Monday, November 16, 2009
I thought you might want to know about a Kal First... my cartoons appearing on a special edition of M&M candies:
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Washington Post Sunday, November 15, 2009
An Epic Search for Truth
By Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna
Bloomsbury. 347 pp. Paperback, $22.95
I've got it, but haven't read it yet.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
"My mom was diagnosed schizophrenic when I was quite young, maybe 11 or so," said Allan. "She suffered a number of nervous breakdowns as I was growing up, as she battled, often very much alone, a disease that was slowly taking bits of her away. What I remember most vividly about this time was how confused and powerless I was. No one talked with me about what was happening to her and my mom was incapable of explaining it to me herself. I didn't understand and that, combined with what I was experiencing, was really, really scary. There's also odd feelings of guilt that go with this. "Did I do something wrong? Did I somehow cause this?" I wrote and drew this book to shed some light on a very hush-hush topic and hopefully help others, especially kids but really people of all ages, realize that they aren't alone and that they haven't done anything wrong. And neither has the person who is suffering from mental illness."
A unique aspect of the graphic novel is its availability in multiple channels. First, the book can be downloaded as a free PDF eBook on the artist's website. In addition, a torrent version has been made available via LegalTorrents.com and the PDF is also available on Scribd.com. The graphic novel is distributed under a Creative Commons Canada licence that grants readers the ability to distribute the online versions of the book for free. "The toughest thing for new artists is just getting noticed. Obscurity, as Tim O'Reilly said, is the enemy and not piracy. By using a variety of online distribution tools as well as more traditional print publishing, I'm hoping people will give the book a try. And maybe it'll get into the hands of someone who could really use it. The book is also available through online retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and can also be purchased in comic shops like Jim Hanley's Universe in New York, Atlantis Fantasyworld in Santa Cruz, Cosmic Monkey Comics in Portland, Strange Adventures in Halifax, and bookstores like Perfect Books in Ottawa and Librarie Astro in Montreal."
"The road to god knows..." is the story of Marie, a teenage girl coming to grips with her Mom's schizophrenia. As a result, she's struggling to grow up fast; wrestling with poverty, loneliness, and her Mom's illness every step of the way. At the start of the story, we see a scared young girl, uncertain and overwhelmed, but as her mom collapses into a full nervous breakdown, Marie is forced to examine herself and her life and come to a decision: does she continue to be a child, reacting to what's happening around her? Or does she take control of her life, come what may?
"the road to god knows…" has an ISBN of 978-0-9781237-0-3, a suggested retail price of $12.95 US/$13.99 CDN and is 148 pages in length.
About Von Allan: Von Allan was born red-headed and freckled in Arnprior, Ontario, just in time for "Star Wars: A New Hope." The single child of two loving but troubled parents, Von split most of his childhood between their two homes. Additional information about the graphic novel can be found at http://trtgk.vonallan.com/.
P.O. Box 20520, 390 Rideau Street,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. K1N 1A3
Quote: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." (Beckett)
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 12, 2009
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 12, 2009
Unlike Moses, I may get to see the Promised Land.
Shel Dorf, 78: Artist turned spotlight on cartoonists with Comic-Con.
Washington Post (November 12)
Here's the Times - Sheldon Dorf, Founder of Comic-Con, Dies at 76, By GEORGE GENE GUSTINES, November 12, 2009/
7 p.m. Johnson, who worked with Herblock at The Washington Post, will launch a new anthology celebrating Herblock's life and career. The Post's editorial cartoonist was a protean figure whose career spanned thirteen American Presidents.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
In a few minutes (local time), we'll hit 11/11/11 or, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when World War 1 ended. This was known as Armistice Day until a second world war led to the change to Veteran's Day in the US. Following the lead of Charles Schulz, who often mentioned Bill Mauldin in Peanuts, we present a sketch the great soldier cartoonist did in a copy of his book The Brass Ring, many years after his World War 2 service.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
DC Anime Club in collaboration with Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan Present screen Metropolis on
Friday November 13, 2009 6:30 pm at Lafayette Center III (Lower Level) 1155 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 as part of inaugural showing for a new film series based on both Anime (Japanese Animation) and Manga ( Japanese Comics).
Kenichi and his detective uncle, Shunsaku Ban, leave Japan to visit Metropolis, in search of the criminal, Dr. Laughton. However, when they finally find Dr. Laughton, Kenichi and Shunsaku find themselves seperated and plunged into the middle of a larger conspiracy. While Shunsaku searches for his nephew and explanations, Kenichi tries to protect Tima (a mysterious young girl), from Duke Red and his adopted son Rock, both of whom have very different reasons for wanting to find her.
This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.
RSVP to email@example.com.
Seating is limited and granted on a first come, first served basis.
For more information please visit the Japanese Information and Culture Center website at
http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/index.htm or visit the DC Anime Club website at http://dcanimeclub.org.
CONTACT: Chris Wanamaker, (202) 262 2083 firstname.lastname@example.org
aka Tuesdays With Moron
Tuesday, October 27, 2009; 12:00 PM
Our To, WN: So have you had any more time to think about the "Our Town" in the Washington Post Magazine, especially with the "reportage graphique" explanation of 18 Oct.?
Am I wrong to be sticking to my initial assessment of "blech." It seems to be trying to hard to be artsy for the sake of being artsy, which is fine and has a place, but I don't think it's in the Washington Post Magazine.
Also, is it churlish of me to note that the National Zoo does not have any llamas at the Kids' Farm (25 Oct. Our Town)? Those guys are alpacas.
Gene Weingarten: Liz, can we link to the mentioned 'toon, which contains, um, me. Michael Cavna was playfully publicly answering my critique from the last chat.
I'm willing to wait n' see. My problem with this feature is not arts-fartsiness; I think it's a good idea to send a cartoonist to try to record a moment in time in an interesting place, coupled with whimsical commentary. I think this is ambitious, and I applaud ambition.
My problem, so far, is that I think we've proven that not all places offer fodder for riveting observational humor. This is hard; the threshold needs to be high. Let's give it a chance. This past Sunday I liked the speechless speech balloons.
Fairfax, VA: I find "Our Town" intellectually stimulating. It's like "Where's Waldo" for literate people.
Gene Weingarten: Noted!
Monday, November 09, 2009
That's four (4!) stores for your browsing pleasure.
BIG PLANET COMICS
4908 Fairmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
BIG PLANET COMICS
3145 Dumbarton St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
BIG PLANET COMICS
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180
BIG PLANET COMICS
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
REDSKINS: Ex-'Sports Jerk' Dan Snyder takes a satiric beating -- againBy Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 8, 2009
Remembering Comic-Con co-founder Shel DorfBy Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 7, 2009;
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
I'm working on this year's special 3rd issue of the International Journal of Comic Art so I'm behind on things, but check out his strip and let him know what you think.
Friday, November 06, 2009
By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
Music and Lyrics by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori and Alexa Junge
Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Music and Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle
Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by
Based on the 1998 Disney film Mulan
and the Story "Fa Mulan" by Robert D. San Souci
Directed by Janet Stanford
November 25 - January 10, 2010
Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 & 4:00
Saturday at 11:00 - Nov 28, Dec 19 & 26 and
Jan 2 & 9
Many Thanksgiving Weekend &
Christmas/New Years week shows!
For Tickets please call 301-280-1660
In the Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre at Imagination Stage
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2 pm
Sunday, November 15, 2 pm
Friday, November 20, 7 pm
Sunday, November 22, 2 pm
The 3-minute interview: Mark Sweeney
Washington Examiner Staff Writer
November 1, 2009
“I'm responsible for a division of about 50 people who work with the library's newspaper collection, our current periodicals, government publications and the library's comic book collection.”
The world is changing…
7 p.m. Johnson, who worked with Herblock at The Washington Post, will launch a new anthology celebrating Block's life and career. The Post's editorial cartoonist was a protean figure whose career spanned thirteen American Presidents. His cartoons mocked Senator McCarthy and Richard Nixon, and continued on into the 1980s to take on President Reagan. Block made no pretense of objectivity; he was a good liberal with a love of the political game. In 1984 Herblock was incredibly generous to a tiny new bookstore at 5010 Connecticut Avenue, appearing twice to sign his book.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Subject: Music on the Fly, Coming Nov. 14--FREE!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Film: "Waltz with Bashir/Vals Im Bashir" 
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7pm
Shirlington Branch Library
The "World Cinema Spotlight" series at Shirlington presents "Waltz with Bashir/Vals Im Bashir" . Rated R, 90 minutes. Directed by Ari Folman and featuring Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag and Ari Folman. An animated documentary nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, "Waltz with Bashir" tells the story of an Israeli film director who interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of that conflict.
Monday, November 02, 2009
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington DC 20540
November 2, 2009
Public contact: Martha Kennedy (202) 707-9115, email@example.com
Swann Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications
Foundation Supports Research in the Humorous Arts of Caricature and Cartoon
The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year. Applications are due by close of business on Friday, Feb. 15, 2010, and notification will occur in the spring.
The Swann Foundation seeks to award one fellowship annually (with a stipend of up to $15,000) to assist in continuing scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon. Depending on the number and quality of proposals, the advisory board may elect to make multiple, smaller awards.
A fellow is required to be in residence in Washington, D.C., for a minimum of two weeks, use the Library's extensive collections and deliver a public lecture at the Library on his or her work. Each fellow must also provide a copy of his or her dissertation, thesis or postgraduate publication upon completion, for the Swann Foundation Fund files.
Guidelines and application forms are available through the Swann Foundation's website www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/swann-fellow.html, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Martha Kennedy in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library at (202) 707-9115.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of the United States and a candidate for a master's or doctoral degree at a university based in the United States, Canada or Mexico. The applicant must be working toward completion of a dissertation or thesis for that degree or be engaged in postgraduate research within three years of receiving an M.A. or a Ph.D. Individuals who are not U.S. residents but who otherwise meet these academic qualifications may also apply and be considered for a fellowship, contingent upon their visa eligibility.
The applicant's research must be in the field of caricature and cartoon. There are no restrictions on the place or time period covered. To encourage research in a variety of academic disciplines, any university department may oversee a project proposed for the fellowship, provided the subject pertains to caricature or cartoon art.
Requirements for the fellowship applications include a statement of qualifications, a one-page abstract of the proposed project, a project description that specifies research needs and a budget, two letters of reference and official transcripts.
The Swann Foundation Fellowship in Caricature and Cartoon is one of a small number of scholarly fellowships that provide direct support for continuing graduate research in the field. It has supported groundbreaking research on caricature and cartoon that focuses on a variety of subjects and topics such as the Cold War; representations of race, class conflict and disease; and the early origins of caricature and political satire, and the cultural and social forces that have influenced the development of prominent cartoonists' work. For a list of research projects, visit www.loc.gov/rr/rint/swann/swann-fellowslist.html.
The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon is overseen by an advisory board composed of scholars, collectors, cartoonists and Library of Congress staff members. The foundation's activities support the study, interpretation, preservation and appreciation of original works of humorous and satiric art by graphic artists from around the world. New York advertising executive Erwin Swann (1906-1973) established the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon in 1967.
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