Sunday, May 20, 2018
There is a vast gulf between the way English speaking audiences and French speaking audiences regard the comics artist Moebius. English speaking audiences know him primarily as “that Heavy Metal guy” who produced a number of visionary science fiction works and eventually drifted off to get work in Hollywood. The books that were translated into English went out of print in the 80s and are his other works are only now starting to show up in English. But there are an awful lot of single images of his floating around on Tumblr.
The fact that the original diaries date back to 2001 becomes obvious when Moebius comments on the events of 9/11 and has an extended conversation with Osama Bin Laden (who died a year before Moebius did). Geronimo also shows up to compare and contrast his terrorist methodologies with Bin Laden. Another character from The Airtight Garage makes an appearance as well.
Why is this here? It's a long story. Mike Rhode first introduced himself to me when I first started vending at SPX. Over the years, we've talk to each other at Comic conventions around the DC area and never quite get around to sitting down for lunch.
When I moved to Arlington two years ago, I didn't realize that Mike lived within a mile of my building. Nor did I realize that he lived next door to my girlfriend's friend from college. We also discovered, by accident that we work two buildings away from each other, because we work in adjacent organizations. The world is a very small place, sometimes.
It really feels that way when I run into Mike at the local farmer's market. Naturally, that's when I pitch him article ideas. I'm reading the entire run of Heavy Metal in public (in blog format) because I happen to own the entire run of Heavy Metal. This means that I'm engaged in an ongoing study of the magazine. In addition, I have a diverse and idiosyncratic reading list that tends towards the weird corners of comics history. Sometimes one circumstance or another results in long articles that I don't really have anyplace to put. Mike has been gracious enough to let me publish them here.
In summary: this is an article about comics from someone in the DC area.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Here is the recording of the Q&A I hosted at Fantom Comics in Washington DC where I talk to my friend Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King (Mister Miracle, Batman, The Vision, Sheriff of Babylon, Omega Men). We talk about all his works at the time from the current Mister Miracle and Batman to Vision. Enjoy!
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Express May 18 2018, p. 28
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2018/05/18/deadpool-2-is-a-study-in-kindness/
'Deadpool 2' is painfully self-referential. And that's why it's absolutely perfect. [in print as Deadpool's pledge: Eviscerating comedy].
Washington Post May 18 2018, p. Weekend 23
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/deadpool-2-is-painfully-self-referential-and-thats-why-its-absolutely-perfect/2018/05/14/64ca087c-53f5-11e8-9c91-7dab596e8252_story.html
'Deadpool 2' does not care about your feelings. That's what makes it work.
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog May 15 2018
I wanted to remind you that all Ignatz submissions MUST be postmarked by June 1, 2018 to be considered for consideration. That gives you two weeks! You can do it!
Here's all of the pertinent info:
1. Send six copies - five for the jurors, and one for the Library of Congress (how cool is that?)
2. Submitted work must have been published between 6/1/17 and 5/31/18
3. You must fill in this submission form (https://docs.google.com/
4. All physical copies should be sent to:
c/o Dan Stafford
5010 Quebec St.
College Park, MD 20740
All of our submissions guidelines and rules can be found at our new website, www.smallpressexpo.com
AND - I have a new email address. I am now at email@example.com, so feel free to reach out with any questions/comments/concerns/
Thanks, and we can't wait to see everything!
Tom Angleberger - Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear! **In the Children & Teens Dept.
Politics and Prose bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
About the AuthorsTom Angleberger, author of the New York Times best-selling Origami Yoda series, the Rocket and Groot series, Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear!, and has been a Star Wars fan and collector since 1977. Growing up before the dawn of the VCR, Tom listened to Star Wars again and again on cassette tape. His first action figure was C-3PO and his most recent (very recent) was a sandtrooper. He lives in Virginia with his wife, author and illustrator Cece Bell. Andie Tong has worked on titles for various comic franchises, including Tron: Betrayal, Spectacular Spider-Man UK, The Batman Strikes, Smallville, Wheel of Time, TMNT, Masters of the Universe, and Starship Troopers, working for companies such as Disney, Marvel, D.C. Comics, Panini, Dark Horse, and Dynamite Entertainment, as well as commercial illustrations for numerous advertising agencies including Nike, Universal, CBS, Mattel, and Habsro. When he gets the chance, Andie concept designs for various companies, and also juggles illustration duties on a range of children's picture storybooks for Harper Collins. Malaysian born, Andie migrated to Australia at a young age, and then moved to London in 2005. In 2012, he journeyed back to Asia and currently resides in Singapore with this wife and two children.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
In 'Rock Steady,' Ellen Forney Combines Mental Health Advice, Artistry and Wit
We strongly recommend claiming a ticket to ensure your seat. This program is expected to be at capacity.
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Tony Lewis is part of an exciting generation of artists working to collapse the boundaries between different art forms. He has quickly established himself in the contemporary art world by forming a distinct visual vocabulary that integrates poetry and text with the properties of abstraction. His monochromatic drawings pull from various visual and written sources, ranging from the personal to the political. Separating, rearranging, and erasing text, he shifts the way we read to open up new and unexpected meanings.
His current installation, Anthology 2014–2016, is comprised of thirty-four original collage-poems inspired by his favorite childhood comic book, Calvin and Hobbes, which the artist says was "a literary and artistic savior growing up in the '90s."
Lewis will join the Hirshhorn in conversation to delve into his practice of writing through drawing. He will discuss the inspiration for Anthology and how he deconstructed hundreds of comic strips, reordered them, and ultimately shaped them into poems through a process of erasing, editing, and rearranging dialogue to explore the collaborative nature of creativity and authorship, leaving meaning open to a range of interpretations.
- May 24, 2018
- 6:30 pm–7:30 pm
- Event Category:
- Artist Talk
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
So, they have a children's panel of comics and a graphic novel panel, and they scheduled them for the same time. Well, at least you can get five book signed at one signing time. Local cartoonist Gareth Hinds is on slightly earlier in the day.
Gareth's illustrations have appeared in such diverse venues as the Society of Illustrators, the New York Historical Society, and more than a dozen published video games.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in blockbuster 'Superman,' dies at 69 [in print as Margot Kidder, 69; Actress flew to fame as reporter Lois Lane]. By Adam Bernstein May 15 2018 p. B6
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/margot-kidder-who-played-lois-lane-in-blockbuster-superman-dies-at-69/2018/05/14/918ddebc-5795-11e8-b656-a5f8c2a9295d_story.html
"Bipartisanship No. 2"
So, anyway, just so we're clear on this... the GOP are worried that defense contractors will lose their jobs if we aren't bombing Syria (or Yemen, or Iran); the Democrats are still "resisting" their weak little asses off, but when it comes to Syria "there's no one more red, white and blue", as ol' Phil Ochs says.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Jordan ZakarinFandom Files podcast April 16, 2018
The Fandom Files is joined by Glen Weldon, the author, NPR contributor and all-around geek expert. Weldon talks to us about the history of Superman — it's the Man of Steel's 80th birthday! — and what Zach Snyder got wrong. Plus, we talk about Batman, Star Wars, and the highs and lows of geek culture as pop culture. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY! (Photo from Batman/Superman #14, 2014)
Tui Sutherland - The Lost Continent: Wings of Fire Book 11 ** in the Children & Teens Dept.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018
Don't make fun of homeless people [in print as Stripped of everything].
Ann Rudd, ArlingtonWashington Post May 12 2018
'Mark Trail' and 'Judge Parker' have jumped the shark [in print as Next time on 'Mark Trail': Literal shark-jumping].
Melissa Yorks, GaithersburgWashington Post May 12 2018