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Gene Luen Yang ‘honored’ to be among inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award finalists

LAST SUMMER, at the National Book Festival’s swank kickoff at the Library of Congress, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang gave a rousing speech about diversity, and the late creator Dwayne McDuffie’s place as a pioneer, that subsequently went viral.Read full article >>

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: How Marvel’s new Spanish-language stories help build a welcome bridge

ED. NOTE:Marvel Comics has just announced that on May 2, for national Free Comic Book Day, the publisher will offer for the first time a free, multi-story Spanish-language edition featuring the work of Nick Bradshaw, Jonathan Hickman and Charles Soule, among others. Show More Summary

RIP, DAVID CARR: Eisner-nominated cartoonist Derf pays tribute to his staunch alt-press ‘champion’

AT SOME POINT, on some level, most cartoonists need a champion — some clear-eyed soul who not only can detect talent in your hand and mind that maybe you yourself weren’t even fully aware of, but who also can see your gifts within a bigger picture. Show More Summary

ALESSANDRO VOLTA: Father of the electrical battery sparks inspiration for Team Google Doodle’s new artist

NEW KID’s got spark. Google just plugged him into the lineup, and he delivered.The tech titan’s newest charge is Mark Holmes, and today, the artist trots out one beautiful Doodle — his second one ever.Read full article >>

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, an extension of a 30-year love affair

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DDeveloped by: Nintendo Published by: Nintendo Available on: Nintendo 3DSOn the scale of artistic achievement, perhaps the rarest feat a person or group can accomplish is to create a genre. Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has done just that. Show More Summary

SKETCHBOOK: These words of a detained Malaysian cartoonist resonate after Charlie Hebdo and Copenhagen

THEY ARE the four silliest words I often, as occupational hazard, hear. “It’s just a cartoon.” Silly because a good cartoon is one of the clearest and most concise ways to communicate an idea, an intellectual laser-beam of a thing that hoodwinks the brain’s misdirected critical filters and kidnaps the cortex like the nastiest of Nastian cartoons. Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 16): Dusting for Prince: Are we witnessing the tears of a Clown?

WE ALREADY know that Haly’s Circus will provide half of the Dynamic Duo. As the famous DC Comics circus makes its debut in tonight’s “Gotham,” the question that overshadows any Robin the Boy Wonder origin story is: Did Haly’s produce the Joker, as well?Read full article >>

GARRY TRUDEAU: ‘Doonesbury’ creator becomes first cartoonist ever to receive George Polk career award

IN A CAREER of many firsts, Garry Trudeau has just notched another one.The “Doonesbury” creator has just been announced as the recipient of the George Polk career award — the 33rd person to garner the honor, but the first cartoonist to do so.Read full article >>

BOX OFFICE: Another comic-book movie slays ‘em as ‘Kingsman’ ($35M) soars to second place

WE ALL KNEW “Fifty Shades of Grey” would dominate, as it were. But blimey, what about Matthew Vaughn’s latest upstart action flick?Yet again, a “comic book” movie has exceeded many expectations.Fox’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” opened...Show More Summary

Copenhagen attack: Amid this ‘brutal war,’ Cartoonists Rights director stresses echoes of Charlie Hebdo

ROUND AFTER ROUND was fired today into a Copenhagen cafe, and the deadly burst rang with echoes of Paris. In the hail of bullets, some heard a familiar sound: freedom of expression again coming under attack.Read full article >>

Fifty Shades of Black-Grey: How dynamic married duo created Harley Quinn/Batman issue for Valentine’s Day

HAVING WORKED together on multiple issues of Harley Quinn, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti were the perfect candidates to put together a special Valentine’s Day issue, starring DC Comics’ comedic femme fatale. The fact that the two comics-industry veterans are married to each other just made the collaborative process that much more fun.Read full article >>

MAD magazine names its first guest editor in its seven-decade history: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

WE KNEW “Weird Al” Yankovic was a big comics fan. He turned up at the National Cartoonists Society’s Reubens ceremony last May, after all, to claim his “A.C.E.” Award as outstanding amateur cartoonist.Read full article >>

REP. JOHN LEWIS: At UDC, civil-rights memoir ‘March’ keeps reaching the next generation

BEFORE HE even spoke, there came the standing ovation.Several hundred enthusiastic people signed up to hear civil-rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), with his co-author, staffer Andrew Aydin, speak about the first two installments in...Show More Summary

RIP, BOB SIMON: A sketchbook tribute to the fearless and true newsman

THERE oughta be an Emmy named for Bob Simon.The ever-hungry hot-spot newsman won 27 of them himself, perhaps a record for a foreign correspondent, before his own life ended Wednesday not in Iraq or Afghanistan or another of his scores of war zones, but on New York’s West Side Highway, so close to the Bronx of his birth.Read full article >>

‘DARTH VADER’: Upon book’s debut today, Kieron Gillen relishes writing tales of the dark side

CONSIDERING HIMSELF to be a writer who “weirdly” gravitates towards villains, Kieron Gillen was more than interested when Marvel asked him whether he’d be interested in writing a solo Darth Vader comic book.Read full article >>

Should Marvel’s biracial Spider-Man jump to the silver screen? One biracial fanboy’s take...

SPIDER-MAN is home. It is a moment worthy of celebration.Despite Andrew Garfield’s more-than-likable two-film stint as Peter Parker; his on-screen chemistry with Emma Stone that hinted at their real-life romance; the death of Gwen Stacy...Show More Summary

BRIAN WILLIAMS: 9 Eye-Catching Cartoons about the NBC anchor’s #ConflateGate

BY SAYING — annnd saying — that he came under fire in Iraq more than a decade ago, NBC anchor Brian Williams has become the very thing his tall tales painted him to be: a target.What’s the old saying about being careful what you wish — or embellish — for?Read full article >>

JUST IN: Amazing fantasy realized: Spider-Man will appear in Marvel films, too, as studio enters into big creative partnership with Sony

HOLLYWOOD just put the “amazing” in the long-speculated “amazing fantasy” of many Spider-Man fans.Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced overnight that in a joint deal, the two studios will now share big-screen use of the webslinger, who will swing forthcoming films by the two studios.Read full article >>

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 15): The Penguin becomes a protected species, as birds of a feather flock to the future Scarecrow

THIS WEEK’S episode of “Gotham” brings us the end of Dr. Gerald Crane and the beginning of the Scarecrow; a solo journey for young Bruce Wayne; mob politics involving the Penguin; and Fish Mooney’s taking charge of a prison situation.Read full article >>

SKETCHBOOK: How a Brian Williams cartoon comes to be born. [In 7 too-easy steps]

HERE’S THE THING about the Brian Williams controversy from a cartoonist’s perspective: Satirizing this broadcast-news brouhaha over invented field valor is like shooting fish in a barrel — even if that barrel is an hour ahead of you, under surface-to-air fire, while your lucky barrel escapes unscathed.Read full article >>

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