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Steve Sack, satirist of Putin and Assad, wins Overseas Press Club’s Thomas Nast Cartoon Award

STEVE SACK draws a rather uncanny Vladimir Putin, complete with heavily hooded eyes perched above long cheekbones — as if even the Russian leader’s very face is simultaneously distancing itself while remaining ever watchful. Fortunately, Sack, the political cartoonist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is watchful as well, because his satiric depictions of Putin and […]

How sketching a dying father led Daniel Clowes to his quirky new film ‘Wilson’

AS DANIEL CLOWES’s father lay there in the hospital, staring down his mortality, the son thought of the comic they had long shared. In the quiet bleakness, there was “Peanuts.” “He loved [Charles] Schulz,” Clowes says of the father of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, “and we loved him together when I was a kid.” And through that […]

‘1-2-Switch’ wrings some fun out of awkward eye contact

1-2-Switch Developed by: Nintendo Published by: Nintendo Available on: Nintendo Switch We don’t so much play video games as we allow them to inhabit us for a few hours or days. And it’s hard to find a better explanation than that for what I was doing in “1-2-Switch,” as I squeezed and moved a small […]

The real Iron Fist never shows up in Season 1. Will he finally arrive in Season 2?

Note: major Iron Fist spoilers. Don’t read if you haven’t finished Season 1. By the time you get to the tenth episode of Marvel/Netflix’s “Iron Fist” you realize that the Iron Fist, with his yellow mask and mystical martial arts swag, isn’t arriving anytime soon. In that episode, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is shown an […]

A New Yorker cartoonist is creating a new book that illustrates President Trump’s tweets

A CARTOONIST, a legal defender and a presidential Twitter account walk into a coffee bar … From such setups come the newest idea for a Trump humor book. The cartoonist, Shannon Wheeler, is drawing “Sht My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump” for release in August, publisher Top Shelf Productions will announce […]

Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of Swamp Thing, elevated the art of horror in comics

BERNIE WRIGHTSON didn’t draw lines as much as he seemed to summon them from the deep. His pen spun out dark and supernatural visions in such spellbinding detail that to some comics fans, Wrightson rendered Poe to be Baltimore’s second greatest master of the macabre. It was in Baltimore, in fact, that Wrightson got his […]

After ‘Beauty and the Beast’s’ record-breaking debut, Disney can bank on more live-action adaptation success

AS I SAT watching “Beauty and the Beast” in a packed theater over the weekend with transfixed fans of all ages, one thought kept recurring: How soon till Disney begins offering a direct-deposit service for our paychecks? Seven years into its current system of rolling out live-action adaptations of its animated classics, Disney has the […]

Will Eisner at 100: A salute to the legendary comics creator who transformed the industry

AS MARCH marks the centennial of Will Eisner’s birth — and with next Friday looming as the deadline for the Eisner Award nominations — this is a fitting moment to mark just how central the great creator was to most everything comics has become. Eisner’s career as writer and artist, editor and executive spanned from the dawn of […]

How Google’s St. Patrick’s Day Doodle is built on a Star Wars Easter egg

IF TODAY’S beautiful Google Doodle looks familiar, perhaps it’s because you’ve trekked near Ireland’s County Kerry. Or, on the other hand, maybe you’re simply a Star Wars fan. Google celebrates St. Patrick’s Day this year with a verdant-green Doodle. The home-page animation, by Google artist Matt Cruickshank, features shamrocks high-fiving on Skelling Michael, a rocky, […]

‘American Gods’ trailer arrives with Neil Gaiman’s typical brilliant timing

NEIL GAIMAN has long had a fascination with what Americans worship. In 2011, upon the 10th anniversary of his Hugo- and Nebula-winning novel “American Gods,” we sat at Washington’s National Press Club to talk about his updated work. Gaiman noted how the nation’s capital was littered with so many tall monuments to men — right down […]

How cartoonists are skewering the fight over the GOP’s health-care plan

SINCE MONDAY, the number has persisted like a nasty symptom. Yes, “24 million.” That’s the lingering stat from the CBO analysis. As The Washington Post reported this week, the Congressional Budget Office “predicts that 24 million fewer people would have coverage a decade from now than if the Affordable Care Act remains intact.” Then there’s that […]

The new trailer for ‘Coco’ is a blend of Pixar’s storytelling strengths

PIXAR KNOWS that one of the most reliably relatable themes is the quest for connection. That longing can be rendered through the window of a historical look back (sepia-toned images of “Toy Story’s” Woody as a vintage TV star), across a sentimental past (“Up,” after Ellie) or even through the power of artistic ingenuity (“Ratatouille’s” cuisine via […]

Can the reviews for ‘Iron Fist’ possibly get any worse?

IF YOU’VE ever studied martial arts, you recognize this type of fighter: No matter their strength or swiftness, they are an easy target and a mess of technical vulnerabilities, leaving themselves wide open time and again to the expertly delivered blow. That fighter, within TV dramas, is Marvel’s “Iron Fist.” The Netflix series, which debuts […]

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ creator Stephen Hillenburg to continue on show after ALS diagnosis

FEW PEOPLE deliver as many round-the-clock laughs to so much of the globe. Three-fourths of the planet may be covered by water, but most of the rest of Earth seems to be covered by the ocean’s most wide-eyed character, SpongeBob SquarePants. Stephen Hillenburg’s multibillion-dollar brainchild has been viewed in at least 170 countries and translated […]

‘Nier: Automata:’ A bold and different Japanese role-playing game

Nier: Automata Developed by: Platinum Games Published by: Square Enix Available on: PC, PlayStation 4 Call me jaded, but some of the first things I noticed about “Nier: Automa,” the Japanese action RPG sequel to the cult favorite “Nier” (2010), were its shortcomings. Notwithstanding its lighting model, the game’s general reliance on muted colors coupled […]

‘Iron Fist’ packs a punch that occasionally misses

The essence of Iron Fist is the mystical martial artist’s ability to focus on his chi so intensely that he generates an energy that turns his fist into an indestructible weapon. In Marvel/Netflix’s “Iron Fist,” if Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is distracted, by his own doing or by others, he loses his focus and the ability […]

‘Wonder Woman’ is keeping us — and her — in the dark in the latest trailer

ONE OF THE most fascinating aspects of the new Wonder Woman is how the film’s rollout is building suspense. Despite three full trailers, we know little more than Diana Price does. The latest trailer landed over the weekend and the dynamic remains the same: We have no certainty about who Diana’s dad is — and neither does she. Is […]

Box-office beasts like ‘Kong: Skull Island’ ($61M) and ‘Logan’ reflect March’s crowded new normal

FOR SO LONG, March came in like a CGI lion and went out like an animated lamb. The month was often a safe space to open such kiddie fare as Fox/Blue Sky’s animal cartoons and handily win an audience. But that was before dark comic books, apocalyptic visions and adapted live-action Disney flicks moved in […]

The art of ‘Skull Island’ reminds us that Kong has long been an inspiring canvas

LOOK DEEP into Kong’s eyes, and you can glimpse the genius of Willis O’Brien. As “Kong: Skull Island” opens today, it is easy to view Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s film and get swept up in the spectacle of state-of-the-art CGI. But more than a century after O’Brien began pioneering techniques for stop-motion animation, perhaps the most awe-inspiring […]

Scarlett Johansson returns to SNL two years after spoofing superhero sexism. Has anything changed?

TWO YEARS AGO, as her “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was topping the box office, Scarlett Johansson took advantage of her hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” to spoof sexism in superhero cinema. Now, as Johansson returns to SNL this weekend, has her comedy bit had reason to lose any of its satirical bite? The digital short, a […]

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