Monday, August 31, 2020

Betancourt on Boseman and Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman embodied the Black heroes of our past and gave us one for the future

Telnaes cartoon print for sale to support endangered cartoonists

Ann Telnaes's Trump as Elvis print is for sale to support Cartoonists Rights Network International.

New Billy the Pop book, and website, from Cole Goco

Excerpted from his blog:

As I promised in the previous post, I'm here to notify you all about the third and final Billy the Pop book collection! It's called Sweet Adventure, and contains the Billy strips from 2017 to 2020. As with the previous two books, it contains several all-new watercolor illustrations, which I had a lot of fun putting together. I consider this the best Billy book of the three, as to me it represents the peak of the strip's humor and visuals and features some of the strip's best storylines.

Here are a few photos of the book to give you an idea. I'm quite pleased with how it came out.

Sweet Adventure is available on Amazon for US$19. Visit the page here!

Additionally, I've spent a portion of the summer putting together my new website,! This will serve as my new hub for all my artistic pursuits: comics, film, illustration and more. The site already holds plenty of drawings and films that I've never mentioned on this blog before, so head over there if you want to see those. Feel free to check in every now and then to see what I've been working on! You can also follow me on my Instagram, where I'll post a bit more frequently and give updates on what I'm doing.

Robin Ha nominated for a Harvey Award

Here's part of their press release-



Prestigious Harvey Awards Returns for Annual Celebration Digitally

Streaming During New York Comic Con's Metaverse


NEW YORK, NY – August 31, 2020 – The Harvey Awards today revealed the nominations and opened the voting for the following categories: Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best Children or Young Adult Book, Best Adaptation from Comic Book/Graphic Novel, Best Manga, and Best International Book. The nominees for the 2020 Harvey Awards are:

Best Children or Young Adult Book


·  Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha (HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray)

Sept 3: Book Talk with Jeremy Whitley and Jamie Noguchi


Book Talk with Jeremy Whitley and Jamie Noguchi

Join the Hilltop Show for a conversation with the creators of "School for Extraterrestrial Girls" about working in the genre of Sci-fi Kid Lit, and writing and illustrating books during COVID-19

Jamie will also talk about his webcomic "Yellow Peril" and Asian-American representation in entertainment.

Doors open at 5:45 PM EST.

Register here:

Quarantine Q&A with Jamie Noguchi and Jeremy Whitley

Quarantine Q&A with Jamie Noguchi and Jeremy Whitley
We're talking to Jamie Noguchi and Jeremy Whitley about their book, School for Extraterrestrial Girls! Find out how they found each other, how we're all doing right now, and how they made this book!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sept 3 Virtual Event: Megan Margulies in conversation with HILLARY CHUTE

Virtual Event: Megan Margulies


My Captain America:
A Granddaughter's Memoir of a Legendary Comic Book Artist

in conversation with HILLARY CHUTE

Hillary Chute
Hillary Chute

Hillary Chute

Hillary Chute is the author of, most recently, Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere (HarperCollins, 2017). Her other books include Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form; Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists; and Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics. A Professor of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University, she is also Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman's MetaMaus and co-editor of Comics & Media: A Critical Inquiry Book. She is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review on comics and graphic novels.

Photo Credit: Alison Bechdel

Megan Margulies
Megan Margulies

Megan Margulies

Megan Margulies grew up in New York City. Her essays have appeared in various publications, including the Washington Post, New York Magazine, and Woman's Day. She now lives outside of Boston with her husband and two daughters.


September 3, 2020
7:00 PM


Join our online event (or pre-register) via the link in the event description.


Free - $3 contribution suggested at registration

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes writer MEGAN MARGULIES for a discussion of her debut memoir, My Captain America: A Granddaughter's Memoir of a Legendary Comic Book Artist. She will be joined in conversation by author and comics expert HILLARY CHUTE, author of Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere.

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While payment is not required, we are suggesting a $3 contribution to support this author series, our staff, and the future of Harvard Book Store—a locally owned, independently run Cambridge institution. In addition, by purchasing a copy of My Captain America on, you support indie bookselling and the writing community during this difficult time.

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About My Captain America

In the 1990s, Megan Margulies's Upper West Side neighborhood was marked by addicts shooting up in subway stations, frequent burglaries, and the "Wild Man of 96th Street," who set fires under cars and heaved rocks through stained glass church windows. The world inside her parents' tiny one-bedroom apartment was hardly a respite, with a family of five—including some loud personalities—eventually occupying the 550-square-foot space.

Salvation arrived in the form of her spirited grandfather, Daddy Joe, whose midtown studio became a second home to Megan. There, he listened to her woes, fed her Hungry Man frozen dinners, and simply let her be. His living room may have been dominated by the drawing table, notes, and doodles that marked him as Joe Simon the cartoonist. But for Megan, he was always Daddy Joe: an escape from her increasingly hectic home, a nonjudgmental voice whose sense of humor was as dry as his farfel, and a steady presence in a world that felt off balance.

Evoking New York City both in the 1980s and '90s and during the Golden Age of comics in the 1930s and '40s, My Captain America flashes back from Megan's story to chart the life and career of Rochester-native Joe Simon, from his early days retouching publicity photos and doing spot art for magazines, to his partnership with Jack Kirby at Timely Comics (the forerunner of Marvel Comics), which resulted in the creation of beloved characters like Captain America, the Boy Commandos, and Fighting American.

My Captain America offers a tender and sharply observed account of Megan's life with Daddy Joe—and an intimate portrait of the creative genius who gave us one of the most enduring superheroes of all time.

Praise for My Captain America

"A tender and heart-aching account of coming-of-age, and of aging, and of a vanishing New York City, as well as a much-needed corrective to myths concerning the origins of some of our most iconographic pieces of 20th-century popular culture. Thank you, Megan Margulies, for getting it all so right." —Jonathan Lethem, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

"Read Megan's memoir if you care about Captain America and Joe Simon's other other-worldly heroes from Comics' Golden Age. Read it for a granddaughter's stirring love poem to her Daddy Joe. Read it for writing as compelling as the storytelling. Read it because you, like me, need an escape today, and this is one that'll transport you to an uplifting setting and moment." —Larry Tye, author of Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero

"Megan Margulies's beautifully rendered chronicle of a charmed friendship brims with the illustrative skills that she so admired in her grandfather. Painting with the indelible details of city dwelling—gurgling coffeemakers, wooden taborets, and rooftop stargazing—she brings to marvelous life the bonds of three generations of restless, complicated New Yorkers, with and without their shields." —Sean Howe, author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Friday, August 28, 2020

Now: Quarantine Q&A with Jamie Noguchi & Jeremy Whitley

AUG 28 2020

Quarantine Q&A with Jamie Noguchi & Jeremy Whitley

Public · Hosted by Fantom Comics

Fantom Comics newsletter excerpts

'School for Extraterrestrial Girls' is now available and it's been
made by some of our good friends, Jeremy Whitley and Jamie Noguchi!
They've been friends of the store for a long time and Leah will be
leading the discussion with Jeremy and Jamie talking about working
together, making comics for kids (and adults), being dads, and just
catching up!

For further details:

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place
at indie bookstores across the country Every store is unique and
independent, and every party is different. Stores will have exclusive
books, literary items, or deals that you can only get on that day. Not
before. Not after. Not online....but then COVID-19 happened SO
This event has moved primarily online! While we are open for Phase 2,
we are also extending this day to our website! On
we'll have a special promotion! We'll be continuing our
#FreeComicBookSummer promotion as well!
**Keep an eye out on our social platforms for the free shipping promo
code and extra discounts!**
For further details:

Swing on over to our Facebook ( and hit the
"LIVE" tab to view all past book clubs and events! You can find recent
Book Club books on item for up to 20% off!

Previous Book Club books on sale:
Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm & Rich Tommaso
Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux & Amazing Ameziane
Green Lantern Legacy by Minh Le & Andie Tong
Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story by Peter Bagge

Upcoming Book Club book on sale:
School For Extraterrestrial Girls by Jeremy Whitley & Jamie Noguchi

Rec's are underway, have you checked them out? Over the course of
August, we're promoting and recommending books we love with an
educational or school theme across our social media platforms! We've
already recommended New Kid by Jerry Craft (we have in stock!), Dragon
Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (also in stock), and Gotham Academy by Becky
Cloonan (yep, in stock), so stay tuned to our Instagram, Facebook and
Twitter pages for future rec's as well! Not to mention, we have an
entire in store section devoted to Back To School, so hop on in while
we're open for Phase Two to check them out! All purchases can be made
in store or on for all items in stock, otherwise
reach out to us via phone (202-214-6498) or email
( to make a special order!

FCBS Books Available This Saturday, August 29th:

Random House Children's Books - Only A Matter of Space Time
Graphix - Donut the Destroyer
Rebellion - Best of 2000 AD Issue #0
Vault Comics - Brandon Sanderson's Dark One #1
IDW Publishing - Usagi Yojimbo

**We also have ALL previously released FCBS titles in stock - check
out to view them and all can be picked up in
store (open for Phase Two) or via!**

For further details on FCBSummer:

This year has caused a great deal of hardship, so we're suggesting
that anyone who'd like to grab some free books to donate to DC
non-profits like Bread For The City (, Casa Ruby
(, So Others Might Eat (, Capital
Area Food Bank (, or HIPS
( You can donate in store at checkout or through by searching "FCBS" at the top of the page, with
minimum starting at $5 and no max threshold.

CFP Libraries/Archives/Librarians in comics

Friend of the blog, librarian Rob Weiner, is working on a new book.

Call for Essays: 

Libraries, Archives, and Librarians in Graphic Novels, Comic Strips and Sequential Art edited by Carrye Syma, Donell Callender, and Robert G. Weiner. 


The editors of a new collection of articles/essays are seeking essays about the portrayal of libraries, archives and librarians in graphic novels, comic strips, and sequential art/comics. The librarian and the library have a long and varied history in sequential art. Steven M. Bergson's popular website LIBRARIANS IN COMICS (; is a useful reference source and a place to start as is the essay Let's Talk Comics: Librarians by Megan Halsband ( There are also other websites which discuss librarians in comics and provide a place for scholars to start. 

            Going as far back as the Atlantean age the librarian is seen as a seeker of knowledge for its own sake. For example, in Kull # 6 (1972) the librarian is trying to convince King Kull that of importance of gaining more knowledge for the journey they about to undertake. Kull is unconvinced, however. In the graphic novel Avengers No Road Home (2019), Hercules utters "Save the Librarian" which indicates just how important librarians are as gatekeepers of knowledge even for Greek Gods. These are just a few examples scholars can find in sequential art that illustrate librarians as characters who take their roles as preservers of knowledge seriously. We will accept essays related to sequential art television shows and movies e.g., Batgirl in the third season of Batman (1966); Stan Lee being a librarian in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) movie. 

Some possible topics include: 

Libraries and librarians in the comic strip Unshelved. 

Oracle/Batgirl as an information engineer in the DC Universe.  

Libraries and Librarians in the Marvel Universe 

Archives in the Star Wars Comics 

Archives/Librarians in the X-Men series  

The Librarian in Neil Gaiman's Sandman series  

The librarian in the Buffy Comics 

Libraries and Librarians in early and contemporary comic strips 

Libraries and Librarians during the Golden Age (1940s/1950s) comics.  

How is information seeking portrayed in graphic novels? 

Librarians/Libraries in independent comics and graphic novels.  

The use of graphic novels such as Matt Upson, C. Michael Hall, and Kevin Cannon's Information Now. 

Webcomics and Libraries and Librarians 

In what other ways is the traditional role of librarian portrayed in other types of characters in comics? (oracle, seer, three witches, etc.)

            These are just a few suggested topics. Any topic related to librarians/archives/librarians in comics and sequential art will be considered. 

We are seeking essays of 2,500-5,000 words (no longer) not including notes in APA style for this exciting new volume. 

Please send a 300-500-word abstract by November 15th to  


Carrye Syma  

Assistant Academic Dean and Associate Librarian 

Texas Tech University Libraries 



Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Politics and Prose offers class on Satrapi's Persepolis

ONLINE CLASS: Childhood Memoirs: Marjane Satrapi and Trevor Noah (2093)

$70 (10% off for members)

This class brings together two must-read memoirs about politics, nation, childhood, and belonging: Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Trevor Noah's Born a Crime. Persepolis, a graphic novel, is a witty yet haunting childhood memoir of growing up in revolutionary Iran and being sent to Europe to escape a country fractured by war, fundamentalism, and the morality police. Born a Crime is The Daily Show host Trevor Noah's fast-paced, touching, and humorous memoir about his boyhood days in South Africa. These coming of age stories are brimming with joy, humor, and sadness, depicting worlds where children are forced to grow up all too quickly. Two Wednesdays: September 23 and 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Online Class.

Reading Schedule:

9/23: Persepolis

9/30: Born a Crime


Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Trevor Noah, Born a Crime

Supriya Goswami teaches courses in literature (with special focus on Africa and South Asia), culture, and politics at Georgetown University. She has previously taught at California State University, Sacramento and at George Washington University. She is the author of Colonial India in Children's Literature (Routledge, 2012), which is the first book-length study to explore the intersections of British, Anglo-Indian, and Bengali children's literature and defining historical moments in colonial India. She is currently working on her second book, Colonial Wars in Children's Literature. She has also published in such scholarly journals as the Children's Literature Association Quarterly, South Asian Review, and Wasafiri.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class

Erik Dussere reads the Post's Sunday comics

It's Funny, Reading the "Funnies" in a Newspaper in 2020

thanks to the Daily Cartoonist for the tip

Comic Strip of the Day takes issue with Al Goodwyn cartoon

Ringo Awards ballot announced

Two local creators, Emily Whitten and Steve Conley (well, he's formerly local) are on it.

Announcing the 2020 Ringo Awards Final Ballot

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 26, 2020 - The 2020 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards are to be presented on the evening of Saturday, October 24, 2020. While normally a part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con, the 2020 Ringo Awards will be presented virtually, via Facebook and YouTube video. The Ringo Awards has completed the 2020 nomination process, which was inclusive of fans and comic book professionals alike, and both communities continued to show strong support, both in promoting the nomination process on their websites, blogs, and social media feeds, and by submitting their nominations.
Voting on the 2020 Final Ballot is restricted to comic book industry creative community -- anyone involved in and credited with creating comics professionally. We now present the 2020 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards Final Ballot.

"Year over year, we are seeing more and more excitement about and participation in the Ringos," said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. "Nominee numbers were up yet again in 2020, with a lot of new voices taking part. Now, the creators in the comic book industry get to vote for the 2020 awards. If you are a comics industry creative professional, please click on the 'VOTE' link and cast your ballot!"

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About Mike Wieringo

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Michael Lance "Mike" Wieringo was known to fans and friends as "Ringo", which is how he signed his artwork. His comics art graced the pages of DC Comics' The Flash, Adventures of Superman, Batman, and Robin, Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, and Rogue, and his co-creation Tellos. He passed away on August 12, 2007 at the young age of 44 from an apparent heart attack.
About the Ringo Awards

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The Ringo Awards recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, and are the only industry awards nominated by fans and pros alike, with final voting by the comic professional community. Launched in 2017, the awards ceremony is held annually at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Further details are available at
About the Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 21st year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Live NOW: National Parks Service artist panel for VOTES FOR WOMEN, the comics anthology!

National Parks Service artist panel for VOTES FOR WOMEN, the comics anthology!

Hosted by the Women's Rights National Historical Park, it includes Ally Shwed (editor of the book and frequent contributor to The Nib), myself, and other artist/writers :)

Tune in to this LIVE PANEL to hear us discuss our artmaking process, stories, history, and inspiration, as well as . . . women's rights!

Link to YouTube below, or go to the Women's Rights National Historical Park Facebook page! 

One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It officially established that the right of citizens to vote "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." But the road to voting equality was long and brutal; and even after the amendment was enacted, many still struggled for access to the ballot. The latest comics anthology from Little Red Bird explores the history of woman suffrage and examines the many complex narratives that built the movement.

Through 200+ pages of comics and illustrations created by 32 womxn artists, Votes for Women: The Battle for the 19th Amendment reflects on the fight for female suffrage. The publisher states "we celebrate the hard-won victories; we acknowledge the harsh realities; and we continue to fight the battle for gender equality still being waged."

During our Equality Weekend event, a panel of artists will discuss this amazing project and the history it explores, and what it is like to be a womxn comic artist in a male-dominated field.

Friday, August 21, 2020

PCHH - In 'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Jokes Are The Final Frontier

In 'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Jokes Are The Final Frontier

Ensign Sam Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), Ensign D'Vana Tendi (Noel Wells), Ensign Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), and Ensign Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid) in the new CBS All Access animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks.

CBS All Access

The mega-franchise Star Trek has produced a slew of movies and ten different TV series — the latest of which is a brand-new animated comedy called Star Trek: Lower Decks. The show was created by Mike McMahan, who worked on Rick And Morty, and it tells the story of some of the least powerful officers on Starfleet's least important starship, the U.S.S. Cerritos. In Star Trek: Lower Decks, we get a group of young oddballs and hotshot senior officers, with a cast that includes Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noel Wells, Eugene Cordero, Dawnn Lewis, and Jerry O'Connell. And, because it's animated, we also get epic battles, space zombies, and spectacular mass destruction.

Show Notes:

Note: We will be covering Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra in two separate upcoming episodes — and we want your questions about each series! If you have a question, email us a voice memo at

The audio was produced and edited by Mike Katzif and Jessica Reedy.

Weldon reviews Hanawalt, Lehoczky reviews 'The Daughters Of Ys'

In Hanawalt's 'I Want You,' Youthful Yearnings And Anthropomorphic Anxieties