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RIP, Darwyn Cooke: How friends and fans are mourning a profoundly gifted comics great

This post has been updated. THE WORD first spread Friday that Darwyn Cooke, the Canadian cartooning great, was receiving palliative care, according to wife Marsha Cooke. A day later, the suddenness turned to shock: Darwyn Cooke had died, at age 53, after battling lung cancer. Even some who had worked closely with Cooke had only lately […]

This is the ‘definitive’ comedy takedown of Donald Trump, courtesy of The Onion’s co-founder

“I THINK he’s going to go all the way.” Scott Dikkers, best known as the founding editor of the Onion, usually traffics in satire. On this occasion, though, he isn’t kidding. We are talking about Donald Trump’s chances of becoming our next American president — just hours before Ted Cruz will drop out of the […]

RIP, Darwyn Cooke: How the great cartoonist changed my comics life.

  NEARLY A DECADE ago, when I thought about moving on from my love of comic books, Darwyn Cooke made sure I wouldn’t leave. Many comic-book fans reach this crossroads at some point in adulthood: Do you keep reading — or move on? Fortunately, when I reached this point, I happened to watch a feature […]

‘Captain America: Civil War’ hurtles toward becoming the year’s first billion-dollar film

SORRY, Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. A fellow comic-book character also born in the World War II era is winning the tale of the tape. That’s because right where “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” began to grow slack six weeks ago — during the film’s second weekend in domestic release — “Captain America: Civil […]

Here’s why ‘Supergirl’s’ move to the CW is the win-win scenario it deserved all along

“SUPERGIRL’s” move from CBS to the CW, which was announced Thursday ahead of this month’s TV network upfronts, shouldn’t be looked upon like a demotion to the minors after a year in the broadcast “big leagues.” If anything, a new season on the CW could be just what the show needs to soar highly creatively — […]

The CW adds ‘Supergirl’ and ‘Riverdale’ for the fall, bolstering its lineup of comics adaptations

TELEVISION PRODUCER GREG BERLANTI continues to grow his empire at one especially cozy home: the CW. And thanks to Berlanti’s rich pipeline to DC Comics content, there flows the neighborhood. His “Supergirl” lacked the ratings to guarantee...Show More Summary

‘This doesn’t seem real': Angelo Lopez of Philippines Today wins 2016 RFK Award for Cartoons

IN TWO WEEKS, on two consecutive nights, a pair of Bay Area editorial cartoonists will be feted by Washington. On May 24, as Comic Riffs has reported, Mark Fiore will pick up the Herblock Prize in a ceremony at the Library of Congress. And now comes news that on May 25, Angelo Lopez will receive the RFK […]

Donald Trump v. Paul Ryan: Cartoons that cut to the heart of the Republican Party fight

“What he did is political suicide for the Republican Party.” — DONALD TRUMP, on Paul Ryan’s 2011 budget  DONALD TRUMP, as presumptive presidential nominee, apparently has the party, while Rep. Paul Ryan now has the House. And Trump has “nearly clinched the GOP nomination by running squarely against Ryan’s vision of what Republicanism is.” So writes The […]

‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ review: This four-part series should have ended after Part One

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Published by: Sony Interactive Entertainment Developed by: Naughty Dog Available on: PlayStation 4 The trouble with trilogies is that they almost never end at three. The same kind of thinking that assumes three parts will be necessary to tell a single story will inevitably need a fourth and fifth shot […]

The bizarre story of when Captain America battled Nixon

AT AGE 75, Captain America has always wielded a certain political symbolism, whether making his serum-powered debut during World War II by socking Hitler in the jaw, or going rogue in his new film “Civil War.” But his political life is, of course, markedly different on the page from how it is on screen. For the Marvel […]

As Puerto Rican superhero makes debut, her writer brings ‘the power of our people’ to comics

THE ART OF collaboration was instilled in Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez at an early age, when making the classic Latin American dish pasteles with his grandmother. The preparation of pasteles — time-consuming and, if you’re lucky, involving...Show More Summary

Why making Ben Affleck a ‘Justice League’ executive producer now makes complete sense

BATMAN won’t just be gathering DC Comics’s greatest superheroes in “Justice League: Part One” Turns out, he’ll be producing the movie, as well. Ben Affleck has been named executive producer of Warner Bros./DC’s forthcoming first Justice League movie, and will work alongside director Zack Snyder — a move that shouldn’t come as a surprise for […]

The New Yorker’s art director sheds light on the magazine’s new augmented-reality cover

FOR THE COVER of this week’s annual Innovators Issue, New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly wanted a scene of high relevance and tech-friendly visual elegance. Such a scene would be the ideal stepping-off point for the magazine’s first “augmented reality” project — by which readers can turn on an app (called Uncovr) on their mobile device, point the device at […]

Here’s the problem with both ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Batman v. Superman’

This article contains spoilers about both movies. Pitting superheroes against each other certainly sounds like a great idea. That way, comic-book movies have another way to acknowledge the world isn’t just about heroes and villains, that there are ethical gray areas – and audiences won’t get sick of superhero movies so quickly. Plus, multiple superheroes in […]

How ‘Captain America’ is just one piece of Disney’s plan to reinvent entertainment

MANY ENTERTAINMENT industry observers love to focus on simple pawns, one move at a time. Disney, on the other hand, is playing multidimensional chess not only across films, but also across decades. So if you’re overly consumed with how a big picture like Disney/Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens, and whether that’s a fitting metric to […]

Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton: A tale of high unfavorability, as told through cartoons

FOR A MAJORITY of voters on each side of the political aisle, this has become the Clothespin Campaign. Something is needed to block the distinct whiff of dislike, lest voters need both hands free to pull back the curtain and punch their ballot for the lesser of two presidential evils. At least so says the […]

‘Captain America: Civil War’ posts biggest opening ever ($181M) for a solo superhero film

THE DISNEY domination flexes its box-office muscle again. Disney/Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” the third film in the franchise, opened to $181.8-million domestically this weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Final numbers are due Monday. Show More Summary

‘Captain America: Civil War’ directors reveal how their movie flexes these political meanings

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo didn’t aim to make a film that directly reflects real-world events, from drone wars to Snowden to ISIS to iconic figures facing off across an anxious electoral divide. Yet their movie is deftly attuned to the political tenor of our times, which is what they’re contemplating on a damp-gray afternoon Thursday as they sit in a […]

Exclusive: Gene Luen Yang to publish his first nonfiction graphic novel ever (‘Dragon Hoops’) in 2018

GENE LUEN YANG, the two-time National Book Award finalist, describes himself as a non-athletic fiction author who, until recently, knew next to nothing about basketball. One thing Yang does know about, though, is the intriguingly tricky creative challenge. Which might explain why he has decided to make his next big project a nonfiction graphic novel. […]

Free Comic Book Day: ‘Science Comics’ creator leads an inviting dive into deep marine wonders

MARIS WICKS’s illustrated stories are not merely immersive. She can deftly help the reader dive so fully into marine wonders; you might call her comic tales “submersive.” That’s because Wicks, who spent a decade as program director at the New England Aquarium, knows how to convey the thrill of scientific discovery. And she herself is […]

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