Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Truitt on Manifest Destiny

'Manifest Destiny' maps Lewis and Clark vs. monsters; Chris Dingess imagines the Louisiana Purchase going a lot differently in new comic book.
Brian Truitt
USA TODAY July 20, 2013

The Post on Smurfs 2

...because you needed to know.

'The Smurfs 2': Better than original, but too true-blue for adult viewers [in print as 'Smurfs 2': A wee bit better]
By Sean O'Connell, Washington Post July 31 2013

Sept 6: Team Cul de Sac fundraiser Drink and Draw at Baltimore Comic Con

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TCDS fundraising piece by Roger Langridge from HeroesCon event.

Joe Sutliff says,  "The Drink and Draw will be Friday, Sept. 6 from 6-8pm at the Pratt Street Alehouse, private room, cash bar and I'm looking at a food menu."

So consider attending and either bidding or drawing!

Comic Riffs on Peter Steiner

'NOBODY KNOWS YOU'RE A DOG': As iconic Internet cartoon turns 20, creator Peter Steiner knows the joke rings as relevant as ever
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs July 31 2013

Aydin on 'March'

Andrew Aydin talks about the genesis of March and approaching Rep. John Lewis to write his story in graphic novel form.

Click on image to see CNN video.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Boulet visits Washington

The French cartoonist Boulet was briefly in DC earlier this summer.

Aug 10: K. Michael Crawford at Game On! Comics

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Game On! Comics Weekly Digest

Come  Visit Us!
July 31, 2013
In this issue
:: New Titles this Week
:: Game Nights

Dear Mike,
Special Event on August 10th, 12-2pm
"How to Create your Own Super Hero"
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Children's Book Artist and Writer, K. Michael Crawford will teach kids of all ages how to create their very own comic book Super Hero. You will learn step-by-step skills in creating a Super Hero complete with super powers that bring the character to life. Bring your imagination and learn the professional way to draw like a comic book artist starting with the four shapes on how to draw everything. So get on your Super Powers and head on over to this fun-filled adventure. All ages accepted.
About K. Michael:
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Our Weekly Video Magazine!
Sorry, not this week! 

New Comic Book titles this week 7-24-13


Best Discounts in the area--Not just a slogan, we really do have the best price discounts when you become a Game On! Comics Loyalty Member!  Details here:  Loyalty Membership  

batman annual         Batman Annual #2   


A special ZERO YEAR tie-in! Bruce Wayne's first year as the Dark Knight has just barely begun...and already dangerous elements are coalescing, leading Bruce toward his final destiny.   


3 Guns #1

Absolution Rubicon #2

Adventures Of Superman #3

Akaneiro #3 (L)

Amalas Blade #4 (L)

Angel & Faith #24

Animal Man Annual #2

Batman Annual #2

Batman Incorporated #13

Batman Zero Year Directors Cut #1

Bedlam #8

Bionic Man #22

Black Bolt: Something Inhuman This Way Comes

BPRD: Vampire #5 (L)

Caligula: Heart Of Rome #6

Captain Marvel #14

Captain Midnight #1

Collider #1

Daredevil #29

Detective Comics Annual #2

Doctor Who Magazine #462

Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #7

Executive Assistant Assassins #13

Fearless Defenders #7

FF #10

Five Ghosts: Haunting Of Fabian Gray #5 (L)

Flash Annual #2

G.I. Joe #6

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #192

Gantz Vol 28

Grimm FT Grimm Universe #5

Grimm FT Werewolves Hunger #3 (L)

Grimm FT Wounded Warriors Special

Guardians Of Galaxy #5

House Of Gold & Bones #4 (L)

Indestructible Hulk #11

Injustice: Gods Among Us #7

Jirni #4

Judge Dredd Year One #4

King Conan: Hour Of The Dragon #3

Last Of Us: American Dreams #4 (L)

Lenore Volume II #8

Liberator #2

Morning Glories #29

Next Testament (Clive Barker) #3

Optic Nerve #13

Planet Of The Apes Spectacular 1-Shot

Red Lanterns #22

Sex #5

Smallville Season 11 Special #2

Superboy #22

Superman Annual #2

Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #81

TMNT Ongoing #24

Tom Strong And The Planet Of Peril #1

Trinity Of Sin: Pandora #2

Uber #4

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #28

Uncanny X-Force #9

Uncanny X-Men #9

Venom #38

Wake #3

Wasteland #46

What If Avx #4 (L)

Wolverine: In The Flesh 1-Shot

X-Men #3

X-Men Legacy #14





Adventure Time Summer Special 2013 #1

Archie #646

Life With Archie #31

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #9

Sonic The Hedgehog #251





Capote In Kansas HC

Ghost TP Vol 1 In The Smoke & Din

Haruhi-Ism Noizi Ito Artworks HC

Jeff Smith Little Mouse Gets Ready TP

Mark Schultz Carbon SC Vol 1

Mark Schultz Xenozoic Complete TP

Mullins Golden Age Baseball Drawings HC

Shadow Double Novel Vol 74





Flash #22

Gambit #15

Grimm FT Oz #1

Scarlet Spider #19



Game Nights 



Sunday Afternoons, 12:30pm


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Come check out Kaijudo on its new day, Sundays!!
Brand new card based game by the makers of Magic the Gathering.  Geared to be a little easier than MTG.  Want to try it out?  Come on Sundays, weekly demos. 
Sunday Nights, 5pm-9pm
Monday Nights, 5-9pm
board game night 
Board Game Night!  Bring in your game or play the "Game Of The Week" that we have chosen. 
 7 pm
 Bring your EDH deck in for some commander fun.


 Tuesday Nights 7-9

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Come join us every Tuesday night for Heroclix!





Wednesday Nights 7-11pm

Magic the Gathering




Casual Play and booster Draft.





Friday Night, 7pm 

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 Booster Draft Tournament 7pm--$15


Win promo cards and boosters from Dragon's Maze!



Saturdays 4-7pm

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Join new judge World Champion, Alex Avila, as he runs our Clix events!  Alex will be choosing our Event Details for every Saturday game.  





 Small Press Review  

Comics you may not know about but should!

 Jirni #4



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Take an incredible JIRNI with Aspen's newest hit series! This is Aspen's best seller at our store right now!

In the wake of her vicious battle with Anjaha, Ara struggles to grasp her mysterious connection to the violent d'jinn. But, the time has come for Ara to face the truth about herself as she finally tracks down her mother along with Torinthal, the sorcerer who captured her! Yet, that is only if she can survive the massive Rock Giants of Migara!

After years of preparation, creator JT Krul is ready to take you on a JIRNI unlike any other! Accompanied by the incredible talents of artist Paolo Pantalena and colorist Brett Smith, this is one JIRNI you won't want to miss!  





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PSA: Paul Conrad's Chain Reaction

From: Matt Wuerker

Hey Cartoon Pals, Patriots and Associates--

I'm writing on behalf of an old friend of many of us.  Paul Conrad did a bunch of things, drew a lot of great cartoons, won a bunch of Pulitzers, made Nixon's enemies list, encouraged some of us to do this crazy political cartoon thing... and he also did some great sculpture.  The biggest and most public of these sculptures is now in jeopardy.

Conrad's Chain Reaction is a big bold political sculpture on the grounds of Santa Monica City Hall.  It may be the biggest single and lasting piece of art created by an American political cartoonist… and it's in jeopardy.  Paul's son David and a bunch of art lovers and political activists are mounting an effort to save it.  They need to raise a bunch of money to do this.

If you could donate money directly to the effort (it's tax deductible) that's the simplest way to support their efforts.  If you can do more, donate some art to their upcoming auction  and help recruit others to donate, write about it on your blogs or newsletters all that would help even more.

David's email address is here
David Conrad---

The background on Chain Reaction and the effort to save it is spelled out here

If you know other fans of Conrad, or other lovers of political art who might be supportive be sure to forward this on to them.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Matt Davies at Politics and Prose pictures


Editorial cartoonist Matt Davies was at Politics and Prose, July 27, 2013 for his new children's book Ben Rides On. Here's some more pictures of him in action.

The book is short, but enjoyable. Davies did a nice chalk talk with children from the audience 'helping' him draw. He kindly let me keep his crow drawing. The Library of Congress (in the person of Sara Duke) got the caricature of his teacher.


Marc Singer on responding to Grant Morrison

We haven't checked in on Marc's I am not the Beastmaster blog too often lately, but here's his post on speaking with Grant Morrison.

Bmore Into Comics

Baltimore-based cartoonist Monica Gallagher is kicking off a series of one-day comics shows at various hangouts in Charm City. Called Bmore Into Comics, the first show ("#1") on Aug. 24 will be held at Bad Decisions from noon-5 p.m. and will feature a few D.C. Conspiracy members, including Rafer Roberts and Carolyn Belefski. Also on tap: Danielle Corsetto, Melody Often and Howie Noeldechen.

Batman's ride

Batmobile being towed on the inner loop of 495, around the George Washington Parkway exit. Photo courtesy of Robert and Brenda.

SDCC 2013 Team Cul de Sac Panel video

Racine, Tom.  2013.
Published on Jul 25, 2013
Chris Sparks, editor of the book, "Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinsons," heads up an all-star panel of artists! Lincoln Peirce, Mark Tatulli, Lucas Turnbloom, Jenni and Matt Holm, Andrew Farago, Shaenon Garrity, and Rob Harrell talk about their pieces in the book and what the great Richard Thompson's art and writing has meant to them.

Formerly local cartoonist Rebecca Sugar featured in NY Times

Joel Pollack has told me she used to be a Big Planet customer, but I don't think I've ever met her.
Rising Animators Spring Into Motion 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Aug 17: Darick Robertson in Annapolis

As reported on Convention Scene:

Artist Darick Robertson signs at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 11:00am until 1:00pm!

RSVP on Facebook!

Press Release:

Third Eye Faithful, we are totally excited to announce one of our biggest signings of the Summer with the arrival of Darick Robertson to Third Eye Comics this August! Darick is the legendary modern comics artist behind instant classics like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, THE BOYS, and HAPPY! He's done a ton of other excellent work as well, in fact, we'd be here all day if we ran through the list. Let me just say this: we're honored to have the man as a guest at our store this Summer in anticipation of his brand new creator-owned series, BALLISTIC, from BLACK MASK STUDIOS, the publishers of the recent 12 REASONS TO DIE comic.

What's Darick's new project, BALLISTIC, all about? Imagine the cult movie genius of REPO MAN (the '80s one!) distilled into a modern day heist story. A madcap sci-fi buddy adventure about a wanna-be bank robber and his best friend Gun, a drug-addicted, foul-mouthed, living gun, marks Darick Robertson's return to the hard sci-fi worldbuilding of his classic TRANSMETROPOLITAN mixed with THE BOYS' ultra-violence.

Darick will be signing at Third Eye Annapolis from 11AM-1PM on Saturday 8/17. We'll have plenty of copies of all his works available, including his new series, BALLISTIC!

Third Eye Comics 
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

The Post on WS, a pornographic violent fine art Disney Snow White parody

Paul McCarthy's 'WS' and 'James Turrell': The spectrum of color and off-color on the East Side
By Sarah Kaufman,
Washington Post July 28 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Weldon's final Comic-Con blog

A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day
by Glen Weldon
July 27, 2013

Those darn editorial cartoons

Less contempt in cartoon content [in print as Deceptive Cartoons].
Sam Cowden, Woodbridge
Washington Post July 27 2013, p. A13

Bugs Bunny orchestral music at Wolf Trap

Bugs Bunny and the NSO come to Wolf Trap
By Roger Catlin, Washington Post July 28 2013

The article has a good overview of cartoons with classical music, sans Fantasia.

The National Symphony Orchestra: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II
Thursday and Friday at 8:30 p.m.
at Wolf Trap Filene Center, Vienna. Tickets are $22 to $55. Information at 877-965-3872 or

Friday, July 26, 2013

July 27: Joe Sutliff and Donna Lewis at Politics and Prose

On July 27th, Joe Sutliff and Donna Lewis are at Politics and Prose's basement cafe for the cARToons exhibit. They'll be signing and selling their cartoons.

WPA presents Hothouse: The Art of the Superhero, opening 8/2

WPA Press Release


July 23, 2013 

contact: Blair Murphy, Program Director 

Washington Project for the Arts Presents
Hothouse: The Art of the Superhero - Revisited
Organized by Lenny Campello 
Art of the Superhero
l to r: Simon Monk, Peter Parker; Andrew Wodzianski, Avengers;
Dulce Pinzón, 
NOE REYES from the State of Puebla works as a delivery boy in Brooklyn, New York. He sends 500 dollars a week
Friday, August 2 - Sunday, August 25, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 6-8pm

   at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I (eye) St. SW, Washington, DC      


Washington, DC (July 23, 2013)Washington Project for the Arts announces The Art of the Super Hero - Revisited, a group exhibition organized by Lenny Campello exploring our cultural fascination with masked men and caped crusaders. The artists included in the exhibition approach their topic with a mix of levity and seriousness, using the figure of the superhero to explore issues of identity, immigration, and the struggles of daily life. The Art of the Super Hero - Revisited features photography, painting, and mixed media work by F. Lennox Campello, Carla Goldberg, Simon Monk, Dulce Pinzón, and Andrew Wodzianski. The exhibition opens with a reception in the Capitol Skyline Lounge on Friday, August 2, 2013 from 6-8pm and runs from Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 25, 2013. 



Hothouse is a new series of exhibitions, installations, and events organized by Washington Project for the Arts and taking place in the Capitol Skyline Hotel Lounge. Created as a way to provide new opportunities for WPA member artists and forge new connections within DC's creative communities, Hothouse will present member-initiated programming on a regular basis.



Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for contemporary art.  WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and


WPA is supported by its members, Board of Directors, invaluable volunteers, and by generous contributions from numerous individuals and the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, William C. Paley Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Brookfield Associates/64 new york Ave, ABC Imaging, Arc & Spark Electric, Susan and Dixon Butler, Clark Construction, Abramson Family Foundation, Fathom Creative, Raymond Garcia, Carol Brown Goldberg and Henry H. Goldberg, Design Cuisine, Hickok Cole Architects, HITT Construction, Hop & Wine Beverage, Giselle and Benjamin Huberman, The JBG Companies, Russell and Randy Katz, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Yvette Kraft, Marshfield Associates, Mohawk Industries, NoMa Business Improvement District, Peacock Café, Richard Seaton and John Berger, MD, Robert Shields Interiors, Sonecon LLC, Taproot Foundation, TTR Sotheby's International Realty, Turner Construction, UBS Financial Services Inc., Vivo Design, and The Washington Post Company. 


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Washington Project for the Arts | @Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I (eye) St. SW | Washington | DC | 20024

Comic Riffs talks to Matt Davies (who will be at Politics and Prose tomorrow)

'BEN RIDES ON': After his pink slip, Pulitzer winner's new book soars above the blues
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog July 26 2013

Poster for 'Magic Bullet' exhibit at Artisphere

Here's Evan Keeling's awesome poster for the upcoming 'Magic Bullet' exhibit/comics-making studio at the Artisphere Aug. 21-Nov. 3.

The Post on The Wolverine movie

'The Wolverine' movie review
By Michael O'Sullivan,
Washington Post July 26 2013

J. Coleman's 'The White Hush' exhibit

J. Coleman, a Washington, D.C., painter, sculptor and muralist, is having a solo show at The Dunes, with an opening reception on Aug. 2 from 7-10 p.m.  Here's a description of his show, "The White Hush": "The works depict the heroic archetype male figures and female figures suggesting fertility goddess. The works are a commentary on the mythos associated with comic books, video games, and popular culture."

Institute for the Arts summer program

Last week I visited with students in grades 7-12 in the cartooning program at the Institute for the Arts, a summer program in Fairfax, Va. We had a great conversation about the comics-making process (from thumbnailings to printing), getting published and working shows and events to get your name out there. I also showed them some of the original art from District Comics and Magic Bullet.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Weldon on the Eisner Awards

A Comic-Con Diary: The Eisner Awards
by Glen Weldon
July 24, 2013

Aug 19-23: Comics class for children at Politics and Prose bookstore

Comics Jam & Scribbler's Cabal

Date: August 19 - 23, 10 a.m. to noon

Price: $120/110 members

classComics Jam & Scribbler's Cabal is a read-aloud session and drawing free-for-all for ages 8 and up. Like a book club for comic fans, but more heavy on the fun than on the analysis. Kids can bring in their own drawings to share. It's less of a How to Draw class than a Why to Draw and How to Keep Enjoying it class. We'll read comics, draw comics, discuss each other's work, make up our own characters, draw each other's characters, and have a blast.

Bring pencils or pens, paper, and a love of either comics or drawing—or both!

A graduate of the drama program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Dave Burbank has worked for the Takoma Park Maryland Library for over 15 years. An illustrator and comics enthusiast, he is the curator of the library's remarkable graphic novel collection (over 30 titles) having built it from scratch and read every panel. He teaches a yearly seminar on the History and Importance of Comics to students of the University of Maryland's graduate College of Library and Information Sciences; to Montgomery County Public School media specialists at their In-Service Learning Day; and to various area schools. He has appeared on a panel discussion on "Graphic Novels in Libraries" at the independent comics' premier convention The Small Press Expo (SPX 2011).

As an illustrator and writer he is the creator of the Takoma Park Library's SummerQuest interactive reading game, as well as stacks and stacks of pads full of half-finished comics and fascinating doodles. He keeps an occasional blog on issues relating to comics in libraries at A father of three, he lives in suburban Maryland.

July 27: Matt Davies at Politics and Prose

Matt Davies - Ben Rides On

Jul 27, 2013, 1 p.m.
Jul 27, 2013, 2 p.m.

Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist Matt Davies introduces us to Ben. Ben loves his bike more than anything in the world. Unfortunately, third-grade bully extraordinaire Adrian Underbite loves it too. When the bike disappears, Ben must decide whether or not to help this fiendish, thieving oaf. Ages 5 - 8.

Ben Rides On (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781596437944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press, 5/2013

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
District Of Columbia
Postal Code:
United States

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Cul de Sac and Ryan Holmberg books out

Tom Spurgeon is reporting that Ryan Holmberg (late of suburban Maryland) has a new book on The Last of the Mohicans as adapted in Japan. Also a new Cul de Sac collection from Richard Thompson, Mighty Alice Goes Round and Round shipped today too. See Tom's thoughts on both books here.

Back issues sale at Laughing Ogre

Laughing Ogre in Fairfax, Va., will have a “progressive sale” on back issues beginning Aug. 1 through Sept. 14. Here’s the schedule and discounts:

8/1–10: 40% off
8/11–17: 50% off
8/18–24: 60% off
8/25–31: 70% off
9/1–7: 80% off
9/8–14: 90% off

The Post on Mr. Fitz comic strip

A teacher gets depressed: a real story in comics
By Valerie Strauss, 

The Hill on Rep. John Lewis and March

Mr. Lewis goes to Comic-Con
By Alicia M. Cohn -

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Post on Joe Sinnott and John Lewis

COMIC-CON EISNER AWARDS: Newly minted Hall of Fame inker Joe Sinnott, on the career that stole his heart — and his art
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog July 23 2013

Rep. John Lewis makes Comic-Con debut to promote graphic novel 'March' [in print as 'It was out of his world']
By The Reliable Source, Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger
Washington Post July 23, 2013

'Street Sense' comics cover

The latest issue of Street Sense, a biweekly newspaper to raise awareness of homeless issues in D.C., has a comics front page. I wasn't able to find a credit for it, though. It also has a few cartoons inside, some spot illustrations and the comic strip Barney & Clyde by Gene Weingarten, Dan Weingarten and David Clark.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Rep John Lewis at Comic-Con

Stephanie Haven
What is this civil rights icon doing at Comic-Con?
CBS News/ July 20, 2013

Cavna and Weldon on Comic-Con continued

Weldon, Glen.  2013.
A Comic-Con Diary, Day 2: Man Of Steel, Man Of Urgency.
National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (July 22):

Martin, Rachel.  2013.
Comic-Con-Goers Flaunt Their Geek Credentials.
National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday (July 21).
online at and

The annual convention in San Diego draws a robust crowd of nerds and fans. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR contributor Glen Weldon about the flourishing subculture.

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2013: From Cleveland to Cavill, 'Superman' author Glen Weldon illuminates the 75th-birthday candles
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (July 21 2013):

COMIC-CON KICKSTARTER OF THE WEEKEND: Neil Kendricks plumbs creative mysteries with 'Comics Are Everywhere' documentary
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (July 21 2013):

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON: 12 Quotes to Remember the 2013 Event by...
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog (July 22 2013):