Author Archive for Mike Rhode

WaPo Cartoonist Tom Toles Tries a New Medium: Musical Theater

Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles already has a bully pulpit, a Pulitzer Prize, a Herblock Award, and two bands. What’s left for him to do? Write a live musical comedy, apparently.
Toles is currently working with Katie Goodman and Soren Kisiel to write and stage Catapult Love, a production that will be backed by funds raised [...]

Try Something Small-Press on Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day has been luring new readers into comic stores for more than a decade. Usually scheduled to coincide with a superhero movie launch, this year's FCBD, pegged to Amazing Spider-Man 2, is this Saturday, May 3.
Store owners have a choice of ordering 57 different comics from publishers to give away for free. Since they're [...]

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With G.E. Gallas

G.E. Gallas is a multimedia creator who is currently raising funds to make her short film Death Is No Bad Friend, about Robert Louis Stevenson. She's also working on two web comics, and has illustrated a new young adult book, Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias. Recovering from emergency gall bladder surgery, [...]

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With Steve Loya

Steve Loya, a member of the DC Conspiracy cartooning co-op, created the cover of the new issue of the Magic Bullet comics newspaper. He recently answered our usual questions.
Washington City Paper: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
Steve Loya: I sometimes do more traditional panel by panel stories, but for the most [...]

Meet a Local Comics Writer and Filmmaker: A Chat With Joe Carabeo

Joe Carabeo is a multimedia machine. He's a filmmaker, a photographer (especially of beautiful women with tattoos), a comic-book writer, and half of Curls Studio. I caught up with him before the convention season starts up again.
Washington City Paper: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
Joe Carabeo: I'm a writer and creator [...]

Meet a Local Comics Writer: A Chat With Damian Wampler

Damian Wampler is a fledgling comic-book writer temporarily based in Arlington. While in the area, he is trying to crowdfund his graphic novel, Sevara, which he hopes will be available in shops and on Amazon in the spring of 2015. In advance of Wampler's appearance at Vienna's Game On! Comics and Games Wednesday evening, Washington [...]

Scrawl Minded: The Year’s Best Local Comics

For many years, cartooning in the District seemed only as exciting as the latest Herblock collection. These days, the DMV illustration scene offers far more diversity than editorial cartoons or newspaper strips, and this year produced worthwhile volumes from surprising people, including a congressman, a millionaire, and an NPR commentator.
March: Book One
By Rep. John Lewis, [...]

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Essa Neima

Originally from Damascus, Syria, Essa Neima now teaches animation at the University of the District of Columbia. Over the summer, two of his pieces were on display at the "cARToons" exhibit in Politics and Prose's café.
This interview has been edited for clarity.
Washington City Paper: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
Essa Neima: The [...]

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with John Kinhart

John Kinhart is an autobiographical web cartoonist, and in addition to drawing comics, John has done some short documentary-type videos about cartoonists: Kim Deitch: The Search For Smilin' Ed, BB&B Special Feature: The Archive of Jay Lynch, and Kelly Froh.
Washington City Paper: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
JK: I have been drawing a [...]

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Pre-Small Press Expo Chat with Michael Wenthe

Pardon me while I lift Michael Wenthe's biography directly from Georgetown Day School's website. He's about to start teaching there, including a class on comics:
Michael has worked as an assistant professor and instructor, respectively, at American University and Yale University where he taught everything from modern American literature to The Canterbury Tales. A Rhodes Scholar, Michael earned [...]

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