Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three good SPX reports

The first is NSFW due to an image of Japanese gay porn:

SPX '14 – Ten Comics, Eight Hours, Three Panels, One Day

And I'm particularly taken with Rob Clough's analysis here:

September 17, 2014

I haven't listened to this one yet, but he interviewed my friends Matt Dembicki and Joe Procopio:

Robots From Tomorrow Episode 120: Small Press Expo 2014 [Podcast]

September 18, 2014  by

Sept 24: Cece Bell at Politics and Prose

Cece Bell - El Deafo

Sep 24 2014 10:30 am

Bell's graphic memoir recounts her childhood experience of hearing loss, which included struggling with an unwieldy aid that ironically allowed her to hear some things she shouldn't have. But her disability also let her find her quasi-superhero persona, and as "El Deafo, Hearer for All," Bell made friends and found respect. Ages 8 – 12 (Amulet)

El Deafo (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781419712173
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Books, 9/2014
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
District Of Columbia

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Comic Riffs on Black Comics

'BLACK COMICS': Fresh off milestone Eisner Award, (Howard alumna) scholar goes deep beneath black-and-white of comics page at Fall for the Book [Q&A]

By Michael Cavna Washington Post Comic Riffs September 18 2014

Weingarten and Shansby on Kojo Nnamdi show NOW

Gene Weingarten & Eric Shansby on Comedy and Collaboration

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    Gene Weingarten and Eric Shansby collaborated on the new children's book "Me and Dog," which was released Sept. 16.

    Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

    Each week, Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten and illustrator Eric Shansby team up to create the often hilarious "Below the Beltway" column that runs in newspapers across the country. Now the duo unleashes their humor and wisdom on young readers with a children's book, "Me & Dog." We talk with the pair about the dynamics of their collaboration, the questions of faith they raise in the book and the importance of knowing your audience.


    Gene Weingarten

    author, 'Me & Dog'; columnist, 'Below the Beltway; staff writer, The Washington Post; cartoonist, "Barney & Clyde";

    Eric Shansby

    cartoonist and illustrator, 'Below the Beltway' 'Me & Dog'

    Sept 19: Daniel Boyd, Author CARBON at Beyond Comics

    • Daniel Boyd, 

      3:00pm to 6:00pm

      Beyond Comics
      5632 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, Maryland 21704
    Daniel Boyd author of new controversial eco-horror graphic novel CARBON will be at signing copies of Carbon. Carbon received it's big national roll out last week from publisher Caliber Comics. Holly wood is showing interest in several Caliber titles, including Carbon to hit the big screen. Boyd a native to West Virginia and is a West Virginia State University Professor when he's not making indy films and writing graphic novels.

    Gene Weingarten and Eric Shansby's new children's book

    A boy, his dog and atheism: Gene Weingarten talks about his new children's book
    By Michelle Boorstein 
    September 17 2014  

    My first children's book is about atheism … and dogs
    By Gene Weingarten September 17 2014

    Weingarten writes the Barney and Clyde comic strip and Shansby is a former college cartoonist who illustrates Weingarten's Sunday column in the Post Magazine.

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Publishers Weekly on SPX


    Small Press Expo 2014: A Wedding, A Prom, and Lots of Comics

    By Heidi MacDonald and Calvin Reid

    Sep 17, 2014                      

    The Post on Tony Auth


    CARTOON OF THE DAY: Signe Wilkinson memorializes her mentor, Tony Auth (RIP)

    By Michael Cavna

    Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 16 2014



    Tony Auth, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist who satirized political figures, dies at 72

    By Matt Schudel

    Washington Post September 17 2014

    Comic Riffs talks to Alison Bechdel

    2014 MacARTHUR 'GENIUS' GRANTS: For groundbreaking 'Fun Home' cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the latest twist in her 'really crazy' year
    By Michael Cavna September 17 2014

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Steve Artley headed to Toonfest this week

    Toonfest Headliners Excited For Visit
    By Dustin Watson
    September 08. 2014

    New book from Lost Art Books


    The Lost Art of Ray Willner: The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Lost Art of Ray Willner: The Adventures of Robin Hood

    All 14 stories collected for the first time
    Introduction by Joseph V. Procopio
    Career-spanning bonus gallery

    Ray Willner was a casualty of the culture wars. With a comics career dating to 1939, Willner produced impressive work for publishers small and large throughout the 1940s. By 1949 he landed one of the only steady gigs in his career for an unusual publisher: The Brown Shoe Company. It was there that Willner found a simpatico spirit in fellow artist Reed Crandall. Although their collaboration on the Brown Shoe Co. series The Adventures of Robin Hood lasted less than a year — cancelled in the wake of the scaremongering backlash against comics in the 1950s — the seven issues produced by Willner with Crandall represent a seldom seen high-water mark in comics art. They were the last comics Willner would ever draw.

    The Lost Art of Ray Willner collects these comics for the first time since their original publication in 1956 and includes an introductory essay on Willner's life and career.

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    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Retrofit Comics interview

    Box Brown and Jared Smith Interviewed

    By Raighne Hogan on 26 August 2014

    Tonight: Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing in Takoma Park

    Sept 15: Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing, Monday 7:30 at the Takoma Park MD Library

    Eleanor Davis at the Takoma Park MD Library Monday Sept 15, 7:30.

    Following this weekend's Small Press Expo if you are the sort who need even more comics in your life, after SPX, come visit your comics friendly local library on Monday as Eleanor Davis (Secret Science Alliance) visits with her slideshow presentation of life, work, art, etc and also to share her new work:  How to be Happy..  And she may be bringing along her husband collaborator artist illustrator writer Drew Weing (Set to Sea).

    Come talk comics, process, the struggle between freelancing and working on personal projects, etc.

    Takoma Park MD Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912.   (or a short-ish walk down the hill from the Takoma Park Metro stop on the Red Line).

    Another Library of Congress comics reader picture

    Queens, New York. Nursery school at Queensbridge housing project. Child reading a comic book during rest period

    SPX's Ignatz Awards

    SPX: SMALL PRESS EXPO: And your 2014 Ignatz Award winners are…
    By Michael Cavna 
    Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 14 2014

    Comic Riffs on Tony Auth's passing

    RIP, TONY AUTH: Colleagues salute Pulitzer-winning Philadelphia journalist as a singular, big-hearted artist

    By Michael Cavna 
    Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 15 2014

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Robin Ha is a new local cartoonist

    Robin Ha is a new local cartoonist. She's just moved to the area. I met her today at SPX. Here's her info:

    An interview will follow I hope.

    Sept 15: Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman in Arlington

    Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman
    Mon, September 15, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

    One More Page Books

    Address: 2200 N Westmoreland St #101, Arlington, VA 22213

    They do a great job presenting all-age comics.