Monday, December 16, 2019

Warren Bernard Collection Tour and Interview (UPDATED)

Warren Bernard Collection Tour
Jim Rugg and Ed Piskor
Cartoonist Kayfabe (December 15 2019)

The Warren Bernard Shoot Interview
Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg
Cartoonist Kayfabe (June 28 2019)

and now updated with a third WB interview!

Vintage Sunday Funnies (with Warren Bernard)
Cartoonist Kayfabe July 13, 2019

The great super-collector, curator, author,and executive director of the Small Press Expo, Warren Bernard stopped through Pittsburgh and brought along some vintage Sunday Funnies sections to put under the microscope!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Ceci n'est pas une banane"

DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock on impeachment

"Ceci n'est pas une banane"

George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley, in a Los Angeles Times op-ed this week, gave us one of the most succinct and elegant analyses of the ongoing impeachment circus I've seen so far:

"Frankly, when I look at this impeachment, I see a banana taped to a wall. As others coo over the power and evidence in the report, I continue to look around scratching my head, wondering why others don't see the obvious gaps and conflicts." —Jonathan Turley on Twitter, 12.09.19

The Democrats have just voted to hand Trump horrific surveillance powers by reauthorizing the Patriot Act, and given him a $738bn war budget (including his Space Force), but he's still a Russian stooge and a threat to Democracy™, so let's impeach his ass anyway.

Christ, who the hell are they kidding?


"Opinion: The Trump hearings haven't connected the dots. Impeachment articles are premature" Jonathan Turley in the Los Angeles Times, 12.09.19

"'Atrocious': 188 Democrats Join GOP to Hand Trump $738 Billion Military Budget That Includes 'Space Force'", CommonDreams 12.12.19

"Handing Trump 'Terrifying Authoritarian Surveillance Powers,' House
Democrats Include Patriot Act Reauthorization in Funding Bill",  CommonDreams 11.19.19

Rene Magritte, "The Treachery Of Images (This Is Not A Pipe)", 1929

The Post on Off The Record's political cartoons

When bar coasters get political, it becomes D.C.'s ultimate souvenir

Dec. 13, 2019

NPR's Weldon on Superman's secret reveal

Local cartoonists on the Beat's best of the decade list

The 100 Best Comics of the Decade

The decade from 2010-2019 was a transformative one for comics

The March Trilogy

Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)

Mister Miracle

Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Clayton Cowles (DC)

The Vision

Tom King, Gabriel Walta, Jordie Bellaire, and Clayton Cowles (Marvel)

The Beat on the Luna Brothers feud

Joshua Luna accuses brother & ex-business partner Jonathan Luna of theft, emotional & physical abuse

The Luna brothers have shared credits on series including THE SWORD and GIRLS

By Samantha Puc


Bloom makes the Beat's best of 2019 list.

The Best Comics of 2019

The Beat staff reveals the most exciting and moving comics they read this year

Cartoons in National Geographic's Jane Goodall exhibit

Patrick McDonnell of course, but also a Gary Larson mention.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Trump's campaign compares him to genocidal fictional villain

'These are sad and strange times': Thanos creator rips widely mocked campaign video portraying Trump as Avengers supervillain

Former Washington Examiner cartoonist Nate Beeler's best of the decade

Nate Beeler's best of the decade is online at USA Today, which doesn't have it's own editorial cartoonist.

Thanks to Daryl Cagle's newsletter for the tip.

Arlington Library puts out top 100 titles checkout list...

and the cartoonists on it are...

... all for children.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney - 5 books

children's books by Mo Willems - 7 books

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey - 2 books

Baby-sitter's Club - 1 book (and not by Raina Telgemeier!)

and DVDs of the Incredibles 2 and Moana make the list too.

Two comic-art related movies on National Film Registry choices for 2019

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today (Dec 11, 2019) the annual selection of 25 of America's most influential motion pictures to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation's film heritage, the films in the class of 2019 range from Prince's 1984 autobiographical hit "Purple Rain" and Spike Lee's 1986 breakout movie "She's Gotta Have It" to Disney's 1959 timeless fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" and this year's biggest public vote getter, Kevin Smith's 1994 "Clerks."

"The National Film Registry has become an important record of American history, culture and creativity," said Hayden. "Unlike many other honors, the registry is not restricted to a time, place or genre. It encompasses 130 years of the full American cinematic experience – a virtual Olympiad of motion pictures. With the support of Congress, the studios and other archives, we are ensuring that the nation's cinematic history will be around for generations to come."


Clerks (1994)
A hilarious, in-your-face, bawdy-yet-provocative look at two sardonic young slackers (Dante and Randal). One toils as a New Jersey convenience store clerk while his alter-ego video store friend works when the mood strikes him. At 23 years old, Kevin Smith made his debut film for $27,000, reportedly financed by selling his comic book collection and using proceeds from when his car was lost in a flood. This sleeper hit helped define an era, grossed over $3 million, achieved prominent cult status among Generations X to Z, and easily garnered the most public votes in this year's National Film Registry balloting. Critic Roger Ebert described "Clerks" as "utterly authentic" with "the attitude of a gas station attendant who tells you to check your own oil. It's grungy and unkempt, and Dante and Randal look like they have been nourished from birth on beef jerky and Cheetos. They are tired and bored, underpaid and unlucky in love, and their encounters with customers feel like a series of psychological tests." 

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
The story of the sleeping princess Aurora, awakened by a kiss, already was widely known to theater audiences. But Disney transformed this timeless fable from the original Charles Perrault fairy tale ("The Sleeping Beauty of the Wood") and The Brothers Grimm ("Little Briar-Rose") by tweaking plot elements and characters (such as the number and role of the fairies), as well as with the film's magnificent score. Along with its vivid images and charming details, the film introduced movie audiences to one of Disney's most enduring villainesses — Maleficent (voiced in the 1959 film by Eleanor Audley). "Beauty" was the last of classic animated fairy-tale adaptations produced by Walt Disney, whose influence suffuses the film. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Washingtonian on Wonder Woman 1984's DC

All the DC-Area Stuff We've Identified in the "Wonder Woman 1984" Trailer (So Far)

Written by Andrew Beaujon

Washingtonian December 9, 2019

The Pennsylvania Ave scene takes place in front of the National Archives.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Jack Evans, Hometown Hero"

From Mike Flugennock, DC's anarchist cartoonist -

"Jack Evans, Hometown Hero"

Well, isn't this just all-time... Vincent Orange, DC Chamber of Commerce CEO and former disgraced DC City Council member, is throwing a bash for himself and a host of fellow grifters to congratulate themselves for bringing big-league baseball back to DC. Anybody who was anybody making this city miserable back in the '00s is going there, a turn-of-the-century rogues' gallery featuring none other than former Mayor Tony "The Rat" Williams himself. Honorees' schwag is to include replicas of the World Series trophy, and baseballs personally autographed by the owners of the Washington Nationals.

The truly spectacular irony here is that at a masturbatory shindig held by a guy who ended up resigning from the City Council after taking the Chamber gig, one of the honorees is our current champion multi-dipper, soon-to-be-bounced-out-of-his-seat and likely to end up with a C of C spot, Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans — an irony so spectacular, in fact, that I'm really going to have to go lie down now.


"Let's Celebrate Vincent Orange, Local Baseball Hero", Washington CityPaper 12.06.19

"Vincent Orange Gets an Outrageous Side Job", Washington City Paper 07.29.16

"Anthony Williams' Greatest Hits", posters by Mike Flugennock, 03.01.01

"Thanks, Washington Post (finally)", cartoon by Mike Flugennock, 06.22.19

"Chamber to Honor 'Hometown Heroes' at Dec. 12 Event", The Georgetowner 12.04.19

"All of Jack Evans' Colleagues Recommend Expelling Him from the Council", Washington City Paper 12.03.19

Wonder Woman 1984 trailer shows bits of DC

The new Wonder Woman 1984 trailer is online. Much of the movie takes place in DC, and I'm sure it'll be nostalgic for me because I was at George Washington University at the time.

A couple of local writers have looked at it already -

There Is A Lot Of D.C. On Display In The New 'Wonder Woman' Trailer