Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Peak Liberal" Featured on the Jimmy Dore Show

DC's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennock, did a cartoon that got some air time this summer:

"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".

"Peak Liberal"
Cartoon by Mike Flugennock, February 20, 2017
"Peak Liberal"

"Corporate Democrats Protesting Trump Literally Turn Into Cartoon"
Jimmy Dore Show, May 17, 2017

Sean Hill interviewed on Multiversity Comics

The Big Break #2: Sean Damien Hill

By 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

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Hobbes Holluck

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? 

It seems things are going more and more digital.  Maybe that's why I enjoy working traditionally so much.
What local cons do you attend? The Small Press Expo, Intervention, or others? Any comments about attending them?

Small Press Expo, Awesome Con and Baltimore Comic Con.  I think each one appeals to a slightly different crowd.  I've had good experiences at all three. 

What's your favorite thing about DC?

Joining the DC Conspiracy and finding other people that love making comics as much as me.

Least favorite?

The traffic.

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

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.
How about a favorite local restaurant?

This is outside the city but in Burke, VA there is a tiny little Spanish restaurant called El Pueblo.  If you go, get the Xango's for dessert.  Bananas and cheesecake never tasted so good.

Do you have a website or blog?

Venus's Comic Shop featured in Washington Informer

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.

ReDistricted on Roy Clark

The Lightening fingers of Roy Clark

Story by Matt Dembicki

Art by Matt Rawson

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

Comic Riffs on Shannon Wheeler and Ward Sutton

One author pored over Trump's tweets for months. These are the conclusions he drew.

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

Gareth Hinds' Poe adaptation reviewed in this week's City Paper

It's not online, but...

Ottenberg, Eve. 2017.
Illustrated Horror - Poe: Stories and Poems by Gareth Hinds.
Washington City Paper (August 11)

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #294: David Miller

Wayne's Comics Podcast #294: David Miller

This week's episode #294 features the return of David Miller, who discusses his newest comic limited series The Frankenstein Zombie, among other things! His Indiegogo for this series ends in the next couple of days, so this is the perfect time to jump on board! David talks about the original classic story being his inspiration for the book as well as the various supporting characters in the series as well as what it took to bring this together! For more about The Frankenstein Zombie, go to this link! Time is of the essence, so once you've listened to this interview, be sure to head to the Indiegogo link above to support this great comic!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

PR: Meet Space Riders artist Alexis Ziritt & Calexit writer Matt Pizzolo this Saturday!

This Saturday 8/12/17 at Third Eye Annapolis

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Meet Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Calexit) & Alexis Ziritt (Space Riders, Tarantula) this Saturday!

First 25 in line get a free surprise gift limited to this event!


We're huge fans of the indie maverick publishing powerhouse BLACK MASK COMICS, and when we had the chance to bring two of our favorite folks known for their killer work at Black Mask to Third Eye – we had to jump at it!

In support of the incredible new Black Mask series, CALEXIT, series writer MATT PIZZOLO (who many of you know from his incredible work on projects like GODKILLER, YOUNG TERRORISTS and more) and CALEXIT Third Eye cover artist ALEXIS ZIRITT (who many of you know from his incredible series SPACE RIDERS!) will be helping us kick off CALEXIT in style!

This new series is a cutting edge dystopian sci-fi masterpiece that will remind you of '80s cult movie favorites like ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK thrown into a blender with late '90s Vertigo gold like TRANSMETROPOLITAN!

Pure awesome all the way through, CALEXIT is a must-read, and we highly recommend you check it out, and come get it signed by Matt and Alexis on 8/12/17!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

The Post cracks The Nut Job 2

'The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature': Stale jokes and slapstick, the sequel [in print as Predictable premise and acorny jokes].

Pat Padua

Washington Post August 11 2017, p. Weekend 26

Aug 11-13: Otakon at the Washington Convention Center

Otakon® is an annual celebration of Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc.) and its fandom! Otakon is run by the non-profit organization Otakorp, Inc

$100 for a three-day ticket