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The five most fascinating revelations about ‘The Last Jedi’ at Star Wars Celebration

FOUR DECADES ago, a Star Wars presentation to launch a fan base was a tiny session run on the cheap at San Diego’s Comic-Con. Now, ahead of December’s Episode VIII, it can be a four-day blowout in Orlando with every hiccup of a half-rumor documented and dissected by international media. Still, from film to animated […]

Fan-favorite artist Dan Parent is bringing back Archie’s classic look — with a twist

Classic Archie is back with a new style. Archie Comics has gotten a couple of revamps recently, but now a new comic book series will debut this summer featuring the classically cartoony art style Archie fans have known for decades. Fan-favorite Archie artist Dan Parent is returning with “Your Pal Archie,” which will debut in print and digitally on […]

The first ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ trailer reveals Luke Skywalker as reluctant hero

“It’s time for the Jedi to end.” We would expect those words — as uttered at the end of the first trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” that debuted today — from a rogue Kylo Ren. Yet instead they come from Jedi legend Luke Skywalker. Is Luke Skywalker himself indeed the last Jedi? Is […]

Jake Tapper achieves a childhood dream by drawing for the new book ‘MAD About Trump’

  JAKE TAPPER remembers it well, the way certain childhood memories remain as indelible as the deepest India ink. It was the bicentennial year, when he was an impressionable 7-year-old, and staring back at him from a glossy magazine cover was the Fonz, as rendered by the late great MAD artist Jack Rickard. The moment […]

Surgeons re-create New Yorker cover to raise awareness about women in medicine

SOMETIMES AN artist, like a surgeon, triggers a surprise reflex by touching the heart of the matter. When Malika Favre rendered the recent animated cover of the New Yorker’s health issue, she told The Post’s Comic Riffs last month, “I wanted to convey simply the feeling of losing control — the sensation in your body […]

Star Wars puts its heroines in the spotlight in the new ‘Forces of Destiny’ animated series

WHEN J.J. ABRAMS’s “The Force Awakens” debuted in late 2015, the franchise’s new character Rey (Daisy Ridley) couldn’t even score a spot in the Star Wars Monopoly game. What a difference there is in Disney and Hasbro’s planning ahead of this December’s “The Last Jedi.” Hasbro delayed its Rey rollout for Monopoly in 2015 — […]

Sean Spicer: How he’s feeling the full-court press of satire

IT’S BEEN the week of the ramped-up apology. From “the friendly skies” to the less-than-friendly White House press briefings, ill-considered decisions have led to viral video clips sparking international uproar. In the case of press secretary Sean Spicer, he kept digging the hole deeper this week […]

Josh Brolin will star as Cable in ‘Deadpool 2.’ Will he also join an X-Force movie franchise?

There Cable was all this time, hiding in an Avengers movie. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report that actor Josh Brolin has been cast as Cable as production prepares to begin on “Deadpool 2,” which will arrive in theaters in 2018. Artist Rob Liefeld, who co-created Cable and Deadpool, instantly posted his approval […]

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ trailer: Optimus Prime goes rogue

It looks like Optimus Prime will be the Autobots’ biggest foe in “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Paramount released the newest trailer for what will be the fifth toy/cartoon inspired “Transformers” movie, directed by Michael Bay and arriving in theaters June 23. The trailer begins by showing that the Transformers had a knight-like presence in medieval […]

So Trump’s a visual learner? You can send your message to him now with #MyDoodle4Donald

THIS MONTH, we are discovering the degree to which President Trump is a visual learner. Amid the ongoing tragedy in Syria last week, The Washington Post reported that Trump’s team made a request in January: Could the intelligence briefings please be delivered with less verbiage and more visuals? Ramp up the graphics and pictures, in […]

Marvel pulls X-Men comic that had a hidden Koranic message. Says the artist: ‘My career is over.’

Not content with merely saving the world from godlike despots, genetic cleansing and global annihilation, the X-Men have spent the past half-century tackling a large swath of social issues. Iceman, one of the original X-Men, is one of several to come out as gay. One X-Men movie centered on biomedical ethics. And Magneto once said he intends to fight […]

‘Bingo Love’ writer Tee Franklin looks to tell a tale of romance rarely seen in comics

For years, Tee Franklin has been one of the most outspoken voices on social media when it comes to arguing for more diversity in the comic book industry. She created the hashtag #blackcomicsmonth to make comic book fans of color more aware of the diverse comic book characters and superheroes that already exist in the industry, […]

Miami Herald’s Jim Morin wins cartooning Pulitzer for ‘flawless’ art and ‘biting prose’

TWO DECADES after Jim Morin won his first Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, the Miami Herald veteran now has a matching bookend. Morin, who joined the Herald in 1978, was named the winner of the 2017 editorial cartooning Pulitzer on Monday for a portfolio that “delivered sharp perspectives through flawless artistry, biting prose and crisp […]

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ trailer features a gladiatorial fight among Avengers

The God of Thunder’s salon-quality blonde locks have seen better days. Marvel Studios has released the first trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok,” a movie that will see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) go into battle against both friends and foes. The trailer begins as most Thor trailers do, with Thor swinging his hammer Mjolnir toward evil, only this […]

As ‘Boss Baby’ wins a second weekend at the box office, are we reaching peak Baldwin?

HAVE WE reached peak “Boss Baldwin”? The man who honed his satiric con man of a boss during the seven-year run of NBC’s “30 Rock” seems to be omnipresent these days by playing comical honchos. On Saturday, Alec Baldwin reprised his President Trump character and then unveiled his Bill O’Reilly impression on SNL. Then Sunday, […]

Library of Congress’s youth-lit ambassador helps launch April ‘Reading Without Walls’ challenge

THIS MORNING, the Library of Congress and its current Young People’s Literature ambassador, Gene Luen Yang, will formally announce that they are launching a “Reading Without Walls” challenge that will be celebrated every April. UponShow More Summary

‘Everything’ is a stunning game about … everything

Everything Developed by: David O’Reilly Published by: Double Fine Presents & David O’ Reilly Available on: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 There is little distance between the ludicrous and the profound in “Everything,” a game I’ve been recommending to anyone interested in video games as art. Here is a game in which you might tumble a […]

How Jack Ziegler became ‘the godfather’ of The New Yorker’s modern wave of cartoonists

IT’S A MEASURE of how much weight a small ink-wash cartoon can have at The New Yorker that an editor thought a new artist’s style might forever befoul the entire illustrious magazine. It was February of 1974, and young Jack Ziegler had just sold his first drawing to The New Yorker. Yet in the months […]

Can Spider-Man still swing high in future movies without Marvel Studios?

That’s not a headache you’re experiencing. It’s your spidey-sense telling you there’s something afoul with the future of live-action Spider-Man movies. Producer Amy Pascal created quite the spider-buzz when she spoke last week at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and hinted that after the sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in 2019, Sony and Marvel Studios sharing of […]

After five years on Batman, Snyder and Capullo are back with ‘Dark Nights Metal’

Scott Snyder began plotting his Batman reunion with artist Greg Capullo before the fan-favorite pair had even finished their five-year run on “Batman” in 2016. On Sunday, Snyder and Capullo’s reunion became official at Fan Expo Dallas when DC Comics announced “Dark Nights: Metal,” a six-issue mini-series that will debut in August, featuring Batman and many other […]

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