Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Al Goodwyn's latest cartoon newsletter


Fantom Comics staff change

From their March 31 2021 Newsletter -

As Master Yoda would say, "adaptability is the key to survival," and let's just say I took that to heart for the year of 2020! With one of the most insane years I have spent in the six years I've worked in the comic industry running stores, I am so incredibly grateful to have been doing it with Fantom Comics! I adore Fantom and am beyond thankful to have worked for some incredible and understanding people through an insane year, and hope to help out with consulting and events in the future! Even though I'm leaving, good luck getting rid of me for good!

This decision has been very bittersweet for me because I genuinely never wanted to leave. I love Fantom, the owners, staff, comics and every single one of our customers, especially those that trekked in every week since we opened for Phase Two! But commuting from Virginia, underlying health conditions, and the opportunity for a job that would help those issues immensely, I have had to make the hard decision to leave. It really breaks me up, I have learned so much, have become far more confident in my abilities and what I can handle in uncertain times, but above all else, I'm going to miss you, the customers the most!

My last day will be this Friday, April 2nd, so if you're able to stop by the shop, I would very much like to see you!! If not, no worries, I'll still be stopping by from time to time, but wishing all the best to every one of you and of course, Fantom Comics!!

Fairfax County Times picks up Duane Abel's ZED comic

Abel brings laughter and fun with ZED comic strip

John Lewis’s March turns to Run this summer

John Lewis's posthumous new graphic novel will be out this summer, in time for a new battle over voting rights [in print as Lewis no longer marches, but 'Run' goes on]

'Run', Rep. John Lewis's posthumous memoir, is coming out in August

Run chronicles Lewis's ongoing fight for voting rights in the 60s.

Rep. John Lewis's Life Story Continues in 'Run: Book One'

Phillip Kennedy Johnson takes a job for Marvel

Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Post's editorial page editor on hiring de Adder

The Week in Ideas: A new editorial cartoonist joins our ranks


  By Fred Hiatt
Washington Post's The Week in Ideas newsletter March 28 2021

YouNeek Studios at WonderCon

Creating African Superheroes for A Global Audience with YouNeek Studios and Dark Horse | WC@Home 21

Roye Okupe, along with artists Sunkanmi Akinboye and Toyin "Morby" Ajetunmobi
Mar 27, 2021
Dark Horse Comics and YouNeek Studios present a deep dive into the African superhero universe from YouNeek Studios with creator Roye Okupe, along with artists Sunkanmi Akinboye and Toyin "Morby" Ajetunmobi. Listen in on the conversation as they immerse themselves in the world of Malika: Warrior Queen, Iyanu: Child of Wonder, and E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams - a YouNiverse spanning centuries centered around African stories, crafted by African creators.

Friday, March 26, 2021

More on De Adder's contract with The Post

SaltWire cartoonist Michael de Adder inks deal with the Washington Post

Stephen Cooke

Mar 24 2021

thanks to DD Degg for the tip

Pop Culture Happy Hour on Invincible and King of the Hill cartoons

Michael de Adder, Canadian political cartoonist, joins The Post

de Adder was fired from his last position* one of his major customers for being too hard on Trump. It doesn't appear that he'll be moving to DC, as Toles did, nor will he have as many days as Tom.

Michael de Adder joins Washington Post Opinions as a political cartoonist

WashPost PR Blog March 26, 2021

Cavna, Michael. 2019.

This Trump critic’s cartoon went viral on social media. Within hours, he no longer had a contract [Michael de Adder, Canada].

Washington Post (June 30):


Degg, D.D. 2019.

Brunswick News Inc. Cancels Michael de Adder – Updated.

Daily Cartoonist (June 29):

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Lily's lastest covid comic

I've picked up new habits in the pandemic. Will they stick?

In a relentless year, it's hard to notice when things shift

I've picked up new habits in the pandemic. Will they stick?
(Rachel Quast for The Lily)

April 19: Global Comics Lecture Series: Comics and the Humanization of the Middle Eastern Experience (Virtual Event)

Global Comics Lecture Series: Comics and the Humanization of the Middle Eastern Experience (Virtual Event)

April 19, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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In the world of Middle Eastern cartoons and graphic novels, the artists often focus their discussions on politics, government, war, protesters, etc., which are all important topics. Very few artists, however, address the actual people who are living these experiences. Join International and Area Studies at The Ohio State University Libraries for our next installment of the Global Comics Lecture Series featuring Iasmin, a Middle Eastern, Muslim, queer and trans comics artist, who will address:

  • Humanizing Middle Eastern people and our stories in a world that politicizes us, and how we can convey these things through comics
  • The intersection of queer, trans and Middle Eastern identities past, present and future, and the importance of representation in art
  • Healing trauma through comics (and art in general)

About our Speaker

Iasmin Omar Ata is a Middle Eastern, Muslim, queer and trans comic artist, game developer and illustrator who creates art about coping with illness, understanding identity, dismantling oppressive structures and Islamic futurism.

Iasmin's graphic novel Mis(h)adra has resonated with both readers and reviewers alike for its searingly honest depiction of the epileptic lived experience. Iasmin has produced a video game called Being about the Palestinian past, present and future as well as other comics and games. Iasmin is an Ignatz Award winner and Excellence in Graphic Literature Award finalist. They have been interviewed and reviewed by Kirkus Publishers Weekly, Electronic Intifada, Library Journal and NPR.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Spider-Man from Amazing Fantasy #15 - Library of Congress - Thursday, April 8 at 8 PM EDT

This absolutely free event is meant to emulate the experience that I give to researchers who want to have a moment with the Spider-Man story from the original drawings from Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962) at the Library of Congress:, except the Prints & Photographs Division does not let children under 16 into the reading room so this is an all-ages event. Please register – it's absolutely free-of-charge. Marvel Worldwide has given me permission to share  some PowerPoint slides with details from the drawings. The Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress has been closed to researchers for over a year, but we've been working to create virtual programming to provide access to our collections.



Sara W. Duke

Curator, Popular & Applied Graphic Art

Prints & Photographs Division

Library of Congress

Washington, DC 20540-4730


FB Live: Chris Schweizer, The Roanoke Colony, America's First Mystery


FB Live: Chris Schweizer, The Roanoke Colony, America's First Mystery

Facebook Live


Online with Facebook Live
Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 3 PM EDT – 4 PM EDT
Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr
Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook
Join us for a discussion with KY-based comic author & illustrator Chris Schweizer about his latest YA book, The Roanoke Colony: America's First Mystery. He'll talk about the sometimes outlandish theory about what happened to the colonists, what we can learn from known facts, and what goes into making a historical mystery comic.

The Unacknowledged History of Black Creators and Black Characters in Comic Books (2016 Library of Congress presentation)

The Unacknowledged History of Black Creators and Black Characters in Comic Books

Darrell Goza discussed the history of black creators and characters of comic books, as well as the degree to which early African-American superheroes generally adhered to common stereotypes of black men.
Event Date
November 10, 2016
Related Resources
Serial & Government Publications Division:
Running Time
1 hours 6 minutes 27 seconds
Online Format


We're pleased to announce creators and friends of Fantom, Brett Murphy and Matt Kund, will be signing copies of their series from Behemoth Comics! Brett is the main writer on the series, and Matt features in issue #2, which will be out Wednesday, March 10th!

Paranormal Hitmen is an action comedy starring Gene Rizzo and Devon Grace, two hitmen working for the infamous mobster, Alfonso Carboni. After being recruited into a mysterious Government agency, Gene and Devon find themselves hunting ghosts while eluding the dangerous Carboni and his men.

Paranormal Hitmen #1 is available in-store or through our website:

also -

Join the Pop Culture Uncovered crew of Armand, Shan and Meagan as they discuss the graphic novel Nat Turner by Kyle Baker!
The story of Nat Turner and his slave rebellion - which began on August 21, 1831, in Southampton County, Virginia - is known among school children and adults. To some he is a hero, a symbol of Black resistance and a precursor to the civil rights movement; to others he is monster - a murderer whose name is never uttered. In Nat Turner, acclaimed author and illustrator Kyle Baker depicts the evils of slavery in this moving and historically accurate story of Nat Turner's slave rebellion. Told nearly wordlessly, every image resonates with the reader as the brutal story unfolds.

The event will be live-streamed on our Facebook page, and can get prepared ahead of time by picking up in store or on

Nat Turner by Kyle Baker:

Betancourt asks about a black Captain America?

Will 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' finally bring us a Black Captain America on-screen? [in print as Will a new Marvel show finally bring a Black Captain America to the screen?]

Monday, March 22, 2021

March 23: Roundtable: Graphic Novels & Francophonie, Washington DC

Jean-Paul Gabilliet will be moderating a roundtable panel on "Graphic Novels & Francophonie" (co-sponsored by Quebec BD, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and La Maison Française in Washington, D.C.) on March 23 at 12 noon in Washington, D.C. (5pm in France).

The panelists will be four francophone graphic novelists: Zeina Abirached (Lebanon, France), Juni Ba (Senegal, France), Léonie Bischoff (Switzerland, Belgium) and Jimmy Beaulieu (Québec).

The event is free and open to everyone. It will be conducted in English.

Feel free to register via the following link:

Friday, March 19, 2021

Betancourt on Justice League recut

How Zack Snyder finally created the 'Justice League' he wanted all along [in print as Doing justice to Snyder's vision]

David Betancourt

Washington Post March 19, 2021  p C1-2