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Christie? Trump? Here’s the candidate that nation’s cartoonists most love to draw.

ANOTHER WEEK, another prime candidate.Oh, not for voting on. No, we mean that another presidential contender, by declaring, has gone and entered the cartoonists’ den.Now visual satirists, they don’t approach the whole business of American democracy in action quite like normal folk. Show More Summary

Ben Franklin, America’s first genius of the viral political image

HE WAS, perhaps, the first American who intimately understood why an image goes viral.Ben Franklin, that great printer-turned-polymath, not only toted much wisdom about fonts, but was also a total “font of wisdom” about the mental traction sparked by the right, electric interplay between word and picture.Read full article >>

Why this ‘author’ is first perfect pick to be the ALA’s Library Card Month luminary

FOR ONCE, it was a dark and stormy writer.And the American Library Association, on its eighth attempt, has finally hit upon a deeply inspired celebrity selection.That’s because the ALA has announced that Snoopy is its honorary chair for this year’s Library Sign-Up Card Month, in September.Read full article >>

Batman: Arkham Knight review; A game worthy of the comic books’ legacy

Batman: Arkham KnightDeveloped by: Rocksteady Studios Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox OneIn recent years, aside from the Dark Knight film trilogy, directed by Christopher Nolan,Show More Summary

Amid one Iran deadline, Atena Farghadani and Jason Rezaian await fates behind bars

TOMORROW, the onetime “hard” deadline for a final U.S. accord on Iran’s nuclear program may well come and go without a deal being done. As Iran’s head nuclear negotiator has flown back to Tehran to huddle with the home team, the pause...Show More Summary

Maine cartoonist replies, in art, to the governor who said he’d ‘like to shoot him’

AND WITH the satiric point of his pen, George Danby has fired back.Danby is the Bangor Daily News cartoonist who often trains his editorial sights on Maine Gov. Paul LePage — and who recently was the target of the politician’s latest public salvo.Read full article >>

Box office: ‘Ted 2? hits a slumping bear market; ‘Jurassic’ and ‘Inside Out’ rule still

AS SETH MacFARLANE himself might croon, with Oscars-stage gusto: “We saw your bombs!”Too few folks are seeing Seth’s recent works, though, to avoid his last two pictures being a box-office bomb (“A Million Ways to Die in the West”) and now, a serious disappointment of a debut (“Ted 2?).Read full article >>

Marriage equality and SCOTUS: These 10 cartoons render their own judgment

THE SCENE outside the Supreme Court had the gathering hum of history, the kind of high anticipation before the high court that spoke to the fact that for some, the wait wasn’t one of minutes or hours, but of a lifetime.Read full article >>

#MarriageEquality: How artists span the spectrum of jubilation and triumph

We’re flying rainbow banners in celebration of Supreme Court’s decision on #MarriageEquality. #LoveWins SOCIAL MOVEMENTS have symbols quite as readily adaptable to all manner of visual expression. The rainbow...Show More Summary

Cruise lines: Now you can set sail with top comic-strip and political cartoonists

SOMETIMES, the circle format of the comic “Family Circus” is likened to a porthole, through which the reader can gain a window into the cartoonist’s world.Well, come this winter, in real life and time, you can access a dozen such portholes. Twelve top-flight cartoonists are taking to the Caribbean seas in January, and inviting you to come along.Read full article >>

‘Emanuel Nine': Mourning the Charleston victims, one line at a time

TODAY, we begin to bury our dead, as we bow our heads for nine lives spanning young and old, who are bound by tragedy but also united in their faith, as well as in our deep and collective national grief.Read full article >>

Stars and Bars and Cartoons: High-flying reactions to this Confederate Flag flap

IN THE DEAD-EYED face of pure evil, in the madness of slaughter, there are a million helpless feelings that ultimately compel us to rise above the resignation. As so we, the people, including our president and senators, focus on whatever tangible thing — anything — we might hope to change. Show More Summary

‘We Are Robin': Lee Bermejo injects old tropes with youth serum

LEE BERMEJO has never been a big fan of the teenage sidekick — a concept he considers a bit outdated.Youth movements, though, are a different matter. And that is what Bermejo, as writer (and cover artist), is crafting with DC Comics’ new We Are Robin series, which debuts Wednesday.Read full article >>

This Just In: And your new big-screen Spider-Man is…Tom Holland.

For the first time, Marvel Studios has had a say in casting its big-screen Peter Parker. And the newest webslinger in the longtime Sony franchise is…Tom Holland. Come on down, young man, and welcome to stardom!Read full article >>

Sketchbook: After Charleston tragedy, a time to fly the flag of unity

IT IS the kind of horror that induces shock and sends shockwaves far and wide. But first, as Charleston mourns its dead, it is a wound of community.Which means this is a time for unity.South Carolinians have to ask themselves: Why fly...Show More Summary

What it means for Miles Morales to become a ‘real’-universe Spider-Man

AMID ALL the celebrating by comic-book fans over the success of Miles Morales — the half-black, half-Puerto Rican Spider-Man — there has been a glaring omission.Yes, Miles, donning his cool, black-and-red suit, is a Spider-Man who wears the role well. Show More Summary

From ‘Avatar’ to ‘Yojimbo': Dark Horse lands, at last, on comiXology

THE ROAD to “Hellboy” is now paved with good inventions.Yes, if you’re a fan of Mike Mignola, or Frank Miller, or Stan Sakai, your options to read on digital devices just opened up greatly.The acclaimed independent publisher Dark Horse Comics announces today that it has struck a deal to make 800 of its titles available digitally via comiXology.Read full article >>

‘With great power': How Supreme Court went fanboy-ish today in ruling for Marvel

TODAY, a onetime patent holder on a Spider-Man “web-shooting” toy apparently reached the legal end of his line.The Supreme Court this morning ruled in favor of Marvel Entertainment over an expiration on patent royalties, and in doing...Show More Summary

‘Inside Out’ ($91M) is biggest-opening original film ever; ‘Jurassic World’ still tops

EVEN BEFORE this year’s “Star Wars” movie hits theaters, other films that have George Lucas in their DNA are dominating the box office, leaving records shattered in their large wake.“Jurassic World” and “Inside Out” thundered through...Show More Summary

Essay: How Pixar enchants us, and moves us, with close-up emotional magic

All Pixar movies suck.No, that’s putting it too mildly. Let me, in the true spirit of Pixar, take another crack at that:Arguably no film studio in the world expends so much energy actively trying to fail. And succeeding at it. Time after...Show More Summary

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