Tuesday, October 08, 2019

SPX puts more panels and interviews online

SPX 2019 Panel - Intersection Between Comics and Animation

Published on Oct 3, 2019

Artists have been working in the mediums of comics and animation for as long as both have existed. Recently, the divide between the two arts seems thinner than ever, especially since so much of alternative comics has influenced animation. From directors to storyboard artists and from personal projects to working for major studios, a quartet of cartoonists discuss what the transition between the two is like, how to find ways to work on personal comics while still doing commercial work, and what a cartoonist can learn from animation. Craig Frank (JFK Secret Ops), John Kenn Mortensen (Sticky Monsters), Dakota McFadzean (DreamWorks, Don't Get Eaten By Anything), and Laura Knetzger (Adventure Time, Bug Boys) talk about balancing the personal and commercial and how their skills overlap. Critic Jules Bakes (Enemies Of The State) moderates.

SPX 2019 Panel - Science Fiction and Social Justice

Published on Oct 4, 2019

Science fiction has long been used as a way to speak out against inequality, colonialism, and other injustices. Moderator and critic Kayleigh Hearn (Women Write About Comics) leads a discussion with Ezra Claytan Daniels (Bttm Fdrs, Upgrade Soul), Kevin Czap (Fütchi Perf), Iasmin Omar Ata (Mis(h)adra, Zenith) and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder) on how they address systematic oppression in their comics.

SPX 2019 Panel - Birthing Stories

Published on Oct 4, 2019

There have been a number of extraordinary comics published about pregnancy and motherhood in recent years. Carol Tyler (Late Bloomer, Soldier's Heart) blazed the trail in this regard thirty years ago, and she moderates an all-star assemblage of cartoonists discussing the experience of giving birth. Lucy Knisley (Kid Gloves), Marnie Galloway (Slightly Plural), Meghan Turbitt (Laughter Birth), Lauren Weinstein (Mother's Walk), and Rachel Masilamani (We Conceive) offer a wide variety of perspectives on their own birthing stories.

SPX 2019: Katherine Blood & Martha Kennedy

Published on Oct 7, 2019

Joe and Rusty chat with Katherine Blood and Martha Kennedy from the Library of Congress! We talk about buying books for country's library, finding new artists, and how to decide what should be preserved! We also discuss cheese! Check out the Small Press Expo's collection by going to loc.gov and searching "Small Press Expo"! There's so much stuff!

SPX 2019: Jeff Zwirek

Published on Oct 8, 2019

Jeff gives Joe and Rusty the inside inside scoop on Popeye's Chicken Sandwich! And the Impossible Burger! Dark, probably untrue, secrets revealed for the first time! Joe was on the outside and had no idea!

SPX 2019 Panel - Cartoonist Kayfabe Live!

Published on Oct 5, 2019

Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree) and Jim Rugg (Street Angel) give viewers "the audio/visual inside scoop from two lifetime comic book makers." Ed and Jim's popular comics podcast discusses everything from old issues of Wizard and Heroes Illustrated to commentaries on specific series to quarter bin discoveries. This installment is recorded live from SPX.

SPX 2019: Caroline L. Smith

Published on Oct 7, 2019

Joe and Rusty talk to Caroline L. Smith about her first time at SPX, making diary comics, and the grind of long projects! Oh, and knitting! There's definitely knitting chat.

SPX 2019: Adam Casey

Published on Oct 7, 2019

Rusty and Joe catch up with longtime pal, Adam Casey! We discuss drawing challenges, upcoming crime sprees, and, well, there's no good way to put this: the guys may have met their end at Adam's hand.

SPX 2019: Mindy Indy

Published on Oct 7, 2019

Mindy Indy tells the guys all about her new Kickstarter for Aer Head! Also, possibly the most action-packed Mystery Question ever! It's all going down, guys!

SPX 2019 Panel - Libraries and Comics: Past, Present and Future Trends

Published on Oct 7, 2019

Over the past twenty years, libraries and the comics industry at all levels have been working together to forge bonds that have benefited both. Comics and graphic novels have become a huge draw for libraries, who also use their resources for comics festivals and workshops. Libraries have become an essential client for publishers at all levels, emerging as a crucial part of their bottom line. Critic Chris Mautner explores the evolving nature of this relationship with Kathy Schalk-Green (of the American Library Association), Megan Halsband (from the Library of Congress), Jacq Cohen (representing Fantagraphics Books), and cartoonist Raina Telgemeier (award-winning and best-selling author of Smile, Drama, Sisters and her newest book, Guts).

SPX 2019 Panel - Graphic Advocacy

Published on Oct 6, 2019

While comics are often thought of primarily as a storytelling medium, the rise of graphic journalism and graphic medicine point to a fusion of text, image, and narrative. In particular, comics with a particular mission and point of view are a powerful tool. Moderator Hallie Jay Pope leads Dan Nott (This Is What Democracy Looks Like), Archie Bongiovanni (A Quick & Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns), Breena Nuñez (Visions From The Inside) and Matt Bors (The Nib) in a discussion of their particular projects. From advocating particular causes, to giving others a voice, to providing instruction on important issues, each cartoonist has a lot to say in their comics.

SPX 2019 Panel - Depicting Motion in Sports Comics

Published on Oct 6, 2019

Sports comics have a long and distinguished tradition, both in America and abroad. And they present a unique challenge for cartoonists: trying to find a way to depict dynamic movements in a static medium. José Quintinar (Gran Slam), AJ Dungo (In Waves), Rob Ullman (Old-Timey Hockey Tales), and Ellen Lindner (The Cranklet's Chronicle) discuss how they bring tennis, surfing, hockey, and baseball (respectively) to life. SPX Executive Director, comics historian and collector Warren Bernard moderates and offers his perspective on sports cartooning with examples of work by Willard Mullin, the pre-eminent sports cartoonist of the 20th Century.

SPX 2019: Micah Myers

Published on Oct 8, 2019

Joe and Rusty chat with Micah Myers about his ridiculously prolific lettering career, writing comics, and the challenges of collaboration! Also, something happens here that has never happened in an interview with Rusty and Joe before! Trust us: we are telling the truth! Also trust us: it will disappoint! Check out Micah's work at micahletterscomics.com!

SPX 2019: Kelly Bastow

Published on Oct 8, 2019

Rusty and Joe catch up with Kelly Bastow! They discuss pets, puzzles, scratchers, best dresses, edible bananas, and SO MUCH MORE.

SPX 2019: Carol Tyler

Published on Oct 8, 2019

Carol Tyler returns with a comics gang to update Rusty and Joe about her Ink Farm, redecorating her home with art on the walls, and getting sweet grocery deals!

SPX 2019 Panel - Enemies of the State Live!

Published on Oct 5, 2019

Critics Alex Hoffman (Sequential State), Daniel Elkin (Your Chicken Enemy), Rob Clough (High-Low), and Jules Bakes present a live version of their podcast Enemies Of The State. In every episode, they take a deep dive into a single book. The Enemies discuss the Ignatz Award-nominated Girl Town and are joined by the artist, Casey Nowak.

Swann Foundation is accepting fellowship applications

The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship, one of the few in the field, for the 2020-2021 academic year. Deadline for applications is February 14, 2020. Please see the following for criteria, guidelines, and application forms:


Please email swann@loc.gov or call (202) 707-9115 if you have questions.

Monday, October 07, 2019

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Home, Dank Home"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennock

"Home, Dank Home (Hands Off Homegrow, no. 2)

Another for my gang at DCMJ, in support of retaining legal homegrow — 
one of the main provisions of Initiative 71 — in DC Mayor Bowser's 
Safe Cannabis Sales Act.


Washington DC "Safe Cannabis Sales Act"

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Interview: The Career Of John Romita, Jr...In His Own Words

Interview: The Career Of John Romita, Jr...In His Own Words

by Troy-Jeffrey Allen

There are certain things you can always count on when it comes to comics - things that are mainstays across generations.

For example:

  • Marvel vs. DC will always be THE go-to rivalry.
  • No one stays dead in comics forever.
  • With great power comes great responsibility.
  • Archie will never quite settle on Betty or Veronica.
  • Crossovers are as imminent as death and taxes.
  • John Romita, Jr.

Since the late 1970s, John Romita, Jr. has been a constant in the comic book industry. His four-decade run at Marvel bridged generations, his co-creations Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl infiltrated the larger pop culture landscape, and his current run at DC Comics is destined to extend his career in comics well into the future. 

In Part 1 of our interview above, Romita, Jr. takes us through the earliest parts of his career. From stepping out of the shadow of his legendary father (John Romita, Sr.) to tackling the classic "Demon in a Bottle" story for Iron Man. Journey with PREVIEWsworld as Romita provides an oral history of the ups, downs, and triumphs of making myths and entertaining fans throughout the years.

Stay tuned for Part 2, in which Romita talks about his first run on X-Men and much more!

That darn Toles

Face it. Thou shalt lie.

Thomas Anthony DiMaggio, York, Pa.

That darn Knight Life and Nancy

They loved 'The Knight Life,' 'Nancy,' not so much

Gretchen Dunn, Peter Zimmerman, Roger L. Powell
Washington Post October 5 2019, p. A17

The Post on Batwoman and ranking Jokers

After their CW treatments, Batwoman and Nancy Drew have a hard time being themselves [in print as Gotham deserves better than this lame 'Batwoman']

Washington Post October 5 2019, p. C1, 2

Ruby Rose knows Batwoman is a step forward for LGBTQ superheroes — but she's more interested in how she saves the day

Our definitive ranking of the Jokers, from Jack Nicholson to Joaquin Phoenix [in print as A Definitive Ranking of Our Favorite Jokers].

Bob Mankoff is speaking at Politics and Prose

... About Jewish cartoons. And retelling some of Freud's jokes.

Friday, October 04, 2019

City Paper reviews Joker

Joker is Nothing More Than a Series of Grievances [in print as Tears of a Clown]

Todd Phillips does the iconic character a disservice.

Washington City Paper Oct 4, 2019 p. 26.

Library of Congress comics exhibit featured on CGTN

Comic strip exhibition celebrates icons and heroes time forgot

Original artwork of famous comic characters has gone on display at the U.S. Library of Congress. The exhibition charts 120 years of cartoons. And while there are scores of familiar faces, the exhibition also aims to honor those time forgot, CGTN's Owen Fairclough reports.

NPR talks to Chris Ware

In 'Rusty Brown,' Chris Ware Resolves To Find The Good In Everyone

NPR on Joker movie

Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Finds The Humanity In 'Joker'·
Morning Edition October 3, 2019

'Joker' Is Wild ... ly Dull
NPR October 3, 2019

In 'Joker', Joaquin Phoenix Gives A Big Performance In A Flat Film.

The Post on Joker movie

Joaquin Phoenix is a vivid, operatic Joker, but the movie is way too full of itself [in print as A grisly but often predictable funhouse].

Movie critic
Washington Post October 4 2019, p. Weekend 32

Why 'Joker' became one of the most divisive movies of the year [Why some aren't smiling about the release of 'Joker'.]

Washington Post Oct. 4, 2019, p. C1,3

Police, theaters brace for violence as Warner Bros. 'Joker' opens in controversy [in print as Police, theaters brace for violence as 'Joker' opens].

Thursday, October 03, 2019

The Post on possible Joker film violence

Police, theaters brace for violence as Warner Bros. 'Joker' opens in controversy

Loudon County Library selects Hey, Kiddo for 1book 1community

Hey, Kiddo selected for 1book 1community
We are thrilled to announce the selection of Hey, Kiddo, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, for our 2019 1book 1community program. This timely, headline-making National Book Award finalist is a graphic-novel memoir about Krosoczka's childhood growing up in a family as it grapples with addiction. Free copies of Hey, Kiddo are available now in branches or you can read the eBook on our OverDrive or Libby apps through Nov. 23.
SAVE THE DATE: Don't miss the chance to meet Krosoczka during a free public presentation Saturday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m. at Riverside High School in Leesburg.

Two more SPX panels online

SPX 2019 Panel - Queer Science Fiction and World Building

Published on Oct 1, 2019

Science fiction has long been used as a means to address any number of society's ills through the use of alien settings and advanced technology. Many cartoonists address queer-specific issues in the way that they actually create the foundations of their worlds. Critic and publisher Carta Monir moderates Hannah Templer (Cosmoknights), Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (What Is Left), Shing Yin Khor (Salvage Station No. 8), and Alison Wilgus (Chronin) as they discuss how their settings create explicitly and implicitly relate queer themes.

SPX 2019 Panel - International Trends in Small Press Publishing

Published on Sep 30, 2019

Publishing and distribution remain small press comics' thorniest issues, but the passion and vision of small press publishers continue to blaze new trails and provide opportunities for artists around the world. An international line-up of publishers and editors including Paw Krogsbek Mathiasen (Fahrenheit), Pernille Arvedsen (Cobolt), Annie Koyama (Koyama Press), Carta Monir (Diskette Press), and Marc Pearson (Glom Press) discuss strategies, obstacles, and their vision for small press comics. Critic Rob Clough (High-Low) moderates.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

PW Comics World: More To Come at SPX

More To Come 389: Hannah Templer and James Romberger at SPX 2019

Tom King profiled in Publishers Weekly

Kevin Panetta will be co-writing Archie

Katy Keene Is Heading to Riverdale This January In "Archie and Katy Keene" [Exclusive]

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Ann Telnaes wins Ink Bottle Award from AAEC (via Twitter)

A big congrats to cartoonist on receiving this year's Ink Bottle Award from . Telnaes was cited for her tireless work with , her outreach to younger political cartoonists, and curating the 1st Amendment show at .

In accepting the award, Ann said she wanted to share the honor with friend and fellow cartoonist Signe Wilkinson . Both women are Pulitzer winners, and were key planners of this year's AAEC convention at the

The Post reviews a Rick and Morty science book

'Rick and Morty's' cartoon world is absurd and hilarious. But one of its premises may be real: The multiverse [in print as 'Rick and Morty's' cartoon world is crazy and hilarious. But one of its premises may be real.]