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October 7, 2015

Library of Congress Staffers Cleaning House With Used Book Sale

Bargain shoppers, rejoice!

The Library of Congress’ annual used book sale is taking place Wednesday through Friday at the Madison Building (101 Independence Ave. SE), and everything is priced to move.

(Courtesy Library of Congress Professional Association)

(Courtesy Library of Congress Professional Association)

The yearly purge, coordinated by the Library of Congress Professional Association, serves as a fundraiser for the Combined Federal Campaign, with 100 percent of the proceeds flowing through to the CFC general fund. Full story

September 9, 2015

Watch Cory Booker and Claire McCaskill Get Literary

Two-term lawmaker turned memoirist Sen. Claire McCaskill Wednesday is expected to open up to fellow Sen. Cory Booker about her life, career and political agenda during a free-form discussion at George Washington University.

 (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The collegial chat about the Missouri Democrat’s autobiography, “Plenty Ladylike,” is scheduled to take place in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre at GW’s Marvin Center (800 21st St. NW) beginning at 7 p.m. This event is part of the ongoing Newsmakers Series, a joint effort of Politics & Prose and GWU.

“It’s not every day that we have two sitting senators on stage together,” an organizer said of the groundbreaking pol-on-pol interaction. Neither Team McCaskill nor staff at Politics & Prose was able to explain to HOH exactly how the freshman New Jersey Democrat got roped into playing interviewer, but the newly minted author sure seemed to be having fun with the unusual arrangement.

Full story

September 4, 2015

John Lewis Aims to Slay ’Em at Dragon Con

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Civil rights leader/graphic novelist Rep. John Lewis this weekend is lending some local star power to Dragon Con.

Congressional aide and “March” co-author Andrew Aydin tells HOH the Georgia Democrat is expected to pull double duty at Hotlanta’s fantasy fest, signing on to help welcome “Star Trek” vet Nichelle Nichols Saturday at the Guest of Honor Awards Banquet before settling in Sunday afternoon for a panel discussion and autograph session. Full story

July 27, 2015

Satirist Sticks It to Prickly Presidents

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

SAN DIEGO — Cartoon Network “Regular Show” writer Patrick Baker once dreamed of running for higher office. He realizes, though, that his reframing of history in “The Presidential Dickerbook” — a satirical examination of the most egregious actions of our all-too-flawed commanders in chief — makes that unlikely.

The fully illustrated guide, which popped onto the scene on July 3 and was on full display here at Comic-Con 2015, takes the measure of each POTUS at his lowest points and ranks them on Baker’s proprietary dickometer. “My mind was [on] how many people died as a result of you being rough,” Baker told HOH about his personal yardstick.

Full story

July 22, 2015

Congressional Bookworms Open Up to C-SPAN

Prefer your C-SPAN coverage a little less combative than vitriolic one-minutes or partisan committee hearings? Then tune that dial over to Book TV’s “Summer Reading” series, a literary love-fest that’s got lawmakers gushing about their favorite page-turners.



Senior Executive Producer Peter Slen told HOH the quick-hit segments — all prompted by the interrogatory softball, “What are you reading this summer?” — used to focus on Washingtonians from all walks of life. But the team decided to bear down on elected officials this year, and has, to his delight, received an enthusiastic response.

“It’s been difficult, time-consuming and effective,” Slen said of the dozens of interviews conducted with pols on both sides of the aisle. Full story

July 17, 2015

Mark Russell’s ‘Prez’ Hits the Ground Running

SAN DIEGO — What’s a 19-year-old political neophyte to do after getting propelled into the Oval Office by a viral video-obsessed electorate? The short answer is anything and everything satirist Mark Russell can throw at her in his reboot of the civic-minded comic, “Prez.”

(Courtesy DC Comics)

(Courtesy DC Comics)

DC Comics originally toyed with the concept of how an underage POTUS might operate back in 1973 with “Prez: First Teen President;” the short-lived experiment was unceremoniously pulled from spinner racks after just four issues. A lot’s happened since then. Full story

July 14, 2015

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker Comics in the Pipeline

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(150x150)SAN DIEGO — Bluewater Productions is doing its best to keep up with the ever-widening field of 2016 presidential hopefuls.

The independent publishing house expects to release its illustrated look at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush this August.


(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

The latest installment in the “Political Power” series appears to focus on Bush’s role in the family business — a tradition that includes former presidents 41 and 43. Full story

‘March’ Team Prods Youths to Change the Future (Video)


SAN DIEGO — Some 50-plus years since committing to drag a deeply divided nation toward a brighter tomorrow, Rep. John Lewis recently turned not to well-heeled donors or seasoned pols for help, but to a roomful of children.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“When you see something that is not right, you must disturb the order of things,” the Georgia Democrat implored the hundreds of kids who gathered on July 12 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation to hear from the visiting civil rights icon.

Lewis, in town to promote the second installment of his autobiographical graphic novel, “March,” at Comic-Con International, spoke to a group of at-risk youths who live in a world far removed from the pop culture spectacle. Full story

July 13, 2015

John Lewis Grooms Next-Generation Activists at Comic-Con (Video)


SAN DIEGO – Rep. John Lewis not only dressed as a revolutionary leader during his second appearance at Comic-Con International, he behaved like one — seizing the opportunity to shape young minds by taking the future firmly in his hands.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The Georgia Democrat returned to the pop culture smorgasbord on July 11 to promote the second installment of his illustrated biography, “March.” Lewis co-wrote the ongoing series of graphic novels, which chronicle the life-threatening situations he often found himself in throughout the civil rights era, with right-hand man Andrew Aydin.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The duo has been working for several years now with artist Nate Powell on a trilogy of books detailing Lewis’ ongoing crusade to vanquish inequality, an arduous journey that’s routinely visited pain and suffering upon the 15-term lawmaker’s person but has never succeeded in crushing his spirit.

If anything, it’s made him stronger. Full story

Maloney Hosts Soiree to Bolster Former Colleagues’ Book

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney's office)

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney’s office)

After some partisan drama on the House floor on July 9, some members of Congress spent the evening learning about how to get along from their predecessors, while simultaneously snacking on some finger foods.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., hosted an event at her Capitol Hill digs to bring attention to, “The Partisan Divide,” a book written by two former congressional adversaries: Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Martin Frost, D-Texas, along with journalist Richard E. Cohen. Full story

July 9, 2015

John Lewis to Resurrect Historic Look for Comic-Con

Dressing as one’s favorite fictional character is part of the allure of attending Comic-Con International. Come Saturday, Rep. John Lewis intends to get into the spirit of things by giving dedicated cosplayers a peek at what real heroes wear into battle.

(CQ Roll Call Photo Illustration)

(CQ Roll Call Photo Illustration)

The Georgia Democrat is returning to the fantasy fest to educate attendees about “March,” a three-part series of graphic novels chronicling his decades-long fight for equality.

Instead of donning form-fitting spandex or fetishistic leather gear, Lewis aide and “March” co-author Andrew Aydin tells HOH the 15-term lawmaker plans to recreate the outfit he wore to soldier across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in early 1965. Full story

July 8, 2015

John Lewis Helps Bring Comic-Con to At-Risk Youth

While he’s sure to spend his fair share of time alongside the crush of costumed characters invading this year’s Comic-Con International, Rep. John Lewis has also carved out time this weekend to stoke the next generation of social activists.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Georgia Democrat is expected to make the rounds Saturday and Sunday in San Diego to help promote “March: Book Two,” the continuation of a planned three-part series of graphic novels he first unveiled two summers ago.

While many of the other featured guests are unlikely to step foot outside the cavernous main hall, the 15-term lawmaker is scheduled Sunday to address some 250 local children gathered together by the Elementary Institute of Science. Full story

June 24, 2015

Peter Roskam Surprises John Lewis With Artful Homage

Rep. Peter Roskam broke from regularly scheduled committee business Wednesday to present civil-rights icon turned solon Rep. John Lewis with a personalized painting commemorating the historic March on Washington in 1963.

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

The Illinois Republican paused while presiding over the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee to reflect on the determination Lewis showed during the dark days currently being chronicled in an ongoing series of graphic novels. Full story

June 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Qualify for Comics Treatment

Bluewater Productions is inking White House hopefuls Sen. Bernard Sanders and Hillary Rodham Clinton into its scheduled coverage of the 2016 presidential race, readying graphic adaptions of their respective careers.

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

This will mark the third time the independent publisher has placed Clinton under the microscope.

Previous installments of the politically inclined “Female Force” series explored the New York Democrat’s rise to first ladyhood, as well her tenure as secretary of State.

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

“It is more of a modern biography of her life,” Bluewater President Darren G. Davis said of the ongoing examination of Clinton’s role in the politisphere. “It is focused around the last election as well as this upcoming election. What her choices are and were.” The Sanders book will fall under the banner of the “Political Power” series.

An alternative cover — touting the independent senator from Vermont as the “worst nightmare of the 1 percent!” — appears to play up his populist ideals.

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

Davis intends to continue breaking down pols for the casual observer, mapping out plans to tackle Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next.

“Those are in the script phase,” he said of the swirling story lines.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the just-declared contender, is also on Davis’ short list, as are others.

“We still have a long list that changes of who we still want to cover. Some will be out of left field because I like to keep it fresh!” he suggested.

In the meantime, Davis will keep cranking out earlier titles the public keeps clamoring for — a roster that includes the recent probe of Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, and the flagship peek at former Secretary of State Colin Powell.


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By Warren Rojas Posted at 9:41 a.m.
Artsy, Books, FLOTUS, Sens

May 27, 2015

House Aide Readies to Rock Awesome Con

Andrew Aydin, aide to Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and co-author of the duo’s trilogy of graphic novels, this weekend is set to brave the wilds of Awesome Con solo.



The Democratic staffer, who told HOH he attended Awesome Con 2014, has been booked as a featured guest for this year’s show.

“I always enjoy Awesome Con because you get such a great mix of fans. Teachers, librarians, and professionals come out right along with the cosplayers and diehards, and sometimes they are one and the same,” he said of the often otherworldly experience. Full story

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