Sunday, November 04, 2012

11/5: Martk Tatulli in Alexandria

Monday 11/5, 7:00-8:00 p.m. --Cartoonist Mark Tatulli

Award-winning, internationally-syndicated cartoonist Mark Tatulli, creator of the comics Lio and Heart of the City will visit the store. His newest collection, Lio: There's a Monster in my Socks, is compiled especially for younger readers! The world of Lio is filled with the extraordinary - monsters under the bed, wild reptile pets, robot inventions, weird science - but it's all commonplace for this most uncommon kid. Lio explores the twisted realm of a kid's imagination - at once bizarre, creepy and fun. Email us to reserve a copy or to let us know you're coming. Ages 6 and up.

Hooray for Books! | 1555 King St., Ste. 101, Alexandria, VA 22314 | Phone (703) 548-4092 Fax (703) 548-4094 |

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Cavna gets MAD

'Totally MAD' celebrates 60 years of satire
By Michael Cavna, Washington Post November 4 2012

Arthur Szyk pieces on exhibit at Library of Congress

Szyk's work is noted at the end of this article:

Library of Congress exhibit celebrates Jewish history, artifacts
By Debra Rubin, — Religion News Service
Washington Post November 4, 2012

Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912-2012, South Gallery of the library's Thomas Jefferson Building through March 16, 2013.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Jonathan Luna interview

A Bright New Vision: An Interview With Jonathan Luna
Diamond Bookshelf November 2012

Big Planet Comics Orbit Newsletter - November 2, 2012

Big Planet Comics
November 2, 2012

Ben Hatke signing NEXT Saturday, November 10!

Well, we finally have all of our new comics this week for sale! But the storm got us again, as our shipment of Ben Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl and Legends of Zita the Spacegirl are coming in late, so we have been forced to postpone Ben Hatke's appearances until NEXT Saturday, November 10. Same times, same places, just one week later!

Sorry for the inconvenience everyone!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our star-studded and jam-packed District Comics signing last Saturday! It was great to see so many local comics talent in one space, and we had a nice casual system as people wandered the store, talking to artists and writers and getting their books signed while everyone chit chatted. We'll have pics up soon! We also have signed copies at our stores if you couldn't make it in.

We had a great Halloween, even with all the wet weather, and had lots of reports of kids enjoying all the Halloween comic books we had to give away! If you get trick or treaters, definitely pick some up next year from us, and if you ran out early, take more next time!

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- the Big Planet Comics kids


UPCOMING - November 10 NEW DATE - Ben Hatke signing

PLEASE NOTE: This signing has been changed to a new date of Saturday, November 10! Sorry for any inconvenience!

Ben Hatke, creator of the all-ages bestseller science fiction adventure Zita the Spacegirl, will be appearing at both our Vienna and College Park stores on Saturday, November 3, for his new sequel Legends of Zita the Spacegirl!

Zita is determined to find her way home to earth, following the events of the first book. But things are never simple, and certainly never easy, in space. Zita's exploits from her first adventure have made her an intergalactic megastar! But she's about to find out that fame doesn't come without a price. And who can you trust when your true self is being eclipsed by your public persona, and you've got a robot doppelganger wreaking havoc . . . while wearing your face? Still, if anyone can find their way through this intractible mess of mistaken identity and alien invaders, it's the indomitable Zita, in Legends of Zita the Spacegirl.

Ben Hatke's blog:



Big Planet Comics of Vienna
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180


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Big Planet Comics of College Park
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740


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by Pope, Lapham, Kubert, Hernandez, Buckingham, Reeder, Johns, Lemire and more!

Another amazing one-shot anthology! This one is (mostly) about creepy things and ghosts, including Ghost For Hire, space combat, the divergence of lives, and more! Plus some ridiculously good talent do fun short stories. Pick it up!

Bedlam #1

by Nick Spencer and Riley Rossmo

An insane Joker-like villain murders an entire school and sets up an even more heinous plot to push the limits of society. But does he eventually die, or is it all part of a bigger plot? And who else is involved? Intriguing and super violent and dark take on supervillains, showing a lot from their point of view!

Superman Earth One 2 HC

by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis

The sequel to the smash hit Superman Earth One is finally here! Some new changes from the classic storylines, including a new love interest, and of course, a foe in the form of the Parasite!

Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Skeletor #1

by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Fraser Irving

An amazingly great story of the origin of He-Man's nemesis, Skeletor! Drawn by Irving in a Corben/Heavy Metal-esque retro fantasy horror style, it opens with a man's face slowly melting off as it flashes back to his childhood as the bastard prince who would never gain the throne! We know you won't believe us, but this was great!

Lot 13 #1

by Steve Niles and Glenn Fabry

A family tries to move to their new house in FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA... but is it the burial site of a murdered family from the 17th century??? Horror movie type set up, with great art by Fabry, and some truly gruesome, shocking, and sometimes funny stuff!

Came the Dawn HC &
Corpse on the Imjin HC

by Harvey Kurtzman and Wally Wood
The first two of the new EC Comics reprints are here! Grouped by artist or writer, these two cover some of the thriller work of the great Wally Wood and the war comics of the amazing Harvey Kurtzman!
A+X #1
All Star Western 1 SC
August Moon SC
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe SC
Higher Earth 1 SC
Metabarons Ultimate Collection HC
Pope Hats #3
Shattered: Asian-American Comics Anthology SC
Through the Walls HC

Big Planet Comics Podcast #63
"A more sophisticated Skeletor"
This week, Kevin, Nick, and Jared survive a hurricane and tech troubles, then we review a bunch of new comics! Download now or subscribe on iTunes!

Bedlam #1 by Nick Spencer and Riley Rossmo
Bravest Warriors #1 by Joey Comeau, Mike Holmes and Ryan Pequin
Ex Sanguine #1 by Joshua Scott Emmons and Tim Seeley
Ghosts #1 by Paul Pope, David Lapham, Joe Kubert, Gilbert Hernandez, Al Ewing, Rufus Dayglo, Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham, Victor Santos, Cecil Castellucci, Amy Reeder, Neil Kleid, John McCrea, Mary H.K. Choi, Geoff Johns, and Jeff Lemire
Lot 13 #1 by Steve Niles and Glenn Fabry
Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Skeletor #1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Fraser Irving
Multiple Warheads #1 by Brandon Graham
Ralph Azham 1: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love? HC by Lewis Trondheim
Sailor Twain HC by Mark Siegel
Wolverine MAX #1 by Jason Starr, Roland Boschi and Connor Willumsen

Send us questions to or leave a voicemail at 1-703-539-CAST! (1-703-539-2278)

11/10 - Ben Hatke

Signing Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

Signing Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

1/1 - New Year's Day Sale

All our stores! All day!

New Next Week 11/7

(Let us know if you want any of these!)
47 Ronin #1 (of 5)
Action Comics #14
Adventure Time Vol 1 SC
Age of Apocalypse #9
All the Wrong Questions Who Could That Be At This
Alpha Flight Classic Vol 3 SC
Animal Man #14 (Rot)
Assassins Creed Vol 1 Desmond GN
Avengers #33
Avengers Academy #39
Avengers Academy Second Semester SC
Avengers Vs X-Men HC
Avenging Spider-Man #14
AVX Consequences #5 (of 5)
Battlefields Green Fields Beyond Part 1 #1 (of 6)
Batwing #14
Before Watchmen Moloch #1 (of 2)
Binky Vol 04 Takes Charge SC
Blacklung HC
Bleach Vol 50
Bleach Vol 51
BPRD Plague of Frogs Vol 4 HC
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Willow Wonderland #1
Captive Prince GN
Carol Lay's Illiterature HC
Claymore Vol 21
Colder #1 (of 5)
Creator Owned Heroes #6
Criminal Macabre They Fight By Night One Shot
Danger Club Vol 1 SC
Danger Girl GI Joe #4 (of 4)
Daredevil End of Days #2 (of 8)
DC Nation #2
Deadpool #1 Now
Defenders #12
Detective Comics #14
Dial H #6
Earth 2 #6
Epic Kill #6
Fairest #9
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #7
Flash Vol 1 Move Forward HC
Freelancers #1
Garfield #7
Garth Ennis Jennifer Blood #19
Ghost Doll and Jasper HC
GI Combat #6
GI Joe Vol 2 #19
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Vol 1 HC
Great Showdowns HC
Green Arrow #14
Green Lantern #14 (Rise)
Guarding the Globe #3
Harvest #4 (of 5)
Hellraiser Road Below #1 (of 4)
Heroman GN Vol 1
Hypernaturals #5
Injury Comics #4
Iron Man #1 Now
JLA Earth II New Ptg SC
Judge Dredd Megazine #329
Kevin Keller Vol 1 Welcome To Riverdale SC
Legends of the Dark Knight #2
Life With Archie #24
Magic the Gathering Spell Thief #4
Manhattan Projects #7
Mars Attacks #5
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man Digest Vol 1 SC
Mass Effect Vol 4 Homeworlds SC
Monster Candy Vol 1 GN
Monster Myths GN
Multi-Story Building Model Chris Ware Portfolio
Nancy In Hell On Earth #4 (of 4)
Naruto Vol 59
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Box Set
Negima Vol 36
New Avengers #32 AXFO
Pathfinder #3
Perhapanauts Danger Down Under #1 (of 4)
Planet of the Apes Cataclysm #3
Popeye #7
Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol 1 Redemption SC
Road To Oz #3 (of 6)
Sandman Vol 10 The Wake New Ed SC
Scarlet Spider #11
Scooby Doo Where Are You #27
Scott Pilgrim Color HC Vol 02 (of 6)
The Shadow #7
The Shadow Vol 1 Fire of Creation SC
Shadowman #1
Smallville Season 11 #7
Smurfs Vol 13 Smurf Soup SC
Sonic Super Digest #1
Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis SC
Spaceknights #2 (of 3)
Spaceman Deluxe Edition HC
Spider-Man Worlds Greatest Hero SC
Star Trek Next Generation Hive #2
Storm Dogs #1 (of 6)
Stormwatch #14
Stumptown 2 #3
Super Dinosaur #15
Swamp Thing #14 (Rot)
Sweet Tooth #39
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol 2 SC
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #6
Thought Bubble Anthology 2012 #2
Transformers Regeneration One #85
Transmetropolitan All Around the World Art Book HC
Uncanny X-Force #33
Underwhere HC
Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris #18
Wayside HC
Westward #2
Worlds Finest #6
X-Factor #246
X-Men #38
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Original art on view in Hello Kitty for President

As previously noted, Hello Kitty is busy setting up her campaign HQs at the LivingSocial's 918 F St space, which is open to the public  from November 1-6. They've sent some images of original art on display there, two of which are by local artists:

Tim Conlon is a graffiti artist from Washington, DC. His graffiti art revolves around pop culture icons and current events. He likes to incorporate vibrant colors as well as characters/themes that draw people's attention. Tim has a strong passion for readable, traditional, bar-style graffiti, which has incorporated into his own personal style.

Tim Conlon
"Get on Board"
Spray paint and acrylic On wood panel

Nicole Bruckman
Nicole is an Ohio native artist, currently living in LA. She received a B.F.A, with a major in illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2000. Nicole's artistic inspiration comes from sources such as children's tales and folklore, National Geographic, nature and animals… Her pieces are usually displayed in vintage frames.

Nicole Bruckman
"Campaign Trail"
mixed media on wood panel

Linas Garsys - "Spirit of Kitty"
Linas Garsys
Linas lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a graphic editor for The Washington Times. Lina's inspiration comes from punk movements in music and art, Lithuanian folk art, Victorian patterns, Pop Art and other "punk" inspiration that blends into his unique style. Music tendencies are the underline of most of his artwork.
Linas Garsys
"Spirit of Kitty"
Acrylic on wood panel

Lastly, we have commissioned two pieces with Globe Printing (one pictured above):
Globe Poster Printing was established in 1929 and is one of the nation's largest showcard companies.  They have been telling the story of R&B and all forms of American music and entertainment through bright and iconic posters ever since.   Globe began by printing posters for vaudeville acts, movie theaters, burlesque houses and carnivals, and became known for its work with R&B and soul performers-including James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner and Solomon Burke-and later hip-hop acts. Big, bold, fat type, DayGlo colors and distinctive lettering were hallmarks of the Globe style.
Sanrio/Artist Relationship:
Sanrio has worked with a number of celebrated artists from around the globe, initially developing relationships for Hello Kitty's 35th Anniversary (2009) and Sanrio's 50th Anniversary (2010).  Over 100 artists have created pieces over the years, that have been showcased in gallery events and illustrate the inspiring ways Hello Kitty and Sanrio have influenced both the artists' work and personal lives.  The pieces have ranged from edgy to obscure to adorable, using a variety of mediums including canvas, spray paint, watercolor and ink, aerosol and acrylic on wood, mixed media, oil on panel and silkscreen.   Most recently, the works were bound to create the collectible, hard cover book, Hello Kitty, Hello Art! (launched in mid-October).   

Contest to win FREE 'District Comics' original art

Buy a copy of the book at Big Planet Comics and be entered to win a piece of art. More details at

Ben Hatke Signing - Legends of Zita the Space Girl DATE CHANGE!

DATE CHANGE! Due to the storm and our mistake,...
Big Planet Comics 11:13am Nov 2
DATE CHANGE! Due to the storm and our mistake, our shipment of Ben's books are coming in late so we have moved Ben's appearance back one week to NEXT Saturday, November 10! Sorry for the inconvenience.

11/3: Meet the Creators of Supurbia at Third Eye Comics

Saturday 11/3/12
November to Remember Begins!
SUPURBIA #1 Release Party
Grace Randolph & Jerry and Penelope Gaylord
Signing From 11AM-1PM
Attend ALL 6 Of Our November to Remember In-Store Signing Events and Get a FREE VIP Pass for 1 Hour Early Admission to Our 12/22 Signing with 
Greetings Third Eye Faithful!

Well, by now, we're sure many of you have managed to get things cleaned up and put back together after Sandy, and we're totally pumped to let you know that we've got a big signing to wash away those nasty Hurricane memories! 

Starting this Saturday, we begin our NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER chain of events, which features a big in-store signing or event every Saturday leading up to our year-ending DEADPOOL X-MAS SPECIAL with comedian BRIAN POSEHN.

This Saturday, we'll give you your NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER card, and if you attend all 6 of our events beginning this Saturday, you can redeem your card for a special 1 hour early admission VIP pass to our DEADPOOL signing with Brian Posehn. This is a great way to beat the rush of what is sure to be the biggest in-store signing to hit Third Eye yet.

It all starts with our killer kick-off signing featuring the early release of Boom! Studios's SUPURBIA, and dude, we are pumped for this series!

This features a special Third Eye Exclusive cover, which FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES artists JERRY & PENELOPE GAYLORD did together for us.

Get the SUPURBIA #1 Third Eye Variant This Saturday & Get It Signed by Writer GRACE RANDOLPH ('s THE WATCHER video blog hostess) & JERRY AND PENELOPE GAYLORD (artists of FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES)

Meet the Husbands & Wives of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes!

Folks, we're pretty pumped about this new series from BOOM, and this is why we chose SUPURBIA to be the kick-off of our killer NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER events.
Grace Randolph's slice-of-life superhero drama which captures the stories of the men and women behind the world's most powerful super-humans has us hooked, and we're really excited to turn you guys onto it. 

This comic uses superhero arch-types, like the Justice League and The Avengers, Superman and Batman, and more, to craft a compelling cast of unique characters and the story of what happens when the masks come off and they go home for the night.

With a focus on the husbands and wives of some of the world's mightiest heroes, this story tells all the sordid behind-the-scenes secrets that haunt the saviors of humanity. Who's unfaithful to their spouse? Who's living a lie? Whose wife used to be a super-villainess? Of course, there's a good, healthy dose of superhero action thrown in there for good measure, but it's the character development, and the stunning plot twists that make Supurbia such a blast to read.

The first issue of this cover features a special Third Eye Comics variant by FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES artists JERRY & PENELOPE GAYLORD, and they'll be here alongside Grace signing copies of the book. You can snag your own copy of the Third Eye variant for just $3.99 tomorrow at our Supurbia launch party!

Want more information on the event? Click here for the full scoop on Facebook.

Be One Of The First 15 In Line & Receive a Very Special FREE Gift!

You know we like to hook you guys up for showing up, and being awesome for our signings, so for the first lucky 15 Third Eye Faithful who're lined up for the doors opening at 11AM, we'll have a very special FREE gift exclusive to this event.

While we can't tell you what it is -- we will say that it's pretty darn neat. If you guys were here last Friday, you probably remember we gave out some pretty sick high end variants of BEDLAM from NEW YORK COMIC-CON, as well as some 1st printings of the Morning Glories trade paperback and other goodies!

Well trust us: you'll love what we've got for you this time as well! 

So, many of you guys may already know that we're hosting a HUGE year-ender signing with comedian and actor BRIAN POSEHN, who also just so happens to be the writer of the brand new DEADPOOL series for MARVEL NOW.

Due to the fact that this is a rare East Coast appearance for Brian, and the ONLY East Coast signing appearance he's making for DEADPOOL, we know that this is going to be a whopper. 

Fear not though, Third Eye Faithful, 'cause we want to make sure you guys all get plenty of time to meet Brian, and get all your stuff signed! 
Much like we did last year with our 6 WEEK HEART ATTACK leading up to our signing with G4TV's BLAIR BUTLER, we're going to be running a special promotion that allows you to earn a one-hour early admission VIP pass to get in early for our signing with Brian. 

You're probably asking right now: OK, so how do I do that? 

Starting this Saturday with our first signing with Grace Randolph & Jerry and Penelope Gaylord, we'll be giving out NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER cards which we'll be stamping the backs of for each of the 6 signings we have booked in November. 

If you attend all 6, which would fill your card, then you can redeem it at the last signing on 12/8 for a special VIP Early Admission Pass which will get you in one hour early for our signing with Brian Posehn on 12/22.

What's our schedule look like for NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER? You can either read on below, or click here to read more.

WEEK 4: 11/24 -- SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY feat. a Special Mystery Guest (details coming soon!) and a continuation of the awesome deals at our soon-to-be-announced BLACK FRIDAY 24 Hours of Awesomeness Sale!

So, join us tomorrow, Third Eye Faithful, for the start of an epic month of signings and fun! We've got a ton of cool stuff planned for you, and we cannot wait to turn you onto some great new books and introduce you to some awesome creators! 

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, it's you guys who make our in-store events such a blast, and we really appreciate you participating to make these so much fun!
Third Eye Comics | 2027A WEST ST. | Annapolis | MD | 21401

Nov 9 -11: AnimeUSA at Marriot Wardman Park features live music


Two Washington DC events team up to bring musical jams to the public


WASHINGTON, DC — Nov.2, 2012 — Japanese art and pop culture festival AnimeUSA welcomes staff from video game music festival MAGFest to assist in the next upcoming AnimeUSA, November 9-11, 2012 at the Marriot Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.


 MAGFest will be hosting a "Jamspace" at AnimeUSA, which is a unique room that combines live bands with opens jams. Baltimore locals Rare Candy ( will perform their synth rock video game covers, and chiptune artist Inverse Phase ( will use classic game hardware to re-imagine pop and rock favorites in ways you never thought possible. Whenever a scheduled band isn't playing, Jamspace will be open all weekend for open jam.


MAGFest provides the guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard, and you provide the talent (or lack thereof). Join in the fun at the jamspace at AnimeUSA!

About Anime USA: In 1999 Anime USA began as a northern Virginia convention started by fans, and in 2004 become a non-profit educational organization. Our mission is to educate the public about and promote Japanese arts and popular culture. As in the beginning, we remain a convention of fans, by fans, and for fans. Anime USA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit.


Anime USA 2012 will be held November 9-11 in our new location: the Marriott Wardham Park in Washington, D.C. For more information and to register for the convention, visit us at


About MAGFest: MAGFest, The Music And Gaming Festival, is an annual event in the Washington D.C./Virginia/Maryland area dedicated to the celebration of video games and video game music. Each year, MAGFest offers 24-hour console, arcade, and PC game rooms, over twelve live video game cover bands, chiptunes, a vendors area, and guest speakers from the video game industry and fan scene. It also features a "JamSpace" available to all attendees for impromptu music performances. Numerous other events are scheduled each day. The 11th annual MAGFest, or MAGFest 11 for short, is scheduled for January 3-6 2013.


For more details regarding MAGFest, contact Nick Marinelli, MAGFest press and public relations director,

Local papers on Wreck-It Ralph animation

Clever idea, but too much sugar

By Michael O'Sullivan

Washington Post November 2, 2012,1209693/critic-review.html#reviewNum1


'Ralph' wins with old-school heart and high-tech fun

Kelly Jane Torrance

The Washington Examiner November 2, 2012

Nov 3: Ben Hatke Signing - Legends of Zita the Space Girl at Big Planet Comics

I'll be going to this, probably towards the second half - I liked the first book in the series quite a bit.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Truitt on Dagwood for President

Dagwood runs for president in longtime 'Blondie' strip; Would giant sandwiches be served at state dinners?
Brian Truitt, USA TODAY November 1. 2012


Comic books on the Kojo Nnamdi Show

Zap! Bang! Pow! Shazam!: The Appeal Of Comic Book Culture
National Public Radio and WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show Nov 1, 2012

He interviews Big Planet Comics' Greg Bennett and an American University professor.

Weldon on Mignola novel

Spooky Puppets, Slow Pacing In 'Catechism'
by Glen Weldon (October 31, 2012

When Hello Kitty came to town...

Hello Kitty the candidate comes to Washington
 Nikki Schwab
 Staff Reporter - Yeas & Nays
 The Washington Examiner October 31, 2012