Friday, February 07, 2020

Feb 13: J-Film: MY love STORY!!

Come to the JICC for a FREE Japanese film!
Come to the JICC for a FREE Japanese film!
MY love STORY!!
Thursday, February 13th at 6:30 PM
Live adaptation of the unique girls' manga and anime that follows the slapstick romantic antics of a pure-hearted and sincere guy with the looks of a meathead.

The film recreates the humorous appearance of the characters in the original story, 
with lead actor Suzuki Ryohei putting on 30 kg especially for the role.
J-Film: MY love STORY!! J-Film: MY love STORY!!
First-year high school student Goda Takeo is a gentle-hearted guy, though you'd never guess it by his fierce face and lumberjack physique. He's clumsy but warmhearted, and gets along great with other guys but most girls generally find him repulsive. As a result, he's been pretty unlucky in love his entire life. (Unlike his ridiculously handsome childhood friend Sunakawa Makoto.)

One day, he rescues the beautiful Yamato Mei from the unwanted advances of another guy and for him it's love at first sight. But how does Yamato feel about it?

Starring SUZUKI Ryohei, NAGANO Mei, SAKAGUCHI Kentaro
In Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 2015 | 105 min | Directed by KAWAI Hayato
Registration required
Image: © Aruko, Kazune Kawahara/SHUEISHA; 2015 "OREMONOGATARI" Film Partners
Trailer for J-Film: MY love STORY!!
Presented with Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.
Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Image: © いらすとや

J-Film: MY love STORY!!

Thursday, February 13
from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

JICC: Japan Information & Culture Center,
Embassy of Japan 
1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, D.C. 
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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Program begins at 6:30PM.
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June 6: Ann Telnaes to interview Garry Trudeau in Kansas City (Missouri)

See this story for the details -

74th Reubens: Gold T-Square to G. B. Trudeau

Post article on Liz Montague available on non-paywalled paper Royal Gazette

Black female cartoonist brings different perspective [Liz Montague].

Malaka Gharib on making art on NPR's Life Kit podcast

Malaka Gharib interviewed on Smash Pages

Smash Pages Q&A: Malaka Gharib

The creator of 'I Was Their American Dream' discusses zine culture, being creative every day and more.

Smash Pages February 4, 2020

Cavna talks to ‘Birds of Prey’ director Cathy Yan

Cathy Yan's rapid rise from journalist to 'Birds of Prey' director: 'I didn't think you could do this professionally' [in print as 'Birds of Prey' director's migration to moviemaking].

Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez and director Cathy Yan on the set of Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez and director Cathy Yan on the set of "Birds of Prey." (Claudette Barius/DC Comics/Warner Bros.)

Dead Reckoning's The Stringbags star reviewed at Publishers Weekly

The Stringbags

Garth Ennis and P.J. Holden. Dead Reckoning, $29.95 (192p) ISBN 978-1-68247-503-4

Weldon on Birds of Prey movie

'Birds Of Prey' Is A Fun, Fast, Feathery Mess

Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)  in Birds of Prey.

Latest Liz At Large at City Paper

Liz At Large: "Change"

Has the dog ever steered you wrong?

Liz Montague
Feb 6, 2020

Thursday, February 06, 2020

NPR reviews Passmore's 'Sports Is Hell'

In Ben Passmore's Latest, 'Sports Is Hell' And The World Is On Fire

Tonight: Pleading with Cars Tour | Atomic Books


Pleading with Cars Tour | Atomic Books

 · Hosted by AdHouse Books and Atomic Books

Comic creator Kurt Ankeny hits the road in support of his recently released PLEADING WITH STARS! - a collection of stories about people interacting with each other, and the universe, and often finding that they themselves are smaller and yet more wondrous in comparison.

Kurt Ankeny is an award-winning cartoonist whose work has appeared in Best American Comics, at the Society of Illustrators, and in Comics Workbook, PEN America's Illustrated PEN, and Fantagraphics's NOW Anthology.

Josh Kramer covers bicycling for the City Paper

Quoting from their newsletter today:

Comic by Josh Kramer and design by Julia Trebrock.

This year might mark a watershed moment for bike safety. 

It's not guaranteed, but completed targets out of the District Department of Transportation give reason to hope: 89 miles of painted lanes and 11.5 miles of protected routes. 

"These numbers tell a story, but I think that this moment in biking would be best suited to my preferred medium—comics," writes City Paper's Josh Kramer for today's cover story, available in print and online. "Biking in D.C. has created a lot of anger and fear, but also joy. I want to draw that. In words and pictures, I'll show you the bike lanes, the bollards, and the pneumatic road tubes, but I'll also bring you to the places where D.C. residents have died. So come along with me and let's see where this cycle track leads us."

This cover story is something special. Give it a look.   

 —Amanda Michelle Gomez 

NPR on the end of 'BoJack Horseman'

Editorial Cartoons by Steve Artley

Recent Cartoons from artleytoons (click on Image for larger view)

©2020 Steven G. Artley • artleytoons • ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Spokesman-Review credits Washington Post for bigger comics pages

The Post of 1954 true, but...

Rob Curley: Adding more comics and puzzles still a great idea from 1954

Wed., Feb. 5, 2020 

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "There's An App For That"

From Mike Flugennock, DC's anarchist cartoonist:

"There's An App For That"

Well, that sure was some skanky-ass to-do we had out in Iowa this week. Sanders was looking really good to take it, but then they suddenly "delayed" the results because of an issue with a skanky vote-reporting app — a skanky app coded by a skanky company operated by old Hillary campaign stooges and which has also worked for the Buttigieg campaign.

I'm so not into the tinfoil hat thing, but when the DNC announces their new "troll hunting" campaign against "disinformation" on the Internet, and then their vote-tracking app built by a bunch of Hillary hacks implodes as Mayo Pete declares himself the winner — kinda like that Guaido guy — you just can't help thinking something is really, really stanky around here.

You couldn't expect less from an outfit called Shadow, Inc. Look out, Nevada.


"Avalance of issues takes out Iowa plan for high-tech caucus", 
Washington Post 02.04.20

"'Not a hack': Iowa Democratic Party defends delay in release of caucus results", Washington Examiner 02.03.20

"The Democrats' new online troll fighters make 2020 debut in Iowa", 
CNN 02.02.20

"Tech firm behind app that crashed Iowa Democratic caucus is operated by Hillary Clinton campaign veterans and did work for the Buttigieg campaign", The Blaze 02.04.20

"Not a great look: Failed Iowa caucus app is deeply linked to self-declared winner Buttigieg… and Hillary Clinton" RT 02.04.20

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Troy-Jeffrey Allen interviews WALT and LOUISE SIMONSON


Aimée de Jongh's new book includes a taxi ride from National Airport to SPX

Reviews: Taxi! Stories from the Back Seat

Aimée de Jongh


$17; 96 pages

REVIEWED BY Craig Fischer Feb 03, 2020

The Post on Joker's Oscar chances

Could 'Joker' win best picture at the Oscars? The case for Todd Phillips's supervillain thriller taking home the trophy.

Bethonie Butler 

Washington Post Feb. 4, 2020

The Post on Hair Love

How 'Hair Love' went from a beloved Kickstarter project to an Oscar-nominated animated short [in print as Growing an Oscar nominee]

An image from
An image from "Hair Love," which is nominated for an Oscar. (Sony Pictures Animation)

also, the print edition had Cavna's Charlie Hebdo story today -

A Charlie Hebdo shooting survivor is still trying to heal, five years later [in print as Survivor's enduring recovery].

Monday, February 03, 2020

Comics historian Rick Marschall visited the Newseum before it closed

A Crowded Life in Comics –

Stop the Presses:

The Newseum Is Now Old News.

By Rick Marschall.

Yesterday's Papers blog (February 2, 2020):

March 14: GT Labs' Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks at Air and Space Museum at Dulles

Women in Aviation and Space Family Day

Presentation at 11:30, followed by a signing. We'll also do comics- and space-related activities with the attendees for part of the day.

And…Mary Cleave will join us for this! It couldn't be more exciting to have the main character of the book on stage with you.


March 14
10:00 am


National Air & Space Museum's's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy
Chantilly, Virginia 20151 United States

Feb 17: Conversation with Keith Knight at Library of Congress

Feb 17: Conversation with Keith Knight [Lecture/Presentation]

Date and Time

Mon, February 17, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST



Thomas Jefferson Building, First Floor

10 First Street SE

Washington, DC 20540

Event Information


Conversation with Keith Knight

LJ-119, First Floor

Cartoonist Keith Knight is known for his comic strips including The Knight Life, th(ink) and The K Chronicles. "Woke", a new live-action/animated comedy based on Knight's life, will premiere on Hulu in June. Warren Bernard, executive director of the Small Press Expo, will interview Knight about his life and career.

Tickets are recommended but not required, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or

The presentation is held in connection with the Library of Congress exhibition Comic Art, with the support of the Small Press Expo.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

That darn Speed Bump, Mutts, Prickly City, Beetle Bailey, Blondie, and Zits

Readers critique The Post: A physics joke in the comics! But there's one problem. [in print as Relatively funny].

The Post talks to Liz Montague

A black female cartoonist brings her 'unique' take to the New Yorker [in print as Drawing her view of the world].

Washington Post Feb. 2, 2020 p. C1, 6

We've been noting her weekly appearances in the City Paper, as well as the interview they ran with her, which we'll link to again -

How Local Cartoonist Elizabeth Montague Creates Accessible, Reflective Art [in print as Luck of the Draw]

Her cartoons have taken her to the pages of The New Yorker.

Kayla Randall

Washington City Paper Sep 20, 2019 p. 20-21

online at