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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Here are the cartoons Mike Pence drew while in law school

LONG BEFORE he was trying to draw crowds along the campaign trail for the White House, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was trying to draw humor out of the law-school experience. Hitting the books wasn’t so easy, the Republican vice-presidential nominee has acknowledged in interviews. After thoughts of pursuing the priesthood (he reportedly applied to D.C.’s […]

New Google Doodle beautifully salutes the 100th birthday of the National Park Service

IN 2009, I hosted filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan at The Washington Post as they came to explain their passion behind their latest project, the documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” What most stuck with me from that day is their belief that we are not merely customers and consumers of America’s parks; we […]

#CartoonsSoWhite? Disney’s ‘Moana’ points the way forward for actor diversity in animated films

WHEN THE Disney film “Moana” lands this November, it will feel fresh to many moviegoers for an unusual reason: It is a mainstream Hollywood animated film that casts featured voice actors of color who represent the culture being depicted. “Moana” centers on the adventure of a young woman looking for a fabled Pacific island, with demigod […]

Here’s why geek culture is underrepresented in this century’s ‘100 greatest films’

WE HAVE blockbuster geek-culture films and we have high-art films. But in this millennium, amid modern market forces, can the twain ever really meet? Especially if the name emblazoned on the director’s chair does not read “Nolan”? BBC Culture has just released its list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century, based on the […]

Trump magazine was one of America’s funniest publications. Why did it disappear?

LONG AGO, a Trump magazine was born as an emblem of American greatness. It was glorious. It was glossy. And it had absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump. No, Trump the high-energy Republican nominee was still a 10-year-old Queens lad in short pants when Trump the high-quality periodical was launched 60 years ago this January. […]

He came to D.C. from Nigeria — and created his own African comic-book universe

Roye Okupe didn’t read comic books growing up in Lagos, Nigeria. Comic book shops weren’t around. Instead, Okupe was introduced to superheroes through Saturday morning cartoons such as “Transformers” and “X-Men.” So when he set out to create his own Nigerian superhero, he thought animation was the way to go. That idea led Okupe on a journey that culminated in […]

The art of deception, as inspired by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

BACK IN the mid-Aughts, as the American government was signaling that it hadn’t yet been able to locate the oft-invoked Weapons of Mass Destruction, the comedian Lewis Black began to incorporate a question into his standup act. “Why did they stop lying now?!” Black asked of our elected officials, in a fit of pique. “I […]

‘I’ve had a good life': Donna Wold, the ex-flame who inspired the Little Red-Haired Girl in ‘Peanuts,’ dies

LAST SUMMER, day after day, I called the Little Red-Haired Girl. And night after night, I wondered whether I would ever actually get to talk with her. The Little Red-Haired Girl — actually, the real woman who inspired the iconic “Peanuts” character — was Donna Johnson Wold. And she proved as elusive as Charlie Brown’s […]

Hugo Awards for science fiction: Netflix’s ‘Jessica Jones,’ Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman: Overture’ win big

“THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE,” which Comic Riffs lauded as one of the best graphic novels of last year, was a big winner over the weekend at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon II, in Kansas City. DC/Vertigo’s “Sandman: Overture,” written by Neil Gaiman, won the esteemed Hugo Award for best graphic story. Gaiman thanked the […]

The biggest winners and losers of the summer movie season, from superheroic box office to creature sequels

NOW THAT the Dog Days of Summer have given way to the “War Dogs” of the August gloaming, the movie season’s winners and losers have come into sharper focus. WB/DC’s “Suicide Squad” reigned over North America for the third straight weekend, with a $20.7 million take, according to studio estimates Sunday. And Sony’s “Sausage Party” […]

Rio sketchbook: How do you solve a problem like Ryan Lochte?

HOW DO you solve a problem like Ryan Lochte? No, not the problem of Lochte and his junior cohorts as international incident. And not the ugly aftermath of the new poster child (not certainly not “poster kid”) for the standard Ugly American. The puzzler is: How do you solve the slippery issue of trying to […]

Forget what anyone says: Zendaya would be a perfect Mary Jane in the ‘Spider-Man’ movie

Zendaya may be swinging from webs in the near future. If the rumor first reported by Heroic Hollywood founder and current The Wrap reporter Umberto Gonzalez is true, the singer and Disney Channel star won’t be just any supporting character when she appears in Marvel Studios/Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” next summer. Show More Summary

Inside the stop-motion magic of ‘Kubo,’ which looks like a lock for an Oscar nod

  IF THE new film “Kubo and the the Two Strings” receives an Academy Award nomination — and I believe it likely will — there is one scene that will be one of the main reasons. It is early in the film, when Kubo is being established as a boy artist whose origami animals seem to come […]

The rise of Travis Knight, the son of Nike’s founder who built an animation powerhouse

EARLY IN life, Travis Knight received two especially treasured gifts from his parents. One came to him, and the other required traveling far. When she was pregnant with Travis, Knight’s mother, Penny — a lover of epic fantasy adventure — would read “Lord of the Rings.” Knight believes that imbued him with a love of […]

Small Press Expo: Clowes, Tomine and Walden among leading 2016 SPX Ignatz Award nominees

OUTSTANDING ARTIST finalists Daniel Clowes, Kevin Huizenga, Noah Van Sciver and Tillie Walden are all multiple nominees for the 2016 Ignatz Awards, the Small Press Expo is announcing today. Other multiple nominees include Adrian Tomine, Simon Hanselmann, Kim Deitch and Carolyn Nowak. Here is the full list of nominees for the 2016 Ignatz Awards, which will […]

The one superhero who can fix DC Comics’s movies

The returning road to superhero movie glory for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment has been quite the bumpy ride on a path that should have been smooth. Three movies into their attempt to build a connected live-action movie universe with some of the world’s most recognizable superheroes, a disturbing template is emerging. First there’s a fantastic […]

What I learned about comic writing from Larry Wilmore

ABOUT A decade ago, as I began to explore the addition of entertainment blogging for The Post, it wasn’t long before I was sure that the life of a blogger by night (and “professional Wikipedia fact-checker” by day) would be premium fodder for an online comic strip. And so I launched into it. Blind. I […]

The black superhero that Baltimore needs right now

Despite a universe full of heroes with the proportionate strength of spiders, indestructible vibranium shields and reality-altering infinity gems, Marvel Comics has always had a way of letting the real world flow into the pages of its comic books. When social media began giving a voice to comic-book fans of color who were once voiceless, […]

Henry Cavill teases Superman’s return from the dead on Instagram

Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” yet. The cinematic Superman is back from the dead. Kind of. Actor Henry Cavill posted a surprising close-up shot on Instagram of what appeared to be the all-black Kryptonian suit he will wear when he returns to life after falling at the hands of […]

From Trump to Clinton to Russia: These political cartoons go for the Olympic gold

WHEN THE Olympic dash and four-by relays are in season, so is the journalistic sprint of mash-ups by metaphor. Come on in — the pool of ideas is just fine. During a marathon of an electoral season, cartoonists the world over are quick to seize on new forms of creative fuel to stoke their work. […]

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