Showing posts with label KAL. Show all posts
Showing posts with label KAL. Show all posts

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Free Comic Book Day and more this weekend

After the success of Awesome Con, we've still got a lot of comic-related events going on this weekend too. Iron Man 3 opens on Friday, and it's already been bigger than The Avengers in Europe.
Free Comic Book Day is on Saturday, and local comic book stores will have a selection of the 52 comics that were published this year. Big Planet Comics, our largest local chain, will have eight cartoonists spread between its four locations including Steve Artley, Michael Cowgill, Matt Dembicki, Andrew Cohen, Evan Keeling, Art Hondros, John Gallagher, and John Staton. Most of the cartoonists are in the DC Conspiracy co-op or have work in the book District Comics and the new free comics newspaper, Magic Bullet #6. Other cartoonists from the two publications include Troy-Jeffery Allen and Matt Rawson (along with Superman historian Glen Weldon) at Fantom Comics in Union Station and Rafer Roberts and John Shine at Beyond Comics in Gaithersburg. According to editor Carolyn Belefski, the issue is almost 'sold-out' so pick one up this weekend and get it signed as well.  Carolyn and her co-author Joe Carabeo will be at Laughing Ogre comics in Fairfax. Local comic critic Glen Weldon has suggestions about the comics for you on NPR.

Ranging a bit further afield Jacob Warrenfeltz will be at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis. Jacob had planned to have a special new publication, but now tells us "'Bella & Bunny Man Bridge' is a short 8-page mini comic that Zarmina Sulaiman and I  came up with.  It's a cute, kid friendly story about a fluffy white dog and her cool cat sidekick as they brave the adventure of investigating Clifton VA's "Bunny Man Bridge".  Our plan was to have this ready for Free Comic Book Day.  Unfortunately we aren't going to have the book back from the printer in time, so the next opportunity to get your hands on this new mini comic will be the DC Zine Fest, which is happening on July 20." Rounding out our list of local cartoonists, Steve Conley and Frank Cho will be appearing at Cards, Comics & Collectibles in Riestertown, Md along with Adam Kubert.

On Sunday, you can attend the world premiere of the musical Big Nate at Adventure Theater in Glen Echo, MD. Lincoln Peirce, the comic strip creator (and a close personal friend of Wimpy Kid's Jeff Kinney) will be at the play and signing books.

Also on Sunday, Marc Tyler Nobleman will be speaking about Batman co-creator Bill Finger at the Washington Hebrew Congregation (3935 Macomb St, NW) from 10:30-12:00 and signing copies of his book Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.

Again, further afield, Kevin 'Kal' Kallaugher will be speaking at the Walters Museum in Baltimore at 2 pm to launch his new book, Daggers Drawn. The Express has an interview.

And I've interviewed most of the cartoonists mentioned here (and many others) if you want to study up before meeting them.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

KAL's take on Poe, now in your local bar

As he's noted on his Facebook page, Kevin 'Kal' Kallaugher drew a caricature of Edgar Allen Poe for The Raven Special Lager beer. These were bought in Alexandria at Total Wine in Landmark.


Friday, February 22, 2013

See KAL on WYPR, WJZ and MPT (for 11 more months)

Bienstock, Andy.  2013.
Kal Kallaugher.
WYPR's The Signal (January 18).
online at

Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher has been poking fun at political leaders since the days of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. As he marks 35 years as an editorial cartoonist, he joins us to talk about his favorite subjects, his new book, and the resilient art of the political cartoon.

Schuh, Mike.  2013.
Cartoonist For Baltimore Sun Gets A ‘Kickstart’ On New Project [KAL].
WJZ (January 24).

Salkin, Jeff.  2013.
A colorful career drawn mostly in black ink.
Maryland Public Television's Direct Connection (January 28).
online at

The video expires a year from the filming date.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Obama, after Kal UPDATED


KAL gave a great presentation at an exhibit a few days ago. He talked about his career and political cartooning for an hour and a half, and it was great fun throughout. (The drawing above was a rush job, done on vacation at a dude ranch, and colored with a children's watercolor set.)





At the very end of his talk, he took the audience of about 30 people through a lesson in how to draw Obama. His was better, naturally, but it's pretty amazing that he got us to draw a recognizable caricature.
The exhibit, which includes some original artwork by KAL, is open for a few more days. If you go, make sure you see the second part of the exhibit downstairs.




January 4 - January 26, 2013
Studio Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Friday, 1 - 7pm
Saturday, 1 - 6pm
  2108 R Street N.W. Washington, DC 20008   |   |   202.232.8734

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Jan 22: KAL speaks at Donkey's & Elephants

Kevin KAL Kallaugher speaks tonight at 6 pm.

January 4 - January 26, 2013
Studio Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Friday, 1 - 7pm
Saturday, 1 - 6pm
  2108 R Street N.W. Washington, DC 20008   |   |   202.232.8734

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tonight: Apocalyptoon 2012 opening party


In Partnership with Art Soiree

$25 ticketed opening party on Jan 26 / On view for free Jan 27-29
Terrace Gallery

Ticketed opening party: Thu Jan 26 / 6pm / $25

Against the backdrop of a region steeped in politics and with a touch of art, style and humor, Art Soiree will unveil what 2012 will bring by presenting a unique pop-up exhibition that takes a humorous outlook on the year to come and features works, some created exclusively for this exhibition, by renowned editorial and political cartoonists. ApocalypToon 2012 features works, some of which were created exclusively for this exhibition, by cartoonists such as Kal of The Economist, Tom Toles of The Washington Post, Jeff Danziger (Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post), Daryl Cagle of MSNBC, Matt Wuerker of Politico, Damien Glez (La Monde, Courrier International, La Gazette) and Dan Piraro of Bizzaro. These simple pen stroke political cartoons foreshadow the future, poke fun at the past and imply hidden motives in ways that elude written or spoken reporting. The result of this creative license is a unique perspective on the future—entertaining, clever and insightful.

ApocolypToon kicks off with a $25 ticketed opening party on Thursday, January 26 at 6pm where guests can mingle with exhibiting cartoonists and enjoy complimentary food, live music and a cash bar. The pop-up exhibition in Artisphere's Terrace Gallery is free and open to the public from Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29.

Continuing with the zany nature of the cartoons, the ticketed party on January 26 celebrates the opening of the exhibit with live music from local journo-band Suspicious Package, comprised of reporters armed with their musical talent and rock star looks. The contents of the Suspicious Package are: Pulitzer Prize-winning Editorial Cartoonist at The Washington Post Tom Toles, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Dr. Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant Secretary of HUD Bryan Greene, former TIME/Bloomberg correspondent and journalist Tim Berger and Director of Education and Outreach for the National Security Journalism Initiative at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Josh Meyer.

The opening party will also feature the sounds of DJ Neekola, international DC-based female DJ and producer, who will perform along with live percussionist Kamajian. In addition, the party includes a special guest performance by DJ Manifesto, an all-time DC favorite who both DJs and plays violin during his sets.

ApocalypToon 2012 is part of Notasphere, a month of programming created by local artistic collaborators. From a pop-up restaurant and political cartoons to Brazilian beats, Artisphere will be filled with fresh, thought-provoking off-beat arts events presented by creative partners from across the DC-region throughout January 2012.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PR: The 2012 Economist Wall Kalendar and other Kal news

From: kevin Kallaugher

I have some news for you that I hope you will find of interest.
I am pleased to announce the new Economist wall calendar is at the printers! This is very exciting. The artwork has been 6 months in the making and I believe this year's product is the best one yet.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kal at TEDx

Kal writes in about an online video of his work:

I wanted to alert you that I recently gave a TEDx talk in the UK on the magic and the power of caricature.  The video of the presentation is now online and can be viewed here:

best wishes


Kevin Kallaugher

The iKAL iPhone App is now available at the iTunes store.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Feb 9: Kal is keynote speaker

In an event that must have Willie Don Schaeffer spinning in his grave (except he's still alive), Kal notes that he's the keynote speaker at Maryland Arts Day in Annapolis Wednesday February 9, 2011.

And, making it tough on Kal collectors, he's done two cartoons for the Economist cover this week - one for the US and one for Europe.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kal Draws Bill Clinton

Kevin Kallaugher of Baltimore writes in

I have just posted a video and sketches from the recent "World in 2011 Festival" in NYC where I was the official artist. Guests included  Bill Clinton, Commander of the US Navy Admiral Roughead, Celebrity Chef Jose Andres  and Grammy award winning artist Loudon Wainwright III.

You can view them here:

Kevin Kallaugher
The KAL iPhone App is now available at the iTunes store.

and to bring it all back home, while Clinton was a famous person in Washington, Jose Andres (pictured above) lives here and started his restaurant empire with the excellent Jaleos, featuring Spanish tapas.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Oct 28: KAL on Kojo at 1 pm

Kevin 'KAL' Kallagher, Baltimore's crack editorial cartoonist, will be on the Kojo Nnamdi Show at 1 pm discussing political satire. I believe he also will be appearing at Cartoons & Cocktails tomorrow evening. I'm now thinking I really should have accepted that invitation to go....

Monday, September 20, 2010

Kal's fall schedule

He's keeping busy - the Russia one sounds a bit different, for him.
Remember, he's regularly in the Economist (twice each week, if I'm
getting the uncredited color cartoon correct).

From: kevin Kallaugher

Friends and Colleagues

I wanted to share with you some fun and exciting events that will be coming up in the weeks ahead.

On September 28, I will be in St Petersburg, Russia opening an exhibition of my work at the State Russian Museum of Political History. I will be in the country for 8 days addressing groups of journalists, artists, students and academics on issues of cartoons, commentary and freedom of expression. I will be posting pictures of events upon my return at my Sketchblog...

October 7, I have been invited to be the featured speaker at the at the 21st annual GBTC TechNite on Oct. 7 at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore. With over 800 attendees TechNite is the Greater Baltimore Region's premiere night out to celebrate the business and technology community. For more information:

On Election night, November 2, I will be teaming up with the Baltimore Improv Group for an evening of Political nonsense, improvisational humor and Stand Up Cartooning. The event will take place at Baltimore's famous Creative Alliance Theater. More information will be available at

Speaking of the Creative Alliance... On Monday November 8, I will be headlining a fundraising party for this amazing Arts institution. It is called "Art to Dine For". These are always great fun...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

PR: KAL returns from Public diplomacy trip to Middle East and releases iPhone App

We noticed he was gone, and now KAL tells us he's back -

Friends and colleagues

I wanted to share with you some recent exciting news. 

I have just returned from a 12 day visit to Amman, Jordan and Beirut, Lebanon as part of a strategic speaker initiative sponsored by the US Embassies in the region. During my visit I addressed a wide variety of groups including University students on six campuses, cartoonists, animators, journalists, and civic leaders. Our discussions centered on  the opportunities and limitations of political cartoons in promoting freedom of expression. There was great interest in the region in the program particularly in light of the controversial Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

My visit garnered a good bit of media exposure. There were numerous press and television interviews. Links to some of the news stories along with photos and observations from the trip will be available on my blog ( in the days ahead.

A also would like to announce the launch of the first KAL iPhone App.  Created in conjunction with RevelMob, the iKal-Book is just $.99 and available at the iTunes store. Please see our press release below.


Kevin Kallaugher


Kevin KAL Kallaugher, the editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine, launches his first iPhone app  


If you love fun and witty political cartoons of the highest quality, you will love the new iPhone application by Kevin KAL Kallaugher, the world-renowned editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine.

Designed for the iPhone, this new application is an impressive collection of KAL's award winning political cartoons, hand-picked by the artist himself.  Browse through 150+ examples of KAL's work, including 29 color covers and illustrations from The Economist magazine. Store them on your iPhone, upload to Facebook or share with friends. 

Kal uses his poison pen to comment on Presidential elections, the War on Terror, American politics and international affairs. 

"Speaking about the iKal Book app, Kevin KAL Kallaugher said:

"iKal Book is more than an assembly of individual cartoons... together, the over 150 images read like a history lesson of recent world events."

"Among the award winning art found in the iKal-book are all the cartoons from my print collection "KAL Draws Criticism"($20.00) but at a fraction of the cost ($.99)"

Roman Grigorjev, Founder and Managing Partner of Revel Mob, comments:

"Cartoons are graphically engaging, instantaneous and fun to share with friends ... making them perfect for mobile devices like smartphones and iPhone in particular"

Revel Mob and KAL are also looking into developing more interactive and engaging applications for KAL in the near future and are welcoming any ideas and contributions as to what you would like to see in the next KAL iPhone application. Make your ideas count - post them on Revel Mob's Facebook Fan page:

The iKal Book app is available for $0.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod Touch.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Kal quoted

More on what makes Florida special from Kal...

Famous speakers find way to SW Fla.
Bush brothers here today; many others set to follow
Fort Meyer News-Press February 16, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kal on Florida public radio

This is a good interview. Luis Hernandez asks some good questions and gets into Kal's different procedures for doing an editorial cartoon vs an Economist cover, and also gets Kal to mention his earliest influence - one I hadn't heard before - Dr. Seuss.

Political Cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher
WGCU's Gulf Coast Live 01-27-2010

Since 1978, Kevin Kallaugher has made a name for himself as a political cartoonist – drawing thousands of cartoons for papers like The Baltimore Sun, the New York Times and Newsweek. He’s probably best known for his dozens of cover pieces for the Economist. Kallaugher is the guest speaker for the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida this week and he joins us to talk about his craft.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Jan 17: Kal and Danziger in Georgetown

On Jan 17, editorial cartoonists Kal and Jeff Danziger will be in Georgetown at Hudson on 2030 M St at 7 pm for "Obama's Portfolio". This sounds great - unfortunately I can't make it.

From the press release:

With a touch of art, style and humor Art Soiree celebrates one year of Obama’s presidency by presenting a one of a kind exhibition.

Join us Sunday, January 17th at 7pm for the most unique and controversial event in the country.

Obama’s Portfolio: Humorous highlights of the first year in office.

For ages graphic satire has been a significant journalistic medium and a catalyst for political debate. This exclusive ONE NIGHT ONLY exhibition will feature the most renowned editorial and political cartoonists from world’s top newspapers and magazines. Their works have been published in the Economist, NYTimes, Huffington Post and many other well known publications. Come and judge for yourself whether their graphic satire represents your, the citizen’s, perspective of the political life. The exhibition will provide a full analysis on Obama’s administration through political cartoons published in 2009.

All of this and more will take place this Sunday at Hudson Restaurant and Lounge – a great spot for socializing with friends over distinctively creative cocktails and great food in a warm and elegant atmosphere.

As always, Art Soiree promises to draw area’s most celebrated figures in both social and political arenas, may be even the president himself!!!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Kal on Maryland NPR

From: kevin Kallaugher

I wanted to alert you to an interview that will be airing tomorrow (Friday) at the local NPR station in Baltimore, WYPR 88.1FM. 
It is dedicated to my work with the new 2010 Illustrated Kalendar and The Economist.... it's long (15 minutes) and is the second leg of the hour long show which is called The Signal.  

The show airs Friday at noon and again at 7PM. But they have already released the show on the web. Here's the link to the web audio (my interview starts at the 15:30 mark):  

I hope you enjoy it!


Kevin Kallaugher