Friday, January 31, 2020

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Vote Undead"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennock:

"Vote Undead"

Like sands through the hourglass... so are the days of our Jack. DC City Councilman Jack Evans — you will recall — was recently forced to resign his Council seat in disgrace after a wave of scandals including the WMATA Board Of Directors and Colonial Parking.

So, slimy Jack — predictably, somehow — has filed to run again for the City Council seat he was recently forced to resign from in disgrace... you will recall... Oh, for the days when disgraced politicians had the class and decency to go away and stay gone...


"Law firm that investigated Jack Evans for Metro found 'multiple violations' of ethics code" Washington Post, 06.17.19

"D.C. Council member Jack Evans to resign over ethics violations", Washington Post 01.10.20

"Jack Evans to run for DC Council after resigning seat amid ethics scandal", Washington Post 01.27.20

PR: Marc Tyler Nobleman teaching creative writing summer 2020 (4th-9th graders)

He's written two books about comics creators -

Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman
changed history | inspired documentary Batman & Bill, which is making people cry worldwide

Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
ALA Notable | front page of USA Today

From: Marc Tyler Nobleman

This June and July, I'm running creative writing camps at both Georgetown Day and Landon schools. If you live with any kids who like the adventure of storytelling, and also any who don't, I encourage him/her/them to join the fun. No homework, no testing. Lots of lively discussion/reading aloud!

To learn more/register:

Georgetown Day (two-week sessions; all genders):

June 22-July 3, 2020 or July 6-17, 2020
$680 per session (financial aid available)

  • 9 am-12 pm - 4-6 grade
  • 12:30-3:30 pm - 7-9 grade

Landon (two-week sessions; all genders):

July 20-31, 2020
$330 per session (e
arly bird discount available until 2/8)  

  • 9-11:30 am - rising 4th-rising 6th graders
  • 12:30-3 pm - rising 7th-rising 9th graders 
NOTE: My program repeats each session, so I don't recommend signing up anyone for more than one of my sessions. Both schools also offer other, more academic writing camps.

Marc Tyler Nobleman

Cavna talks to Charlie Hebdo survivor Philippe Lançon

A Charlie Hebdo shooting survivor is still trying to heal, five years later

The Post on Oscar animation shorts

A viewer's guide to the 2020 Oscar shorts [animation; in print as A guide to this year's Academy Award-nominated short films].

Michael O'Sullivan 

Washington Post Jan. 31, 2020, p. Weekend 32

online at

A scene from

A scene from "Memorable," a French animated short about an elderly painter with dementia. (Vivement Lundi)

New Liz at Large in City Paper

Liz At Large: "Tired"

Listen to the dog.

Liz Montague
Jan 30, 2020

Feb 19: Solid State Graphic Arts Book Club - Andre the Giant by Box Brown

Graphic Arts Book Club

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
  • Solid State Books 600 H Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)

Join Jeremiah Foxwell in discussing this month's Graphic Arts Book Club pick Andre the Giant by Box Brown!

The Washington Post has secret comics sections

Last night at Robin Ha's event, I was chatting with Lara Antal who told me her autobiographical comics were appearing in the Post in The Lily.

I had no idea what she was talking about.

Since about 2016! the Post has been publishing Lily Lines a biweekly newsletter for women's issues and commissioning comics for it, starting with Katie Wheeler as the only artist. The feature isn't dated by year, so I'm not sure at the moment when they switched to multiple cartoonists, but there's a healthy selection of people doing strips for them. My friend Ellen Lindner who was also there last night has done a strip too.

You can find all the comics here. I've signed up for the newsletter so will post links when then new strips show up in the future.

Now I have to investigate their other newsletters...

Remember folks - TIPS ARE WELCOME. Tell me if you know of something that's never been mentioned here.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Robin Ha at East City Bookstore

Robin Ha is launching Almost American Girl, her graphic memior about moving from Korea to America as a teen. She's being interviewed by Gareth Hinds.

Mark Ranslem in the Washington Blade

Mark Ranslem has been the editorial cartoonist in the Washington Blade since 2012.

His AAEC bio is here.

His Blade archives is here.

I can't believe I've missed him. I used to pick the Blade up regularly when I worked in DC, but they also used to run Bechdel and other comic strips such as Ethan Green.

Richmond's RVA Mag's latest comics column

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Tomorrow: Robin Ha at East City Books

I read her graphic biography last night in an advance copy and enjoyed it very much.

East City Bookshop welcomes Robin Ha with her graphic novel memoir Almost American Girl.

Date and Time

Thu, January 30, 2020

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST


East City Bookshop

645 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast #100

Washington, DC 20003

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.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested but not required. Learn more and reserve your copy of Almost American Girl today.

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

PR: “FRONT LINES: Political Cartooning and the Battle for Free Speech” is now available

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"FRONT LINES: Political Cartooning and the Battle for Free Speech" is now available

Published as a companion to the 2019 Billy Ireland Museum exhibit of the same name, FRONT LINES features lots of cartoons, and essays by Joel Pett, Lucy Caswell, Roslyn Mazer, Rob Rogers and Matt Wuerker.

$20 gets you the book, poster & stickers (w/free shipping & handling). Email mattwuerker (at) to purchase. Supplies are limited — Pick up your copy today!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Library of Congress Swann Fellowship applications due soon

The deadline for Swann Fellowship applications is February 14, 2020. Please see the following for criteria, guidelines, and application forms:  

 This fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year is administered by the Library of Congress and  one of the few for graduate students doing scholarly work in caricature and cartoon.

Please email or call (202) 707-9115 if you have questions.

Pulp Artist Hugh Rankin ad from 1920 National Geographic

These dragons and mammoth are in a watch ad, and aren't by a comic book artist, but Hugh Rankin was a sci-fi pulp illustrator. This ad for Elgin Watches appeared in the February 1920 National Geographic Magazine and is courtesy of my wife Cathy, who found it.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Julian Lytle interviewed Tom King

Ignorant Bliss 75: Tom King at Fantom Comics 2019

julian lytle

January 24  2020

Here is a recorded talk between Tom King and I at Fantom Comics back in February 2019. We talk about the end of Mister Miracle and Heroes in Crisis along with questions from the audience.

Canada's "For Better or For Worse" licensing handled out of Charlottesville, VA?


bCreative adds "For Better or For Worse" to brand portfolio
Bill Barrow
bCreative, Inc. – Executive Vice-President
Jan 13, 2020

The Post's Nora Krug talks to Shannon Hale about Wonder Woman

PR: ICAF@SPX Abstract Deadline Approaching

The International Comic Arts Forum invites proposals for scholarly presentations for its twenty-first meeting, to be held at the Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland from September 12-13, 2020. Scholars who present at ICAF will have the opportunity, as part of their registration fee, to enjoy SPX exhibitors, artist talks, and the Ignatz Awards ceremony. ICAF will be co-located with SPX at the Marriott North Bethesda Hotel & Conference Center, which will also provide accommodations to attendees at a reduced rate. Our keynote speaker for the 2020 conference will be Martha H. Kennedy, Library of Congress curator and author of Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists.

ICAF welcomes original proposals from diverse disciplines and theoretical perspectives on any aspect of comics or cartooning. We particularly welcome proposals of presentations that reflect an international perspective. Studies of aesthetics, production, distribution, and/or reception, as well as analysis of social, ideological, and/or historical significance are equally welcome, as are studies that address larger theoretical issues linked to comics or cartooning. Given the shared histories and missions of ICAF and SPX, two events that have long celebrated diversity, inclusion, and independence in the comics world, we hope to offer thematic panels on small press, independent, and self-published comics of all genres. We also hope to highlight the work of women and non-binary cartoonists; submissions in these areas are encouraged, though not required. 

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES: ICAF prefers argumentative, thesis-driven presentations that are clearly linked to larger critical, artistic, or cultural issues; we avoid those that are survey-like in character. We accept original 20-minute presentations that have not been presented or accepted for publication elsewhere. Presenters can assume an audience versed in comics and the fundamentals of comics studies. Proposals should not exceed 300 words.

All proposals will be subject to blind review. Applicants can expect to receive notice of their proposal's standing by April 10, 2020 (acceptance, rejection, or wait-listing).

Send abstracts by February 15, 2020, to ICAF Academic Director Brittany Tullis:

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Cavna on the impeachment courtroom sketch artists

In addition to editorial cartoonists, there are other illustrators drawing the trial.

Sketch artists at the impeachment trial are capturing scenes that the cameras cannot

Jan 28: Gainsbourg by Joann Sfar - Vies d'Artistes 2/4

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is proud to present FOUR powerful and imaginative cinematic works as part of the film series 'Vies d'Artistes'.

2 - Gainsbourg (Vie Héroïque) by Joann Sfar
2010 | France | 130 min
January 28 | 7:00 p.m.
In French w/ English Subtitles.

Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) by Joann Sfar follows the famous French singer's upbringing in occupied France, his first successes and complex love affairs. An audacious portrayal of the charismatic singer's life, Gainsbourg is unconventional and imaginative in its use of fantastical elements representing the singer's conscience at very crucial moments of his life. Perfectly embodying the dramatic intensity of the movie, the soundtrack includes many of Gainsbourg's most famous songs.

Friday, January 24, 2020

PR: Get Wonder Woman #750 Signed tomorrow at Third Eye Annapolis

Meet comics superstars Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, Midnighter, Justice League, Martian Manhunter) & Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil, The Clock, Wonder Woman) TOMORROW!

Saturday 1/25/20

Read about other projects by Steve & Colleen by clicking here!
Order our Amazon Attack VIP Package by clicking here!
Pre-Order Variant Bundles & more by clicking here.
Third Eye Comics | 2027A WEST ST, Suite 102, Annapolis, MD 21401

Mitch McConnell is a political cartoon collector... if they are cartoons of him

Mitch McConnell doesn't care what you think. He just wants to win. [political cartoons; in print as Beware of playing poker with a sphinx].

Ben Terris 

Washington Post Jan. 24, 2020 p. C1, 3

online at

Since the Post is firewalled, and this story isn't about cartoons really, here's a couple of quotes:

It's a subtle look, and one difficult to capture. In the many political cartoons drawn over the years, artists tend to focus on the jowls, the sunken eyes, or the thinness — rather than the trajectory — of his lips. There have been more than 650 of these comics, a fact known to McConnell and his staff because he keeps them all.


Some he hangs gleefully from the walls of his Senate office for gawking visitors. The rest, which have been flowing in at a record pace in recent years, he keeps in an archive in Louisville. McConnell, who declined an interview request for this article, has discussed turning them into a coffee-table book and scoffed when one of his staffers suggested they might have to be censored.

"There were a ton during the Obama administration, and as you can imagine, in the age of Trump there have been a lot of insane ones," McConnell's spokeswoman Stephanie Penn said on a tour of his office, just hours before the Senate's impeachment trial of Trump. "But he has a good sense of humor about it. Better to have people talking about you and making fun of you than not talking about you at all."

Wash City Paper reviews Robin Ha's new book Almost American Girl

Robin Ha Traces the Immigrant Experience With Her Illustrated Memoir Almost American Girl [in print as Mother's Nature]

The graphic novel features stunning illustrations and moving words.

Washington City Paper Jan 24, 2020 , p. 22

Feb 12: The Mueller Report Illustrated

The Mueller Report Illustrated

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
  • Solid State Books 600 H Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)


Join us in welcoming The Washington Post's Rosalind S. Helderman, Matea Gold and Katherine B. Lee for a conversation about "The Mueller Report Illustrated," a new graphic nonfiction book. Written and designed by The Post and illustrated by artist Jan Feindt, "The Mueller Report Illustrated: The Obstruction Investigation" brings to life the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and illuminates a crucial period in the Trump presidency that remains relevant to the turbulent events of today. The book unspools a dramatic narrative of an angry and anxious president trying to control a criminal investigation into his own actions, with dialogue taken directly from the special counsel's 448-page report. "While the storyline is eminently faithful to Mueller's more detailed documentation, the writers and artist bring drama to it by showing the many points of resistance within Trump's staff," Kirkus Review notes. The Post journalists will discuss how they tackled this groundbreaking project, how the Mueller probe eventually led to the impeachment inquiry and how the Russia investigation is still reverberating today.

About the speakers: Matea Gold Matea Gold is the national political enterprise and investigations editor for The Washington Post, where she plays a leading role guiding some of The Post's highest-profile stories. Before moving into an editing role in 2017, Matea spent two decades as a reporter, covering money in politics, presidential campaigns, Los Angeles City Hall and television media, among various beats. She joined The Post in June 2013 after 17 years at the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Publishing. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Bruin.

Rosalind Helderman Rosalind S. Helderman is an investigative reporter for the national political staff of The Washington Post. A reporter for the Post since 2001, Rosalind has helped cover two presidential elections and the US Congress, as well as local news in Virginia and Maryland. She was part of a team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for coverage of Donald Trump and Russia and is a two-time recipient of the Polk Award for investigative reporting. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a graduate of Harvard University.  

Katherine Lee Katherine Lee is an art director and designer at The Washington Post, where she designs for various cross-platform projects and products. She helped launch the visual style of The Post's Snapchat Discover page in 2017, and in 2018 she redesigned The Post's newsletter brand suite. Her work has been recognized by the Society of News Design, and she served as a judge for the Society of Illustrators competition. Before arriving at The Post in 2016, Katherine worked at the Boston Globe and Globe Magazine. She graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in advertising and psychology.

This event is free and open for all to attend! Kindly RSVP here!

Cartoonist Carolyn Belefski crowdfunding Blue Rose jewelry pin

Hello! I'm Carolyn -- illustrator, designer, and cartoonist -- creative director of Curls Studio

We're raising funds to produce 100 limited edition hard enamel pins with a beautiful original illustrated Blue Rose design. The pins will be produced at 30mm tall with sleek rose gold plating and blue glitter color. Each pin will be fixed with a clear rubber clutch and come with a backing card.

Blue Rose Pin-spiration

I became enamored with blue roses about a decade ago because they symbolize unattainable love and longing to attain the impossible, as a Blue Rose does not exist in nature. The 2020 PANTONE Color of the Year is Classic Blue -- instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. There is a sense of mystery, rarity, and hope within the symbolism of a Blue Rose.

You may want to give the pin as a gift to someone getting married who can wear "something blue" as tradition. You may want to give two or share the pin with a friend. You may want a reminder to stop and smell the roses or a symbolic physical representation of waiting for true love. (see Stop and Smell the Roses reward option to pledge for two Blue Rose pins).

Hard enamel pin badges are durable due to the process that the enamel goes through. The stamped metal pin badge is filled with blue glitter color and is polished flat to leave a smooth flat surface.

Jan 26: Charlie Hebdo's Philippe Lançon at Politics and Prose in Union Market

Philippe Lançon - Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo — at Politics and Prose at Union Market, presented with the French Embassy

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A French journalist, Lançon was gravely wounded in the 2015 terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. His powerful memoir, an award-winning bestseller in France, confronts this experience neither as a critique of terrorism nor from the perspective of a witness, but as a life-changing event. In the year it took him to return to writing—he's still a cultural critic at Charlie Hebdo—Lançon focused on healing both physically and emotionally. As he endured grueling treatment for his maimed face while reading and rereading Proust, Mann, Kafka, and others in search of guidance, he also reassessed his relationship to the world, his work, and to love and friendship. In partnership with the French Embassy
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.

Politics and Prose at Union Market   1270 5th Street NE   Washington   DC    20002

Thursday, January 23, 2020

PR: New Grumble comic from Rafer Roberts in pre-order

Grumble: Memphis and Beyond the Infinite #1

A con-artist trapped in a pug's body and his half-demon daughter take a psychedelic trip across the universe in GRUMBLE: MEMPHIS AND BEYOND THE INFINITE!

You can't keep a bad dog down! Eddie Endino, the unrepentant crook trapped in a pug's body, and Tala Palacio, Eddie's half-demon daughter, return this March in a brand new mini-series published by Albatross Funnybooks. Written by Rafer Roberts and illustrated by Mike Norton,  GRUMBLE: MEMPHIS AND BEYOND THE INFINITE follows Eddie and Tala as they embark on a cross-dimensional rescue mission to the far side of reality where danger lurks around every corner…but where the real threat may be each other!

"Eddie and Tala have been through a lot together. They've lied, cheated, and conned their way across America, while growing to genuinely like each other. But this new adventure is going to test their tenuous family bonds like never before," said GRUMBLE writer and co-creator Rafer Roberts. "It's really a heart-touching tale of a deadbeat dad, who happens to be a pug, trying to reconnect with his daughter, while also attempting to rescue her mother from the evil forces who live in an alternate reality hellscape."

"GRUMBLE is a weird comic, and this series is only gonna make it weirder." says GRUMBLE artist and co-creator Mike Norton. "Rafer has done some really epic world building in this story, I'm so proud of this book!"

GRUMBLE: MEMPHIS AND BEYOND THE INFINITE #1 is a great jumping-on point for new readers who may not be familiar with Eddie and Tala's brand of heartwarming mayhem. "I pride myself on writing comics that are accessible no matter if you pick up an issue one or issue twelve," explains Roberts. "But all you really need to know with the new series is that Eddie's a jerk who got himself stuck in a pug's body and he's been recruited by his estranged daughter Tala to help rescue her mom from space prison."

While most of the action takes place in Tennessee and other psychedelic parallel dimensions, the new series takes special care not to forget where it started. "Yeah. We're sure spending a lot of time in Baltimore for a comic series with Memphis in the title," quips Norton. However, revisiting the "Charm City" of Baltimore is more than just a way to annoy Memphis-native Norton. "Eddie is an incredibly selfish jerk who would throw his own mother under a bus to save himself," Roberts explains. "But now he's heading across the universe to rescue a woman he hasn't seen in nearly 20 years. So, we're going to spend a little time in Baltimore and see exactly what went down between Eddie and Tala's mom back in the day, and learn why Eddie would put his life on the line for her now."

Adding her unmistakable coloring expertise to the strange alien landscapes is returning colorist Marissa Louise. "Working on GRUMBLE is my monthly treat. It's a comic I'm so proud of and in love with!" says Louise. "Rafer writes a beautiful father/daughter dynamic and Mike's imagination is unmatched. Plus I get to color this book in a completely unhinged way!"

"I love making this comic," said GRUMBLE writer Rafer Roberts. "Eddie and Tala have become like my own awful children, and I find myself in constant awe every time a new page of artwork shows up in my inbox. Mike and Marissa are masters of conveying action and emotion to the point where I get chills reading my own comic! And having Crank! on letters just ties everything together perfectly. I can't wait till March!"

GRUMBLE: MEMPHIS AND BEYOND THE INFINITE #1 (of 5) hits shelves March 25th, 2020, and is currently available for preorder.

Feb 26: My Hero Academia Movie Heroes Rising screening by DC Anime Club


CONTACT: Chris Wanamaker, (202) 262 2083

DC Anime Club to host a Free screening of My Hero Academia Movie 2 Heroes Rising.

On Wednesday  February 26 ,2020 at Angelika Mosiac Mosaic District, 2911 District Ave Suite
200,  Fairfax, VA 22031 at 7pm DC Anime Club will be hosting a free screening of My Hero
Academia Movie 2 Heroes Rising.  Doors will open at 5:30pm.

Those interested in the screening must send an e-mail rsvp to

Rsvp's will be taken on a first come first serve basis. If you are not on the list of names of rsvp's you WILL NOT be ALLOWED into the screening room. You must also bring photo ID.  RSVP's WILL NOT be taken by Eventbrite or any place else.

We hope to see you there.

For more information please visit the DC Anime Club website at or call 202 262 2083.

About DC Anime Club:
  DCAC was established in 2003 to introduce and educate people in the Washington, DC area about East Asian culture, through viewing and discussion of Japanese animation (also known as anime) and Japanese comics (manga). DCAC is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, contributions to DC Anime Club are taxed deductible to the extent allowable under the law.

The club also works to provide a positive, alternative activity to the youth in the area by exposing them to foreign culture, encouraging artistic expression and creativity, and providing opportunities for participation in community activities and leadership.

In addition to our bi-weekly meetings, the club holds an Annual Art Show, an Annual Costume fundraising event, and visits local schools to do presentations on anime. The club also works with the Smithsonian Freer Gallery and DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival on their anime screenings, and has helped locally promote performances for Japanese bands such as Puffy Ami Yumi and Pine am. DC Anime Club was founded by Chris Wanamaker (President),
Jules Chang (Former Vice President) and Craig Vaughn (Vice President) on Saturday June 5,
2003. We have a strong membership that continues to grow -- most of which are teenagers.

Christopher Wanamaker DC Anime Club President 202 262 2083

DC Anime Club Main Site
Meet up:

More To Come 399: Bill Campbell of Rosarium Interviewed by Calvin Reid

More To Come 399: Bill Campbell Interview

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Ann Telnaes sketches the Senate impeachment hearings

Sketches from the Senate impeachment trial

Stilson Greene, editorial cartoonist of Loudoun Now

A friend showed me a copy of the Loudoun Now newspaper today, and it had work by an editorial cartoonist I didn't recognize. A little bit of digging revealed it was done by Stilson Greene and ran in his weekly Stilson's Corner in the paper, which is archived back to March 2016. I've reached out to try to get our standard interview questions answered.

A lot of small papers may still have editorial cartoonists that aren't listed in the big run-downs of the death of editorial cartooning. The Daily Cartoonist linked to a story about Peter Waldner today for a second example.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

RFK editorial cartoon contest is open

"In these turbulent times, the preservation of accurate journalism is essential to our democracy. Join us in celebrating the best work of the year at the Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism Awards. The nomination process ends February 3rd:"

Cavna on impeachment cartoons

Cartoonists are having a tougher time with Trump's impeachment than with Clinton's. Except when it's easier. [in print as Clinton and Trump: Cartoonists draw distinctions].