Tuesday, January 23, 2018

DC in DC panels on YouTube

The Art of the Matter: From Sketch to Screen: DC in D.C. 2018

Brian Truitt

The Art of the Matter: From Sketch to Screen Panel at Inaugural DC in D.C. Event at Newseum Just how do our favorite DC Super Heroes fly from the page to the screen? This behind-the-scenes look at the creative process provides an "origin story" of how some of DC's greatest Super Heroes on the page have evolved into some of TV's hottest Super Heroes on screens all over the world. USA Today's Brian Truitt moderates a discussion between Executive Producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Black Lightning, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl), DC Entertainment's President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Executive Producer Sara Schechter (Arrow, Black Lightning, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Executive Producer of Black Lightning Salim Akil, star of Black Lightning Cress Williams, stars of DC's Legends of Tomorrow Caity Lotz and Brandon Routh, and star of The Flash Danielle Panabaker.

Wonder Women: DC in D.C. 2018

Nischelle Turner
Wonder Women Panel at Inaugural DC in D.C. Event at Newseum DC and Warner Bros. Pictures' Wonder Woman took charge of screens in an unprecedented way last summer, toppling the cinematic patriarchy and paving the way for even more super women. DC has been flexing its power with female heroes on television screens for years, including kickass characters on Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Nischelle Turner from Entertainment Tonight leads the discussion with DC's Legends of Tomorrow star, Caity Lotz, The Flash stars Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker, Gotham stars Erin Richards, Jessica Lucas, and Camren Bicondova, Berlanti Productions President Sarah Schechter (Arrow, Black Lightning, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, upcoming Titans), DC writers Shea Fontana (Wonder Woman, DC Super Hero Girls), Shawna Benson (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey), Julie Benson (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey), Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl: Being Super), and artist Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls).

The Pride of DC: The Art of LGBTQ Inclusion: DC in D.C. 2018

The Pride of DC: The Art of LGBTQ Inclusion Panel at Inaugural DC in D.C. Event at Newseum On December 8, history was made with the debut of Freedom Fighters: The Ray, a new animated series on CW Seed, the digital channel of The CW Network, that features the first gay Super Hero to lead a show. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content, the digital studio of Warner Bros. Television Group. Moderated by The New York Times Senior Editor, Video & Features, George Gustines, The Ray executive producer, Greg Berlanti, and voice star, Russell Tovey, are joined by DC writers Marguerite Bennett (Batwoman, DC Comics Bombshells), Mark Russell (Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles), Steve Orlando (Midnighter and Apollo), and Vita Ayala (Suicide Squad Most Wanted) for a wide-ranging discussion about inclusion for LGBTQ characters.

The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens: DC in D.C. 2018

David Betancourt

The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African American Lens Panel at Inaugural DC in D.C. Event at Newseum Watch this powerful panel conversation that highlights BLACK LIGHTNING, a new African American DC Super Hero coming to television screens (40 years after the electrifying hero was created), as well as hear about an upcoming DC comic book from Oscar®-winning screenwriter, John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and more exciting storytelling featuring African American characters. Moderated by David Betancourt (The Washington Post), this panel brings together THE FLASH's Candice Patton, writer John Ridley, BLACK LIGHTNING producers Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil, BLACK LIGHTNING star Cress Williams, actor Chris Chalk (GOTHAM), Jamie Broadnax from Black Girl Nerds, comics artist and co-founder of Milestone Media Denys B. Cowan, writer and academic Alice Randall, and actor David Harewood (SUPERGIRL) BLACK LIGHTNING premieres Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 9/8c on The CW.

The Aftermath: Battle & Trauma in Comics: DC in D.C. 2018

Melissa Bryant

The Aftermath: Battle & Trauma in Comics Panel at Inaugural DC in D.C. Event at Newseum DC's Batman writer and former CIA counter-terrorism operations officer, Tom King, along with artist Mitch Gerads take on Jack Kirby's Mister Miracle in a new monthly comic book which focuses on a Super Hero who grapples with post-traumatic stress disorder, an issue not often seen in comics and tragically overlooked in the real world. King and Gerads are joined by Gotham recurring guest star J.W. Cortez (a 13-year Marine combat veteran and a police officer with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority), Dr. Vivek Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, and Jason Inman, host of DC All Access and U.S. Army Veteran. Moderated by Melissa Bryant, Director for Political & Intergovernmental Affairs, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America

DC in D.C. With Tom King and Julie & Shawna Benson

DC in D.C. With Tom King and Julie & Shawna Benson

Word Balloon podcast January 18, 2018



Lots of fun catching up with the Benson sisters (Batgirl and The Birds Of Prey) and Tom King (Batman -Mister Miracle) after the big event DC Comics held last weekend in the nation's capital. 
You'll hear about their panels and red carpet encounters, plus Tom gives more background about Sanctuary, his concept to explore Heroes suffering from PTSD after their near death experiences .
Then we all settle in for some classic movie talk while we play a round of Old Movie Trivia. How well will you do compared to us? Play along.

Fantom Comics makes Book Riot's best stores list

The Best Comic Book Stores

Sonja Palmer 01-17-18


Tomorrow: Ann Telnaes at the Wharf

Ann Telnaes - Trump's ABC — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7 p.m.

In an inspired matching of form to content, Telnaes presents her series of cartoons on Trump in the shape of a children's board book. But this collection of satirical wit is for adults, and Telnaes draws, rhymes, and critiques Trump with all the moral outrage, wit, and intelligence that made her the second woman cartoonist to win a Pulitzer Prize, and the first to win both a Pulitzer and the Ruben Award. Small but powerful, this volume features Telnaes's impeccable ink line, here accompanied with sing-song verses that capture the truth of Trump's behavior, policies, and his divisive effect on the country.

PR: Shoff Comics and Cards Show in Tysons Corner

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Jackie Roche's comic history of Arlington Cemetery

Arlington is More Than a Cemetery

Arlington House's transformations mirror our own

Comic Riffs on Jackie Ormes

The rediscovered legacy of Jackie Ormes, the first black woman with a syndicated comic strip

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog January 19 2018

Flugennock's latest: Hot diggety, I'm in the club

From DC's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennock:

Have you gotten YOUR Twitter Threat Letter yet?
If you're farther left than Doug Jones, you're probably a Kremlin stooge.

"Russiagate Hangover"

"The Most Busted Name In News"

"The Latest 'Smoking Gun'"

"Nobody Expects The Russia Investigation"

Copy posted to Twitter at

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tom King's new comic

Tom King Announces Sanctuary, About DC Superheroes Dealing With the Mental Trauma of Violence

Posted by January 13, 2018 100 Comments


DC in D.C. article in Bleeding Cool

Could DC in D.C. Be the Future of Comic Cons?

Posted by Will Romine January 15, 2018


Trump's first year by Lester and Brodner

Alternate realities: Trump illustrated from the left

January 21 2018
Steve Brodner is an award-winning satirical illustrator and commentator. See more of his work at stevebrodner.com.

Alternate realities: Trump illustrated from the right

Washington Post January 21 2018

Mike Lester is a commercial artist, cartoonist, animator and writer. Putting pen to paper was his single purpose even as a kid. "I studied and trained for it then, and I haven't stepped off the learning curve since. I've never had a day job."

Friday, January 19, 2018

Cullen Murphy, "Cartoon County" at Politics & Prose Bookstore

Cullen Murphy, "Cartoon County"

Murphy, editor at large at Vanity Fair and the author of books including God's Jury, grew up in the middle of a thriving community of illustrators and cartoonists in southwestern Connecticut. His father, John Cullen Murphy (1919-2004), who had been a student of Norman Rockwell's, drew the popular comic strips Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt. Their neighbors were the artists responsible for classic comics ranging from Beetle Bailey to Hi and Lois to Family Circus. Murphy's memoir pays tribute to these many creative individuals and warmly evokes the spirit of a bygone era.

Target has retro Defenders t-shirts

Holy 1970s!, but too late for Sweet Christmas!

These are at the Target at Skyline in Falls Church, VA

Al Goodwyn illustrates The Hill's first year of Trump review

Ursula Vernon in The Post and at Hooray for Books (on January 30)

Ursula Vernon elevates a rodent to royalty; But in the Hamster Princess series, the heroine isn't waiting for a prince to save the day [in print as Author bases a funny series on rodent royalty].

Washington Post January 17 2018, p. C8
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/ursula-vernon-elevates-a-rodent-to-royalty/2018/01/16/5a720c08-f496-11e7-beb6-c8d48830c54d_story.html

Humor & Heroics: Ursula Vernon, Matthew Swanson, and Robbi Behr
Tuesday, January 30: 6:30pm
We welcome award-winning author and illustrator, Ursula Vernon, as she presents her newest Hamster Princess book, Whiskerella. Joining Ursula, who also is noted for her Dragonbreath series and Castle Hangnail novel, are author Matthew Swanson and illustrator Robbi Behr, who return with their novel The Real McCoys. We love these books because they've got humor, heroics, and heart. There might even be a friendly draw-off! Costumes are most definitely encouraged!

Recommended for children ages 8 and up.

Hooray For Books! Independent Bookstore | 1555 King Street, Suite 101, Alexandria, VA 22314
Unable to make it to this event? You still can get signed and personalized copies of the books! Give us a call at 703-548-4092 or email order@hooray4books.com by Thurs., Jan. 25.

Feb 8: Former Baltimore City Paper cartoonist Tim Kreider at The Wharf

Tim Kreider - I Wrote This Book Because I Love You: Essays — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m.
I Wrote This Book Because I Love You: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476738994
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2018

The beloved New York Times essayist focuses his razor-sharp wit on his relationships with women—romantic, platonic, and the murky in-between. In this collection, he talks about his difficulty finding lasting love, and seeks to understand his commitment issues. Among many hilarious profundities, Kreider meditates upon his nineteen-year-old cat, wondering if it's the most enduring relationship he'll ever have.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf   70 District Square SW   Washington   DC    20024

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Big Planet Comics Bethesda January hardcover SALE!

40% off already this week. 

Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell are MOCCA guests of honor

I've cut and pasted the parts relevant to this blog, but my friend Liniers and the great Roz Chast and Mike Mignola are also appearing. See the whole thing at https://www.societyillustrators.org/mocca-arts-festival

The Society of Illustrators is proud to share its first round of guest announcements with this year's stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 7-8 at Metropolitan West in New York City. This year's featured Guests of Honor are:
  • Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin, part of the trio behind the National Book Award-winning MARCH trilogy, a first-of-its-kind graphic novel about the highs and lows of the Civil Rights Movement told through the perspective of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis.
This group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7 - 8th from 11:00AM - 6:00PM at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave). They will be joined at MoCCA Fest by an array of Featured and International Guests and exhibiting artists.

Price of admission is $7 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor's visits will be available in future announcements.

More information about the Fest can be found here.

About the Guests of Honor:

Nate Powell:
Nate Powell is a New York Times best selling-graphic novelist. He is an alumnus of the School of Visual Arts, having graduated in 2000. His work includes MARCH (Top Shelf), the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don't Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole (all published by Top Shelf), The Silence Of Our Friends (First Second), The Year Of The Beasts (Roaring Brook Press), and Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero (Disney-Hyperion). Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. Powell's next book, Come Again, will be released in summer 2018 by Top Shelf/IDW.

Andrew Aydin:
Andrew Aydin is the creator and co-author of the graphic memoir series, MARCH, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. An Atlanta native, Andrew was raised by a single mother, and grew up reading comic books. After college, he took a job with Congressman Lewis. Today, Aydin serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C. Andrew's other works include the 2016 X-Files Annual (IDW), the 2016 CBLDF Annual Liberty (Image), and an upcoming issue of Bitch Planet (Image), as well as articles for the Atlanta alt-weekly Creative Loafing and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Magazine.
About the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise America's longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. The mission of SI/MI is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan's largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society's broader mission to serve as Manhattan's singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education. The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7-8th, 2018 at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

Fantom Comics has a tavern license and wants you to talk about it

Monday, January 22 (6:30pm – 9:30pm) – Comics & Cocktails – NOTE: We're having a special Comics & Cocktails at Fantom Comics this week. We have our tavern license! We can now sell beer and wine and we have plenty of dining options around us for people to pick up food and chow down at the store. So this C&C will be – besides the usual socializing, of course – a town hall to decide how we should run these going forward. We want to hear from YOU! So join us for geeky talk, alcohol, BYOFood and a town hall discussion.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Emily S. Whitten at ComicMix!

I met Emily Whitten at the DC in DC event this past weekend. She's a local writer and her work can currently be seen at ComicMix at

Feb 6: Emily Carroll at Politics and Prose

Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m.

The novel, Speak, a National Book Award finalist, is now available in graphic form, illustrated by Emily Carroll. It is the story of a girl, Melinda, who becomes an outcast at Merryweather High after a traumatic summer experience. Though friendless and withdrawn into isolation, Melinda finds solace in art class. Through art, she is able to come to terms with what happened to her – and is able to find her voice. Compelling illustrations breathe new life into this resonant classic and its powerful message. This is part of the Can We Talk About This event series. (Ages 15+)

This event is in partnership with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. Information about RAINN will be available and customers may choose to donate a portion of their purchases to RAINN the evening of the event.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

In the Children & Teens Department at
Politics and Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington DC 20008


The Post reviews Black Lightning

'Black Lightning' plays well to its strengths, rather than playing like a token effort [in print as On CW, 'Black Lightning' is oh-so current].

TV critic
Washington Post January 16 2018, p. C1-2
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/black-lightning-plays-well-to-its-strengths-rather-than-playing-like-a-token-effort/2018/01/15/54cceec0-f7d0-11e7-a9e3-ab18ce41436a_story.html

I'm rather tickled to hear that The 100 are the villains. They're from 1970s-era comics where Kirby had Darkseid attempting to take over Metropolis' underworld. Morgan Edge, the owner of the tv station that Clark Kent worked at, was one of his agents as well.