Monday, November 30, 2020

Alex Bowman talks to cartoonist Tommy Siegel

Viral Cartoonist Tommy Siegel on Drawing Political Comics in 2020 

Viral Cartoonist Tommy Siegel on Why Social Media Is Terrible

Viral Cartoonist Tommy Siegel Drew a Cartoon Every Day for 500 Days, and Made a Book Out Of It

Black Friday LIVE | Batman Catwoman discussion with Tom King

Black Friday LIVE | Batman Catwoman

John Suintres

LIVE: Join the creators of the new Batman Catwoman comic book series, Tom King, Clay Mann and Mitch Gerads, as they discuss the ins and outs of this exciting new series from DC.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Twenty Years Later, Is 'The Emperor's New Groove'... A Classic?

Twenty Years Later, Is 'The Emperor's New Groove'... A Classic?

The Emperor's New Groove came out 20 years ago, during a time when Disney's animation department was going through an identity crisis. The plot is simple: David Spade is a bratty emperor. Eartha Kitt and Patrick Warburton turn him into a llama. And John Goodman is the peasant who helps make things right. It was originally gonna be an epic musical, but then it became a comedy, a box-office disappointment, and now, we would argue, a beloved classic.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Jon Scieszka &Steven Weinberg: National Book Festival 2020

NPR talks about Welcome To The New World

Jerry Craft Live Q&A: 2020 National Book Festival

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Online comic art auction Dec. 5 will benefit Grannies Respond's work with asylum seekers at the border

Reposted by request from a granny
 Bid on artwork by John Stanisci, DC and Marvel Comics illustrator who has drawn Spider-Man, Superman, and many more superheroes!

Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden
presents a very special

Online Art Auction

with artwork by
 famed DC and MARVEL COMICS artist!

This fundraising auction is a great opportunity to obtain unique gifts for yourself or your family members who are comic and superhero fans! These works of art have value and will be greatly appreciated by the superhero fans you may know!  You'll also be supporting The Grannies in our efforts to help asylum-seeking children and families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

 John Stanisci has worked on characters such as Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Hulk, to name a few. In 2011, his book for DC Comics, "Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond," premiered at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List for graphic novels. He recently released a new comic with Emma Kubert, "Foundlings."

The bidding begins Saturday, December 5,
at 7:30 p.m., EST.

 RSVP at the link below. 



All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden, Inc.
P.O. Box 1106
Beacon, NY 12508

GB Trudeau's video from Politics & Prose

G.B. Trudeau, "DBURY@50"

David Stanford

Nov 25, 2020 Politics and Prose

and his last in-person appearance -

Garry Trudeau, "#SAD!"
Oct 3, 2018

Library of Congress blog on Thanksgiving Comic Strips

A Feast of Funnies: Thanksgiving Comic Strips

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Phillip Kennedy Johnson to write Superman

Future State: Superman writer says the Man of Steel "shows us who we're supposed to be"


November 23 2020

Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson describes his love for Superman and preview his two Future State Superman titles

The Post talks to Bliss and Martin

How Steve Martin and illustrator Harry Bliss ended up working on the 'upbeat book' we all need right now [in print as It's all in the timing, both comic and cosmic]

Co-Creator of “Woke” Keith Knight talks politics

Co-Creator of "Woke" Keith Knight talks politics

Brooke Minters

Politico 11/18/2020

Local cartoonist Justin Benedict RIP

Justin Benedict Struck, Killed Crossing Street

November 23, 2020

Beloved Cartoonist Struck, Killed While Crossing Street in Old Town

Monday, November 23, 2020

Dec 1: Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell at Politics and Prose (virtually)

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell with Isaac Fitzgerald
Pirate Stew | For Families
Tuesday, December 1 at 6 p.m. The first 100 purchases of Pirate Stew will receive a signed bookplate.

Lala Alcaraz piece in new SAAM exhibit

by Bruce Guthrie 

There's a new Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit -- in the building with the National Portrait Gallery - that opened on Friday.

Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now
November 20, 2020 – August 8, 2021
In the 1960s, activist Chicano artists forged a remarkable history of printmaking that remains vital today. Many artists came of age during the civil rights, labor, anti-war, feminist, and LGBTQ+ movements and channeled the period's social activism into assertive aesthetic statements that announced a new political and cultural consciousness among people of Mexican descent in the United States. ¡Printing the Revolution! explores the rise of Chicano graphics within these early social movements and the ways in which Chicanx artists since then have advanced innovative printmaking practices attuned to social justice.

I did my normal obsessive coverage of it when I went in on Friday. 

One of the pieces that's part of it is by Lalo Alcaraz.  It's a digital image, not an original piece of art, so it's shown on a screen rotating with other pieces.  Does anyone know if Lalo works mostly digitally?  The piece is from 2018 and was in response to the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

Bruce Guthrie
Photo obsessive

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Friday, November 20, 2020

Crime Comics With Eddie Muller, Tom King and The Noir City Team

Crime Comics With Eddie Muller Tom King and The Noir City Team

Nov 17, 2020

Featuring Steve and Mike Kronenberg and Eddie Of Of TCM's Noir Alley and the founder of Noir City . We'll discuss great crime comics and our favorite noir films and TV

Is The Rebooted 'Animaniacs' Still Zany To The Max?

Is The Rebooted 'Animaniacs' Still Zany To The Max?
Aisha Harris, Margaret H. Willison, J.C. Howard
Pop Culture Happy Hour November 20, 2020

After 22 years off the air and locked in the Warner water tower, Dot, Yakko and Wakko, return for more wild antics and meta references!

Because everything in Hollywood must be revived these days, the Animaniacs are back after being locked in that Warner studio water tower for more than 20 years. Led by the fictional siblings Yakko, Wakko and Dot, the super-meta cartoon featured slapstick humor and cultural references that appealed to both kids and adults alike. Hulu has released a new batch of Animaniacs episodes and much of the original voice cast returns — though this time around you should expect fewer Goodfellas jokes and more cracks about presidential elections.

Glen Weldon on Star War's holiday specials

A Tale Of 2 Star Wars Holiday Specials: 2020 (LEGO) Vs. 1978 (Oh, No)
Glen Weldon
November 17, 2020

Formerly local cartoonist Malaka Gharib draws a sharable covid zine

COMIC: A Kids' Guide To Coping With The Pandemic (And A Printable Zine)
Malaka Gharib

Cory Turner

 NPR's Goats and Soda blog November 17, 2020 


NPR talks to Bliss and Martin about gag cartoons

Chris Pitzer from Richmond's AdHouse Books interviewed at Solrad

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Cavna's picks for 2020's best of comics

2020 graphic novels and comic books: Five trends that defined the year

P&P Live! Tommy Siegel | I HOPE THIS HELPS with Ben Thornewill

P&P Live! Tommy Siegel | I HOPE THIS HELPS with Ben Thornewill

Nov 11, 2020 Politics and Prose
Join cartoonist, Tommy Siegel as he discusses his new book, "I Hope this Helps" in conversation with Ben Thornewill on P&P Live!

Tommy Siegel's debut book collection includes 200+ pages of comics, essays, and extremely helpful guides to coping with 21st-century panic. With comics titled "Choose your social anxiety coping mechanism" and "What your coffee drink of choice says about you," I Hope This Helps offers clever and sardonic commentary on our phone-obsessed, social media-driven culture, as well as a series of devastatingly funny relationship comics starring his popular Candy Hearts characters.

Tommy Siegel is a cartoonist and musician who tries his best to juggle both pastimes with assistance from copious amounts of coffee. As lead guitarist and singer for his solo projects and his power pop trio Jukebox The Ghost, Tommy has played over 1,000 shows around the world, including festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza and late-night television programs like Letterman and Conan. As a cartoonist, his challenge to draw 500 consecutive days of comics led to a viral fanbase of hundreds of thousands worldwide.

In addition to his own solo work, Ben Thornewill is a singer/songwriter/pianist in Jukebox the Ghost (alongside Tommy Siegel), an internationally-touring cult pop/rock band. In addition to festivals like Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, and Bottlerock, Jukebox the Ghost has also performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where you can find him working out of his home studio as a songwriter and audio engineer for TV, film, and musical theater. You can find him across social media platforms under @benthornewill.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Fantom Comics newsletter excerpts

Come in Saturday, 11/21, and buy a Fantom Tote Bag for $5 (normally $20) and fill it with as much product from the store as possible to get 25% pff your entire purchase! Only items excluded are Magic the Gathering and we will have a limit of one bag per customer, so that means anything else you can fit into one Fantom Tote is good for the discount! With many families unable to see their loved ones this season, graphic novels are the perfect gift that can be mailed and keep your loved ones entertained while quarantining! Not to mention some early Black Friday goodness!

Beginning this Sunday, 11/22, we'll be open Sundays again! In store Sunday hours will be 11am-6pm with requirements of a face mask and social distancing! We know it can be tough to get in during the week, so we're super excited about helping folks out on another day of the weekend!

Tommy Siegel, I Hope This Helps: Comics and Cures for 21st Century Panic

This is an interesting talk by a part-time webcomics musician who posts his cartoons on social media.

Tommy Siegel, I Hope This Helps: Comics and Cures for 21st Century Panic

Liz Warner

Tommy Siegel and his new book are here to help! I Hope This Helps: Comics and Cures for 21st Century Panic has had our staff laughing since it arrived last month, and we are pleased to bring him to you (virtually) in November!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Beyond Comics in-store sales

Beyond Comics New Arrivals
Wednesday - November 18, 2020
Masks Required - Maintain 6 Foot Distances - Customer Capacity Limits

Facebook Live Sale!
Thanksgiving Night (Thursday, November 26th) 7pm to 9pm
Graphic Novels 20% Off
All In Stock Graphic Novels
Board Games
Buy One Get One 40% Off

November 11th to November 30th
In Stores Only!

Fredericksburg political cartoonist Clay Jones has covid-19

Clay Jones, who is a friend of mine, has announced via his blog and other media that he's contracted covid-19. Fortunately he appears to be doing ok and has put up a new cartoon and blog today discussing his thoughts on having it and the wider epidemic.

We at ComicsDC send our best wishes to Clay and his family, and since that won't buy him a cup of coffee, I'm sending him $40 for a print of yesterday's cartoon, Goodbye, Dumpster.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. And since someone asked this morning, yes. You can still get a signed print for $40.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Nov 18: P&P Live!: G.B. Trudeau — DBURY@50 - in conversation with David Stanford

P&P Live!: G.B. Trudeau — DBURY@50 - in conversation with David Stanford

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

The ultimate Doonesbury package celebrating a half-century of G.B. Trudeau's celebrated comic strip. This limited-edition deluxe set includes: A USB flash drive with all 50 years of Doonesbury comics, including 26 years of Sunday comics available for the first time in digital format. Includes a searchable calendar archive, character biographies, and a week-by-week description of the strip's contents. The Dbury@50 User's Guide, a 224-page wire-bound book taking readers through each year of the strip's storied history, with historical trivia, milestone strips, featured storylines and characters, and much more. A commemorative 16" x 20" poster featuring a grid with new sketches of all the strip's characters.

G. B. Trudeau has been drawing his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip for more than forty years. In addition to cartooning, Trudeau has worked in theater, film, and television. He also has been a contributing columnist for the New York Times op-ed page and later an essayist for Time magazine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jane Pauley. They have three grown children.

David Stanford is an independent editor who has worked on books by authors ranging from Ken Kesey, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs to Charles Schulz, Art Spiegelman, and G.B. Trudeau. For the past 40+ years he has worked with Garry Trudeau on innumerable fascinating projects, and since1995 has served as Duty Officer of For eight years he oversaw the Doonesbury milblog The Sandbox, editing over 700 posts by more than 150 soldiers, spouses, and caregivers. On Fridays, he works at Oblong Books and Music in Millerton, New York.

Instead of a set ticket price, we have provided a couple different ways for you to attend this event. If you'd like to purchase a copy of the book, you will not be charged an extra fee for a ticket, and we can either ship your copy, or you can retrieve it at one of our stores.

Troy-Jeffrey Allen interviews ACO on 'American Ronin'

Got It Covered: ACO's Mesmerizing 'American Ronin'

by Troy-Jeffrey Allen