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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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RIP Jack Davis, legendary sports cartoonist and MAD magazine artist

FOR DECADE upon decade, if you wanted to become a devoted sports cartoonist, as I did, you had to reckon with the talent of one man. When making the stations of the crosshatch, you had to understand the visual vocabulary of Jack Davis. Davis, who died Wednesday at age 91, received formal art training, yet he also […]

These are the Richard Thompson masterpieces we’ll most remember him by

EVERY FAN seems to has a separate entry point into the varied, decades-long career of Richard Thompson, the cartoon genius who died Wednesday at age 58. Some readers cite their favorite Alice Otterloop observation or Petey Otterloop flight of imagination from his syndicated strip, “Cul de Sac.” Others describe a highly specific moment of Washington life […]

The best cartoons making fun of Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Convention

THE BEATLES’ “Hack in the U.S.S.R.” “Vlad to the Bone / Putin’ on the Ritz (medley)” “Debbie in a Blue Dress” So many songs, it seems, could have made the Democratic Convention playlist so far to aptly reflect the headlines and headliners of the week in Philly. “He Ain’t Heavy (He’s My Bernie)” “Michelle (Her […]

Richard Thompson, acclaimed ‘Cul de Sac’ creator and Post contributor, dies at 58

RICHARD THOMPSON, the “Cul de Sac” cartoonist who is widely considered one of the greatest comic-strip creators and illustrators of his generation, died Wednesday in Northern Virginia, family friends confirm. He was 58. Thompson, who...Show More Summary

Angry about the election? Political coloring books can soothe your soul

WHETHER YOU’RE a Hillary fan, a Trumpeteer or a Bernie Bro, this month’s national political conventions can leave you fired up, riled up or awfully agitated. So how to unwind before all the red-and-white rhetoric has you turning blue? Well, as we’ve been hearing for a few years, the adult coloring book is the best-selling way […]

‘Headlander’ review: An interesting combination of boisterously odd and chill

Headlander Developed by: Double Fine Productions Published by: Adult Swim Games Available on: PC, PlayStation 4 Every so often a game comes along that reminds me of how boisterously odd the medium can be. Actually, boisterously odd could describe the house style of Double Fine Productions, the makers of the cult classic “Psychonauts,” which is […]

Here is the secret to effectively skewering Hillary Clinton

HOW DOES one lampoon Hillary Clinton? Ask nine of the nation’s top political cartoonists, and they reference a couple of noted historic leaders from across recent centuries. Specifically, Napoleon and Nixon. Last week, The Post’s Comic Riffs asked satirists about their trade secrets for skewering GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, and the incisive replies included nods […]

Who won Comic-Con: Marvel or DC?

MARVEL invited Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel and the Black Panther to the party. DC Entertainment, meanwhile, made sure that Wonder Woman and the Justice League, as well as the Suicide Squad, were on hand for this San Diego shindig. Comic-Con concluded over the weekend, with the Hall H throngs being treated to the big Hollywood […]

‘Star Trek Beyond’ ($59M), enduring a domestic dip, will now rely on global audiences to engage

FIFTY YEARS ago, the bridge of the starship Enterprise was written and cast to suggest a multinational diversity as wide-ranging as the United Nations. Now, the newest Star Trek film will need to navigate deftly toward such multinational appeal, especially needing to engage audiences in such large markets as Asia and Latin America. That’s because […]

Greg Grunberg’s son had a dream. Now it’s a high-flying graphic-novel series and Paramount project

GREG GRUNBERG is utterly in his element at San Diego’s Comic-Con, perhaps because he embodies so many facets of America’s big daddy of pop-culture festivals itself. Grunberg is best known as an actor, from such shows as “Heroes” and “Felicity” to his current double duty in Hollywood’s big-two space franchises, Star Trek and Star Wars. His […]

Comic-Con: Marvel’s big night spotlights ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Black Panther’

Not to be outdone by a spectacular display from DC Comics, Marvel left Hall H buzzing on Saturday night — unfurling the studio’s new trailer for this fall’s “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and announcing that the Oscar-winning Brie Larson has been cast as Captain Marvel. And because these big announcements are rolled out with […]

Comic-Con: DC dazzles with Hall H footage of ‘Justice League, ‘ Wonder Woman’ and ‘Suicide Squad’

The future of DC Entertainment’s cinematic universe was on full display Saturday during the studio’s Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con. The dark cloud that was this year’s polarizing reaction to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has made way for the light that is DC’s next phase of films. Hall H fans were treated […]

Comic-Con: ‘Overjoyed’ Rep. John Lewis wins ‘the Oscar of comics’ for his civil-rights memoir (+ winners’ list)

SIX DECADES ago, Congress was weighing whether comics were fostering deliquency among America’s young. On Friday night, on the opposite coast, a sitting U.S. congressman was honored for his creative commitment to educating through comics. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was a cartoon-reading teenager when the Comics Code Authority began issuing its protective stamp of […]

‘I Am Setsuna’ review: A JRPG with heart

I Am Setsuna Developed by: Tokyo RPG Factory Published by: Square Enix Available on: PC, PlayStation 4 I can be a little grumpy when I start playing a game. Though I try to keep an open mind when reviewing something that falls outside my usual interests, some games stir me with less enthusiasm than others. […]

Here is the true secret to mocking newly minted nominee Donald Trump

NOW THAT Donald Trump has officially accepted his party’s nomination, one profession in particular has its work cut out for it. Pity America’s cartoonists. Sure, mocking the Donald might seem like gleeful sport to many, but what to do next if you’re a professional? For more than a year now, editorial artists all along the political spectrum […]

Comic Con: Netflix/Marvel entice with ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Iron Fist’ trailers — and confirm ‘Daredevil’s’ return

Some of the first major reveals of Comic Con 2016 come from Marvel’s Netflix universe. “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” brought new trailers to San Diego, showcasing series stars Mike Colter and Finn Jones as Marvel’s indestructible hero and martial-arts expert, respectively. Bring it. #LukeCagehttps://t.co/J04pZrEGPQ — Luke Cage (@LukeCage) July 22, 2016 With a musical […]

The fanboy review: How does ‘Star Trek Beyond’ measure up to the films that boldly went before?

“THING HAVE started to feel a little episodic,” Capt Kirk, as played by Chris Pine, says with a verbal wink in the opening moments of “Star Trek Beyond.” And with that, the latest Trek outing, which opens Friday, doesn’t so much nod to the previous dozen films in the franchise, as it does bow knowingly to the […]

Exclusive: New DeLisle and Trondheim graphic memoirs to be offered in English, via Drawn & Quarterly

SOME CARTOONISTS excel at conveying a profound sense of displacement, when the physical begets the psychological. Two of the best creators around at painting this mental state are the French-language cartoonists Guy DeLisle — whose true-life...Show More Summary

Comic-Con: Eisner nominee Tom King turned five months in Iraq into a Vertigo Comics hit

For Tom King, writing about superheroes in impossible situations comes easy. But sifting through his memories of his time in Iraq and finding a story to tell would prove much more difficult. King, a Washington-area native who most recently had the challenging task of becoming DC Comics’ new Batman writer following Scott Snyder’s popular run, finally […]

Comic-Con: How one of comics’ funniest observational artists says she sees the world

ONE OF the funniest observational artists around hardly sees herself as such. “I’m still surprised when other people think I’m funny,” Lisa Hanawalt, the comics author (“My Dirty Dumb Eyes”) and producer/production designer (Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman”), tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “I just learned to make jokes as a way of moving through the world.” […]

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