Wednesday, May 24, 2017

RM Rhodes on The Adventures of Dieter Lumpen

RM Rhodes of Arlington, aka the Man in the Purple Suit at local cons, writes about the Eurocomic "The Adventures of Dieter Lumpen" here:

Richmond's Adhouse Books' Ethan Rilly's Pope Hats interview

More To Come 261: TCAF 2017 and Scott Snyder Interview

Live from the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), Calvin interviews Ethan Rilly, creator of the acclaimed 'Pope Hats' series from Ad House; and Heidi interviews Graham Chaffee, creator of the new graphic novel, 'To Have and To Hold' from Fantagraphics. In a separate interview, Calvin talks with writer Scott Snyder about his work on DC's All-Star Batman series and working on 'My Own Worst Enemy' with artist John Romita, Jr., part of DC's Rebirth line.

Mike Thompson accepted the RFK Journalism Award for cartooning last night

Mike Thompson accepted the RFK Journalism Award for cartooning last night. He did a powerful series on the bad water that the citizens of Flint, MI have been subjected to. I was one of the judges so I went to the ceremony and Bruce Guthrie photographed it.

Cartoonist Mike Thompson and Kerry Kennedy pose before the award ceremony.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Teresa Roberts Logan, aka The Laughing Redhead, comes to Go Comics!

We heard today from our buddy and former DC resident -

"It's official! "Laughing Redhead Comics" starts publishing on GoComics, with Andrews McMeel Syndicate, on June 26th! I'm thrilled, y'all!"

"It's a mix of different stuff! Including the Grim Reaper cartoons. I'm gonna be in the "OFFBEAT" genre/section."

Teresa Roberts Logan
Laughing Redhead Studio, Inc.

Colonial Comics 2 reviewed

Graphic Novels: The Latest from Matt Kindt, Margaret Atwood, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

Donate to HeroesCon Drink & Draw to research Parkinson's Disease in Richard Thompson's name

Chris Sparks says, "The Heroescon Drink and Draw is June 16th. Artists, we would love to have some great items donated to put up to have at the beginning of the show to tempt the con attendees with. June 14th is our deadline to receive art. The sooner we get it, the sooner we can share and support you and your kindness to us.

Thank you in advance!"

Please mail it to:
Team Cul de Sac
C/O Chris Sparks
54 Herron Ave
Asheville NC 28806

Monday, May 22, 2017

Comic Riffs on the return of Resist!

As female cartoonists respond to Trump era, a political anthology gains momentum

Washington Post
Comic Riffs blog May 22 2017

Steve Conley on Tall Tale Radio

Artist and writer Steve Conley of the comic "The Middle Age" joins me to talk about his most excellent and varied career in comics and multimedia design! Steve has had several successful independent comics in the past, like "Astounding Space Thrills" that ran for 15 issues and was compiled by IDW in a 10-year anniversary edition back in 2008.

Here in Part 1 of this epic interview, we talk about his early career and the path through indie comics that he's taken, and get into the creation of the 2017 Eisner Award nominated comic, "The Middle Age"  which you can get a copy of right here!

Steve Conley talks about how he uses the iPad Pro almost exclusively for his 2017 Eisner Award nominated comic "The Middle Age," and how it's changed how he approaches his art.  Then we go into more detail about his long history with comic conventions, notably his time as the Executive Director of SPX and his involvement with the excellent  Baltimore Comic Con!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Vanessa Bettencourt on her Hooray for Books appearance

I briefly stopped in the Hooray for Books bookstore in Alexandria on Saturday to meet Portuguese cartoonist Vanessa Bettencourt, and enjoyed seeing her interact with the kids. I bought her two books, and we'll be doing our usual interview with her, but in the meantime, she wrote up her own impressions of her workshop at

That darn Lisa Benson

Democrats aren't mad that Comey was fired. They're mad that Trump did it. [in print as Focus on the firer; Letters to the Editor]

Eric Sorensen, Rockville

Washington Post May 20 2017, p. A15
online at

Friday, May 19, 2017

Comic Riffs talks to Bagieu about Mama Cass

And Michael will be interviewing her at the book festival tomorrow too...

Mama Cass graphic biography 'California Dreamin' ' shows how a Baltimore teen became a rock star

From "California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before the Mamas and the Papas," by Penelope Bagieu (First Second Books 2017)

Teresa Logan continues to Resist!

Formerly local cartoonist Teresa Logan has a new drawing up on the Resist! blog  at

The Post on the new Wimpy Kid movie

Fourth 'Wimpy Kid' film mixes fitful laughs with frequent groans [in print as In new 'Wimpy' film, a fresh cast and amped-up 'yuck'.

Washington Post May 19 2017, p. Weekend 26
online at

Scoop on Nobleman's project to get Finger's Batman recognition

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kilgore Books Kickstarter launched


 We wanted to let you know we've launched a Kickstarter to help fund our late spring line of new comics. To simply back us, go here:

We're putting out four incredible new comics, and reprinting two classic Van Sciver titles. We've got rewards at all levels, from $1 to $175, and we hope you'll help us out.

May 20: Comic creators at Gaithersburg Book Festival

Latest Title:

California Dreamin'

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982 to Corsican and Basque parents. Returning for her second time to the Gaithersburg Book Festival, Penelope is a best-selling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations appear across the French media. "Culottées," her graphic novel of short biographical sketches of daring women throughout history, debuted as the #1 best-selling
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Latest Title:

Noisy Night

Brian Biggs is the illustrator of approximately one bazillion children's books, three of which he also wrote. Brian creates his pictures in an old, one-story garage studio in Philadelphia. He lives with his wife and teenage kids nearby in a three-story house, right next to some very noisy neighbors. Facebook Twitter: @mrbiggsdotcom Vimeo

Latest Title:

Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared

Molly Brooks grew up in Nashville, Tenn., received her MFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts, and is currently based in Brooklyn. Her illustrations have appeared in The Village Voice, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Time Out New York, The Toast, BUST Magazine, Sports Illustrated online, and elsewhere. Twitter: @mollybrooks Tumblr: MollyBrooks

Latest Title:

Hocus Focus

Alexis Frederick-Frost is co-author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed "Adventures in Cartooning" series of graphic novels and picture books. Combining instructional material and an exciting comic, "Adventures in Cartooning: How To Turn Your Doodles into Comics," was named a Top Ten Graphic Novel and Top Ten Art Book for Kids by Booklist. Called "a
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Latest Title:

Samurai Rising

Gareth Hinds is the creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on literary classics, including "Beowulf," "King Lear," "The Merchant of Venice," "The Odyssey," "Romeo & Juliet," "Macbeth" and coming in August 2017, "POE: Stories and Poems." His books have received rave reviews from every major review publication, and most recently he illustrated "Samurai Rising," a
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Latest Title:

Bats: Learning to Fly

Falynn Koch currently lives in old city Philadelphia  with her husband Tucker and her dog Ghost. She has a Masters degree from Savannah College of Art and design in Atlanta, and is a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York City. She's a former food truck owner and is the writer and illustrator for
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Latest Title:

Juana and Lucas

Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She won the 2017 Pura Belpre award for her book "Juana & Lucas." She also is the illustrator of "Smick!" by Doreen Cronin and the author-illustrator of "One Big Salad." Juana has studied and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and now teaches at
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Latest Title:

Astronaut Academy

Dave Roman is the editor and creator of the Science Comics series that will consist of 25 graphic novels. He also is the author/illustrator of the "Astronaut Academy" series (winner of Maryland's Black-Eyed Susan Book Award) and writer of the graphic novels "Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis" and "Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery." He has contributed stories
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Latest Title:

Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared

Alison Wilgus is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based best-selling writer for comics and prose. "Flying Machines: How The Wright Brothers Soared " is her latest book. She has upcoming graphic novels – "Chronin" with Tor and non-fiction comics about aviation and human spaceflight for First Second Books. Her previous work has been has been published by Dark Horse, Del
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Ru Xu grew up in Indianapolis and received a degree in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the creator of the popular webcomic "Saint for Rent." "NewsPrints" is her first graphic novel. Her favorite things include historical fiction, fat birds and coffee-flavored ice cream. Twitter: @ruemxu

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 25: S.T.E.A.M. Within the Panels at AAAS Art Gallery

The American Association for the Advancement of Science invites you to a reception celebrating S.T.E.A.M. Within the Panels, a new exhibit in the AAAS Art Gallery that explores the depiction of science in comics and graphic books, at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Join several of the exhibiting artists for an evening of talks and exploration of science and comic expressions. 

Complimentary copies of artist Matt Dembicki’s book, Wild Oceans: Sharks, Rays, and other Endangered Sea Creatures, will be available to attendees while supplies last.  (Courtesy of 
Fulcrum Publishing)

This reception is supported by Subaru Loves Learning. RSVP here.

June 14: Comic Superheroines and the Arts @ National Museum of Women in the Arts

**Media Advisory—Fresh Talk: Who are the new superwomen of the universe?, Wed., June 14**
FRESH TALK: Who are the new superwomen of the universe?
For much of comics history, women characters were introduced as plot devices for leading male characters with disheartening regularity. A new wave of superheroines is entering the comic universe, leading the fight for justice and dispelling traditional stereotypes in fiction and beyond. Speakers include Carolyn Cocca, author of Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation; Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Philadelphia; Gabby Rivera, author of Marvel's AMERICA series and the novel Juliet Takes a Breath; and Ashley Woods, illustrator, graphic novelist, and artist for the Stranger Comics series NIOBE: She is Life.
Wed., June 14, 7–9:30 p.m.

Fresh Talk: 7–8:30 p.m.
Catalyst cocktail hour: 8:30–9:30 p.m.
Exhibition galleries open to attendees: 5–6:45 p.m.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20005
$25 general; $20 members, seniors, students; price includes museum admission and Catalyst cocktail hour. Reservations required. Reserve online at For more information, contact

The program will be live-streamed as well as recorded and made available on the museum's website shortly afterward. To watch the live stream, visit on the day of the event. Also, join conversations before, during and after Fresh Talk events with #FreshTalk4Change.
Carolyn Cocca / @carolyncocca
Carolyn Cocca
is a political scientist and associate professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, where she teaches courses on U.S. Politics, the Politics of Gender and Sexuality, Civil Rights Law and Civil Liberties Law. She is the author of multiple publications about gender, law and the news media, but for the past few years she has been focused on gender, comics and pop-culture media. Her latest book Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation examines how female superheroes are portrayed in print, on TV and in movies, and how and why those portrayals have changed over time.
Ariell Johnson / @AmalgamPhilly
A true child of the '80s, Ariell Johnson grew up on a diet of He-Man, She-Ra, Thundercats and Transformers. This would be the gateway to a lifelong love of superpowers, superheroes and comics. She turned this passion into a career at age 32 when she opened Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, a hybrid comic-book store and coffee shop. Amalgam is the only black-woman owned shop of its kind, and the only black-woman owned comic book store on the East Coast. Johnson has a strong passion and commitment to diversity, representation and inclusivity. She uses her shop to showcase and promote works that are created by and feature people of color, different faiths, women and the LGBTQ community.
Gabby Rivera / @quirkyrican
Gabby Rivera is currently making major waves for her new Marvel series starring America Chavez: a queer, Latinx superhero who's been written and designed, crucially, by a queer Latinx. Rivera is also the author of Juliet Takes a Breath, a YA novel listed by Mic as one of the 25 essential books to read for Women's History Month. As an activist, Rivera also gives back. She's the Youth Programs Manager at GLSEN (pronounced "glisten"), a leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students. That means fewer incidents of bullying and harassment, and more students treated with respect. She's also worked with for over five years as the QTPOC Speakeasy editor and A-Camp staff. As a film and multi-media teaching artist, Rivera has worked with social justice organizations like DreamYard Project, Inc. She has appeared as a featured panelist and counselor at the annual Autostraddle Queer Women's Conference, and has presented at the Allied Media and Digital Media and Learning Conferences.
Ashley Woods / @Ashes_Art
Born and raised in Chicago, Ashley A. Woods is an artist who got her start through self-publishing her action-fantasy comic series, Millennia War, while attending the International Academy of Design and Technology. After earning her degree in Film and Animation in 2007, she traveled to Kyoto, Japan, where she presented her work in a gallery showcase called Out Of Sequence. After returning to the states, work from her comics was included in the Black Comix compilation table-top book, which was used in college courses at various universities internationally. During summer 2015, she joined the team of Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg and Stranger Comics to work on NIOBE: She Is Life, which went on to sell tens of thousands of copies. Woods is currently working on LADY CASTLE with Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars, Wicked As They Come) for BOOM! Studios and on the cover for Vampire Hunter D (Stranger Comics). When Woods isn't working, she enjoys traveling, playing video games and studying Japanese.
Fresh Talk is the signature program of Women, Arts and Social Change (WASC), a bold new platform at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., composed of programs highlighting the power of women and the arts as catalysts for change. Programs convene women from a range of disciplines—people whose socially conscious ideas are reshaping lives and economies, engaging communities and empowering women. WASC is a unique forum for innovators and thought leaders to engage audiences in creative conversations on art, design, gender, equity, the environment, identity, education, health, social and economic opportunity, and more.
The Women, Arts and Social Change public program initiative is made possible through leadership gifts from Denise Littlefield Sobel, Lorna Meyer Calas and Dennis Calas, the MLDauray Arts Initiative, and the Swartz Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Bernstein Family Foundation, Marcia and Frank Carlucci, Deborah G. Carstens, the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, and The Reva and David Logan Foundation.

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Left to right: Carolyn Cocca photo by Steven Goodman, Ariell Johnson, Gabby Rivera photo by Julieta Salgado, Ashley Woods; Artwork by Ashley A. Woods

May 20: Graphic Novel Workshop at Hooray for Books

Graphic Novel Workshop with 
Vanessa Bettencourt

Saturday, May 20th: 3 pm

Have you ever wanted to write your own graphic novel? Or wondered what the process is to write and publish your own book? Join us for a FREE workshop with graphic novel author, Vanessa Bettencourt, who has written the Polly and the Black Ink series.

1555 King Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

May 20: Beer and comics at Heroic Aleworks

Heroic Aleworks and the D.C. Conspiracy, a group of comic creators, writers, artists, editors, and fans based in the Washington, DC region, are teaming up for a minicomics and arts show featuring about two dozen local comics creators! Pick up some one-of-a-kind locally made comics as you enjoy a pint (or two) of your favorite Heroic beer!