Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Richard Thompson interview from 2008 now in print

Richard Thompson Q&A at the 2008 Small Press Expo.

International Journal of Comic Art 15 (2; Fall): 94-116

You can find out how to order a copy at

Bmore Into Comics 2

The 2nd edition of Bmore Into Comics is set for Dec. 14 at Wind-Up Space in Baltimore from noon to 5 p.m. The show features local comics creators and their wares, with plenty of grown-up beverages.

Art by Melody Often

Local teaching group reviews District Comics

Book Review: New Comic Anthology Full of Shortcomings, Thin on Diversity

-- Reviewed by Katie Seitz, Teaching For Change Publications Advocate

Bruce McCall featured in The Post over the weekend

David Letterman skewers fat cats in a new book co-authored with writer-artist Bruce McCall [in print as 'Lampooning with Letterman and McCall'].

By Frazier Moore / Associated Press,

Washington Post November 17 2013

Artley's zombie

Steve Artley kindly gave me a drawing at OSU's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum opening when I was looking forlornly at his caricature of Chris Sparks.This was done for the blood drive that Carolyn Belefski spearheaded a couple of weekends ago.

Steve will be auctioning off similar artwork tomorrow night at the Cartoons and Cocktails fundraiser.

Comic Riffs talks to Joe Sacco (appearing at Politics & Prose tonight)

BEST BOOKS OF 2013: Joe Sacco on his panoramic 'fascination' with 'The Great War'
By Michael Cavna 
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 20 2013

Barbarian Books (circa 1992) on YouTube

Walking in a Wheaton Wonderland: Barbarian Books
Dave Nuttycombe 
 Jan 11, 2013

Thanks to Dale Rawlings for the tip.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Flugennock's new cartoon: "Obama's Katrina"

"Obama's Katrina"

The recent implosion of and the millions of people losing their health insurance despite Obama's promise (and we know what that's worth) have created a "perfect storm" of FAIL which is leading many to refer to Obamacare -- uh, sorry, the Affordable Care Act -- as "Obama's Katrina".

In the meantime Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Chicago mayor and Obama flunkie Rahm Emanuel, is telling anybody who'll listen that this pain parade is somehow the fault of Fox News. I'll grant you, Fox News is a veritable media cesspool responsible for pimping all manner of slimy skankiness, but anyone paying the remotest attention over the past month will tell you that Fox News didn't have anything to do with this FAIL festival.

While that business is going on, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi is all over MSDNC... uh, MSNBC... swearing up and down that Democrats are totally in line behind Obamacare. Yeah, sure, Nancy, just keep telling yourself that. Perhaps in some weirded-out dreamscape of yours, Democrats are in lockstep behind Obama's corporate healthcare sweetheart deal, but out here in objective reality, buttloads of Democrats are running from Obamacare like it was a house on fire.

I can't pretend I'm not enjoying this.

"Obama Blunders Into His Own Katrina", Washington Times 11.17.13

"ObamaCare Architect Ezekiel Emanuel: Website Disaster Actually Fault of Fox News", Newsbusters 11.14.13

(And btw, I'm sure many of you are wondering what a hardcore Leftie like myself is doing citing articles at conservative news sites. Well, I'll tell you... it's a goddamn' shame that I have to read the Washington Times and Newsbusters to get even half a clear idea of what the hell's going on, because MSNBC is full of nothing but pimping and shucking these days. Think of it this way: I'm reading that crap so you don't have to.)


"Though I could not caution all, I yet may warn a few:
 Don't lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools!"

                                               --grateful dead.
Mike Flugennock, flugennock at sinkers dot org
Mike's Political Cartoons: dubya dubya dubya dot sinkers dot org

You're invited to Cartoons & Cocktails 2013 (Nov 21, 2013)

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Young D.C. and the Cartoonists Rights Network International

All Kal, all the time

Thanks to Alan Gardner, here's another Kal story:

Top 10: The Economist Cartoonist's Favorites
NOVEMBER 6, 2013

Comic Riffs interviews KAL

BEST BOOKS OF 2013: Kal's 'Daggers Drawn' unsheathes Economist political artist's rapier pen
By Michael Cavna 
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 19 2013

Nov 19: KAL and Rep. Lewis tonight at National Press Club

36th Annual Book Fair & Authors' Night, in partnership with Politics & Prose

November 19, 2013 

Both Kal's Daggers Drawn and Rep. Lewis' March vol. 1 are among the best comic art books of 2013.  Note that this is not a free event though.

Dean Haspiel's SPX donation to the Library of Congress

The video of Dean Haspiel's donation of his minicomics collection to the Library of Congress in honor of the Small Press Expo is online now.

Independent Comix Art & Mini-Comix: Dean Haspiel & the Small Press Expo

Monday, November 18, 2013

More "Thanos and Darkseid: Carpool Buddies of Doom"

"Thanos and Darkseid: Carpool Buddies of Doom," the occasional webcomic by Justin Jordon and Rafer Robert, got a nice plug on and 

Illustrations at the JCCNV

"Page Turner," the current exhibit at the Bodzin Art Gallery at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Va.), features work by Katherine Janus Kahn and Ian Frank. Kahn’s illustrations come from her children’s books Princess and the Ziz and her Sammy Spider series. Frank’s featured work includes a comics page called "Newspaper People." The art and prints are available for sale.

Ryan Holmberg on Indian comics lending libraries

Poor Little Rich Boys: The Art of the Mumbai Circulating Library


Refurbished Richie Rich comic book, from Rita Circulating Library, Marine Lines, Mumbai.

Batkid in The Post

For the record. You can find the pictures all over online, although they're a bit hard to find on the Post's actual website, and I can't put a link to the search here due to the way it's designed.

Associated Press.  2013.
Sick boy transformed into a superhero.
Washington Post (November 16): A3

Those darn 'Get Fuzzy,' 'Wumo' and comics altogether

Letter to the Editor: Missing 'Get Fuzzy' and the meaning of 'WuMo'
Washington Post November 16 2013

Nov 20: French cartoonist Marc Boutavant at Politics and Prose

Marc Boutavant - ARiOL

Nov 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

Meet Ariol—a delightful, often befuddled French tween, who happens to be a donkey. His best friend is a pig, his sweetheart is a cow, and with the help of his talented illustrator, Boutavant, he has many colorful adventures. Ages 9 - 12.

ISBN-13: 9781597073998
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Papercutz, 2/2013 
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
District Of Columbia
United States

The Post reviews Trudeau's tv series

Saturday, November 16, 2013

'Whurk' has comics

Whurk is a relatively new monthly, tabloid arts newspaper in Fredericksburg, Va., that includes a couple comic pages and a few gag panels by rotating contributors. The November edition (issue #9) includes a spread by Ted Schiffrin (sample of the pages below).

Friday, November 15, 2013

Huge mural in progress on M St.

D.C. artist Kelly Towles and Honolulu-based artist Jasper Wong are collaborating on a huge mural at the Yards at 101 M St. SE. Check it out!

Photos courtesy of Kelly Towles

MacAuley cartooning for

Arlington-based cartoonist Christiann MacAuley was recently hired to create weekly humor comics for MacAuley told ComicsDC the comics will “touch on topics relevant to the lives of fun-loving women such as dating, partying, pop culture, health fads, and uncomfortable footwear.” And to be clear, she has “no plans to ink the words ‘How To Please Your Man’ in any case other than strict irony." Cosmopolitan began running MacAuley's previously-published comics in late September and will begin publishing new, original content in the coming weeks. 

Courtesy of Christiann MacAuley

Nov 20: Joe Sacco at Politics and Prose bookstore


Joe Sacco - The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme ♦

Nov 20, 2013, 7 p.m.
Nov 20, 2013, 8 p.m.

Sacco's extraordinary graphic work captures the first days of the infamous Battle of the Somme in a twenty-four page foldout. This panorama depicts scenes of General Haig and the trenches, but most vividly conveys the mass horror of thousands of troops marching out—and thousands being cut down.

Beer and wine will be available.

ISBN-13: 9780393088809
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 11/2013



New Flugennock -Latest'n'Greatest: "Angry Birds"

"Angry Birds"

Last week JPMorgan Chase, world-renowned den of thieves, decided to try and buff up their PR by staging an event on Twitter, a question-and-answer event under the hashtag #AskJPM. Needless to say, hilarity ensued.



"Though I could not caution all, I yet may warn a few:
 Don't lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools!"

                                               --grateful dead.
Mike Flugennock, flugennock at sinkers dot org
Mike's Political Cartoons: dubya dubya dubya dot sinkers dot org

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dec. 6: Live Big Planet Comics podcast 100th episode

To celebrate the 100th episode of its (mostly) weekly podcast, Big Planet Comics will record it live at its store in D.C. on Dec. 6 at 8:30 p.m. It's an open invitation to be in the audience. BPC doesn't have details yet on any special activities, but it notes its live 50th episode included trivia contests, audience questions and more. If you're not familiar with the podcast, check recent episodes at or through iTunes.

Art by Paulina Ganucheau

Comic Riffs talks to Lalo Alcaraz

'BORDERTOWN': Lalo Alcaraz on joining Seth MacFarlane's new Fox immigration comedy