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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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‘EXPLODING KITTENS’: It’s now officially the most-backed Kickstarter campaign ever. Here’s how game’s co-creator is dealing with that.

“THE OATMEAL” CREATORMatthew Inman called me a couple of weeks ago about a project he believed in. He had an engaging card game and a pending Kickstarter campaign. He thought it could be big.Turns out, he had no idea just how big.Read full article >>

THE RIFF: So ‘Supergirl’s’ Jimmy Olsen is black. A fanboy weighs what we read into Hollywood’s attempts at superhero-story diversity

AND SOME FOLKS thought that casting a brunette as Supergirl was going to be the planned CBS show’s most controversial casting twist.Well, Mehcad Brooks (“Desperate Housewives,” “True Blood”) has just been cast as Jimmy Olsen, the most well-known photographer in the DC Comics universe.Read full article >>

Angoulême: comiXology ups its presence — and international curated context — for 2015 festival

FOR COMIXOLOGY, the third time could be the most charmed.As it attends its third straight Angoulême International Comics Festival (Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinée) — Europe’s premier “BD” event — the New York-based comiXology...Show More Summary

2015 Angoulême: Bill Watterson’s work goes on display today as grand comics festival kicks off

As Angoulême’s International Comic Art Festival (Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinée) officially kicks off today, one cartoonist will be conspicuously missing. Fortunately, his work will not be.Read full article >>

2015 REUBEN AWARDS: So what’s it like to be caricatured by MAD’s Tom Richmond? (Event speakers talk back.)

AS THE PRESIDENT of the National Cartoonists Society, Tom Richmond could delegate the duty. But really, as many of his art colleagues would tell you, the MAD magazine caricaturist is too gifted not to do it.Read full article >>

NCS REUBEN AWARDS: ‘Family Circus’ ‘ Jeff Keane to receive Silver T-Square Award (‘I will not be asking for a recount’)

IT’S ONE OF the oldest U.S. awards in comics, rich in history and lore, from presidents of the nation to presidents of its professional organization. And now, that award is also all in the family.The National Cartoonists Society hasShow More Summary

‘BATKID BEGINS’: A filmmaker’s crowd-funded journey to Slamdance (and Julia Roberts) — diary of a feel-good ride

DANA NACHMAN had never before been to Park City, to where so many filmmakers make the pilgrimage. But because her passion project focused on how a single good deed can snowball, it seemed fitting that her hurtling journey now led to the deep Utah snow.Read full article >>

‘FANTASTIC FOUR’: Fantastic or doomed? 4 Takeaways from the first (darker) teaser trailer

SIX MONTHS OUT, many superhero fans got just the Thing they wanted.The first teaser trailer for the next “Fantastic Four” movie (due out Aug. 7) landed Tuesday morning. And with the high anticipation over the forthcoming Marvel Studios...Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 13): (Pre-)Batman Returns, plus: Fish and Penguin stir up a sea of trouble

THIS WEEK on Fox’s “Gotham,” a murder inside the GCPD has Gordon looking for a killer cop within the ranks. Fish Mooney must deal with the violent consequences of her revealed betrayal of Carmine Falcone. And Bruce Wayne finally returns after a short (but explained) midseasonabsence.Read full article >>

ROZ CHAST: Eldercare graphic-novel author embraces an audience whose appreciation is as profound as she is

IF THERE IS a downside to many months of being shortlisted and long-honored for award after award, perhaps it is this: People expect you to leave the house.“I just don’t want to go anywhere,” says the ever-wry Roz Chast, the longtime...Show More Summary

‘Pearls Before Swine’: Why Stephan Pastis decided to play ‘inside baseball’ today with the syndication business

IT IS ONE KIND of cheeky to caricature your fellow cartoonists, without fair warning, in your globally syndicated strip. It’s a whole ‘nother level of running-with-scissors (and Sharpies) irreverence to mock in your comic the man who cuts your checks.Read full article >>

On his long road back from Iraq, ‘wounded warrior’ Joe Kashnow finds healing on comedy’s stage [ILLUSTRATED]

DON’T GET him started.Hey, did you hear the one about the soldier who drove over an IED in Iraq?Read full article >>

Tom Tomorrow’s ‘accidental’ alt-press collection is donated to OSU’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

IT WAS AN offhand remark, really. The kind that, so close to Northern California wine country, so rapidly and beautifully bore fruit.“This Modern World” cartoonist Tom Tomorrow (the nom-de-toon of Dan Perkins) was at last year’s convention...Show More Summary

EISNER AWARDS: Buell, Woggon inducted into Hall of Fame; voting open for 4 more inductees

IN 2013, WHEN I served on Comic-Con’s Eisners jury, we short-listed Marjorie “Marge” Henderson Buell, the late creator of “Little Lulu,” for Hall of Fame induction. So although Con voters didn’t select her from our nomination list that year, it’s especially rewarding to see Buell now get the call.Read full article >>

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Scripting a villain? Geoff Johns is basking in the joy of Lex

THERE’S ONLY one person who can save the Justice League from the Amazo virus.This is a job for … Lex Luthor.Read full article >>

SKETCHBOOK: Super Book XLIX in one image…

DID COACH BELICHICK know about those deflated footballs during the AFC championship game? We may never know … unless the Patriots also had their clandestine cameras out of mothballs and running while some equipment underling make sure that pigskin was just a little “softer” than usual.Read full article >>

From ‘Whiplash’ and ‘Glee,’ Melissa Benoist leaps to Supergirl drama for CBS/DC

YET ANOTHER performer has leapt in a single bound or two from “Glee” to DC.Melissa Benoist has been cast as Kara Zor-El — aka Supergirl, daughter of the Danvers — Superman’s most well-known relative (sorry, Ma and Pa Kent).Read full article >>

PADDINGTON: How a Maryland-sprung artist inherited a royal line of work: Rendering the beloved Brit-immigrant bear

THE INTRIGUING DISPATCH arrived about a matter across the Pond, concerning a man in London named Mister Bond. The man who received it had family ties to the Naval Academy, and was a marksman when working in water. This fellow Bond, it seems, might have a job.Read full article >>

REVIEW: As a must-read monument, Rep. John Lewis’s ‘March: Book Two’ illuminates the harrowing crucible of civil-rights heroism [+VIDEO]

“WE CAN NEVER be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.”More than a half-century ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made those words ring out and resonate from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a precise century after the Emancipation Proclamation. Show More Summary

EXCLUSIVE: Milestone Media rises again. Hudlin, Cowan and Dingle will revive company with eye toward characters of color

ED. NOTE: Four years ago next month, comics and animation figure Dwayne McDuffie died suddenly at age 49. “He was at a career peak,” friend and colleague Reggie Hudlin told me at the time. “His life was hitting on all cylinders. … That...Show More Summary

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