Tuesday, February 28, 2017
"Put A Fork In 'Em"
So, despite a strong progressive groundswell for Keith Ellison, Clinton flunkie Tom Perez has been elected Chairman of the Democratic Party (as if it really matters), and he won the way Democrats always win these days -- by kissing Wall Street's ass, licking Israel's boots, and taking a big, steaming dump all over the Left.
This was inspired by a recently-tweeted nugget of gold from Wikileaks' John Podesta email trove, a snotty little fart by Perez in reply to one of the Hillary campaign honcho's missives.
So, how'd that "stick a fork in him" thing work out for you guys?
If you have been meaning to invest in a picture book comedy starring the most infamous Latino myth of modern times, please consider The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra.
It's my latest, it's lusciously illustrated by Mexican-born artist Ana Aranda, and it's out 3/7/17—but the biggest way one can support an upcoming book is by pre-ordering it. Why? See the P.S.
Also, ordering now means you'll have one less thing to do during the frantic buildup to St. Patrick's Day.
- Junior Library Guild selection
- School Library Journal Popular Pick
- Kids' Indie Next List
- "Readers will be sorry when this one is over" —Publishers Weekly
- "Not since Skippyjon Jones have I been so entertained by a silly Spanglish picture book. I laughed out loud." —Angela, Good Reads
- "That's hilarious! What does it mean?" —1st grader on book title
You don't want to miss this.
Artomatic Artist Registration Now Open
CRYSTAL CITY, VA — Registration is now open for artists and performers to display work at Artomatic 2017, the DC area's biggest free arts event, being held from March 24th through May 6th in Crystal City at Vornado/Charles E. Smith's 1800 South Bell Street building, Arlington, VA. Artists, performers, filmmakers, and creatives of all types may now register to participate in Artomatic at www.artomatic.org.Anyone can participate in Artomatic - Artomatic events are unjuried and inclusive, allowing exhibition, presentation and publication opportunities for local artists, poets, writers and performers to display and perform their work.There are no criteria to register, and space is allocated on a first-come, first serve basis. On the heels of the successful Artomatic Park Potomac 2016 in Potomac, MD last Fall, Artomatic Crystal City expects to attract thousands of visitors to see work by hundreds of artists and performers.Artomatic is well known for hosting signature events in temporary spaces that enable the arts community, its supporters and community stakeholders to connect – all free to visit.Every night of the event, thousands of people visit Artomatic to discover new art, listen to music, go on dates, grab a drink, and mingle with the creative community. Artomatic features dozens of daytime art workshops for kids and adults. No matter what kind of creative events you enjoy, you'll find something to like at Artomatic."Were very excited about this years show but more excited for the artists and performers who will have the opportunity to display their art," says Jennifer Williamson, Artomatic's President. "The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) once again will provide a setting to up-and-coming and veteran artists to present their artistic vision to the community. We are eager to welcome visitors through the doors on March 24."Visitors will enjoy easy access to Artomatic, just one block from the Crystal City METRO Station on Yellow and Blue lines, with plenty of parking and bus lines nearby, great food and drinks at the event, and many wonderful restaurants throughout the neighborhood.Artomatic 2017 is also connected, via the interior concourse of Crystal City, to Art Underground, a vibrant arts and cultural destination.For the latest information about the event, how to participate, and when to visit, subscribe to Artomatic by signing up for our mailing list, Facebook, or Twitter, and check the Artomatic website for updates.What: Artomatic 2017, an arts spectacular in the heart of Crystal CityWhen: Register NOW for the event Friday, March 24 – Saturday, May 6, 2017Where: 1800 S. Bell StreetArlington, VA 22202METRO: Blue and Yellow lines to Crystal CityCrystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets.Who: Artists and everyone. This event is free to visit.Website: Artomatic.orgSocial Media: Facebook: Facebook.com/ArtomaticTwitter: @ARTOMATICArtist Questions: For information about exhibiting art at Artomatic, visit:
Closing Today: A Truly Amazing Spider-Man Run!
Among the Featured Auction lots that start closing this evening at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific is one of the best groupings of Spider-Man comic books to ever surface within in a single auction. The selection is led by an rare Near Mint range example of Amazing Fantasy #15 (1st Spider-Man) CBCS 9.0, a strong CGC 7.5 of the same important issue, and examples from a recently coined Silver Age pedigree collection featuring Amazing Spider-Man #1 (CGC 9.0) to #52 as well as Annual #1 (and don't forget the rare Strange Tales Annual #2 in CGC 9.4 closing on a subsequent evening).
The headliner is the exceptional Amazing Fantasy #15 example you see to your left. Certified by CBCS at the VFNM 9.0 tier – it's got an unusually fresh look from front to back, even for a 9.0!
This auction offers our bidders first shot at Amazing Spider-Man #1-#52 (plus ASM Annual #1 and Strange Tales Annual #2) from the newly coined John G. Fantucchio Collection--a CGC recognized "pedigree" collection stretching back to the early Silver Age. When these were removed from the estate late last year, it was the first time, figuratively speaking, that they had seen the light of day since they were acquired off of the newsstand 50+ years ago! These high-grade books have striking visual appeal, newsstand-fresh colors and nearly all of them still have white interior page preservation. View Collection Lots
Monday, February 27, 2017
When the District led the way on voting rights
A tour of the Michigan State University Libraries Remote Storage Facility Special Collections comics shelves. MSU Special Collections Comics Bibliographer guides the tour and Ryan Claytor films and narrates. Video taken on Feb 16th, 2017
by Ruben Bolling
Tom the Dancing Bug blog February 26, 2017http://gocomics.typepad.com/tomthedancingbugblog/2017/02/herblock-prize.html
Friday, February 24, 2017
Darrin Bell accepts the Berryman Award for Editorial CartoonsHis reflections on visiting DC - http://darrinbell.com/2017/02/23/darrin-bell-accepts-berryman-award-editorial-cartoons/
Animated 'Rock Dog' obeys every last command of a movie-by-committee [in print as Obeys every command of a formulaic kids' tale]
Washington Post February 24 2017, p. Weekend 30.
by Gemstone's Assistant Editor Carrie Wood.
Katsucon returned once again to the picturesque Gaylord National Harbor Resort in Oxon Hill, Maryland, for another weekend of anime, manga, video games, and of course cosplay. Anime fans from around the country packed the resort hotel and convention center from February 17-19, 2017, with many cosplayers bringing out their best work for the event.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Powhatan School in Boyce, Va., will host its 4th Graphic Novelists Workshop on Friday, March 3, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. The workshop costs $25 per participant and is open to all students in grades 3rd through high school are invited to attend. Participating students will attend sessions with each of the presenting graphic novelists and have the opportunity to use what they have learned to create their own graphic novelette. Registration for the workshop is online at www.PowhatanLibraryOnline.com
Presenting graphic novelists include Hobbes Holluck, Carolyn Belefski and Art Hondros.
Several years ago, one of my students came across Trickster, and bought a copy for our library. The donation was quickly followed with a “Ms. Lane, you should get this guy to come visit our school.” Engaging my investigative skills, I logged into Facebook, and typed Matt Dembicki into the search feature, thus beginning my side job stalking graphic novelists and authors so I could lure them to our school. The resulting author visit ignited our students. Our graphic novel collection was born. And an idea formed. The following year, we invited Matt back and asked him to bring a couple friends. It was our first Graphic Novelist Workshop @ Powhatan School.
|Tracie Chloel Lane|
What’s been the reaction among the students, teachers, parents?
You always look for ways to add a new spin to the program. Can you briefly outline what you’ve done in the past and your ideas for the upcoming program in March?
|Art by Carolyn Belefski|
|Art by Hobbes Hillock|
Dick Bruna, illustrator who delighted young readers with Miffy the white rabbit, dies at 89 [in print as Dick Bruna, 89; tales of Miffy the bunny sold millions of copies].
Washington Post February 23 2017, p. B6.
History, Comics, and Representation: An Interview with Jason Rodriguez
Comics in the Classroom blog February 23 2017
Cosmunity Wants To Be Your Full-Time Digital Comic Con
Forbes.com Feb 21, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMIC ART
Vol. 18, No. 2 Fall/Winter 2016
Pioneers in Comic Art Scholarship
My Drifting Manga Life
Frederik L. Schodt
Pioneers in Comic Art Scholarship
I Am Just a Comic Book Reader Who Became Curious ...
Heroism Reversed: Graphic Novels About the Great War
A Collaborative Journey: Malcolm Whyte, Troubador Press, and the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco
How the French Kickstarted the Acceptance of Comics as an Art Form in the US: the Books and Exhibitions of Maurice Horn
A Brief History of the Translation of American Comic Strips in Pre-World War II Japan and the Origins of Contemporary Narrative Manga
Gene Luen Yang's Graphic Bi-Bye to China/town
From Phylacteries to Balloons: Consequences of Epistemological Evolution in Pictorial Representation of Discourse Support
Food in Post-Soviet Russian Comics
The Influence of Cartoon and Animation for the Elaboration of Visual Art in the Electronic Dance Music Genre
Citlaly Aguilar Campos
Hippies, Rogues, and Urban Losers: Subjects of the Indian Graphic Novel
Graphic Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice: Pastiche, Parody, and Intertextuality
Comics Journalism: An Interview with Josh Neufeld
Poetics of Sound and Death: The Function of Nature and Effects in Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
Kay K. Clopton
I Will Not Bow: Analysis of the Feminine Refusal of Hegel's Master-Slave Dialectic in Jnuyasha
An Interview with English Comic Book Artist Arthur Ranson
Remembering Her 50 Years in Japanese Girls' and Ladies' Comics: An Interview with Chikae Ide
The Neurotic Gaze: Jules Feiffer Seen Through a Feminist Lens
Violence Representation in Horror Comic Books
Remembering Richard Thompson (1957-2016)
How Realism is Shaping Korean Webtoons
"YES SIR!" 50 Years of Nationalism and the lndo-Pak War in Narayan Debnath's Bnatul the Great
Fiction, Transmedia Storytelling, and Cartoons: The Life and Death of Re Bordosa
How a Shojo (a Japanese Girl) Transcends National Borders Through an Incestuous Body: Shojo Manga from the 1970s to the 2000s
An Interview with Comic Book Artist Paul Gulacy
Writing the Picture: Ramayana Narrative in a Graphic Novel Form
Varsha Jha (Singh)
The Next Generation of Comics Researchers
The Visual Ideograph: The Advent and Departure of the Abu Ghraib "Hooded Specter"
(YA)ru, (O)kasu, (I)kaseru: Do Him, Rape Him, Make Him Cum: Rape, Loss, and the Silence of Queer Identity in Boys Love Manga
The Printed Word
John A. Lent
John A. Lent