One of our fave cartoonists is having a two-fer with both THE SALON and HOUDIDNI coming out this month. The Washington Post Express blog profiles him:

NICK BERTOZZI IS not a graphic novel machine. But editors and publishers might mistake him for one as the award-winning artist watches two works roll into stores within a month of each other.

“The Salon” is a beautifully drawn murder mystery set in Paris starring the likes of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. If that sounds like something from the mind of an art history student, you’re on the right track.

“I took a bunch of art history courses in college, and I guess I didn’t pay attention to the professor,” said the artist, who will be signing his books at Big Planet Comics in Bethesda on Thursday. “Everybody in the painting field always talks about Cubism being this life-changing, art-changing, culture-changing event. I was just going, ‘Why?'”

Speaking of Bertozzi we were at the Salon/CBLDF benefit last night at the Village Pourhouse, ironically right across the street from the premiere of WILL EISNER: PORTRAIT OF A SEQUENTIAL ARTIST movie. Jon Cooke stopped by to say hi and invite us to another screening. It was a fun filled evening, with much catching up for all. It seems everyone is so busy no one ever has any time to leave their cribs. The Act-i-vate posse was totally in the house, along with Nickelodeon’s Chris Duffy, Ivan Brandon, Neil Alien, Harris’s Bon Alimango, David Mazzuchelli, and probably lots of people we are forgetting. Bertozzi mentioned that he and wife Kim have another big delivery on tap for later this year — a second child. That’s just one of the cartoon kidz on the way — attendees Josh Neufeld and wife and collaborator Sari Wilson are also very much infanticipating. Congrats to all!