Showing posts with label National Public Radio. Show all posts
Showing posts with label National Public Radio. Show all posts

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with LA Johnson

by Mike Rhode
L.A. Johnson is one of the organizers of this weekend's DC Art Book Fair. It will take place on Saturday, November 12 (here's its blog.) We caught up to NPR's Johnson before the show to find out more about her work.

What type of comic work or cartooning do you do? -- Comics journalism, nonfiction, and absurdism.

How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination? -- trad and mod.

When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born? -- Ohio, 1980s.

Why are you in Washington now? What neighborhood or area do you live in? -- Columbia Heights, this has been my home for the last 6 years!

What is your training and/or education in cartooning? -- I've always made comics, then I studied illustration at SCAD in Savannah, Ga.

Who are your influences? -- I love the storytelling from Guy Delisle, the freedom of Carol Tyler and the mind-fuck from Daniel Clowes. I also just got turned on to the Spanish site from Ana Galvan, and the work on there blows me away.

If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change? -- Nothing.

What work are you best-known for? -- Comics and illustration on

What work are you most proud of? -- A story I did about an amazing art teacher, Jimi Herd.

What would you like to do or work on in the future? -- I'm currently working on a comic book about my journey to find my birth mother and how adoption shapes us.

What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block? -- I try something completely different -- like pottery or rock climbing.

What do you think will be the future of your field? -- It's going to be amazing. Comics journalism is on the rise, and particularly for the work that I do. I believe it might just be the truest way to tell a radio story on the web. I have a personal goal to get newsrooms to notice and respect this form of storytelling.

What local cons do you attend? The Small Press Expo, Intervention, or others? Any comments about attending them? -- I went to SPX for the first time this year as a reporter and got to interview some amazing cartoonists like Daniel Clowes and Lisa Hanawalt. You can read excerpts on my illustration blog

What's your favorite thing about DC? -- That the city is enthusiastically moldable. You can come here and do anything you want and you will find support for it. Sometimes it is overwhelming how much there is to do here.

Least favorite? -- That we don't have statehood and people outside think I'm from Colombia when I hand them my ID. Also that people think there is no culture here... Way wrong!

What monument or museum do like to take visitors to? -- I love the Botanical Gardens and the Air and  Space Museum the most... I like seeing weird shit out of place and think it wakes up the imagination. I also love sitting on the back steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

How about a favorite local restaurant? -- My friend Ben's wife just opened a little place you might have heard of... it's called Bad Saint... ;) I don't know if there are any awards out there that they haven't won. Well deserved. I also hold a dear spot in my heart for Comet Ping Pong. That's where I got my start doing show posters here in DC 6 years ago and their pizza and wings are the best in the city. I'll fight you on that.

Do you have a website or blog? -- and

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Matt Dembicki on Public Radio talking about new Wild Ocean book

The livelihood of several underwater creatures depend on the health and cleanliness of our oceans. Larry Meiller's guest is a cartoonist [Matt Dembicki] who features 12 endangered species in his new graphic novel called, "Wild Oceans: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures."

Monday, July 15, 2013

Weldon discusses Superman on the Kojo Nnamdi show

I've just about finished Glen Weldon's new book Superman: An Unauthorized Biography, and can recommend it. You can listen to him on NPR last week -

Bellantoni, Christina.  2013.
How Superman Explains America.
National Public Radio and WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show (July 9).
online at

and the pictures are from his talk at Politics and Prose yesterday, which was fun. When the bookstore posts the video they shot, I'll add link to it.



Monday, August 13, 2012

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Politics and Prose comics activities June 22-24

Wednesday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Graphic Novel Book Group
Duncan the Wonder Dog by Adam Hine

Brooke Gladstone - The Influencing Machine (in conversation with James Fallows)
Jun 23 2011 7:00 pm
The host of NPR’s On the Media here harnesses the power of text and graphics to guide readers through the history of mass communications. Understanding today’s myriad technological resources entails looking back as far as ancient Rome, and Gladstone is a witty and instructive guide, showing us how to be shapers, not just consumers, of the media. Gladstone will be in conversation with James Fallows of The Atlantic Monthly.

Steven Weinberg and Casey Scieszka - To Timbuktu
Jun 24 2011 7:00 pm
After graduating from college, the authors embark on a two-year adventure, teaching English in China, then traveling through Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Mali. Their travelogue is fresh and humorous; the story of the people they meet and of their own relationship is told in both prose and witty cartoon sketches. Ages 14-18

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NPR's Monkey See blog staff to read Sandman, and write technical report

Ok, so maybe they're not doing a technical report...

The 'I Will If You Will' Book Club: Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman: Dream Country'

by Linda Holmes

 National Public Radio's Monkey See blog March 29, 2011

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Weldon on Lynd Ward

Lynd Ward's 'Woodcuts' Tell Novels Without Words by Glen Weldon, National Public Radio's Books We Like (November 1, 2010)

And in other NPR reviews, I liked these stories a lot as they appeared on the NY Times website:

In Hard Times, The Tenacious 'Pursuit Of Happiness' by Heller McAlpin
National Public Radio's Books We Like (November 2):

And The Pursuit Of Happiness
By Maira Kalman
Hardcover, 480 pages
Penguin Press HC
List price: $29.95

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....

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monkey See blog on Simpsons

Since I've arbitrarily decided that Linda Holmes lives around here -

'The Simpsons' Tries To Get Its Edge Back With A (Kind Of) Daring Opening
by Linda Holmes
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog October 12, 2010

Friday, October 08, 2010

NPR's Monkey See blog's podcast on Superman

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Superman, Tim Gunn, And Other Everyday Heroes
by Linda Holmes
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog's Pop Culture Happy Hour (October 8 2010)

With Glen Weldon of course. And I'm now guessing that Linda Holmes must be in the area too?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

3 - count 'em - 3 links to local writers' stories

Baltimore's great cartoonist Tim Kreider smacks around Cathy-

Requiem for an Overweight
by Tim Kreider on September 7th, 2010

Caro looks glancingly at the great Radebaugh -

Too Much is Never Enough: Morris Lapidus’ Postmodern Curves
by Caroline Small on September 8th, 2010

and Weldon sneaks in a Kevin Huizenga review -

A Funny, Fractured Field Guide To A 'Wild Kingdom'
by Glen Weldon
National Public Radio's Books We Like September 4, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Weldon on Scott Pilgrim, yet again

Audio podcast this time though -

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Scott Pilgrim And Our Great Big Blind Spots
by Linda Holmes
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog August 20, 2010
Direct download

In this week's edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we dive into a discussion of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (and the trailer we saw before it), which leads to discussions of arcade games, the fall of a once-popular director, the movie August Rush, and whether a currently popular zany comic actor just might be the Robin Williams of the future.