SPIRITED LIFE

Mr. Lash meets Mr. Media

On the occasion of Will Eisner Week, Bob Andelman (aka Mr. Media) sat down with me (via Skype) to discuss the legendary cartoonist and “godfather of the graphic novel.”. Topics include Eisner as teacher, Harvey Kurtzman, John Holmstrom, and Supernatural Law! Bob is the author of Will Eisner: A Spirited Life, now in a new…

Giovanni seduces Zerlina.

Don Giovanni

Once again, thanks to the good graces of the San Diego Opera (now celebrating it’s 50th season, thank you very much!), I was invited to do sketches of Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni. This opera has long been a favorite of mine (I even parodied it– along with Geo. Bernard Shaw’s “sequel,” Don Juan in Hell– in…

CHARLIE HEBDO TRIBUTE 1

Je Suis Charlie

“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” -Benjamin Franklin Jackie and I were horrified, saddened and outraged by the events in France this past week. The key tenent of free speech is that it is not as important to say things that everyone agrees with, but to be…

EISNER SELF PORTRAIT

Will Eisner, Ten Years On

It’s been ten years since Will Eisner left us. To commemorate his memory, I’d like to share a tribute I wrote for Jon Cooke’s Comic Book Artist at the time of Will’s passing. I reworked and added a couple of details, but the sentiment remains the same.  I first discovered the work of Will Eisner…

ALAN MOORE Panel

ALAN MOORE WORLD

Back in the early 21st century, I contributed to Smoky Man and Gary Spencer Millidge’s anthology, Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman, which celebrated the writer/magician’s 50th birthday. But wait, there’s Moore: Smoky Man now has a blog, Alan Moore World, concerning itself with all things Alan! Smoky posted my two-pager which asks the question posed about…

THE COMICS!

The Comics!

I want to give a plug to one of my favorite comics-related publications, Robin Snyder’s The Comics! Since 1990, Robin produced this monthly zine, dedicated to being a first-person history of the medium. Robin is no stranger to comics– among his credits are editing and writing for DC, Archie, and Western Publishing. Over the years he…

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Little Fish Studio’s Night at the Opera

Little Fish Studios of Ocean Beach in San Diego (under the auspices of San Diego Comic Fest), hosted an exhibit of sketches and illustrations done at the San Diego Opera by such local cartoonists as Scott Benefiel, Marty Davis, Rebecca Hicks, Joe Sanabria, Eric Shanower, and yours truly. The operas included A Masked Ball, Don…

Batton drawing Boomshop's model (that's Snuggles at her feet!).

Boomshop of Comics: First Drink & Draw

  Located in the Gaslamp district, San Diego’s newest comics shop, Boomshop of Comics, hosted their very first “drink & draw” event for local cartoonists on Thursday evening, October 9th. Troy, Gio, and their staff were engaging hosts and made sure everyone was comfortable and had a beverage of their choice! Enjoyed, as always, chatting…

Jackie and Batton debut new books at Comic-Con

A Few Words on Comic-Con 2014

Well, another Comic-Con International: San Diego has come and gone. This year not only marks twenty-five years since I first attended Comic-Con, but I was honored to be a guest at this year’s soiree! Still, my main duty was to helm the Exhibit A Press booth where the new Wolff & Byrd trade paperback, Zombie…