Author Archive for Megan Arellano

Year Two of Awesome Con Was Bigger, But Was It Better?

"Last year this was a local convention. This year, it's a national convention," said Awesome Con co-founder Steve Anderson at the convention, which took place this past weekend.
The numbers may back him up. The District's fledgling comic-con saw at least 250 percent more attendees this year, its second year of existence. Sunday estimates from the ticket counter suggest that [...]

Where to Get Free Comic Books on Free Comic Book Day

This year's Free Comic Book Day falls on May 4, noted Star Wars holiday (May the fourth be with you, etc.). But whether the force is with you or not—and no matter how you feel about J. J. Abrams—just about any flavor of nerd could probably get behind 50-plus free comics.
Local purveyors aren't messing around [...]

Viola Drath’s Cultural Legacy: A Look at the Works of a Murdered D.C. Writer

It’s not hard to see why the alleged murder of socialite and journalist Viola Herms Drath has captured Washingtonians’ imaginations over the last week and a half. She was 91, and the man police have charged with her homicide, her husband Albrecht Gero Muth, is 47. An unemployed German, Muth sometimes wore an eye patch to Washington [...]

Playtime Isn’t Over: National Building Museum Extends Lego Architecture Exhibit

The National Building Museum has had an extra tenant for almost a year now, but they don’t seem to mind. Popular demand is what’s keeping the "LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition" exhibition around D.C. until Sept. 3, 2012, according to the museum's executive director, Chase W. Rynd.
It can't hurt that “one of the most-visited exhibitions in the Museum’s [...]

For a Few Pinballs More: Pinball Museum Gets a Lease Extension

We can all safely breathe: The National Pinball Museum will stick to its current location in Georgetown until at least Sept. 5. Just days before its lease was to expire—when it expected to be given the boot—the non-profit received a short-term extension. Director of Operations Tiffani Huskey tells Arts Desk that all it took was [...]

One-Hour Magazine Needs Your Help—Briefly

Magazines are supposed to be products of great labor and consideration. But while its name may suggest something slapdash, One-Hour Magazine isn't sloppy at all. "In the same way that a haiku will encourage you to fit the rules, hopefully [you’ll] wind up trying new things as a result of the time constraint that we’re imposing," [...]

Super Art Fight Returns to D.C. With Some Punch

“Just imagine, you know, if in the middle of Iron Chef, one of the chefs just picked up a knife and went at the other guy’s food.”
That’s how Ross Nover, co-host of Super Art Fight, explained the spectacle that pits comic artist against comic artist on the same canvas in a 30-minute drawing battle. The Baltimore-based [...]

For Your Eyes Only: The Weekend in Filmfest

Just in case you were off getting culture elsewhere, Arts Desk went ahead and picked out the best of the rest of Filmfest D.C. If you waited until the last second, this is it! Here are the final films of the final weekend, assembled for your enjoyment.
Friday, April 15th
If you'd like to start the weekend [...]

Monday Morning Commuters: Grab a Copy of Magic Bullet

The Examiner and Express aren't the only papers you'll see being hawked this Monday on your morning commute: Members of DC Conspiracy, a collective of local comic-book creators and enthusiasts, will on hand at some Metro and MARC stations handing out copies of Magic Bullet No. 2, their comics newspaper.
What can you expect from the [...]

The DC Youth Poetry Slam Team and its “Special Accent”

It’s not about the points, it’s about the poem. That’s the mantra of the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team. But since the five members of the group get to participate every year in the national poetry competition Brave New Voices in San Francisco, they're pretty good with points, too.
So when 15-year-old Lauryn Nesbitt stumbled during [...]