Sunday, November 09, 2014

Nov 21: Animezing: Time of EVE - The Movie

Animezing Series
Presented by the JICC, Embassy of Japan
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Time of EVE: The Movie
Friday, November 21, 6:30 p.m.
Our Location:
JICC, Embassy of Japan
1150 18th St, NW
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036

Driving directions


©Yasuhiro Yoshiura/DIRECTIONS, Inc. | 2010 | 106 min | Not Rated | In Japanese with English subtitles | Directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura

Covering territory explored by "Blade Runner" and "I, Robot", "Time of EVE" is an exquisitely drawn, sci-fi allegory that probes questions of artificial intelligence and emotions, while flirting with the moral and personal implications of human-robot romance.


Two high school boys grapple with their own humanity in a world where people are serviced by androids distinguished from their masters only by the halo-like rings above their heads. Public mores, enforced by the shadowy Robot Ethics Committee, dictate that androids be treated like appliances, and those who empathize with their robots are branded as "android-holics." 


Rikuo and his childhood pal Masaki find their assumptions about androids radically challenged when they come across Time of EVE, a cafe where androids and people are treated as equals. Liberated from the strictures of the Ethics Committee, Masaki and Rikuo must confront old wounds of betrayal and grief, and are faced with decisions that put their friendship and families on the line. 


Winner of the Jury Recommended Work - Animation Division at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival (2010). 


Please note this film contains some mild sexual content.  Recommended ages: 12 and up.

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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

The Post reviews Bungle Family

Cartoon ballons that soar to old heights [Book review: 'The Bungle Family' by Harry J. Tuthill]

By Dennis Drabelle

Washington Post November 9 2014

Super-collector Art Wood has passed away

Much of Art Wood's collection is now in the Library of Congress, and he briefly had opened a comic art museum near the White House. He was also an editorial cartoonist for Washington newspapers.

Mr. James Arthur Wood Jr.
June 6, 1927 - November 4, 2014
Obituary for Mr. James Arthur Wood Jr.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Friday, November 07, 2014

Hannah Benbow interview on City Paper blog (with extras)

and here's some material that got snipped by editorial:

What's your favorite thing about DC?
I'd say my favorite thing about DC is seeing all of the monuments and being surrounded by so much history. I use to live in Arlington and had a running route that went through the Iwo Jima memorial, around Arlington Cemetery, across the bridge and past the Lincoln Memorial. It was just such an amazing view.

Least favorite?

benbow catProbably the metro and traffic, although the metro is my prime transportation for travel. The high fares, over crowding and constant weekend maintenance work outweigh the positives. When I do drive, I get so frustrated that I'm probably only driving 5 miles, but it takes 30-40 minutes. Basically flying cars and teleportation need to happen faster in the DC area.

Benbow teen

What monument or museum do like to take visitors to?

I love taking friends to the Theodore Roosevelt Island. Since it's a bit off the beaten path from the regular National Mall traffic, it never seems to be overcrowded. It's a great little get away into nature and away from the noise of the city.

How about a favorite local restaurant?

I'd have to say Founding Farmers is probably my favorite. Everything single thing on the menu is melt in your mouth delicious. I also love that they resource local ingredients. Although more a specialty shop, a close second would be Georgetown Cupcake. I have been one of those crazy people who will wait in their line – their red velvet's are worth it!
Do you have a website or blog?

Yes! My website is . I do have a blog that I update pretty much daily as well -

Josh Kramer's latest cartoon restaurant review

How to Avoid The Sheppard's "No Photo" Policy? Sketch It

Posted by
Washington City Paper Nov. 7, 2014 p. 21

Comic Riffs talks to Bill Watterson

NEW BILL WATTERSON ART: 'Calvin and Hobbes' creator on why he accepted Angoulême honor ('I thought the whole thing was bananas') [Q&A]

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (November 7 2014)

The Post on Big Hero 6 cartoon

Animated tale with real heart [online as 'Big Hero 6' movie review: Baymax to the rescue]

A robotic nurse named Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) helps 14-year-old orphan Hiro (Ryan Potter) dig out of a deep depression. (AP/Disney)

By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post (November 7)
as High-tech, with heart.
Express (November 7): 24

Ben Hatke slow-mo interview for Goodreads members

To promote his book, Julia's House for Lost Creatures, which was just nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award, Ben Hatke will be answering questions from Goodreads members, in a program we call Ask the Author, until Monday, November 10th.

Click here to ask him a question!

If Ben answers your question, you'll receive an email and notification letting you know.

"Ask the Author" launched in late May, and it is now open to all authors on Goodreads. Click here to see a list of more participating authors.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Educating inmates about sexual assault

Local cartoonist Michael Auger created eight comics for American University Washington College of Law that educate inmates about how to identify and address incidents of sexual assault in custodial settings.
Courtesy of Michael Auger

Jason Rodriguez on 'Colonial Comics' and educating kids through comics

Multiversity Comics interviews Jason Rodriguez.

"At New York Comic Con this past October, I was introduced to Jason Rodriguez by our mutual pal Joshua Hale Fialkov. Jason (editor on “Elk’s Run” and “Postcards”), was there talking about “Colonial Comics: 1620-1750,” an anthology he edited for Fulcrum Books that told many of the stories of the colonial era through sequential art. As a bit of a history buff, it instantly sounded like something I’d like to have on my shelf."

Read more 

Comics Toolbox

Jason Rodriguez and Matt Dembicki’s Comics Toolbox offers professional help for four-color non-fiction. |

WASHINGTON DC (Nov. 5, 2014) - Comics Toolbox will provide comprehensive comics-related services, from project management to presentations, specializing in history, culture, nature and science.

A growing number of publishers and writers/artists want to delve into the comics medium. The problem they often face is they don’t know the inner workings of comics, from developing timelines to managing creative teams. We can do that for you. 

Our team has more than a decade of experience in writing/drawing/editing award-winning comics and comics programs. Whether you are looking to host a hands-on comics workshop for students, teachers or librarians, or you are looking for help to manage a comic book-related project, Comics Toolbox can assist you in achieving your goals.

Contact us ( regarding your needs and we’ll reply promptly. About our team:

Jason Rodriguez is a writer and editor in Arlington, Va. The books he has edited or contributed to have been nominated for an Eisner Award and 10 Harvey Awards. Jason is currently editing a three-book series of graphic novel anthologies about colonial New England and the Mid-Atlantic region for Fulcrum Publishing. The first book, Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750 was released in October 2014. His first sci-fi book, Try Looking Ahead, will be released spring 2015 by Rosarium Publishing.

Jason is a frequent speaker at conferences and shows on the subjects of teaching with comics and outreach through comics. He has recently presented at the American Library Association, Baltimore Book Festival, Massachusetts Independent Comics Festival, and Baltimore Comic-Con. In fall 2014, Jason entered a partnership with AAAS, the publisher of Science Magazine and the largest general science organization in the world, to launch a program dedicated to science outreach to kids using comics and other media.

Matt Dembicki is a cartoonist working and living in the DMV (District-Maryland-Virginia area). He previously edited and contributed to the Eisner-nominated and Aesop Prize-winning Trickster and District Comics, which the Washington Post included in its top books of 2012. Matt’s other comics projects include the nature-based graphic novels Xoc: The Journey of a Great White and Mr. Big: A Tale of Pond Life. His latest project is Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays and Other Endangered Sea Creatures. Matt is co-founder of the D.C. Conspiracy, a Washington-area comic creators collective that publishes the semi-annual free comics newspaper Magic Bullet.

Matt is a frequent guest at schools, libraries and colleges, speaking about using comics as learning tools and holding comics-making workshops for students and teachers. Most recently, Matt was invited by the U.S. State Department for a weeklong visit to Peru to speak to students, teachers and the general public on comics. In December, he will be a guest of the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico, the second-largest book festival in the world.

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Remember, Remember..."

"Remember, Remember..."

Remember this day, DC!

Here's my best bud, DC Cannabis Campaign Chairman Adam Eidinger, on election night last Tuesday:

Mike Flugennock, flugennock at sinkers dot org
Mike's Political Cartoons: dubya dubya dubya dot sinkers dot org

Dec 6: The Art of Richard Thompson signing in Arlington

David Apatoff, Nick Galifianakis, Chris Sparks and Mike Rhode will be discussing the new book, The Art of Richard Thompson and signing copies. Richard will be attending, but not signing the book. A short film about Richard's career will also be premiered.

Saturday, December 6 at 2:30pm
Arlington Central Library
1015 N. Quincy Street 

Folks can pre-order signed copies of this and the Complete Cul de Sac from the website.

One More Page Books 
2200 N. Westmoreland Street #101 
Arlington, VA 22213 

PR: Get your first look inside MARCH: BOOK TWO as pre-orders officially open!

Top Shelf Products

Get your first look inside MARCH: BOOK TWO as pre-orders officially open!

It's been a little over a year since we released March: Book One, and this graphic novel memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell turned into a smash hit. Debuting at #1 on both the New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller lists, March has quickly become a key resource for parents, librarians, teachers, and readers searching for a powerful way to bring the lessons of the civil rights movement alive for the modern world.

Now, after 40 weeks on the Bestseller List, after university reading programs, awards, and dozens of events making up the most ambitious book tour in Top Shelf history... it's time for Phase Two.

Our distributor Diamond Comics has released their November catalog for books shipping in January, confirming your suspicions that March: Book Two is set for release in January 2015 — and you can pre-order it from your favorite retailer! To celebrate, they've also published the first interview with all three creators discussing what lies ahead in Book Two:

    "If Book One is Star Wars, then Book Two is our Empire Strikes Back. The stakes are higher, the heroes are stronger, and the danger is more lethal... we show how these young people became a truly national force, and one of the key elements of the broader Civil Rights Movement." — Andrew Aydin

Diamond's also showing off a few first glimpses of interior art from Book Two. Don't miss it!

Retailers can now place their orders for March: Book Two with Diamond code NOV141657. In addition, there are two special editions available exclusively from Top Shelf — a hardcover edition, and a limited edition signed & numbered hardcover.

Thanks for all your support. We can't wait to get this incredible book into your hands.

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Top Shelf Productions
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Comic Riffs on Jeremy Dale

RIP, Jeremy Dale: Friends remember 'Skyward' creator as big-hearted talent

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 5 2014

Nov 8: Lost Art Books in Brooklyn


Download a handy PDF!

Lost Art Books is one of the official sponsors of this year's Comic Arts Brooklyn (CAB) festival to be held on Nov. 8 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. We'll be exhibiting and can be found in the upstairs hall at table #U36.

The festival is free to the public and is held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Brooklyn. You can find more information about the show's exhibitors, programming, and special guests at Comic Arts Brooklyn's website. Download a copy of our handy floor plan flier with directions to our booth. Not only will you find every book we've published, but we'll also have our new limited-edition silkscreen poster by gig poster phenom, Jeffrey Everett. Come by our booth and introduce yourself; making new friends is our favorite part of exhibiting at these festivals.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Roger, Houston, Richard Thompson has landed

The Art of Richard Thompson! A box of contributor copies arrived yesterday!

Nov 8: Russ Kick at Politics & Prose

Russ Kick - The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature: The World's Greatest Kids' Lit as Comics and Visuals

Nov 8 2014 3:30 pm

What makes a story a classic? And how are folk tales like Little Red Riding Hood enhanced with a graphic treatment? From Snow White to Harry Potter, the timeless characters of childhood retain their appeal, and adults will delight in these stories and artwork as much as children. Join Kick, visionary activist turned anthologist, as he presents the fourth volume of his Graphic Canon. (Seven Stories)

ISBN-13: 9781609805302
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seven Stories Press, 5/2014

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Tom King interviewed

Tom King Explores the Undercover History of "Grayson"

Kiel Phegley

Comic Book Resources October 30th, 2014

Glen Weldon reviews Wonder Woman

Invisible Airplane, Meet Glass Ceiling: William Moulton Marston, his two wives, and the feminist origins of Wonder Woman.

By Glen Weldon

November 3 2014

Cartoonist Jeremy Dale passes away according to SL Gallant

Shannon's got a post up about his friend:

Gallant, Shannon.  2014.

Jeremy Dale, too soon.

Art of S.L. Gallant blog November 4, 2014

Make the Art of Richard Thompson a Goodreads' Best Graphic novel!

Go to and put the book in as a write-in choice at the bottom of the page.

Another satisfied reviewer of The Complete Cul de Sac

Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac in 5 favourite things


Comics & Cola blog 3 November 2014

The Post on Peanuts, Daumier and Springsteen & Caruso

'Scandal' sex scene airs right after 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,' making parents angry

By Emily Yahr
Washington Post Style Blog November 3 2014

Dark wood, bright lights: Two artists' varied visions [online as Sculpture shows by Emilie Brzezinski, Bernardi Roig diverge sharply in theme]

By Philip Kennicott Art and architecture critic
Washington Post November 4 2014

The Boss's new book: No average kiddie tale [online as Bruce Springsteen on 'Outlaw Pete' and not sheltering kids from the realities of life]

By Nora Krug
Washington Post November 4 2014

NPR: The man behind Wonder Woman

Fresh Air’s Terry Gross interviews Harvard professor and New Yorker contributor Jill Lepore about her new book The Secret History of Wonder Woman and how it related to suffragists and centerfolds.

"I got fascinated by this story because I'm a political historian and it seemed to me there was a really important political story that had been missed that's basically as invisible as Wonder Woman's jet," Lepore says.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Nov 22: Nightmare The Rat Signing with Rafer Roberts and John Shine

Rafer Roberts invited you to Beyond Comics 's event   Nightmare The Rat Signing with Rafer Roberts and John Shine Saturday, November 22 at 12:00pm Beyond Comics in Gaithersburg, Maryland   Join     Maybe     Decline   Rafer Roberts will be meeting fans and signing his new Nightmare The Rat collection, from 12 to 4, along with Beyond Comics' own John Shine, Nightmare pin-up contributor. Barbara Dale and 26 others are also in the guest list.             Pending Invites (3) Block invites from Rafer?    

Nightmare The Rat Signing with Rafer Roberts and John Shine
Saturday, November 22 at 12:00pm
Beyond Comics in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Rafer Roberts will be meeting fans and signing his new Nightmare The Rat collection, from 12 to 4, along with Beyond Comics' own John Shine, Nightmare pin-up contributor.



"Jewish War Heroes" Canadian comic book here in DC

The article says that the Holocaust Museum has a copy.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "This Time, Next Year?" on marijuana legalization

"This Time, Next Year?"

Last week, I was over at a friend's house when he pulled out this lid of something really fresh, pulled out this big stinky bud, handed it to me and invited me to take a good smell -- and man, was that some stanky-ass stuff.

So, anyway, my buddy asked me to guess where it was from; I ran down the standard guesses -- Humboldt, Maui -- but you could've knocked me over with a feather when he told me that sticky, smelly bud was grown right here in DC, in Ward 8.

All I could think of is how things could possibly be, this time next year, if Prop 71 goes through, allowing three mature plants. It also reminded me that DC has a state fair now. Can't wait to see next year's Blue Ribbon Ward 8 Skunk Bud.


Mike Flugennock, flugennock at sinkers dot org
Mike's Political Cartoons: dubya dubya dubya dot sinkers dot org

Saturday, November 01, 2014

SPX 2014 Panel - Bob Mankoff: The Past, Present and Future of The New Yorker Cartoons

SPX 2014 Panel - Bob Mankoff: The Past, Present and Future of The New Yorker Cartoons

Oct 17, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - White Oak Room 1:00 PM. Bob Mankoff is a cartoonist and has been the Cartoon Editor for The New Yorker magazine since 1997. He has written and edited many books including The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, The Naked Cartoonist, and his new memoir How About Never--Is Never Good for You? In this special presentation, Mankoff discusses the historical development and evolution of the iconic single panel cartoon form and the magazine that perfected and popularized it--with an eye towards the future.

SPX 2014 Panel - Spanish Language Comics

SPX 2014 Panel - Spanish Language Comics

Oct 27, 2014

The world of Spanish-language comics from South America to Europe is examined in this SPX 2014 panel. Colombian comics editor Daniel Jiménez Quiroz (Revista Larva) discusses Colombian and South American comics and leads the discussion that includes Spanish comics critic Santiago Garcia, Colombian comics critic Pablo Guerra, and North American editor Scott O. Brown

That darn WuMo, redux


Letters to the Editor: Save the lemmings

Chuck Smith, Woodbridge

Washington Post  November 1 2014