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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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‘GOTHAM’ RECAP (Ep. 3): Vigilantes, violence and vengeance! Why, look who popped in.

IT TOOK ONLY three episodes, but Gotham City finally has a vigilante. We can’t get too excited yet. Bruce Wayne has yet to discover the significance of tricep pull-downs, so we know it isn’t the Bat. Instead we get…..Balloonman. Read full article >>

SKETCHBOOK: For Julia Pierson, the Secret Service…or Secret Circus?

BY EARLY in the week, amid the latest revelations of massive security lapses, it became clear that Julie Pierson would be canned as director of the Secret Service — or rather, that she would be granted a “Washington resignation,” which simply means that she falls on her own petard without us seeing who delivered the official final push. Read full article >>

CARTOONS OF THE YEAR: Chicago Tribune’s Scott Stantis reveals own child abuse in powerful, ‘wrenching’ essay [Q+A]

AS SCOTT STANTIS followed the news of recent domestic violence and child abuse cases in the NFL, the anger welled up inside him. The details struck deeply, on a profoundly personal level. Right down to the core of his secret. Read full article >>

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” is challenging, but unabashedly bookish

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Developer: The Astronauts Available on PC $19.99 Rarely while playing video games do my thoughts turn to a poet’s musings, but as I tramped my way through The Vanishing of Ethan Carter — the first game from...Show More Summary

Obama watermelon-toothpaste controversy: Apologetic Boston Herald cartoonist says, ‘I detest’ racist humor

TODAY’S INSTANTLY INFAMOUS “watermelon-flavored toothpaste” Obama cartoon (above) was not only published in the Boston Herald. Jerry Holbert’s shocking commentary was also sent out to his clients by his syndicate, Universal Uclick. But here’s the toothpaste-toon capper, if not the real twist: Read full article >>

Tonight’s Thurber Prize: New Yorker cartoonist LIZA DONNELLY strikes apt chords with ‘Women on Men’ [Q+A]

LIZA DONNELLY, the ever-talented New Yorker cartoonist of several decades, is a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, for her latest insightful collection of cartoons, “Women on Men.” Comic Riffs caught up with DonnellyShow More Summary

The Kirkus! The Thurber! It’s been a ‘banner’ month for women graphic novelists & editorial artists

SCOTT McCLOUD is on the phone, talking about his chapter introductions — demi-essays, really — within the must-read Best American Comics 2014 anthology, which is due out next week. In raving about such talents as Raina Telgemeier, McCloud is really speaking to what he sees as a demi-revolution coming within comics. Read full article >>

‘GOTHAM’ RECAP, ‘Selina Kyle’ (Ep. 2): From cat to fish, the animal instincts come out to play

FOR OUR second visit to Fox’s “Gotham,” we get a deeper look into the growing dark psychological issues of young Bruce Wayne, who is dealing with the fresh shock of seeing his parents murdered. There is also a threat from the city’sShow More Summary

BATMAN’s 75th: Limited Dark Knight stamp to debut at N.Y. Comic Con

Holy philately, Batman! The Dark Knight could be coming to an envelope near you. In yet another event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman, the U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that a collector set of Batman stamps will make its debut Oct. 9 at New York Comic Con (Oct. 9-12), and will go on sale nationally soon after. Read full article >>

THE NEW (FEMALE) THOR: Writer Jason Aaron hammered out the groundwork ahead of this week’s debut [+SNEAK PEEK]

WHEN MARVEL COMICS announced in July that mighty Mjolnir, the mystical hammer of Thor, would soon no longer be wielded by the son of Odin, but rather by a masked mystery woman — thus giving us a new Thor — the news naturally spread quickly. Read full article >>

Marvel, Jack Kirby’s heirs settle legal battle over superhero-character rights

IN 2012, amid the bountiful box office of “The Avengers,” Comic Riffs proposed that the Disney/Marvel mega-force — that Galactus of Hollywood box office — offer a million-dollar thank-you to the man who co-created so many of those characters: Jack Kirby. Read full article >>

BANNED BOOKS WEEK: No ‘Bone’ or ‘Neverwhere’? Here’s why we can’t afford to shelve the debate

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last winter, Comic Riffs wrote an essay (“The Trial Balloon”) on educators tapping the power of graphic novels — a report that was partly inspired by the banning of certain comics in schools. So Comic Riffs especiallyShow More Summary

‘EL DEAFO’: With her first (and so funny) graphic novel, deaf Va. artist CECE BELL hopes her tale will help others

IT IS A STORY Cece Bell knew she wanted to tell, and believed it was something she should share. But it took decades of discovery and experience, and then artistic growth and parenthood, to get to a place where she was ready to put it to paper. Read full article >>

FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN 2014: Google Doodle shows how inspired fall artists use the leaf of paper

. BACK IN MARCH, Eisner-nominated artist Eleanor Davis created a beguiling animated Google Doodle to celebrate the budding Spring Equinox. The watering of the letters in “Google” by a “blob lady” resulted in the blooming Doodle, Davis (“How to be Happy”) told The Post’s Comic Riffs. Read full article >>

‘Gotham’ recap, series debut: Q. Will this Bat-show keep riddling us with riveting questions?

WHAT CAN WE take away from a show that wants to be a part of TV’s current superhero boom, but doesn’t have a superhero? Is young cop Jim Gordon’s rise through a corrupt, sometimes inept police department enough to keep us tuned in week...Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’: 5 Bat Takeaways from the new Fox series

CAN A BATMAN television show without Batman be the small screen’s next superhero hit? This is a golden age for comic-book-inspired television. The success of the CW’s “Arrow” has spawned more shows that leap from the favorite pages of fanboys. Show More Summary

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: O ‘Destiny’—its beauty lies in the eye of the consoler

EDITOR’S NOTE: Starting today, Style will occasionally offers video-game reviews. Here is the first one, from freelance contributor Christopher Byrd, for the new game DESTINY. DESTINY Reviewed by Christopher Byrd Read full article >...

‘THE VALIANT’: Lemire, Kindt & Rivera thrilled to team on ‘the coolest thing that we could’

THE VALIANT COMICS universe might be experiencing its Big Bang moment. Not that Valiant’s 21st-century modernization of ’90s classics and successful 2012 relaunch doesn’t qualify as a universe-building moment. But with this summer’sShow More Summary

‘BLACK COMICS’: Fresh off milestone Eisner Award, (Howard alumna) scholar goes deep beneath black-and-white of comics page at Fall for the Book [Q&A]

. A QUARTER-CENTURY AGO, the late comics creator and pioneering minority-owned-business leader Dwayne McDuffie wrote a mock proposal for a new comic series, “Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers.” The Marvel memo unfurled a string of sharpShow More Summary

2014 MacARTHUR ‘GENIUS’ GRANTS: For groundbreaking ‘Fun Home’ cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the latest twist in her ‘really crazy’ year

SITTING IN ITALY, basking in the peaceful and rejuvenating world of an artist’s retreat in Umbria, Alison Bechdel was tempted not to acknowledge the call. “I actually didn’t want to pick up the phone,” Bechdel tells The Post’s Comic Riffs this morning from Italy, of the call that came three weeks ago from Chicago. Show More Summary

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