Saturday, October 18, 2014

Comic Riffs on 'The Fifth Beatle' in India

COMIC CON INDIA: 'Fifth Beatle' creator Vivek Tiwary carries message of arts-career dreams to young Hyderabad fans

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog October 18 2014


The Post on The Walking Dead tv show

In 'The Walking Dead,' AMC has found the perfect long-running show [in print as A Perfect Storm for TV's Next Huge Franchise]

By Emily Yahr

Washington Post October 13 2014 [in print, October 19, p. E4]

"The Book of Life" animated movie toys at McDonald's

"The Book of Life" animated movie toys at McDonald's in Fairfax County, VA.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oct 30: Animezing: Wolf Children

Animezing Series
Presented by the JICC, Embassy of Japan
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Wolf Children
Thursday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.
Our Location:
JICC, Embassy of Japan
1150 18th St, NW
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036


©2012 "WOLF CHILDREN" FILM PARTNERS. Licensed by FUNimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved | 117 min | Rated PG | In Japanese with English subtitles | Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Join us for a special Halloween "Animezing"! 
Come in your  best Halloween costumes and Trick-or-Treat with the JICC!

Wolf Children is a staggeringly beautiful animated feature film from director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars). This epic cinematic achievement follows Hana, a woman who falls in love with a Wolf Man and gives birth to two half-human, half-wolf children. After the tragic death of her beloved, Hana seeks refuge in rural town where she attempts to build a life for herself - and her children.


"Wolf Children" won the 2013 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, the 2012 Mainichi Film Award for Best Animation Film, and the 2013 Animation of the Year award at Tokyo Anime Fair

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us at in the event of cancellation.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. No admission or re-entry after 7:00 pm.

JICC, Embassy of Japan | 1150 18th St., NW | Suite 100 | Washington | DC | 20036

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

'Magic Bullet' 10 submissions

The D.C. Conspiracy is accepting submissions for 'Magic Bullet' #10. There is no theme for this issue, which has a deadline of Jan. 9. Here are the guidelines and specs.

If you plan to participate, email

Disney's Frozen used in fire safety message

Seen somewhere in Northern Virginia...

Batman stamps FDC by Joe Sutliff

My friend, cartoonist Joe Sutliff surprised me with this First Day Cover of Catwoman. Thanks, Joe!

The Post on a 'watermelon' cartoon

Boston Herald editor pens memorable apology for 'watermelon' cartoon

By Erik Wemple

Washington Post's Erik Wemple blog October 15 2014

Comic Riffs on Ghost Rider reboot

'ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER': Felipe Smith brings creative muscle to the reborn Spirit of Vengeance

By David Betancourt

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog October 14 2014

The New Yorker on Cul de Sac

Eyeball Kicks: "The Best American Comics 2014"
OCTOBER 15 2014

Fantastic Forum season 5 now online

20 coolest comic shops list includes Big Planet Comics

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tonight: Fantastic Forum returns to tv

6:30 PM tonight on Arlington Independent Media!

Season 5 begins now! Watch an ALL-NEW episode tonight at 6:30 PM in Arlington, VA on Arlington Independent Media. On location from Awesome Con DC!!! Host Billie Rae Bates and panelists Bria LaVorgna, El Anderson and Abigail Pritchard discuss MISOGYNY IN COMICS. Featuring Devon Sanders' interview with comics writer GAIL SIMONE and Cool Toys with DJI Phantom 2 unmanned aerial vehicle! #FantasticForum, #MisogynyInComics, #SexismInComics, #GailSimone, #ListenToTheLadies, #MadAsHell, #Inequities, #Equality, #GeekGirls, #RealGeekGirls, #comicbooks, #womenincomics
Rae Bates and panelists Bria LaVorgna, El Anderson and Abigail Pritchard discuss MISOGYNY IN COMICS. Featuring Devon Sanders' interview with comics writer GAIL SIMONE and Cool Toys with DJI Phantom 2 unmanned aerial vehicle!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Procopio and Galifianakis get animated at International Monetary Fund

In August, Joe told us, "One of the cool projects I got to work on was my first comic. I had the exciting opportunity to write and art direct the attached seven-page history of the IMF in comic strip form with the talented Nick Galifianakis. It is appearing in the special 70th anniversary issue of "F&D Magazine" published quarterly by the IMF. It was a thrill working so closely with my friend Nick and getting to try my hand at producing something in a medium I'm obviously passionate about. Hope you enjoy it..."

He followed that up with me recently, noting "The comic was originally printed as a feature in its quarterly magazine "Finance & Development," but it was well received and the IMF decided to print it as a stand-alone comic to distribute at its annual meetings.

That was certainly gratifying, but it also led to another first for me: The comic has now been adapted and produced as an animated video. I got to participate in everything from auditioning and coaching voice actors to shaping the score to weighing in on the editing of rough cuts. The animators did a cool job working with my script and Nick Galifianakis' art, and it was a challenge and a pleasure for me to think about storytelling in new mediums, first in comics and then in an animated short."

See it here:

Glen Weldon on the 'death' of Wolverine

The Express on the lack of Saturday morning cartoons

TV is full of 'educational' alternatives to Saturday morning cartoons [in print as 'Innocence lost: Saturday morning cartoons, RIP]

By Marc Silver

Washington Post's Express October 13 2014

online at

Sunday, October 12, 2014

November 15: Behind-the-Scenes of DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID

November 15, 2014 at 4pm
Tickets: Free for Olney Theatre Center Members; $10 for Non-members

How do you make a mermaid swim onstage? What are Ursula's tentacles made of? Find out with the costume and set designer of THE LITTLE MERMAID at this special look at the onstage magic with the people who make it!