Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Andrew Looney of Looney Labs interviewed at Awesome Con

by Mike Rhode

Andy Looney, a co-founder of local games maker Looney Labs (along with his wife Kristen), was roaming the board games floor in a white lab coat as soon as the Con opened, handing people a special promo card from his company’s new game in exchange for a fist bump. When I mentioned that we had talked about an interview at a previous Awesome Con, he immediately offered to sit down and talk. Looney Labs sells games that he has designed, with Fluxx being its best known game. Fluxx is a card game with two basic rules – draw a card and play a card – and then a host of other cards modify those rules. The game has many versions including licensed ones of animation shows such as Batman Adventures and Cartoon Network properties.

Mike Rhode: How long have you been in business?

Andy Looney: Twenty years. We started in the late 90s. I invented Fluxx on July 24th, 1996. We started a company to sell it a little after I invented it. We’ve been based in College Park, MD the whole time.

MR: When you decide to expand the Fluxx game into all the variants?

AL: After a few years. We ran with the basic game for a while, and oddly enough the very first themed version was Stoner Fluxx. That was the very first one that suggested itself. It’s very common thing to say, “Hey, what if you took this game and made it a drinking game?” or in this case, a marijuana toking game.Since I’m not much of a drinker, this is the one we made. But also, we were really starting to get active with the legalization movement in those days, and when we first conceived it we thought of it as a fundraising thing. We were calling it NORML Fluxx.
We even pitched it to them. I remember an awkward meeting in their offices downtown where they essentially said, “What? No, we don’t want to do that. Sorry.” So we just made a generic Stoner Fluxx. That was the first one we printed, but things really took off with the themed versions with Zombie Fluxx in 2008.

MR: For the earlier years, you produced games that you didn’t have to license?

AL: Yeah. That was always the watchword: “No licenses.” Then Monty Python approached us, through a company named Toy Vault, that made Monty Python things. They wanted to do Monty Python Fluxx and contacted us about doing it and I said, “Sounds great, except I want to design and sell it, and we’ll kick you back [a commission] for making it happen. It’s a great idea.” It was great. They were so easy to work with and it sold well. It continues to be one of our hottest sellers, even though the license is just this vintage, old license. People still love Monty Python and it still does real well.

And then we thought, “This licensing thing isn’t so bad. Let’s try it with something else.” One of the things I really wanted to do was a themed version of Chrononauts, a time-travel game I invented in 2000. We made an early American version in 2004 and after Monty Python, I thought a license I would like to do would be to apply Back to the Future to the Chrononauts mechanism. We had it out for a few years, but then we had to let the license go because we couldn’t meet Universal’s guarantees because we’re not that big a company and it didn’t do that well for us. That also was an experience… whereas [licensing] Monty Python was a dream, this was much more challenging. There was a giant corporation that had a lot more pushback on various things, and there was a lot of back and forth to make them satisfied. I walked away from that one saying, “Oh my god, let’s not do any more licenses.” So for years, we didn’t do licenses. We focused on things like Cthulhu and Wizard of Oz and Pirates, but finally we started to do licenses again. We got Batman and the Cartoon Network ones then, but we’ve now lost the Cartoon Network licenses.  It’s a shame because everybody loves Rick and Morty now. We’ve still got Batman, Dr. Who, and Firefly and all of these have been hugely popular for us. This year we’re going to make Star Trek and ST: The Next Generation games.

MR: About the art – it’s varied over the games, but you have a high-level of art for a small game company. How do you find your artists?

AL: A lot of our games were done by one guy, Derek Ring of Boston. He’s our go-to artist. He’s done more art for Fluxx than any other artist. When we did Zombie Fluxx, we started working with a packaging and marketing design company. We wanted our packaging to look better so we hired a local company called Tim Kenney Marketing and he helped us update our branding and packaging. He was the one who connected us to Derek Ring. Afterwards, we wanted to keep working with Derek for our other games because he’d been such a great illustrator. He’s great.

Sometimes we use a friend of a friend, such as on Stoner Fluxx, and some art is done in-house. The art for Get the MacGuffin, our brand new game, is a long-time friend named Alex Bradley.

MR: MacGuffin is a totally new game and not based on anything you’ve done before?

AL: A totally new game. I’m real excited about it. There’s a thing called the MacGuffin that everyone is trying to get, because it’s a win-the-game card. If you have it, you’re likely to win, but the object of the game is to have the last card. If you’re out of cards, you’re out of the game. It’s an elimination game, but it’s always fast. You only have five cards or less depending on how many players are in the game. You have to make them last as long as you can. The MacGuffin is great because you can infinitely discard it and pick it up again instead of throwing away so it lasts forever. People try to steal it from you, or try to destroy it, but ultimately what matters is that you have the last card.

MR: Do you want to keep expanding the Fluxx line?

AL: I have so many other Fluxxes in my design library that I could make a Fluxx out of just about anything at this point. We’re doing more educational ones. I have a space one, not to be confused the science fiction Star Fluxx, that will be the solar system and space missions. I expect it next year or the year after. 

MR: The educational games are successful?

AL: Yes, we’re bringing out Anatomy Fluxx this year because Math and Chemistry proved so popular. We made those because we had a little convention of our fans a couple of years ago, and I put out every different version of Fluxx prototypes I had. At the time, I had as many unpublished prototypes as we had print games. I put them all on the table and said, “Try these out all weekend and vote for the ones you want to have published,” and Math and Chemistry were the vote leaders, so I thought “I guess we need to make these,” and they’ve proven popular enough that Anatomy was next. 

MR: I guess you can keep on going with educational games too…

AL: I’ve thought about dinosaurs. I definitely think a dinosaur Fluxx is one I’d do at some point, but I’m having a hard time deciding how to pair the cards off. It seems on one hand perfect – put a T Rex on a card, and ‘boom’ but on the other hand, how I match them up for the goals is the hard part.

MR: I’ve noticed a certain fondness for puns in your goals…

AL: I’m typically not a punster, but sometimes you can’t resist. I try to have humor in various forms throughout my games. I’m all about the comedy. With a name like Looney, you either develop a sense of humor growing up and embrace it, or you become embittered and can’t wait to change your name when you turn 18 or get married. For me, I embrace it and love comedy, so puns are one of the forms of humor I try to infuse in the games and goals are one of the best places I have for that comedy. I always say the goals are where the jokes are. Sometimes the hardest part is trimming out the goals, because I have so many great ideas, but I can’t have too many in the game. Sometime a deck has goal bloat anyway because there’s just too many jokes and I want to put them all in. 

Star Fluxx has goal bloat because I had just invented the goal mill, and the goal mill is such a useful card. Anytime a great new card comes along, I’ll start putting it into all versions I design after that, but I don’t usually like to retro-change the cards. Now the game cards have a new design without boilerplate and with a wraparound border, but older Fluxx games like Star, Monty Python, Zombie … they still have the old design and probably never will be updated. There is a heritage there that I like to be able to see – how the patterns and designs have changed and evolved.

MR: How many people work in Looney Labs?

AL: Around 8. It’s only 7 at the moment due to a recent departure. We’re small compared to a lot of game companies.

We’ve got a couple more games coming out. Mary Engelbreit, a noted illustrator, is someone we’re making three products with – one that I can’t talk about, a version of Loonacy, and Fairy Tale Fluxx that she’ll be doing all the illustrations for. We’re taking art out of her story books for Fluxx, and doing new art if necessary. 

MR: How did you end up working with her?

AL: We just reached out. Our new business person noted that Mary Engelbreit is very popular in markets we’re trying to reach such as more mainstream markets. We’re looking at ways of getting our products into markets where we aren’t usually seen like gift stores and greeting cards shops that already sell a lot of her products will hopefully pick these up based on her name. And that gets the foot in the door for selling Fluxx to a whole new group of people. I’m pretty excited about Space Fluxx which has black cards and NASA pictures.

MR: Speaking of new markets, for a while Target had an exclusive type of Fluxx…?

AL: We made a special edition of Fluxx for Target that was a little bit different, and was a little cheaper. When we working with Cartoon Network, we did a mashup for Target, and standalone Adventure Time and Regular Show versions for the hobby market. We also made Monster Fluxx that way. It was exclusive to Target for a while, but for us it’s been about trying to have a version of our product that is a little bit cheaper, a little bit different from the hobby store version, that we can sell in grocery stores, drug stores and places that have a little games area.

MR: Is that working for you?

AL: Yeah. It’s our secondary line. Monster Fluxx gives a sense of Zombie or Cthulhu, but in a lighter weight version with no Creepers. It’s the easy version of the game.

MR: Finally, will we see any more Chrononauts games?

AL: Everyone’s always asking about that. It’s hard. Timeline design is so challenging. It’s not like anything’s been happening in the news of note. [laughs] I’m always looking at the news, thinking, “Is this an event [that could change a timeline]?” Also there’s other areas of history that I think about, like a New World Chrononauts from pre-discovery America, or a future timeline imagining a bunch of big events… these are really challenging jobs. I’d like to update the basic game beyond The Gore Years expansion, but that’ll probably take a few years. I’m actively trying to work on a new game these days though.

April 11: Steve Orlando at Third Eye Comics

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Signing from 6pm-8pm
Hello Third Eye Faithful!

We know a ton of you were excited to meet Steve Orlando at our Milk Wars signing, but couldn't make it out to that one back in February, BUT we were lucky enough to have Steve fit us into his schedule to make a return visit to launch his new IMAGE series CRUDE!
We loved the debut issue of this one, and as big fans of Steve's past work, we're pretty pumped to have him back at the shop to kick off his latest and greatest!
Swing by tonight at Third Eye Annapolis, and get your books signed by Steve, and check out his newest release, CRUDE #1!

New on 'The Queen of Q Street'

A new story on --"The Queen of Q Street" by Cynthia Tenicela and Matt Dembicki.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Monday, April 09, 2018

Editorial cartooning on ComicsDC: An Editorial

by Mike Rhode

It occurs to me that some readers might be wondering about the fact that we now have three editorial cartoonists appearing regularly here - Mike Flugennock, Bill Brown and Steve Artley.

As you would expect, all three are local cartoonists.

Steve Artley (a long-time member of the blog) is working through his archive of drawings with a long-term eye to donating them to a library, so I suggested that he share them with us as he scans them for his file.

William "Bill" Brown's work appeared in the Takoma Voice newspaper for years, and with the loss of that venue, he's publishing his work here at the moment. He's best known for his President Bill (later Citizen Bill) strips which have run for years.

Mike Flugennock identifies himself as an anarchist and has been producing political work for years, some of which one sees around town, as protest posters. He's been sharing his work with us for years now too, and I always enjoy it when I get a new one from him.

None of these people get paid by us, or reflect "our" viewpoint, and the site as a whole takes no advertising or generates any money anyway. There is no editorial work done on any cartoonist's submissions, so what you see is what they've decided to post. We, including our writers, are all here for our love of the medium.

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: Yaser Murtaja, Presente!

From Washington's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennock:

Yaser Murtaja, Presente!

In memory and solidarity with Yaser Murtaja, the Palestinian photojournalist murdered by the IDF at the Gaza Land Day protests last week.

Elena Millie, poster curator of the Library of Congress, died last fall


Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 23, 2017


Library of Congress
Curator and Art Historian  
After a long life filled with love, laughter, friendship and adventures Elena left this life peacefully on November 12, 2017. Elena, known as "Auntie Lane" to her family and "Speedy" to her friends, touched many lives with her wisdom, caring, laughter and compassion. She was adored and loved by all who knew her. Born in Greenwich CT, she attended Greenwich Country Day, Emma Willard and graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Art History. She had a long career as an accomplished art historian, starting at the National Gallery of Art moving to the Library of Congress to serve as a Curator in the Poster and Prints Division for more than 3 decades. She collaborated, commentated, forwarded, authored and curated many exhibitions, collections, books and papers including Nagel: The Art of Patrick Nagel, The Polish Poster and Eyes of the Nation. An active member of many organizations, including 6th Church of Christ Scientist, Sulgrave Club, Evermay, Friends of Stratford Hall, Washington Studies Group, DAR, D.C. Society of Colonial Dames, Evergreen Garden Club and many more, she was beloved by many. In addition to a robust career and active life of service Elena was an avid gardener, reader, world traveler, art expert and wonderful friend to all. She is survived by her sister Lee G. Day, brother Julian C. Gonzalez and devoted nieces and nephews Jonathan, Neva and Julia Day; and Kelemn and Makenna Taylor-Gonzalez. One of her dearest friends sums her up best "a day spent with Elena was a good day". She will be sadly missed and joyfully remembered. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her name to Lynn House of Potomac Valley.

The Post on the death of Studio Ghibli's Takahata

Isao Takahata, poignant Japanese director who co-founded Studio Ghibli, dies at 82 [in print as Isao Takahata, 82; co-founded Studio Ghibli]

Washington Post April 9 2018 p. B5
online at

Sunday, April 08, 2018

National Gallery of Art to host cartooning exhibit

Thanks to Bruce Guthrie for the tip.

Sense of Humor
July 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Location TBA

James Gillray, Midas, Transmuting All into Paper, 1797, etching with hand-coloring in watercolor on laid paper, Wright and Evans 1851, no. 168, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Purchased as an Anonymous Gift

Humor may be fundamental to human experience, but its expression in painting and sculpture has been limited. Instead, prints, as the most widely distributed medium, and drawings, as the most private, have been the natural vehicles for comic content. Drawn from the National Gallery of Art's collection, Sense of Humor celebrates this incredibly rich though easily overlooked tradition through works including Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics. The exhibition includes major works by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Jacques Callot, William Hogarth, James Gillray, Francisco Goya, and Honoré Daumier, as well as later examples by Art Spiegelman, Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, John Baldessari, and the Guerrilla Girls.

The exhibition is curated by Jonathan Bober, Andrew W. Mellon senior curator of prints and drawings; Judith Brodie, curator and head of the department of American and modern prints and drawings; and Stacey Sell, associate curator, department of old master drawings, all National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

Comics Riffs on the unanticipated return of Nancy

For the first time in her 85 years, 'Nancy' will be drawn by a woman

The Post's John Kelly on Thurber in Falls Church

Why is there a street in Falls Church, Va., named after James Thurber? [in print as Where James Thurber lost an eye and got a style]

Washington Post April 8 2018

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Comics-related exhibit reviewed in The Post

In the galleries: Comic book artists show new dimensions

That darn Rhymes with Orange

The letter writer completely misses the tragedy of the sarcasm here.

Media, mixed signals and gun violence [in print as Mixed messages about gun violence].

Joedy Cambridge, Arlington

Washington Post April 7 2018

Comics in new issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine

The Spring 2018 issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine has a four-page cover story on medical student Jordan Tropf, which includes a panel of him running the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. The story is credited to Greg Rienzi and art to Jon Adams. There is no contributors bio on them, which was provided for the other writers and illustrators in the print edition. In the online version, Adams is listed as having worked with Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm.

WaPo reviews “Not Too High, Not Too Low” exhibit

Reviews / In the galleries: Comic book artists show new dimensions
Washington Post
“Not Too High, Not Too Low” invites six of them to explore different forms.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Glen Weldon on Legion's return

Comic Riffs on the death of Studio Ghibli's Isao Takahata

RIP: How Isao Takahata's haunting war masterpiece changed animation

Washington Post
Comic Riffs
blog April 6 2018

Not From Brazil's Awesome Con comic

Vanessa Bettencourt relates her Con experience at

April 21: Comic Logic's Three Year Anniversary Party

Comic Logic's Three Year Anniversary Party


  • Saturday, April 21 at 11 AM - 5 PM
  • Comic Logic Books & Artwork
    44031 Ashburn Shopping Plz, # 281, Ashburn, Virginia 20147

    Look who's three!
    Join us for our three year anniversay at Comic Logic featuring:
    *Creator John Reilly from Lovecraft:Herald & Tesla
    *Creator J. Robert Deans - sketch cards & live art
    *Cosplayer Cherry Cos
    *Sale items & swag
    *All Star Comic Con Cosplay Contest - win passes to the con!
    *Snacks & beverages
    and more!
    We hope to see each and every one of you here so we can personally thank you for being the best customers & friends any comic shop could ask for!
    Don't miss it!

    April 18: Jade Feng Lee (aka Dumpling Heart) at Fantom Comics

    Jade Feng Lee (aka Dumpling Heart) appears at Fantom Comics on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 PM to sign her variant cover for Steven Universe #15 from Boom! Studios.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Fantom Comics
    2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

    Scoop on Awesome Con

    On March 30 through April 1, 2018, comics and pop culture fans traveled to Washington, DC for the annual Awesome Con. Here we present photos of booths, exhibits, guests, and cosplayers that could be found throughout the convention center. Photos were provided by Gemstone Associate Editor Amanda Sheriff.

    Count Gore De Vol, the popular TV and internet horror host from the Washington, DC area, was among the many celebrity guests at Awesome Con. Scoop stopped by his booth during the event to chat about conventions, the upcoming anniversary of his show, and how he got into horror hosting.

    Thursday, April 05, 2018

    NPR interviews Ed Piskor

    From B-Boys To X-Men: Alt-Comics' Ed Piskor Goes Mainstream

    April 26: Tom Toles at National Press Club

    Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles speaks and sings at Silver Owls Hoot on April 26

    April 4, 2018 | By Richard Ryan

    Tom Toles, the Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist, will headline the National Press Club Silver Owls' Spring Hoot at 6 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 26, in the ballroom. He also will sing and play with his rock band, Suspicious Package.

    This will be his and the band's second appearance at a Hoot. The last time, in 2015, was a sellout, so early reservations are recommended.

    The Hoot is open to all Club members and their guests. Tickets are $35, which include dinner preceded by a cash bar. Reservations can be made at or by contacting the Club's reservations department at 202-662-7501 or

    Toles, whose work appears in some 100 newspapers, will discuss the current status and future of editorial and political cartooning. He also plays drums and sings harmony with his five-piece rock band that has appeared in numerous venues in Washington.

    Toles has been drawing his award winning cartoons at the Washington Post since 2002. He previously served as editorial cartoonist for the Buffalo News, Buffalo Courier-Express, New York Daily News, The New Republic, and U.S. News and World Report.

    Toles won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1990 and was a finalist on two other occasions. He was named Cartoonist of the Year by Editor and Publisher magazine in 2002 and by the National Cartoonists Society a year later. He received a National Headliners Award in 2005 and the Herblock Prize, named for his predecessor at the Post, in 2011.

    Wm. L. Brown cartoon: Fox News Executive Branch

    Local cartoonist/illustrator William L. Brown issues a weekly wordless (usually) commentary.

    Wednesday, April 04, 2018

    Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Blue Wave"

    From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock:

    "Blue Wave"

    From all the howling in the MSM these days, you'd think they were expecting not just a "Blue Wave", but a "Blue Tsunami" -- except the numbers say they'll be lucky to get a "Blue Ripple", and in Texas right now it's looking more like a "Blue Tidepool", pitting a bland corporate-looking white-boy Democrat against an incumbent whose head is sculpted entirely of suet pudding.

    This on top of the fact that on social media, the Democratic Party politburo, trolls and fangirls are going with the formula that worked so well for them last time:

    • Run a bland, donor class-approved corporate Centrist.
    • Threaten and shame Left voters.
    • Gaslight, insult, and lie to Left voters.
    • Bully and smear Left electoral challengers.
    • Hope the GOP candidate is revealed to be a pedophile.

    Cowabunga, dudes.

    Fine Books blog on Drawn to Purpose exhibit

    "Drawn to Purpose" Book Launch at the Library of Congress Tackles Gender Bias in Art

    April 7: 'Not Too High, Not Too Low' panel discussion

    The panel discussion on April 7 (2-4 p.m.) will feature some of the artists from the gallery exhibition "Not Too High, Not Too Low" Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Md. This event is free an open to the public.

    Per the Facebook event page: "Engage and learn more from the women behind not too high, not too low! Curator Amy Lokoff is joined by artists Jessica Agüero, Toni Lane, Anna Sellheim, and Lenora Yerkes from not too high, not too low for an intimate conversation about their work in the show, artistic influences, diversity in comics, and DC's zine scene. Bring your questions and curiosity!"

    Contributing artists to the exhibit.

    Tuesday, April 03, 2018

    Awesome Con photos at Brightest Young Things

    New non-comics children's book from Marc Tyler Nobleman

    Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real

    Published by Clarion and luminously illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, it's out 4/24/18—but the biggest way one can support an upcoming book is by pre-ordering it. Why? See the P.S.

    Also, ordering now will ensure it arrives in time to prepare for fairy-finding season. Let's say that's May.


    P.S. Pre-sales...

    • indicate a book's potential, which may encourage retailers to increase order quantities
    • count toward first week sales, which improves the chances a book makes a bestseller list
    • boost visibility, which may trigger sales via other ways (word of mouth, hand-selling by booksellers, press coverage, etc.)

    April 7: Fantom Comics -Writers Workshop & Isola Signing with Brenden Fletcher

    Saturday, April 7 (3:00pm – 10:00pm) – Writers Workshop & Isola Signing with Brenden Fletcher – Motor Crush. Gotham Academy. Batgirl. Black Canary. Power Rangers: Pink. Attack on Titan. Assassin's Creed. Brenden Fletcher's writing has something for everyone, and with his brand-new series, Isola, he's taking on the world of high fantasy with a story 20 years in the making! Come chat with us and Brenden as we learn more about our new favorite comic! Refreshments will be served!

    Monday, April 02, 2018

    Retrofit / Big Planet Comics publishing Kickstarter

    2018 Kickstarter launched!
    Posted by Retrofit Comics (Creator)

    Hi again everyone,

    We just wanted to let you know our NEW Kickstarter for our 2018 lineup has just launched! We are publishing 12 graphic novels this year, and we hope you will continue to support us! We're really excited about all of these, please check out the new page for images and descriptions.

    PR: DC Zinefest 2018: Digital registration opens Friday, April 6th

    Dear zinesters,

    We're excited to announce the start of our digital registration on Friday, April 6 at 12pm EDT. Visit our website at to register for a table to represent your zines. Demand for tables is high, so don't delay!

    DC Zinefest 2018 will take place on Saturday, July 21st 2018 at a new location: Art Enables in Northeast DC.

    We are once again offering a grant to help elevate the voices of people that are often marginalized in the zine community:
    • people of color
    • people with disabilities
    • people who identify as LGBTQIA+
    • people who earn low incomes

    Each grant gets you $50 and a quarter table at the fest. Grant applications are included as part of the online registration. If you've already applied through mail-in, don't worry! We'll ask you about your interest when we get in touch about tabling information. In an effort to make sure that as many people hear about this grant as possible, grant submissions will remain open even after all other tables are full. If more people are interested than there are grants available, awarding of grants will be decided by a lottery.

    Please contact us with any comments or questions. Thanks!

    - Your DC Zinefest organizers


    DC Zinefest | twitter | facebook 

    Zinefest 2018 = Saturday, July 21st

    Comics writer Mike Cowgill has a short story online

    Hedge Apple Magazine

    Today's featured piece is Michael Cowgill's adorable short story, "This Girl" about an all-female Beatles tribute band.

    From the Artleytoons Vault

    From the Vault of Artleytoons
    This cartoon, "Reagan’s Leaky Leaks" from 1986 addressed an aggressive U.S.G. disinformation campaign directed toward Libyian strong-arm leader Moammar Kadafi. The campaign released false statements and purposely crafted fake leaks to the American Press designed to destabilize the Lybian regime. The operation was devised to provoke Kadafi into careless acts of terrorism, thus justifying U.S. military strikes on Tripoli and Benghazi. Once the real story was leaked to W.P. reporter Bob Woodward, the Administration scrambled to identify the person(s) responsible for disclosing the classified Op. In the end, no Administration heads rolled and President Reagan — known to be a bit too loose-lipped whenever he went off script — managed to keep his Teflon coating intact. (click on images for larger view).

    See more recent work by Steve Artley at Artleytoons

    Click on image for larger view

    Library of Congress exhibit on women cartoonists featuring in Chicago Tribune

    Back to the drawing table? Women have been there all along, says the book/exhibit 'Drawn to Purpose'

    Darcel Rockett
    Chicago Tribune March 30 2018

    Sunday, April 01, 2018

    Staake does the Simpsons in The Post

    Style Invitational Week 1273: Come to our aid(e) — restocking the Cabinet [in print as Har heads; winning bank headlines]

    Tell us who (or what!) would be a better hire in a federal job; plus winning 'bank heads'

    He'd probably give a better "60 Minutes" interview, too. (Bob Staake for The Washington Post, with apologies to Matt Groening and "The Simpsons" )

    That darn Pastis

    This 'Pearls Before Swine' speaks for a lot of parents and teachers [in print as This comic spoke for a lot of parents]

    Joseph Maniscalco, Bluffton, S.C.

    Washington Post March 31 201, p. A13

    online at

    National Archives blogs on Clifford Berryman

    Play Ball!


    President Theodore Roosevelt dodges "amendments" to the proposed Hepburn Rate Act, by Clifford Berryman, 5/12/1906. (National Archives Identifier 306091)

    ...and, for the record, the Cosmos Club in DC has 10 original Berryman cartoons in its billiards room that I didn't know about before.

    Awesome Con Sunday photos

    I popped back in for a couple of hours today and saw some local cartoonists I'd missed on Friday, met and was upsold by Neal Adams, saw Bruce Guthrie taking photos, and enjoyed more of the Con that I don't usually go to like the children's section.

    Here's more local people...

    Joe Sergi whose done a law history book - The Law for Comic Book Creators - that I'm looking forward to reading. Watch for an interview with him coming soon.

    Jared Smith of Big Planet Comics; I can always find something in their cheap graphic novels.

    Marc Hempel, Sandman artist who lives around Baltimore.

    Mark Wheatley of Insight Studios. We're going to have an interview with him about his book illustration work.

    Arsia Rozegar who's illustrating a Persian epic now.

    And some pictures for fun.

    Wonder Woman and Batman cosplayers in mail. They clanked.

    Starlord and Gamora cosplayers taking a break.

    A signing line at the DC Comics booth.