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Filed Under:Entertainment / Comic Books
Posts on Regator:1052
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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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HALLOWEEN WEEKEND READING: Wanna good (graphic) scare? Here are 10 Dark and Spooky Picks for hiding between their covers

WHAT’S BETTER THAN reading the eerily inviting prose of Neil Gaiman’s brilliant “The Graveyard Book”? For the comics fan, that would be turning your jack-o’-lantern light toward P. Craig Russell’s new two-book visual adaptation of the work — the second volume of which landed this month. Read full article >>

HALLOWEEN READING: Bewitching ‘Wytches’ summons some of Scott Snyder’s deepest real-life fears

SCOTT SNYDER is no stranger to fear. The renowned writer of some of the industry’s most talked-about comic books used the Joker to send chills up the spine of Batman and his multitude of sidekicks in the DC Comics Bat-tale “Death ofShow More Summary

MARVEL EVENT: Studio announces Captain Marvel, Black Panther films as part of diverse new slate

TODAY, AS IF in direct response to WB/DC Entertainment’s recently announced film slate, Marvel Studios is dropping the hammer down. The Disney-owned studio unfurled one full-fanboy-alert after another during a “mystery” event Tuesday in Hollywood, as it announced its own slate of forthcoming superhero films. Read full article >>

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Sunset Overdrive is the apocalypse played for kicks

Sunset Overdrive Developer: Insomniac Games Publisher: Microsoft Studios Available on: Xbox One Pop culture has been smitten with apocalyptic fantasies for generations. One needn’t be a cultural theorist to conclude that since the days of “Dr. Show More Summary

JONAS SALK: Google says ‘thanks’ to the heroic polio-vaccine developer with birthday Doodle

WHILE I WAS attending the University of California at San Diego, the singular view beckoned. There, just a block’s walk away, was the Salk Institute, perched like a pearl above the Pacific. There, as if squatting before a runway, you...Show More Summary

‘BATGIRL’: New creative team gives Barbara Gordon a ‘sincerely’ hip makeover

GOTHAM CITY just got a lot more colorful — and a little more hip. Or should we say, hipster? Following the departure of popular writer Gail Simone, DC Comics in recent days introduced writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher and artist Babs Tarr as the new creative team behind Batgirl. Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 6): A new old villain gets their Goat

THIS WEEK’S episode of “Gotham” gives us a killer (the Goat) who seems to have come back from the dead; a look into Bullock’s surprising good-cop past; a make-up session between Jim Gordon and his still-angry fiancee, Barbara; and Montoya’s final push to put Gordon behind bars. Read full article >>

‘AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’: Teaser trailer sets studio record with whopping 35M views in first day

SO MUCH for superhero-film fatigue, at least in 2015. Judging by the tale of this week’s teaser trailer, the appetite is perhaps even higher than anticipated for the Avengers sequel. Read full article >>

‘AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’: Our 6 Takeways from the trailer debut…

THE AGE of Ultron is here. The first trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to the top-grossing superhero movie ever, made a whale of an online debut come midweek — first being leaked, then with Marvel Entertainment offering the official trailer debut. Read full article >>

RIP, BEN BRADLEE: Drawing on my favorite conversation with The Post legend [AN ILLUSTRATED TRIBUTE]

ARTIST’S NOTE: For a tribute to Benjamin C. Bradlee that has sweep or scope or deep-sourcing, you can read such wonderful writers as Robert Kaiser or Martha Sherrill. What follows here, by contrast, is a quirky and humble memory of the legendary Post editor, who died Tuesday evening at age 93. Read full article >>

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Bayonetta 2 is an unhinged masterpiece

Bayonetta 2 Developer: Platinum Games Inc. Publisher: Nintendo Available on: Wii U Ethical considerations have been the source of some of the most interesting discussions about video games in the last few years. Arguments about the role of women — and, to a lesser extent, ethnic minorities — in games have attracted scrutiny. Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 5): From Fish schemes to Penguin dreams, Gotham’s streets are high opera

. THE FIFTH EPISODE of Fox’s “Gotham” provides more clues behind the murders of Bruce Wayne’s parents, and introduces a drug on the streets that has major ties to Batman’s family past and future. Here are Comic Riffs’ Nine Takeaways from the episode: 1. Show More Summary

COMIC CON INDIA: ‘Fifth Beatle’ creator Vivek Tiwary carries message of arts-career dreams to young Hyderabad fans

AS A YOUNG Indian American business student, Vivek J. Tiwary felt the pressure of family expectation. His parents made clear which career paths were deemed acceptable to choose. But Tiwary knew his mind, and his passion, and knew he’d have to blaze his own family trail. Read full article >>

NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS: Roz Chast admits it’s ‘exciting’ to be 1st cartoonist to be nonfiction finalist

EVER SINCE Roz Chast told Comic Riffs several years ago that she was working on a graphic novel about her parents and eldercare, it’s been a joy to follow the journey of her masterful memoir. On Wednesday, the New Yorker cartoonist’s...Show More Summary

THIS JUST IN: WB/DC announces stand-alone Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman films, dates in ambitious 10-picture slate before 2021

WARNER BROS. has just publicly pulled the trigger. As part of what it calls a “massive expansion” of its superhero film slate, the studio has just announced that 2016?s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will kick off a 10-film slate...Show More Summary

‘ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER’: Felipe Smith brings creative muscle to the reborn Spirit of Vengeance

THE TORCH has been passed, but the flame still burns bright for Marvel’s Ghost Rider. Perhaps the blazing spring debut of “All-New Ghost Rider” flew under your fanboy radar with so many other major events happening at Marvel this year...Show More Summary

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: “Alien: Isolation” involves more cowering than killing

Alien: Isolation Developer: The Creative Assembly Publisher: Sega Available on: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One “You look like hell,” a friend of mine said when she visited me on the day I finished “Alien: Isolation.”...Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 4): The Cobblepot Plot: March of the Penguin

THIS WEEK’S EPISODE of Fox’s “Gotham” gives us a mystery involving a contract killer of politicians, deeper drama between Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his fiancee, Barbara (Erin Richards), and the emergence of Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) as criminal mastermind. Read full article >>

SKETCHBOOK: Last Call at the Corcocan: The Art of the Final Hour [A VISUAL NARRATIVE]

ARTIST’S NOTE: Last week, on the final hour of its final day, I headed over to the Corcoran Gallery of Art to get a sense of the turnout, as well as the mood of its rooms. Would the tone feel funereal — would there be a general air of...Show More Summary

‘BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2014?: Guest editor Scott McCloud illuminates the range of modern brilliance in new must-read [Q+A]

SCOTT McCLOUD knows that “best” is an impossible term. He also knows that anything less — “notable”? “eminent”? — is far too great a hedge to sound sexy. And so McCloud, the much-more-than-notable comics scholar (“Understanding Comics”)...Show More Summary

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