Sally Ingraham here with a whole lot of comics journalism – Sarah Glidden, Katie Fricas, Rachel Dukes, Steph Neary, and the many makers at Drawing the Times share the world according to their pens  or brushes – while Aidan Koch and Vanesa R. Del Ray are caught on film, and Pittsburgh is visited by comics master (and another journalist) Rick Geary. 


Meg Lemke presents Sarah Glidden‘s new work Rolling Blackouts on PEN America this week – check out Meg’s thoughts HERE, as well as a generous selection from the book.


PRI also has a feature on Sarah and Rolling BlackoutsHERE. The book is about a month-long journey she took in 2010 through Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. She was traveling with old friends who were also journalists.

“The goal of the trip was really to show journalism: how it’s made, how difficult it is to do this work, how it’s more than just going in, reporting on a story and getting out of there.”

Glidden quickly saw the conflicting pressures the reporters were under.

“You know, journalists really care about the stories they’re working on, but they also have to think about marketing, their audience, and how they’re going to get someone to take time out of their day and read their article or watch their documentary. And this is a struggle I think that all journalists have to go through. I just really wanted to show that process.” ‘ – Sarah Glidden via PRI

Read the rest of the article HERE.


Katie Fricas has a spooky comic up on Hyperallergic called Doomocracy. It charts her navigation of Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’s politically themed haunted house – a huge installation piece at the Brooklyn Army Terminal that was funded through Kickstarter and features encounters with gun nuts, climate change, weird crops, and the specters haunting the presidential race. Katie finds it quite frightening indeed.


Read the rest of the comic HERE.

Learn more about Doomocracy HERE.


Rachel Dukes has a comic on The Nib this week about The IUD Obstacle Course – and if after digging into this plus Katie Fricas’s and Sarah Glidden’s weighty works you want still more comics that deals with real world problems – pen nibs blazing – tromp on over to Drawing the Times, a website devoted to graphic journalism.

From Victoria Lomasko’s A Trip to Tbilisi – HERE


??30min digital warm up?? inspired by @shlohmo – Ten Days of Falling ?

A video posted by Vanesa R. Del Rey (@vrdelrey) on

Vanesa R. Del Rey often posts videos like these on her Instagram account, offering an amazing glimpse into her working life – follow her at @vrdelrey.


Aidan Koch‘s work is part of a show at the Whitney Museum of American Art – Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016. It will be on view through Feb. 5th, 2017.

Katherine Ball got a look at Aidan’s work and shared the video above.



I need to catch up on Lumberjanes this fall, and had a nice reminder recently in the form of the little Booooooooom! Box Halloween Haunt 2016 freebie, which included sections of Lumberjanes, Giant Days, The Backstagers, and Goldie Vance. I was particularly delighted to note that Carey Pietsch drew issues #29-32 of Lumberjanes (see her work above) – Carey is a former student of the Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers.

Check out Carey Pietsch’s work HERE!


Steph Neary filled in for Nils Balls this week, taking on the Glassblock Pittsburgh City Council comic. This bit of comics journalism has been developed by Nils Balls over the course of the last year, and has gained a large following. It is yet another part of the rich culture of comics and cartooning found in this city!city-council-comics-10-25-16


Rick Geary and his comics at the Toonseum: (center top) cartoonist Rick Geary, ToonSeum Executive Director John Kelly, and author/film critic Barry Paris – (center) cartoonists Wayno and Mark Zingarelli – (right) Rick Geary – (bottom left) Bill Boichel, owner of Copacetic Comics, and Frank Santoro

Speaking of that rich culture, the ToonSeum hosted Rick Geary last night for a wonderful presentation on his career and large, fantastic body of work. He talked about finding focus and direction during his 4 year stint as the art director for The Prairie Journal of Wichita, Kansas, his work for National Lampoon and the New York Review of Books, and his recent experience with self-publishing and utilizing Kickstarter. Here’s a bit of video from the event:

It was a true pleasure to meet this master cartoonist – thanks Rick!

(Further reading: check out this 2014 interview with Rick Geary over on The Comics Journal.)


CXC memories

The Comics Reporter has a comprehensive list of all Cartoon Crossroads Columbus-related reports – check it out.

Here on the site we have our own massive roundup post of CXC-related stories and reports.

Oliver East, Frank Santoro, and Jack Brougham at LICAF

We also have Frank’s LICAF report along with the thoughts of Aidan Koch and other CW students – HERE.



Even if you didn’t making it to one of the Comics Workbook-hosted workshops at SPX, CXC, or LICAF this year, you can still bring your comics game to a new level via thee Santoro School Handbook for Making Better Comics by Frank Santoro and Kurt Ankeny. Printed offset on cardstock by the professionals at The Prolific Group, Winnipeg, Canada, this is not some cheap color xerox or risograph. Looks great, feels great, and even smells great. Always available at our store HERE – free shipping worldwide!


Have a happy Halloweenie weekend folks! – Sally

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