Monday, September 30, 2019

Mike Jenkins highlighted by Daily Cartoonist in Billy Ireland exhibit

Mike Jenkins, who's turned to caricature from editorial cartooning, was singled out in Mike Peterson's coverage of an editorial cartoon exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum:

Sunday, September 29, 2019

1st 3 SPX panels of 2019 online

SPX 2019 Panel - Hard Thoughts And Visual Metaphors
Published on Sep 28, 2019

Cartoonists whose work differs in tone, style, and subject matter are often united in their visual solutions to the problem of trying to get at difficult thoughts, feelings, and concepts. Scholar and moderator Isaac Cates explores the idea of cartoonists pushing themselves to express uncomfortable and enigmatic ideas with Rikke Villadsen (The Sea), Kevin Huizenga (The River At Night), Eleanor Davis (Why Art?), and Simon Hanselmann (Bad Gateway).

SPX 2019 Panel - Sourcing Biography

Published on Sep 27, 2019

The most difficult task for an artist tasked with drawing a biography of a famous figure is how to reduce an enormous amount of text and information into a relatively small number of images. Making those images interesting beyond simply conveying that information for narrative purposes is even more difficult. Critic Robin Enrico (Broken Frontier) moderates a group of cartoonists who have deftly navigated these problems to create some memorable comics: Typex (Andy: The Life And Times Of Andy Warhol), Beth Barnett (Dreamers Of The Day), and Peter Hoey (Coin-Op Comics).

SPX 2019 Panel - Blurring The Visual Lines In Fantasy Fiction

Published on Sep 27, 2019

Comics is an ideal medium for fantasy because of the wide array of visual and narrative options available. Things get even more interesting when cartoonists mix and mash different genres, or when they use poetic, surreal, or dense visual strategies to tell their stories. Critic Alex Hoffman (Sequential State) discusses the stylistic choices of Yann Kebbi (The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade), Rune Ryberg (Gigant), Ida Rørholm Davidsen (Lonely Journey), Anne Simon (The Empress Cixtisis), and Molly Mendoza (Skip).

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Local failed cartoonist Jake Tapper is drawing Dilbert this week

Jake Tapper is drawing Dilbert for charity. Not everyone is happy about it.

NPR on new YA graphic novels

Kick Off Fall With This Trio Of Innovative YA Graphic Novels

Library of Congress blog on their Comic Art exhibit

Let's Talk Comics: On Exhibit!

J. Michael Straczynski discussing "Becoming Superman" video online

The Politics and Prose video of J. Michael Straczynski discussing "Becoming Superman"  in August has been posted on YouTube by the store.  The direct link is

Thanks to Bruce Guthrie for the tip.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

WAMU's 1A talks to Chris Ware and Melanie Gillman

A Graphic Novel Nearly Two Decades In The Making

A Graphic Novel About A Transgender Southerner Of The Old West

Joshua Johnson
WAMU's 1A September 23 2019

Meet a Local Book Designer: A Chat with Barbara Sutliff

by Mike Rhode

Barbara Sutliff is a book and magazine designer and art director  who recently worked on an editorial cartoon book for the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC). On a tip from her husband, cartoonist Joe Sutliff, Barbara and I got together for an informal email interview.

I heard that local editorial cartoonist Matt Wueker was doing a book for a Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum exhibit in Columbus, OH? They have an editorial cartoon show that's only up for another month. Is that what it's for?

Yes it is based on the show, the AAEC has their conference there this coming weekend. The AAEC will have the book for sale. It was a very small print run for the conference, and the association plans to show it to some of the large book publishers that will be there in hopes of interesting them in publishing it on a larger scale, perhaps even an expanded version.

What's the title, and who's the author?

The title is Front Lines: Political Cartooning and the Battle for Freedom of Speech by The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. This is similar to the title of the exhibition, which was Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment.

The editor of the book is Matt Wuerker, award winning political cartoonist from Politico and former president of the AAEC, and a friend of ours (Joe and I).
Back and front covers
How did you get involved? What did you do for them?

Matt saw Joe at an event and mentioned the project and asked whether I might be interested in designing the book. We talked and I was very excited to work on such a fun and important project. Matt was terrific to work with. After hearing his ideas for the look of the book, we talked  back and forth as I showed different options for the chapter design treatments, Once chosen, it was a really smooth collaboration—Matt was just finishing up getting the essays edited and finalized, while collecting hi-res versions of the many cartoons that he was organizing to go with each chapter/essay. 

Liz Donnelly drawing and table of contents
In the meantime I roughed out the book to get a firmer idea on page count for each chapter and for the overall book, including many cartoons chosen to go with each chapter. As I have designed and produced hundreds of publications over the years—this project was a great fit—Matt and I had a smooth back and forth with emails including pdfs of pages with notes attached with my questions, suggestions as well as his corrections, answers and suggestions. We also had periodic phone calls to go over the status chapter by chapter. I worked in InDesign and sent pdf proofs which as I mentioned, we added electronic sticky notes to for specific questions and to provide me with credit info for each piece etc. When everything was approved I made hi-res print quality pdfs for the printer. Matt already had this idea in mind for the cover—he provided my with his mockup in InDesign which I tweaked (I am a stickler when it comes to kerning and typography and Matt was thrilled with that attention to detail on my part!) It was a great experience, I loved designing and producing the book. Matt just told me he is putting a printed copy in the mail for me and I am so glad to hear that he is very happy with the printed edition.

How many images are in the book? Is everything from the exhibit in it? Was there anything tricky or difficult about the layout?

Pillars by Jimmy Margulies. August 16, 2018 from the exhibit


I counted 100 cartoons in the book not counting Matt’s cover cartoon. It also has essays by Joel Pett, Lucy Caswell, Roslyn Mazer, Rob Rogers, Ann Telnaes and Matt. 

I didn’t know whether the book included everything from the exhibit, since I didn't see the show, but Matt says, "No....  And many of the cartoons in the book are not in the show. It's by no means a catalog of the show.  We just used that as a jumping off point.”

The tricky thing for me was incorporating many horizontal cartoons into the design without having the option of going across the gutter of a perfect bound book like I might when designing with photographs, which can have impact across a spread—but obviously that doesn’t work with cartoons with words. I created a grid with an appropriate width for type, on a square page which allowed for a narrow outside column to be used for pull quotes and to have the flexibility to use the full width including the narrow column for cartoons to jut out beyond the type column. It works as many of the cartoons are horizontal and allows for variety in the design of each spread with varying sized art along with the text and pull quotes drawing the reader to important ideas from the chapter and that act as design elements on the page as well. I guess the other tricky thing that comes to mind is that the chapters were mostly cartoons with an essay flowing through them as opposed to a text-heavy book punctuated by spot illustrations. So the challenge was to keep the continuity of the words flowing around the cartoons which meant jumping the words around a spread or two of just art so that the cartoons and words complemented one another.

Barbara Sutliff is available for full-time or freelance work. Contact her via

Oliphant exhibit opens at UVa

Oct 6: Bob Mankoff at Politics and Prose

Bob Mankoff - Have I Got a Cartoon for You!: The Moment Magazine Book of Jewish Cartoons

Mankoff, cartoon and humor editor for Esquire, former New Yorker cartoon editor, and author of the memoir How About Never—Is Never Good For You?, introduces this collection of his favorite Jewish cartoons by quipping that the People of the Book are also "the People of the Joke." Exploring how Jewish humorists have drawn on traditions such us Talmudic disputation for material, Mankoff surveys the long tradition of Jewish humor and the cartoon's place in it and reflects on how his own Jewish heritage—which included early experiences of Borscht Belt comedians like Jerry Lewis and Buddy Hackett—shaped his career as a cartoonist.


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

Oct 1: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm - The Evil Princess vs. The Brave Knight—at Takoma Park Library (MD)

The Evil Princess and her brother, the Brave Knight, simply do not get along. She casts villainous spells, while he spends his days fighting dragons. He rescues kittens while she stirs up mischief. The kingdom is in complete chaos due to their constant bickering, so the Magic Mirror is forced to intervene. But when catastrophe strikes, the royal rivals must band together. They start to realize they aren't so different after all. Comic-style art paired with laugh-out-loud text will delight parents and quarreling siblings alike! Ages 4-8.


Takoma Park Public Library (MD)   101 Philadelphia Ave   Takoma Park   MD    20912

Today: Dav Pilkey tickets go on sale at 10 AM


 by Politics and Prose 

Event Information

Come see Dav Pilkey talk about his books and his Do Good initiative!

About this Event

Please join us for a special evening with Dav Pilkey, a Library of Congress National Book Festival Presents event.

International bestselling author/illustrator Dav Pilkey will appear at the Library of Congress on his Do Good Tour. The tour connects children, parents and educators while highlighting how books inspire readers. It also explores how individuals can make positive differences every day. At the event, attendees will:
  • HEAR Dav Pilkey's inspiring story of his struggles with ADHD and dyslexia
  • SEE Dav Pilkey’s interactive presentation with live drawing
  • SEE a special performance of scenes from the critically-acclaimed Dog Man: The Musical featuring the original off-Broadway cast
  • MEET and have your picture taken with Dav Pilkey himself after the show (with the purchase of a copy of Dav’s new book from Politics and Prose when you register or at the event)
  • PURCHASE a signed copy of Dog Man #7 For Whom The Ball Rolls at the event itself
  • MEET and take photos with Captain Underpants and Dog Man characters!
  • CREATE your own stories at Harold’s Drawing Station
  • SHARE how you make a positive impact on the #DoGood Wall
  • GET a Reading Gives You Superpowers Cape and other fun giveaways (while supplies last)!
  • HAVE an amazing time! It's going to be SO MUCH FUN!
Copies of Dog Man #7 For Whom The Ball Rolls are available for pre-purchase during ticket registration. In addition, Dog Man # 7 For Whom the Ball Rolls and other Dav Pilkey books will be available for purchase at the event.

There will be a signing after the presentation. To join the signing line for this event and meet Dav Pilkey, attendees must purchase a copy of his latest book Dog Man #7 For Whom The Ball Rolls when registering for a ticket or onsite at the event. No memorabilia or books from home will be signed.

The event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required for entry. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. A ticket does not guarantee entry into the event.
When the auditorium reaches capacity, some ticketed guests will be seated in the Library’s magnificent Great Hall and view most of the program on screens. A small portion of the program will take place in the Great Hall and the guests in the auditorium will watch on screens.
Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of house management. We recommend arriving when doors open.

Please request ADA accommodations at least 5 days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or

Ticket holders will be invited to view a display of items from the Library’s extensive comic collection in the Whittall Pavillion prior to the start of the event. The display will be available for viewing from 5:45 pm – 7:00pm on the night of the program.

Politics and Prose is proud to be the bookseller for this event.


Monday, September 23, 2019

Fundraiser for Ben Hatke's family after loss of their daughter

Ida Hatke Medical Bills and Burial Expenses

Sept 25: Sara Duke kicking off Library of Congress Comic Art exhibit gallery talks

Sara just let me know that -

I will be kicking off the 2019-2020 Wednesday gallery talk series this week, Wednesday, September 25 at noon in the Graphic Arts Gallery on the ground floor of the Jefferson Building talking about a few of the pieces Martha Kennedy, Megan Halsband, Georgia Higley, and I selected with our exhibition director, Betsy Nahum-Miller. These talks are designed to last 20 minutes or so and leave time for Q&A.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Today: Greg Pak at Fantom Comics at 2 pm

Greg Pak, Minh Lê, and Jade Feng Lee event at Fantom Comics in Washington, DC -- TODAY at 2 pm!

Thrilled to be on my way to Washington, DC for a discussion and signing at Fantom Comics TODAY at 2 pm! If you're in the DC area, please do come see!

The event is co-sponsored by OCA and will also feature great comics creators Minh Lê and Jade Feng Lee in a conversation about Asian Americans in comics.

A limited number of PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS books will be available for purchase!

From 2-4 pm, 2010 P St NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC.

For all the details, visit:

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sept 24: National Book Festival Presents Dav Pilkey Tickets go on sale

NOTICE: Tickets for Dav Pilkey Go On Sale Sept. 24

National Book Festival Presents Dav Pilkey
ALERT: Tickets for National Book Festival Presents: Dav Pilkey, Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., will go on sale on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. ET at this location:
International bestselling author/illustrator Dav Pilkey will appear at the Library of Congress on his Do Good Tour. The tour connects children, parents and educators while highlighting how books inspire readers. It also explores how individuals can make positive differences every day.
Click here for more information on the event and to set a reminder.

Darrin Bell cartoons on display in the Newseum

The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editorial Cartoons of Darrin Bell

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"If even one person runs my cartoon, I'm happy with that as long as what I'm saying becomes part of the conversation." — Darrin Bell

Freelance cartoonist Darrin Bell won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for his sharp take on political hypocrisy, race and injustice. He is the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

Bell started his career at age 20 as staff editorial cartoonist at the University of California-Berkeley's The Daily Californian in 1995. He sold his editorial cartoons to the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Bell turned to comic strips with "Rudy Park" in 1997 and "Candorville" in 2003, both syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group.

In 2013, spurred by the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teen killed in Florida in 2012, Bell again started penning editorial cartoons, this time as a side job. "I got back into editorial cartooning to say something," said Bell. "Not to make money."

(thanks to Bruce Guthrie for the tip)

Liz at Large cartoonist profiled in City Paper

How Local Cartoonist Elizabeth Montague Creates Accessible, Reflective Art [in print as Luck of the Draw]

Her cartoons have taken her to the pages of The New Yorker.

Washington City Paper Sep 20, 2019 p. 20-21

Sept 21: International Batman Day

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