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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 andGeorge Washington Universitygraduate 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.

Now, two years later, I’m writing for WCP.  ComicsDC will continue (and I will bite the hand feeding me if necessary), but that’s always been a site for short hits and links. I plan on writing longer pieces here, hopefully one a week, which I’ve been told to make local and quirky. Later this week, look for “What’s So Special about Wednesday?”—-a look at the culture of comic book stores. I’ll try to get some interviews with local cartoonists, some reviews of or pointers to local exhibits, some discussion of what’s out and worth buying, and the like. Feel free to write me with suggestions for topics you’d like to see covered.

I’ll include one time-sensitive piece—-Rob Stoltzer is auctioning off two Herblock Christmas cards to raise money for Haitian relief efforts. This is a chance to own a rare piece of Washington cartoon history and help people.