Thursday, October 20, 2016

SPX 2016 Panel - The Funny Pages: Evoking Laughter Through Comics

SPX 2016 Panel - The Funny Pages: Evoking Laughter Through Comics

 Oct 7, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLKjjZtdSvo

The words "comics" and "comedy" both trace their roots back to the same Ancient Greek term for "humorous," and "funny stuff" has been a major part of comics since its earliest days. In this panel discussion, three internationally-based creators of the comedic comics form—Glen Baxter, Roger Langridge and Tom Gauld—talk about what makes things "funny." The panel is moderated by Michael Cavna, the comics journalist and critic behind the Washington Post's popular web site, Comic Riffs.

"End is Near," says David Hagen

David Hagen, a longtime local cartoonist and painter, is pulling up stakes to move to Massachusetts, sometime in November.

David's been a quietly supportive member of the local arts scene for years, especially Artisphere, and did ComicsDC's logo out of the blue for us. Although retired from Georgetown University, David plans to set up a studio and continue painting while living off his wife's salary.






Kilgore Books publishing is now based in DC

Jared Smith of Big Planet Comics (which also publishes comics) put a picture on Facebook which led me to this link about Dan Stafford who is publishing comics in DC now. Their new comic is apparently Blammo #9.

Danger. Chris Danger

Today's Express has two illustrations by Chris Danger. Intrigued by his cartoon style, I went to his website and see that he's worked as an animator and now teaches in DC.

I'll be looking for his work in the future.

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SPX 2016 Panel - Richard Thompson: A Celebration of His Life and Art

SPX 2016 Panel - Richard Thompson: A Celebration of His Life and Art

 Oct 16, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9KvGvp0E2c

Richard Thompson (1957-2016)—one of his generation's greatest cartoonists and caricaturists—was beloved by readers and fellow artists alike. Pat Oliphant called him "Michelangelo with a sense of humor," and Bill Watterson, who had not said anything publicly in almost 20 years, sent out a note crediting Thompson with "giving me a reason to read the comics again." A short documentary celebrating Thompson's art and generous spirit is followed by a conversation among Thompson's long-time intimates—his close friend and fellow cartoonist Nick Galifianakis, Shena Wolf, who is the Uclick acquisitions editor and was Richard's editor on Cul De Sac, as well as friend and art historian David Apatoff—concluding with questions and reflections from the audience. Moderated by publisher (Lost Art Books) and editor of the forthcoming Richard Thompson Library series, Joseph Procopio.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nov 7: Black creators and characters in comic books at Library of Congress

Hillary vs Trump Cartoon Debate

Hillary vs Trump Cartoon Debate

ART SOIREE PRESENTS: ANNUAL POLITICAL CARTOON EXHIBIT "HILLARY VS TRUMP CARTOON DEBATE"

Get the latest overview of the presidential candidates and insight into the hottest debate topics through the artistic commentary by most renowned editorial cartoonists at the Annual Political Cartoons Show curated by Art Soiree and benefiting Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI).

TICKETS: $20 online only – https://cartoonexhibit.eventbrite.com

Explore the cartoons on display, meet some of the artists behind the artwork and get a chance to purchase a signed print* during this one night exhibit!

Editorial cartoons are unlike any other form of commentary. For over 500 years the art of political cartoons has been used to convey social and political messages through the use of images familiar to all of the people in a society.


*For the third year in a row this event will benefit CARTOONISTS RIGHTS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL (CRNI). 100% of all sold prints will go directly to CRNI a 501(c)3 non-profit. CRNI defends the creative freedom and human rights of political cartoonists under threat throughout the world.  cartoonistsrights.org

ATTIRE: Cocktail or Business Casual

As for any other event tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.

Art Soiree has no political affiliation, endorses no political party, accepts no funds from governments or any political party. It's not about political ideologies, nor party lines. This exhibit is not left, It's not right. It's a creative take on the issues of the time and essense.

Monday, October 17, 2016

NPR talks to Dan Clowes at SPX

Daniel Clowes

LA Johnson

NPR Illustration blog October 12 2016

http://nprillustration.tumblr.com/post/151699945504/daniel-clowes

Oct. 18: DC Zinefest fundraiser at the Black Cat

The organizers of the D.C. Zinefest are holding a fundraiser tomorrow night for their annual show. Here's the info: "Join us at the Black Cat for an intimate night of terror! Local storytellers and writers will unleash frightening tales that will shake you to your very core. There might also be some deadly puns.

There's a PRIZE for best story--a prize that isn’t cursed in the slightest.

Have a story you're just dying to share? Contact us (dczinefest@gmail.com), and we'll add your name to our black book. (But hurry! Space is limited.)

$8 - ticket sales benefit the 7th annual DC Zinefest, coming summer 2017.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

That darn Doonesbury

This 'Doonesbury' strip isn't a laugh anymore [Letters to the Editor; online as These comics are no longer funny for many of us]

Jay Kalner, Arlington

Washington Post October 15, 2016, A13

online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/these-comics-are-no-longer-funny-for-many-of-us/2016/10/14/33a78748-8bfa-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html

Jan. 2: 'Magic Bullet' 14 deadline

The deadline for "Magic Bullet" #14 is January 2. This issue has a theme, "Stars and Stripes" (which is open to interpretation). It will be distributed in D.C. a few days prior to the presidential inauguration. Click here for guidelines, specs, advertising, etc.


Kevin Czap wins CXC award

Former D.C.-area cartoonist/publisher Kevin Czapiewski (Czap Books) this weekend received the inaugural Cartoon Crossroads Columbus - CXC Emerging Talent award, which came with a $7,500 prize (no strings attached). Watch the video of the presentation.
 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Post reviews Long Way North

'Long Way North': French animated feature travels to the North Pole [in print as Outlandish, yet picture-perfect]


Sasha (voice of Chloé Dunn) boards a ship in search of her grandfather in "Long Way North." (Shout! Factory)

Friday, October 14, 2016

ReDistricted: 'Suffragist City'

There's a new installment of the serial online anthology ReDistricted featuring "Suffragist City" by local creators Tabitha Whissemore and Art Hondros.

http://www.redistrictedcomics.com/suffragist-city
Art by Art Hondros

Stan Lee favors RESPECT

Agriculture Dept. represents in Mark Trail

How a USDA worker became an action-adventure comic character


"Mark Trail," by James Allen. (courtesy of King Features 2016)

Comic Riffs talks to Mark Millar

A new comic-book series asks: Where do we go when we die?

In "Reborn," by writer Mark Millar and artist Greg Capullo, an elderly woman dies and is reborn as a warrior/savior in a new world she is unfamiliar with. (Courtesy of Image Comics/Millarworld)
In "Reborn," by writer Mark Millar and artist Greg Capullo, an elderly woman dies and is reborn as a warrior-savior in a new world. (Courtesy of Image Comics/Millarworld)

Comic Riffs on Columbus' ongoing comics festival

'Bone' cartoonist aims to help create the South by Southwest of comics

Oct 30: Tom Toles and KAL at Politics and Prose

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 5 p.m.

In this inspired partnership, Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State and one of the nation's leading experts on climate change, and Toles, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editorial cartoonist, expose the true folly of arguments against global warming. With dynamic, compelling graphics that illuminate the science, the book shows both the irrefutable evidence of human-generated environmental damage and the pretzel logic that skeptics and vested interests use to try to counter the inconvenient facts.

The award-winning and internationally syndicated columnist known as KAL, Kallaugher was hired by The Economist in the late seventies to do caricatures, which he soon elevated to the witty, insightful art of a master editorial cartoonist—skills he later carried over to The Baltimore Sun. This collection, drawn from over thirty years of his Economist work, focuses in turn on the United States, Europe, Economist covers, business and economics, and international topics, showing not just KAL's range, but providing a capsule history of recent decades as well as serving as a primer to political cartooning.

This event will be moderated by Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post's White House bureau chief.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more information.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW   Washington   DC    20008

$35
9781467568180

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nov 1: Jeff Kinney at Avalon Theater (not free)




Event


DOUBLE DOWN: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID #11

at The Avalon Theatre

Tuesday, November 1, 6:30 P.M.

Attend the North American launch of the newest book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series!

In Greg Heffley's latest adventure, he is fighting the good fight against his mom's mission to get him to stop playing video games and explore his creative side. That may be the biggest scare of Greg's Halloween season, but the traditional creepy elements of the holiday also abound and create a constant threat of more frights. A tastier side of Halloween-- a bag of gummy worms---may just provide the inspiration to solve all Greg's problems. Would making a movie show his mom that he can be creative and a dedicated gamer at the same time?

Jeff Kinney will speak and sign books afterwards.

All books and tickets will be available at will call starting at 5:45 pm the evening of the event.

Additional copies of DOUBLE DOWN will be sold at the event.

One Book and One Ticket $19.75 ($21.43 w/service fee) 1 copy of DOUBLE DOWN and 1 ticket   One Book and 2 Tickets $24.75 ($26.61 w/service fee) 1 copy of DOUBLE DOWN and 2 tickets   One Book and 3 Tickets $29.75 ($31.78 w/service fee)
1 copy of DOUBLE DOWN and 3 tickets  
 


November: Graphic Novel intro course at Politics and Prose

Five Wednesdays: November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 2:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Price: 
$105 (10% off for members)

The graphic novel—or memoir or history—has a bigger readership today than ever before. Eclectic and often surprising,  writers use this form in innovative ways to tackle sometimes difficult subjects, such as Art Spiegelman's classic graphic novel of the holocaust, or Congressman John Lewis's powerful three-volume depiction of his struggle for civil and human rights. This course will provide an introductory menu for those who are new to reading graphic texts.

Best American Comics 2015, ed. Jonathan Lethem
March, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
Maus, Art Spiegelman

About the Instructor(s): 

Alicia Oltuski is the author of Precious Objects, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her work has appeared on NPR's Berlin Stories, in W magazineand other publications. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she received a David Berg Foundation Fellowship, and a BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Oct 29: Sign up to donate blood during Cartoonists Draw Blood

  Carolyn Belefski added a photo in NCS, DC Chapter .       Carolyn Belefski October 12 at 12:32pm   Sign up to donate blood during Cartoonists Draw Blood - American Red Cross Blood Drive in DC on SAT OCT 29 -- Email for appointment in advance: CartoonistsDrawBlood@gmail.com (art by Mal Jones) Sign up to donate blood during Cartoonists Draw Blood - American Red Cross Blood Drive in DC on SAT ...   Like Comment    
   
 
 

 
   
   

 
   
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Alex Hallatt on Richard Thompson

Alex Hallatt was interviewed last month and had some kind things to say about Cul de Sac and Richard Thompson.

Alex Hallatt interview

by


https://webcomicsinterviews.com/2016/09/12/alex-hallatt-interview/

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Oct. 12: Janet Harvey at Big Planet in Vienna

Big Planet Comics welcomes Janet Harvey on October 12 from 3-6 p.m. for a signing of Angel City #1 out from Oni Press.

Introducing ANGEL CITY, a hard-boiled 1930s noir starring Dolores Dare, previous Hollywood hopeful and current enforcer for the Volante mob. When her best friend turns up dead in a dumpster behind the Chinese Theater, Dolores starts her own investigation of the "April Fool's Killer." As she gets closer to the truth, the studios, the corrupt homicide division, and even her own gangland contacts work to cover up the scandal. Has she bitten off more than she can chew?

Janet Harvey is an award-winning writer of comic books, movies and games. She has written for Image Comics, IDW, Tokyopop and DC Comics, including the first full length adventure of Cassandra Cain in the "No Man's Land" storyline. Her short films have played at festivals around the world, sold at Cannes, and won awards, including honors from Colin Vaines at the Weinstein Company. She recently wrote and directed her first feature length film, Scene Queen (www.scenequeenmovie.com). She moved to Austin, Texas in 2009 to work on the DC Universe Online MMORPG, where she now lives with her husband Dave and two delightful dogs.

Follow Janet @janetharvey on twitter and https://www.facebook.com/janetharvey



Tomorrow: East Coast Tour of "Einstein" by French Cartoonist Anne Simon

Quoting from an email from the Alliance:


Tomorrow evening, October 12th, the Alliance Française de Washington will be hosting French cartoonist Anne Simon on her "Einstein East Coast Tour" promoting "Einstein" the latest installation of her series of graphic novels on the lives of some of the most influential individuals of the 20th Century – a collaboration with Swiss author Corinne Maier. More details about the tour and the novel can be found here: http://nobrow.net/the-einstein-east-coast-tour-with-anne-simon/

 

Michael Cavna, of The Washington Post "Comic Riffs", will moderate the event; the presentation will be in both French and English. Copies of "Einstein" will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

 

The book talk will begin at 7:00P and tickets are $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rendez-vous-with-anne-simon-tickets-27263442691

Alliance Française de Washington
2142 Wyoming Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20008

Today: The Fantastic Fantom Signing


Today at 6:30 PM - 9 PM

Fantom Comics
2010 P Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Details
Start buying your books and lining up your ducks because we've got the signing of the century happening at Fantom Comics in October!

MARGUERITE BENNETT (Insexts, DC Comics Bombshells, Fresh Romance, Josie & the Pussycats)

SAM MAGGS (Wonder Women, Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy)

RYAN NORTH (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Adventure Time)

JASON REYNOLDS (Spider-man: Miles Morales YA Novel)

MARGARET STOHL (Forever Red & Red Vengeance: Black Widow YA Novels)

will all be signing at Fantom Comics on October 11th, 6pm!

Friday, October 07, 2016

PR - Alex Ross is Bringing his Gallery Walk Through Booth to NYCC!

guardians-of-the-galaxy
Why do we care? Because Reston's ArtInsights is working on this, and also has a Ross show in their gallery.



Alex Ross Art is returning to NYCC! ArtInsights is partnering with Alex Ross Art as their official representative with NYCC EXCLUSIVE Marvel/D C lithographs and worldwide premieres of canvas prints that collectors have been requesting for years!

Just like in San Diego, the booth (2328) will be a gallery walk through, a first for NYCC. There will also be two new pieces being premiered especially for NYCC, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and CRISIS!

During the NYCC, Alex Ross Art will be giving away The Beatles Yellow Submarine Deluxe Boxed Set ($2000) to one lucky fan and one additional fan The Beatles Yellow Submarine Portfolio ($200). Fans will need to have your badge scanned at the booth for a chance to win.

Here is a list of just some of the items that will be made available for fans at the NYCC:

Guardians of the Galaxy Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas: World premiere! The new Alex Ross signed limited edition fine art giclee of the 75th Anniversary variant cover, signed & numbered by Ross.  Size: 20 x 30. Edition size: 75. $850. This will be released on October 6th at 11am eastern.

Crisis Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas: The new, highly in-demand colossus from Alex Ross that features the entire cast of Crisis on Infinite Earths in one gorgeous limited edition! Alex himself wanted this to be exactly the same size as the original, hence its size of 57 1/2 by 26 3/4! , Each piece is signed & numbered by Ross, edition size of

"Batman: Miracle on Crime Alley" New York Comic-Con Exclusive Lithograph: Alex's cover image from #679 Batman R.I.P. comic in a limited edition collectible art piece. Limited edition matted lithograph: edition of 175 size 10 x 15 1/2 unsigned: $50.00 Limited edition SIGNED lithograph: edition of 25  size 14 1/2 x 22, signed: $195.00

"Captain America Triumphant" New York Comic-Con Exclusive Lithograph: Alex's image from Captain America Volume 5 #34 in a limited edition collectible art piece. Limited edition matted lithograph: edition of 175 size 10 x 15 1/2 unsigned: $50.00 Limited edition SIGNED lithograph: edition of 25 size 14 1/2 x 22, signed: $195.00

"Doctor Strange" New York Comic-Con Exclusive Lithograph: Alex's image from Doctor Strange, Volume 4, #2 color variant cover in a limited edition collectible art piece. Limited edition matted lithograph: edition of 75 size approximately 10 x 15 1/2, unsigned: $50.00 Limited edition SIGNED lithograph: edition of 25 size 14 1/2 x 22, signed: $195.00

#1 Edition Numbers of Alex Ross Limited Editions: Highly sought-after #1s of the newest Alex Ross Art editions including Superior Iron Man, New Gods, Spider-Man, & JLA Secret Origins and more!



Video promos for 'ReDistricted'

With the launch of ReDistricted, a serialized online comics anthology that looks at unusual historical stories about Washington, D.C., I've started doing small promotional (and rather unpolished) videos for each story, either at a location related to that week's featured story, with the creative team, etc. Below is the first one regarding Robin Ha's story "Freedman's Savings Banks." That's me (Matt Dembicki), that's the U.S. Treasury Annex on Pennsylvania Avenue behind me, and you should watch it!


Here's the plaque on the annex that commemorates the Freedman's bank.


Thursday, October 06, 2016

PR: March 3 finalist for National Book Award

MARCH: BOOK THREE is a National Book Award Finalist!

NEW YORK — This morning the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 67th Annual National Book Awards — including, for the first time since 1957, a sitting member of Congress.

Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell are now National Book Award finalists in the Young People's Literature category, for the concluding volume of their bestselling graphic novel trilogy March. The autobiographical series, which depicts Lewis's firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement, has previously won such honors as the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, two Harvey Awards, and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. It is rapidly being adopted by universities and public school systems from New York to San Francisco, and recently spent six continuous weeks holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List.

"This is amazing to me," said Congressman Lewis. "I'm overwhelmed and deeply moved that March: Book Three is a finalist for the National Book Award. It is my hope that this honor inspires many more young people, and people not so young, to read March and to learn the transformative lessons of our ongoing struggle to create the beloved community."

Co-writer Andrew Aydin had this to say: "When I found out, I cried. I couldn't help it. This is such an unbelievable honor. It's been an incredibly long and difficult journey to get to this point, and I am deeply, deeply grateful to the judges and supporters who have gotten us here."

Artist Nate Powell added, "We're all blown away by how deeply this trilogy has been embraced. It's never been more urgent to understand and apply the Movement's history and perspectives — this work is for the unwritten future. We're grateful to be able to help those voices be heard."

Few graphic novels have previously reached NBA Finalist status, including such acclaimed works as American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang, Stitches by David Small, and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Other notable finalists include The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Profiles in Courage by Senator John F. Kennedy, who is himself a character in March.

The March team will travel to New York City to join this year's other finalists for two days of festivities November 15th and 16th. For more details, visit http://www.nationalbook.org.

Zine library opens in Richmond

Richmond's largest independent zine Library opens at Gallery 5

Words by Sarah Schuster Photos by Jake Cunningham, Courage & Co. Photography

 Oct 03, 2016

http://rvamag.com/articles/full/26581/richmond's-largest-independent-zine-library-opens

Iron Man's 1976 battle in DC could have gone nuclear

There are a lot of comic books that take place in Washington, so I don't usually take much notice of them. Recently though, I picked up Iron Man #96 from March 1976, which finished a story that I had started reading when it originally came out.

There's two points to note about this comic.

As the comic opens, Iron Man is on his knees in damaged armor while Ultimo stalks towards the White House. The book is massively overwritten by Bill Mantlo as was the style of the time.


Iron Man lures Ultimo into following him. Given a few minutes to recover in a jet that happens to be piloted by a former ally, Iron Man bails out to return to the attack. He smashes Ultimo in front of the Lincoln Memorial - this should have knocked the android into the reflecting pool.



The first interesting point occurs as they battle around the Lincoln Memorial. Artist George Tuska either had visited DC or done some research because he actually depicts Ultimo stumbling into the side of the of the Memorial Bridge, right by where Rock Creek Parkway runs under the Bridge. Tuska also drew the base of one of the Italian statues that flank the ends of the Bridge.


And then as they continue to battle comes the second point we should note. Iron Man begins digging a tunnel and luring Ultimo down into it.... as an alternative to "mobiliz[ing] a tactical nuclear strike..." Calling in a nuclear strike on DC, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial and roughly two miles from the White House and right across the river from the Pentagon doesn't seem like a very well thought-out plan.


Fortunately Iron Man is able to dig deeply enough to engulf Ultimo in magma, somehow avoiding setting off a volcano in Washington, and the Ultimo story ends. Until the next time he shows up. And no, I don't know why an android needs a loin cloth.

Remembering Richard Thompson, by two of his friends

Between the Stacks - Remembering Richard Thompson, cartoonist and illustrator

http://www.moultrienews.com/20161005/161009896/between-the-stacks---remembering-richard-thompson-cartoonist-and-illustrator

Note that the presentation mentioned has been postponed to October 22 due to the hurricane.

Kristen Morgin work at Renwick Gallery

Sculptor Kristen Morgin has a few comics/cartoon-inspired works currently on exhibit at the Renwick Gallery. She has a decaying-look rendering to her clay sculptures that are quite remarkable. The free exhibit closes on Jan. 8.

"Mighty Mouse" (2006)
unfired clay, wood, wires, paint

"Snow White and Woodland Creatures" (2012)
unfired clay, wire, push pins, paint, ink, graphite

"Greetings from the Queen Mary" (2006)
unfired clay, paint, ink

"Popeye vs. Popeye" (2008)
unfired clay, paint, ink, cast-iron bank


Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Juana Medina's collaboration with the Poet Laureate

Juana unveiled this on her Facebook page:

I'm thrilled to share a new collaboration we've been working on with the fantástico Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and the Library of Congress.

After months of preparation, it's time to share The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon! These adventures will evolve and come to life with the help of 2nd and 3rd graders across the country, we can't wait to see where they'll take us!

http://www.read.gov/catalinaneon/Book/#page/2/mode/2up

And here's the Library's main page on it: 

The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon
Hosted by Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2015-

The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon

About the Project

Hello! I’m Juan Felipe Herrera, the 21st U.S. Poet Laureate. Welcome to The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon, a bilingual, illustrated poem created with the help of artist Juana Medina ... and you. Elementary school librarians, get your second and third grade students neonized and help us tell Catalina’s story to the world!
Here’s how it works: Juana and I will create the initial chapter, but that’s only half the story. At the end of the chapter, we will include a prompt and give you a month to tell us where to go next. We ask that you and your second or third grade students read the prompt, talk about it, imagine what could happen next, and collaboratively help write the next chapter of Catalina’s adventure.
Read itFirst Chapter  – “Meet Catalina Neon and Her Doggy, Tortilla”
Hear it Hear it
Respond to Prompt “Where does Tortilla go? Describe in detail—make us see, hear, and feel where Catalina’s doggy is!”
Juana and I will select a submission as a starting point for the next chapter—and you and your classes will again be invited to write the next chapter of the adventure. This process will continue five times until June 2017, when Catalina Neon’s story will be complete!

What Happens Next?

Respond to prompt - “Where does Tortilla go? Describe in detail—make us see, hear, and feel where Catalina’s doggy is!”
Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera, Photo credit: Blue Flower Arts
Juana Medina
Juana Medina, Photo credit: Silvia Baptiste
Drawing of Catalina Neon, sitting on a stack of books.

Oct 12: Signing - Angel City #1 at Big Planet Vienna




Big Planet Comics is excited to welcome Janet Harvey for a signing of Angel City #1 out from Oni Press.

Introducing ANGEL CITY, a hard-boiled 1930s noir starring Dolores Dare, previous Hollywood hopeful and current enforcer for the Volante mob. When her best friend turns up dead in a dumpster behind the Chinese Theater, Dolores starts her own investigation of the "April Fool's Killer." As she gets closer to the truth, the studios, the corrupt homicide division, and even her own gangland contacts work to cover up the scandal. Has she bitten off more than she can chew?

Janet Harvey is an award-winning writer of comic books, movies and games. She has written for Image Comics, IDW, Tokyopop and DC Comics, including the first full length adventure of Cassandra Cain in the "No Man's Land" storyline. Her short films have played at festivals around the world, sold at Cannes, and won awards, including honors from Colin Vaines at the Weinstein Company. She recently wrote and directed her first feature length film, Scene Queen (www.scenequeenmovie.com). She moved to Austin, Texas in 2009 to work on the DC Universe Online MMORPG, where she now lives with her husband Dave and two delightful dogs.

Follow Janet @janetharvey on twitter and https://www.facebook.com/janetharvey

Animator is heroine of new novel

Maria Semple is back with another loopy, darkly comic novel


Washington Post.com September 29 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/maria-semple-is-back-with-another-loopy-darkly-comic-novel/2016/09/28/79f1940c-859a-11e6-ac72-a29979381495_story.html

On Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., Maria Semple will be at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington.


Oct 22: Mount Pleasant Library talk moved to new date

Due to the possibility of a hurricane this weekend, Richard Thompson, Cartoonist and Illustrator - A Tribute has been moved to a later date.

Richard Thompson, creator of the comic strip Cul de Sac, passed away from complications of Parkinson's disease this summer. Learn more about this Reuben Award-winning artist through a screening of the 2014 documentary The Art of Richard Thompson and a presentation on Thompson's background and accomplishments by one of the late cartoonist's friends.

Mt. Pleasant Regional Library
1133 Mathis Ferry Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
843.849.6161 ~ http://www.ccpl.org

Monday, October 03, 2016

Comics Riffs on Luke Cage

Inside the making of 'Luke Cage,' Marvel's first black superhero show


Washington Post
Comic Riffs blog September 27 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/09/27/inside-the-making-of-luke-cage-marvels-first-black-superhero-show/

Simone Missick in 'Luke Cage' leads a new wave of Marvel actresses


Washington Post C
omic Riffs blog September 28 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/09/28/simone-missick-in-luke-cage-leads-a-new-wave-of-black-marvel-actresses/

Mike Colter on playing black superhero Luke Cage: 'I understand how important this character is'


Washington Post
Comic Riffs blog September 30 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/09/30/mike-colter-on-playing-black-superhero-luke-cage-i-understand-how-important-this-character-is/

Comic Riffs goes MAD

Obama's final 100 days in office, through the eyes of MAD magazine


Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 30 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/09/30/obamas-final-100-days-in-office-through-the-eyes-of-mad-magazine/

Oct 12: "Rendez-Vous with Anne Simon" at Alliance Francaise

Visuel Event PAge Anne Simon

"Rendez-Vous with Anne Simon"

October 12 , 2016- 7:00PM

Meet-and-greet with French Cartoonist Anne Simon!


French cartoonist Anne Simon will be presenting her collection of graphic novels—a collaboration with Swiss author Corinne Maier—which explore the lives of some of the most influential figures of the 21st Century: Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, and Albert Einstein.

Anne Simon has studied at the Beaux-Arts in Angoulême and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Her first comic book, Persephone in the Underworld, received the best "New Talent" award at the Angoulême festival in 2006.

A light reception will follow this event.

This event will be in French and translated in English.

 

AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $10 + Processing Fees.
General Admission: $15 + Processing Fees

Oct 11: Wonder Women (not WOMAN) author Sam Meggs at Fantom Comics

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Today's Post on Disney villains and fine art animation

Which delightfully evil Disney villain still haunts you? [in print as Drawn to Evil]
By M.G. Lord
Washington Post October 2 2016, p. E13
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/which-delightfully-evil-disney-villain-still-haunts-you/2016/09/29/dc6536a8-80f8-11e6-a52d-9a865a0ed0d4_story.html


In the galleries: Shiny fantasy worlds, undercut by body parts and company logos [in print as A gleaming world, plus logos and body parts]

By Mark Jenkins
Washington Post  October 2 2016 p. E3
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-gleaming-fantasy-worlds-undercut-by-body-parts-corporate-logos/2016/09/29/a2413f50-8402-11e6-a3ef-f35afb41797f_story.html

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Anubis Press out of Springfield?

Does anyone know anything about Anubis Press out of Springfield, VA? I bought one of their comics at a library sale today and am curious.

Robin Ha and the Freedman's Savings Bank webcomic

A new webcomic is up at Redistricted Comics. Robin Ha tells the story of The Freedman's Savings Bank's ruin.