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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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‘A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING’: On Charles Schulz’s birthday, here are 7 Things You Don’t Know About tonight’s holiday ‘Peanuts’ specials

TONIGHT, fittingly on the anniversary of creator Charles Schulz’s birth (he would have been 92), ABC is serving a traditional double helping of “Peanuts” fare. To celebrate Turkey Day, the network is airing the Emmy-winning 1973 special “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” at 8 p.m. Show More Summary

‘THE ART OF RICHARD THOMPSON’: How a team of friends brought strengths to ‘a long-overdue tribute’

One in a series. IT WAS A BALMY afternoon in June, and all around the kitchen table, Richard Thompson, as he so often does, had the power to bring people together. In the dappled brightness of his Arlington home, the man in the wheelchair hunched over his tablet that gave off light, but it was Richard that radiated warmth. Read full article >>

SKETCHBOOK: ’2014 Justice Blues,’ or: Where protest voices past and present meet

TUESDAY NIGHT brought an intriguing double bill to the very seat of Washington power. Set to play DAR Constitution Hall was Bob Dylan, the rock icon who got born out of socially conscious folk songs, helped birth an electrified ’60sShow More Summary

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 10): Contract time: Looking for Lovecraftian turns — all sealed with a kiss

Monday’s midseason finale of Fox’s “Gotham” gives us Bruce Wayne’s first serious scare since the killing of his parents, a closer look into the underground world of Selina Kyle and a new assignment for Detective Gordon. Here is Comic Riffs’ Bat-recap: Read full article >>

Assassin’s Creed: Unity is a game that can barely hold itself together

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC Few games obsess about history as much as “Assassin’s Creed.” Originally released in 2007 with a storyline involving a conspiratorial...Show More Summary

BENEATH THE COVERS: The real story behind The New Yorker’s Thanksgiving/Redskins cover ['So arrogant and clueless' a mascot 'that it lends itself to some kind of exposure']

ED. NOTE: As a former syndicated sports editorial cartoonist for more than a decade, I was particularly struck by the front of this week’s The New Yorker, and caught up with the artist and the magazine’s art director to go beneath the cover. — M.C. Read full article >>

MUTTS ADO ABOUT ‘NOTHING’: Patrick McDonnell gives the gift of warmth in wonderful ‘Mutts’ musical’s Kennedy Center world premiere

TWO OF THE GREATEST gifts a cartoonist can possess are timing, and the power of enormous noticing — an ear for the “when” and an eye for “what’s that?” So it is professionally reflexive when Patrick McDonnell tunes in to those gifts and quickly, like a conductor raising a baton for some perfect harmonic convergence, raises a finger pointing skyward. Read full article >>

BEST OF 2014: Comic Riffs’ Top 10 graphic novels and superhero comics

ED. NOTE: As Comic Riffs has discussed with most every recent editor of the Best American Comics anthologies, culling even a single judge’s favorites from a year down to just 10 picks is a bit of a fool’s errand — but one motivated by a fan’s passion. Show More Summary

CAPTAIN MARVEL: ‘Everything about her wants to go up’ — writer Kelly Sue DeConnick soars with the superhero.

MARVEL COMICS fans who are wondering about the direction of Captain Marvel — after a major announcement about the character — need only look towards the stars. Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer of multiple volumes of the adventures of Carol...Show More Summary

THE ‘NEW’ WONDER WOMAN: As husband-wife creative team, Finches aim to focus on DC icon’s ‘strength of character’

THE NEXT PHASE of Wonder Woman’s “New 52? era begins now. The husband-and-wife creative duo of writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch are tasked with taking one of DC Comics’ most important titles in a new direction. This transition...Show More Summary

BOX OFFICE: ‘Big Hero 6? helps power Disney past $4-billion mark for second straight year

FIVE YEARS AGO, Disney paid $4-billion for Marvel and most of its characters. Now, yet again, that buy has paid huge dividends, as Disney has just topped the $4-billion mark in global box office for the second straight year. Read full article >>

New ‘Tyranny of Silence’ book: Danish ‘Cartoon Crisis’ editor weighs what he’d change — and what he would not

EDITOR’S NOTE: One of the more ignorant things I occasionally hear people say in my line of work is that a certain artwork is “just a cartoon.” If they had any understanding of the hot thunderclap power of a single image upon the brain’s...Show More Summary

The Beagle Has Landed: Why today’s 1st full ‘Peanuts’ trailer is a high-flying marvel

TO BE BLUNT, I, like numerous “Peanuts” fans I’ve talked to, had two looming concerns about a new 3-D feature film based on Charles Schulz’s beloved American treasure of a comic strip. And both apprehensions had everything to do with warmth. Read full article >>

JUST HOURS (AND DOLLARS) TO GO: California teen aims to crowd-fund her class trip to D.C. through comics

THIS MUCH IS CLEAR: Jemima Jagger-Wells, a Northern California eighth-grader with an artistic eye, is smarter than I was at her age. Like Jemima, I was once a Bay Area-sprung middle-schooler trying to figure out how to fund my cross-coastal class trip to the nation’s capital. Show More Summary

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Dragon Age: Inquisition, an engaging and contemporary-minded quest

Dragon Age: Inquisition Developer: BioWare Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc. Available on: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One If role-playing games are the marathons of digital interactive entertainment, the runner’s high I got from “Dragon Age: Inquisition” didn’t kick in until somewhere north of the 60-hour mark. Show More Summary

THIS JUST IN: ‘The Art of Richard Thompson’: Filmmakers behind new documentary short deftly capture ‘the cartoonist’s cartoonist’ [Q&A]

AS WITH so many things in Richard Thompson’s life, it largely started with a cartoon. Andy Hemmendinger was a Northern Virginia neighbor of Thompson’s, and because the “Cul de Sac” creator likes to draw so organically from his suburban surroundings, one day the artist decided to spin off of Hemmendinger’s name in a cartoon. Read full article >>

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 9): Heads-up! From Wayne Manor to Harvey Dent, double trouble abounds

THE ONLY THING that could have added more oomph to this week’s episode of Fox’s “Gotham” is if it were an episode number evenly divisible by the number 2. Alas, it is not (it’s the ninth episode), but we are treated to our first look...Show More Summary

‘THE WIZARD OF ID’ TURNS 50: Here and on the comics page, cartoonists celebrate the Hart/Parker strip’s golden anniversary

FOR A HALF-CENTURY, it’s been good to be the King. The titular magician and the chicken-hearted chief knight and even the pickled jester haven’t had it so bad, either, freshly supplied as they are with pithy punch lines that can be served up as dark as mead. Read full article >>

What’s black, purple and Blu-ray? Now, the classic ‘Batman’ TV series, star Adam West tells us

Holy high-definition! A Batman of yore is finally getting the high-res, 1080p-treatment, as the 1966 version of the Caped Crusader is really ready for his close-up. Fans of the classic TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward can put...Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 8): The First Rule of Fight Club: Don’t talk about secrets with the Penguin

THIS WEEK on Fox’s “Gotham,” Bruce Wayne throws his first punch, Jim Gordon starts getting some much-needed (and -earned) respect in the GCPD — and the economy in Gotham is so bad, people are joining an office “fight club” to land a job. Read full article >>

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