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Of Trudeau and Hebdo: How 15 top cartoonists really feel about satirical ‘red lines’

IN 2011, I ran two photos of the French cartoonist Charb, to illustrate a Comic Riffs column that had this lede: “Satirist dies in retaliatory religious violence.”That opening line was then explained in the second paragraph: “It’s a headline I hope never to see, of course — yet I grow increasingly concerned I might.”Read full article >>

‘Doonesbury’s’ Garry Trudeau on free speech, responsible satire and Charlie Hebdo

ED. NOTE:In February, Comic Riffs reported that “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau was being announced as the first cartoonist to receive the George Polk career award. Last Friday, in picking up that award, Trudeau gave an acceptance...Show More Summary

155th anniversary of Pony Express: The art of a letter-perfect Google Doodle game

SADDLE UP and surrender those work hours — it’s time to horse around.To celebrate the 155th anniversary of the Pony Express today, Google has created an interactive video-game “Doodle” that’s now running (and running) on the search engine’s home page.Read full article >>

‘Gotham’ TV recap (Ep. 19): Cat’s gotta scratch, and Fish gotta fly

AFTER A LONG BREAK, Fox’s “Gotham” returned tonight with four episodes left in its successful first season. And Monday’s episode set up a bad-guy showdown between Gordon and a serial killer; put Fish Mooney on a path toward her possible “Gotham” exit; and saw Bruce and Selina share the first of many assumed dark secrets.Read full article >>

‘Persepolis,’ ‘Saga’ and ‘Drama’ among ‘Most Challenged’ books in U.S. libraries

THIS IS National Library Week, which means that once again, it’s time — through knotted fingers — to peek at this year’s new Top 10 List of Frequently Challenged Books, as released by the American Library Association in its just-published State of America’s Libraries report.Read full article >>

Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man': Our 4 takeaways from the tiny clues in today’s debut trailer

TODAY, MARVEL unveiled its biggest — and smallest — look yet at what the studio hopes can be its newest film franchise.Marvel won last summer with a talking raccoon, so how much smaller could its movie superheroes get? Bring on the bug-sized crimefighter, who comes to the screen in July after changes in the director’s chair.Read full article >>

Wonder Woman: South African writer wants to help empower young girls of color

BECAUSE OF her nation, writer Lauren Beukes’s journey to Wonder Woman was highly unlikely. Yet because of her mother, Buekes’s path to Diana Prince seems designed to defy all borders.“It was hard to get hold of American comics growing...Show More Summary

Ranking the Reveals: The top superhero news from the week that was

AS DC COMICS said farewell to its storied Broadway home, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige confirmed details about the next big-screen Spidey/Peter Parker, it was an especially busy week for all things superhero comics. And unfurling at a particularly quick clip this week were the “reveals” big and small — from new costumes to cast shots.Read full article >>

‘They Shoot Black People, Don’t They?': Keith Knight’s tragically timeless comics [Q&A]

ANOTHER VIDEO. Another black man slain or beaten — before our eyes — at the hands of police.Keith Knight has been drawing insightful cartoons about police brutality in America since the ’90s, when it was video of the Rodney King beating that put LAPD officers in the stark national spotlight. Show More Summary

Marvel’s ‘Daredevil': What drew Cox, Dawson and DeKnight to Netflix’s gritty new series

WHEN IT was announced more than a year ago that Marvel Television and Netflix were collaborating to create a new pocket of the live-action Marvel universe, with Daredevil leading the way for the project, one fan who particularly rejoiced was Steven DeKnight.Read full article >>

Ben Affleck vs. Charlie Cox: Who’s the better Daredevil?

AS THE celebrity gossip mags like to inquire: Who wore it best? But in this case, we don’t just mean the Daredevil costume. We mean the Daredevil role.Some will binge-watch Netflix’s “Daredevil” after midnight tonight and believe that British actor Charlie Cox now owns the role of Matt Murdock. Show More Summary

‘Daredevil': Ahead of show’s debut, Netflix reveals the red suit

The real journey to becoming a hero starts here. #Daredevil #Spoiler control of the social-media moment.Read full article >>

It took 1,296 Rubik’s cubes to animate this video about robot love

If you think solving just one Rubik’s cube requires zen-like patience, then the prospect of manipulating more than a thousand tiny cubes probably sounds as feasible as escaping an M.C. Escher painting. Read full article >>

#DrawWoodstock: Fine-feathered cartoonist friends line up for Draw a Bird Day

WEDNESDAY brought out a certain nesting instinct among many “Peanuts” fans.Today was officially Draw a Bird Day, and so Steve Martino, the director of the forthcoming “The Peanuts Movie,” urged fans of Charles Schulz’s beloved comic feature to try their hand at rendering Woodstock with a video:Read full article >>

“AdVenture Capitalist:” An addictive game about the irony of addiction to money

AdVenture CapitalistDeveloped by: Hyper Hippo Productions Published by: Hyper Hippo Productions Available on: PC, iOS, Android“AdVenture Capitalist” is a satire about money, a free-to-play game that lampoons economies of scale by asking its players to build a financial empire from a single lemonade stand. Show More Summary

“AdVenture Capitalism:” An addictive game about the irony of addiction to money

AdVenture CapitalismDeveloped by: Hyper Hippo Productions Published by: Hyper Hippo Productions Available on: PC, iOS, Android“AdVenture Capitalism” is a satire about money, a free-to-play game that lampoons economies of scale by asking its players to build a financial empire from a single lemonade stand. Show More Summary

‘Mutts’: Patrick McDonnell ‘grateful’ for ‘Gift of Nothing’s’ new Helen Hayes Award

AS I SAT in the Kennedy Center’s family theater last November, watching the first matinee of “The Gift of Nothing,” I knew this new musical was something special. If I hadn’t known from the warm wit and charming performances, then I could have readily detected this truth by the sound alone.Read full article >>

‘Daredevil’: Marvel/Netflix’s kickoff series is a creative bull’s-eye

ED. NOTE: This review kicks off Daredevil Week at Comic Riffs.ONCE MARVEL again had the rights, the studio was determined to do it right.Read full article >>

‘Furious 7?: Is Paul Walker’s work the most striking ‘animated’ performance ever?

THE “FAST AND FURIOUS” franchise has always been quick off the line. But now, in terms of digitally fleshing out a performance, the latest installment does more than perhaps any blockbuster before to blur that line.Read full article...

Sketchbook: TV legend Norman Lear spotlights our saving grace that is the Arts

ARTIST’S NOTE: Each year, an influential figure delivers a lecture on the social policy and powers of the arts, as presented by Americans for the Arts. And last week, one of the most influential figures of my own TV/media-steeped childhood (and that of countless other viewers) delivered the organization’s Nancy Hanks Lecture at the Kennedy Center. Show More Summary

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