Mike Rhode, who writes the ComicsDC blog, has been tapped to write a weekly column on local comic arts for The Washington City Paper.
Much to my surprise, I was recently asked to write on comic art for Washington City Paper. My previous contact with the paper, beyond being a regular reader of it since the mid-1980s, was through my ComicsDC blog. At that site since 2006, I’ve tried to keep up with aspects of comic art in the Washington area. As such, when WCP dropped all of its comic strips in November 2007, including Derf’s The City, Lynda Barry, Emily Flake’s Lulu Eightball, and others, as well as Rob Ullman’s cartoons for Savage Love and George Washington University graduate Shawn Belschwender’s ones for News of the Weird, I took the paper to task on my blog. And I apparently did a good enough job to get a call from Editor Erik Wemple, who explained the cold, hard realities of a new corporate owner.
He writes on his blog that he’ll continue to update ComicDC with the short posts, but use the paper column for his longer pieces.