Saturday, April 10, 2021

A list of Robert F. Kennedy cartoon journalism awards

Incompletely harvested from Wikipedia - 


·  Cartoons: Don Wright, Miami News.

·  Citation, cartoon: Sam C. Rawls, The Atlanta Constitution


·  Citation, cartoon: Mike Peters, Dayton Daily News

·  Honorable mention, cartoon: H. Clay Bennett, St. Petersburg Times.


·  Honorable mention, cartoon: Bill Day, Detroit Free Press, "The Color Black 'n' Blue".


·  Honorable mention, cartoon: Mike Peters, The Dayton Daily News.


·  Honorable mention, cartoon: Don Wright, The Palm Beach Post, "Perot for President".


·  Honorable mention, cartoon: Mike Luckovich, The Atlanta Constitution.


·  Cartoon: Doug Marlette, Newsday.


·  Domestic cartoon: Joel Pett, The Lexington Herald Leader.


Domestic cartoon: Ted Rall
Universal Press Syndicate


Domestic cartoon: Matt Davies
The Journal News


Cartoon Prize: Signe Wilkinson
Philadelphia Daily News


Cartoon: Dan Perkins ("Tom Tomorrow")  "This Modern World"          


Cartoon: John Sherffius                        


 Cartoon: Mark Fiore


Cartoon: John Backderf
"The City"


Cartoon: Signe Wilkinson
Philadelphia Daily News


Cartoon: Jack Ohman
The Oregonian


Cartoon: Bill Day
Series of cartoons,
United Feature Syndicate


Cartoon: Gary Varvel
"The Path to Hope"
The Indianapolis Star


Cartoon: Stephanie McMillan
"The Beginning of the American Fall and Code Green"
South Florida Sun-Sentinel


Cartoon: Jen Sorensen

Cartoon: David Horsey
“Portfolio by David Horsey,”
Los Angeles Times


Cartoon: Darrin Bell
"Darrin Bell 2014 Editorial Cartoons,"
The Washington Post Writers Group


Cartoon: Angelo Lopez, “Editorial Cartoons,”
Philippines Today

Cartoon: Mike Thompson, “The Flint Water Scandal,”
Detroit Free Press


Cartoon: Ruben Bolling, Andrews McMeel Syndication, Boing Boing, Daily Kos, and GoComics
“Tom the Dancing Bug”
Syndicated by Andrews McMeel Syndication

Friday, April 09, 2021

old news: Staff Cartoonist Joe Melvin Leaves For USS Antietam

Staff Cartoonist Joe Melvin leaves for USS Antietam
National Naval Medical Center News (March 28 1955)

from Naval Hospital Bethesda, MD's newspaper.

The Lily's latest comic

I used to feel ashamed crying in public. Now I embrace it every time.

In 2020, I started keeping my 'crying diaries'

I used to feel ashamed crying in public. Now I embrace it every time.
(Pepita Sándwich)

Thursday, April 08, 2021

PR: 2021 Ignatz Submissions Info for Small Press Expo

Hello Everyone!

Between juggling the information about COVID vaccination rates and re-openings from the State of Maryland, Montgomery County and the Marriott, we are still trying to figure out whether we will hold an in-person show this year. So we do not hold up the Ignatz process, we are going to move forward with again using PDF file submissions for the 2021 Ignatz Awards.

As it was last year, we will only be accepting PDFs to be submitted to the Ignatz jurors.

Here is the process for submitting your mini-comics, comics, graphic novels and anthologies for the SPX 2021 Ignatz Awards:

  • Submissions must have been published between June 1, 2020 and May 30, 2021, and the deadline for all submissions is June 1, 2021
  • Go to this shared public folder to drop PDFs of your comics. All you have to do is place your PDF in that folder, and we will get it to the Ignatz jurors
  • We are ONLY accepting single-file PDFs of the comics - we cannot accept folders of files, or comics in other formats
  • Each file must be named with the following naming convention:
  • For mini-comics, comics and graphic novels:

  • For example: Hanselmann.Simon.Bad_Gateway.Fantagraphics.July2020.pdf
NOTES: If there is no Issue Number, then do not put one in the file name
If it is self published, put Self as the Publisher
  • For anthologies:
  • For example: Terry.Laura.AnnaStrong.Comics_for_Choice.Self.June2020.PDF
NOTE: If there are multiple editors, use only the first one listed on the title page.
  • Please do not assume we will figure out the creator's name, publisher, etc., as we simply won't have the time/person power
Ok, that's it. Please let us know any questions you have, and thanks so much for making great art!!

Dan, Francesca and everyone else at SPX
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Largely uncredited Wonder Woman writer Joye Hummel passes away

Wonder Woman writer Joye Hummel donated her archives to the Smithsonian Institution in 2014. In her hands is the psychology take-home exam that had drawn William Moulton Marston's attention. (Elizabeth O'Brien/Smithsonian Institution)

She was the 'secret' Wonder Woman writer in the 1940s. Here's how she finally got her due at 94.

April 14: Shawn Martinbrough at online MoCCA Festival

MoCCA Festival goes virtual next week with Comic and Cartoon Art Week

Among the participants, Adrian Tomine, Meghan Parker and Shawn Martinbrough

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

P&P Live! Nate Powell | SAVE IT FOR LATER with Eleanor Davis

P&P Live! Nate Powell | SAVE IT FOR LATER with Eleanor Davis

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 7 p.m.

As he was completing his work on the award-winning trilogy March, artist Nate Powell watched in dismay as the world around him fell apart. In this graphic memoir, Powell details his family's experiences during the four year stretch between Trump's election and the COVID-19 outbreak in heartbreaking detail, focusing on his effort to communicate complex issues like institutionalized racism and police brutality to his two young daughters. In an intimate tone, Powell shares their poignant interactions as he encourages them to stand up for what is right. Powell's impassioned call to action is a relevant message for our times. Illustrator Eleanor Davis will be in conversation with Powell to discuss protest and parenthood, and how to equip young people with tools to make their own noise as they grow up and help shape the direction and future of this country.

Nate Powell is a National Book Award–winning cartoonist whose work includes civil rights icon John Lewis's historic March trilogy, Come Again, Two Dead, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, and The Silence of Our Friends. Powell has also received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, Comic-Con International's Inkpot Award, two Ignatz Awards, and the Walter Dean Myers Award. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator. Her books include How To Be Happy; You and a Bike and a Road; Why Art?; and The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook. Her graphic novel, The Hard Tomorrow, has been recently released. She lives in Athens, Georgia (pre-covid) and Tucson, Arizona (mid-covid).

Tom King's first comics story was never published

Third Eye and Velocity comics stores interviewed

Velocity Comics here -

2020 Was a Tough Year for Comics Shops

Retailers discuss what they've learned from the pandemic

By Shannon O'Leary |
Apr 02, 2021
A version of this article appeared in the 04/05/2021 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline: A TOUGH YEAR FOR COMICS SHOPS

and Third Eye here -

So What Does Marvel's Move to Penguin Random House Actually Mean?

We dig into this massive shift by answering ten key questions related to Marvel's big play.

Apr 9: Learn to Draw Comics with John Gallagher

Max Meow Comics Camp with John Gallagher | Ages 7+

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Meet a Local Comics Writer: A Chat with Matt Kund

by Mike Rhode

Recently I went to my first comics signing since the pandemic started. Matt Kund and Brett Murphy were at Fantom Comics on Dupont Circle for a few hours. I chatted briefly, bought their comics, took a couple of photos, and asked them for an interview. Here's Matt answering our usual questions.

What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?

I’m mainly a writer, I do draw a little and soon I am drawing my first story for an anthology I am part of.  

How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?

Mostly know I am digital, I love working in Procreate on my iPad, I never thought I would be a digital artist, but that’s mostly want I use now.

When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born?

I was born in the 1970s in Washington DC.

Why are you in Washington now?  What neighborhood or area do you live in?

My day job is with the Federal Government.  I live in the Maryland now.

What is your training and/or education in cartooning?

I have taken two classes in comics writing from Comics Experiences and on coloring class at Comic Experience as well.  

Who are your influences?

My influences - writing wise Jonathan Hickman is my biggest current influence.  I would love to be able to craft stories and world build like him

I grew up on 80s Marvel Comics, GI Joe and Spiderman 

I love Mike Zeck's Marvel covers.

Lee Weeks is my favorite all time, with Sean Gordon Murphy more currently.

If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?

Get an early start, I did get serious about trying to make comics till my 30s.

What work are you best-known for?

I would think maybe my comic “Digital Forever” a sci-fi comic about a digitally-designed afterlife program.

What work are you most proud of?

A mini comic I did with call “RX-tiction” with my art and podcasting partner Noah Ray.  I was our first project together that lead to a bunch of future project and friendship built around art/movies and comics, and we told a zombie story with a twist I don’t think anyone else has tried.

What would you like to do or work on in the future?

I am currently working on a book called “Metal Eagle”, that I’m excited about.  Pitched as "Atomic Blonde" meets "This is Spinal Tap."

What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block?

I don’t have a lot of writer's block.  I have written something every day for the last 1,500 plus days.  I was really influenced by "The War of Art" by Stephen Pressfield were he talks about not waiting for the muse, setting down each day and being ready for the muse.

What do you think will be your future in the field? 

Hopefully as writer, but I would love to have a Jeff Lemire-like career, writing a bunch of books, and maybe doing the art on one.

What local cons do you attend? The Small Press Expo, Awesome Con, or others? Any comments about attending them?

Yeah all 3 of those, and Heroes Con in North Carolina. 

What's your favorite thing about DC?

I zipped over to the Art Gallery or the Portrait Gallery on my lunch (when I go into the office).  It’s a great outing to get inspired to want to make things.

Least favorite?

Tourist not understanding the unwritten law of the escalators, walking on the left and standing is on the right.

What monument or museum do you like to take visitors to?

National Portrait Gallery, it’s hardly ever crowded and so much fun to see the art!

Do you have a website or blog?

I have a website, I haven't worked on it lately I was trying for a time to detail the trails and tribulation of trying to break into comics as writer. Hopefully I get back to it. 

I have a Gumroad site to buy my comics -

Twitter @MKund
Instagram @MAK0876
Facebook Pages and

How has the COVID-19 outbreak affected you, personally and professionally?

I haven’t tabled in a year at a con.  But I have been able to Kickstart comic books as a publisher  -“Dino Thrashers” and as a writer - “The Reset” and a few anthology stories.  I run a meet-up group called DMV Indie Comics Creators and since March of 2020 we moved those to Zoom from in person meetings.

Tell us more about your new company, Forever Comics Publishing, your comic from it, and your Kickstarter campaign.

Forever Comics is a small publishing company I formed for my stories. And there is now an imprint mainly to handle sci-fi stories under Ageless Press, with the other co-founder Brett Murphy, who had started Legacy Comics, which is now the horror imprint under Ageless Press.

Forever Comics as published - "Digital Forever," "Multi - Larceny" and "The Reset" (via Kickstarter) and "RX-tiction," "Life Cycle" and "Orryx Mini Comics" with Noah Ray.

Matt, can you tell us about your Constructing ComicsPodcast?

Constructing Comics Podcast is a podcast I do with Noah Ray. It started off as a page-design podcast (which we still do from time to time). We do reviews of current releases, but we have found a good groove interviewing indie creators and some bigger names at DC and Marvel Comics.

What comic books do you read regularly or recommend? Is Fantom your local store?

Hickmen’s X books, and Pax Romain; Mister Miracle; Anything by Brubaker and Phillips.

 Yes, Fantom is my local store, I have been with them since Union Station, but since Covid, I have moved to mail order, happy that I can still help them out and get my books during the pandemic.

Matt Kund & Brett Murphy at Fantom Comics