Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March 25: DIY Zine Workshop

Join DC Conspiracy members Andrew Cohen and Eric Gordon March 25 1-3 p.m. for a DIY zine workshop at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Md. It’s free and open to the public.

Per its Facebook event page: “Anyone can make a zine: all you need is some paper, a writing utensil, copy machine, and a desire to create. Meet the artists from not too high, not too low and learn how to get started designing your very own self-published, no rules art piece. Join DC’s long tradition of DIY, counterculture art! This is a free, walk-in workshop open to all ages and levels of experience!”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Jason Rodriguez moderated a panel on comics and migration last fall

MICE 2017 Panel Discussion: Comics and Migration

A panel discussion held at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, October 22, 2017. Comics and Migration, with panelists Julia Alekseyeva, Dave Ortega, Iasmin Omar Ata, Leila Abdelrazaq. Moderator: Jason Rodriguez

Post Syndicate kills single Barney & Clyde strip; Weingarten discussing live now

The chat is here:

By the end of the chat, I felt the most significant piece to come out was that Horace LaBadie actually wrote the offending strip.  I know Gene has talked about having writing help, but the last I recall was his son. However, LaBadie is credited on the Syndicate's webpage for the strip at

April 14: Nikki Ryan - Chantilly Regional Library

Nikki Ryan - Chantilly Regional Library
Location - 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043  
Date/Time - April 14th, 10:00am-3:00pm
Description - "Come see author Nikki Ryan (THE FAMILY TRADE) at the Fairfax County Public Library System's 2018 Library Comic Con! The convention will take place at George C. Marshall High School and will feature cosplay contests, author lectures, discussions with comic book creators, an appearance by the Star Wars 501st Legion, fantastic vendors, and much, much more!"

from Image Comics Library Market Newsletter

March 30-April 1: Awesome Con

Awesome Con is ten days away now. 

Tickets are on sale here:

Guests are listed at

Local cartoonists appearing are:

Tom King

S.L. Gallant

Rafer Roberts

Penelope Gaylord

Mark Wheatley

Marc Hempel

Matthew Dembicki

Jerry Gaylord

Cuddles And Rage

Carolyn Belefski

Bill McKay

Arsia Rozegar

Angela McKendrick

Andrew Aydin

You can see a list of programming and get an app for your phone here:

The Con has been kind enough to credit me as press again this year, so keep watching to see our coverage.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The City Paper on another local Black Panther tie

How a Local Percussionist Went From Making Music to Making Moves in Black Panther

Southeast D.C.-born drummer Jabari Exum became a consultant on one of the biggest films in history.

The City Paper on The Death of Stalin

Armando Iannucci's The Death of Stalin Is Political Satire At Its Finest [in print as Laugh and Death].

Washington City Paper March 16, 2018 p. 20

Again, no mention of the fact that it's based on a graphic novel.

Political cartoon PAC founder Bob Bedard has died in Baltimore


Robert J. Bedard, political consultant and gardener, dies

Frederick N. Rasmussen

The Baltimore Sun March 13 2018


Robert Bedard, 67, labor consultant

by Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer @newskag |  March 12, 2018

Guy Gilchrist's Muppet comic strips on exhibit in Fairfax

Cartoons unite the world: Illustrations by Jim Henson's cartoonist on display at Workhouse Arts Center

Friday, March 16, 2018

JK Snyder III interviewed about new book

Drawn to Purpose panel video and photographs online

Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden (sic, Martha Kennedy) talks with a panel of women illustrators and cartoonists highlighted in the current exhibition and book, "Drawn to Purpose." Panel will include Whitney Sherman, Barbara Brandon-Croft and Jillian Tamaki. Explore the Drawn to Purpose exhibition,

Fwd: Library of Congress and DC Entertainment Celebrate 80 Years of Superman


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Library of Congress and DC Entertainment Celebrate 80 Years of Superman
Live Interview Featuring Legendary Paul Levitz and Dan Jurgens


The Library of Congress will celebrate the 1000th issue of seminal DC comic book series Action Comics, a commemoration of 80 years of Superman, with a live interview featuring DC legends on Thursday, March 29. Former publisher and president of DC, Paul Levitz, will join famed DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens, known for his work on the Superman series and the pop culture phenomenon "The Death of Superman," for a conversation about the history of superhero comics, the writers and artists who create comics and the legacy of DC's iconic Superman character. The event coincides with Awesome Con, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center beginning March 30.  

Levitz and Jurgens will be interviewed by creator Michael Cavna, of the Eisner-nominated "Comic Riffs" column for The Washington Post. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free, but tickets are required. Visit this event-ticketing site for more information and to secure your ticket.

The event also will be livestreamed on the Library's YouTube site at Follow the conversation on Twitter at @librarycongress and #LibraryofAwesome.

Guests will preview of Action Comics #1000, which features the DC debut of acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis, art by legendary DC Comics publisher and artist Jim Lee and stories from Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi, artist Pat Gleason and artist Dan Jurgens. Selected materials from the Library's comic book and comic art collections will also be on display during the event.

Media wishing to schedule pre-event interviews may specify interest with their RSVP, due by Wednesday, March 28. Additional details will follow.

In 2017, the Library welcomed visitors to explore "Library of Awesome," a pop-up display of more than 100 iconic comic-book issues of today's most popular characters. The collections of the Library of Congress include nearly 140,000 comic books dating back to the 1930s.

DC Entertainment will publish a new hardcover book, "Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman," this spring as part of the celebration of the 1,000th issue of Action Comics—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre.

This "Library of Awesome" event is made possible by gifts to the Library of Congress Fund. Those interested in supporting free programs at the Library can contact

The Serial and Government Publications Division maintains one of the most extensive newspaper collections in the world. It is exceptionally strong in United States newspapers, with 9,000 titles covering the past three centuries. With over 25,000 non-U.S. titles, it is the largest collection of overseas newspapers in the world. Beyond its newspaper holdings, the division also has extensive collections of current periodicals, comic books and government publications. The comic-book collection is available for research use by scholars, collectors and other researchers in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room. For more information, visit

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

 The Library of Congress is the world's largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at, and register creative works of authorship at




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Martha Kennedy featured in Library of Congress Magazine

And so is Rose O'Neill

From the Shadows into the Spotlight: Curator Martha Kennedy Discusses the Women Illustrators and Cartoonists Behind the Book and Exhibition 'Drawn to Purpose'.
Library of Congress Magazine (March / April 2018): 20-21
online at

Hidden Figures of Women's History: Rose O'Neill, 1874-1944.
Heather Thomas
Library of Congress Magazine (March / April 2018): 12
online at

National Library of Medicine's fledgling comics collection profiled

Inside the Comics Collection of the World's Largest Medical Library

In 2016, the National Library of Medicine started collecting "graphic medicine" — materials that use comics to teach the public about illness and health.

March 14 2018

The Post reviews The Death of Stalin, while not noting it's based on a comic

'The Death of Stalin' deploys the satirical stings of 'Veep,' even more pointedly [in print as Creator of 'Veep' sharpens his satirical stings for strongmen].

Washington Post March 12 6 2018, p. Weekend 29, 31
online at

George Bridgers Obituary, founder of Barbarian Books

George Bridgers Obituary

George Carlton "Carl" Bridgers, 82, of Bowie, MD, passed away on March 8, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. Born in Norfolk, VA to George A. and Doris (Newbill) Bridgers, Carl attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served a three-year stint in the Army. After graduating college, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Southern Railway Co. He married his wife, Janice (McConkey), in 1963 and moved to Bowie, MD, in 1965. With his love for books and collectables, he opened the Barbarian Book Shop in Wheaton, MD. He ran this iconic book shop until he retired in 2004. Carl is survived by his wife, Janice, his brother, Robert, his four children Darren, Adrienne (Lukemire), Scott, and Chris, his five grandchildren Joshua, Jacob, Joseph, Lily and Liam. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6 to 8pm at Beall funeral Home, 6512 NW Crain Highway (RT 3 South), Bowie, MD where a funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1pm. Interment will follow at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD. Please view and sign the family's guestbook at:
Published in The Capital Gazette on Mar. 15, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

William L. Brown's Weekly News Drawing: Putin Pointin'

Local cartoonist/illustrator William L. Brown issues a weekly, wordless commentary.

Black Panther weirdness in The Post

How white nationalists are trying to co-opt 'Black Panther' [n print as White nationalists are tyring to co-opt 'Black Panther,' research finds].

PR: New Book Reveals Artistic Achievements of Women in Cartooning & Illustration



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New Book Reveals Artistic Achievements of Women in Illustration

'Drawn to Purpose' Features 80 Artists including Roz Chast, Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel,

Lynn Johnston, Jillian Tamaki and More


A new book presents a survey of the often-neglected artistic achievements of women in cartooning and illustration, featuring more than 250 color illustrations, comic strips and political cartoons, including original art from the collections of the Library of Congress. In "Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists," Martha H. Kennedy, curator of popular and applied graphic art, presents a comprehensive look at the trailblazing artists whose work was long overlooked in the male-dominated field from the late 19th century into the 21st century.

"Drawn to Purpose" was published in March 2018 by University Press of Mississippi in association with the Library of Congress. It is the first overarching survey of these art forms by women in the Library's collection. The book accompanies the Library's exhibition "Drawn to Purpose" featuring original works by women cartoonists and illustrators.

"'Drawn to Purpose' brings together a remarkable sampling of book illustrations, posters, industrial design, courtroom sketches, comic strips, political cartoons and art for magazines and newspapers produced by women over a 150-year span," Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden wrote in the forward for the book. "As a kid who read everything, I pored over the illustrations just as much as the accompanying words. Images can make reading more meaningful and more memorable."

In 1915, portrait painter Cecelia Beaux predicted it would be at least 1,000 years before the term "women in art" would sound as strange as the term "men in art." Indeed, Kennedy's book tracks the incremental progress and societal pressures that kept all but the most resilient women from advancing in the arts. It's also a story of women artists who were moved by their creative drive, by commerce or by necessity to create art that fulfills a purpose.

Celebrated artists and works featured in the book and exhibition include New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, Lynn Johnston's comic strip "For Better or For Worse," innovative artists including Lynda Barry and Hilary Price, those who broke barriers of race or sexual orientation to become voices for underrepresented communities including Barbara Brandon-Croft and Alison Bechdel, and rising stars such as Jillian Tamaki.

The book explores several themes and artistic platforms: The Golden Age of Illustration, Early Cartoonists, New Voices and New Narratives in Comics, Illustrations for Industry, Editorial Illustrators, Magazine Covers and Cartoons, and Political Cartoonists and Caricaturists.

 "Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists," a 238-page hardcover book with more than 250 illustrations, is available for $50 in the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., and through retailers. Credit card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557 or

The book was made possible by support from the Alfred Bendiner Foundation, and the exhibition was made possible by support from the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon.

The Library of Congress is the world's largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at; and register creative works of authorship at


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Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Post on Coco and religion

How the Oscar-winning 'Coco' and its fantastical afterlife forced us to talk about death [in print as How Oscar winner 'Coco' can enliven talk of an afterlife].

In Disney/Pixar's "Coco," Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead, where he meets his late family members, who are determined to help him find his way home. (Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios)