Sunday, January 31, 2021

Troy-Jeffrey Allen talks to Chris Samnee

Interview: The Samnee Family Take on the Unpossible!

Interview by Troy-Jeffrey Allen

Feb 16: Julia Kaye in Conversation With Shena Wolf

My Life in Transition
Tuesday, February 16 @ 5pm (PT)
My Life in Transition (Andrews McMeel) is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed autobiographical comics collection, Super Late Bloomer, documenting transgender artist Julia Kaye's life post-transition. My Life in Transition is a story that's not often told about trans lives: what happens beyond the early days of transition. Both deeply personal and widely relatable, this collection illustrates six months of Julia's life as an out trans woman — about the beauty and pain of love and heartbreak, struggling to find support from bio family and the importance of chosen family, moments of dysphoria and misgendering, learning to lean on friends in times of need, and finding peace in the fact that life keeps moving forward. After the nerve-wracking, anxiety-ridden early transition period has ended and the hormones have done their thing, this book shows how you can be trans and simply exist in society. You can be trans and have a successful future. You can be trans and have a normal life full of ups and downs. In our current political and social climate, this hopeful, accessible narrative about trans lives is both entertaining and vital. Kaye will be joined in conversation with Shena Wolf, director of comics and acquisitions at Andrews McMeel Syndication.

Friday, January 29, 2021

The Smithsonian notices Wonder Woman 1984 came out and some places looked familiar

How 'Wonder Woman 1984' Was Filmed at the Smithsonian
January 19, 2021

Wonder Woman and the Smithsonian

Dec 30, 2020
Parts of the 2020 film "Wonder Woman 1984" were filmed at different Smithsonian museums. WW84 director Patty Jenkins shares why they chose the Smithsonian for Diana to work at and why the National Air and Space Museum was a must-see on Diana and Steve's whirlwind tour around Washington, DC.

Goodwyn Cartoons 1/29/21 online now


Strange Adventures #8 reviewed

'Strange Adventures' #8 review

Strange Adventures remains one of the most meaningful superhero stories on the stands today.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Bon Voyage to Martha Kennedy of the Library of Congress

Martha Kennedy retires from being a paid comics historian at the Library of Congress tomorrow to being an unpaid one! We wish her luck. Martha wrote several exhibits, collected a bunch of comic art, oversaw the Swann Foundation scholarship, and authored a book on women cartoonists in the collection of the Library, Drawn to Purpose. When it's time to relax...

Her colleagues commissioned this caricature from Mike Jenkins.

Roye Okupe / YouNeek Studios sign with Dark Horse, start animation

Which Will Release Past and Future Works
 by Milton Griepp on January 28, 2021

He dreamed of creating his own African superhero universe. Now it's finally paying off. [Roye Okupe / YouNeek Studios]

Washington Post Jan. 27, 2021

YouNeek plots growth from comics to screen

EXCLUSIVE: The indie studio has received new investment funding and recruited a team of partners, including Triggerfish Animation, to bring African stories to global TV audiences.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

In conversation with Phoebe Im (@bobblejot)

Nicole Moorefield
  • Jan 5 2021

In conversation with Phoebe Im (@bobblejot)

Illustrator Phoebe Im, known for her work as @bobblejot on Instagram, is releasing her first book, Cute Chibi Animals, on January 19. Im, who has 295K Instagram followers, spoke with The Hilltop Show about her artistic journey, creative process, and career growth. 

Jan 28: Sailor Moon: How These Magical Girls Transformed Our World

January 28, 8pm EST
Since its first release in 1992, Sailor Moon has become one of the most iconic manga and anime franchises globally. It also has been many people's first introduction to Japanese pop culture in other parts of the world. Join our panel discussion with Kumiko Saito, Mari Morimoto, Samantha Close, and Kathryn Hemmann as they explore the history and legacy of Sailor Moon, as well as the fandom and fan culture it helped create in the U.S. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A.


March 11: An Evening with Gene Luen Yang

An Evening with Gene Luen Yang

Thursday, March 11, 2021
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. MT

Join the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program for an evening with Gene Luen Yang, the bestselling writer and artist behind American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, the Avatar: the Last Airbender comics, and many other iconic works.

This online talk will explore the making of comics and graphic novels, bridging the gap between words and pictures, and the importance of narratives that convey a multitude of cultural experiences.

Bring your questions: the event will conclude with a live audience Q&A moderated by Bart Beaty, professor of advanced studies in comics at the University of Calgary.

Sailor Moon: How These Magical Girls Transformed Our World

January 28, 8pm EST
Since its first release in 1992, Sailor Moon has become one of the most iconic manga and anime franchises globally. It also has been many people's first introduction to Japanese pop culture in other parts of the world. Join our panel discussion with Kumiko Saito, Mari Morimoto, Samantha Close, and Kathryn Hemmann as they explore the history and legacy of Sailor Moon, as well as the fandom and fan culture it helped create in the U.S. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A.


Tomorrow Jan 28: Dan Mazur on Harvard Book Store for Lunatic wordless graphic novel

Virtual Event: Dan Mazur

presenting Lunatic in conversation with WHIT TAYLOR


January 28, 2021
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 acclaimed cartoonist and editor DAN MAZUR—cofounder of the Boston Comics Roundtable and MICE: the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo—for a discussion of his latest graphic novel, Lunatic. He will be joined in conversation by Ignatz-Award winning cartoonist WHIT TAYLOR, author of the forthcoming Harriet: Toward Freedom.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "ZOMG Democracy!"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennnock -

"ZOMG Democracy!"

We're hitting a record for COVID-19 deaths, unemployment is sky-high, another wave of evictions is hitting, the fascists are still running wild, the police are still mass-murdering Black people, but yeah — let's impeach Trump — and find some obtuse, other-worldly reason to blame Russia while we're at it, because what the hell.

Cripes, how the hell does that even work? The guy's been out of office for nearly a week. If the Senate votes to convict, how do they punish him — revoke his Secret Service protection? Seize his Federal pension? Prohibit him from running for office again? The "spanking machine"?

MSNBC commentators and guests this past week have been blurting out the word "democracy" so often you could play a drinking game; meanwhile QAnon, Patriot Prayer, the Proud Boys and the rest aren't just going to pack it in and go home because Trump's been bounced out of the White House...


"US House delivers Trump impeachment article to Senate; move formally sets in motion Senate trial against Donald Trump for 'incitement of insurrection' related to Capitol riot", Al Jazeera 01.26.2021

"Republican opposition to Trump impeachment trial grows; more Republican Senators say they oppose the trial, to begin next month, but Mitt Romney says he supports proceedings" Al Jazeera 01.25.2021

"Here We Go Again: Hillary Clinton, Pelosi Allege Trump Orchestrated Capitol Riot on Putin's Orders" Sputnik International 01.19.2021

"United States sets new single-day record for COVID-19 deaths", New York Post 01.13.2021

Current US COVID-19 Statistics,

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Today at 1:30 - collage w/ old Nat Geographics to create a narrative

Studio Session: Cut + Paste with Bayan Dahdah

Experience the pages of National Geographic magazine in a new way with multidisciplinary artist Bayan Dahdah. In this virtual studio demonstration, Bayan will combine old issues of the magazine straight from the archives with unique digital collaging techniques to create an original narrative artwork. As she works, Bayan will share tips and techniques for innovative visual storytelling and answer questions from viewers in this immersive, interactive event.

Tuesday, January 26, at 1:30pm ET / 10:30am PT
Watch the event on the Nat Geo Live Facebook page

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Maryland cartoonist Steve Hauk (1954-2021) R.I.P. (UPDATED)

from Facebook
by Mike Rhode

Maryland cartoonist Steve Hauk (pronounced Hawk) passed away sometime this week in Silver Spring. The discovery of his death was on the morning of Friday, January 22nd, but he had not been seen in public since Tuesday, January 19th. He apparently was out of his room some time on Wednesday, so most likely passed away on the 20th or 21st.  His death is considered to be of natural causes, and won't be further investigated. Hauk identified himself on his Facebook page as a type-2 diabetic who needed to self-inject insulin on a daily basis. Hauk was born on August 4, 1954 according to the Grand Comics Database. For a short time in the early 1990s, he broke into drawing for mainstream comic books, but was unable to make a career of it. On his Linkedin page, Hauk wrote of himself, "Successful retail manager for such companies as Rosetta Stone, Brookstone and The Sharper Image. My life experiences have been varied including being an FM Disc jockey, gag writer for comedians, editorial and comic book cartoonist."

Joel Pollack, founder of the local Big Planet Comics chain said, "I believe Steve first moved to the DC area (from Cumberland, MD) in 1973 to attend University of Maryland. I met him through the UMD Comic Art Society where he also met his best friend, Gary Sommer. Gary and Steve hosted a radio show on WMUC for several years. Steve worked at Big Planet Comics circa 1990-1992, and was there when we moved from Cordell Ave. to Fairmont Ave. At that time, Steve relocated from Adams-Morgan to Triangle Towers where he resided for 20+ years. I know he drew Fish Shticks for Steve Moncuse, and "Emperor of Da Universe" for Comic Buyers Guide. He was living in a group house in Silver Spring at the time of his passing." Debbie Kozak said, "He was a beloved housemate of our group house in Silver Spring since May of 2015. Steve was a good friend. He always made me laugh. I miss him terribly."

Hauk and his painting of Lobo (after Bisley) for Big Planet Comics store on Fairmont Ave.

Fish Shticks #3

Gary Sommer recalled his time with his friend today for this obituary. The two met at UMD in the early 1970s as part of the Comic Arts Society and both worked on MetroCon. Gary Groth of Fantagraphics was a also member as was Joel Pollack. Steve was trying to break into comics at the time and did minicomics. Sommers and Hauk did eight years of college radio together on their show Sub-Ether Waveband, where they played a mix of up-tempo new wave, electronica, comedy and some original comedy. Steve did a segment called "Cooking with the Emp" with the self-proclaimed Emperor of the Universe, Andy Looney (who now does game designs for his company Looney Labs). This led to a series of minicomics about the Emperor's adventures. His minicomics were done in small runs and given away to his friends. 

As noted, from 1992-1993, he drew Fish Shticks (Apple Comics) for Steve Moncuse's Fish Police series. Eighteen pages of his original art for issue 3 can be seen online. Sommer says Hauk also inked an issue of Barbie for Marvel. Hauk's GCD credits also list a story in Vamperotica #10. The last of his comic book work appears to have been in the late 1990s in John Gallagher's Buzzboy comic.

Sommer notes that Steve kept drawing up to the very end, and his most recent minicomic was What We Do in the Pandemic, a parody of the tv show What We Do in the Shadows. He also drew his own Christmas cards, including a coronavirus-themed one for this past year's card as well - they were always funny or topical cartoons.

from Linkedin

 I personally knew Steve when he clerked for the Bethesda branch of Big Planet Comics. I can't believe that was 30 years ago. I enjoyed seeing Steve on a weekly basis back then and hearing his sardonic comments on life. It's a shame that he wasn't able to continue creating comic books, but it's always been a hard field to make a living in. Steve remained a Big Planet Comics Bethesda customer until his death.

  This obituary will be updated in italics as more information or images are sent to me.

2019 Christmas card

2020 Christmas card cover and interior

Steve with our youngest cat, Violet, from June of 2019

Steve wearing a Svengoolie T-shirt, August 2015.

From Gary Sommer, January 31st - "I ran across 3 pieces from the 1980s..."


After Max Headroom

Budgie Hunter

Dash Headon


2/13/21 UPDATE

Courtesy of Randy Scott, librarian of Michigan State University's Comic Art Collection, Steve wrote a mini-biography for:

Entry (p. 90) in Comic-Book 
Superstars, by Don & Maggie 
Thompson (Iola, Wis. : Krause
Publications, 1993). -- 
Call no.: PN6707.C65 1993

Steve Hauk. 4853 Cordell Avenue, Unit 1501, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.
Born: August 4, 1954, in Washington, D.C.
College or other education: Self-taught.
Biggest creative influences: Will Eisner, Vaughn Bode, Mike Ploog, Mike Hinge, George Carlin, Monty Python, Douglas Adams, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Robert Sheckley.

1993 projects: Developing a title for Parody Press, full art and story. Emperor of Da Universe back-up story in Team Danger #0 from Obsidian Publishing, inks on Marvel Comics' Barbie Fashion #29.

Past comics tides and related projects:
Since issue #677 in November 1986 contributed editorial and other cartoons to Comics Buyer's Guide. Multiple logos for the Arrow/Caliber book Deadworld. Two contributions to the Apple Press book 101 Other Uses for a Condom (mine were "Frog Partyhat" and "Emergency Airsickness Bag"). A Fish Police mini-series from Apple Press, Fish Shticks, six issues, all interior art, pencils, inks, and tones. Recently my inks over Dan Parent's cool pencils on Barbie Fashion #29 for Marvel (and on my first work for Marvel, my first work to see color, Michelle Wrightson does the coloring. Wow.). I've written gags for Don Martin and Larry "Bud" Melman.

Favorite comics not worked on: Any Ambush Bug comic, 2000 AD, Epic Comics' The Sleeze Bros. and Lance Barnes, Post Nuke Dick, and Ostrander's Grimjack.

Dream comic-book project: Realistically, to ink a Keith Giffen pencilled Ambush Bug special (or any Giffen pencils; I especially like his silly side). Total fantasy, to have worked with Vaughn Bode.

And his friend and housemate Debbie wrote in to note, "We have converted Steve's room into a den and have affixed this memorial plaque to the doorframe so that anyone entering the den will see that our den is dedicated to Steve's memory."



Friday, January 22, 2021

'WandaVision' Traps Its Stars In An Ever-Changing Sitcom

'WandaVision' Traps Its Stars In An Ever-Changing Sitcom

Pop Culture Happy Hour January 22, 2021

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany star as Wanda Maximoff and Vision in WandaVision.

Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Disney Plus has big plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first show to arrive from its slate of Phase Four projects is WandaVision. Wanda's got magic powers, Vision's a synthetic android and together, they're trapped in a series of simulations of comedies from decades past. However, slowly but surely, the superhero world you know and love begins to creep back in.

Show Notes:

Interview on Box of Bones from Rosarium

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Beat recommends Gallas' The Poet and the Flea

A Year of Free Comics: in THE POET AND THE FLEA, William Blake faces the macabre

by Avery Kaplan

In The Poet and the Flea by G. E. Gallas is an ode to the life of poet and painter William Blake in which Blake's life is re-imagined (and given some very sinister elements).

Continuing John Lewis' "March": Comics to Teach Civic Awareness | Education Series

Continuing John Lewis' "March": Comics to Teach Civic Awareness | Education Series

Panelist are...Meryl Jaffe, PhD, educational consultant/author, Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy

Talia Hurwich, Doctoral candidate, NYU and author Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy

Andrew Aydin, author of March and Registered

Fred Van Lente, author Action Activists, Action Philosophers, Action Presidents

Ryan Dunlavey, author Action Activists, Action Philosophers, Action Presidents

Jenna Ryall, Senior Instructional Specialist, NYCDOE

Brian Carlin, Senior Instructional Specialist, NYCDOE

Yohuru Williams, founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative, University of St. Thomas, author Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "DAnon Shaman"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock -

"DAnon Shaman"

Well, it's about freakin' time. I was starting to wonder when the Democrats and their flunkies in the media were going to get off the dime and start screeching that ZOMG FOREIGN INFLUENCE (a.k.a. Russia, China, Iran) was responsible for the Great Capitol Hill Chud Riot a couple of weeks ago — and I was somehow reminded of this fake shaman who turned out with the QAnon crowd at the Capitol, and that joke about how Russiagate was basically QAnon for Liberals.

16x16 inch medium-res color .jpg image, 1.4mb


"FBI probing Capitol riot link to foreign governments, groups", Al Jazeera 01.17.2021

"Here We Go Again: Hillary Clinton, Pelosi Allege Trump Orchestrated Capitol Riot on Putin's Orders", Sputnik International 01.19.2021

The "QAnon Shaman" at the Capitol,

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2021 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards nominations 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 Award. The nomination process ends February 1st:"

One apparently needs to create an account to enter a submission.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Malaka Gharib on NPR's covid-19 webcomics

11 Original NPR Comics That Brought Joy, Hope And Help During The Pandemic [comics journalism; webcomics]

Malaka Gharib

The Post on Batwoman

New Batwoman Javicia Leslie always wanted to be a superhero [in print as New Batwoman Javicia Leslie says she always wanted to be a superhero]

Q&A: Javicia Leslie takes on Batwoman role to empower others

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.|AP

Jan. 8, 2021

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Kal and Wuerker at editorial cartoonist symposium

The untold story of editorial cartoonists

Visual artists discuss sensitivities emerging around images, political and otherwise

Express Tribune January 16, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

Sal Buscema art sells for over $100K

Sal Buscema's original cover to 1971's Sub-Mariner No. 35, featuring the soon-to-be Defenders (Hulk, Silver Surfer and Namor) squaring off against a few assembled Avengers (Iron Man, Goliath and Thor). The artwork was one of two pieces in the Comics & Comic Art event to realize $102,000. 

Mr. Buscema lives somewhere in Northern VA.

Jan 24: Cartoonist Paul Merklein Virtually Returns!

Cartoonist Paul Merklein Virtually Returns!

Do you like to draw cartoons?  Do you want to meet a cartoonist?

Cartoonist (and former resident of Silver Spring MD) Paul Merklein is 
virtually visiting public libraries and schools this year, and he will 
return to the Fairfax County Public Library in VA on Monday January 25 
at 2:00 EST.

Meet Paul online and learn how to draw famous cartoon characters!  Win 
FREE prizes! Have fun drawing cartoons!

Register for Paul's program here...

If you miss the program on on January 25, you can see Paul's calendar 
of virtual programs here...

Paul Merklein taught Cartooning at Arlington Community Centers in 
Virginia for 5 years.  He now enjoys semi-retirement in Wisconsin 
where he draws cartoons, drinks tequila and misses Ben's Chili Bowl in 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

That darn Mark Trail

The Post reviews WandaVision

'WandaVision' on Disney Plus gives Marvel Studios its first true power couple [in print as 'WandaVision' gives Marvel Studios its first true power couple]

Washington Post Jan. 16, 2021 p C1-2

and here's a Master of Kung Fu article by Betancourt too -

Shang-Chi's return to Marvel Comics makes him the center of his own story

Friday, January 15, 2021

PR: Insight Editions Mid-Winter Sale

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