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The D.C. Area Comics Scene for Nov. 6

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Events:

  • Through Dec. 23: Fall Solos 2012, featuring Warren Craghead, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Va. One-on-one with the artists Nov. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 10: Ben Hatke signing, Big Planet Comics, Vienna, Va., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Big Planet Comics, College Park, Md., from 3 to 5 p.m. (Rescheduled from Nov. 3.)
  • Nov. 10: Cullen Bunn signing for Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Third Eye Comics, Annapolis, Md., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 11 through Nov. 30: The Joe Bonham Project exhibition, Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington, D.C. (exhibition features some comics art)
  • Nov. 12: SHATTERED – The Asian American Comics Anthology Book Signing and Launch, featuring editors Jeff Yang and Keith Chow with illustrator Jamie Noguchi. Busboys & Poets, 14th and V streets, Washington, D.C., 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 17: Deadpool NOW signing with writer Gerry Duggan, Third Eye Comics, Annapolis, Md., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 1: Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore signing, Third Eye Comics, Annapolis, Md., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Housekeeping:

This feature will be taking a break for the month of December — if you have events during that month, get them to me as soon as you can. And I do plan on getting back to writing reviews and other things. It’s been a hectic few months.

Have comic news or events related to the D.C. area to share? Email me! Submit no later than Monday at 9 p.m. for inclusion each Tuesday, but the earlier, the better! More information is here.

The D.C. Area Comics Scene for July 12

Rusty Rowley and Joe Mochove of Full Sanction at Kids Read Comics! in Ann Arbor, Mich.

 

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Housekeeping:

  • Starting next week, The D.C. Area Comics Scene will switch to Tuesdays.

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The D.C. Area Comics Scene for June 14

Nick Abadzis at Big Planet Comics Bethesda

News/interviews/etc.

Con/event reports:

Kickstarter/Indiegogo:

  • Magic Bullet #5 – D.C. area’s comic newspaper. While the campaign has met its goal, there’s still 8 days left.

Debuts and new issues/releases:

  • Kindling, illustrated by Deanna Echanique, begins June 19.

Upcoming releases:

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The D.C. Area Comics Scene for May 10

News, interviews and reviews:

Debuts and new issues:

  • Bamn: Rob’s Adventure — free digital comic by Jay Payne (artist) and Troy-Jeffrey Allen (writer)
  • Cartoon Picayune #3 — anthology edited by Josh Kramer. It is currently available online and should be in Politics & Prose and SMASH! soon.
  • Starseed — ongoing webcomic that updates Tuesdays and Thursdays by Sarah P. (artist) and R.M. Rhodes (writer).

Upcoming releases:

Events:

  • Ongoing until June 17: “Life Unreal: Art by Evan Keeling and Scott White,” Northside Social, Arlington, Va. Artist reception is May 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • May 11: Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick, creators of Feynman appearance, 6:30 p.m. at American Institute of Physics, College Park, Md. Free and open to the public.
  • May 12-13: Curls Studio (Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo) at Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury, N.J.
  • May 12-13: Rafer Roberts at Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury, N.J.
  • May 12: Full Sanction (Rusty Rowley and Joe Mochove) at Winston-Salem Toy and Comic Book Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Winston-Salem, N.C. Admission is $2 and children younger than 12 are free. Presented by Ssalefish Comics.
  • May 18-June 23: Christiann MacAuley (artist profile) at Artomatic, Arlington, Va.
  • May 19: Super Art Fest 2012, noon to midnight, Metro Gallery, Baltimore, Md. Benefit for Ulman Cancer Fund. More information on Facebook or at Super Art Fight.
  • May 24: Henry & Glenn Forever #1 release party with Ton Neely and Ed Luce, 7 p.m. at Atomic Books, Baltimore, Md.
  • Beginning June 7: “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women” at the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, Jewish Community Center, Washington, D.C. More details to come.

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Review: Hit By Pitch


Hit by Pitch
Buy at Powell’s

I am pretty indifferent when it comes to baseball, but Molly LawlessHit By Pitch (2012, McFarland & Company) was one of the comics I was looking forward to most this year.

In her book, Lawless tells the story of the fastball, thrown by pitcher Carl Mays, that killed shortshop Ray Chapman in 1920. But that one incident isn’t the whole picture — it’s also about two men — the charming Chapman and the dour Mays — and the culture and history that surrounded them. It’s less about the annotation in a box score and more about the people involved.

Lawless’ art is, as always, delightful, and is definitely this book’s strength. There’s a playfulness about it, as characters have vibrant expressions and slightly oversized heads. But her open page layouts and complex backgrounds give it a surprising formality. Much of the good stuff is in the little details — the way a character suspiciously eyes another, to the subtleties of period fashions. With her gorgeous crosshatching and distinctive lines, Lawless’ art doesn’t look quite like anyone else’s.

As far as the story goes, readers know what they’re getting into (the subtitle of “Ray Chapman, Carl Mays and the Fatal Fastball” gives it away!) but what happens isn’t quite the point. Lawless tries to humanize both these men. Chapman was clearly well-loved by everyone who knew him — Lawless recounts stories of how he charmed and married society girl Kathleen Daly along with his willingness to participate in his friend’s prank as passing him off as a famed Irish tenor. Mays, on the other hand, was uptight and unlikeable, for the most part, chastising fellow players for their drinking and deserting his team. Lawless injects humor and affection into her portrayal of both men (although if I were to guess, she’s clearly more of a Chapman fan — but how could you not be?).

Like most tales of history, there are no clear answers and the episodic nature can sometimes feel a bit choppy, but Lawless does a great job of organizing the story into coherent chapters. Still, some of the best parts are the asides that split from the main narrative, like when “Wamby” tells the tale of fight that three players got into before Chapman’s funeral. These pieces give more color and texture to the story than the straight historical facts ever could.

Hit By Pitch is a lovingly-told story of a piece of sports history most of us don’t know about. As you enjoy the beginning of baseball season, it’s worth knowing what’s happened before. Or, even if you’re like me, this may inspire you to think again about what baseball is all about.