Friday, November 29, 2019

New National Museum of African Art exhibit has a comic book flavor

by Bruce Guthrie

The National Museum of African Art (that's the one you don't need timed tickets to get into -- it's the one by the Castle) has a new exhibit "Heroes: Principles of African Greatness".  

The artifacts are from the museum's permanent collection so you may have seen some of them before.  What's different is that they're trading on the popularity of Black Panther.  All of the signage is in a comic book font and you'll see a few word balloons and such.  

They have a copy of the Black Panther comic in the display as well as some comics published in Africa.  It's not a major part of the exhibit though.  

Their brochure for the exhibit, although it's folded like one of those easily-ripped pocket-sized maps, also reflects the comic book design motif.

You might not want to make a special trip to see it but if you're going to the Freer's Hokusai exhibit, you definitely should pop in.  

The museum's description of the exhibit is on

My pictures from my Thanksgiving visit are on

Bruce Guthrie
Photo obsessive

Gahan Wilson speaks at the 2009 Small Press Expo

Gahan Wilson speaks at the 2009 Small Press Expo

Published on Nov 22, 2019

On Saturday, September 26, 2009, I attended SPX (the Small Press Expo), and the most important thing I did that day was listen to "Gahan Wilson in the Spotlight." I recorded his hour-long talk, and to honor his memory on this day of his passing, I've uploaded the audio so you can learn more about this wonderful man. It's audio only, so you'll miss out on the rubber-faced cartoonist's body language as he hams it up, but I think you'll find the sound of the master's voice worthwhile all by itself. R.I.P.

The Post reviews White Snake, a Chinese animation

Seventh-century Chinese folk tale takes on vivid new life in the CGI 'White Snake' [in print as Seventh-century Chinese folk tale gets vivid and thrilling new life]

Washington Post November 29 2019, p. Weekend 37

Awesome Con and Baltimore Comic-Con tickets on sale today

Thursday, November 28, 2019

SPX 2019 Panel - Image, Activism and Autobiography online now

SPX 2019 Panel - Image, Activism and Autobiography

Published on Nov 25, 2019

For many autobiographical cartoonists, the personal truly is political. From direct participation in protests and political unrest, to suffering the effects of gentrification, to horrifying encounters with the police, to exploring self-image, each of the cartoonists on this panel has a unique perspective on recording these narratives. Moderator and scholar Francesca Lyn discusses these issues with Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend And Other Stories), Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), Bianca Xunise (Say Her Name), Sylvia Nickerson (Creation), and Halfdan Pisket (Deserter).

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Gahan Wilson drawing for Bruce Guthrie

 Bruce Guthrie writes in, "I first ran into him at the New York Comic-Con back in 1995.  He asked what I did and I told him I was a computer programmer for the government.  This is what he drew in my sketch book that year...  (The words on the computer screen are "We have decided you are redundant".)"

New comics short series by Liz Montague at City Paper

Liz At Large: "Looking"

Welcome a new cartoon series—here for the next eight weeks.

Liz Montague
Nov 27, 2019

The Post's obituary for the great Gahan Wilson

Gahan Wilson, cartooning's master of the creepy and the macabre, dies at 89 [in print as Cartooning's master of the creepy, macabre].
By Matt Schudel 
Washington Post November 27, 2019 p. B6

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tom King is on various Best Of lists and influencing comics

The best comics of the decade

From 'Saga' to Batman, EW picks the 15 best comic books of the decade
November 21, 2019

for Batman and Mister Miracle.

The best comics of the decade

A panel-by-panel view of the 2010s

By Susana Polo@NerdGerhl Nov 5, 2019
for Mister Miracle.

Heavy is the crown: 3 ways Tom King is influencing comics

Read how King's work has impacted mainstream comics and ways it might continue to going forward.

Daryl Cagle remembers Mike Lane

Mike Lane Remembered

Comic Art at Library of Congress reviewed at DC Line

Library of Congress exhibit on comics shows off the art form's rich, diverse history in America

Monday, November 25, 2019

Cavna talks to Lynda Barry

How MacArthur 'genius' Lynda Barry is exploring brain creativity with true artists: Preschoolers
By Michael Cavna 
Washington Post November 22, 2019

Award-winning fine art animation at the National Portrait Gallery.

A new generation of portraits asks: Can you see these people? [fine art animation; in print as Portraiture in motion]

Philip Kennicott 

Art and architecture critic

Washington Post November 24, 2019 p. E2

online at

Enter the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Book & Journalism Awards

Enter the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Book & Journalism Awards
All entries must have been published or broadcast in the United States in 2019.
 An entry fee of $75 is required for all entries, excluding student journalism award entries. The deadline for all awards is Feb. 3, 2020.  more »

Politics and Prose videos of Mankoff, Hernandez, Kidd and Chast posted

Bruce Guthrie notes that Politics and Prose just posted a bunch of old presentations online.

Bob Mankoff, "Have I Got a Cartoon For You"

Jaime Hernandez, "Is This How You See Me?"

Chipp Kidd, "Shazam!"

Roz Chast and Patricia Marx, " Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?"

Bruce Guthrie
Photo obsessive

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Dav Pilkey at Library of Congress video online

Nov 24 & 26: Animation Show of Shows @ AFI 11/24 and 11/26

The The Animation Show of Shows, a curated selection of the "best of the best" animated short films created by students and professionals around the world, returns to theaters across North America. Featuring 10 films from seven countries, the 2019 edition of the program offers an array of highly imaginative, thought-provoking, and moving works that reflect the filmmakers' unique perspectives and their relationship to the world. For 21 years, the The Animation Show of Shows has been presenting a highly selective program of new and innovative short films to appreciative audiences at animation studios, schools and, since 2015, theaters around the world. During its first 20 years, 40 of the films showcased in the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS went on to receive Academy Award® nominations, with 11 films winning the Oscar®.

"A must-see for anyone seriously interested in animation." -- The Hollywood Reporter

The 21st ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS includes  three films which have qualified for 2020 Academy Award® consideration*. The complete lineup is (†May not show at all venues): : 
KIDS – Michael Frei, Mario von Rickenbach, Switzerland 
Rubicon Short Film – Gil Alkabetz, Germany
Five minutes to sea* – Natalia Mirzoyan, Russia
RÉCIT DE SOI [SELF-NARRATIVE] – Géraldine Charpentier, Belgium
HOUNDS – Amit Cohen, Ido Shapira, Israel
The Fox and the Bird [LE RENARD ET L'OISILLE] – Sam & Fred Guillaume, Switzerland
Daughter - short film*- Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic