Showing posts with label Washington City Paper. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Washington City Paper. Show all posts

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Ronnie Joyner, sports cartoonist


Check it out at:

Maryland's Ronnie Joyner May be America's Last Sports Cartoonist

And here's some minor clips of material that didn't make it into the City Paper, just for the record:

Why are you in the Washington area now?  What neighborhood or area do you live in?

My wife and I had three kids and stayed in Accokeek until moving to Charlotte Hall, MD, in 2001. We're still in Charlotte Hall. It's about fifty minutes south of DC, right on the Charles County-St. Mary's County line.

What local cons do you attend? The Small Press Expo, Intervention, or others? Any comments about attending them?

To be honest, I've never been to a con, so I'm not too clued in on them. I think I need to get to one and see what's up. I'll report back!

Least favorite thing about DC?

This is probably not a very original answer, but I hate the DC traffic.

What monument or museum do like to take visitors to?

I never get tired of visiting the Air and Space museum. I spent a year as a graphic artist at the US Senate in 2012, and I went down to Air and Space three times. The Apollo program was such a big deal when I was growing up that I'm still in awe of the astronauts of the 60s and 70s. To go to Air and Space and look into John Glenn's Friendship 7 capsule is pretty awesome.

What's the background on being an artist for the Senate?

After working at the same graphics firm in Old Town for 25 years, I took a job at the Senate graphics department (PGDM — Printing, Graphics and Direct Mail) down at the Dirksen Building next to the Capitol. Basically, there are two 5-team shifts of designers there that work to fill any of the graphic needs of the Senators and their support staff. Things like posters to support floor speeches, brochures, newsletters, direct mail letters and postcards, etc. It was interesting work and a neat atmosphere to work in. I stayed there a year, but I left to join a shop that was more local to me where I could work alongside a longtime friend of mine.

How about a favorite local restaurant?

I worked in Alexandria for 25 years, so I never really did much dining in DC. I'm pretty easy to please (and low brow) when it comes to food, though, so I'm happy just to eat at Chipotle in Chinatown!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Meet a Visiting SPX Cartoonist: A Chat with Rob Ullman

Rob Ullman should be familiar to Washington readers of the City Paper because he illustrated Dan Savage's Savage Love sex advice column for years with both humor and hot babes. I believe I may have one of DC's largest collections of original sketches by Rob...

CDC: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?

RU: I'm kind of all over the place...I started doing auto-biographical comics and strips about 15 years ago, and have continued to do them in various forms over the years. I also have recently been doing hockey comics: biographies of players (usually those who've met untimely deaths...I have a thing for tragedy), strips about odd events and funny incidents in the sport's colorful history. I also have managed to make a bit of a name for myself as a drawer of pretty cartoon and whatnot. It's a label I embrace wholeheartedly.

CDC: What work are you best-known for?

RU: In DC, I'm probably best known for doing the spot illustrations for Dan Savage's Savage Love column in the City Paper from 1999-2008. It's the one thing I've done that everybody in Washington has seen, and was instrumental in my discovery that I could draw naked people pretty well.

CDC: How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?

RU: Traditional for pencilling and inking, then all computer for coloring and layout. The computer is just another tool, like a brush or a bottle of ink. I'm not adamantly anti-drawing-on-the-computer, but I haven't found/invested in a method of doing so that doesn't end up making the process more difficult and slow rather than less.

CDC: Can you tell us a little about your books that you'll have with you at SPX?

RU: As far as new books, I'll have the brand new issue of Old-Timey Hockey Tales, which has stories by Jeffrey Brown and I. I'm really proud of it, and I can't wait to show it off. I'll also have all my other books...a hardcover artbook of all my Savage spots and pin-up work called Atom-Bomb Bikini, two collections of my autobiographical strip Traffic & Weather, Grand Gestures from a bunch of years back, and about a dozen other mini-comics. I'll have a ton of prints and original art as well.

CDC: You've attended the Small Press Expo in the past - do you have any thoughts about your experience?

RU: This will be my 14th SPX...I haven't missed one since 1997. It's the closest I have to a "local" show, and it's always my favorite weekend of the year.

CDC: What are you looking forward to buying or seeing or doing for this year's event? Or who do you want to see, to catch up on old times, or to have a fanboy experience?

RU: Hoo, boy...we had a baby back in May, and I've been so busy with him and my other kid that I haven't even been able to even find out what'll be there! SPX for me is like a yearly class reunion, catching up with old pals and having a drink or five.

CDC: What's your favorite thing about the DC area? Least favorite?

RU: Favorite thing? So much to choose from. Great vibe, amazing restaurants. Least favorite has gotta be the traffic. Or maybe the Capitals.

CDC: What monument or museum do you like or wish to visit when you're in town?

Always like to visit the Hirshhorn when I have time.

CDC: What do you think will be the future of your field?

RU: I can't speak for the larger comics "industry", but I think type of people who exhibit at SPX will always make comics, whether it's in print or on a screen, whether there's money in it or not, because they're compelled to, against all common sense. It is nice to make a few bucks, though.

CDC: Do you have a website or blog?

RU: Both! My oft-neglected "professional" website is, but it's mostly for Fancy-Dan illustration clients and whatnot. The real fun is over at my blog, Updated a few times a week. Usually. I promise.

Jen Sorensen interview online at City Paper

Meet an SPX Cartoonist: A Chat With Jen Sorensen
by Mike Rhode on Sep. 7, 2011

Big interview with Craig Thompson up at City Paper

I was fortunate to be in the PR queue for Craig Thompson's Habibi book, so I got to read it (I recommend it) and talk to him for a half hour.

Check it out at

Meet an SPX Cartoonist: An Interview With Craig Thompson

Posted by Mike Rhode on Sep. 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tiawanese 'news' animations cover Dan Snyder

The Score discovers that Taiwan's Next Media Animation has done a 'news' animation, apparently titled "Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is an asshole" which ends with his lawsuit against the (unnamed in the cartoon) Washington City Paper.

PR: Wash City Paper editor on return of comics

Washington City Paper brings back Comics
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jandos Rothstein

With its March 11 issue, Washington City Paper debuts a comics page, once again making funnies a significant part of the paper’s editorial mix.

The new line up will include two long-time contributors to City Paper, Derf and Shawn Belschwender with The City and Clowntime respectively and two strips new to City Paper readers: Up All Night by Michael Kupperman and Wondermark by David Malki.

“We’re thrilled to have comics back,” says creative director Jandos Rothstein “I know a lot of our readers missed them—and we did too, especially Ad Director David Walker who really rallied for the page when we were planning our redesign. It felt especially good to get Derf’s The City back in the paper—it ran for nearly 20 years before the cuts, and we’d used Derf as an illustrator—it really felt like his work was part of who we were visually and editorially.”

The paper had stopped running comics in 2008 as part of a cost cutting move. “When the paper was purchased by Creative Loafing, they were asking for cuts, and it was a visible thing we could do” says City Paper publisher Amy Austin “but they’re really not that expensive, and it’s a nice bonus for our readers.”

Editor Michael Schaffer adds, “we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the various platforms we publish on. City Paper does so much vital stuff online, and we’re taking on more and more ambitious projects there, but part of the print redesign involves embracing those things where paper still offers a unique advantage--like with a beautifully designed narrative feature story, or with comics.”

“The comics page is really part of an overarching effort to meet the needs of different kinds of readers that is manifest across our just-launched redesign,” says Rothstein. “While we continue to provide the sort of long-form, serious journalism Washington City Paper is famous for, we are also serving grazers and commuters with shorter features, more graphics-dominated items, and what we’ve been calling ‘toppers,’ which are little news bites that appear above longer pieces. I don’t think anything we’ve done changes our fundamental relationship with our readers, but I think we have created a paper that serves those readers in new ways and in new places.”

It’s still early, but community reaction to the return of comics has been positive in the community, with a lot of positive comments about the new line up on the ComicsDC blog.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Comics return to the City Paper

The City Paper's redesigned itself and has this to say about comic strips -

  • Comics Page. Like many of our readers, we were sorry to see the paper's comics go a few years ago. Starting next week, they'll be back, on a single dedicated page that will feature Derf's excellent The City, Shawn Belschwender's Clown Time, David Malki's Wondermark, and Michael Kupperman's Up All Night. You'll still find Dirt Farm in its usual place.

  • - and we note that Ben Claassen is the cartoonist of Dirt Farm.

    Wednesday, December 29, 2010

    2010 Washington City Paper comics writings

    At the beginning of 2009, arts editor Jonathan Fischer asked me if I wanted to write about local comics and cartoons for the Washington City Paper. I was a bit doubtful, but appreciated the offer and took him up on it. I'd like to thank everyone who's cooperated especially local cartoonists and the staff of the Library of Congress (for the pieces on Fredric Wertham). I haven't been quite as wide-ranging as I was hoping, but this is getting squeezed in around the real world of course. I hope you'll find something of interest that you might have missed in the first place. A list of everything that got posted this year follows.

                "In the Esophagus of the Beast: Introducing Comics Blogger Mike Rhode," Jan. 19, 2010,

                "What's So Special about Wednesday?" Jan. 20, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with S.L. Gallant," Jan. 25, 2010,

                "Darwyn Cooke to Speak at Smithsonian Saturday," Jan. 26, 2010,

                "The State of the Union for D.C. Newspaper Cartoonists," Jan. 27, 2010,

                "How to Zip through "Herblock!" in 10 Minutes, Make that Meeting on the Hill," Feb. 1, 2010,

                "The Quotable Darwyn Cooke: Highlights from the Cartoonist's Talk at American Art," Feb. 3, 2010,

                "Reviewed: Classic Dan Dare: Safari in Space and The Best of Roy of the Rovers: The 1970s Straight from the "boys papers," two recently collected U.K. comic strips," Washington City Paper Feb. 12, 2010,

                "For the Wonky, Lovelorn Comics Reader, a Perfect Gift [Veeps]," Feb. 12, 2010,

                "When Captain America Throws His Mighty Shield…," Feb. 18, 2010,                                     

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Kevin Rechin," Feb. 22, 2010,

                "Shutter Island, Version 2.0: The Graphic Novel by Christian De Metter," Feb. 23, 2010,           

                "This Saturday: ACT-I-VATE Yourself with Web Comics Creators," Feb. 24, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Comics Writer: A Chat with Jim Dougan of ACT-I-VATE," Feb. 26, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Nate Beeler," March 1, 2010,

                "Thursday: Kyle Baker and Bill Foster on Black-Themed Comic Books," Mar. 3, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Politico's Matt Wuerker," Mar. 8, 2010,             

                "Library of Congress' "Molto Animato!" Exhibit Is Hardly Vivace," Mar. 10, 2010,                                

                "Jules Feiffer at Politics and Prose Thursday, March 18," March 10, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Matt Dembicki," Mar. 15, 2010,

                "The Quotable Jules Feiffer: Highlights from the Cartoonist's Talk at Politics and Prose," Mar. 19, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Chris Flick," March 22, 2010,

                "Obama Returns to Comic Books, Tasks Veronica with Powering Economy, March 24, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Buzzboy's John Gallagher," March 29, 2010,

                "International Ink: Hagar, Nemi, Little Nothings, and Lenore," March 30, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Illustrator David Hagen," April 5, 2010,

                "In D.C. and Industrywide, Will the iPad Save Comics and Kill Print?" Apr. 6, 2010,

                "International Ink: Feiffer, France, and Fingerman," April 12, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Bamn Writer Troy Allen," April 14, 2010,

                "Reviewed: Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic; Making the Movie," April 15, 2010,

                "Anti-War Cartoon Friday," April 16, 2010,

                "Free Comic Book Day, and How It Helps You," April 27, 2010,

                "International Ink: Clowes, Kids, Crackers and Hellboy," Apr. 29, 2010,

                "Likable Characters Are for Weak-Minded Narcissists": A Chat with Daniel Clowes," May 3, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Jeffrey Thompson," May 10, 2010,

                "This Week: Comic Books' Brad Meltzer on His Real Heroes," May 12, 2010,

                "Trickster: Matt Dembicki on His Cartoon Anthology of Native American Stories," May 14, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Joe Sutliff," May 17, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Illustrator Paul Zdepski," May 19, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Trickster Artist Chris Piers," May 24, 2010,

                "International Ink: Back to the Future," May 25, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Trickster Writer Joseph Stands With Many," May 27, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Trickster Illustrator Michael Auger," May 31, 201,0

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Trickster's Jacob Warrenfeltz," June 7, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Rand Arrington," June 3, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Trickster Cartoonist Mike Short," June 9, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Trickster's Andrew Cohen," June 14, 2010,

                "International Ink: Demo, Smile, and Moving Pictures," June 17, 2010,

                "Meet a Formerly Local Cartoon Editor: A Chat with Dan Nadel," June 22, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Washington City Paper's Ben Claassen III," June 23, 2010,

                "This Saturday – 'Graphic Content: A Conversation with Five DC Area Graphic Storytellers,'" June 25, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Donna Lewis," June 30, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Evan Keeling," July 6, 2010,

                "International Ink: War, Werewolves, Steampunk, Kung Fu, and Cap," July 8, 2010,

                "Harvey Pekar and the Death of a Splendid American," July 13, 2010,

                "Comics and Stamps Have a Longer History than You'd Expect," July 19, 2010,

                "International Ink: Brody's Ghost, Wolverine, Usagi Yojimbo," Aug. 3, 2010,

                "Meet a Visiting Cartoonist: Ryan Claytor, the Man Behind Elephant Eater Comics," Aug. 5, 2010,

                "Hate Comic Books? Library of Congress Opens Papers of Comics Opponent Fredric Wertham," Aug. 11, 2010,

                "Meet a (Formerly) Local Cartoonist: Tony Rubino of Daddy's Home," Aug. 16, 2010,

                "New Father Marc Nathan on His Other Baby, the Baltimore Comic-Con," Aug. 23, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: Rafer Roberts of Plastic Farm and Magic Bullet," Aug. 30, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Con Organizer: A Chat with Small Press Expo's Jeff Alexander," September 1, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Con Organizer: A Chat with Onezumi Hartstein of Intervention," September 3, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Carolyn Belefski," September 7, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Sequential Artist: A Chat with R.M. Rhodes," September 8, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Comics Publisher: A Chat with Joe Procopio," September 9, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Comics Writer: A Chat with the GPO's Jim Cameron," September 21, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with the GPO's Nick Crawford," September 22, 2010,

                "Comics Creators at the 2010 National Book Festival," September 24, 2010,

                "Meet a Visiting Cartoonist: A Chat with Ted Rall," September 27, 2010,

                "Meet a Visiting Cartoonist: A Quick Chat with Jeff Smith," September 28, 2010,

                "A Comics Villain Revisited: What Will the Opening of Fredric Wertham's Papers Mean for Comic-Book Scholarship?" September 30, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Ava Ann Vrooman," October 1, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Lauren Affe," October 5, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Comic Book Writer: A Chat with Joe Carabeo," October 22, 2010,

                "Meet Two Local Cartoonists: A Chat with the Luna Brothers," October 27, 2010,

                "International Ink: Pirates, Ghosts, and Wookies, Oh My!" October 29, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Jamie Noguchi," November 8, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With Nick Galifianakis," November 9, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With Molly Lawless," November 15, 2010,

                "Tomorrow: "Party Crashers" and Comic Book Culture at Arlington Art Center," November 18, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Jennifer Zyren Smith," November 22, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With Kevin Ward," December 2, 2010,

                "International Ink: Think Holiday Thoughts," December 7, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With Steve Artley," December 8, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Richard Thompson," December 9, 2010,

                "Artisphere's Half of "Party Crashers" Exhibit Opens Tomorrow," December 10, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Comic Book Writer: A Chat with Rob Anderson," December 13, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Model Maker: A Chat with David Wilson," December 14, 2010,

                "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Dan Nokes," December 17, 2010,

               "Arts in Review: The Year in Cartoons," December 27, 2010,

    Friday, October 01, 2010

    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    Monday, May 03, 2010

    Clowes interview up at City Paper - he's at Politics and Prose tonight

    “Likable Characters Are for Weak-Minded Narcissists”: A Chat with Daniel Clowes
    Monday, May 3rd, 2010 is short email interview that he did with me - he's very funny. Go read it now, and then see him tonight at Politics and Prose at 7 pm.

    Here's the PR from his publisher:

    Dan Clowes On Tour! WILSON in stores!

    All of our North American distributors have shipped the most anticipated book of the year to stores -- WILSON by Daniel Clowes, the cartoonist of David Boring, Ghost World and Ice Haven and the legendary Eightball comic book series. Today, WILSON is available everywhere in North America, at a finer store near you. In the next year, foreign language editions will also come out in the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Netherlands and Denmark.

    Dan Clowes embarks on his tour next week in support of his first ever original graphic novel. In each city, Dan will be talking with a special guest moderator complete with slide show. (and it's a great slide show) And in Boston you get to see Ghost World after the event, with an introduction by Dan himself.

    05/03/10 | 7 PM Washington DC POLITICS & PROSE With Dan Kois
    05/04/10 | 6 PM Cambridge BRATTLE THEATER & HARVARD BOOKSTORE With Hillary Chute
    05/05/10 | 7 PM NYC THE STRAND With David Hajdu
    05/07/10 | 7 PM Toronto TCAF & TPL With Mark Medley
    05/08/10-05/09/10 Toronto TCAF & TPL
    05/13/10 | 7:30 PM San Francisco THE BOOKSMITH With Glen David Gold
    05/14/10 | 7:30 PM Los Angeles SKYLIGHT BOOKS With Dana Gould
    05/16/10 | 7:30 PM Portland POWELLS With Greg Netzer, Director of Wordstock
    06/03/10 | 7 PM Oakland DIESEL With Eli Horowitz
    06/12/10 | 7 PM Chicago QUIMBY'S (signing only)
    06/13/10 | TBA Chicago PRINTERS ROW With Ray Pride

    ABOUT WILSON: Meet Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else. In an ongoing quest to find human connection, he badgers friend and stranger alike into a series of one-sided conversations, punctuating his own lofty discursions with a brutally honest, self-negating sense of humor. After his father dies, Wilson, now irrevocably alone, sets out to find his ex-wife with the hope of rekindling their long-dead relationship, and discovers he has a teenage daughter, born after the marriage ended and given up for adoption. Wilson eventually forces all three to reconnect as a family - a doomed mission that will surely, inevitably backfire.

    Full Color, 80 pages, 8 1/4 by 11 1/2 inches ISBN: 9781770460072 $21.95 US / $22.95 CDN
    For more information visit

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    Whither Thingpart, late of the City Paper

    Before the City Paper's great (blood-)shedding of comics a couple of years back, they ran a strip called Thingpart close to the front. Here's an interview with the cartoonist - Joey Alison Sayers Interview, Dan Copulsky, Question Riot blog March 25th, 2010.

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Washington City Paper best of DC poll

    I haven't looked at this yet, but the City Paper (for whom I now freelance) is running their annual Best Of poll. I was a surprised winner of Best Comics Blog in 2008, especially since that wasn't a category.

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    More ComicsDC than ever before!

    I've been asked by the Washington City Paper to freelance for them so I'll be writing longer pieces on comic art, most often for their blog I'd guess. I've submitted an introduction tonight and hope to have a piece about Wednesday and comic books up later this week. I will of course link from here to anything I write for them.