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Simone Missick in ‘Luke Cage’ leads a new wave of Marvel actresses

Auditioning for a Marvel project can be a complex drama all by itself. Simone Missick, who will star alongside Mike Colter as Misty Knight in Netflix’s “Luke Cage,” wasn’t sure exactly what she was auditioning for the first time she submitted a tape. Marvel is known for being secretive during the process. She thought the character’s name […]

Why Banned Books Week is increasingly a good thing for graphic novels

IT IS a sign of its elevated status and popularity that graphic novels have grown to own more shelving within your local library — and likewise, a more prominent place in national conversations about literature. Running through Sunday is Banned Books Week, which highlights attempts to restrict the written word as it also celebrates “the […]

The best cartoons about the first Clinton-Trump debate

FROM THE MEDIA’s pregame prognostications to social media’s postgame breakdowns, the first Clinton-vs.-Trump debate Monday evening at Hofstra University played like a political Super Bowl. Tens of millions tuned in as Donald Trump sniffled and Hillary Clinton sniffed as the topics turned from foreign policy to race to tax returns. And after, #TrumpWon trended, mostly in […]

Inside the making of ‘Luke Cage,’ Marvel’s first black superhero show

As production on Netflix’s “Luke Cage” began, producer/writer Cheo Hodari Coker took the few spare moments he had to think of his grandfather, Bertram W. Wilson, who died in 2002 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. “My grandfather was a Tuskegee Airman. He flew with the 100th Fighter Squadron. One of the first black fighter pilots,” […]

‘I didn’t deserve this horrible life’: Detained Iranian cartoonist speaks out

ON SATURDAY evening, in Durham, N.C., the artist Eaten Fish received the 2016 Courage in Cartooning Award, in a ceremony at the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention. Eaten Fish, the pen name of a man otherwise known publicly only by the first name Ali, could not be at the AAEC Political Satire Fest to […]

‘Destiny: Rise of Iron’ review: The latest in the series is proof that ‘Destiny’ will never end

Destiny: Rise of Iron Developed by: Bungie Published by: Activision Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One In a promotional video accompanying “Destiny’s” announcement in 2013, studio co-founder Jason Jones said the project had been driven by a desire to occupy as much of their players’ time as possible: “Like, how do you keep a player […]

Here’s what the rest of the world thinks of the Clinton-Trump debates

The first verbal bout between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is shaping up to have all the anticipation and hype of a title fight. Like “The Thrilla in Manila” and “The Rumble in the Jungle,” Monday night’s clash of would-be-presidential pugilists is so big, it deserves its own moniker. Something like “The Bile on Long Isle.” […]

National Book Fest: How Rep. John Lewis tries to inspire young people to ‘stand up, speak out’

FROM MORNING to nightfall, Rep. John Lewis today is celebrating the strides made in “the story of our history.” Lewis (D-Ga.) is himself a storyteller, helping to create an Eisner-winning graphic-novel trilogy, “March,” which relays to young readers what the civil rights movement felt, sounded and looked like. More than a half-century ago, Lewis was the […]

National Book Fest: ‘Hip Hop Family Tree’ cartoonist taps two cultures like a creative Marvel

TWO DECADES ago, Ed Piskor was just another kid in Pittsburgh, albeit one who was geeking out to hip-hop culture and comics history. In his young mind, life pulsated at his own mental intersection of Public Enemy and Jack Kirby, and the result, in recent years, has been inspiration rendered into revelation. Piskor is the […]

Why a Pulitzer-winning cartoonist has decided to go ‘Trump-free’

DONALD TRUMP and Opus the Penguin. Last year was a double siren song that lured two ’80s-born species back into the national conversation. The builder and the marine bird. Earlier, in a simpler, less-wired era, Berkeley Breathed, creator...Show More Summary

‘ReCore’ review: Too many diversions lead to too much wasted time

ReCore Developed by: Comcept Inc., Armature Studio Published by: Microsoft Studios Available on: Xbox One, PC It’s not unusual for me to meet people who say that they’re interested in games but don’t play them. Some attribute their reservations to a lack of skill — usually with wiggly thumb gestures for emphasis. But most fret […]

A North Carolina cartoonist explains what it’s like to draw police violence

ABOUT TWO HOURS northeast of Charlotte, where the protests roil, sits a man who has been cartooning about police violence for a quarter-century. Last year, Keith Knight received an NAACP History Maker award for his new comics project, “They Shoot Black People, Don’t They?” “All these incidents of police brutality can no longer be hidden […]

Can Ghost Rider give ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ the buzz it’s been lacking?

That burn you felt Monday night around 10 p.m. on ABC was new life being given to Marvel/ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” courtesy of the flames of Ghost Rider. And not just any Ghost Rider, the Robbie Reyes version. Ghost Rider is a character that just hasn’t found his way during Marvel’s current streak of live-action […]

National Book Festival: How new MacArthur ‘genius’ Gene Luen Yang is teaching our kids with comics

TWO YEARS AGO, Gene Luen Yang made a particular splash at the National Book Festival. He was asked to give a speech at the event’s Friday-night gala, ahead of such literary luminaries as E.L. Doctorow. But Yang had not come to talk about pure prose. He had come to talk comics. So Yang rose and […]

Visual storytellers Gene Luen Yang, Lauren Redniss land the 2016 MacArthur ‘genius’ grant

GENE LUEN YANG, the cartoonist and educator whose “American Born Chinese” (2006) was the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Award, has just received an honor that puts an exclamation point on everything he has already achieved in his still-rising career. Yang, 43, has just been named a MacArthur Fellow — one […]

Joss Whedon gathers The Avengers and others in a new video encouraging you to vote

Writer, director and gatherer of superheroes Joss Whedon has once again assembled the Avengers (almost all of them) and many other performers in a video he produced to talk about the importance of voting in the upcoming November election. Whedon, director of the first two Avengers movies for Marvel/Disney, announced the new video via Twitter. Hey! […]

‘Luke Cage’ is the blackest thing Marvel has ever done

Of all of Marvel’s current and upcoming Netflix series, “Luke Cage” was the one that required the most reinvention. “Daredevil” had a rich comic book history of superhero/vigilante antics to draw inspiration from. The opening minutes of the first episode of “Jessica Jones” are straight out of the first issue of Marvel’s adults-only comic book […]

National Book Festival: How new MacArthur 'genius' Gene Luen Yang is teaching our kids with comics

"I fell in love with programming because I first experienced it as a tool for art," says Gene Luen Yang ahead of his Saturday talk at D.C.'s National Book Festival.

Graphic novelists Gene Luen Yang, Lauren Redniss land the 2016 MacArthur 'genius' grant

'It's just crazy,' Yang tells Comic Riffs. Graphic novelist Lauren Redniss was also named a MacArthur fellow as part of the class of 2016.

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