Thursday, June 22, 2017
The Original Wonder Woman Slays the Crowd at the Library Of Congress
7 PM - 9 PM
The second meeting of our Big Planet Comics Graphic Novel Book Club! Our theme this month is "Girl Power", coinciding with the release this month of the upcoming Wonder Woman film this month!
This month's picks are:
💥 Princeless vol 1 by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin
💥 I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura
💥 Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson
Reading all three books is not necessary, so feel free to pick and choose what you are interested in! All three books will be offered at a 15% discount up until the evening of the book club meeting at the U Street DC, Vienna VA and College Park MD locations.
We will begin the evening's discussion with Princeless for younger members who may be attending, and move on from there. Snacks will be provided!
Will Seuss museum be one of the places you go?
Washington Post June 20 2017, p. C8
At the Dr. Seuss Museum: Oh, the Places They Don't Go!
By SOPAN DEB
A version of this article appears in print on June 22, 2017, on Page C1 of the New York edition with the headline: Oh, the Places They Don't Go!.https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/arts/design/dr-seuss-museum-theodor-geisel-political-cartoons.html
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Honestly though, you shouldn't buy this unless you're a collector of Spider-Man, variant covers, John Cassidy, or e-Bay. Variant covers were a significant factor in the last bust cycle of comic book collecting.
The variant cover features a unique cover design created in partnership between Marvel, eBay and eBay seller My Comic Shop, who commissioned artist John Cassaday to bring the idea to life. An homage to an Amazing Spider-Man cover from the early 1970's, this new limited special variant edition will be available on eBay for $5.99 with free shipping—and just 3,000 copies are being produced.
Photos: Awesome Con 2017
jenn tisdale and Nicholas Karlin
Brightest Young Things Jun 19, 2017
Digital Publishing: Why Newspapers Need to Invest More in Political Cartoons
By: Rob Tornoe
June 20 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Washington Post was live — at The Library of Congress.
Before "Wonder Woman" made history on the big screen, it made history on television. We're talking to actress Lynda Carter about the show that turned her into an icon.Carter played the superhero and her alter ego, Diana Prince, on the TV version that aired from 1975 to 1979.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog June 19 2017
'Awesome Con' Is An Alternate Universe Heaven For All Geeksby Dominic Griffin
DCist Jun 19, 2017
'Cars 3' Comes Roaring Back With A Swapped-Out (Story) Engine
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Are we already forgetting D-Day?
Jeffrey A. Schaler, Ellicott City
Washington Post June 17 2017https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/are-we-already-forgetting-d-day/2017/06/16/c9bcec30-5122-11e7-b74e-0d2785d3083d_story.html
Marie Kondo transforms into a comic book character to sell you KonMari
Washington Post (June 12 2017): https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/marie-kondo-transforms-into-a-comic-book-character-to-sell-you-konmari/2017/06/08/7ae5f50e-4a18-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html
Al Phillips, illustrator of Charlotte's big moments and famous people for Observer, dies at 83
By Tim Funk
Charlotte Observer June 14, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
The Ringo Awards – Named After Mike Wieringo – To Replace Harvey Awards At Baltimore Comic Conby Rich Johnston June 16, 2017
Pic of the Week: Wonder Woman Visits the Library
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog June 16 2017
A Doctors Without Borders worker's harrowing kidnapping becomes a riveting graphic novel
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog June 15 2017
Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Wonder Woman' And The Tony Awards
This week, now that more of you have had a chance to see it, we're finally getting around to talking about the critical and commercial success that is Wonder Woman. Petra Mayer of NPR Books joins us to talk about Diana, her island of fighters, her romance, the inevitable Great Big Ending, representation that does and doesn't exist in this movie, and more.
The baseball gunman posted my cartoon on his Facebook page. Here's my response. [in print as The gunman and my cartoon].
Washington Post June 16 2017, p. A23
In no particular order:
Evan Keeling represented the Smithsonian.
National Geographic's booth, with my wife's colleagues.
Joe Carabeo of Curls Studio.
A token Canadian, Ryan North (aka writer of Dinosaur Comics and Squirrel Girl).
Cuddles & Rage with their new picture book.
Dawn Griffin of Baltimore.
Vanessa Bettencourt and novelist Jacob Falling.
The Frazetta family's booth (they've got some originals for sale!)
Jamie Noguchi in motion.
Marc Hempel of Baltimore.
The Red Skull with a cosmic cube cosplayer.
Express June 16 2017, p. 24
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2017/06/16/watch-cars-3-and-feel-like-a-kid-again/
'Cars 3': Once more around the track, for old times sake [in print as Storyline and jokes starting to sputter].
Washington Post June 16 2017, p. Weekend 25
Thursday, June 15, 2017
One Scholar On What Comic Books Reveal About Attitudes Toward Muslims
Here & Now's Robin Young
June 15, 2017
The Museum described it as:
FRESH TALK: Who are the new superwomen of the universe?
Followed by Catalyst, a cocktail hour with a topic and a twist.
- Carolyn Cocca, author of Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation
- Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Philadelphia
- Gabby Rivera, YA author and writer for Marvel’s AMERICA series
- Ashley Woods, illustrator, graphic novelist, and artist for the Stranger Comics series, NIOBE: She is Life
DC Zine Fest reps, including my neighbor Anna Tecson, set up in the lobby before and after the show. The main event, in the Museum's 5th floor auditorium appeared to be sold-out. The crowed was probably 90% women. After a two introductions by museum staff, the panel began, slightly late due to Metro delays.
Carolyn Cocca gave an academic overview of the problems with women in superhero comics over a fifty-year period, including helplessness, cheesecake, under-representation, and 'fridging' or abuse to highlight a male superhero's feelings. While she spoke in a very academic fashion, she got her point across especially with her visuals, and I'll be looking for her book.
Ariell Johnson gave a very entertaining account of her decision to open a 'safe-space' comic book and coffee shop in Philadelphia.
Gabby Rivera had one young adult novel published when Marvel Comics sought her out to write a Puerto Rican, lesbian hero named America. Rivera was irrepressible during her talk, and I plan on following her career.
Ashley Woods talked about growing up in Chicago and discovering comics via a convention that she attended with her mother, and then self-publishing a comic through college, until finally landing the Niobe title. Her art is anime/manga-influenced and now done digitally, but she talked briefly about not being able to afford computer tools earlier in her career.
The talks ran a bit long, so the panel session was short and mostly taken up with the panelist's impressions of the Wonder Woman movie (which were generally positive). Everyone agreed that there should be more non-white-male work and representation in comic books. After the panel, there was a cocktail party in the main lobby, but unfortunately I had to leave at that point.
The panel was recorded and should appear online soon.
In cooperation with Awesome Con, the Library of Congress has Library of Awesome, a pop-up exhibit on comic books in the Jefferson building, off to one side on the first floor. You have to look for it, but it's worth seeing.
The exhibit was curated by Megan Halsband of the Serials division, and features rooms of comics - Milestones, Wonder Woman, Marvel, DC, Children, Science Fiction and a final room for selvies with the characters drawn by the Library's exhibit department.
Comic books surround Amelia Earhart's handprint and a speech by Clara Barton.
The Milestones exhibit (including an original page of art from the first Spider-Man comic).
WorldCat only lists two copies of this Lost World #6 comic book held by libraries - one is in Australia. The comic was only published for two issues - #5-6 in 1952.
More pictures can be seen here.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Comic culture on display at the Library of Congress
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 00:50
The Library of Congress opens an exhibit celebrating the world of comics. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The Library of Congress in Washington D.C., is hosting a pop-up exhibit celebrating comics and graphic novels. The exhibit dubbed the "Library of Awesome" features 90 famous comic-book issues, drawings, and original comic strips chosen from the Library's collection of almost 140,000 items. "Wonder Woman" features prominently in the exhibit, and Lynda Carter who played the superhero in the 1970's television series will appear at an event at the Library of Congress on Friday (June 16). "One of the things that we would like to do in the collection is to make sure that we are including non-traditional subjects, non-traditional characters, characters," said Library of Congress reference librarian Megan Halsband. "I wanted to kind of highlight that through this exhibit as well because it is there even though it's not maybe as talked about as it could or should be." In addition to Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and other favorite superheroes the exhibit also includes characters of diverse backgrounds including African-American, Muslim, and LGBTQ characters.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Awesome Con Announces Full Schedule of Events
Three Days Packed with Special Guest Appearances, Industry Expert Panels, Exclusive Screenings, and More Fill the Walter E. Washington Convention Center June 16-18
Washington, DC (June 13, 2017) – , Washington DC's Comic Con, is proud to announce three days of programming complete with panels, workshops, celebrity appearances, and more, taking over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from June 16-18. This year, Awesome Con attendees will have access to specialized sections including Future Con, presented in partnership with the Smithsonian, featuring more intellectually stimulating and entertaining content than ever, and robust family-friendly programming called Awesome Con Jr., presented in partnership with Nickelodeon. Attendees can start planning their Awesome Con experience and view the full schedule online at:
"This year we've doubled down on our programming efforts," said Awesome Con founder Ben Penrod. "From Future Con, to Awesome Con Jr, to our LGBT creators showcase Pride Alley, and to our most robust celebrity guest list yet, Awesome Con has grown by leaps and bounds into a fan convention unlike any other."
Highlights from Awesome Con 2017 include:
Celebrity & Comic Guests
Hear from some of the biggest influencers from the world of pop culture and comic books at panels, screenings, Q&As, and more. Events include:
· Tech of Batman Panel with , & (1:30PM – June 17 – Room 150) – Capullo and Snyder, the creative duo behind today's Batman comics, join engineers and experts in technology and intelligence to look at the plausibility of replicating Batman in real life. Panelists will examine Batman's endurance, tech, and more to determine what's real and what's best left to fiction.
· Explores Time and Space (10:30AM – June 17 – Main Stage) – Actor David Tennant, who 'visited' the furthest futures while playing The Doctor on BBC's Doctor Who, joins experts Dr. Grant Tremblay and Dr. Matt Shindell on Awesome Con's Main Stage to discuss the outer reaches of the galaxy. They'll cover topics including Doctor Who, what's really going on out there among the stars, and answer questions from the audience. Seating begins at 9:30 AM.
· : Meet the Director of Baby Driver (2:00PM – June 17 – Main Stage) – Meet Edgar Wright, the director of popular film juggernauts including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Shaun of the Dead, and get a first look at his new film Baby Driver. Wright will share insight into his career and the creation of Baby Driver, with giveaways and extra surprises planned for fans. Hosted by Felicia Day.
· The Guild Reunion with , , , , and (11:30AM – June 18 – Room 146) – Cast members of The Guild, the award-winning original web series, reunite to talk about working with each other, their careers, and new projects, and answer audience questions.
· Experience Japan! (1:00PM – June 17 – Room 154) – Hosted by the Embassy of Japan, this panel seeks to help participants understand the influence of Japanese culture on American pop culture. Explore traditional Japanese culture, play Japanese games, and meet the embassy's very own therapeutic robot, PARO.
· Representation Matters with , & (3:30PM – June 16 – Room 152) – How important is it to see characters and creators that look like you? Join Identity Comics Studio and the "Loading Snacks" crew for a discussion on diversity in media, from the characters leading stories to the creators behind them.
· Comics Conversation: Collections and Preservation at the Library of Congress (11:00AM – June 17 – Room 150) – Join Library of Congress staff members for a panel discussion about the comics collections at the Library. Specialists from the Library's newspaper, graphic art, and popular art conservation teams share collection highlights, insights on comics conservation, and suggest how attendees can utilize the Library's comics collection.
· StarTalk Live! with & (8:00PM – June 16 – Main Stage) – Colonel Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station, and award-winning actor and comedian Scott Adsit (Veep, 30 Rock) co-host a special edition of award-winning talk show StarTalk Live!, bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.
· Brave New Girls: Women in STEM (5:00PM – June 17 – Room 146) – Some of the greatest scientific advances in history have been made by women, but girls are seldom encouraged to explore the sciences. Future Con presents a panel of scientists jointly discussing the achievements of female scientists, women's roles in STEM today, and the need for advocacy to create the next generation of female scientists, engineers, and astronauts. With speakers from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and more. Hosted by Nerdist's Jessica Chobot.
· IBM Watson: Superman or Supercomputer? Making Money with Artificial Intelligence (5:30PM – June 16 – Room 146) – IBM's Artificial Intelligence creation Watson, which made its debut on Jeopardy! in 2011, amazed American audiences and today is an open platform for millions of users and developers. Dr. Marc Teerlink, IBM's Chief Business Strategist, takes the stage to discuss what Watson represents for AI progress worldwide.
· NASA's Space Lasers (4:00PM – June 16 – Room 143) – Explore the latest laser technology and the key science behind missions helping us investigate our home planet and beyond. Engineers and scientists will take you behind the scenes of missions like the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite 2 launching with green lasers in 2018, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter currently orbiting the Moon, and more.
Awesome Con Jr
· GeekDad Celebrates Father's Day: Raising Geek Generation 2.0 (1:30PM – June 18 – Room 149) – Join some of the writers from GeekDad.com and their kids for a discussion about raising the next generation of geeks. Topics covered will include introducing various fandoms to kids, sharing old and new geeky passions, and determining what's age-appropriate.
· Padawan Lightsaber Training presented by Saber Guild Corellia (5:45PM – June 17 – Backlot Stage) - Adults and their 'Padawans' can join Saber Guild Corellia to learn how to wield a lightsaber and stave off the Dark Side on the Backlot stage.
· Kids Costume Parade presented by The Emoji Movie (1:00PM – June 18 – Backlot Stage) – Awesome Con encourages budding costume designers to strut their stuff in custom outfits at the Kids Costume Parade presented by The Emoji Movie. Participation is limited to the first 30 kids (and their parents) who register at the Backlog stage 30 minutes before the parade.
· Let's Go LEGO! (1:00PM – June 17 – Awesome Con Jr Stage) – Cartoonist John Gallagher shows you and your kids how to draw LEGO versions of your favorite characters. Come expand your art skills and take home the art as a souvenir.
· Making LGBT+ Representation Matter in Fiction (5:00PM – June 16 – Room 144) – Engage in a lively conversation about LGBTQ+ characters in fiction and what creators are doing, or not doing, to foster representation.
· A History of LGBTQ+ Representation in Comic Books & Television (June 17 – 12:30PM – Room 144) – Learn about the history of LGBTQ+ representation in Nerd Culture through discussion of the most iconic LGBTQ+ characters in anime, comic books, video games, and television. The important dialogue will conclude with thoughts on the importance of LGBTQ+ characters in the media and pop culture.
· Pokémon, Musicals, & Gay with Voice Actor Jamie McGonnigal (4:30PM – June 17 – Room 144) – Fans will have the opportunity to discuss Jamie McGonnigal's impressive resume including his voice work on Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, his global LGBTQ+ activism, and his career as a Broadway producer. From questions about how to get started in voice acting to how to come out to your high school anime club – nothing is off the table!
· NRG at Awesome Con (11:00AM-2:00PM – June 18 – East Salons G-I, Booth 16) - Fans of video games and esports will have a unique chance to meet players from NRG Esports' Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) team at Awesome Con on Sunday, June 18. Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, will host the NRG CS:GO team's visit in Awesome Con's Video Game Room in East Salons G-I from 11:00AM to 12:00PM for a live gaming experience, followed by an autograph session in the show's Exhibit Hall at booth 16 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.
And here's a few more local ties that I noted:
Celebrating Five Years of Awesomeness
6/16/2017 / 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM / 103
It's Awesome Con's fifth year! Join Awesome Con founder, Ben Penrod, for a look at what the first Awesome Con looked like and what the Awesome Con of the future looks like!
Panelist: Ben Penrod
Building a Better Batcave! with John Gallagher
6/16/2017 / 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM / Awesome Con Jr.
You are part of Batman's trusted team of engineers and interior designers. He has just tasked you with a very important job. Working together, you must design and draw the blueprints for a new Batcave!
The Advent of a New/Old Comic Company — C3 Comics
6/16/2017 / 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM / 154
Even though we've been around for almost 20 years, few have ever heard of C3 Comics. And it's not your fault, it's ours. We entered the Comic Indie Market thinking that we could take it over in one fell swoop; change the industry with just our imagination and boundless ambition. Little did we know that the comic book industry is actually an industry, and that hopes and dreams only get you so far. Join us and as we formally introduce the Indie creators, and company that's finally ready to make it's mark in the comic industry. Broaden your horizons. Read C3 Comics.
Panelists: Alan Cole, David Welcher, Jose Loeri, Raymond Francis, Douglas Pendleton, Robert Spencer
Awesome Con Short Film Fest
6/16/2017 / 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM / 144 A
Finish your day of insanity at Awesome Con by grabbing some popcorn, all your friends, and a seat, as Joe Carabeo(Director, Astray Productions, Project Resolution) and Otessa Marie Ghadar(Director, 2020 Production, DC Web Fest Founder) bring to Awesome Con for the first time, an Awesome Con Short Film Festival! Check out on the fringe films that have been making waves by Otessa Marie Ghadar, Rick Spears, Matthew Lucas, Michele Lombardi, Danny Caporaletti, and Joe Carabeo. Grab your seat fast for this exclusive, first time, Awesome Con mini film festival.
Panelists: Joe Carabeo, Otessa Marie Ghadar, Danny Caporaletti, Rick Spears, Matthew Lucas, Michele Lombardi
PURE:THE MOVIE TEASER
6/16/2017 / 9:00 PM – 9:45 PM / 144 BC
PURE is an epic tale of ingrained racism and the evils of inequality – a project where models get body painted to become the characters of a graphic novel and a feature length movie.
The movie is based on a fumetti style graphic novel named PURE. A story built around the small nation of Seyns. It's governed by 7 feuding Western defined families(Baum, Cassidy, Dolle', Kindris, Rome, Mundi and Slaven); each with unique characteristics(heritage, social norms, cloning, ethical values, traditional customs, religious beliefs, political systems, artifacts and technologies). They don the ornate clothing and jewelry of money, beauty, and corruption. Their golden exterior and sky blue eyes belie any preoccupation with altruism, for the commoners serve as mere stepping-stones to money, power and useless things.
Panelists: Anthony Dortch, Grant Collins, Charlie Belle, Sha Golanski, & Gazelle Powers
Using Comics to Tell the History of D.C.
6/17/2017 / 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM / 149
ReDistrictedComics.com is a new serialized online anthology that focuses on lesser-known historical stories about Washington, D.C. The site has caught the attention of students, teachers and historians. Join editor Matt Dembicki (District Comics, Trickster, Wild Ocean) for a panel conversation with local educators, historians and community leaders on how the website and its resources are being using as teaching tools inside and outside classrooms.
Panelists: Matt Dembicki, Jason Rodriguez, Jane Freundel Levey, Mary Ann Zher, Eric Cervini
LIVE Carolyn and Joe Show Podcast "400th Episode"
6/18/2017 / 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM / 154
The Carolyn and Joe Show podcast celebrate their 400th episode! Every year one of the best times at Awesome Con is the live recording of The Carolyn and Joe Show podcast in front of a LIVE Awesome Con audience. They've had special guests from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pulp Fiction, Renowned Animation voices and Walking Dead Actors. This is a panel/recording/live show like no other and it's the 400th episode. What in the world could possibly happen this year?
Panelists: Carolyn Belefski, Joe Carabeo
Alien Art with Dawn Griffin
6/18/2017 / 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM / Awesome Con Jr.
Awesome Con Jr. will be transformed into an alien factory when cartoonist, Dawn Griffin, shows you easy ways to draw wacky aliens.
6/18/2017 / 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM / 149
Learn how to color comics just like the pros with Comic Book Digital Colorist, Arsia Rozegar (credits include Marvel's The Hulk and Iron Man). Arsia will demonstrate step-by-step techniques on how to color comic pages using Adobe Photoshop.
Panelist: Arsia Rozegar
ARKHAM FILES: SUPERVILLAIN PSYCHOSES Vol. 2
6/18/2017 / 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM / 154
Ever wonder what makes our favorite Batman villains tick? Well, look no further, as the folks behind last year's ARKHAM FILES: SUPERVILLAIN PSYCHOSES panel return to Arkham Asylum to discuss the possible psychoses for a BRAND NEW set of villains in Batman's rogues gallery!
If you thought last year's villain profiles were interesting, wait until you see what villains we profile in this sequel edition!
Panelists: Brandon Troy, Julian Lytle, Charles Samenow
Create Your Own Superhero Symbol with Carolyn Belefski
6/18/2017 / 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM / Awesome Con Jr.
Every hero needs a logo! Many superheroes have personal branding on their outfits and My Little Pony characters even have cutie marks! Join artist and designer Carolyn Belefski and learn how to incorporate graphic design elements to create an icon and establish your own powerful visual identity.