Archive for the ‘comicbooks’ Category


September 7, 2012


“What do you do when you know it’s the economy that matters, but you’re feeling stupid about how it all works? Do you plunge headfirst into Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations? Do you blow the dust off your college macroeconomics textbook that you couldn’t stand reading even for a grade? Author Michael Goodwin feels your pain, because he found himself in the same predicament—a voting American citizen faced with the truth that he didn’t know anything about the policies he was voting for. Fortunately, Goodwin had done the legwork of untangling the web of economic knowledge for us. Even better, with the help of illustrator Dan E. Burr, Goodwin delivers that knowledge in the accessible format of the graphic novel. Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work), in Words and Pictures eliminates feelings of stupidity in the face of economic-speak while demonstrating how it really is the economy and why nobody should be stupid about it.”

“Can a Comic Book Make Economics—the ‘Dismal Science’—Fun, and Understandable?” Bob Duggan, Big Think


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Image (“John Maynard Keynes Blogging, after Duncan Grant”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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New Manga Museum … Maybe

June 14, 2009

New Manga Museum ... Maybe

The government of Japan is on the verge of establishing a national “Manga Museum” celebrating manga (comicbooks or “graphic novels”), anime (animated films and videos), video games and technology art. The proposed new National Center for Media Arts would be built in Tokyo by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs (文化庁, bunkachō).

There are indications that Tokyo’s prestigious Meiji University plans to open an amine/manga museum, but it is unclear whether the new government effort is in aid of the Meiji U project or would supplant or compete with it.


Orphan Annie and Joe the Plumber

May 20, 2009

Orphan Annie and Joe the Plumber

Is Little Orphan Annie the mother of Joe the Plumber?

Read InsideHigherEd’s Scott McLemee and Jeet Heer of York University on “Cartoon Conservatism.


Image (Secret Society, after Harold Lincoln Gray) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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John Malloy at Art Whino

February 19, 2009

John Malloy at Art Whino










© John Malloy, all rights reserved; used by permission.

An exhibition of work by Baltimore artist John Malloy (pen & ink, oil paint, mixed media, prints) opens Saturday, February 21st at Art Whino National Harbor. Opening reception: 6pm to midnight;  music by Rank & File.

Mr. Malloy is also a well-regarded visual narrative artist and illustatrator.

Art Whino relocated from Alexandria to National Harbor in Oxon Hill (a few minutes from DC) last year. Read about it in WaPo and On Tap.

Art Whino
173 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Look, Fellows!

November 29, 2008

Look, Fellows!

Boys! It’s alive! Grit magazine is publishing again!

It may have been a mainstay on the toilet tanks of rural US homes that had plumbling, but American city kids only knew Grit from from those groovy ads in the back of our comic books (right above the “X-Ray Specs” ad).


Catch Up with NotionsCapital

September 16, 2007

Whre do think pieces come from? 

I will be on the road for a few days and, unlike most friends and neighbors, I leave the laptop at home.

This is your chance to catch up with previous posts on important topics like: the great pro baseball fighting-animal scandal, driving and literacy, acrobatic SUVs, venomous veggies, dissappearing cars, Baghdad tourism, cell phone funnies, Michael Vick’s new job, HD (Hardly Defensible) Radio, and more.

To enhance the thrill of discovery, I have not hyperlinked any of the topics above; just scroll down vitual memory lane. See you soon.


P.S.: Tomorrow is Alberto Gonzales’ last day as Attorney General. Send him something nice, something that doesn’t look like a subpeona.

Comics Come Calling

September 11, 2007

Great Caesar’s Ghost!

AP and the Washington Post celebrated the first U.S. comic book released exclusively on cellphone by mobile comic book company uClick.

uClick says it has 55,000 readers a month after the first year of its GoComics service, but some are trial subscriptions. The GoComics reader displays comic books one panel at a time, reformatted from the printed versions with larger typeface in word balloons. Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint Nextel offer the service.

Steven Sanders, artist of “Thunder Road,” America’s first cell phone-only comic book, says the single panel format gives him better control over the story, because readers can’t peek ahead and spoil plot twists.  Japanese manga fans have enjoyed mobile comics for years, and titles already come calling on cell phones before they see print. Unsurprisingly, GoComics has a partnership with the mobile manga magnates of TOKYOPOP. 

uClick offers content from newspaper feature distributor Universal Press Syndicate a division of Andrews McMeel Universal of Kansas City, leading publisher of humor books and calendars in North Amer —

Sorry. I’ve got to take this manga.