Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Leila Abdelrazaq's talk at Busboys & Poets

Palestinian-American cartoonist Leila Abdelrazaq gave a book talk at Busboys & Poets on her new graphic novel, Baddawi. In Baddawi, she recounts the experiences of her Palestinian father in a Lebanese refugee camp. Here's a recording of the talk, and some photographs are at the end of this post.

The sponsoring Middle East Institute's website described the event as...

The Middle East Institute, in collaboration with Bus Boys and Poets, is pleased to host Leila Abdelrazaq for a presentation and discussion about her newly released graphic novel Baddawi. In this beautifully illustrated book, referred to as "the first book-length graphic work written/drawn in English by a Palestinian," Leila Abdelrazaq explores her father's childhood in the 1960s and '70s growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon. The story is told from a boy's eye view as he witnesses the world crumbling around him and attempts to carry on, forging his own path in the midst of terrible uncertainty.

About the Book: Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the many thousands of refugee children born to Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel. His dogged pursuit of education and opportunity echoes the journey of the Palestinian people, as they make the best of their circumstances while remaining steadfast in their determination to one day return to their homeland. 

The event is free. No registration required. 

Leila Abdelrazaq is a Chicago-based Palestinian artist and organizer. She is a recent graduate and majored in theatre arts and Arabic studies at DePaul University. During her time at DePaul, Leila served in her chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), helping to pass the DePaul Divest referendum. She is also a member of the National Students for Justice in Palestine steering committee. When not drawing comics, studying Arabic, or working with SJP, Leila enjoys carpentry, painting, breaking things, and making a mess. Her website is www.lalaleila.com and she tweets @lalalaleila.

Zeina Azzam (moderator) is executive director of The Jerusalem Fund. She has worked in the fields of education and Middle East affairs for over thirty years, largely at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, where she served as director of educational outreach. Her works have appeared in Al Jazeera English, Jadaliyya, Mizna, Calliope, and Social Education.

Leila Abdelrazaq - map of family's home.

Leila Abdelrazaq drew her father being a typical child in the refugee camp.

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Leila Abdelrazaq uses shadows as a motif.

Leila Abdelrazaq wants the book to reflect the Palestinian right of return and not as fulfilling an American dream.

Leila Abdelrazaq is about to speak on her Palestinian graphic novel Baddawi at Busboys and Poets on 14th St NW.

May 2: Juana Medina at Busboys and Poets Brookland

@ Busboys and Poets Brookland: Juana Medina - Smick

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

Local illustrator Juana Medina brings the titular happy-go-lucky dog of this picture book to life. All Smick really wants is a stick. Told through simple rhyming phrases, with a helping of repetition, this infectiously happy tale follows him on his sunny afternoon in the park. Medina's exuberant and bold multi-media illustrations will have young readers turning to Smick's story again and again. Ages 4-7

Busboys and Poets Brookland
625 Monroe St NE
By Doreen Cronin, Juana Medina (Illustrator)
On Our Shelves Now
Viking Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2015

Comic Logic store opening article

Comic Logic to host grand opening in Ashburn April 25

Loudon Times, Apr. 21, 2015

More on Frank Cho drawing women

And Finally... Frank Cho Draws Wonder Woman

Posted April 16, 2015 by by

Frank Cho Gives Wonder Woman Her Own Pose, Finally

Posted April 17, 2015 by by


Frank Cho Donates $1000 Sale Of Spider-Gwen Art To Domestic Violence Charity

Posted April 19, 2015 by by


WJLA features Comic Logic store

Post's Health & Science section reviews a graphic novel

In graphic — and footnoted — terms, an alternative history of computers [in print as Lovelace and Babbage: A story about a computer in the 19th century].

By Nancy Szokan Washington Post April 21 2015 , p. E2
online at http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/in-graphic--and-footnoted--terms-an-alternative-history-of-computers/2015/04/20/b048cc76-e1e7-11e4-905f-cc896d379a32_story.html

and refers to the author as a "Visual effects artist" - huh?

Another honor for Baltimore's KAL

Sun cartoonist KAL is a Pulitzer finalist

By The Baltimore Sun April 20 2015


and earlier this year: 

KAL wins Herblock award

Baltimore Sun March 2 2015

Cartoonist ads in World War II's Look Magazine (Updated)

Yesterday we published some articles on cartoonists from World War II-era Look Magazine. Here's some advertising from the same issues. I can't identify the cartoonist for Aunt Jemima (although the style appears to be lifted from Jimmy Hatlo's They'll Do It Every Time strip) or the Briggs tobacco ads which are signed "F". They're not by Clare Briggs because he was already dead.

Updated 11/23/2017: The Aunt Jemima artist was Dudley Fisher, who did a regularly syndicated single-panel cartoon, “Right Around Home,” featuring multi-generational family members and neighbors in multiple brief conversational exchange against a usually large outdoor (say, neighborhood) setting. Speakers were usually paired; even a dog and cat, or two birds might be interlocutors. —Arthur Vergara

Not Jimmy Hatlo? 12/15/1942

Not Jimmy Hatlo? 4/6/1943

Paul Webb, drawing hillbillies, 4/6/1943

Keith Ward, 2/23/1943. Was Ward only an advertising cartoonist?

R. Taylor, 2/23/1943

Otto Soglow, 2/23/1943

Rube Goldberg, 4/6/1943

Rube Goldberg, 2/23/1943

Richard Decker, 2/23/1943

Richard Decker, 12/15/1942

Briggs tobacco, but not by Clare Briggs, 4/6/1943
Briggs tobacco, but not by Clare Briggs, 2/23/1943

Review of William Steig's book, 2/23/1943

Monday, April 20, 2015

Comic Riffs talks to Pulitzer-winner Zyglis

Look's Cartoonist Series - Charles Addams, Hilda Terry and Fred Neher

This doesn't have much to do with comics in the DC area except that I bought 3 old Look Magazine issues at Arlington's library sale this weekend because they had articles on cartoonists. The magazines themselves are going to Michigan State U's Comic Art Collection later this week, but here's scans of the articles (with a bonus Rollin Kirby editorial) and some of the ads by cartoonists will be online later this week. Does anyone know how many of these profiles Look did? Or have scans of other ones to share?

Charles Addams, Look's 5th Cartoonist Series, 12/15/1942

Fred Neher, Look's 8th Cartoonist Series, 2/23/1943

Hilda Terry, Look's 9th Cartoonist Series, 4/6/1943

Rollin Kirby's 5th editorial, 12/15/1942

Telnaes on Trudeau and Charlie Hebdo

Sunday, April 19, 2015

May 12: Teresa Logan, aka The Laughing Redhead on stage

Teresa writes in,

I'm a confirmed performer on the SPEAKEASY DC show in May 12

The theme is COLOSSAL FAIL, and my story is about how I ALMOST got on The Tonight Show.

Hope y'all can make it! 

Here are a few details: 

May 12, 2015 Speakeasy on the theme: Colossal Fail--Stories about Total Flops and Massive Wipeouts

Note: May's SpeakeasyDC event will be held at our regular venue,"Town," located at 2009 8th St NW (on 8th at the corner of U St NW.) To arrive by metro, take the Green Line to the U St Cardozo station, using the Vermont Ave Exit, (not the 13th St exit), which will put you at the intersection of Vermont, U, and 10th streets. When you hit ground level, make a U-turn and walk to the right (East) along U Street until you make a left on 8th St. The club is on your right. If you're driving, there's a decent amount of street parking within 3 - 4 blocks of Town, or you can use either one of the 2 paid parking lots for $15.

April 21: Leila Abdelrazaq at Busboys and Poets

Busboys and Poets and Middle East Institute welcomes author Leila Abdelrazaq

Busboys and Poets in collaboration with the Middle East Institute presents Palestinian American Chicago based author Leila Abdelrazaq with her new graphic novel Baddawi.

Baddawi is a coming-of-age story about a boy named Ahmad finding his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the thousands of Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel.

In this visually arresting graphic novel, Leila Abdelrazaq explores her father's childhood in the 1960s and '70s from a boy's eye view as he witnesses the world crumbling around him and attempts to carry on, forging his own path in the midst of terrible uncertainty.

Leila Abdelrazaq is a Chicago-based Palestinian artist and organizer. She double majors in Theatre Arts and Arabic Studies at DePaul University, and is expected to graduate in 2015. During her time at DePaul, Leila served in her chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), helping to pass the DePaul Divest referendum. She is also a member of the National Students for Justice in Palestine Steering Committee. When not drawing comics, studying Arabic, or working with SJP, Leila enjoys carpentry, painting, breaking things, and making a mess. Her website is lalaleila.com and she tweets @lalalaleila.

Free and open to all!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Supporting Mohammad Saba'aneh

Apr 17, 2015

Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba'aneh, talks about how global support can help cartoonists in distress. Kal, Mike Rhode, Ann Telnaes and Matt Wuerker talk about the importance of putting the spotlight on cartoonists like Mohammad.

So why did the pig with a banjo cross the road?

Today's Non Sequitur comic strip by Wiley Miller features a chicken and a pig with a banjo crossing the road  - a joke that won't make any sense to anyone unfamiliar with Stacy Curtis. Curtis, a former inker on Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac, recently suffered a stroke and continues to have vision problems. Wiley also labelled the street as 'Stacy Ave.' One of Curtis' favorite things to draw is a pig with a banjo and cartoonists have been sending drawings along to him, as Alan Gardner has noted.

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Hillary sez: 'This Starts With You'"

"Hillary sez: 'This Starts With You'"

So, anyway, last Sunday afternoon, Adam, Ben and I were hanging around the DCCC office, passing one, knocking back a DC Brau and helping Adam write his op-ed for CNN -- and after that carnage was hosed off the floor, Adam decided to try to sign up on the Hillary Campaign Site for cheap lulz.

The headline on the masthead announced "This Starts With You", which was bad news right from the git-go. After being asked for our full name, address, phone number, zip code, email address, credit card information, Twitter handle, HIV status and blood type -- and dismissing half a dozen exhortations to send cash and sign up for an email list -- we took ourselves a semi-ironic click on the Terms Of Use and the Privacy Policy buried deep therein. Hilarity ensued.


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

Friday, April 17, 2015

Make some Splotch Monsters at The Griffin Art Center

Hey all, tomorrow (4/18) I'll be doing a Splotch Monster-making workshop from 3-5pm at The Griffin Art Center​ in downtown, Frederick, MD. It's free and open to the public, and it'll be a pretty laid-back, casual event. I'll also be staying by the gallery a couple extra hours, for anyone who missed the big show, which will be up for one more week, as of tomorrow. Saturday's going to be a beautiful day, and there's lots to see and do in Frederick, in addition to the show. Hope to see folks there!-Steve

The Post on Presidential doodling

Bazooka Joe gag slides into Barney and Clyde

Topps is reinventing its Bazooka Joe character, and the Weingartens slide a gag into Barney and Clyde.