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How exiting New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff views his legacy — in eight comic panels

ON SUNDAY, Bob Mankoff will officially end this 20-year tenure as cartoon editor of The New Yorker, having introduced more than 100 new humorists to the magazine’s readers. As he vacates that post, Mankoff isn’t leaving humor behind. He’s continuing to guide a cartoon-encyclopedia book project for The New Yorker; he is working with ClickHole head […]

As Bob Mankoff steps down as New Yorker’s cartoon editor, here are his favorite works

SUNDAY WILL officially mark Bob Mankoff’s final day as cartoon editor of the New Yorker, capping a two-decade tenure. But the occasion also prompts him to reflect on his four-decade history as a contributor to the magazine. “When I look back on those [hundreds of] cartoons over the course of my career,” Mankoff tells The Washington […]

Justice Ivanka? How ‘The Simpsons’ swiftly turned around a timely ‘Trump’s first 100 days’ spoof.

WHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP calls the 100-day benchmark a “ridiculous standard” for a new administration, the minds behind “The Simpsons” can accomplish a biting spoof of Trump’s administration within a mere two weeks. “Simpsons” director-producer...Show More Summary

New ‘Cars 3’ trailer reveals the light and dark of the aging athlete’s sports arc

IT’S THE most natural narrative arc for any sports story. The character that once had a crack at making the big time now, so many years later, has one last shot to stave off retiring irrelevance. When Pixar’s first “Cars” film came out, Lightning McQueen (as voiced by Owen Wilson) was the frisky young upstart […]

From Manson to O.J.: A new exhibit spotlights the fading art of the courtroom sketch

A GREAT courtroom sketch radiates with the power of intimacy. You are right there, peering with a voyeur’s view of an iconic mob boss, or cult-leader killer, or world-famous celebrity trying to squeeze into a bloody glove. You get to look square into the eyes of the accused, thanks to the trained eyes of an artist. […]

As ‘Saga’ returns, writer Brian K. Vaughan looks to the future — with no immediate end in sight

Brian K. Vaughan’s sci-fi/fantasy comic-book series “Saga” is exactly where the writer expected his space drama to be at this point in the story. The intergalactic tale, which centers on a planet of winged aliens (Landfall) who are constantly at war with the horned inhabitants of its moon (Wreath), and the two people from each side […]

‘What Remains of Edith Finch’: A high-water mark of narrative video game design

What Remains of Edith Finch Developed by: Giant Sparrow Published by: Annapurna Interactive Available on: PC, PlayStation 4 If you’re curious to see how far narrative-driven games have come in the past few years, “What Remains of Edith Finch” is an excellent starting point. This inspired game about an ill-fated family uses a selective number […]

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ trailer shows how Fox now owns the R-rated comic-book movie

FOX IS positioned to corner the market on the blockbuster R-rated comic-book adaptation, thanks in no small part to Matthew Vaughn. Vaughn, a deft action-genre filmmaker who hasn’t yet directed a dud, delivered a surprise smash in 2015 with “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” which — as loosely adapted from Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’s “The Secret […]

How President Trump did in his ‘first 100 days,’ according to cartoons

WHAT’S IN a name, or even a mere term — such as the much-bandied-about “First 100 Days”? President Trump, even while touting his own First 100 (which he hit this week), has called such a mile-marker of accomplishment a “ridiculous standard.” Yet because the president seems to always have one eye on ratings, polls, audience […]

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ sets up Chris Pratt’s team to be just as big as the Avengers

The jokes and the jams are all there, but a surprising splash of emotion is what makes “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” an even better space ride than the first one. “Vol 1’s” 2014 release established a group of rebels who barely got along well enough to work as a team, dramatized to the […]

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: Here’s what the first reviews are saying

WITH THE Guardians of the Galaxy literally becoming a Disneyland ride next month, it is entirely apt that the franchise’s sequel is being reviewed in the imagery of a theme park. ” ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ plays like a second ride on a roller coaster that was a real kick the first time […]

‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ director James Gunn applauds Marvel’s growing embrace of low-budget storytellers

WITH THE announcement this week that “Captain Marvel” has found its directing team in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Marvel Studios continues to extend its trust in directors known more for low-budget storytelling than blockbuster effects. James Gunn, who himself was best known for smaller films like “Slither” before signing with Marvel, applauds the trend. […]

As North Korea tensions mount, cartoonists engage in their own build-up of military symbols

THE LOUDER the clatter of saber-rattling, the more frequent become the familiar symbols of war. Recent days have seen a build-up of militaristic images in many of the world’s editorial cartoons, as surface-to-air commentary on global tensions increases. And as the headlines heighten in their urgent tone about such hot spots as North Korea and Syria, […]

Marvel steers toward directors who specialize in more than spectacle

MARVEL STUDIOS deals in so many large moving parts these days, it can seem as if it’s in the business of delivering huge interlocking narratives — like a freighter loaded down with requisite story threads the size of shipping containers. Assume the captain’s chair and you’ll know what you’ll be towing. Yet that is precisely […]

Bill O’Reilly’s big ouster from Fox News, according to these biting cartoons

AS SLOW as the build-up was, the final cut seemed to come quick. On Wednesday evening, even the word “O’Reilly” seemed to have been scrubbed from the Fox News show logo so hastily that the on-air “The Factor” graphic look rather ill-considered and crude. Then again, ill-considered and crude might be how some detractors describe […]

‘Captain Marvel’ film finds its directors, the duo behind ‘Half Nelson’

MUCH AS Warner Bros. and DC sought a top female director to guide one of its main superheroines, Marvel has studiously sought one for its Captain Marvel movie. Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman” opens in June, giving WB/DC the first solo superheroine film within their connected comic-book universe. And now Marvel is announcing that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck […]

D.C. artist’s poignant tale of immigration ‘purgatory’ wins National Headliner Award

FOR JUANA MEDINA, the journey isn’t over. The Washington-based artist and author must wait another year to apply for U.S. citizenship and then, she still hopes, the chance to vote. But this week, Medina adds to the recognition she’s received for how poignantly she documents that journey. Her comic published on Fusion a year ago […]

‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ will have five post-credits scenes. Yes, five.

JAMES GUNN is sending out his social-media missives in recent days as deftly as he deploys Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot. Ahead of next month’s release of his “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” the director said on Twitter that there are five — count ’em, five — “post-credits” scenes bundled with his new movie, abundant even for […]

‘Teen Titan: The Judas Contract’ turns a classic DC Comics tale into an animated hit

So much time has been spent analyzing Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s recent attempts to make live-action movies with their iconic library of superheroes that it can be easy to forget the connected, straight-to-DVD, animated universe they have built over the years. It should come as no surprise that this multi-movie animated world is well-put […]

‘The Last Jedi’ and ‘Force Awakens’ trailers look very similar when you put them side-by-side

DISNEY HAS long known to trust its time-tested formulas, from character arcs to story beats to the Pavlovian precision of its marketing materials. And now that Star Wars flies a Disney flag, we’re getting a striking example just how exactingly the studio can hit its promotional marks. As Star Wars devotees dissected the first trailer for Rian […]

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