Thursday, November 17, 2016

March Book 3 wins a National Book Award

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. March is Maus for America. The inevitable 1-volume collection will be in schools for decades. And it's especially relevant to read NOW in light of the apparent resurgence in racism in our country.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Chris Danger in today's Express

Chris Danger has illustrated Open Enrollment on healthcare for today's free newspaper The Express. It doesn't appear to be online, but he has three large illos in the center section.

Liz Reed of Cuddles and Rage on Carolyn and Joe Show

Liz Reed



It's the sweetest episode of the Carolyn and Joe Show podcast! On this weeks episode, Astray Productions director and writer, Joe Carabeo, and Curls Studio cartoonist and creator, Carolyn Belefski welcome to the podcast, artist, podcaster and one half of the creative team behind the comic "Cuddles and Rage", it Liz Reed! One this episode, the gang talk about Liz's and Jimmy Reed's new book, "Sweet Competition", which is also in sale in books stores everywhere. Not only that, but we talk all things food, favorite candy, Charlie and the Chocolate factory, designing your own house, what is cuddles and rage's creative process, and whats in the the "Too hot for TV" folder, PLUS MORE SWEETNESS!

Nov 22: Can I Kick It? screening Ninja Scroll anime

CAN I KICK IT? takes place the 4th Tuesday of the month and its experience where we screen a classic martial arts movie (including films from the 70's, 80's, contemporary classics and anime) while a soundtrack of Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and cinema soundbites are mixed live by DJ 2-Tone Jones.  SHAOLIN JAZZ Art and additional visuals are also on display. 

To view an informational video about CAN I KICK IT? click here and to learn more about SHAOLIN JAZZ click here.

Join us on Tuesday, November 22nd at Songbyrd Music House for the next edition of CAN I KICK IT? as we'll be screening the cult anime classic Ninja Scroll.

  • Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
  • 6pm-10pm/Film begins at 7pm
  • Songbyrd Music House 2477 18th St NW (Adams Morgan)
  • Screening Ninja Scroll
  • Drink + Food Specials
  • Movie Trivia courtesy of SHAOLIN JAZZ 
  • RSVP here

For additional info: 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Nov 19: Prince of Cats signing with Ron Wimberly at Fantom Comics

  • Saturday at 4 PM - 6 PM

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

  • Saturday, November 19 – Prince of Cats signing with Ron Wimberly – "Behold, the enemy of boredom." DC native Ron Wimberly is back in town for the re-release of his modern classic PRINCE OF CATS! Featuring a discussion moderated by Ignorant Bliss podcast host Julian Lytle, a Q&A with the audience, and obv he'll sign your books too.

    ReDistrictedComics.Com: 'Gay Is Good'

    A new comic on focuses on legendary gay rights activist Frank Kameny. Story and art by Bizhan Khodabandeh and James Moffitt.

    Art by Bizhan Khodabandeh

    Saturday, November 12, 2016

    Cartoonist Robert Bindig in Veterans History Project

    The Art of War: Sketches from the front lines [in print as Art of war, the drama and drudgery]

    Washington Post November 11 2016

    online at

    His work is at

    That darn Mark Trail

    Don't listen to 'Mark Trail' haters

    J. Michael Picone, Falls Church

    Washington Post November 12 2016

    The May 23 "Mark Trail" (James Allen/North America Syndicate)

    Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "The Democrats' Baggage"

    From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock:

    "The Democrats' Baggage"

    True to classic form, the Democratic Party is desperately looking for somebody to blame -- anybody but itself -- for Tuesday's Presidential catastrophe. Never mind the hopeless load of their own baggage they were schlepping around through the entire campaign -- and this pile ain't gonna fit in any overhead bin, either.

    Today: DC Art Book Fair

    Saturday, November 12 at 11 AM - 6 PM

    Lab 1270
    1270 5th Street Northeast, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

    The DC Art Book Fair is a first-of-its-kind event in the nation's capital. It's a one-day event designed to spotlight local (and whoever else wants to apply) makers of paper goods, from artistic photo prints to high-end artist publications and everything in between. A curated event, it will take place at Lab 1270 on Saturday, November 12.

    Questions? Please email
    More info:

    This event is organized by the DC Art Book Fair Collective: Malaka Gharib of The Runcible Spoon zine and The Little Filipino Coloring Book, Alison Baitz of On Flora zine, illustrator LA Johnson of The Intentional and illustrator Elizabeth Graeber of A Field Guide For Redheads.


    The Runcible Spoon: The Runcible Spoon is a zine about food and fantasy.

    Elizabeth Graeber: Elizabeth Graeber is DC's favorite illustrator.

    LA Johnson/The Intentional: LA Johnson is a visual journalist and illustrator in Washington, DC. She works for NPR as a visual producer by day, and works on illustration, comics and The Intentional by night.

    On Flora: The floral photo book you never knew you needed.

    Marcella Kriebel: Marcella Kriebel's collection of food-related art Illustrated Feast celebrates fried eggs to blue crab! Mix + Match to make your own series!

    Fantom Comics: Fantom Comics brings a bit of the local comics flavor with zines, shirts, and totes made in partnership with local artists!

    Kate Zaremba: Kate Zaremba is a shape collector and patterns maker. Zaremba's illustrated zines include subjects like collecting shapes & making patterns, bringing pattern to life through stop motion, and a humorous collection of paper cut collage works.

    Red Table Press: Red Table Press is Mike O'Brien screenprinting, illustrating and making things.

    Chris Scott: Two Ton Rock God is a concentrated burst of illustrated adrenaline that celebrates blackness, robots, and rock music.

    Fear: Thoughtful curation, hand-drawn illustrations, and high quality paper from Spencer Joynt.

    Ten09: "Landmarks" is a new series of Risograph books detailing an altered landscape of Northern Virginia while exploring a varied visual language.;;;

    Dumpling Heart: Dumpling Heart by Jade Feng Lee produces comics and stories inspired by fantasy, food, and her family's home culture.

    Project Dispatch: Project Dispatch is an artwork subscription service, with over 20 artist members. We will be selling all 6 volumes of our annual portfolios and curated books, showcasing works that have been included in subscriptions over the years, as well as artist made zines and limited edition trading card packs.

    Pellinore Press: Pellinore Press produces limited edition comics, artist books, & prints. We print primarily from original woodcuts and handset type.

    Hair Club: HAIR CLUB works with artists, writers and scholars to publish books where Hair acts as symbol, material, object or form. All books are designed by artist Suzanne Gold.

    Girl Comix: Girl Comix is about a funny girl and the weird things that happen to her. She likes to talk about the issues! Things get real and surreal.

    Becca Kallem: Making its debut: DC ABC! An illustrated book highlighting both local and national Washington DC. I'll also have other illustrated books: animals, Spain, space, and more!

    Trinadot: Trinadot is an adventure comic set in a fantastical world populated by talking naturalistic animals and sensuously drawn humans. Prints of painted works and a selection of original pieces will also be available and on display.

    Mica Illustration MFA: Illustrated zines and objects from the hands and hearts of Maryland Institute College of Art's MFA Illustration Practice program.

    Robin Ha: Robin Ha Art and Comics: Robin Ha is the author and Illustrator for Cook Korean!: A Comic Book With Recipes which explains 64 Korean recipes through Comics. Along with her cookbook, you will find her mini comics about food and traveling and also Tarot card adult coloring book inspired by Art Nouveau style.

    Marmalade Umlaut: three projects, all based in a punk aesthetic of low/hi culture mash-ups and collage against a rhythmic background

    Hannah Renae & Marlena Chertock: We are disabled sisters who write and make art. Born with the same skeletal dysplasia, we use our art to reflect on our bone disorder, our chronic pain, and how invisible illnesses affect the body and interactions with others. Marlena explores the rich images in science and medicine, threading genetics and nature into her poetry. Hannah combines bodily and organic imagery to explore pain, the five senses, and consciousness. Her work features wood, plastic, and paper cut into organic shapes.

    In a Sense: Ten poems for people that don't like poetry. Ten poems for people that will say "this isn't poetry." Ten poems on vulnerability, innocence, anger, and of course, love.

    Dandelion Wine Collective: We're a group of determined young illustrators and comic artists, currently finishing our last year at MICA.

    643 Collective: 643 is a Collective of 7 Photographers. We are working on several common projects and are based in different cities: Seoul, Paris, New York, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles, Bucharest.

    FourSixSix: A new Zine called "Tag", my children's book and all new prints.

    Paul Hostetler: Satire, humor, fantasy, and funky surrealism, at shockingly affordable prices.

    The Face Zone: The Face Zone is a uniquely imaginative book of illustrated musings on everything from the stigma of liking scrapple to the meaning of life.

    Elliott Junkyard: Elliott Junkyard makes comics, zines, and embroidered things. Most of his work is about tea and cats, often at the same time.

    Ink Press Productions: We are a collaborative effort devoted to sharing art through our mission, which is to "blur the lines of genre in writing, visual, and performance art through the publication of handmade books, DIY / manual printing, and experimental events."

    Joani Maher: Two zines on making life a little easier.

    Process: Hand bound, photo-based, art zines & prints that explore the creation of alternative process photography, love, and collage.

    Three Fifty: Three Fifty is a group of artists working to create publications that open dialogue and engage with contemporary socio-political issues. Chase Carter - Margarita Kruchinskaya Chantal Zakari:

    Palabra Press/Black Lab: Works by Leda Black—Physical Language Laboratory :: Photo-Based Digital Originals :: the Female Power Project PLUS further experiments toward a science of the particular from the meta-physical makery called Black Lab.

    Dana Jeri Maier: A collection of self-published comics and prints from Dana Jeri Maier, cartoonist of The Worried Well.

    Matthew Scott Gualco: My project is to use popularized text to invent new meaning and commentary about popular culture and the art world via books, posters, buttons, and other graphic items.

    The Beat of Blossoms: The Beat of Blossoms is the creative work of Jamila Zahra Felton. Through bookbinding, collage, printmaking, and writing, I explore memory, identity, Blackness, gender, love, power, freedom, and African American history.

    Flycandy: The DMV's hottest visual artists are giving us a peek into their world in the COOL(ist) Grown-Up Coloring Book Evah!

    Alexander Atkinson: Canadiana

    Carmen Johns: Cuban-Lebanese-American disco zine queen making funky sculptures of boots and emotional sci-fi stories for all species to enjoy!!!!

    Thursday, November 10, 2016

    TONIGHT Nov 10: Vivek Tiwary at Tysons Corner Mall

    The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Expanded Edition

    Vivek Tiwary
    Author Event (Other)
    Thursday November 10, 2016 7:00 PM

    Please join us for an evening with #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Vivek Tiwary. Mr. Tiwary will speak and sign copies of his bestselling graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Expanded Edition. Wristbands for this event will be given out at 6pm on our first floor.

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    Tysons Corner Mall

    Tysons Corner Center
    7851 L. Tysons Corner Center
    McLean, VA 22102

    Store Hours:

    Sun 10-9
    Mon-Sat 10-10

    Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with LA Johnson

    by Mike Rhode
    L.A. Johnson is one of the organizers of this weekend's DC Art Book Fair. It will take place on Saturday, November 12 (here's its blog.) We caught up to NPR's Johnson before the show to find out more about her work.

    What type of comic work or cartooning do you do? -- Comics journalism, nonfiction, and absurdism.

    How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination? -- trad and mod.

    When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born? -- Ohio, 1980s.

    Why are you in Washington now? What neighborhood or area do you live in? -- Columbia Heights, this has been my home for the last 6 years!

    What is your training and/or education in cartooning? -- I've always made comics, then I studied illustration at SCAD in Savannah, Ga.

    Who are your influences? -- I love the storytelling from Guy Delisle, the freedom of Carol Tyler and the mind-fuck from Daniel Clowes. I also just got turned on to the Spanish site from Ana Galvan, and the work on there blows me away.

    If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change? -- Nothing.

    What work are you best-known for? -- Comics and illustration on

    What work are you most proud of? -- A story I did about an amazing art teacher, Jimi Herd.

    What would you like to do or work on in the future? -- I'm currently working on a comic book about my journey to find my birth mother and how adoption shapes us.

    What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block? -- I try something completely different -- like pottery or rock climbing.

    What do you think will be the future of your field? -- It's going to be amazing. Comics journalism is on the rise, and particularly for the work that I do. I believe it might just be the truest way to tell a radio story on the web. I have a personal goal to get newsrooms to notice and respect this form of storytelling.

    What local cons do you attend? The Small Press Expo, Intervention, or others? Any comments about attending them? -- I went to SPX for the first time this year as a reporter and got to interview some amazing cartoonists like Daniel Clowes and Lisa Hanawalt. You can read excerpts on my illustration blog

    What's your favorite thing about DC? -- That the city is enthusiastically moldable. You can come here and do anything you want and you will find support for it. Sometimes it is overwhelming how much there is to do here.

    Least favorite? -- That we don't have statehood and people outside think I'm from Colombia when I hand them my ID. Also that people think there is no culture here... Way wrong!

    What monument or museum do like to take visitors to? -- I love the Botanical Gardens and the Air and  Space Museum the most... I like seeing weird shit out of place and think it wakes up the imagination. I also love sitting on the back steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

    How about a favorite local restaurant? -- My friend Ben's wife just opened a little place you might have heard of... it's called Bad Saint... ;) I don't know if there are any awards out there that they haven't won. Well deserved. I also hold a dear spot in my heart for Comet Ping Pong. That's where I got my start doing show posters here in DC 6 years ago and their pizza and wings are the best in the city. I'll fight you on that.

    Do you have a website or blog? -- and

    Wednesday, November 09, 2016

    Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Now, Shut Up And Leave Me Alone"

    From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock.

    "Shut Up And Leave Me Alone"

    My post-election morning-after kiss-off.

    Because I'm so sick of smarmy editorial cartoons with Miss Liberty voting in them, a version more accurately portraying the current national mood.

    Liz Suburbia, former area cartoonist, interviewed

    Interview with Liz Suburbia: Punk Rock Ethos on Paper By Natalye Childress

    October 6, 2016

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016

    Lisa Hanawalt and Spanish cartoonists interviews by LA Johnson

    We'll have our standard interview questions done by LA Johnson here on Thursday morning, but meanwhile here's a couple of interviews that she did at SPX which we had missed -

    Spanish Fever

    by L.A. Johnson

    NPR Illustration blog October 5, 2016

    Interview with Lisa Hanawalt

    by L.A. Johnson

    NPR Illustration blog September 28, 2016

    Robin Ha and Dayanita Ramesh profiled by DC Art Book Fair

    Comic Riffs' Doctor Strange fanboy chat

    Let's talk about 'Doctor Strange,' from the good to the bad to the beautiful

    Benedict Cumberbatch stars in "Doctor Strange." (Disney/Marvel 2016)

    Darrin Bell wins Berryman Award says Comic Riffs

    Darrin Bell wins Berryman Award for cartoons that tackle xenophobia and gun violence

    Washington Post
    Comic Riffs November 4 2016

    Comic Riffs polls editorial cartoonists on today's election

    Trump vs. Clinton: Whom would cartoonists prefer to ridicule for the next four years?

    by Matt Wuerker / Politico (courtesy of the cartoonist)