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What cartoonists will miss most about drawing ‘scruffy’ Steve Bannon

WE GATHER here today, friends and cartoonists, to mourn the passing of Steve Bannon’s visage as a White House caricature. Pity the poor editorial artist, readers, because with Friday’s news that Bannon is no more as an official adviser to President Trump, the dogged political cartoonist loses one of the most interesting Oval Office faces […]

An eclipse event? Here’s where to look directly for lunar humor

ECLIPSE CARTOONS, unlike the celestial event itself, require no special glasses from NASA. To appreciate the lunacy of a good lunar joke, all you need is the patience not to jump ahead to the punchline first, and the wisdom not to stare directly at the gag until it’s ready to be sprung. In the next […]

Next week’s striking New Yorker cover shows Trump giving airtime to the KKK

THE NEW YORKER has gone after President Trump with withering satire all year, so the magazine wasn’t going to pull any punches after the commander in chief’s “on many sides” rhetoric in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville. “Trump and KKK on the cover of The New Yorker? It has come to that,” New […]

Captain America was punching Nazis in 1941. Here’s why that was so daring.

IF THERE’S one superhero character whose rise might be most tied to the events of World War II, it is Captain America, who emerged from the minds of legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby and sprung forth from an iconic 1941 debut cover, on which Cap smacks Hitler right in the kisser. Captain America is […]

SPX Ignatz Award nominees: Books tackling bigotry top ‘the Spirit Awards of comics’

EMIL FERRIS continues to have a breakthrough year. Her debut graphic novel “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters” has just received three Ignatz Award nominations, Small Press Expo is announcing Thursday. The Chicago-sprung creator’s coming-of-age...Show More Summary

Stan Lee created superheroes who fight hate. Here’s what he has to say after Charlottesville.

MORE THAN a half-century ago, Stan Lee began to help create Marvel characters who responded through allegory to the protests and violence and racial hate he saw playing out on America’s streets. “I always felt the X-Men, in a subtle way, often touched upon the subject of racism and inequality, and I believe that subject […]

How cartoons are mocking the president’s Trump Tower press conference

“I’M NOT putting anybody on a moral plane,” President Trump said Tuesday during his heated news conference from the lobby of Trump Tower, as The Washington Post reported, while speaking to last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville. “There was a group on this side, you can call them the left — you’ve just called them the left […]

Trump’s deleted cartoon dramatically altered the message, says Indianapolis Star creator

ACROSS THE political spectrum, cartoonists ranging from Lisa Benson (on the right) to Clay Jones (on the left) have turned to a “Trump train” as visual metaphor. But it was a doctored version of Gary Varvel‘s presidential locomotive that was retweeted — and then quickly deleted — by President Trump himself Tuesday morning. Nonprofessionals, of […]

Viral ‘Game of Thrones’/Star Wars video is just the fan mash-up we’re looking for

GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE makes even fan mash-up videos better. Because Christie plays both Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Captain Phasma in Disney’s Star Wars films, there is perhaps no one better (armor-)suited to star in a short that combines both fight-happy pop phenomena. YouTube user Omid G. has garnered more than 1.6 […]

How Trump’s moral leadership went AWOL in Charlottesville, according to cartoons

RARE IS the issue that you can get nearly all political cartoonists to agree upon. But an exception, as far back as Bill Mauldin’s heyday, has been Nazis. In the wake of Charlottesville, President Trump has found a way to unite America’s cartoonists. He has even sparked a growing reaction among satirists on foreign shores. President […]

‘Deadpool 2’ stunt rider is killed in on-set crash, Vancouver police say

A stunt rider was killed Monday morning on the set of “Deadpool 2? in Canada, the Vancouver police department said in a statement. The woman, whose name has not been released, died while attempting a motorcycle trick, police said. Local news station CTV Vancouver reported that the woman was carried to an Advanced Life Support […]

One author pored over Trump’s tweets for months. These are the conclusions he drew.

  SHANNON WHEELER has spent much of this year poring over thousands of President Trump’s tweets, and just when he believes he’s lost the ability to be shocked, @realDonaldTrump hits a fresh nerve. “I keep thinking I’ve been inoculated,” says Wheeler, an Oregon-based cartoonist, “but then I read something new that [hits] like an adrenaline […]

DC Comics’ ‘Dark Nights: Metal’ kicks off with an unexpected Vertigo Comics surprise

Editor’s note: This post contains spoilers for the first issue of “Dark Nights: Metal.” When Scott Snyder began plotting the first issue of DC Comics’ “Dark Nights: Metal” more than a year ago, he had a dream scenario. He just wasn’t sure he’d be able to make it happen. At that time, Snyder already knew […]

Wonder Woman, passing $400 million, is now DC’s most dependable movie superhero

As “Wonder Woman” soared past the $400 million mark at the domestic box office recently, DC Comics’ most popular heroine can also take claim to a new title: Warner Bros. top live-action superhero. WB/DC’s first undeniable hit with both fans and critics since Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy (only “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” […]

Google creates a truly epic interactive Doodle to celebrate hip hop’s 44th birthday jam

THE DAWN of hip hop can be traced to a fateful Bronx back-to-school party in August of 1973, so to celebrate the 44th birthday today, Google has teamed with two superstars to provide an epic global interactive jam. Team Google Doodle includes lifelong fans of hip hop spanning from California to Indiana to Louisiana, and […]

Why the Onion’s ‘Kelly’ is the best bad cartoonist in America

NOTE: As the comics industry enters the heart of its book-awards season, Comic Riffs spotlights some of its favorite eligible books with its “Shelfies” column. POLITICAL CARTOONING sometimes gets knocked for overrelying on century-old tropes that can feel spun from spiderwebs. And perhaps no working cartoonist today feels more dusty than Stan Kelly, the intentionally […]

Are the Porgs in the new Star Wars the next Ewoks — or the next Jar Jar Binks?

Can we get Harrison Ford to voice this Porg and give it a little vest? — Charlie Ashby (@CMWAshby) August 9, 2017 ONE OF the more long-lasting battles in Star Wars history is the fight over how far to push “the cute.” Now, with the introduction of the Porgs in December’s “The Last Jedi,” […]

New Disney and Netflix deals are about streaming — but they take cues from box office

ANIMATED FILMS, live-action adaptations of animated classics and superheroes dominate the global box office each year. So it’s no real surprise this week that the burgeoning streaming-service industry is steering hard to attract fans of those films. Show More Summary

‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’: A game with remarkable emotional intensity

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Developed by: Ninja Theory Published by: Ninja Theory Available on: PS4 and PC We’re all prisoners of our minds to some extent, though some of us more so than others. “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” opens with a warning: “This game contains representations of psychosis. People with experience of psychosis as well as professionals […]

How Trump and North Korea are skewered with satire’s ‘fire and fury,’ according to cartoons

“LIFE’S BUT a walking shadow, a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage / And then is heard no more: It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury / Signifying nothing.” — “MacBeth” When President Trump replied Tuesday to the escalating nuclear threat posed […]

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