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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Read This: Gene Luen Yang’s rousing comics speech at the 2014 National Book Festival gala

SOON, IT WILL be on video. For now, it’s absolutely worth reading in print. Over the weekend, the acclaimed author Gene Luen Yang delivered a speech to an esteemed assemblage of National Book Festival gala guests and organizers and sponsors at the Library of Congress. Show More Summary

Comic Riffs’ Michael Cavna to host the National Book Festival’s first-ever Graphic Novel Night (Check this talent lineup)

IN AN OPEN, free Super Session hosted by The Washington Post’s “Comic Riffs” columnist/cartoonist Michael Cavna, such headlining graphic novelists as Jeff Smith and Bryan Lee O’Malley will talk about their art as part of the National Book Festival’s first-ever Graphic Novel Night — at 6 p.m. Show More Summary

Hello Kitty, Goodbye Your Childhood: The reveal that the character’s not a cat leaves us feline glum

THE MAKERS OF Culturally Significant Creations have got some nerve. Now, I gradually accepted the revelation last year when Steve Wilhite, the brains behind the Graphics Interchange Format, informed the world that it was saying the shorthand word wrong. He decreed: “It’s pronounced JIF, not GIF.” Read full article >>

SPX 2014: From alt-weekly to webcomics, Small Press Expo announces programming slate…

. SATURDAY’S PROGRAMMING Alt-Weekly Comics Roundtable (noon-1 p.m.) Until recently the media landscape has been augmented by alternative weekly newspapers. Beginning with the Village Voice in the 1950s and including a wave of papersShow More Summary

INTERVENTION CON 2014: Co-founder Oni Hartstein cultivates D.C. region as geek-rich soil

ONI HARTSTEIN has already succeeded where many Washington-area festival organizers have failed: She has stoked the growth of a cultural convention past the five-year mark. “We are accomplishing exactly what I had hoped — we are empowering...Show More Summary

MICHAEL BROWN CARTOON: How the New York Times turned Matt Bors’ satire into real prescience

BECAUSE CARTOONIST MATT BORS is a cultural critic, journalism often find itself square in his cross-hairs — whether some fellow editorial cartoonists are reflexively drawing the late mogul/Buddhist Steve Jobs at the gates of St. Peter, or a news networks report a massive factual error that ends up personally drawing him into a story. Read full article >>

ALTHEA GIBSON: As U.S. Open begins, Google Doodle salutes pioneer who broke tennis’s ‘color line’ there

HOW FITTING THAT Google is celebrating tennis great Althea Gibson right as the U.S. Open kicks off today, for it was at this tournament that her example began to make all the difference. Today would have been Gibson’s 87th birthday, and Google salutes her with an animated Doodle that deftly reflects her “tall and sinewy” reach and grace at the net. Read full article >>

BOX OFFICE: Tale of 2 comic adaptations: ‘Guardians’ wins again; ‘Sin City 2? opens DOA

A WEEK AGO, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez told Comic Riffs that they hoped enough people would flock to see “Sin City 2? so that a second sequel could be greenlighted. Barring a miracle of a turnaround, the co-directors’ crime-noir franchise just slammed stone cold instead into a red-light district. Read full article >>

Rare Superman book draws record $2.2-million bid: The Long Journey of a Record-Setting Comic

THE “HOLY GRAIL” of comic-book collectibles has just received a record-breaking bid — yet the seller would be none too pleased is that’s as high as the offers climbed. Action Comics No. 1 — better known as the book that essentially launched...Show More Summary

ROBIN WILLIAMS TRIBUTE: All this week, ‘Candorville’s’ Darrin Bell movingly reflects on what the legend meant to us

IN THE IMMEDIATE WAKE of Robin Williams’s reported suicide, struggling to fully absorb the news, I chose the psychological salve that many friends also applied: Read full article >>

Crowd-Funding of the Week: ‘Batkid Begins’ film to celebrate 6-year-old cancer survivor’s globally viral story

“One of his doctors told us that with this disease, they just become like a fighter, you know — they have to be. They fight for life. And so I think he sees the good vs. evil battle in superheroes, and just relates to it.” Read full article >>

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON: Today’s the last day to vote for the 2014 Harvey Awards

A QUICK REMINDER: If you’re a comics-industry pro and you haven’t voted yet, today’s your last chance to cast your ballot for the esteemed Harvey Awards. The awards, hosted by Baltimore Comic-Con, honors top writers and artists in nearly two-dozen categories. Show More Summary

JUST IN: Indian, Palestinian cartoonists win CRNI’s 2014 Courage in Editorial Cartooning award

The Cartoonists Rights Network International has just announced that Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra and Palestinian cartoonist Majda Shaheen are the 2014 winners of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning. Read full article >...

SMALL PRESS EXPO: Here are your nominees for the 2014 SPX Ignatz Awards…

Kim Deitch, Nick Drnaso, Sophie Goldstein and Jason Shiga are among the multiple nominees for the 2014 Ignatz Awards, the Small Press Expo announced Monday. The Ignatz, named for George Herriman’s famed “Krazy Kat” character, honors “excellence in independent comics.” Read full article >>

BOX OFFICE: Comic books rule again, as ‘TMNT’ ($28M) and ‘GOTG’ ($25M) top weekend box office

FILMS SPRUNG from comic books have now won every weekend in August. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” grossed $28.4-million, according to studio estimates Sunday, to top the domestic box office for the second straight week. Final numbers are due Monday. Read full article >>

‘BATMAN: Assault on Arkham’: 5 Takeaways from the new animated adventure

The future of the Warner Bros./DC Comics live-action cinematic universe that will follow “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” might still be a mystery, but when it comes to animated features, DC Comics continues to deliver in the present. Read full article >>

AFTER ROBIN WILLIAMS: D.C. humorist’s thoughts on finding the funny while battling depression

EDITOR’S NOTE: When I first met cartoonist/illustrator and standup comedian Teresa Roberts Logan, I was impressed by her warm humor and blazing-quick wit. When I learned that this Memphis-sprung comedian (HBO, Comedy Central) had worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Carey and Paula Poundstone, it made complete sense. Show More Summary

BILL WATTERSON AUCTION: ‘Pearls Before Swine’ creator cites ‘the power of Bill’ as collaboration art raises nearly $70K for Parkinson’s

WHEN BILL Watterson and Stephan Pastis decided to collaborate on three “secret” comic strips for charity, they didn’t know just how much they might raise for Parkinson’s research. Over the weekend, to their surprise and satisfaction, they got their answer. Show More Summary

BOX OFFICE: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ ($69M) wins weekend; joins ‘Guardians’ to boost August

HOW OFTEN do you see a box-office champ seem to taunt its newcomer challenger within the dialogue of the film itself? Early in Marvel Studio’s smash hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” our outlaw hero Peter Quill (the self-dubbed Star-Lord)...Show More Summary

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