Thursday, July 25, 2019

Otakon starts tomorrow

Welcome to Otakon!

Founded in 1994, Otakon is an annual convention held in the summer months to celebrate Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc) and its fandom. The event runs from Friday to Sunday and is packed with a schedule that has tons to do.

Otakon is held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in our nation's capital of Washington, DC.

Otakon 2019! July 26-28, 2019

Local Steve Canyon collector profiled by local journalist

For the record, as this won't be available to most people, but Michael tells me he's looking for a mainstream publisher for the article.

For the Love of Steve; U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Richard A. Bauman collects 41 years of Steve Canyon comic strips along with artwork by its creator Milton Caniff.

By Michael O'Connell

Comic & Fantasy Art Amateur Press Association (CFA-APA) issue 107

The Post on Paul Krassner's death

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

July 26: BIG Time with Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) in Baltimore

JUL 26

BIG Time with Kevin Kallaugher (KAL)

Sarah Boxer's new book reviewed

The Freud Rabbit

Sarah Boxer's whimsical cartoon novel puts a bestiary of human frailty on the psychoanalytic couch

July 23, 2019

Library of Congress Blog on Martha Kennedy's Eisner award

Eisner Winner! Library's "Drawn to Purpose"

PR: Get House of X #1 at our Midnight Release Tonight!

Be one of the 1st to read the ground-breaking new X-MEN series: HOUSE OF X at our HOUSE OF X #1 Midnight Release Tonight!!
You may have heard by now, but HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X is set to be the biggest thing to hit comics in 2019, as it ushers back in the glory that characters as beloved as the X-Men deserve!

Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (Secret Wars, East of West, Avengers Time Runs Out, Black Monday Murders) pairs with superstar artists like Pepe Larraz & R.B Silva to bring a spin to the X-Men that's both true to the characters and their stories, but also very much moving the grand story of the X-Men into new directions!

You can read all about it here with our Third Eye Guide to HOUSE OF X!
Click here to read all about our HOUSE OF X Midnight Release!

Express talks to Lion King's young voice actors

'The Lion King's' young Simba and Nala discuss becoming cinematic royalty [in print as Next in line for the throne].

NPR's Petra Mayer on Meconis' Queen Of The Sea

NPR on San Diego Comic-Con catch-up

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Post followup on Kyoto Animation arson murders

Kyoto Animation fire: Tributes flow for victims as Japan reels from deadly blaze [in print as As Japan reels from deadly blaze, tributes flow for victims]

Washington Post July 20 2019

That darn Speed Bump and Dennis the Menace

The poor placement of these comics is no laughing matter [in print as No laughing matter]

Michele Claeys, Washington

Washington Post July 20 2019

The Post reviews Aladdin musical at Kennedy Center

The whiz-bang 'Aladdin' at the Kennedy Center still has problems to solve [in print as An even shinier new world for 'Aladdin']

Chris Pitzer of Richmond's AdHouse Books interviewed

Chris Pitzer AdHouse Books The Shoot Interview

Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg

July 29-31: Paul Merklein teaching comics in VA

From Paul Merklein


On The Road Again

Cartoonist (and former resident of Silver Spring MD) Paul Merklein will be teaching and drawing cartoons this month in Virginia.

July 29, 10:30 am at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville
July 29,  2:00 pm at Handley Library in Winchester
July 29,  6:00 pm at Bowman Library in Stephens City
July 30,  11:00 am at Bowman Library in Stephens City
July 30,  2:00 pm at Bowman Library in Stephens City
July 31,  3:00 pm at Tysons-Pimmit Library in Falls Church
July 31,  7:00 pm at Reston Regional Library in Reston

Meet Paul and get a FREE cartoon!

See Paul's cartoons at…

See videos of Paul's programs at...

You might also see Paul visiting a few of his favorite places in DC, like Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street, and Tastee Diner in Silver Spring

Tom King won four Eisner awards

2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners

Best Short Story

"The Talk of the Saints," by Tom King and Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)

Best Limited Series

Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

The Vision hardcover, by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and Michael Walsh (Marvel)

Best Writer

Tom King, Batman, Mister Miracle, Heroes in Crisis, Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)

National Zoo curator corrects The Lion King remake

How 'The Lion King' Gets Real-Life Lion Family Dynamics Wrong

  • A version of this article appears in print on July 22, 2019, Section C, Page 1 of the New York edition with the headline: 'The Lion King' and Real Family Life

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Martha Kennedy of Library of Congress wins Eisner award


comiXology (@comiXology)
The Award for Best Comics-Related Book goes to Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists by Martha H. Kennedy! #EisnerAwards

Friday, July 19, 2019

PR: DC Zinefest 2019 is TOMORROW!

Dear Zinefest fans,

DC Zinefest 2019 is tomorrow (Saturday 7/20) from 11:00am to 5:00pm at the amazing, air-conditioned Art Enables (2204 Rhode Island Ave NE). Don't miss it!

Key points:

  • 70+ talented zine-makers sharing their zines, prints, buttons
  • limited-edition Zinefest posters, tote bags, and more
  • FREE admission (though we would love your donations)
  • air conditioned!
  • come before 1:00pm to avoid the rush! 

Want to share your work too? Volunteers will be running a "day-of distribution" table tomorrow. You can add your zines to the table for sale or trade during the fest!

RSVP at the DC Zinefest 2019 Facebook event and come say hi! Connect with the 'fest on social media using @DCZinefest and #DCZF19.

How to get there? What else is nearby? Check out our website


The DCZF Organizers


SEPT 4: Baaaad Muthaz Book Launch at Fantom Comics


  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

  • Fantom Comics
    2010 P St NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20036
  • Hosted by Rosarium Publishing

Join author Bill Campbell (Rosarium Publishing) as he launches his brand new "spaceploitation" graphic novel, BAAAAD MUTHAZ!

These women are truly baaaad!!!

They're rough. They're ready. They're space pirates. They're a James Brown revival band. They are the Baaaad Muthaz!!!

Follow Afro Desia, Cali Vera, Alley Bastard, Candy Ass, Katana Jade, and Snake on their madcap cosmic adventures as they funk up the galaxy and face off against freakazoids, alligator women, and a reindeer who looks like Prince all in search of the almighty booty!!!

"You got SAGA with a funk/punk riff here. What's not to love???"

–Zig Zag Claybourne, author of The Brothers Jetstream

"I hang with surrealists, but reading Baaaad Muthaz was a whole, entire next-level experience."

–John Edward Lawson, author of Devil Entendre

"A love letter to black American pop culture."

–Publishers Weekly

Join us for the funk, the Q&A (with Christopher Chambers), and the BAAAAD MUTHAZ!!!