctor Who Magazine, The Real Ghostbusters, Transformers)
  • Kyle Starks (Sexcastle, Rock Candy Mountain, Secret Wars, Too, Invader Zim, Rick and Morty)


TICKETS: Daily and full weekend passes are available. Badges purchased before March 11 can be mailed to a provided address. Prices increase on April 1.

  • Friday Only Admission: $40
  • Saturday Only Admission: $55
  • Sunday Only Admission: $45
  • 3-Day Weekend Pass: $80
  • 3-Day 'Geekend VIP' Pass: $150
  • Kids Admission: $15. Valid for kids ages 3-10. Valid for full weekend or any day individually.
  • VIP passes & experiences range from the VIP Geekend ($150) to the premium, limited quantity Club Awesome Reserve Membership ($399-$999) which offers access to various celebrity appearances, reserved Main Stage seating for marquee programs, and exclusive Club Awesome Reserve-only events.


WEBSITE: is updated regularly with new guests, exciting exhibitors, and special programming.




Access photos from Awesome Con 2018 here

(credit Leftfield Media)



About Awesome Con

Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, D.C., having welcomed over 71,000 attendees in 2018. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more. Awesome Con is presented in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organization company developed by the founder of New York Comic Con. Learn more at


About LeftField Media

LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the evolving needs of businesses and their consumers, as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to its work. LeftField's portfolio includes Play Fair (, a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Industry Association; Awesome Con (, Washington D.C.'s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (, in Portland, O.R.; Anime NYC (, a Japanese pop culture festival presented by Crunchyroll; and the Classic Auto Show (, a vintage auto show launched in Los Angeles. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic Trumbull, C.T. (

Monday, February 25, 2019

Aftertime Comics is being forced to move

New Retail, Residential Development Coming to King Street

Pines of Florence and Aftertime Comics will have to move for construction.

Devil's Due announces Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comic book

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets the comic book hero treatment

Washington Post February 25 2019 p.B6

March 12: Mort Gerberg at Kramerbooks

Mort Gerberg for Mort Gerberg on the Scene, Moderated by Ann Telanes

Mort Gerberg for Mort Gerberg on the Scene, Moderated by Ann Telanes at Kramers

Tuesday, March 12th 6:30pm

Mort Gerberg broke into print with irreverent drawings in The Realist in the early '60s, whose social-justice-minded—and bitingly funny—cartoons have since appeared in all major magazines, including The New Yorker, Playboy, and the Saturday Evening Post. As a reporter, he's sketched historic scenes like the fiery Women's Marches of the '60s and the infamous '68 Democratic National Convention. Above all, Mort Gerberg is a keen political and social observer, whose curiosity, compassion, and razor-sharp wit has informed his work for over 50 years. Fantagraphics FU Press is proud to present Mort Gerberg On the Scene, a handsome career retrospective of Gerberg's magazine cartoons, sketchbook drawings, and on-the-scene reportage sketches.

Mort Gerberg is an award-winning, multi-genre cartoonist and author best known for his cartoons in The New Yorker, Playboy, and many other magazines. He has drawn three nationally-syndicated newspaper comic strips and written, edited, and/or illustrated 43 books for adults and children, including the best-selling More Spaghetti, I Say. In 2019, the New-York Historical Society presents a 50-year retrospective of his work. Gerberg lives in New York City with his wife Judith.

Ann Telnaes creates editorial cartoons in various mediums – animation, visual essays, live sketches, and traditional print – for The Washington Post. Telnaes is the current president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) and is a member of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS). She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for her print cartoons and the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year for 2016.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Comics in unexpected places

An animation cel in the men's room of the Lost Dog Restaurant in Westover, Arlington, VA.

I don't know what the cartoon is though. Anyone?

Friday, February 22, 2019

City Paper recommends Knisley signing

Critics' Pick - Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

PR: The 2019 SPX Lottery Reminder!

Hello Everyone!

This is your reminder to sign up for the SPX 2019 Lottery! If you already signed up, ignore this! Otherwise head here to apply. Reminders:

  • Applications are due February 25 at midnight EST and will not be accepted afterwards

  • We will not be picking the randomized lottery winners until after all applications have been received; this means there is no benefit to applying early or late (except maybe peace of mind).

  • You can only apply for the lottery once, and multiple entries will result in being removed from the lottery pool (unless you email us and tell us you accidentally clicked twice or something, we do have a heart!).

  • While we allow table sharing, there is a limit of two people per half table without approval, so be aware of that when requesting a full or half table. The hotel has a hard occupancy cap on the hall and if everyone tries to fit 8 people at a table, we'll exceed it.

  • We will be checking to make sure you make or publish comics, so if you're exclusively an illustrator, novelist, cosplayer or anime figure retailer (we get them) we reserve the right to remove you from the pool

Hit us up on Instagram, Twitter, or  Facebook for a quick reply. We're also happy to chat if you email us at
Best of luck to everyone!

Jamie, Devon, Warren and the rest of the SPX Executive Committee

Copyright © 2019 Small Press Expo, All rights reserved. 
You are getting this email because we know you might want a table to SPX 2019!! 

Our mailing address is: 
Small Press Expo
P.O. Box 5704
Bethesda, Maryland 20824

March 8: Animezing!: Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms

Enjoy a FREE Japanese ANIME film at the JICC!
Enjoy a FREE Japanese ANIME film at the JICC!
Animezing!: Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms
Animezing!: Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms
Winner of Best Animated Film at the 2018 Shanghai International Film Festival and nominated for Best Animated Film at the 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
The people of Iorph live far away from the lands of men, weaving the happenings of each day into a fabric called Hibiol. They live for centuries while maintaining their youthful appearance. Maquia, an orphaned Iorph girl, lives her life in an oasis surrounded by friends, yet somehow feels "alone". But the tranquil lives of the Iorph are shattered in an instant when the Mezarte army invades their territory on a dragon fleet, seeking the blood that grants the Iorph long life.
Maquia manages to escape, but loses her friends and her home in the chaos. She then encounters an orphaned baby who is "alone". Maquia raises this boy "Ariel", with the help of some new friends. But as the era changes, the bond between Maquia and Ariel changes too, amidst a backdrop of racial tensions between the Iorph and the Mezarte. This is a story of irreplaceable time, woven by two lonely people who can only find solace in each other.

In Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 2018 | 115 min | Directed by Mari Okada
Regsitration required. Recommend for ages 13+
Women In Cinema
Women In Cinema

Director: Mari Okada

Mari Okada began her career in 1996 writing scenarios for direct-to-video features, video games, and radio dramas. For her tremendous output and work in several anime series in 2011 she was awarded the 16th Animation Kobe Award – Individual Award. Other anime series and films that she has written for include Fate/Stay Night (2006), Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (2012), and The Anthem of the Heart (2015). Okada made her directorial debut in 2018's Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms.
You are invited to
Friday, March 8th, 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.
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