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First look: As ‘Sandman: Overture’ plays its last, Gaiman is eager to share the end of a Dream

NEIL GAIMAN has, at last, arrived at the end of his Sandman beginnings.The sixth and final issue of “The Sandman: Overture,” the bimonthly series from Vertigo Comics that provides an early look at such Sandman characters as MorpheusShow More Summary

‘Hotel Transylvania’s’ Sandler needed a hit. Here’s how he followed the Mike Myers playbook.

IT IS ALMOST as if Lorne Michaels long ago revealed the secret by Hollywood scroll to the “Saturday Night Live” writers’ room of the early ’90s. For the words of wisdom would have read something like this:Read full article >>

Caption this: Papelbon vs. Harper, or: When the Nats season disintegrates into a cartoon

IT HAS ALL the ingredients of an image that won’t readily recede from public memory.It’s Reggie and Billy Martin in the pinstriped ’70s dugout, toe to cleated toe. It’s Dr. J and Bird going gizzard to beak in the ’80s. And it’s even so comically pathetic, it’s almost Homer and Bart in the ’90s.Read full article >>

Gallery: Here are XII eye-catching cartoons from Pope Francis’s American tour

FROM THE MOMENT he touched down on American soil last week, Pope Francis seemed to score emotional touchdown after touchdown, as well.He arrived in Washington, and his humanitarian words left some leaders touched, some perhaps scolded — and reportedly moved John Boehner greatly shortly before he stepped down as House speaker.Read full article >>

Adam Sandler’s ‘Hotel Transylvania 2? ($47.5M), sets record for a September opening

WELCOME TO the “Hotel Transylvania.” To spin the grizzled Eagles tune: You can check it out any time you like — and it’s a franchise we can’t seem to leave.The sequel broke the record of the original film over the weekend, as “HotelShow More Summary

Baltimore Comic-Con 2015: The Harvey Awards salute Eisner and celebrate ‘Saga’

JULES FEIFFER was 11 when he began reading Will Eisner, and the 1940 debut of “The Spirit,” and his passion for the newspaper adventure strip was further stoked. He recounted that turning point in his life yesterday, as he and I talked...Show More Summary

Baltimore Comic-Con: Year later, ‘Fifth Beatle’ creator returns to Harveys with Simon Cowell deal

A YEAR AGO, Vivek Tiwary was awed just to be sharing a room with comics stars, during his whirlwind year with his passion project. He had followed his heart in creating a graphic memoir about the manager of the Beatles, and now here he was, at Baltimore Comic-Con’s Harvey Awards, picking up bookend trophies. Show More Summary

First Look: Hayley Atwell’s ‘Agent Carter’ packs bags, and heat, for a second-season L.A. move

IT’S NOT exactly West Coast Avengers, but close enough.ABC and Marvel have released a new picture of Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter — in which Carter and the gang will be heading west to Los Angeles for the miniseries’ second season, set to debut next year.Read full article >>

Dark Circle writers ‘couldn’t be prouder’ of their new Shield: Powerful woman, top patriot.

DURING THE development process to create a wave of fresh heroes for Archie Comics’ Dark Circle imprint, editor Alex Segura reached out to writers Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig and asked them for a new take on a classic American hero. Show More Summary

Sketchbook: From creativity to diversity, a line-by-line reflection on Small Press Expo 2015

SMALL PRESS EXPO offers a wealth of creativity in a single efficient weekend. So much so that SPX executive director Warren Bernard, to provide a guilt-leavening metric, has boiled down the range of enrichment to a single speed-dating...Show More Summary

‘SOMA:’ An existential horror game

SOMA Developed by: Frictional Games Published by: Frictional Games Available on: PC, PlayStation 4Many know the tale of Rip Van Winkle, the American colonialist who fell asleep for a couple of decades and awoke to a world greatly changed. Show More Summary

Here’s why Marvel Comics is smart to hire Ta-Nehisi Coates to write Black Panther

MARVEL COMICS endures another controversy over diversity, after the publisher announces a series of hip-hop variant covers. Social-media critics cite the lack of creators of color working on Marvel books. And then yet, the House of Ideas pulls a face card — this time, a King — from its sleeve.Read full article >>

CBS’s ‘Supergirl’ turns up the heat vision with a sharp new trailer

SHORTLY AFTER Fox debuted the second-season premiere of “Gotham” on Monday evening, CBS dropped yet another reminder that come next month, superhero fans — chock full of prime-time options — may need a utility belt for their trusty remotes.Read full article >>

Recap: Five reasons to get into Fox’s ‘Gotham’ with tonight’s second-season debut

IN TONIGHT’S season premiere of Fox’s “Gotham,” the Bat-prequel wasted little time setting up major plot points for the coming months.This “Gotham” episode gave us a new king of crime (the Penguin, who won a long battle last season with...Show More Summary

SEE: If Trump and Fiorina lived in the world of ‘Peanuts’

AS PART of a campaign to promote its forthcoming film, the good folks at Team “Peanuts” are sharing a way to personalize the Charles Schulz style.Yes, starting today, you can go to “Peanutize Me” and generate how you would you as a character in Charlie Brown’s world.Read full article >>

Fox’s ‘Gotham’ kicks off historic season, because Batman co-creator gets credit at last

JUSTICE, writer Marc Tyler Nobleman likes to say, has no expiration date.And tonight, Fox’s “Gotham” launches a season in which the Batman-prequel show will soon make history by correcting history — because justice will finally be served.Read full article >>

SPX 2015: Publishers and creators proudly share books they’re debuting at expo

PART OF the lifeblood of Small Press Expo, running this weekend in suburban Washington, is the debut of new books, be they humor, horror, memoir or anthology. And some publishers and creators reliably return for the annual chance to spotlight their books before thousands of expo goers.Read full article >>

Foster-Dimino’s ‘Sex Fantasy’ wins big as women sweep 2015 SPX Ignatz Awards

I JUST want to know, cartoonist C. Spike Trotman joked, how she’s going to get those three bricks through airport security.Trotman, as emcee of the Small Press Expo’s Ignatz Awards ceremony Saturday night, was quickly finding the funny...Show More Summary

Sentenced in Iran, political artist faces a silencing in the U.S., too

ED. NOTE: In June, Comic Riffs launched the #Draw4Atena campaign after Cartoonist Rights Network International and Amnesty International spread word that Iranian political artist Atena Farghadani had just been sentenced to 12-plus years in prison for her visual commentary against her nation’s parliament. Show More Summary

Clocking in: Do the nation’s cartoonists decide to #StandWithAhmed?

IN SPEAKING about a century’s delay in civil rights, the Rev. Martin Luther King once cited “the clock of history.”A half-century later, Ahmed Mohamed, a teenage student in Irving, Texas, has received, courtesy of his school, a first-person lesson in how slowly the hands on that clock of history turn.Read full article >>

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