Wednesday, September 29, 2021
With Great Responsibility: The Spider-Man Origin Story in Art and Comic Books
Graphic Canon editor Russ Kick, RIP
Russ Kick, writer, editor and 'rogue transparency activist,' dies at 52 [Graphic Canon editor; in print as Editor, 'transparency activist' unearthed U.S. records].
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
AfterShock is looking for a DC -area employee
Carolyn Belefski's Santa Turtle enamel pin on Kickstarter
We're making festive hard enamel pins featuring Santa Turtle with a real jingle bell attachment to celebrate the holiday season.
Monday, September 27, 2021
Oct 2: Gordon Harris in Alexandria
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Troy-Jeffrey Allen's 'Dirtbag Rapture' interview
Interview: The Spirit World Goes Up In Smoke in 'Dirtbag Rapture'
Interview by Troy-Jeffrey Allen
PREVIEWSworld Sep 21, 2021 https://www.previewsworld.com/Article/254797-Interview-The-Spirit-World-Goes-Up-In-Smoke-in-Dirtbag-Rapture
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Gender Queer graphic novel complained about in Fairfax School
Fairfax County Mother Complains of Sexual Books in Public School Library
She says the books feature pornographic images, pedophilia and sexual references that are inappropriate for children
By Aimee Cho • Published September 24, 2021 • Updated on September 25, 2021
Friday, September 24, 2021
Fantom Comics - 9/26: Klan Came To Town (in person); 9/25: 2 book clubs (virtual)
>>>BOOK SIGNING: THE DAY THE KLAN CAME TO TOWN
Join author Bill Campbell and artist Bizhan Khodabandeh in the store on Sunday as they promote and sign copies of their graphic novel, "The Day the Klan Came to Town."
From the book jacket: "The year is 1923. The Ku Klux Klan is at the height of its power in the US as membership swells into the millions and they expand beyond their original southern borders. As they continue their campaigns of terror against African Americans, their targets now also include Catholics and Jews, southern and eastern Europeans, all in the name of "white supremacy."
Incorporating messages of moral decency, family values, and temperance, the Klan has slapped on a thin veneer of respectability and become a "civic organization," attracting new members, law enforcement, and politicians to their particular brand of white, Anglo-Saxon, and Protestant "Americanism."
Pennsylvania enthusiastically joined that wave. That was when the Grand Dragon of Pennsylvania decided to display the Klan's newfound power in a show of force. He chose a small town outside of Pittsburgh named after Andrew Carnegie, a small, unassuming borough full of Catholics and Jews, the perfect place to teach immigrants a "lesson." Some thirty thousand members of the Klan gathered from as far as Kentucky for "Karnegie Day." After initiating new members, they armed themselves with torches and guns to descend upon the town to show them exactly what Americanism was all about.
The Day the Klan Came to Town is a fictionalized retelling of the riot, focusing on a Sicilian immigrant, Primo Salerno. He is not a leader; he's a man with a troubled past. He was pulled from the sulfur mines of Sicily as a teen to fight in the First World War. Afterward, he became the focus of a local fascist and was forced to emigrate to the United States. He doesn't want to fight but feels that he may have no choice. The entire town needs him—and indeed everybody—to make a stand."
hat he may have no choice. The entire town needs him—and indeed everybody—to make a stand."
>>>Saturday, September 25th @ 4pm
>>>BLACK EXCELLENCE BOOK CLUB
Black Excellence Book Club presents, "Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts"
Join the Pop Culture Uncovered podcast and Fantom Comics on Facebook live for a discussion of, "Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts", written by Rebecca Hall and illustrated by Hugo Martinez.
From the book jacket: "Part graphic novel, part memoir, Wake is an imaginative tour de force that tells the story of women-led slave revolts and chronicles scholar Rebecca Hall's efforts to uncover the truth about these warriors who, until now, have been left out of the historical record."
Facebook event link: https://fb.me/e/1gsphHgKh
Get your copy now so you can join the discussion: https://stores.comichub.com/fantom_comics/products/wake-hidden-history-women-led-slave-revolts-graphic-novel
>>>Saturday, September 25th @ 6pm
>>>MANGA BOOK CLUB
Fantom Comics Manga Book Club presents, "Vinland Saga, Book 1"
Following the Black Excellence Book Club, jump on Zoom for the very popular Fantom Comics Manga Book Club, with this month's featured manga, "Vinland Saga, Book 1," by Makoto Yukimura.
From the publisher: "As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to the wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band's leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Thorfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery...the land Leif called Vinland."
Zoom registration link: https://bit.ly/vinland0925
Get your copy now so you can join the discussion: https://stores.comichub.com/fantom_comics/products/vinland-saga-graphic-novel-volume-1.00
Weldon reviews 'Star Wars: Visions'
Anime Anthology 'Star Wars: Visions' Expands The Galaxy Far, Far Away
Today: John Gallagher at Politics and Prose at 5 pm
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Geppi Gems on exhibit at Library of Congress
- Currently on view
- Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
COMIC BOOKS have permeated almost every popular entertainment medium in the United States. When Stephen A. Geppi opened the Geppi Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2006, he sought to show how comic books—much like newspapers, television, motion pictures, music and sports—have shaped and influenced the culture of the United States.
When the Geppi Entertainment Museum closed its doors in 2018, Mr. Geppi generously donated a large portion of its contents to the Library of Congress, knowing that thousands of people would be able to access his collection and relive their own childhood memories or share in his excitement about comic book superheroes and pop culture icons.
The Library of Congress honors Mr. Geppi's generosity with a selection of the collection's gems. They represent themes from the museum, including Walt Disney's iconic characters, westerns, superheroes, science fiction, horror, sports, music, and entertainment.
View the exhibition brochure (PDF, 4.64MB)
Geppi Gems Exhibit: Highlights from the Stephen A. Geppi Collection at the Library of Congress
The following is a guest post by Sara W. Duke, Curator of Popular and Applied Graphic Arts, Prints and Photographs Division.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
David Betancourt and Michael Cavna received a national award for comics coverage.
DIVISION 3 | Circulation 200,000 and up
DIVERSITY IN DIGITAL FEATURES
The coverage of any A&E, features or lifestyle topic that highlights the diversity within a publication's audience.
Third place: Michael Cavna and David Betancourt, The Washington Post, "Creative Trailblazers in a Year of Reckoning"
Judge's comments: These essays do an excellent job of highlighting the creativity and passion behind Black creators in comics – especially during a year that saw the losses of both Rep. John Lewis and actor Chadwick Boseman. Comics and graphic novels may be growing in popularity and as legitimate storytelling media, but these essays make it clear they would not have gotten to that point without the input, dogged determination and vision of Black creative types who were trailblazers in that aspect of pop culture.
Honorable mention: Staff, The Hechinger Report, The Washington Post and NBC News, "Gifted Education's Race Problem"
Roye Okupe interviewed at The Beat
INTERVIEW: Roye Okupe talks bringing the YouNiverse to Dark Horse with MALIKA: WARRIOR QUEEN
The first of Dark Horse and YouNeek Studios's 10-book deal, MALIKA: WARRIOR QUEEN Volume 1, arrived in stores earlier this month.
Hans Vogel is Dead: Volume I on Kickstarter
Hans Vogel is Dead: Volume I
An anti-fascist fairytale about a World War II fighter pilot navigating the afterlife by Sierra Barnes.
Hans Vogel is Dead: Vol I is a 272 -page full colour original graphic novel from writer and artist Sierra Barnes, and the latest project from independent publisher Cast Iron Books.
This campaign is to fund production and distribution costs, to get this story printed and out into the world and as many hands as possible.
The year is 1940, the Blitz is raging, and Hitler's forces are sweeping across Europe.
At the front of the invasion is the victorious Luftwaffe, and at the front of the Luftwaffe is Hans Vogel: fighter pilot, ace, and recipient of the prestigious Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal. Young, painfully shy, and with the backbone of a jellyfish, Hans keeps his head down and does what he's told – but something still feels… off.
One night on a routine raid, Hans experiences a freak radio malfunction, is separated from his unit, and is shot down and killed.
That's where his problems start.
Hans finds himself carried out of his world by the Valkyrie Brynhildr, but instead of Valhalla, he's brought to the mysterious Märchenwald, the world of the fairy-tales. Märchenwald has been transformed by the war Hans left behind and taken over by the malevolent and cruel Erlking, a monster who traps people within a sinister web of Stories. Stripped of everything he was and forced to confront the consequences of the evil he served, Hans finds himself faced with a choice: give in to the same evil a second time, or try and make things right.
Hans Vogel is Dead is an anti-fascist fairy tale with elements of historical fantasy about the power of narratives, the question of individual responsibility in a totalitarian regime, and the struggle to become a better person.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Bianca Xunise's latest comic for the Lily
Teaching made me realize adulthood is a myth. I want to show my students it's okay to be human.
We're all just humans, figuring it out one day at a time
September 19, 2021
Today: Tickets on sale for Jeff Kinney (Oct 26) via Hooray for Books
Grab the whole family and Wimpify your car because we're hosting Jeff Kinney in a sports-themed, pandemic-safe, drive-thru, Wimpy Kid event at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Parking Lot (101 Callahan Dr, Alexandria, VA) on October 26th at 5 PM!
Tickets are required to attend, each ticket allows entry for one vehicle!
Tickets may be purchased here, starting Monday, September 20th at 10 AM! (Tickets are not sold in store or at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, you must purchase them online!)
There is a 250 vehicle limit so book your spot before they're gone!
Can't make it to the event, but want a signed book? Call us at (703) 548-4092 to order one!