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Aquaman’s Hollywood-inspired comic book makeover also comes with a blockbuster story

Note: Spoilers for “Aquaman” no. 25. The comic book Aquaman is ready for his Hollywood close-up. When a comic book character has a movie coming out, the live-action and comic book styles will mirror each other as much as they can. In the pages of DC Comics, Superman and Batman are now trunkless, just like […]

How cartoonists are needling the Senate health-care bill

IS THE Senate health-care bill about to flatline? Several Republican senators have said they won’t support the new approach to an Obamacare surrogate. Governors from both parties wrote in The Washington Post: “All Americans will come out on the losing end if we simply replace one divisive plan with another.” And even President Trump privately called […]

Ron Howard is the new director of the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff

THE RUMORS have proved true: Ron Howard will return to space to complete Star Wars’s young Han Solo spinoff film, Lucasfilm announced Thursday. Howard, who directed 1995’s “Apollo 13? and won Oscars in 2002 for directing and producing “A Beautiful Mind,” will step into the breach left suddenly this week by directors Phil Lord and […]

Oskar Fischinger: Google Doodle lets you salute the animation pioneer the Nazis couldn’t stop

TO VIEW the mesmerizing art of Oskar Fischinger is to hear it, and to listen to one of his films is to see it. In his hands, sight and sound engage in a hypnotically magical dance, till geometry seems to beat like biology, pulsating with the very stuff of life. As the great abstract animator […]

How Cristela Alonzo influenced her ‘Cars 3’ breakout character

Plot spoilers and car spoilers ahead.  CRISTELA ALONZO refused to listen to her mother, at least about this. She may have shared a bed with mom till hitting adulthood, and she definitely looked up to the woman who worked two jobs to support the impoverished family after leaving an abusive husband. But having traveled thousands […]

‘Lydia’: This child’s tale deals skillfully with adult issues

Lydia Developed by: Platonic Partnership Ltd Published by: Platonic Partnership Ltd Available on: PC, Mac “Lydia” is about the tangled feelings of a child confronted with adult problems. It is as stark as it is cute, like “Peanuts” with a European spin. Developed by a four-person team in Ostrobothnia, Finland, this morally purposeful point-and-click adventure […]

As the Han Solo spinoff fires its directors, the question is: Can this thing still fly?

NOW THAT directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have been fired in dramatic fashion from the young Han Solo spinoff film, the state of the Star Wars movie will be reflected in the answer to one question: “Who shot second?” Whomever Lucasfilm selects as the replacement director will be charged with bringing into port a […]

Was Gal Gadot actually underpaid for ‘Wonder Woman’?

DOES Wonder Woman pull down the same kind of coin as Superman? An story published Monday picked up major heat by setting up the highly dubious comparison that Henry Cavill was paid $14 million for 2013’s “Man of Steel” — his first outing as Superman — while Gal Gadot reportedly earned $300,000 for her […]

‘Rhymes With Orange’ comic welcomes aboard a new collaborator

HILARY PRICE vividly remembers her first encounter with Rina Piccolo’s work. It was two decades ago, and Price, then in her 20s, walked into a San Francisco bookstore and happened to discover Piccolo’s 1997 collection, “Rina’s Big Book of Sex Cartoons.” Price was struck by both the genuinely funny panels and the fact that this […]

How legal problems are swarming the Trump White House, according to cartoons

ON FRIDAY at the Library of Congress, in a celebration of the institution’s impressive comic-art holdings, actress-singer Lynda Carter told The Post that there is one tool that she’d especially wield on Washington in her iconic ’70s role as Wonder Woman: The golden Lasso of Truth. Carter was not singling out any one branch of […]

‘Cars 3’: Why Pixar should lose no sleep over one of its lowest debuts ever

PIXAR JUST had its second-lowest opening weekend ever when adjusting for inflation. This is why the studio should lose very little sleep over that fact. Breaking down the numbers, “Cars 3” grossed $53.5 million in its domestic debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, handily winning the weekend ahead of the still mighty “Wonder Woman” ($40.8 million) […]

Not just a visual giant: Comic-Con awards salute Jack Kirby for his comics writing

JACK KIRBY’s massive footprint on the visual art of comics seems to get hailed daily, to the point that his other influential gifts can be overshadowed. So it makes a worthy statement now — as San Diego’s Comic-Con International prepares to celebrate the centennial of his birth — that the awards presented during the convention […]

How ‘Cars 3’ became a tale of female empowerment

FOR YEARS, most of Pixar’s films had male leading characters. A Jesse or an Elasticgirl might get her moments in the sun, but these universes generally revolved around the dudes, be they a toy or an ant, a race car or a rat. But a funny thing happened on the way to this weekend’s “Cars […]

Danny Elfman returns to compose the score for ‘Justice League’ — which is great news for DC

On the heels of the success of Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman,” Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s positive press hot streak continues with The Hollywood Reporter announcing that famed composer Danny Elfman is coming aboard to scoreShow More Summary

A Doctors Without Borders worker’s harrowing kidnapping becomes a riveting graphic novel

“Hostage,” by Guy Delisle (Drawn + Quarterly)“HOSTAGE,” Guy DeLisle’s latest graphic biography, is pure torture to read. And given the context, that assessment is offered as high compliment indeed. One of my favorite graphic memoirs showing...Show More Summary

What Jeff Sessions really said (and forgot) Tuesday, according to cartoons

WHAT EXACTLY did Attorney General Jeff Sessions tell members of the Senate Intelligence Committee in his testimony on Tuesday? Well, were we to get in the spirit of his statements, then our answer would be: We don’t quite recall; we can’t say for sure that he told the committee anything at all, though it’s certainly […]

Webcomic fans, rejoice: Library of Congress is launching a new archive for you

“Dinosaur Comics!” “Hyperbole and a Half” and “xkcd” are all coming to the Library of Congress. The library will announce Tuesday that the Webcomics Web Archive is officially launching at as part of its growth in “born-digital” collections. The first phase of the Webcomics online collection will include nearly 40 titles, including such long-running […]

‘Cars 3’: What the early reviews are saying about the Pixar franchise’s comeback bid

LIGHTNING McQUEEN might be aging, but for Pixar’s “Cars” franchise, he can still be a comeback kid. So say many of the early reviews for “Cars 3,” opening Friday — 11 years after the first film starring the voices of Owen Wilson and Paul Newman hit the track, and six years after “Cars 2” became […]

Wonder Woman’s top animated voice talks about being the bridge between Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot

The pop culture journey between Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot’s performances as Wonder Woman isn’t complete without the bridge that is Susan Eisenberg’s voice. Eisenberg was the voice of Wonder Woman on Cartoon Network’s “Justice League” animated series, from 2001 to 2004, and then a second series, “Justice League Unlimited,” from 2004-2006. Show More Summary

‘The Mummy’ stumbles where ‘Wonder Woman’ soars: The power and pitfalls of a cinematic universe

IF ONLY Tom Cruise had a cape, cowl or shield. Universal is daring to go where superheroes successfully tread these days, trying to fashion a connected cinematic universe out of its classic monsters, including the Mummy, the Invisible Man and Mr. Hyde. But following the Marvel model by stitching together creature features comes with raised […]

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