Wednesday, August 23, 2017
'In This Corner of the World': A quietly devastating tale of Hiroshima [in print as The atomic bomb drop, as seen by people below it].
Cartoonist Keith Knight on Politics, Satire and His Very Busy Schedule
Edgar Allan Poe Gets the Illustrated Treatment in Poe: Stories and Poems
Local author Gareth Hinds brings Poe's visceral stories and poems to life in this graphic novel.
Off the Quill Retells Marvel Comics' Most Infamous Feud in King Kirby [in print as The Strangest Yard]
The story of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's long, storied history with Marvel Comics is deftly interpreted in this production.
In This Corner of the World Is a Dainty Anime Set Amid the Hiroshima Bomb Dropping[in print as Worlds Away]
Writer-director Sunao Katabuchi tells a strong feminist story.
Interview: Eric Kallenborn on Graphic Novels in the ClassroomAugust 16, 2017 by Brigid Alverson
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 17 2017https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2017/08/17/captain-america-was-punching-nazis-in-1941-heres-why-that-was-so-daring/
SPX Ignatz Award nominees: Books tackling bigotry top 'the Spirit Awards of comics'Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 17 2017
Stan Lee created superheroes who fight hate. Here's what he has to say after Charlottesville.
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 16 2017
What cartoonists will miss most about drawing 'scruffy' Steve Bannon
Friday, August 18, 2017
I'll be at Bmore Into Comics at The Windup Space in Baltimore this Saturday from 1-7, this time in honor of our founder, my Convention Wife* Monica Gallagher, who's currently going through chemo but is still making comics because she's a badass.
*Randy and I have an open polyconventionspouse relationship.
We're doing a silent auction and I'll be auctioning off three derby-themed GWS original strips and the original art for the event poster! Mimi Massacre's first (well, facial) appearance; Thea and Mimi makin' out in a closet; and Mimi tossing her bouquet at her wedding.
I'll also be bringing the original art for some of my recent 32 strips so you can see them in person! Strips like the Dream Girl one I just posted. I maaaaayy also start selling them, we'll see! And of course I'll have books and be doing sketches.
So come out and bid on something in the silent auction, write a note to Monica, or just buy yourself a drink at the bar, because a percentage of drink sales will go to benefit Monica as well!
Don't drink? Buy me a cider! (WHAT, it's for Monica.)
If you can't be there but you wanna help Monica from afar, maybe consider pledging to her Patreon account! She's been posting comics about her experience going through chemo, and it's been fascinating to follow.
"Google Censorship: 100% 'Toxic'"
Under the pretense of filtering "fake news", Google has begun actively working to suppress Leftist and Progressive news and opinion sites on the Internet with heavily-tweaked algorithms and "toxicity" ratings. Artificial Intelligence? Artificial IDIOCY, more like.
Well, I've applied my own intelligence to this issue, and I've determined that Google is 100% "toxic".
Chew on that, Larry and Sergey.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Fantom Comics looks to get into the booze bizRebecca Cooper/Washington Business Journal
Fantom Comics co-owner Matt Klokel was getting sick of shelling out up to $300 for a temporary liquor license every time his Dupont Circle comics shop wanted to serve beer at a release party or costume event.
So Klokel, who has owned the shop with Dave Bishop and a silent partner for 12 years, is seeking a permanent tavern license to serve wine, beer and spirits at 2010 P St. NW anytime they want. That will cost $1,000 for a three-year period.
Read the article.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
"Peak Liberal" Featured On The Jimmy Dore Show
As usual, it seems I'm always the last to find out about stuff like this. Still, better late than never...
Back in May, the always razor-sharp Jimmy Dore Show featured my "Peak Liberal" cartoon in an episode discussing Liberals' insane obsession with their Russia conspiracy wankery in the context of the then-upcoming "March For Truth" held in Washington, DC this past June.
As Jimmy points out, the look, attitude and overall idiocy of Liberals' public events openly displaying their cracked-up freakery is a classic case of "life imitating art".
Cartoon by Mike Flugennock, February 20, 2017
"Peak Liberal" http://sinkers.org/stage/?p=22
"Corporate Democrats Protesting Trump Literally Turn Into Cartoon"
Jimmy Dore Show, May 17, 2017
The Big Break #2: Sean Damien HillBy Anthony Savage/Multiversity Comics
I started reading comics in the 90’s which gave way to the “rock star” artist creators like Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, and even Rob Leifield one of the creators of Deadpool, and Cable.
One aspiring artist that would’ve fit in nicely with those rock stars in my opinion is artist Sean Damien Hill.
Read the article.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
|Hobbes Holluck and Karly Perez at SPX 2016|
by Mike Rhode
Hobbes Holluck of Winchester, VA participated in the Heroic Aleworks comic book fair this spring, and asked to postpone an interview until he launched his new Kickstarter campaign. It's live now, so he's telling us about his career by answering our usual questions.
What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
The things that seem to be constantly recurring in my work are monsters and humor. Right now I have two fairly distinct styles I work in. One is a very colorful cartoony style that I use when I do my own storytelling. The other is a much more dark and expressive style I developed working with Karly Perez.
How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?
I generally work traditionally if I can. I use pencil, ink, inkwash, markers, airbrush, acrylic paint, gouache, etc. I basically use whatever medium is appropriate for the effect I want. For Fuzzbuquet, the current story I'm working on, I will generally start with a pencil sketch, ink it, color it using copic markers and then use airbrush for the background and special effects.
When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born?
I was born in San Juan Puerto Rico in 1981. Growing up in the 80's had a substantial influence on my work. Saturday morning cartoons, toy culture, Garbage Pail Kids, and that era of comics definitely resonated with me. I could go on and on....
Why are you in Washington now? What neighborhood or area do you live in?
I grew up in the suburbs of D.C. in Chantilly, VA. I spent about 5 years in Richmond for grad school and then moved back to the area to work as an art teacher. I recently moved to Winchester.
What is your training and/or education in cartooning?
I have a BA in fine art from Virginia Tech but I didn't learn much about comics or cartooning there. I probably learned more about the art of cartooning from the blog of John K than anywhere else. Spending time studying my favorite artworks/cartoons/comics and trying to recreate techniques I see is also quite illuminating. I learn a lot from artists who share their work on YouTube and social media.
Who are your influences?
The classic Looney Tunes and Disney shorts (especially those by Jack Hannah and Chuck Jones) John K, Ralph Bakshi, Dave Sim, Eastman and Laird, Brom, Tony Diterlizzi, Eric Powell... again the list could go on and on.
If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?
I wish I would have spent more time making things and less time playing video games.
What work are you best-known for?
What work are you most proud of?
Fuzzbuquet. I finally feel like I am producing a story that's close to the way I envisioned it in my head. It's a fantasy story that's heavily influenced by my love of the cartoons in the 80's and early 90's but it's also very much its own thing. While it's a whimsical tale, I think once I get through the whole story it will be a meaningful one as well. I also really identify with the main character- He's an idiot chasing his dreams.
What would you like to do or work on in the future?
If and when I finish Fuzzbuquet, I'd like to get into making wooden nutcrackers from scratch.
What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block?
If I don't feel like drawing/painting I try to force myself work for at least 30 minutes. If I'm still not feeling it I'll take a break and come back to it when I'm ready. As far as writer's block, I usually let my best thoughts come to me when I'm driving to work in the morning or taking a shower and then record them as soon as I can. My wife is also a phenomenal help when it comes to writing, critiquing and bouncing off ideas.
What do you think will be the future of your field?
The National Gallery holds a special place in my heart. I vividly remember my trip there in 5th grade and it changed my life. It has a little something for everyone and it always brings back great memories.
D.C. Welcomes Only Black-Owned Comic Book Shop
The Washington Informer
Premiering as one of only three comic books stores located in D.C. and the only one currently owned by people of color, owners of the new Venus’s Comic Shop say it is a “dream come true.”
Read the full article.
The Lightening fingers of Roy Clark
Story by Matt Dembicki
In the 1970s and '80s, Roy Clark was one of country music's biggest stars, thanks largely to his co-hosting the popular TV show "Hee Haw." But he cut his hillbilly playin' ways in the clubs of Washington and its suburbs, before moving on to Nashville, Las Vegas and Hollywood.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 14 2017
Why the Onion's 'Kelly' is the best bad cartoonist in America
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 10 2017