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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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COMIC-CON 2014: DC Comics marks ‘Batman Day’ Wednesday with national celebration—and retail sales

PLANES SHOT down over Ukraine or gone into thin air. Bitter fighting in Gaza among the globe’s scores of current wars and conflicts. And always the concern about that next violent act that strikes too close to home. Read full articl...

THE NEW FEMALE THOR: From Asgard to new guard, 5 things to know about Marvel’s bolt from the blue

WHEN SUPERHERO comics publishers alter a character, they often wait and hope for the clap of approval. This week, Marvel Comics’ big announcement brought a thunderclap. Marvel announced this week — on the friendly venue of ABC’s “The...Show More Summary

THIS JUST IN: See the stunning cover to Rep. John Lewis’s ‘March: Book Two’

LAST YEAR, when Rep. John Lewis began to share his illustrated tale of civil-rights fights, he depended on the sharp storytelling eye on Nate Powell. So for “March: Book One,” the Eisner-winning artist delivered a head-turning cover that pulled us in with hues of worn orange and hard-won history. Read full article >>

With ‘Arrugas (Wrinkles),’ Spanish artist Paco Roca gives poignant voice to overlooked seniors

WHEN SPANISH artist Paco Roca sought inspiration for “Arrugas,” a graphic novel he wrote and illustrated, he believed there was only one place that could provide him with the drama, comedy, heartbreak and unpredictable behavior he needed to breathe life into his project: Read full article >>

COMIC RIFFS CELEBRATES: 60 Telling Quotes About Comics and Cartooning

AS COMIC RIFFS celebrates its sixth birthday this month — and thanks to all those who have supported this burgeoning blog column along the way — here’s a wee token of my anniversary gratitude: 60 Telling Quotes About Comics and Cartooning from the past six years of ‘Riffs… Read full article >>

‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’: 5 Things We Gleaned from the new ‘sneak’ screener

ON MONDAY  EVENING, Marvel Studios unspooled a 17-minute, IMAX-enhanced preview of its raccoon-fueled galactic roll of the dice. And f rom the spotlighted comedy to the classic rock, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is certainly getting a precision roll-out. Show More Summary

SHELFIES: Re-appreciating Seth’s ‘Palookaville 21?: ‘That is my entire purpose as a cartoonist.’

ED. NOTE: Today, Comic Riffs launches an occasional feature, dubbed “SHELFIES,” in which we pull a favorite graphic novel or other comic off our personal shelves that’s ready for a fresh close-up. — M.C. Read full article >>

‘A MOST IMPERFECT UNION’: ‘La Cucaracha’ cartoonist takes on a nation’s ‘dead white men’

LALO ALCARAZ, as a cartoonist, can’t help but ring out with irreverence. In time for Independence Day, Alcaraz — perhaps best known for sociopolitical comic strip “La Cucaracha” — is the illustrator of a new book about the republic,Show More Summary

THIS JUST IN: Bill Watterson’s ‘Pearls Before Swine’ art for Parkinson’s to be auctioned in August

IT MADE INTERNATIONAL headlines when Bill Watterson returned to the comics page this month for the first time in nearly two decades. Now, an August date has been set for those widely viewed strips to go up for auction. Read full article >>

SPX 2014: Small Press Expo adds guests Tom Tomorrow, Sorensen, Burns and Katchor to alt-weekly salute

SMALL PRESS EXPO continues to curate its welcome celebration of the alt-weekly comic. SPX will announce this afternoon that it has officially added recent Herblock Prize winners Tom Tomorrow and Jen Sorensen, as well as Charles Burns and Ben Katchor, to its lineup of special guests for this fall’s event in suburban Washington. Read full article >>

JOHN ROMITA JR.: Drawing Superman? Artist’s new gig surprises even himself

IF YOU’RE one of the many comics fans who thought you’d never see John Romita Jr. draw the world’s most famous Kryptonian for DC Comics, you’re in good company. There’s another person who thought the same thing: Read full article >>

‘EAST OF WEST’: Hickman and Dragotta are riding high atop their apocalyptic Western for Image Comics

When creating a comic-book universe, nothing is more important to Jonathan Hickman than the collaborative process. So when Hickman (writer of The Avengers, Fantastic Four, FF, The Manhattan Projects) began plotting his next creator-owned project for Image Comics, he knew he wanted to team with someone who would make the process fun. Show More Summary

SMALL PRESS EXPO 2014: SPX adds Carroll, Pond, Graham and Friedman to this fall’s guest lineup

SMALL PRESS EXPO is announcing today that it will bring four highly talented first-timers to this fall’s event. Emily Carroll, Drew Friedman, Brandon Graham and Mimi Pond will make their SPX debuts this September, organizers say. Read full article >>

RIP, CHARLES BARSOTTI: New Yorker artist was ‘master cartoonist, a true original, and a nice guy, to boot.’

CHARLES BARSOTTI knew, deep down, where we lived. The New Yorker cartoonist with a gift for the simple line and succinct caption can himself be summed up somewhat concisely: The man knew our appetites.  And he never ceased in finding new ways to render them in wise and amusing and truthful form. Read full article >>

RIP, TONY GWYNN: How a tribute cartoon ended up with the greatest hitter I ever saw.

I NO LONGER have my favorite Tony Gwynn cartoon I ever drew, and for that, I’m grateful. That’s because the original art was given to Tony Gwynn — and I hope, even if just once, it brought a smile to the Hall of Famer’s face. Read full article >>

A FATHER’S GIFT: How Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Steve Breen bonded with his boys over, um, ‘Unicorn Executions’

OUT OF THE MOUTHS of babes can come surprisingly wise and clear-eyed insights. And in the case of Steve Breen, out of the mouths of boys can come inspiration for five years of imagination-bending cartoons, a new book — and, as of last December, an impressively pedigreed Hollywood movie deal. Read full article >>

ERIC CANTOR: 7 Eye-Catching Cartoons about Dave Brat’s political shocker

SOMETIMES, the best pre-election clue is the booing. Not the standard heckling from the unfriendlies, but rather the chorus of raspberries on normally warm turf. I recall once, at the 1992 MLB All-Star Game, when then-President Bush was announced to throw out the first pitch. Show More Summary

SMALL PRESS EXPO 2014: SPX will celebrate the alt-weekly comic with guests Feiffer, Barry and Sturm

COME THIS SEPTEMBER, Maryland’s Small Press Expo will become a celebration of the alt-weekly. Specifically, SPX announces today that it will salute pioneers and early popularizers of the alt-weekly comic by bringing in such major guests...Show More Summary

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