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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs
Filed Under:Entertainment / Comic Books
Posts on Regator:893
Posts / Week:5.7
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

The Riff: Is D.C. (finally) geeky enough to set a cosplay world record Friday?

MILLION MAN March? That we can do, give or take a few hundred-thousand. Million Mom March? Likewise, we can host a head count that turns heads. As well-fitted to such functions as a diplomat’s bespoke suit, Washington does Politically Important Crowd Counts well, especially when, with company coming over in droves, we bring out our finest Mall. Read full article >>

‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer accused of 1999 sexual assault of teen boy

BRYAN SINGER, the director of the forthcoming film “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” is being accused of sexually abusing a male teenager in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hawaii, The Wrap and Variety are reporting. Read full article >>

2014 EISNER AWARDS: From Aydin to Yang, nominees size up this year’s list

FOR TEAM “MARCH,” the journey has come full circle. Last summer, writers Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell debuted their finished graphic memoir “March: Book One” at San Diego Comic-Con. On Tuesday, the Eisner Award...Show More Summary

New report: ‘Bone,’ ‘Captain Underpants’ among ‘most challenged’ books for banning

ACROSS THE nation, numerous adult readers continue to get in a tizzy about their kids’ picture books. In 2013, Jeff Smith’s fantasy/adventure graphic-novel epic “Bone” was among the works that received the most complaints and requests...Show More Summary

2014 PULITZER PRIZES: Charlotte Observer’s Kevin Siers calls his Editorial Cartooning win ‘surreal’

A QUARTER-CENTURY AGO, when he was new to the Charlotte Observer newsroom, Kevin Siers saw veteran political cartoonist Doug Marlette win the Pulitzer. “Everyone was very happy [here] when he won in 1988,” Siers tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “Then, after 26 years, I forgot what that felt like.” Read full article >>

2014 PULITZER PRIZES: ‘Fun Home’s’ Alison Bechdel ‘thrilled’ with theatrical nod

ALISON BECHDEL was delighted with how her life was adapted for the stage. Now, she’s over the moon, too, with today’s Pulitzer jury recognition. “I am thrilled about ‘Fun Home’ being a finalist for the Drama prize,” Bechdel tells The...Show More Summary

BOX OFFICE: In sequel showdown, ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ holds off ‘Rio 2? by a few bills

IN A SHOWDOWN of franchise sequels, the red-white-and-blue Cap held off a male blue macaw. A week after its record-setting April opening, Disney/Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” grossed $41.39-million its second weekend...Show More Summary

COMICS LIT AWARDS: Gene Luen Yang, Ulli Lust among big winners at L.A. Times Book Festival Prizes

TWO TOP graphic novelists came away winners this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Gene Luen Yang’s twin-volume epic “Boxers & Saints” (First Second/Macmillan) won for Young Adult Literature, and Ulli Lust’s life-on-the-edge...Show More Summary

PERCY JULIAN: Google Doodle salutes pioneering chemist as a man utterly in his elements

HAS ANY AMERICAN, professionally and personally, ever more greatly embodied the concept of “better living through chemistry”? Time and again and again and again, Percy Julian — the grandson of slaves and the father of Julian Laboratories Inc. Show More Summary

This just in: Amazon.com reaches deal to buy comiXology

IN DECEMBER OF 2012, comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger told me: “Comics is big enough to be interesting, but not enough for bigger [digital publishing] companies to spend the time to do it right. We’re the only multiplatform provider of this type of material that [gives comics] the care and love they deserve.” Read full article >>

You’re a Good Plan, Charlie Brown: A peek into the meticulous vision for the ‘Peanuts’ feature film in 2015

          (Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios/Peanuts Worldwide) CAN A DRAWN LINE feel so warm and fuzzy that it calms countless anxious onlookers? Because with one peek at Charlie Brown’s new round noggin last month...Show More Summary

Captain America ‘plexes his muscle: ‘Winter Soldier’ sequel sets April record with $96M debut

MARVEL HEROES continue to mint money with each new rollout. This time, it’s Cap who’s back to conquer America, as his sequel “The Winter Soldier” grossed $96.2-million in the weekend North American market, according to studio box-office estimates Sunday — giving it the biggest domestic debut ever in April. Read full article >>

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: One fanboy’s 5-point guide (no spoilers)

“CAPTAIN AMERICA: The Winter Soldier” is a game-changer. Not only is “The Winter Soldier” a superb adaptation of the Marvel Comics storyline of the same name, but it also may just be the best movie Marvel Studios has ever produced. Read full article >>

How the Archie Comics CEO rescued ol’ Riverdale High from being ‘old school’

WHEN ARCHIE COMICS CEO Jonathan Goldwater took a look at the Archie Comics universe that he had inherited from his father, he decided it wasn’t Archie, Betty, Veronica or Jughead that needed a reboot, but rather the town of Riverdale itself. Read full article >>

‘STRIPPED’ Q&A: As new docu tops iTunes, filmmakers wax passionate about their ‘love letter’ to comic strips

DUELING FOR the lead among top documentaries on iTunes this week is Justin Bieber, Lance Armstrong, Mick Jagger’s backup singer and… A bunch of comic-strip cartoonists? Read full article >>

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Harlem Hellfighters’ is a powerfully vivid reminder of WWI valor

IN THE BACK of his new book “The Harlem Hellfighters,” bestselling author Max Brooks notes some of the real history that forms the basis of his riveting graphic novel about an undersung all-black infantry regiment from World War I. There staring back at us across time, among the gallery of true heroes, is Henry Lincoln Johnson. Show More Summary

Agnes Martin: To celebrate the great painter, Google Doodle offers meditative muted beauty

AGNES MARTIN is associated with Minimalist art, but she saw herself as an Abstract Expressionist. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Columbia, yet touted anti-intellectualism and rejected much scientific theory. Read full article >>

Cavna: PEARLS BEFORE ‘NEIN’: Stephan Pastis finds irony in Post nixing strip about word choice…because of word choice.

IN YESTERDAY’S “Pearls Before Swine,”, creator Stephan Pastis used to his characters to engage in a playful dialogue over word choice. In the strip, Rat is talking to Goat about how certain words fall out of favor for more politically correct or gender-neutral terms. Show More Summary

Cavna: BOX OFFICE: ‘Frozen’ is officially your biggest animated film. Ever.

FOR THE twin-princess powerhouse of a film, it really is Disney World. Boosted by opening in its final overseas market of Japan over the weekend, Disney’s “Frozen” has just become the biggest animated film ever. Read full article >>

Cavna: Upon National Kidney Month, cartoonist launches syndicate site fueled by son’s disease

JARRETT OSBORNE, father of Clark Kent Osborne, says he has more than a bit of “a Superman complex.” So when his second son Harrison was born two years ago this month with polycystic kidney disease — on World Kidney Day — the Toronto-based cartoonist and designer felt compelled to leap into action. Read full article >>

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