Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wash Times reviews new book on Puck

BOOK REVIEW: 'What Fools These Mortals Be!'

By Michael Taube - Special to The Washington Times - - Monday, October 27, 2014



By Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard Samuel West

Library of American Comics/IDW Publishing, $59.99, 328 pages

Monday, October 27, 2014

Barbara Dale's studio and cartoon collection

 Besides being a stunningly successful cartoonist, Barbara Dale also has great collections of comics and cartoon history.  Things like Thomas Nast's business card. She's known everyone, and gotten cartoons from many of them. Barbara opened her house and studio for a ComicsDC tour recently and has agreed to let me show some of her excellent collection.

More pictures are here.

A stack of KAL's art
The Maus in the bathroom


Some of Barbara's merchandise
One of three life-size Cathy dolls in existence and a Rube Goldberg original

Steve "Captain America" Rogers' "Dear John" letter

Steve "Captain America" Rogers' "Dear John" letter has been spotted on Old Dominion Beer's Candi cartons (thanks to ComicsDC reader Chris Ingram)

Cartoons and Cocktails 2014 photographs

Cartoons and Cocktails 2014 photographs are online here. The annual auction is a fundraiser for Young DC journalists. This year's guest of honor was Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Siers (pronounced Sigh-ers).

Local cartoonists in attendance were Teresa Logan, Steve Artley, David Hagen, Mike Jenkins (not pictured - sorry Mike), Chip Beck, Kevin KAL Kallagher (also not photographed), Rajan (also missed), Rose Jaffee (missed her too) and Joe Sutliff.

I ended up winning 3 Siers cartoons and 1 old John Darling comic strip - notable because Batiuk and Armstrong murdered their character on page (but not on the one I bought).

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Nov. 22-Dec. 28: ‘The Gift of Nothing’ musical

In this Kennedy Center world premiere musical starring characters from the comic strip MUTTS by Patrick McDonnell, a charming cat searches for a special gift for his best friend, a lovable pup. The one-hour show ($20) runs Nov. 22-Dec. 28.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Post reviews Constantine tv show premiering tonight

NBC's 'Constantine': The devil you know a little too well [in print as On NBC, a grim 'Constantine' joins the returning 'Grimm']

By Hank Stuever TV critic
Washington Post October 24 2014


Matt Ryan as John Constantine in "Constantine." (Quantrell Colbert/NBC)

The Post reviews Rocks in My Pockets animation

'Rocks in My Pockets' movie review: An animated dive into a legacy of depression [in print as Facing a legacy of depression]

By Stephanie Merry
Washington Post October 24 2014


Signe Baumane's first full-length film, "Rocks in My Pockets," uses animation to tell the story of her battle with depression. (Zeitgeist Films)

Fulcrum Publishing, featuring local editors Dembicki and Rodriguez

Fulcrum Publishing Adds Nonfiction Graphic Novels

By Brigid Alverson

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bookplates at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress' Prints and Photos division just put up a small selection of their bookplates collection including one from the British cartoonist Phil May.

3 comics-related articles in today's Express

The superhero bubble is destined to burst. Is Warner Bros. making a mistake?
By Stephanie Merry 
Washington Post Style blog October 21 2014 
[reprinted in Express as When Spandex stretches too far, October 23, 2014, p. 47]

'Disney on Ice Presents Frozen' comes to the Patriot Center [in print as 'She has Anna down cold].
By Kristen Page-Kirby 
Express October 23, 2014, p. 24

and on a Duamier-related show

Bernardi Roig's sculptures lurk in surprising spots in 'NO/Escape' at the Phillips Collection [in print as 'Intersections in the most unusual places']
By Elena Goukassian October 23 2014, p. 22-23

Cartoonist Daniel Boris has a new blog

Cavna's moving tribute to The Post's Ben Bradlee

RIP, BEN BRADLEE: Drawing on my favorite conversation with The Post legend

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog October 22 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tomorrow night: Cartoons & Cocktails

The annual editorial cartoon auction fundraiser is tomorrow.

About this event

Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
dateNational Press Club, Ballroom and Holeman Lounge
529 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20045

Ryan Holmberg's latest manga column


Proto-Gekiga: Matsumoto Masahiko's Komaga

BY Ryan Holmberg Oct 22, 2014


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Clifford Berryman Cartoon Collection at the DC Public Library (UPDATED)

The Clifford Berryman Cartoon Collection at the DC Public Library has been digitized. Their website claims 132 images are available, including the above 1908 cartoon about the President not attending to his duties.

The collection description reads:

About this collection

The Clifford Berryman Cartoon Collection contains 108 political cartoons of the Pulitzer Prize winning D.C. editorial cartoonist donated to the library by the artist's daughter. Most of the cartoons are original drawings created by Berryman for publication in the Washington Evening Star from approximately 1900 to 1948.

The cartoons address D.C. community issues, congressional appropriation and District finances, holidays and events, national politics, District political representation, weather and nature, and World Wars I and II. Many of these works include Berryman's most famous creation, the "Berryman Bear," a small, fuzzy bear cub often paired with President Theodore Roosevelt that was the inspiration for the toy teddy bear. The collection also contains a handful of miscellaneous Berryman drawings, cards, and caricatures.

The entire Berryman collection has been digitized and is available here.

Most Berryman images are in the public domain, but the rights status of each item is noted.

11/12/2019: Updated with new links.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Is Dick Gephardt…Batman?

Former House Leader Dick Gephardt was at a conference I attended last week. He said people often remember his face but can't quite place it. He related a story that one woman thought he was "in the latest Batman movie." Not sure if she was referring to Michael Caine as Alfred or perhaps she meant what Adam West looks like today. Either way, it was funny.

Max Brooks promoting comics on local radio - somewhere and at some time