Monday, October 31, 2016

Troy-Jeffrey Allen talks to Douglas Rushkoff

Rushkoff Conjures Occult Conspiracies in Aleister & Adolf

by Troy-Jeffrey Allen

"Don't mess with Crowley."

In Dark Horse Comic's Aleister & Adolf, the legendary occultist Aleister Crowley developed an iconic weapon in the conflict against the Axis powers. One so powerful that we are still experiencing the ramifications of it to this day. But how can we fight against it?

We sat down with author Douglas Rushkoff to find out what exactly that weapon is and how Aleister and Adolf will help humanity take the  power back!

Check out the PREVIEWSworld video interview above, and don't miss the magic and intrigue when Aleister and Adolf (JUL160160) hits comic shops on November 2nd!

A KAL profile

A cartoonist's sharp pen makes people laugh … and ponder

Miss Hokusai reviewed in the Post

'Miss Hokusai' imagines the life of an artist's daughter [in print as Finding room for family in the life of an artist].

"Miss Hokusai" is told from the point of view of O-Ei, daughter of artist Katsushika Hokusai. (Hinako Sugiura・MS.HS/Sarusuberi Film Partners)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles, Kevin Kallaugher at Politics & Prose 10/30 at 5pm



Politics & Prose Bookstore


Michael E. Mann and  Tom Toles


The Madhouse Effect


Kevin Kallaugher


Dagger's Drawn

 Moderated by Juliet Eilperin from the Washington Post


Sunday, October 30, 5:00 p.m.

5015 Connecticut Avenue NW • Washington, DC 364-1919
Free • Open to the Public • No RSVP Required




Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tomorrow: Carol Tilley on comic book censorship at National Archives downtown

Use the Constitution Avenue entrance.

More to Come interviews Carla Speed McNeil

More To Come 227: Carla Speed McNeil and Ben Katchor

This week on More to Come, Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald interviews Eisner-winning comics creator Carla Speed McNeil, creator of the aboriginal SF classic 'Finder' and 'No Mercy' (with Alex de Campi), about her works and Finder's 20th anniversary; then she interviews cartoonist Ben Katchor about his career and the 25th anniversary reissue of the Julius Knipl classic, 'Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay' coming from D&Q.

New Chast book reviewed in the Post

How sailors avoid scurvy: Naval oranges [online as Spelling errors to wet your appetite and furl your brow].

Washington Post October 26 2016, C4
online at

Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense

By Daniel Menaker

Illustrated by Roz Chast

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 225 pp. $20

Catching up with Comic Riffs

Watch this gut-wrenching new short by Pixar animators

Washington Post
Comic Riffs blog October 19 2016

The U.N. hires Wonder Woman to fight for gender equality. But not everyone is happy about it.

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog October 21 2016

RIP: 'Preacher' co-creator Steve Dillon found divine inspiration in the American Western

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog October 24 2016

Pepe the Frog's creator wants him to be a symbol of chillaxing again

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog October 16 2016

Black Widow tour at Fantom Comics (catching up)


This was a fun event, although MARGUERITE BENNETT was ill and couldn't attend. More pictures are here.

Black Widow tour at Fantom Comics, October 11, 2016.

SAM MAGGS (Wonder Women, Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy) (far right)

RYAN NORTH (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Adventure Time) (2nd from right)

JASON REYNOLDS (Spider-man: Miles Morales YA Novel) (far left)

MARGARET STOHL (Forever Red & Red Vengeance: Black Widow YA Novels) (2nd from left)

Ann Simon at Alliance Francaise (catching up)

Ann Simon spoke with Michael Cavna of the Washington Post's Comic Riffs blog a couple of weeks ago. I took some pictures, but am just now getting them onto Flickr.


(Translator is in the center)


Her drawing for Michigan State University's Comic Art Collection.

More pictures can be seen here.

Nov 12: DC Art Book Fair

Saturday, November 12 at 11 AM - 6 PM

Lab 1270
1270 5th Street Northeast, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

The DC Art Book Fair is a first-of-its-kind event in the nation's capital. It's a one-day event designed to spotlight local (and whoever else wants to apply) makers of paper goods, from artistic photo prints to high-end artist publications and everything in between. A curated event, it will take place at Lab 1270 on Saturday, November 12.

Questions? Please email
More info:

This event is organized by the DC Art Book Fair Collective: Malaka Gharib of The Runcible Spoon zine and The Little Filipino Coloring Book, Alison Baitz of On Flora zine, illustrator LA Johnson of The Intentional and illustrator Elizabeth Graeber of A Field Guide For Redheads.


The Runcible Spoon: The Runcible Spoon is a zine about food and fantasy.

Elizabeth Graeber: Elizabeth Graeber is DC's favorite illustrator.

LA Johnson/The Intentional: LA Johnson is a visual journalist and illustrator in Washington, DC. She works for NPR as a visual producer by day, and works on illustration, comics and The Intentional by night.

On Flora: The floral photo book you never knew you needed.

Marcella Kriebel: Marcella Kriebel's collection of food-related art Illustrated Feast celebrates fried eggs to blue crab! Mix + Match to make your own series!

Fantom Comics: Fantom Comics brings a bit of the local comics flavor with zines, shirts, and totes made in partnership with local artists!

Kate Zaremba: Kate Zaremba is a shape collector and patterns maker. Zaremba's illustrated zines include subjects like collecting shapes & making patterns, bringing pattern to life through stop motion, and a humorous collection of paper cut collage works.

Red Table Press: Red Table Press is Mike O'Brien screenprinting, illustrating and making things.

Chris Scott: Two Ton Rock God is a concentrated burst of illustrated adrenaline that celebrates blackness, robots, and rock music.

Fear: Thoughtful curation, hand-drawn illustrations, and high quality paper from Spencer Joynt.

Ten09: "Landmarks" is a new series of Risograph books detailing an altered landscape of Northern Virginia while exploring a varied visual language.;;;

Dumpling Heart: Dumpling Heart by Jade Feng Lee produces comics and stories inspired by fantasy, food, and her family's home culture.

Project Dispatch: Project Dispatch is an artwork subscription service, with over 20 artist members. We will be selling all 6 volumes of our annual portfolios and curated books, showcasing works that have been included in subscriptions over the years, as well as artist made zines and limited edition trading card packs.

Pellinore Press: Pellinore Press produces limited edition comics, artist books, & prints. We print primarily from original woodcuts and handset type.

Hair Club: HAIR CLUB works with artists, writers and scholars to publish books where Hair acts as symbol, material, object or form. All books are designed by artist Suzanne Gold.

Girl Comix: Girl Comix is about a funny girl and the weird things that happen to her. She likes to talk about the issues! Things get real and surreal.

Becca Kallem: Making its debut: DC ABC! An illustrated book highlighting both local and national Washington DC. I'll also have other illustrated books: animals, Spain, space, and more!

Trinadot: Trinadot is an adventure comic set in a fantastical world populated by talking naturalistic animals and sensuously drawn humans. Prints of painted works and a selection of original pieces will also be available and on display.

Mica Illustration MFA: Illustrated zines and objects from the hands and hearts of Maryland Institute College of Art's MFA Illustration Practice program.

Robin Ha: Robin Ha Art and Comics: Robin Ha is the author and Illustrator for Cook Korean!: A Comic Book With Recipes which explains 64 Korean recipes through Comics. Along with her cookbook, you will find her mini comics about food and traveling and also Tarot card adult coloring book inspired by Art Nouveau style.

Marmalade Umlaut: three projects, all based in a punk aesthetic of low/hi culture mash-ups and collage against a rhythmic background

Hannah Renae & Marlena Chertock: We are disabled sisters who write and make art. Born with the same skeletal dysplasia, we use our art to reflect on our bone disorder, our chronic pain, and how invisible illnesses affect the body and interactions with others. Marlena explores the rich images in science and medicine, threading genetics and nature into her poetry. Hannah combines bodily and organic imagery to explore pain, the five senses, and consciousness. Her work features wood, plastic, and paper cut into organic shapes.

In a Sense: Ten poems for people that don't like poetry. Ten poems for people that will say "this isn't poetry." Ten poems on vulnerability, innocence, anger, and of course, love.

Dandelion Wine Collective: We're a group of determined young illustrators and comic artists, currently finishing our last year at MICA.

643 Collective: 643 is a Collective of 7 Photographers. We are working on several common projects and are based in different cities: Seoul, Paris, New York, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles, Bucharest.

FourSixSix: A new Zine called "Tag", my children's book and all new prints.

Paul Hostetler: Satire, humor, fantasy, and funky surrealism, at shockingly affordable prices.

The Face Zone: The Face Zone is a uniquely imaginative book of illustrated musings on everything from the stigma of liking scrapple to the meaning of life.

Elliott Junkyard: Elliott Junkyard makes comics, zines, and embroidered things. Most of his work is about tea and cats, often at the same time.

Ink Press Productions: We are a collaborative effort devoted to sharing art through our mission, which is to "blur the lines of genre in writing, visual, and performance art through the publication of handmade books, DIY / manual printing, and experimental events."

Joani Maher: Two zines on making life a little easier.

Process: Hand bound, photo-based, art zines & prints that explore the creation of alternative process photography, love, and collage.

Three Fifty: Three Fifty is a group of artists working to create publications that open dialogue and engage with contemporary socio-political issues. Chase Carter - Margarita Kruchinskaya Chantal Zakari:

Palabra Press/Black Lab: Works by Leda Black—Physical Language Laboratory :: Photo-Based Digital Originals :: the Female Power Project PLUS further experiments toward a science of the particular from the meta-physical makery called Black Lab.

Dana Jeri Maier: A collection of self-published comics and prints from Dana Jeri Maier, cartoonist of The Worried Well.

Matthew Scott Gualco: My project is to use popularized text to invent new meaning and commentary about popular culture and the art world via books, posters, buttons, and other graphic items.

The Beat of Blossoms: The Beat of Blossoms is the creative work of Jamila Zahra Felton. Through bookbinding, collage, printmaking, and writing, I explore memory, identity, Blackness, gender, love, power, freedom, and African American history.

Flycandy: The DMV's hottest visual artists are giving us a peek into their world in the COOL(ist) Grown-Up Coloring Book Evah!

Alexander Atkinson: Canadiana

Carmen Johns: Cuban-Lebanese-American disco zine queen making funky sculptures of boots and emotional sci-fi stories for all species to enjoy!!!!

Joe Sutliff's webcomic Master Jeffrey now in print

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Claude E. Toles exhibit at the Cosmos Club

Lieberman's favorite work by Toles (not exhibited)

by Mike Rhode

Randy Liebermann purchased a collection of Elmira, New York cartoonist Claude E. Toles a few years ago. A selection of the material is now on display at the Cosmos Club, which is only open to members and their guests. He kindly showed the exhibit to me last weekend and has agreed to let us feature it here.

Toles is barely known today. He worked for about 10 years from 1891-1901, before dying at age 26 of Bright's disease (ie kidney failure). In that time, he was stunningly prolific, doing over 6000 drawings, or 600 / year, or about 2 / day. Very few of these seem to have survived. The best source for information on Toles is John Adcock's article, A Remarkable Collection: C. E. Toles (1875-1901), and this link will take you to all of Adcock's articles on Toles, and more pictures. Alex Jay also did a fine job digging around on Tole's life, and Allan Holtz has another example on the same site. Liebermann had all of the pieces in this exhibit conserved, and they look very good indeed. The Library of Congress has a piece, described here.

The Cosmos Club's Art Committee chose Deja vu All Over Again: The Art of Claude E. Toles as the exhibit title because they felt that many of the political situations seen in Toles' 115-year-old cartoons were recurring now. Here's their exhibit text and Toles' editorial cartoons for the Elmira Telegram.


The first image a visitor sees is this one of a man who's too poor to have his shoes shined.

President Grover Cleveland and Congress were at odds over 
his Supreme Court nominees as the next four cartoons show. 

"David's Hornblower a Blasting Hoister for Grover's" depicts a modified Edison talking machine.

The President was at odds with Congress over his Supreme Court nominees.

 Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats were looking very good to voters.

Despair - Liebermann noted that there was a depression from 1893-1897 but no social net.

Liebermann usually collects material on technology, and Uncle Sam grasping this wet cell battery shows the electric shock of racism over the annexation of Hawaii.

Toles drew Congress as lost in a snowstorm

A standard end of year cartoon for 1893.

Like any other working cartoonist, Toles did a wide variety of work including sheet music,

gag cartoons,

original art, with tear sheet in lower right

tearsheet with 19th century style joke

magazine mastheads (Twain also lived in Elmira),

proto-comic strip pages,

...and illustration work which doubled as social commentary.

"A Varsity Crew. As It Isn't" ca. 1899. Women didn't row in college

His rowers were definitely influenced by Charles Dana Gibson's Gibson Girls...
But his babies preceded Rose O'Neill's Kewpies by a few years...

And what this art nouveau fairy coxswain means is anyone's guess.

The only known photograph of Toles

Besides being very prolific, and short-lived, Toles may confuse historians due to his multiple signatures...

...which he definitely did on purpose when he moved to Baltimore to set up The International Syndicate which would sell stock images to a newspaper or magazine.

Toles drew most, if not all of the cartoons and illustrations in this book, but signed a variety of names to cartoons of different styles as demonstrated in his scrapbook, which Liebermann brought in for us to see.

Photo by RL

Finally, one last piece also not in the exhibit is this unsigned painting, which Liebermann had extensively conserved. Randy thinks it's a one-off piece; I think it shows that Toles was considering moving into the newly-enlarged illustration market which was about to enter its golden age.