December 23, 2019
Published in the print edition of the December 30, 2019, issue, with the headline "Cartoonists Pick Their Favorite Cartoons."
Here's some positivity to get you through the holidays.
East City Bookshop welcomes Robin Ha with her graphic novel memoir Almost American Girl, a heartfelt coming-of-age tale and poignant depiction of immigration.
About Almost American Girl:
A powerful and moving teen graphic novel memoir about immigration, belonging, and how arts can save a life—perfect for fans of American Born Chinese and Hey, Kiddo.
For as long as she can remember, it's been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn't always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together.
So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation—following her mother's announcement that she's getting married—Robin is devastated.
Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn't understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends in Seoul and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn't fit in with her new stepfamily, and worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to—her mother.
Then one day Robin's mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined.
Robin Ha grew up reading and drawing comics. At fourteen she moved to the United States from Seoul, Korea. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, she moved to New York City and started a career in the fashion industry. Her work has been published in independent comics anthologies including Secret Identities and The Strumpet, as well as in the pages of Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine. She is also the author of the bestselling comic recipe book Cook Korean! Visit Robin online at banchancomic.tumblr.com.
We look back on a year full of political drama, brouhahas, kerfuffles and malarkey with the best of Matt Wuerker's 2019 cartoons.
By MATT WUERKER
|(not pictured - Spider-Man, Lego Robin)|
|(photo from Hallmark's website)|
|Here Comes Spidey Claus||$15.99 |
|Lego Robin |
|Marvel Studios Avengers: Endgame Thanos||$18.99|
|Christopher Reeve as Superman||$19.99|
|Wonder Woman Invisible Jet||$24.99|
These stereotypes are getting old [Dave Whamond editorial cartoon letter]
James W. Moeller
Washington Post Dec. 21, 2019 : A15
The cartoon series is here to brighten your day.
Will Smith plays a spy who transforms into a pigeon in this sweetly silly satire
By Thomas Floyd
Washington Post December 2019
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/will-smith-plays-a-spy-who-transforms-into-a-pigeon-in-this-sweetly-silly-satire/2019/12/16/f425f1aa-1eb2-11ea-87f7-f2e91143c60d_story.html
Author and illustrator Mo Willems has sold millions of children's books and created beloved characters, including the Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant and Piggie. Now he's the Kennedy Center's first education artist-in-residence, making new kinds of work for both kids and adults. Correspondent Paul Solman talks to Willems about how he engages his audience.
'Tis the season … for staying in and curling up with a good book.
That's right! It's our winter book show and we've got quite the roster of local literary luminaries.
So, naturally, we want to know:
What's the best book you read this year and why? Listen and share your favorites.
Produced by Julie Depenbrock and Laura Spitalniak
Dr. Daniel Peretti, Assistant Professor of Folklore at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, is the author of "Superman in Myth and Folklore" (University Press of Mississippi, 2017), as well as other essays on folklore, myth, and popular culture. His current research focuses on Santa Claus, ritual, and the traditions of Christmas. Here Dr. Peretti answers our questions about his career and his use of the Library of Congress' comic book collection.
|2019 Herblock award, photo by Bruce Guthrie|
|Cover of his new book|
|Jones, Matt Davies and Matt Wuerker, photo by Guthrie|