Wednesday, October 14, 2015
THE 17TH ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS at AFI/Silver Theater
- Run Time:
- 97 Minutes
- Animation, family
- NOT RATED
- Special Features:
- One week only, Oct. 23-29!
- Opening Date:
- Friday, October 23, 2015
Featuring Janette Goodey and John Lewis' THE STORY OF PERCIVAL PILTS; Geoffrey Godet and Burcu Sankur's TANT DE FORÊTS [SO MANY FORESTS]; Conor Whelan's SNOWFALL; Lynn Tomlinson's BALLAD OF HOLLAND ISLAND HOUSE; Amanda Palmer and Avi Ofer's BEHIND THE TREES; Konstantin Bronzit's WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT THE COSMOS; Isabelle Favez's MESSAGES DANS L'AIR [MESSAGES IN THE AIR], Babak Nekooei and Behnoud Nekooei's STRIPY; Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry and Florian Laubry's ASCENSION; Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano's LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS; and Don Hertzfeldt's WORLD OF TOMORROW, curated and produced by Ron Diamond.
DIR Janette Goodey, John Lewis, Geoffrey Godet, Burcu Sankur, Conor Whelan, Lynn Tomlinson, Amanda Palmer, Avi Ofer, Konstantin Bronzit, Isabelle Favez, Babak Nekooei, Behnoud Nekooei, Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry, Florian Laubry, Melissa Johnson, Robertino Zambrano, Don Hertzfeldt. Australia/France/Ireland/Russia/Iran/U.S., 2014/2015, color, 97 min, DCP. NOT RATED
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Japanese cartoonist unapologetic for using migrant girl to criticize 'fake immigrants'
Washington Post Morning Mix blog October 9 2015
Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Every Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM through November 9, 2015
Click here to register:
Cartoonist Adam Griffiths leads a four-session drawing and storytelling course that covers the cartooning process from style to character development to the nuts and bolts of getting started in the comics profession.
Each course is split into 2 half-hour blocks. One half covers the theme of the day's session. The other half is a studio lesson in comics.
Ages 18-Adult, All Skill Levels Welcome.
Drawing Words, Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel
This book will be available to course enrollees at a discount.
8 ½ x 11" sketchbook, 50 pages
2 pencils: 2H & 2B
Alvin White vinyl pencil eraser
12" ruler or T-square
NOTE: Do not buy inking supplies until we cover this topic in the 2nd session
FINAL PROJECTS: 2 pieces of 11 x 14" vellum Bristol board will be provided
Participants will attain intermediate knowledge of comics literature and the comics profession. Participants will create one fully developed, completed page of comics.
SESSION 1: Genres of the Comics World
What interests you most? Editorial cartooning? Web comics? Daily strips? Graphic novels? Manga? Superheroes? Underground comics? Minicomics? Nobrow comics? Art comics? Zines? Instructor will lead a discussion of various facets of the comics and cartooning world, followed by a lesson in basic to intermediate concepts of the comics narrative language.
BAR HOURS: Every Thursday at 6:30pm during the course, Adam Griffiths will come to Petworth Citizen for SKETCH SHARE, which is open to the general public. Anyone wishing to share sketches made during this time will have them posted online and to the instructor's Instagram account with a special hashtag. Course participants can come to draw, discuss comics with peers or have questions answered by the instructor about their final projects.
SESSION 2: Strength of Character
Character development is a crucial element to the storytelling process. The instructor will present successful examples of character-building, with participants offering insights about the characters they observe. The studio block will explore various inking methods.
SESSION 3: Word, Text, Form, Vision: Maximizing Your Storytelling
Instructor will lead an in-depth lecture on the formal aspects of storytelling, delving into innovative storytelling concepts, themes, and challenges for creators. For the studio block, participants will have the opportunity to work on final projects with one-on-one feedback from the instructor.
SESSION 4: The Comics Profession and Final Critiques
How does a comics creator make it work today? What's in a cartoonist's portfolio? Where should I pitch my comics project? What type of exposure do I want for my work? Where can I meet other comics artists? Participants will be provided with a resource sheet and presented with samples. The instructor will cover expos, conventions, websites, professional journals, and publishers where a creator can find support, followed by a critiques of final projects.
FINAL THURSDAY SKETCH SHARE: Participants' final projects and any other drawings made during the course will be presented in the reading room of Petworth Citizen.
See cartoons, illustrations, and artwork by the instructor: www.adamgriffithsart.com
Monday, October 12, 2015
Dreamworks Home Vol. 1 Hide & Seek & Oh
This is really aimed at a very young reader, as it has a cameo by Where's Waldo in it. I haven't seen the movie, but in the comic, the girl Tip takes the lead of solving the problems that Oh the alien has gotten them into.
S L Gallant
From the hit movies to the comic pages, Titan presents classic DreamWorks tales starring Shrek and the Madagascar gang! Shrek faces a bunch of Trolls and then takes part in a pie-eating contest (against Fiona, no less!). Meanwhile over in Madagascar, the gang try to build a new house – with disastrous results – and then they go to a party at Prince Julien’s!
I wasn't paying much attention to this comic collection of Shrek and Madagascar stories, until I saw the artist - our local Dupont Circle denizen Shannon Gallant, who also pencils G.I. Joe.. So everyone should by this collection and wander the Circle until Shannon signs it for you.
DreamWorks Penguins of Madagascar: The Great Drain Robbery
- Alex Matthews
- Andy Lanning
- Cavan Scott
- Jim Alexander
- Andy Lanning
- Egle Bartolini
- Lucas Fereyra
This collection packs together Titan's complete Penguins of Madagascar comic series, presenting hilarious and dangerous hijinks with everyone's favourite flippered friends from the Madagascar movies. It's penguins vs. rats in 'The Great Drain Robbery', the fellas face a cunning new circus performer in 'When In Rome', have an adventure on the red carpet in 'Big Night Out', engage in some clowning around with ferrets in 'Big Top' and finally travel to London to visit the Crown Jewels - with hilarious consequences - in 'Operation: Heist'.
I'm surprised by the variety of styles of art in this collection. DreamWorks obviously did not provide a staid model sheet, and it makes the collection more enjoyable. The characters of the Penguins have been well-established by the movies and tv, and the writers have turned in perfectly acceptable plots for a children's comic. Anyone looking for a comic for the 10-and-under set could consider this, although at $20 it's price point is more like a standard superhero collection.
by Tony Lee (Author), Dan McDaid (Author), Tim Hamilton (Illustrator), Mark Buckingham (Illustrator), Matthew Dow Smith (Illustrator)
The journey starts here, with the first installment of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Archives! Join the Doctor, Amy and Rory as they explore the wonders of time and space - where nothing is ever quite as it seems! Collecting the first three complete story arcs of Doctor Who Series 2, don't miss out on these fantastic adventures!
I'm turning this one over to my daughter for review as she's a fan. Hopefully she'll get back to us with a review. Again, as with the Penguins, I'm struck by the wide variety in artistic styles.
This is a goodly-priced collection of six French albums. Bajram's art is attractive. European SF rarely engages me, but I'll try to get back with a review.
FLASH GORDON Vol.4
Continuing the space-bound adventures of Flash Gordon, the original guardian of the galaxy as he strives to save us all from a slew of super-villainy hell-bent on domination, destruction and devilment; including the ruthless, seductive, Storm Queen of Valkir!
Once upon a time, in our local galaxy, Star Wars didn't exist. Instead, we had Flash Gordon. This is a big meaty reprint book of color Sundays of the comic strip from the 1940s and it's going to be good.
They’re the most loveable evil henchmen ever created… Stuart, Kevin, Bob and the rest of the Minions return for laughs and gags in this hilarious comic collection. Collecting together Minions Comic Issues #1 and #2, laugh along as the Minions unleash their unique brand of mayhem on the world.
I just saw the movie the other day, and liked it. I think this collection, which is mostly wordless as you'd expect, should be a fun read. It's in European hardcover album format and should be a good present for pre-teens.
The Bus 2
Tanibis, 2015, $25.
One of my favorite comic strips is Paul Kirchner's The Bus which appeared in alternative newspapers in the 1980s. I reviewed the collection that reprinted them, and figured that I'd seen it all. But Kirchner had returned to the strip and I'm looking forward to diving into his return to the wordless surrealism of commuting. I can't recommend Kirchner's strips highly enough. These two books would make great holiday presents.
Here's the publisher's blurb:
During the years 1974 to 1986, after working as an assistant to Wally Wood, Paul Kirchner created several comic strips such as Dope Rider for High Times magazine and the bus for Heavy Metal. In 2012, French publishing house Tanibis published an anthology of the bus strips that was nominated at the Angoulême International comics festival, proving that even a 30-year old public transportation vehicle can take part in a Grand Prix. In 2013, Paul Kirchner surprised commuters when he decided to start working again on the bus. He fixed the old vehicle up, took it out of the garage and called its iconic passenger in the white overcoat back on duty, waiting to be taken on new, exotic adventures. The bus' unpredictable personality causes him to mimic classic pop culture icons such as King-Kong or Steve Martin while in turn analyzing or teleporting his passenger. And that's only when it's not cheating on him with other commuters. Kirchner's new ideas are on par with the original strips, proving that his creativity didn't end with the 80's. The crazy cartoon logic of the original strips is still present, and wackiness is the norm. Some details, such as the so-called « smart » phones or the passengers' looks, root the stories in the 21st century, but Paul Kirchner's universe retains a timeless vintage aesthetic that blends eras, lending these new stories a hint of nostalgia. The Bus 2 will be published in hardcover horizontal format identical to the previous collection published in 2012. Back in that twilight dimension he calls home, it is rumored that Paul Kirchner is at work on new material for his psychedelic western Dope Rider. After all it seems that the bus' passenger is not the only one who gets caught occasionally in strange time warps... Parts of The Bus 2 material have previously been published in magazines in north America and in Europe.
"New Turkish Flag"
In memory and solidarity with the victims of the peace march bombing in Ankara, Turkey last week.
At mass solidarity protests all over Turkey this weekend, a common chant has been "We Know The Murderers!" At the moment nobody knows 100% for sure, but between the police blocking ambulances and attacking protesters trying to aid the wounded, and the State suppression of Twitter and Facebook, it's looking like this barbarity has Erdogan's fingerprints all over it.
Mike Flugennock, flugennock at sinkers dot org
Mike's Political Cartoons: dubya dubya dubya dot sinkers dot org
Alvin Bales, Herndon
Friday, October 09, 2015
Where to live if you want to survive a zombie apocalypse: The definitive guide
Washington Post Wonkblog October 9 2015
'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' doesn't cut as sharply as the magazine did
Washington Post October 9 2015
Michigan State U's Comic Art Collection became the first library to catalog Compleating Cul de Sac as part of their collection.
Graphic Novelist Peter Kuper to Discuss and Sign New Work
Book Weaves Path of Its Characters with That of Monarch Butterfly
"Ruins" ((Self-Made Hero, 2015), by Peter Kuper, follows the story of Samantha and George, a couple on sabbatical in the Mexican town of Oaxaca. For Samantha, it is an opportunity to revisit her past while writing her book. For George, it is an anxious step into the unknown. Woven into the story is the remarkable and arduous journey that a monarch butterfly makes on its annual migration from Canada to Mexico. This juxtaposition creates a parallel picture of the challenges of survival in an ever-changing world.
Kuper will discuss and sign his book on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at noon in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & beyond event is co-sponsored by the Library's Center for the Book and the Prints and Photographs Division. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
"Ruins" explores Mexico through its past and present as encountered by an array of characters. The real and surreal intermingle in this novel.
Peter Kuper is a cartoonist, illustrator, editor and educator. He is co-founder of the political graphics magazine "World War 3 Illustrated" and has written and drawn Mad Magazine's "Spy vs. Spy" comic for more than 18 years. Kuper has created more than a dozen graphic novels, including "The System," "Sticks and Stones" and an adaptation of Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis." He has been teaching comics courses for more than 25 years in New York City and is a visiting professor at Harvard University.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's first-established federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library's rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.
The Library's Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Library's Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center. For more information, visit www.Read.gov.
Khodabandeh: Yeah, exactly what James said. It was a way to put together a con that reflected our growing comic community in the city as well as support it and share it with our fellow Richmonder's and tourists. Plus its more fun to hang out with your friends than do your own book release.
How would you like to see the show develop/evolve?
Moffitt: I’d love to see the event rival SPX (Small Press Expo) quite frankly. That’s a huge task, but I think it’d be cool to have another large indie creator show in the DMV area. Next year, we’re working towards a bigger venue, panels with guest speakers, and possibly even some workshops taught by seasoned creators. They sky is the limit really.
Khodabandeh: Just like James, I’d like to see it grow of course. I might be putting words in James’ mouth, - apologies if that is the case - but don’t misconstrue “rival SPX” with compete with SPX. We would just like to see it grow organically as SPX has and in the same spirit. They do such a great job of cultivating a community of creators that are doing some really interesting things in the comics world. Obviously ours is currently far more modest, but it feels as though we have already outgrown our current venue.
When selecting potential exhibitors, what do you look for?
Moffitt: The criteria are pretty simple. If you have a book/zine/comic in print, a positive attitude, and are somewhat local to our area, we want you. We try to seek out people that we see as thought leaders, and serious creators within the area, but at the end of the day, this is a great networking opportunity for creators, and we want anyone here who’s serious about making quality comics/art.
Khodabandeh: As it grows, the criteria of folks being regional is going to change. We are already pulling in some creators that used to live here, but have moved up north to: Washington D.C., Philly, Virginia Beach and Maryland areas north of DC - as well as some creators that are outside our city.
Tell us little about the indie comics scene in Richmond?
Moffitt: I love it. I don’t know if I necessarily give it as much attention as I can, but I attend every event I can get my hands on. I think that with so many big name creators here, like Barf, Rick Spears, and Chris Visions, we’ve got a really great foothold on the national scene. As well, I’m blown away every year by the amount of sheer talent I see everywhere. There are tons of great collectives here, dozens of great artists, and there’s a really positive vibe. I often see more experienced creators mentors new ones and I think that’s great. I think Richmond will definitely be a place to watch over the next few years in the comics world.
Khodabandeh: The indie comics scene in the city is pretty amazing. A bunch of us used to meet regularly for coffee while we worked on comics every Sunday morning. I learned so much from those morning coffee sessions. I have yet to meet a single creator that I don’t like. Most folks tend to be supportive, helpful and willing to share what they’ve learned about the medium. We also don’t have any one genre or aesthetic. Everyone seems to eventually find their own voice.
The scene locally is also constantly growing. It’s difficult to keep track of everyone. I heard some gossip that the artist who worked on Lumberjanes recently moved into the area (Editor's note: Brooke Allen recently moved from D.C. to Richmond). So did the artist for Atomic Robo, Scott Wegener, who will be at the expo. There are plenty other artists I would like to mention, but I won’t in fear of leaving out folks. You can check the event listing for a snapshot. It is also worth noting that VCU has one of the largest comic collections in it’s library, which is a really useful resource for us.
Can you give us a roundup of your own projects, both this you’ve worked on and this in progress?
- The 2nd Annual Sink/Swim Press Comic Expo
- Publishing Consumption by Dashiell Kirk
- Finishing a new T-shirt collaboration with Chase Beasely (Crud City)
- And finishing The Little Red Fish 3.
I continue to work on production with DC Conspiracy’s Magic Bullet. One of the strips I did in this publication was awarded a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators.
Matt Fisher wrote a three-page comic I illustrated that will be published this month in an anthology about police brutality titled, Artists Against Police Brutality, published by Rosarium. All proceeds go to the Innocence Project.
I also have a couple fun scripts for long-term projects on the back burner.
I also do a lot of design and illustration. You can keep up with that on my website or mendedarrow.tumblr.com
Thursday, October 08, 2015
NYCC EXCLUSIVE: Valiant Launches New Archer & Armstrong Series by Roberts & Lafuente
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
SPEAKER: Brendan Burford, Patrick McDonnell, Brian Walker, Jeff Keane, Hilary Price, Ray Billingsley, Mike Peters
EVENT DATE: 2015/05/22
RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
King Features Syndicate celebrated 100 years of comic strip creation and history with a panel of some of today's greatest illustrators.
Diversity and Women Win Big at Indie Comics's Small Press Expo
School Library Journal's SLJTeen enewsletterSeptember 23, 2015
Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues
March 21, 2015–March 19, 2016
Editorial cartoonists, like all Americans, do not always agree with one another. Issues on which the nation was particularly divided in the twentieth century—the question of U.S. intervention prior to entering World War II, the Red Scare, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, and events in the Middle East—provide the framework for this exhibition. These topics were particularly fertile ground for editorial cartoonists.
The exhibition offers viewers an extensive opportunity to experience the work of Herbert L. Block (1909–2001)—commonly known as Herblock—alongside the work of his contemporaries over the period of four decades and provides visual insights into key moments that shaped the United States in the twentieth century. Pointing Their Pens draws from the comprehensive collections of cartoon art acquired by the Library of Congress since the early 1900s, including the Herbert L. Block Collection and the Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Chris Mautner, Joe McCulloch and a special guest sit down to talk about Bethesda's own SPX Festival. Matt and Tucker didn't go so they aren't here yakking about it. What books did they buy? What did they miss? What did the younger generation have to say?
Join us at the Library of Congress Columbus Day Open House in the magnificent Main Reading Room.
The Library of Congress is holding its semi-annual public open house Monday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E. Washington, DC.
Enter the Jefferson Building through either the upper or lower First Street entrances, or via the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center tunnel.
The Main Reading Room will be open for viewing only, photography is allowed. No reference services will be available.
For more information contact the Visitor Services Office at 202.707.8000 or www.loc.gov.
Sometimes you walk in and waiting on a table in Prints and Photos are some gems. These are from the Swann Collection.
|Original Captain America art by Sal Buscema at the Library of Congress.|
|Gluyas Williams original art of the Library of Congress at the Library of Congress.|
|Marie Severin original Hulk art at the Library of Congress.|
Monday, October 05, 2015
DATE: October 19
HFF 2015 Interview: Bob Burnett, Director of The Art of Richard ThompsonBy heartlandfilm on September 24, 2015
Tickets NOW ON SALE through 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19. Tickets will be available in the Holeman Lounge of The National Press Club thereafter.
Plan now to attend the 28th annual auction of editorial cartoons made possible through generous donations of original* cartoon art by prize-winning cartoonists.
Join us Nov. 19 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.
An evening with Liniers: Live Painting, Music, and Conversation
Busboys & Poets Takoma
235 Carroll St. NW
Washington, DC 20012
Argentine cartoonist Liniers, in conversation with The Washington Post's Comic Riffs columnist Michael Cavna, discusses his two latest books. In Written and Drawn by Henrietta, the titular heroine shows her cat Fellini—and the reader—how to write and illustrate a spellbinding story. Macanudo #3 is a collection of Liniers's popular comic strip, translated from the Spanish, which also features Henrietta and Fellini as well as a host of other characters. This is an all-ages event and will also feature Liniers painting to live music.
Monday October 19 at 10:30AM
Liniers presentation to school children
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 03, 2015
Thank you, 'Mutts,' for a wonderful week of reflections [in print as Thank you, 'Mutts,' for an uplifting week].
Patricia Mensch, Landsdowne
Peeple is a terrible idea. As proof, here is Peeple for Disney characters.By Alexandra Petri
Washington Post October 3 2015
Friday, October 02, 2015
Banned Books Week: How comics are fighting a hail of critical fire
Thursday, October 01, 2015
DISCLAIMER: ComicsDC's Mike Rhode provided the paintings to Hagen for free, and is not making any money from his reuse of them (but is enjoying it).
The fourth was spotted at Civitan on October 3rd: