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The government shutdown, as skewered by the first wave of cartoons

FROM IMMIGRATION to spending, the rift remains. “We have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that would be acceptable for both sides,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said late Sunday, as reported by The Washington Post. So the government shutdown enters its third day, affecting federal agencies and hundreds of […]

Bruce Timm is making sure animation still has a say in the world of superhero entertainment

Few understand how much superhero entertainment has changed over the past 25 years quite like animation producer Bruce Timm. In the early 1990s, Timm was a part of the creative team behind “Batman: The Animated Series,” considered by many fans to be the standard in comic book cartoons. It created a generation of followers of the Warner […]

Acclaimed artist Jillian Tamaki reveals her poster for Children’s Book Week 2018

JILLIAN TAMAKI wanted to enchant young viewers with a lasting magic. “I was aiming to make something fun to look at over and over,” says the Caldecott and Printz award-winning cartoonist, “since it’s going to be up for a whole year.” Tamaki is referring to her beguiling new original poster — revealed here for the […]

The rediscovered legacy of Jackie Ormes, the first black woman with a syndicated comic strip

ONE OF the more essential obligations of a hall of fame is to illuminate anew the world-class talents that generations may have forgotten. This week, the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame fulfilled that function brilliantly. That’s because too few fans of American pop culture recognize the name Jackie Ormes. Born more a century ago […]

How Candice Patton got past the controversy and turned Iris West into a groundbreaking role

When actress Candice Patton was cast as Iris West on the CW series “The Flash” back in 2014, she was not sure what she was jumping into. She knew the basics: Iris West was a classic DC Comics character (debuting in Showcase no. 4 back in 1956). She’s one of the most important women in […]

Cartoonists spoof the results of President Trump’s ‘excellent’ health tests

  THE LEAD White House doctor, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, has spoken, and the physician who performed the ultimate “president’s fitness challenge” declared Trump as fit as a fiddle, at least for a Stradivarius his age. Yes, the doc said Tuesday, the president’s “overall health is excellent.” Plus, he scored “exceedingly well” on a cognitive […]

‘I wanted to be a part of it so bad’: ‘Black Lightning’s’ Cress Williams is finally a superhero

Cress Williams began to see his acting career taking off in the early 90s, a time when Hollywood wasn’t taking superhero comic books nearly as seriously as it does today. When that attitude started changing at the turn of the century, and heroes on the big screen and eventually on TV became big business, the […]

A men’s rights activist edited ‘The Last Jedi’ to remove the women. It’s bad.

The following article contains major spoilers for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” as well as the plot (such as it is) of the anti-feminist fan remake.  “Star Wars: The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit” is a divisive film, even within the community of men’s rights activists for whom it was made. Some appreciated the recut, which pares the run time of […]

‘Black Lightning’ strikes with the perfect mix of super-heroics and social responsibility

For those looking for a black superhero to crash the network television party, there was always only one hope: Black Lightning. There exists a small Mount Rushmore of black comic book superheroes to begin with and most have already begun their path in the world of entertainment. There’s Marvel’s Black Panther, who will make his cinematic debut (with Chadwick […]

How Rep. John Lewis’s ‘March’ trilogy found inspiration in a 60-year-old MLK comic book

THROUGHOUT “MARCH,” Rep. John Lewis’s memoir of the civil rights movement, hovers the presence of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. It is King who first reached out to the then-teenage Lewis in the 1950s, and King who spoke on the same dais as Lewis in 1963 Washington, and King who went to Selma to […]

New Yorker cover responds to Trump’s profane remarks by putting him in a literal hole

ON THURSDAY, The Washington Post reported that President Trump, in discussing immigration and DACA, decried protections for immigrants from what he called such “shithole” countries such as Haiti, El Salvador and African nations. By Friday, freelance artist Anthony Russo had turned around, in creative response, the latest New Yorker cover, titled “In the Hole.” The […]

Oscars voting ends today. Will ‘Wonder Woman’ finally break the anti-superhero streak?

BATMAN’S FAILURE a decade ago just might vault his DC teammate Wonder Woman to success today. As the 2018 Oscars nomination balloting concludes Friday, it bears noting that no true superhero film — including 2008’s acclaimed “The Dark Knight” — has ever been nominated for the best picture prize. Yes, despite all the attention paid […]

Here are the best cartoons about the profane and wild week in Washington

THE WILD week in Washington actually began with cameras trained on Hollywood, as some anti-Trumpers watched the Golden Globes and joined the chorus of those calling for an Oprah Winfrey run for president in 2020. Could a former TV reality-show host best be ousted by a former TV talk-show host? Meanwhile, the flames of debate […]

‘Accounting +’ is pure VR fun

Accounting + Developed by: Crows, Crows, Crows & Squanch Games Published by: Crows, Crows, Crows & Squanch Games Available on: PlayStation VR So, I’m standing in the middle of a woodsy-looking area holding a battery that I plucked from a climate- control machine in one hand and, in my other, the receiver of a corded […]

‘Cartoon County’ looks back at when the newspaper comic strip held sway

I REMEMBER it vividly, the first time I heard Bil Keane, the creator of “Family Circus,” that epitome of the midcentury suburban gag comic, crack an insult joke that snapped with honest bite. The event was a National Cartoonist Society awards dinner, and the stately Keane’s relatively acidic wit while emcee made me reevaluate what […]

‘Year One’: Time magazine’s striking new cover literally shows the fire and fury of Trump

IT IS a cover as striking as a matchhead. For the newest cover of Time magazine, the sometime-viral artist Edel Rodriguez has rendered President Trump as the literal “fire and fury” that spawned Michael Wolff’s best-selling book of life inside the Trump White House. Rodriguez’s latest graphic take on Trump calls back to his October […]

DC in D.C.: The stars of ‘Black Lightning’ and other DC projects are coming to Washington

The various worlds of DC Comics, from television to comics to animation, are coming to Washington for a first-of-its-kind event titled “DC in D.C.” — but it’s not just because the two names are the same. The gathering will feature a who’s who of DC bigwigs participating in various panels, including television producer Greg Berlanti, DC […]

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ is no shoo-in for the animation BAFTA against ‘handcrafted’ nominees

ON TUESDAY, the BAFTAs introduced an interesting twist to the debate over the best animation of late. As expected, the “British Oscars” nominated “Coco,” Pixar’s awards-season front-runner that took home the Golden Globe on Sunday as the best animated feature. And in a welcome affirmation, the European film “Loving Vincent,” also a Globe nominee, received […]

How cartoonists are skewering Trump’s ‘stable genius’ and ‘like, really smart’ tweets

THE CALLS are coming from inside the house. Yes, according to Michael Wolff’s book of the moment “Fire and Fury,” it isn’t just politicos outside the White House who are questioning President Trump’s mental stability, intelligence and fitness for the job. The “bomb cyclone” of a national discussion since the book’s release sparked the president’s […]

At the Golden Globes, ‘Coco’ filmmakers point to progress at Pixar since John Lasseter’s leave

AS “COCO” begins to rack up onstage wins this awards season, its filmmakers will surely have to continue to answer sexual harassment questions related to Hollywood’s Time’s Up initiative. The Disney/Pixar film won the Golden Globe for animated feature, as expected, during the Sunday evening broadcast from Beverly Hills. And because the ceremony’s central theme was […]

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