Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
POE is almost here!
My new book POE: Stories and Poems comes out August 1 from Candlewick Press. Simultaneous hardcover, paperback and eBook release. See below for a sneak peek.
You can pre-order it now from your favorite online or brick-and-mortar merchant. At the moment my own online store is down because I'm working in a temporary studio space -- so if you'd like a signed copy, please come to one of my bookstore events, or order from one of the stores below and ask to have it signed when I'm there.
There will be more events added to this schedule, but this is what's confirmed so far:
8/1 - Official launch at Takoma Park, MD Library, in association with Politics & Prose, 7:00pm
9/9 - Barnes & Noble Bethesda, 2:00pm
More DC events to come!
10/3 - Enoch Pratt Govans Branch Library, 6:30pm
Jill Thompson, John Lewis, Sonny Liew Take Home 2017 Eisner Awards
and art by Ali Cantarella
Friday, July 21, 2017
- 6:30 pm happy (half) hour
- 7:00 presentation
- 8:00 Q&A/shake heads in disbelief
- 8:30 reception
—attendee, Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival, CA
This story has surprised and moved audiences from Tanzania to Thailand—even those who could not care less about superheroes. It has inspired multiple books, a TED talk, an NPR segment...and something bigger. You haven't heard a story like it...
Holy exhibits, Batman! Now, through October 2017, Geppi's Entertainment Museum (GEM) is hosting an exhibit entitled The Dark Knight Through The Decades. This special exhibit offers attendees the chance to journey through time with the caped crusader.
Continue reading at http://scoop.previewsworld.com/Home/4/1/73/1012?ArticleID=197118
'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets': Little more than meets the eye [in print as A brilliant galaxy with no signs of life].
Washington Post July 21 2017, p. Weekend 23
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Catholic cartoonist draws inspiration from fantasy classics, family life
By Ashleigh Kassock Catholic News Service
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog July 19 2017
'DuckTales' is back. Yes, 'DuckTales.' Woo-oo.
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog July 18 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Let me begin this week with a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made it to our Game of Thrones party last Saturday! It was a ton of fun, and the actual Season 7 premier on Sunday was pretty strong too. I look forward to hearing everyone's opinions in the taproom about all the action over the next 6 weeks!
Up this coming Friday we have our 80's Night AND a limited beer release.
If you love the 80's as much as I do, you won't want to miss it. The classic 80's music and videos start at 7:30. For those of you who frequented the arcades back in the day, this is your chance to polish off your Pac Man skills on our free arcade. Highest score of the night wins a special prize. And if video games weren't your thing, perhaps you'd prefer to tackle the Rubik's Cube challenge - first three to solve one get a $25 gift card (and the Rubik's Cube). Most of all, I'm hoping lots of you get in the spirit and come in some awesome 80's attire! $5 pours until 9 PM for anyone who dares to break out the legwarmers and teases up their hair! For the gentlemen, maybe some acid washed jeans, the Miami Vice look, or a Members Only jacket? The possibilities are as fabulous as they are endless!
We also have a new limited release beer hitting the taproom on Friday - Hailstorm White IPA. Come try it while it lasts!
If you have any questions please feel free to drop me a note at email@example.com, give a call to the taproom at (571) 398-6113, or message us on Facebook.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Saturday, July 22 • 10:00am - 11:00am • Room 23ABC
Celebrate the record-breaking, award-winning success of the March trilogy! Join the authors for an emotional look back at their stunning accomplishment — and the way it's inspiring new generations to speak up, speak out, and move our feet.
When I started collecting comics, the artist everyone was talking about was Neil Adams. I quickly became a Neil Adams super-fan. Jack Kirby’s (to my untrained eye) blocky and cartoony layouts just never measured up to Adams’ smooth, flowing compositions, which featured subtle, realistic facial expressions as well as a detailed knowledge of musculature and anatomy. I actually thought Kirby’s work was ugly by comparison…How foolish I was.
As I grew older and (at least a little) wiser, I began to learn how misplaced my first impressions were. Comic art is about moving the story forward and no one did that better than Jack Kirby. Every panel of a Kirby comic is packed with as much emotion as the scene required. When a Kirby hero punches a villain, it’s not just his fist landing on the miscreant’s face, but rather his whole body exploding off the evil-doer’s chin sending him flying backwards. Kirby’s use of depth makes his work appear three dimensional as he often has characters break the frame of the panel. There may have been better artists working in superheroes over the years (Neil Adams among them,) but I argue that there has never been a better illustrator than Jack Kirby.
I found this script while browsing at the Drama Book Shop in New York. I was intrigued that someone had written a play about Jack Kirby, and after I read it was very excited to stage it. Two of my greatest passions are theatre and comic books and I was thrilled to be able to merge the two interests into one project.
Off The Quill was the first and only company I thought of. I knew from the first reading that I wanted to tell the story with a great deal of theatricalism and movement. OTQ has proved quite adept at such stagings in their young history. Also, having acted in productions with many OTQ people before, I knew that they would provide the camaraderie and collaboration, necessary to produce this play in accordance with my vision. I told Patrick Mullen up front, “You guys are better at this than me. I’m really depending on you to nail down the movement aspects of this show.” I was not disappointed.
From my first production meeting, we were all in agreement that the art should be the center of the production and would incorporate projections of Kirby’s work throughout the show, not only to give the audience an appreciation for his genius, but also to illuminate how Kirby’s life influenced his work. The goal was to have the projections, when they were used, take up several locations. They would not just appear on screens, but on the walls and floors, literally turning the stage into a giant comic book.
From the very first auditions, the actors in this show have been a tremendous joy to work with. There was not one rehearsal after which I did not leave feeling artistically satisfied. Every day, they find something new in their characters. There are many aspects associated with this production that I will forever have fond memories of, but working with this enormously talented group of actors, led by the incredible Josh Mooney in the title role, certainly tops the list.
One final note to all of you Stan Lee fans (and I consider myself one,) this play reflects Jack Kirby’s version of their working and personal relationship. Stan’s memories are quite different. Many comic book historians take one side or the other…or somewhere in the middle. However, I feel that the playwrights committed to telling JACK’S story and we have to respect that. One thing EVERYONE agrees on, is that Jack never received as much credit as he deserves. Even Stan says so. I invite you all to do your own research and draw your own conclusions.
Hopefully, after seeing our production, audiences will have a greater appreciation of Jack’s contributions, both in creating the Marvel Universe and in promoting the art of graphic storytelling.
He was the KING!
Monday, July 17, 2017
Martin Landau, Oscar-winning actor who played heroes and villains, dies at 89 [in print as Martin Landau, 89; Oscar winner, star of TV's 'Mission: Impossible] By Adam Bernstein
Washington Post July 17 2017, p. B4
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/martin-landau-oscar-winning-actor-who-played-heroes-and-villains-dies-at-xx/2017/07/16/310a5ee6-6a86-11e7-96ab-5f38140b38cc_story.html
Photo credit: Bruce Guthrie