Friday, May 20, 2016

The Post reviews Preacher

The Post reviews ‘The Angry Birds Movie’

The comedy doesn't fly in this animated film inspired by the app [online as 'The Angry Birds Movie': App-inspired animated feature doesn't fly]

Washington Post

Comic Riffs on caricaturing Trump

Gaithersburg Book Festival is tomorrow

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is one of the nation's premier literary events, featuring talks and signings by some of the world's top authors, writing workshops, children's activities and performances, literary exhibitors, book sales, music, food, and fun for everyone!

Starts: 05/21/2016 10:00
Duration: 6 hours:

Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD

Several cartoonists including Gareth Hinds, John Patrick Green, Dave Roman and KAL will be there.
Details are at

July 9: Doctor Who Comics Day - Meet Artist Mark Wheatley

Doctor Who Comics Day - Meet Artist Mark Wheatley

Saturday, July 9 at 11 AM - 3 PM
Beyond Comics
5632 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, Maryland 21704

June 9: Ben Hatke at Politics and Prose

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

Goblin lives a quiet but happy life in a dungeon. He has everything he needs: boots to eat for breakfast, rats to care for as pets, and Skeleton to have as his Very Best Friend. Together, the two buddies do what they love best: namely, counting the bats hanging from the ceiling and telling stories. One day, however, disaster strikes: a band of adventurers storms the dungeon and, as Goblin hides, they steal absolutely everything—including Skeleton. Goblin immediately leaves his comfortable home and embarks upon a rescue mission. But how can he succeed when everyone he meets keeps running away from him? Ages 4 – 8

Online pre-orders for school events may be placed up until 48 hours before the event takes place

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20008

Nobody Likes a Goblin Cover Image
Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
First Second - June 7th, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Art imitating life, imitating art, imitating life

Local cartoonist and filmmaker John Kinhart had a cool comic in Magic Bullet 12 about the locally produced documentary "Heavy Metal Parking Lot." (See image, below). The makers of that film are holding an exhibition and reception on May 27 in College Park, Md., in honor of the film's 30th anniversary. (I heard one the filmmakers bought the original art from John.)

The Post on Finding Dory's effect on fish

'Finding Nemo' wasn't so entertaining for real clownfish. Now conservationists worry about 'Finding Dory'.

Washington Post Morning Mix blog 2016

Download 'Teaching Japanese American Incarceration through Comics'

Local comics creator Evan Keeling posts on Facebook: "Today is Yuri Kochiyama's 95th birthday.
here is the comic I drew about her while working with the Smithsonian Youth Civic Engagement Program." Evan notes that you can download for free the entire booklet Teaching Japanese American Incarceration through Comics.

Local comics at Transformer exhibit

DCist has a brief write up and photos of the new “Gift Shop” exhibit at Transformer gallery, which includes a few comics from D.C. Conspiracy members. The exhibit runs through June 18.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 21: Artshow15: Comix

Hole in the Sky Studio hold a one-day exhibit May 21 from 5-11 p.m. entitled:  ARTSHOW_15: COMIX – A Showcase of Work Steeped in and Inspired by Sequential Art and Visual Storytelling.

Participating local artists include:
Nick Hagelin -
Jonathan Ottke -
Rose Jaffe -
JD Deardourff -
LA Johnson -
Rachel Wallach -
Dayanita Ramesh -
Darius Frank -
Sara Lautman -
JT Wilkins (JTW) -
Chris Pyrate -
Atomic Blowfish -
Jules Kang -
Kristy Cunningham -
Malaka Gharib -
Emily R. Gillis -
Ch Pf -
G. E. Gallas -
bonner sale -
Brad Ulreich -
Robin Ha -
Dana Jeri Maier -
Gordon Harris -
Andrew Cohen -
Andrew Wodzianski -
Robert Allen Burns -
Seansberg -
Jadah-Lysette Thomas -
Russell Richard Hite -
Caryn Tayeh -
Martin Swift -
Yankee Pope -
Athena Naylor -
Castle Printshop -
Lizzie Parmenter
Lucas Alejandro -
K.S.Brenowitz -
Danielle Hedquist
Nicki Avena -
Charlie Visconage -
Matt Corrado -
KeyHan -
The Coaster Doodler -
Saman Bemel-Benrud -

All art sales will go 100% to the artists and they'll be chilling at the show so come on out and meet them and buy their work cause that's what's up.

Milk Cult

We're asking for $5 donations at the door to help us keep doing awesome things at HITS and we're super appreciative of whatever you can shoot our way.

Doors @ 5pm
GTFO @ 11pm

The math behind Spiderman's punch

Local comics editor/writer Jason Rodriguez, who works as an applied mathematician, takes a mathematical look at Spiderman’s punch in a post for The Robot’s Pajamas blog. Read his article 
"Spider-Man’s Punch Speed vs. Talking Time (Or: Why Spider-Man is a Terrible Fighter)."

Comic Riffs talks to Seth on the Complete Peanuts

All 'Peanuts' comic strips have been collected for the first time. Here's how it happened.

"The Complete Peanuts: Comics & Stories (Vol. 26). (courtesy of Fantagraphics 2016)
"The Complete Peanuts: Comics & Stories (Vol. 26). (courtesy of Fantagraphics 2016)

Ralph Steadman beer label news (sort of)

[All of their beers, including Raging Bitch, have Ralph Steadman artwork for the labels].

Md. Beer Company To Establish Freedom of Speech Organization With Damages From 'Raging Bitch' Lawsuit

WJZ May 18, 2016

Late, but... SL Gallant's FCBD Pink Panther

Washington's SL Gallant illustrated the Free Comic Book Day issue of Pink Panther.  Here's the distributor's description:

(W/A/CA) S. L. Gallant
He's been the coolest cat in all of cartoondom for over 50 years!  The Pink Panther is back in brand new adventures to tickle your funny bone and test the sanity of The Little Man.  Join all of Pink's pals from the DePatie-Freleng stable including The Inspector and The Ant and the Aardvark as we welcome The Pink Panther to 21st Century comic books in style!  This special FCBD issue is chock full of fun with new and classic Pink Panther adventures including the hilarious antics of The Mighty Pan-Thor!  2016 is the year of the Pink Panther and it all starts here on Free Comic Book Day!    
Rating: All Ages

On the positive side, Previews has 5 pages online, the first 4 are from Shannon's story.

May 21: MariNaomi Signing at Big Planet Comics DC

Saturday at 2 PM
Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009

Big Planet Comics is proud to welcome artist MariNaomi for a signing and reading from her new book, Turning Japanese!

Turning Japanese is an illustrated memoir about MariNaomi's experiences working in illegal hostess bars in San Jose and Tokyo while attempting to connect with a culture that had eluded her since childhood.

This will be a lot of fun and we are excited to see you all there!

MariNaomi's Website:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cul de Sac play article online

"Art Imitating Life" Coming Alive


The show is coming up soon, and ComicsDC will be talking to the people behind it later this week.

June 15: Glen Weldon on Batman at Hooray for Books

Wednesday, June 15th: Author, blogger, and regular NPR "Pop Culture Happy Hour" podcast contributor Glen Weldon will be at Hooray for Books! to present his newest book The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture. Weldon's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, McSweeney's, and more. He is the recipient of an NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, a Ragdale Writing Fellowship, and a PEW Fellowship in the Arts for Fiction. 7pm.

In this witty, intelligent cultural history, NPR book critic Glen Weldon examines the trajectory of Batman's status in society -- and what Batman's story tells us about ourselves. Whether a two-fisted detective, a planet-hopping gadabout, a Pop-art sensation, or Christian Bale, Batman's endlessly mutable qualities speak to who we are and make the character endurable. In his interrogation into Batman, Weldon uses the character as a lens through which to examine contemporary geek culture.

1555 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

June 12: Nick Sousanis at National Gallery of Art

Unflattening: Revolutionizing Thought in Comics

June 12 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Nick Sousanis, comics artist, educator, and postdoctoral fellow in comics studies, University of Calgary.

Book signing of Unflattening follows.