Friday, June 23, 2017

July 7: Animezing!: Robot Carnival

Join us for a free anime film at the JICC!
Join us for a free anime film at the JICC!
Animezing!: Robot Carnival
A celebration of art, animation, and robots!
Crawling across a desiccated landscape, the Robot Carnival comes barreling its way to the JICC this summer!
A visual treat for the eyes as well as the mind, Robot Carnival is an anthology collection of nine short films, many done by animators before they got their feet wet in directing. From funny to dramatic, artistic to entertaining, each story reaches towards the furthest corners of time and space to bring you a tale of robots, and the people who make them. Whether you have a love for great hand-drawn animation, an appreciation for fine storytelling, or just like robots, this anthology is a must!
Featuring segments from Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), Koji Morimoto (Mind Game), and more! Music by award-winning composer Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Departures)!
In Japanese & English with English subtitles | Not rated | 1987 | 90 min | Science-Fiction / Action | Various Directors
Registration is required.
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JICC's Film Series: Women in Cinema
Women in Cinema
Atsuko Fukushima, from Osaka, is an animator and illustrator. She has worked on such films as Space Adventure Cobra (1982) and The Dagger of Kamui (1985). She did character design for a segment in 1987's Neo-Tokyo as well as the key animation and character design for the opening and ending segments for Robot Carnival. She has also done key animation for Katsuhiro Otomo's seminal film Akira (1988), Hayao Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), and segments in Memories (1995) and Genius Party (2006). She most recently contributed character designs to the 2014 award-winning film Giovanni's Island.
Please note, this film is unrated and contains scenes of violence. Recommended for ages 13 and older.
You are invited to
Friday, July 7th, 2017
from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
1150 18th Street Northwest
Suite 100
Washington DC 20036 US
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This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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Scoop on Awesome Con

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Washington Post's Awesome Con cosplay photos

The Washingtonian on Wonder Woman Lynda Carter at the Library of Congress

The Original Wonder Woman Slays the Crowd at the Library Of Congress

The library packed in a huge, adoring crowd for Lynda Carter.

June 22 (today): Big Planet Comics graphic novel book club

Big Planet Comics graphic novel book club June '17

7 PM - 9 PM

Big Planet Comics of College Park
7315 Baltimore Ave, College Park, Maryland 20740

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!

The Post on the new Dr. Seuss museum

From the children's page:

Will Seuss museum be one of the places you go?

Washington Post June 20 2017, p. C8
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The NY Times is more critical:

At the Dr. Seuss Museum: Oh, the Places They Don't Go!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Comic Riffs interviews the female Car

How Cristela Alonzo influenced her 'Cars 3' breakout character

Washington Post 
Comic Riffs blog June 21 2017

e-Bay's Spider-Man variant cover comic book

I get a lot of press releases here, and once in a while an off-topic-for-us one catches my eye. As a longtime member of the Grand Comics Database comic book indexing project, I was interested to hear that e-Bay was branding a Spider-Man comic book that would only be available on their site. The internal content of the book is the same as the standard issue; this is just a cover variant.This isn't exactly a new development - Books-a-Million does it for instance. As of this writing, 394 copies, or slightly over 1/10th of the run are sold.

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.

Here's the relevant information from e-Bay's PR:

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.

Evan Keeling's free downloadable minicomics

On Facebook, Evan Keeling notes:
All my Smithsonian and other zine comics are all linked in one place now...

More Awesome Con photos online

Photos: Awesome Con 2017

jenn tisdale and Nicholas Karlin

Brightest Young Things Jun 19, 2017

Former 'The Hill' cartoonist Weyant interviewed

Digital Publishing: Why Newspapers Need to Invest More in Political Cartoons

By: Rob Tornoe

June 20 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Michael Cavna of Comic Riffs talks to Lynda Carter

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.

David Apatoff's new book on Bernie Fuchs

Available and Shipping Now!

The Life and Art of Bernie Fuchs  

If you've already placed a pre-order, your copy is in the mail now and will be arriving soon!

If you haven't ordered yet, this spectacular new book explores the life and work of one of America's most admired and imitated illustrators — 
Bernie Fuchs. This volume is printed in FULL COLOR throughout and features over 300 illustrations. The book is 240 pages long and is filled to the brim with scores of beautiful illustrations reproduced from the original paintings and drawings, as well as rarely seen tear sheets from vintage magazines, photographs, color studies, and more. A complete preview of the book is available here:


240 pages, 9"x12", full-color on premium low-gloss stock, hardbound with dust jacket. The Standard Edition is $44.95 plus postage.



To learn more, please visit my website:

Dan Zimmer, Publisher


Comic Riffs on the value of merchandising for Pixar

'Cars 3': Why Pixar should lose no sleep over one of its lowest debuts ever

Washington Post
Comic Riffs blog June 19 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

That darn Snoopy

The Post reviews house-cleaning manga

North Carolina caricaturist Al Phillips dies in suburban MD retirement

Al Phillips, illustrator of Charlotte's big moments and famous people for Observer, dies at 83

By Tim Funk

Charlotte Observer June 14, 2017

Marc Hempel and John Gallagher at Awesome Con

John Gallagher has his children's comics for sale while Marc Hempel had Death from Sandman stop by.

Awesome Con continues today

Here's some cosplayers from Saturday.

Friday, June 16, 2017

New award announced for Baltimore Comic-Con

The Ringo Awards – Named After Mike Wieringo – To Replace Harvey Awards At Baltimore Comic Con

by June 16, 2017

1970s TV Wonder Woman visits Library of Congress

Pic of the Week: Wonder Woman Visits the Library

Whiplash - Comic Riffs' Cavna on Cars 3 and Delisle's Hostage (within 24 hours)

Pop Culture Happy Hour on 'Wonder Woman'

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Wonder Woman' And The Tony Awards

Gal Gadot stars in Wonder Woman.

Clay Enos/Warner Bros and DC Comics

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.

That darn Toles speaks up

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

'Fine artists' comics at the Baltimore Museum of Art

The Sequential Art, Comics & Cartoons of Famous Artists

By: |

Awesome Con's local faces

I was able to make into Awesome Con's main floor before it closed for the day, and tried to say hello to local cartoonists.


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.


Arsia Rozegar.


Dawn Griffin of Baltimore.


Matt Dembicki.


Vanessa Bettencourt and novelist Jacob Falling.


The Frazetta family's booth (they've got some originals for sale!)


SL Gallant.


Jamie Noguchi in motion.


Marc Hempel of Baltimore.


The Red Skull with a cosmic cube cosplayer.