Saturday, April 17, 2010

Alliance Française de Washington lecture today

Antoine Dodé is speaking at 2 pm at the Alliance. The complete festival press release follows.


The Alliance Française de Washington, MICA's Illustration and Experimental Animation Departments present

From April 16 to 24, 2010

Festival Imagé

French Comics and Animation Festival

Baltimore-Washington DC (USA)

The Alliance Française de Washington and The Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) are inaugurating their partnership with the Festival Imagé, first festival in the USA, which promotes the new generation of French artists working in comics and animated films.

From April 16 to 24, meetings, author-led workshops, and screenings of animated films will stress the similarities and differences which exist in "bande dessinée" and animated film between both sides of the Atlantic.

Five comics artists, four comic book publishers from both France and the US, as well as various comics connoisseurs and a series of events prepared by DC-based comics artists and students of MICA – America's oldest art school– will help animate this exceptional 10-day festival dedicated to sequential art.

The festival will engage a wide audience of amateurs, children, art students, Francophiles, and comic's aficionados of the "9ème Art" through the creativity and vitality of this made-in-France artistic format where more than 5000 titles are published each year.

Having been involved in the Festival Imagé since its inception, MICA's animation students will also have the chance to introduce their view of French culture through their own animated shorts, to be shown at two successive screenings.

During these two consecutive days, animated films from both MICA students and students from one of the most famous French schools, SUPINFOCOM, will be showcased in Baltimore and Washington.

A French author will also be visiting one of DC's underprivileged elementary schools through the Alliance Française's Outreach Program to share his passion with children.

On their side, students from MICA and local illustrators will meet French and US publishers and present their work through exhibitions during the professional forum.

This forum will offer a chance to create artistic ties and professional opportunities to be published in the USA but also in France.

Last but not least, French and American illustrators will launch a creative dialogue during the entire Festival Imagé with an interactive and collective production to be revealed during the festival's closing party.

Prepare to be overwhelmed by a new generation of talented and productive artists who interpret the daily complexities of modern society through an incredible variety of styles and artistic universes.

"Strike your imagination!"

Festival Imagé Program

-Friday April 16 at MICA:

7:30 pm: Opening reception

8 pm: Panel discussion with Nicolas Nemiri, Antoine Dodé, Alain Corbel, and Laurence Arcadias. Moderated by José Villarrubia.

Beginning of the contest

At MICA/ Free

-Saturday April 17 at AFDC, 2 pm

Workshop with Antoine Dodé

At the Alliance Française/ Free

-Monday April 19 at MICA, 8 pm

Lecture by José Villarrubia: "Colors in Comics"

At MICA/ Free

-Tuesday April 20 at AFDC, 6:30 pm

Opening reception of the exhibition Les Trois Ombres by Cyril Pedrosa

Workshop with Domitille Collardey

At the Alliance Française/ Free for MICA students and AF members - General Admission $8

-Wednesday April 21st at MICA, 7 pm

Presentation: Laurence Arcadias

Short Films from SUPINFOCOM and MICA students

At MICA/ Free

-Thursday April 22nd at Letelier Theater, 7 pm

Short Films from SUPINFOCOM and MICA students

At Letelier Theater 3251 Prospect Street, NW, Upper Courtyard, Washington DC

Free for MICA students and AF members - General Admission $8

-Friday April 23rd at AFDC, 6:30 pm

Lecture by Pascal Fioretto: "Humor in comics"

At the Alliance Française/ free for MICA students and AF members - General admission: $8

-Saturday April 24th at MICA:

2:00 Alain Corbel presents his students work:

Exhibition "Gargantua"

2:30 pm: Workshop with Cyril Pedrosa

4 pm: Professional Forum with publishers from France and the US

Contest Results

6:30 pm: Closing Party

At MICA/ Free

Artists and speakers

Antoine Dodé was born in Amiens and lived there until he moved to Belgium to study illustration at the Saint Luc School of Art. He is best known in the French and Belgian market for his character Armelle, who has been featured in two graphic novels published under Carabas Revolution (Semic): "Armelle and the Bird" and "Armelle and My Uncle."

José Villarrubia was born in Madrid, Spain, but is a long time Baltimore resident. A professor of the Illustration Department at MICA, José is best known for his coloring work in comics for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and other companies and for his collaborations with author Alan Moore.

Domitille Collardey (born 1981) is best known for founding the Chicou-Chicou comics collective with Aude Picault. She currently lives in Paris and Brooklyn, NY. Domitille graduated from les Arts Decoratifs de Paris in 2004.

She is currently working on an adaptation of Jean Teulé's novel "The Suicide Shop" for French publisher Delcourt, with Olivier Ka.

She also works for various press publications, such as Technikart, Beaux Arts Magazine, and Double.

Pascal Fioretto Although he was a math whiz early on, having majored in chemistry at the Ecole normale supérieure of Chemistry, he also displayed a strong interest in literature and writing, which he finally gave in to. Catching the attention of cartoonist Marcel Gotlib, Fioretto then lent his wit to Fluide Glacial, a French monthly publication appealing to any and all lovers of truly tasteless jokes and irreverent humor.

Cyril Pedrosa began his career in animation, working on the Disney films "Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules." He has since become a rising star in a new kind of graphic storytelling, combining the influences of animation and the literary traditions of Borges, Garcia Marquez, and Tolkien to create a unique visual signature.

Nicolas Nemiri is a French comics author and illustrator who has always been very much inspired by Japanese manga. His artistic style is unique in that it blends manga with French esthetics. Nicolas is actually working on the 3rd album of his series "Je suis morte" created with writer Jean-David Morvan, a sci-fi story where teenagers are dealing with life, death and eternity.

Alain Corbel. With comic creator Eric Lambe, he produced Mokka and Pelure Amere, two modern comic strip magazines that influenced many authors and publishers in France and Belgium like Amok, Freon and La Cinquieme Couche. He works as an illustrator, comic strip artist, and storywriter. He is also teacher at MICA, Illustration Department. He did many books published in France and Portugal. He has a passion for Africa where he organizes regularly with the Portuguese NGO ACEP illustration/writing workshops.

Laurence Arcadias teaches animation at MICA and is the Co- chair of the Animation department.

She started her career in Paris as an illustrator and animator. She directed a TV show: "Alex", best animated TV series in Annecy festival and spent 3 years as Animator in Residence at Apple. She also worked for several companies such as hotwired, Kodak, Leapfrog…Her films have been screened internationally.

Located in the north of France, SUPINFOCOM is a unique school, made of passionate people for passionate students, armed with an educational experience and managed by a united team, a demanding school, which innovates, supports the students towards their professional future by developing their artistic sensitivity, and opens unclear ways. After 20 years of existence and 1246 graduates, SUPINFOCOM is still filled with the enthusiasm of pioneers and enriched with collective experience.

With the support of the Maryland Institute College of Art's Office of Academic Services, the office of Research and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Faculty.

Please include Festival Imagé, from April 16 to 24 in your cultural events listing. Do not hesitate to contact me directly if you want to attend or cover this event.

WHAT: Festival Imagé French Comics and Animation Festival

WHEN: From April 16 to 24, 2010

WHERE: At the Alliance Française 2142 Wyoming Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008

MICA 1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21217

And Letelier Theater 3251 Prospect Street, NW Upper Courtyard Washington DC 20007

COST: All of the events are free for MICA students and Alliance Française members

Events at the Alliance Française and Letelier Theater: free for MICA students and AF members - General Admission $8

Information/reservation: Alliance Française 202-234-7911 - MICA 410-225-2300

The Alliance Française is the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. Founded in 1949, the Alliance Française de Washington offers French classes for all levels, numerous cultural events throughout the year, and a multi-media library open to all members. For more information visit

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April 17: Jules Feiffer at Portrait Gallery

Saturday April 17, 2010
4:30 PM
McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery
The American Pictures series offers a highly original approach to art and portraiture, pairing great works of art with leading figures of contemporary American culture. Each American Pictures event features an eminent writer, thinker, historian, or artist who speaks about a single, powerful image and explores its meaning. The series director is historian and essayist Adam
Goodheart, who is director of the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College.

Lectures begin at 4:30 p.m.
Free tickets available in the G Street lobby one hour prior.

Saturday, April 17, 4:30 p.m.
Cartoonist Jules Feiffer on Bob Landry's Fred Astaire in "Puttin' on the Ritz"

Friday, April 16, 2010

Washington Post likes Kick-Ass

Movie review: Profane but humane 'Kick-Ass' provides something to cheer
By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 16, 2010; C01

and here's an interview with the film's writer -

Wait 'til they get a load of Hit-Girl
By Jen Chaney
Washington Post's Celebritology 2.0 blog April 14, 2010

The Times liked it too. So far, that's 3 reviews by WOMEN reviewers and one interview with the WOMAN screenwriter. I'm missing something here.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Blood Bath
April 16, 2010

Washington Examiner likes Kick-Ass movie

Shocking, funny 'Kick-Ass' does exactly that

By: Sally Kline
Washington Examiner April 16, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Weldon reviews Sturm's Market Day

'Market Day': Beauty And History In Handmade Art
by Glen Weldon
April 12, 2010

Express on Kick-Ass

From Panel to Screen: Another 'Kick-Ass' Comic-Book Movie
Written by Express contributor Roxana Hadadi
Express at 9:15 AM on April 14, 2010

French comics and animation festival starts tomorrow

Quick details here -

Accent on Art: Alliance Francaise's and MICA's Festival Image
Written by Express contributor Ryan Little
Express April 15, 2010

I'm off to see Matt Wuerker get the Herblock award.

Yoe on anti-war cartoons

Pencils for Peace: Craig Yoe, 'The Great Anti-War Cartoons'
Written by Express contributor Roxana Hadadi
April 15 2010

Reviewed: Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic; Making the Movie

Reviewed: Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic; Making the Movie
Posted by Mike Rhode on Apr. 15, 2010 at 10:51 am

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Marc Singer on teaching Love & Rockets

Week 10: Gilbert Hernandez, Human Diastrophism
April 12, 2010

My classes' reactions to "Human Diastrophism" have changed over the years, and mostly for the better. Seven or eight years ago a few of my students were awfully interested in branding the women of Palomar as "sluts." - click thru the link to see what Marc's current students got out of it.

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Comic Riffs interviews Pulitzer winner Mark Fiore

The 'Riffs Interview: New Pulitzer winner MARK FIORE drafts a path less traveled
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog April 13, 2010

Cartoonist Jeff Koterba featured in Post's Tourette's Syndrome article


Monday, April 12, 2010

Matt Wuerker once again a nominee, not a winner of Pulitzer

2nd year in a row that Matt's come close...

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize WinnersEditorial Cartooning
Current tab: citation

For a distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing and pictorial effect, in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Mark Fiore, self syndicated, for his animated cartoons appearing on, the San Francisco Chronicle Web site, where his biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Tony Auth of The Philadelphia Inquirer for his masterful simplicity in expressing consistently fearless positions on national and local issues; and Matt Wuerker of Politico for his broad portfolio that encompasses the nation’s historic political year, using rich artistry, wry humor and sometimes animation to drive home his deft satire.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Fantom's First Monthly Happy Hour This Tuesday

Fantom Comics - Where there is a comic book for everyone

Fantom Comics would like to invite you to its first Comic Book Happy Hour, to be held from 6-8pm at The Laughing Man Tavern (just off Metro Center) on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. (Those under 21 are allowed! They have a system for keeping you away from the booze).

April 13th will be our first event, featuring a panel of three policy wonks and a Marvel Comics editor (see their bios below) discussing "Politics in Comics". They'll answer questions like who was right in Marvel's Civil War, and just how good of a president was Lex Luthor? After a 20-30 minute panel and Q&A session (so have your questions ready), be set to mingle in typical happy hour fashion and meet fellow comic book geeks from across the DC metro area.

Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independent
Spencer Ackerman learned to read with the aid of an issue of the Incredible Hulk circa 1982, the touchstone of a life spent with Marvel Comics. Since then, he's reported on national security as a staff correspondent for The New Republic, Talking Points Memo and currently The Washington Independent. He's reported from Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay and can explain to you all the ways in which the Air Force tried to use 'Iron Man' to protect beloved defense projects from budget cuts. He maintains a blog called Attackerman on the Firedoglake constellation of blogs and may or may not lurk on Millar World and Brian Michael Bendis' message board.

Tom McClusky, FRCAction
As Senior Vice President of FRCAction, Tom McClusky represents the organization before Congress on a variety of family oriented issues. His work has gotten him recognized by The Hill newspaper as one of the leading grassroots lobbyist in Washington, D.C. And last year MSNBC commentator Kieth Olbermann declared Mr. McClusky as one of the "Worst People in the World." Mr. McClusky has a long history of both local and national campaign experience. His first job in Washington, D.C. was with the Republican National Committee as a political analyst. Following the 1992 elections, Mr. McClusky worked as a legislative/legal analyst for the multi-billion dollar Coastal Corporation in its Washington, D.C. office. In 1998 Mr. McClusky became Senior Policy Analyst for National Taxpayers Union and National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTU/NTUF). Mr. McClusky has been reading comics since he was eleven years old, and actually financed his move to Washington, D.C. by selling off his collection of X-Men comics from the late 1970's to the mid 1980's.

Mike O'Sullivan, Marvel Comics
Mike O'Sullivan served as Senior Editor for Devil's Due Publishing for five years, editing titles such as G.I. Joe, Family Guy, the Dungeons & Dragons titles, Voltron, Hack/Slash and more. During that time, he wrote numerous stories for G.I. Joe, and wrote most of the character entries in the G.I. Joe Data Desk encyclopedia series. Currently, Mike writes for Marvel's Special Projects department, specifically for the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe series, and also serve as a book management editor for Marvel's trade paperback and collection department. Mike also teaches classes in animation, drawing, cartooning and scriptwriting at both the Art Institute of Washington and the Art League in Alexandria, as well as owns and operates a custom cartooning and caricature company. He holds his Masters in sequential art from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Julian Sanchez, Cato Institute
Julian Sanchez is a research fellow at the Cato Institute, a contributing editor for Reason magazine, and a writer for entirely too many blogs. Though he primarily writes about technology, privacy, and government surveillance, he occasionally finds an excuse to wed one or more of these with his love of comics, as in his 2007 American Prospect cover story "The Revolt of the Comics." Julian once shaved his head just to dress as Spider Jerusalem for Halloween.

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Rose Herman, 1914-2010

My grandmother, Rose Herman, died yesterday a few weeks shy of her 96th birthday. Coming out of a poor family in Browndale, PA, and then being a young adult in the Depression, Gram didn't have much time for the foolishness of buying comic books for her grandchildren. However, she let me store 15,000 or so in her attic while I was out of space at home, or living at college or in rented apartments. She was quite amused when I'd show up every 3 months or so with another longbox to 'insulate her attic' (not a recommended way to store your comics, of course, but needs must). We used to visit her every Saturday when I was young too, and I used to sit on her back porch and page through the Overstreet Price Guide (pre-Internet), amazed at the number of comics I still had to even see, let alone collect.

Over the past few years, she'd been fading away, getting confused and aggressive, so she was in a nursing home in Texas near her son when she passed away, having outlived almost everyone she knew.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

CHS Otaku Fest Press Release.


For information, contact:
Sophie Song
Convention Chair of CHS Otaku Fest
Former President of Centennial High School Anime Club

The Protomen, Entertainment System, Lesser.core and DJ Sheephead!

Ellicott City, MD April 9th, 2010 – CHS Otaku Fest is proud to announce four new musical guests: The Protomen, Entertainment System, Lesser.Core and DJ Sheephead.  All four bands will be performing at the convention on April 24th, 2010 at Centennial High in Ellicott City, MD.

The Protomen are more than just a band. They are messengers, riding atop an Iron Stallion on their way to deliver the most vicious rock 'n' roll fable that the world has ever known. With several planned albums, and a live show that could crumble mountains, there's no denying The Protomen have created a work unique to its medium
The first record, 'Act I', includes elements of Ennio Morricone, Queen and Black Sabbath, which culminate in a listening experience unlike anything you've ever heard. If you're afraid of sky cracking distortion and epic chaos, you won't survive this album.
'Act II' is a departure from the signature distorted sound of the first record. It focuses on a time before the world had fallen under darkness. It is a brighter and more optimistic look at the world The Protomen has created. The album is split into two separate eras (and sounds), and gives the feeling of two distinct albums in one. 'Act II' was produced by Alan Shacklock (Meatloaf, The Alarm, Bonnie Tyler, Babe Ruth, Roger Daltry) and The Protomen. Mastering was provided by Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys).

Since 2004, Entertainment System has been playing hard hitting arrangements of classic video game songs. A love of performing and a total lack of concern for their own safety brings an infectious energy to their shows, which have been described as "totally epic and somewhat dangerous." After 3 full length albums, 1 collaborative EP, and many, many melted faces, they have only just begun. They're new full length album, "Rock n' Roll Cereal", comprised entirely of Mario and Zelda songs, debuts this summer at their annual concert, Bit Gen Gamerfest. Become a fan of Entertainment System on Facebook for constant and typically self-indulgent updates on their status, concert dates, embarrassing videos, as well as songs from their previous albums.

Lesser.Core is a Newly formed Visual Kei/J rock band. The band is heavily influenced by J rock and American bands such as: X japan, Versailles, Dir en Grey, Lynch, Pierrot, Nightmare, Avenged Sevenfold, Attack Attack, and A day to remember.  The band was formed in February 2010 in MD/DC, area with original members Ryuu [Guitar], Ton [Bass], and Ginny [Vocals]. Daniel [Drummer] joined the band a week before their first show. Upon its formation, each member of the band also took on pseudonyms which were already nicknames of theirs from their old bands. The band started to receive recognition, performing with bands such as Project Echo and Price of Gas. Currently, Lesser.Core is composing "New Material".

DJ Sheephead is a producer and a DJ. While working hard on his music projects, The Megadrives and Hypnotic Buddha, he always returns to his DJing roots, bringing you the hard sounds of underground electronic dance music. He is a man on a mission to put you on your feet and make you move to the groove.

In addition to these musical performances, events at CHS Otaku Fest includes Super Art Fight, Otaku Quest, a Cosplay Contest, an AMV contest, Artist Alley, Discussion Panels, Dealers Room, Manga Library, Anime Screenings, Gaming Tournament  and more! Registration is still open! Pre-register now at and save $5!

About the Centennial High Anime Club and CHS Otaku Fest:  This organization is an entirely high school based club with about 30 active members. The club has been an establishment in the school since 2005 and is gaining membership annually. It is a place for otaku to gather and meet while relaxing and discussing anime and the community at large. Last year the club hosted our first successful convention, CHS Otaku Fest, a one day public event dedicated to all things anime and awesome. This year, the club is looking forward to making Otaku Fest even better.

CHS Otaku Fest information
Date: Saturday April 24th, 2010
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Centennial High School
4300 Centennial Lane
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Registration fee: $10 before January 31st and $15 after. There is a $3 discount to groups of 10 or more ($7 per person before 1/31/10 and $12 after 1/31/10). At-the-door registration is $20.
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April 16: Craig Yoe at Politics and Prose

Note our buddy Warren is featured as well.

Craig Yoe - The Great Anti-War Cartoons
Start: April 16, 2010 - 7:00pm
End: April 16, 2010 - 8:00pm

Yoe, a historian of cartoons, has assembled a vast array of anti-war comics that span the globe and date back to the 1600s. These comics run the gamut of emotions, from Bill Mauldin’s humor to Francisque Poulbot’s sorrow. Yoe’s presentation will include source material from Warren Bernard’s private collection.

[The Great Anti-War Cartoons]
The Great Anti-War Cartoons (Paperback)
By Craig Yoe, Sara W. Duke, Muhammad Yunus
ISBN-13: 9781606991503
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fantagraphics Books, 12/01/2009

Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NWWashington, D.C. 20008

Ocean City, MD cartoonist Jennifer Jurden launches green cartoon jcampaign

Cartoonist with Green Cartoon Side-Kick "Jurdy" Launches "GET GRINNING GET GREENING" Environmental Program at Schools for Earth Day.
OCEAN CITY, MD, April 10, 2010 /24-7PressRelease.

Jen Sorenson wins Social Justice Journalism award

She may have moved away from the East Coast, but perhaps we'll still see her at SPX. Meanwhile, here's the story of her award - Jen Sorensen, Cartoonist With Conscience, April 7, 2010 by Audrey Bilger.

April 18: Capicon Comic convention

Sunday, April 18th, 2010
Capicons Comic Book and Pop Culture Con

Dunn Loring Vol. Fire Dept, Dunn Loring, Virginia

Special Guests:
Martin Grams, Jr, Author of The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics and Television

Dan Nokes, Artist/Publisher--21 Sandshark Studios

Also featuring
Artist Tom Arvis, Sureshot Comics

FREE admission! Door prize drawings!

Open to the public from 10 am - 3 pm. Buy, sell & trade: Gold, Silver, Bronze Age comics; Indie & Modern comics, Publishers & Creators, TV & Movie Collectibles. Non-sport cards; Videos & DVDs; Anime; Manga; Horror/Sci-Fi; figures, toys; Star Wars & Star Trek memorabilia; original artwork, posters and other comic-related collectibles.

See you there!
Laura, Jeff & Ed,

Brian Truitt's Kick-Ass interview

Meet Chloe Moretz, the precocious teen star of ‘Kick-Ass’
USA Weekend April 9th, 2010
Brian Truitt

I think the hard copy of this should be in tomorrow's Examiner.

Paul Fitzgerald's book on Will Eisner and PS mag nominated for Eisner award

Paul Fitzgerald's excellent book, Will Eisner & PS Magazine is up for an Eisner. One day I plan on writing a review of this - I got about 1/2 through it when the Christmas holidays intervened, but it's well worth getting. For more details see

Botetourt man gets nominated for Eisner comic industry award
Roanoke Times April 10 2010

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 04-14-10

Quick Picks for Comics Due 04-14-10
By John Judy
ACTION COMICS #888 by Greg Rucka, Eric Trautmann and Pere Perez.  Okay, so the whole Nightwing/Flamebird thing has been the most contrived, least interesting part of the "New Krypton" arc that got buried by BLACKEST NIGHT.  That said, it's wrapping up with a big fight against a Kryptonian god with Wonder Woman and the JSA helping out.  This also has a Captain Atom back-up feature you are not obliged to care about at all.  Enjoy!
BODYWORLD HC written and drawn by Dash Shaw.  A psychedelic sci-fi story about a plant that gives you telepathy when you smoke it.  Contains awkwardness.
BOOTH GN by CC Colbert and Tanitoc.  A graphic bio of our 16th President's murderer.  Too soon?
BRIGHTEST DAY #0 by Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin.  To be sub-titled "Look Who's Back from the Dead and What They Are Doing About It."  Cool.  Gotta look.
CHEW #10 by John Layman and Rob Guillory.  Wrapping up the exotic mayhem of "International Flavor!"  Highly recommended.
DAREDEVIL #506 by Andy Diggle, Antony Johnston and Marco Checchetto.  DD begins to suspect somebody in the assassins guild he now leads may be untrustworthy. DD = Brains.
DAYTRIPPER #5 of 10 by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba.  This time out it looks like Bras is going to die a child.  Highly recommended.
DOC SAVAGE #1 by Paul Malmont and Howard Porter.  The Man of Bronze is back in fine pulp-action form!  Also features a JUSTICE, INC. back-up starring The Avenger!
EXCALIBUR VISIONARIES: WARREN ELLIS, VOL. 1 SC by Ellis and Various Artists.  The first time that nice Mr. Ellis got his hands on mutant superheroes the results were… well… this.  Reprinting issues #83-90 of that X-book nobody ever read.
FLASH # 1 by Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul.  Barry Allen's first job back as the Flash is protecting the lives of his arch-enemies, the Rogues!  No rush.  Recommended.
FLASH PROMO RINGS from DC.  Squirty, super-compacted speedster costume not included!  Ask your comic shop clerk for yours today!
IRON MAN: LEGACY #1 by Fred Van Lente and Steve Kurth.  Tony Stark hates it when you use his Iron Man tech for bad stuff like war and genocide.  Consequences ensue.
IRREDEEMABLE SPECIAL #1 by Mark Waid, Emma Rios, Paul Azaceta and Howard Chaykin.  A special issue focusing on better days with the Plutonian and his old pals the Paradigm.  New insights into how Tony went bad, plus a guest appearance by the pre-heroic Max Damage.  Highly Recommended.
KILL SHAKESPEARE #1 by Connor McCreery, Anthony Del Col and Andy Belanger.  What if Shakespeare's greatest heroes and villains all wanted to kill him?  And why wouldn't they?  Gotta look!
OTHER LIVES HC written and drawn by Peter Bagge.  An original graphic novel about self-loathing geeks with secrets, from the creator of HATE.  Highly recommended.
PUNISHERMAX #6 by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon.  Two words: "Bullseye.  Max."  Recommended. Not for kids.
SECRET SIX #20 by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore.  With his son missing Catman's got a whole lotta killing to do and no time to be nice about it.  Cool.
SIEGE: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 by Christos Gage and Federico Dallocchio.  Cap and Bucky fight some dudes.
ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY #3 of 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Rafa Sandoval.  There really is an Ultimate Enemy.  Bendis tells us so.
UNWRITTEN #12 by Mike Carey and Various Artists.  A stand-alone issue with a distinct Wonderland vibe to it.  Recommended.
WOLFSKIN HUNDREDTH DREAM #1 of 6 by Warren Ellis, Mike Wolfer and Gianluca Pagliarini.  Wolfskin will attempt to leave the blood-soaked savagery of his past behind him and live a peaceful life of helping people.  Not for kids.
WOLVERINE WEAPON X, VOL. 1: THE ADAMANTIUM MEN SC by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney.  What if Blackwater mercenaries were given all the powers of Wolverine?  And what if Wolvie felt morally compelled to chop every one of those freaks into cat food?  From the thin collection of Wolverine Stories That Don't Suck.  Recommended.
WORLD WAR HULKS: HULKED OUT HEROES #1 by Jeff Parker and Humberto Ramos.  If you've been waiting your whole life to read the adventures of a hulked-out Deadpool then this is the one thing you can't miss!  Unlike kissing a girl…

Turkish illustrator Selcuk Demirel's return to Post

Back in the good old days of the '90s, Selcuk Demirel's cartoon illustrations appeared regularly in the Post's Book World. He's got a lovely cartoon in today's Real Estate section. It's not online of course.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Scoop has interview with DC Comicon founder

New Convention in Town: DC Comicon
Scoop April 9 2010

Truitt on Deadpool

Everybody loves Deadpool
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY April 9 2010

OT: Dave Astor award news

David Astor writes in, "my weekly "Montclairvoyant" topical humor column for The Montclair (N.J.) Times just won (on April 8) both first and second place in the New Jersey Press Association's annual contest."

The link is below, with my awards listed in the second part of the "W-8" category.

Post doesn't like Addams Family musical

Even with Neuwirth, Lane, 'Addams Family' musical can't live up to original
By Peter Marks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 9, 2010; C02

and neither does the Times -

April 9, 2010
Theater Review | 'The Addams Family'
Buh-Da-Da-Dum (Snap Snap)

By Ben Brantley

Mark Ruffin interviewed Act-i-vate's Simon Fraser

A conversation with Simon Fraser
April 9, 2010
DC Comic Books Examiner
Mark Ruffin

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Steve Geppi's unsold home auctioned by bank

C'mon people - buy MORE COMICS!

Auction today for Geppi mansion
Green Spring Valley estate has outstanding mortgage debt of $3.25 million

By Lorraine Mirabella
Baltimore Sun April 8, 2010

May 15 - Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection Signing

Event: Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection Signing!

Start Time: Saturday, May 15 at 2:00pm
End Time: Saturday, May 15 at 4:00pm
Where: Big Planet Comics Vienna

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

Weldon on comics and literacy (in the big picture)

It Pays To Enrich Your Nerd Power: What Kids Learn From Comics

by Glen Weldon

National Public Radio's Monkey See blog April 7 2010

- even more nerdy? His title is a play on Reader's Digest old feature, It Pays To Enrich Your Word Power.

Maryland's Villarrubia works on PBS film

Jose Villarrubia was digital artist for 'I.M. Pei: Building China Modern'

Posted 04.06.10 by mica communications




Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Comic Riffs pushes Cul de Sac to sell out

Cavna thinks it should be an animated tv series based on the new RingTales shorts.

The comments quickly turned surly due to the Post's iffy record of running the Sunday strip haphazardly, as well as not updating the e-version. Our Man Thompson also chimed in with his opinion, for what that is worth.

PR: 'Trickster' is now available

I'll be getting mine when it hits Big Planet.

From: Matt Dembicki

'Trickster' is now available at and hits other major and indie bookstores very soon (maybe even this week). It features 20 trickster tales as told by Native American storytellers and illustrated by some wonderfully talented indie comic artists. (It'll be getting a starred review in an upcoming edition of 'Booklist.')

Thanks, again.

Matt Dembicki

OT: Redniss in NY Times recently

Check this out - it's cartoon journalism on gay soldiers in WW2...

Op-Art | Lauren Redniss
Camouflaged in Plain Sight
April 5, 2010

... I really like her work.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

That darn Toles, continued even more

Ummmm, doesn't the idea of less guns = less gun crimes ever occur to anyone? On the other hand, I guess if one thinks that editorial cartoons shouldn't be propaganda, one lives in a different world than I do. They're editorializing after all.

Propagandist cartoon draws on the District's gun laws
Washington Post Tuesday, April 6, 2010; A12

The April 1 editorial cartoon by Tom Toles seemed to imply that the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that forced the District to revamp its gun laws led to last week's shootings that left four people dead in Southeast Washington.

The only problem with Mr. Toles's blatant propaganda is that the still-restrictive gun laws make it impossible for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves. Does anyone think the suspects in the shootings owned guns legally?

Tom McAnear, Arlington

The return of Comic Postcards

Found some more comic postcards at a flea market this weekend.

Munson  postcard - drinking comics' 60325
Here's a Walt Munson. Munson was mentioned last time I did this, but with a bit of poking around I discover he was a successful sports cartoonist after he did postcards with collections of originals at Syracuse and Wichita. Also at Wichita are some Clifford Berryman originals as well as other cartoonists.

Breger  postcard - changin to hotel 609 89372
Dave Breger did a cartoon while in the Army during World War II, just like Bill Mauldin, but his Pvt. Breger was never as popular as Willie and Joe. After the war, his cartoon Dave Breger got out of the service too. Personally I'd like to see a collection of these strips.
Breger  postcard - welcome back 601 89364

When I read this card, I thought it was quite possibly the raunchiest comic postcard ever seen.

Faber postcard - part came in

I've no idea who Faber was. Asking around, I got several opinions - women say they don't get it. Men say they can't believe this postcard went through the mail. The mild interpretation - the man is basically complaining about seeing something like a repeat on television. The raunchy - he's saying he had nestled in between a pair of those legs last night and left his seed. Oddly enough, both women asked where the upper bodies of the chorus line were.

WEG postcard-10
Poster Coaster postcard #010 by WEG (William Ellis Green) the Australian sports cartoonist who died in 2008. I found 7 of the series of ten, and you can see the rest on my Flckr site.

WEG postcard-8
Poster Coaster postcard #008. The card is a type of blotting paper.

OT: Terry Witek's poetry on Slate, OR, Shilling for my friends

Check out Terry reading her poem, or read it yourself here.

Finally, I address iPad comics

I wasn't all that concerned about them actually, but my editor asked for an article - Shannon Gallant, John Gallagher, Matt Wuerker and Ann Telnaes ventured opinions for me - In D.C. and Industrywide, Will the iPad Save Comics and Kill Print? by Mike Rhode on Apr. 6, 2010.

Said editor, Jon Fischer, drastically cleaned up this article too and made it much more readable.

Small Press Expo tables are going, going, gone

SPX is reporting they are sold out of tables and have started a wait list.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Richard Thompson youtube interviews direct links

From Chris Sparks' ears to yours -

Richard Thompson and before Cul de Sac audio interview part 1
March 31 2010

Richard Thompson & Cul de Sac audio interview Part 2
April 1 2010

jeditrue — April 01, 2010 — Part two explores the early years of Cul de sac, web comics and his editor.

Richard Thompson chats about Bill Watterson and deadlines part 3
jeditrue — April 02, 2010

Richard Thompson chats about Bill Watterson writing the foreword to his first Cul de Sac collection and him dealing with deadlines and how easy ideas come to him.

Richard Thompson discusses Alice and Petey audio interview part 4
— April 03, 2010 —

Richard goes into detail about the origins of Alice and Petey from Cul de Sac!

Richard Thompson discussing the Cul de Sac family and friends audio interview part 5
April 3 2010

Richard Thompson discussing more of the Cul de Sac gang part 6
April 4 2010

Richard Thompson on having Parkinsons disease and the future of Cul deSac ...part 7
From: jeditrue | April 04, 2010

In the last part of this long but entertaining interview Richard is talking about
Parkinsons and his plans for Cul de Sac. I hope you have enjoyed the interview. There will be more art drawing videos and a shorter interview this summer.

Cul de Sac to conquer world soon

Having abandoned his plan to conquer the Washington Post by single-handedly illustrating every section, Our Man Thompson has moved on to greener, or at least moving, pastures. According to his blog, three new Cul de Sac animations are out as is a 7-part interview on Youtube.

No wonder he won't answer my phone calls...

April 6: "Meet the Anime film $9.99 Director Tatia Rosenthal"

I'm unclear on when an Israeli-Australian film became anime, but, hey, it's free and you can ask her yourself.

Israeli filmmaker Tatia Rosenthal introduces and discusses her ribald animated comedy featuring the voice of actor Geoffrey Rush as a grumpy. (Israel/ Australia/2008/78 min./ English)
This event is cosponsored by the Embassy of Israel. 




Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Illustrator David Hagen

Online now at the City Paper -

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Illustrator David Hagen

Library of Congress prints and photos website has a new look

The Library of Congress' Prints and Photos Division's website has a new look and address, with a list of media types in alphabetical order, so you can now scoot right to their 5 online cartoon collections which are all grouped under 'cartoon.'

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Ann Telnaes interview, but not by me

This one snuck up on David-Wasting-Paper blog a few weeks ago, but I've asked Ann to do my City Paper interview as well. David's got 105 interviews with cartoonists up, and I'm slowly working my way through them. He questions people from all types of cartooning it seems.

Ann Telnaes - Cartoonist Survey #95
March 12, 2010

Bennett's Best? Tardi and Ditko

Bennett's Best: It Was the War of the Trenches and Creeper
By Greg Bennett, Special to Zadzooks
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Today in the New York Comics Times

The 'A' or front page section of today's NY Times has 3 comics-related articles.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Counsel has died -

Burton Joseph, Lawyer in First Amendment Cases, Is Dead at 79.
New York Times (April 2 2020).

Comics great Dick Giordano's obituary appeared in print.

And comics designer Chip Kidd working on revisiting a preppy book.

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 04-07-10

Quick Picks for Comics Due 04-07-10
By John Judy
AREA 10 HC by Christos N. Gage and Chris Samnee.  A brain-damaged cop has to catch a serial killer!  You had me at "brain-damaged."  Highly recommended.
AVENGERS: THE  ORIGIN #1 of 5 by Joe Casey and Phil Noto.  Tales told out of school from the earliest days of Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
BATMAN AND ROBIN #11 by Grant Morrison and Andy Clarke.  Dick and Damian, still fighting…  Plus bad guys.
THE BOYS #41 by Garh Ennis and Darick Robertson.  Comedies of Error generally don't get too ugly unless everyone involved has incredibly dangerous super-powers and is written by Garth Ennis.  Recommended.  Not for kids.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #34 by Brad Meltzer and Georges Jeanty.  Buffy and Angel are at it again.  Doin' stuff.  Maybe not for the youngsters.  Good fun though.
CAPTAIN AMERICA/BLACK PANTHER: FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS #1 by Chris Ungar and Chris Kipiniak.  It's a WWII adventure featuring Cap, Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos and the modern-day Black Panther's dad all gathered together to beat-up Nazis bad!  And that's good.
DOOM PATROL #9 by Keith Giffen and Matthew Clark.  Horrors!  The Gentrifiers have invaded!  Could be worse.  At least it's not The Developers or The House Flippers with their McMansions of Doom!
ELECTRIC ANT #1 of 5 by David Mack and Pascal Alixe.  An adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story about a normal happy guy who wakes up in a hospital with the doctors telling him he's really a robot.  Must. Have….
FLASH SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS 2010 #1 by Geoff Johns and Friends.  Flash facts!  Rogues!  Speed-forcings galore!  Recommended for those wishing to be in the know, Flash-wise!
HATE ANNUAL #8 written and drawn by Peter Bagge with extra material by James Whorton Jr.  It's another installment of Buddy Bradley's domestic adventures wrapped up with other miscellaneous Bagge materials and a guest piece by Whorton titled "Confessions of a Hardened Book Festival Attendee."   Highly recommended.
INVINCIBLE RETURNS #1 by Robert Kirkman and Various Artists.  Billed as a great jumping on point for first-time readers this one puts the I-Man back in his original threads and sets up "The Viltrumite War."  Call this one self-contained with room to grow.
JSA ALL-STARS #5 by Matthew Sturges and Freddie Williams II.  Stargirl gets lucky!  Sort of!  Big fights too!
MARKET DAY HC written and drawn by James Sturm.  The story of an Eastern European Jewish businessman in the early 1900s coming to grips with the new realities of the 20th century.  From the creator of GOLEM'S MIGHTY SWING.   Highly recommended.
MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 #1 of 5 by Fred Van Lente and Kano.  You know that guy who's always the last one to leave the party?  The one who just doesn't get that it's four in the friggin' morning and everyone else has gone home, like, a long time ago and no, the couch is not open for business?  He would love this book.  In fact, he probably wrote it.  (Kidding.  It's Fred Van Lente, who's awesome but jeez, come on already…)
NEW AVENGERS: LUKE CAGE #1 of 3 by John Arcudi and Eric Canete.  The Hero for Hire ditches his high-flying Avengers scene for South Philly and some vendetta-type head-busting.  Forecast cloudy with a strong chance of Awesome!
SHIELD #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver.  In a gutsy bit of Marvel Yoo retconning SHIELD has been around a long, long time and boasted agents like Galileo, Isaac Newton and Imhotep.  This kind of requires a look.
SPARTA USA #2 of 6 by David Lapham and Johnny Timmons.  Godfrey McClaine has returned to Sparta with tales of yetis and an urge to run the joint.  But there's a new football hero who's not running that play.  Hijinks ensue.
SPIDER-MAN: FEVER #1 of 3 written and drawn by Brendan McCarthy.  An epic team-up with Doctor Strange featuring the psychedelic insanity that is McCarthy riffing on early Ditko!  Gotta look!
STEPHEN KING'S N #2 of 4 by Marc Guggenheim and Alex Maleev. Based on a Stephen King story about a mental patient whose insanity is contagious.  (Insert teabagger joke here.)  Recommended.
SUPERMAN: LAST STAND ON NEW KRYPTON #2 of 3 by James Robinson, Sterling Gates and Pete Woods.  Playing Devil's Advocate for a moment, if it's just you versus thousands of people with the power of Superman and you aren't defeated right away?  You deserve to win.  Go, Brainiac, go!
SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN #5 of 6 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.  Parasite, Metallo and Luthor!  Oh my!  Highly recommended.
TURF #1 of 4 by Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards.  A wild adventure set in prohibition-era New York involving rum-running gangsters, blood-sucking vamps and a man who fell to Earth.  So who wins in a dust-up between ETs, bootleggers and the un-dead?  You do!
ULTMATE COMICS X #2 by Jeph Loeb and Arthur Adams.  This comic was drawn by the great Art Adams.
UNCANNY X-MEN #523 by Matt Fraction and Mike Perkins.  Good mutants and bad ones are looking for Hope.  Aren't we all?
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #12 by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney.  Wolvie and Captain America mix it up with a whole bunch of Terminatored-out Deathlok cyborgs.  Plus time-travel. Don't try this at home, kids.  Recommended.
WORLD WAR HULKS #1 by Many People.  Tied in with FALL OF THE HULKS which has evidently concluded on "Earth-WTF."

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Cavna's Kells interview

The 'Riffs Interview: 'Secret of Kells' filmmaker TOMM MOORE
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog April 2, 2010

That darn Toles, continued some more

Today - a letter defending Toles from the earlier letters.

Up pastiche wins Washington Post Peeps contest

The story's in tomorrow's Magazine, or online:

For their winning diorama based on the Pixar flick "Up," Michael Chirlin and Veronica Ettle of Arlington constructed a miniature Victorian house from plywood and Popsicle sticks, and placed it atop salvaged mattress springs to give it an airborne quality."

April 6: '$9.99' animation filmmaker in town

The Post Magazine is reporting that Tatia Rosenthal who made the animated movie $9.99 will be at the Freer Gallery at 7 pm for a screening of the stop-action movie.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Former DC area comics writer Meltzer slagged by peers

Lindelof, Oswalt, other celebs gleefully trash author Brad Meltzer, USA Today's Pop Candy blog April 1 2010 - and for his birthday no less!

Brian 'Pickles' Crane visiting DC in April

In this article, "Sparks cartoonist celebrates 20th anniversary of 'Pickles' strip," By Guy Clifton, April 2, 2010, we hear "Later this month, [Brian Crane] and his wife will travel to Washington, D.C., to visit with officials from the Washington Post Syndicate and will travel to New Jersey for the National Cartoonists Society convention."

No word about what his plans are beyond this.

Secret of Kell's opens in DC, Hornaday doesn't like it

Movie review: In 'Secret of Kells,' vivid animation outweighs muddled narrative
By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 2, 2010; WE24

It's at Landmark's E Street Cinema downtown.