Monday, August 18, 2014
Asian Comics Cataloging at Michigan State University
reprinted from Insight May 2014 - http://img.lib.msu.edu/giving/insight/Insight_May2014.pdf
"I always recommend the MSU Comic Art Collection to fellow comic researchers since it is the world's most comprehensive and internationally oriented collection in the field." Matthias Harbeck, doctoral candidate, Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg, Germany
Help make our Asian comics accessible!
Comics are truly a global phenomenon, and an important goal of our Comic Art Collection is to document how cultures around the world have adopted and transformed the medium.
That's why our collection ranges from Golden Age adventure strips to South American fotonovelas, and from Japanese manga to a nearly complete run of THE 99 – the world's first comic series with Muslim superheroes.
However, it's not enough to acquire these diverse materials. It's essential to catalog them as well, so users near and far can determine what we have available.
Thanks to recent gifts, we have far more Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese comics waiting to be cataloged than we can handle – even with the broad range of language skills among the cataloging team!
Fortunately, help is available. We can send the work to an outside contractor, Backstage, which performs research-level cataloging in some 70 different languages. Backstage can complete about 150 of the most needed items for $5000 – and we have already have a generous gift of $1000 to start us off.
The Comic Art Collection is heavily used by MSU students and faculty working in the fields of history, literature, and cultural studies. Help us support their research by putting more Asian comics on the shelf!
Below is a link to a giving page that allows one to make a donation to support the cataloging of our Asian Comics. Thanks for your interest and help with this project.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Popping the culture — Yakking with NPR's Glen Weldon
ItsAllJournalism August 15, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
No laughing matter in 'Beetle Bailey [online as Beetle Bailey's travails are no laughing matter]
Carole S. Appel, AlexandriaWashington Post August 16 2014
2,000 Pokemon fans swarm D.C., and a 12-year-old has time of his life
Washington Post August 16 2014
In Finland, giving in to Moomin madness [in print Moomin-madness: it's not just for Finnish kids].
Performers dressed up as characters from the Moomin book series pose at Moominworld, a theme park in Naantali, Finland. Besides saunas and Nokia phones, the Moomin universe may be Finland's most successful export item ever. (Jenni Virta/AFP/Getty Images)
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Q&A with Gene Yang
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
AFTER ROBIN WILLIAMS: D.C. humorist's thoughts on finding the funny while battling depression
By Michael Cavna Washington Post Comic Riffs August 12 2014
Correcting The Record: Nate Powell & Andrew Aydin Talk 'March: Book Two' [Interview]by Matt D. Wilson August 7, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Shawn Martinbrough at Geppi's Entertainment Museum
Batman, Black Panther and Thief of Thieves Artist appears for Talk & Free Signing
[Baltimore, Maryland] – Artist Shawn Martinbrough, known for his acclaimed two-year run illustrating Batman in Detective Comics with writer Greg Rucka and his current best selling work on Thief of Thieves with writer Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, will appear at Geppi's Entertainment Museum (GEM) on Saturday, August 16, 2014, in two sessions from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., he will give a talk about how he developed his craft and discuss his career in the comics industry. That session will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Then from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. he will be signing in the museum's gift shop, Geppi's Comic World. Admission for the talk is free with paid admission for non-museum members and free for museum members, however, reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Admission for the signing in the store is free to all.
Martinbrough's work, as well as that of many other creators, is currently on display at GEM as part of the widely lauded exhibit Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond, which runs through December 31, 2014. Among numerous projects, he has garnered praise for his Detective Comics work with Rucka, during which he co-created characters that were featured in the Batman: Gotham Knights animated DVD as a companion to director Christopher Nolan's trilogy of Batman films.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Shawn Martinbrough back to GEM and to offer our community the chance to get to know this exciting creator in such an intimate setting," said Melissa Bowersox, President of Geppi's Entertainment Museum.
Martinbrough's other recent comic book work includes Luke Cage Noir and Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive for Marvel Comics. He also illustrated Captain America: The First Avenger, a promotional comic book created exclusively for the U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which runs the on-base stores on military posts. It had a million copy print run and was released in conjunction with the feature film of the same name.
For more than the last two years, Martinbrough has served as artist on the Image Comics series Thief of Thieves. Produced by Robert Kirkman, the creator of both the comic book and the hit AMC television series The Walking Dead, Thief of Thieves is in development as a television series as well. Martinbrough is also the co-creator and co-author of The REN, an upcoming 200-page graphic novel set during the Harlem Renaissance. It will be published by First Second Books. His art instruction book, How To Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, is published by Random House and has been reprinted in several languages.
His work has been covered by The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Daily News, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, AOL, AintItCoolNews.com, Architecture Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, The Washington Times, National Public Radio, SIRIUS/XM Radio, Ebony, Essence, Vibe, The Source and others, and he has lectured at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, The University of Michigan, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Prince George's Community College, BEA/Book Expo of America and The 100 Black Men of America Conference.
There are 80 seats available for the talk. As noted, admission is free with paid admission for non-museum members and free for museum members, however, reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, contact Andy Hershberger at email@example.com or call (410) 625-7066.
GEM is located at 301 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, in the historic Camden Yards sports complex. It is situated immediately next door to Oriole Park and just across the street from the Baltimore Convention Center. For general museum information, call (410) 625-7060 or visit www.geppismuseum.com. Admission: Adults are admitted for $10, Seniors (55 and older) for $9, Students (5-18) for $7, and children under 4 are free.
About Geppi's Entertainment Museum
Geppi's Entertainment Museum is a journey through 250 years of American pop culture, located in historic Camden Station at Camden Yards in Baltimore Maryland, just a few blocks from the city's famed Inner Harbor, immediately across the street from the Baltimore Convention Center, and right next door to Oriole Park. Where else can you revisit your childhood and get back in touch with old friends that entertained you in the past through comic strips and books, radio and television shows, films, cartoons, and so much more? The museum exhibits nearly 6,000 pop culture artifacts including comics, toys, dolls, games and memorabilia of every conceivable category. Journey from the late 1700s to the present day and revisit favorite characters like Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Mickey Mouse, Barbie, G.I. Joe, and many more. Geppi's Entertainment Museum is the home of "pop culture with character!" and it is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM, closed Mondays except for major holidays, and closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Andy Hershberger, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Friday, August 08, 2014
Thursday, August 07, 2014
SHELFIES: Revisiting Rutu Modan's new Eisner winner: Post-Holocaust longings in 'The Property'
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 7 2014
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
PAUL POPE: With 'Escapo' and 'Battling Boy,' 2014 Eisner winner deftly blends the old with the new
Tonight: Despicable Me 2;
National Night Out
|Join us tonight, August 5 for a screening of Despicable Me 2 at Family Film Night! Free food and water courtesy of Harris Teeter will be provided for the first 100 people at 7 PM. This free outdoor movie series takes place in the plaza at L and First Streets, NW. Please note that this is a different location than the NoMa Summer Screen field. The film will start at 8:30 PM.|
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Gerald Serotta, Chevy Chase
Washington Post August 2 2014
Friday, August 01, 2014
movie [in print as Rocket's Perfect Landing]
By Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post August 1 2014
Don't like sci-fi or comics? You'll still like 'Guardians of the
Galaxy' [in print as Funny, Not Comic]
By Kristen Page-Kirby [Washington Post] Express August 1 2014 p. 15