Sunday, October 12, 2014

Big Nate at Olney Theatre today

Olney Theatre Center presents the Adventure Theatre-MTC Tour of
October 10 - 12, 2014
Tickets: $10-$15 for Olney Theatre Center Members; $22 for Non-members
Nate Wright, a detention-riddled sixth grader (and drummer for the greatest garage band in the history of the galaxy, Enslave the Mollusk!) hopes to woo beautiful Jenny away from her boyfriend Artur by winning "The Nickelodeon", the first prize in his school's Battle of the Bands. But when Artur and Jenny team up with Nate's arch-rival Gina to form the sap-pop band, Rainbows and Ponies, he's gotta take his game to an all-star level. What will he do? (Recommended for ages 5 and up)


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Out and about

A few quirky, comic-y things I found around town this week.

Outside a restaurant at K and 20th streets NW

In the bathroom at Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle

On M St. between 18th and 19th streets NW

Cavna's illustrated interview with Richard Linklater, part 2 online now

Gene Weingarten on Public Radio

Bob Garfield
On the Media October 03, 2014

Oct 31: Halloween at Fantom Comics

Rafer Roberts launches his new book, Nightmare the Rat; come for the signing, stay for all the EVENTS

While 2-5pm on Halloween is kid time at Fantom Comics (, from 5-9pm Fantom is opening up to a wider, all ages audience. Think Free Comic Book Day in October!

5-9pm Rafer Roberts (of Tiger Lawyer fame) will be launching his new book at Fantom Comics! Nightmare the Rat looks scaaarrry, so he picked his day well.

5-9pm Raffles! Rafer & Raffles, we should have called this party. We'll be raffling off books and gift cards throughout the evening. And remember, like life, you can't win if you don't show up!

5-7pm The Geek Balloonist fun continues! You didn't think we were going to just let the kids have all the fun, did you?! The GB can create up to 200 different balloon designs of almost any geek-related subject you can come up with!

5-6pm The Face Painting & Henna session begun at the kids party continues on til 6pm.

6:30pm What's almost as much fun as comics? If you said "Donut Eating Contest" then you're very wise. Challenge yourself and others in the soon-to-be Olympic sport of eating a donut hanging from string with your hands behind your back. What fun!

6:30-8pm Our friends from the Molotov Theatre Group will be setting up a staged murder scene for those of you looking for the perfect holiday card picture! (we can't stress staged enough here, people). Makeup and props will be on-hand for those brave enough to insert themselves into this golden photo opportunity.

And then 9pm comes around and the Fantom After Hour party starts. Awww yeaaaahhh. Details to come tomorrow.

Lincoln comic by new area resident Eleri Harris

Big Planet Comics and Taste of Bethesda

This Saturday, Taste of Bethesda will have our street closed. It is a wonderful event that will draw 20,000 people. We will have free comics for the kiddies.

Joel Pollack

4849 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Boing Boing likes Cul de Sac

Boing Boing likes Cul de Sac ... but who doesn't?

Oct 23: Cartoons & Cocktails auction

Tickets NOW ON SALE through 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23. Tickets will be available in the Holeman Lounge of The National Press Club thereafter.

Plan now to attend the 27th annual auction of editorial cartoons made possible through generous donations of original* cartoon art by prize-winning cartoonists.

Join us Oct. 23 in the National Press Club ballroom for an evening of food, drink and lively bidding. It's a fantastic opportunity for collectors and admirers of cartoon art to acquire new works and help good causes.

*Because some cartoonists are creating their work electronically, their C&C items vary. Some are limited-run prints with original signatures; some are original sketches accompanied by signed prints.

Monkey See blog on the Flash tv show

'The Flash' Winks At History And Keeps Its Superhero Tone Light

Oct 29: Roger K. Lewis cartoon exhibit opens

Exhibition Opening Reception - 30 Years of "Shaping the City" Cartoons by Roger K. Lewis, FAIA

Wednesday, October 29, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Price: Free. Registration required. 


Join AIA|DC in the SIGAL and Sorg Galleries for an engaging and entertaining exhibition of Roger K. Lewis, FAIA's cartoon collection from his "Shaping the City" column in the Washington Post. Each cartoon shares engaging and often comedic stories about changing attitudes and shifting cultures in the architectural profession and in everyday life around the Capital.
Roger K. Lewis, FAIA, is a practicing architect and urban planner; a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland, College Park; and an author and journalist.


Today: O'Barr, Komardin and Witterstaetter at Beyond Comics

Meet Award Winning
Comic Book Artist
James O'Barr
Creator of

the CROW

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8th - 12noon to 4:00pm

 Also Meet:

Konstantin Komardin
Award Winning Russian Comic Artist



Renee Witterstaetter

Comics Author, Editor and Historian





                Beyond Comics, in Frederick, MD, will be hosting a rare in store appearance by internationally acclaimed comic book creator James O'Barr. O'Barr is notably recognized for the creation of "the Crow" which was adapted into the cult film of the same name which stared the late Brandon Lee. With over 1 million copies in print, the Crow, is one of the best-selling independent graphic novels of all time.


Not appearing alone, O'Barr will be appearing at Beyond Comics along with Konstantin Komardin and Renee Witterstaetter.


Komardin is an award-winning Russian sequential artist, graphic artist and animator currently living in Moscow. This marks his first appearances in the United States, providing a rare opportunity to see some amazing originals never before offered in the US.


Komardin's published work includes the BD magazines "Veles," "Hacker," "Max Cooler," "Moulin Rouge," and the renowned comics "Agent Z," "Sit-o-city," "Gate of Alice," and "Mechanics of Senses." Other works include the upcoming Judge Dredd project, and the Russian/Polish project "City Stories." Konstantin was awarded the Grand Prize for "The Site of Polis" at the Moscow Comics Festival in 2003.


Renee Witterstaetter is the author of "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden" and "Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira." As well she has worked as an editor and colorist for comics as diverse as Superman, Conan, Avengers, Spider-man, X-Files and Xena. Her newest book is "Santa Confidential," by Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne. She has also worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies Crime Story, Rush Hour Two, and Red Dragon.



Beyond Comics
5632 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Roarbots blog

The Roarbots blog is a local blog about children's interests, including comics, and has six interviews with cartoonists done by five-year old Zoe.

5 Questions with Gene Luen Yang

Jamie and Zoe

September 19, 2014


5 Questions with Mike Maihack

  October 6, 2014


5 Questions with Jeffrey Brown

  September 19, 2014


5 Questions with Frank Cammuso

October 3, 2014


5 Questions with David Petersen

  September 30, 2014


5 Questions with Jeff Smith

  September 17, 2014 

10/8: James O'Barr at Beyond Comics


Creator of

Wednesday October 8th
12:00noon to 4:00pm

Also Meet 
Award Winning Russian Artist
Konstantin Komardin 
And Comics Writer, Editor and Historian
Renee Witterstaetter

Comic Riffs talks to Scott McCloud

'BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2014′: Guest editor Scott McCloud illuminates the range of modern brilliance in new must-read [Q+A]By Michael Cavna 
Washington Post October 7 2014

The Express on The Flash tv series

'The Flash' is flashy, but will it just be a flash in the pan?
By Marc Silver Washington Post's Express October 6  2014

Sunday, October 05, 2014

That darn Post comics page

The Post ran 1 page of the comics twice this week. I noted it as it happened but forgot to write about it. Fortunately, Mitch Katz did not:


Letters to the Editor

Seeing double in the comics [in print as A familiar sight in the comics].

Mitch Katz, Falls Church

Washington Post October 4 2014