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The GOP convention’s pomp, circumstance and plagiarism, according to cartoons

THE BALLOONS. The star-spangled banners. The posters touting the man of the hour with his fashionable young family. Then again, all that could simply be Melania Trump recalling the 2008 Democratic convention. Yes, this week’s parade of RNC political figures in Cleveland has included a spouse speech’s plagiarism, as well as Ted Cruz perhaps upstaging […]

How Star Trek embraced diversity 50 years ago — and continues to do so today

JOHN CHO was in the United Arab Emirates, seeking an Asian husband. “Star Trek Beyond” was shooting in Dubai, and Cho’s character, Sulu, would come out as gay in the new movie. The filmmakers had decided on a simple, brief scene of family reunion in which we glimpse the warm, quiet embrace of the starship Enterprise helmsman, his co-parent […]

‘Star Trek Beyond’ castmate is heartbroken over Anton Yelchin, whose Chekov role won’t be recast

YOU CANNOT knowledgeably watch “Star Trek Beyond” without the pang of awareness that this is the last we’ll see of Anton Yelchin’s Chekov. Now, producer J.J. Abrams says, it’s the last we’ll see of Chekov, period. At least in terms of new work within Abrams’s run on the rebooted film franchise. “Star Trek Beyond” premieres […]

DC Comics’ beloved superhero Nightwing returns — no longer a spy, but still undercover

Few comic-book characters have had as many iterations as Dick Grayson, which should come as no surprise when you consider he’s been a superhero since childhood. From Batman’s kid sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder, to member of the Teen Titans, an adult vigilante life as Nightwing, and most recently, faking his death while secretly being […]

Wait — just how did Ohio become the cradle of great cartoonists?

OHIO just can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight this year, whether its Cavaliers win big, its Indians are winning big or Donald Trump takes the Cleveland stage on Monday evening to promise a win that will be “so big.” Yet as delegates and pundits descend on Ohio for this week’s Republican National Convention, […]

How the rest of the world views American violence and police

BATON ROUGE. St. Paul. Dallas. The latest case in Baltimore. And back to Baton Rouge. Violence involving American police officers and civilians and snipers can read like a never-ending tour of death in 2016. And with the past weekend’s latest fatal eruption in Louisiana, ahead of the Republican and Democratic political conventions, many people say […]

Faith and politics will collide when Hillary Clinton appears in Valiant Comics

Faith and politics will meet head-on in November. Hillary Clinton will appear in the fifth issue of Faith, one of Valiant Comics’ most popular characters, in a special election-edition issue that will hit newsstands real and digital on Nov. 2. Clinton will be on the front of the comic book (with cover art by Paolo Rivera) and […]

From boyhood to Hollywood: Jeff Bezos, who played Star Trek as a kid, has a role in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

ONE QUIRK of working at The Washington Post is that, on occasion, you glimpse one of your bosses — or an iteration thereof — smack in the middle of a Hollywood film, from “All the President’s Men” to “State of Play” to last year’s Oscar-winning “Spotlight.” But this is the first time I can recall […]

Exclusive: Iranian cartoonist opens up about her captivity — and new freedom. #Draw4Atena

OF THE THOUSANDS of artists I have interviewed over the years, few have been as demonstrably brave as Atena Farghadani. Atena was already an experienced activist in her 20s when she drew a cartoon mocking Iran’s parliament to protest her native nation’s anti-birth control policies. She was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard in the summer […]

See the art that streams forth in visual mourning for Nice

YET AGAIN, we turn our mourning eyes toward France. Yet again, so soon after the last massacre in a hurting nation, another attack of apparent terrorism strikes, this time along the French Riviera. And again, we try to absorb the toll exacted by murderous evil targeting innocent civilians. Some say, “Remember Brussels,” but we haven’t […]

Gotta see ’em all! The best of this week’s Pokémon Go cartoons

MANY ARTISTS just cannot resist drawing popular cartoon characters; it’s simply too much fun. And when those characters find a new type of virality across national borders, well, then it becomes like skewering fish in a barrel. So when the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go exploded since the release of its app last week, cartoonists were […]

The writer who helped kill Superman is bringing him new life

Dan Jurgens is perhaps most famous as the person who wrote and drew one of the biggest moments in the history of comic-books back in 1992, “The Death of Superman.” He is now writing the DC Comics series that gave birth to the superhero era: Action Comics, in DC’s new “Rebirth” era. Jurgens takes the first word […]

Author illuminates through art how bridging American differences mattered during World War II

FOR AUTHOR Warren Bernard, it’s been a long road to San Diego — one that went through the Allied’s front lines and along the American homefront. At next week’s Comic-Con International in Southern California, the result of Bernard’s decade of World War II research, “Cartoons for Victory” (Fantagraphics), will be up for an esteemed Eisner […]

Now that Kid Flash has arrived, is he here to stay?

The countdown to Wally West making his debut as Kid Flash on CW’s “The Flash” just got a lot shorter. Variety has revealed the first image of the sidekick speedster. Actor Keiynan Lonsdale will make his first appearance in the yellow and red super-suit in “The Flash” Season 3 premiere, titled “Flashpoint,” on Oct. 4. Fans will recall […]

7 graphic novels and memoirs you should read this summer

NOW THAT we’re in the month of Comic-Con, the new graphic-novel reading season really heats up. Many of the midyear author tours crank into full gear, and in comes a new wave of quality comics. With that in mind, here are seven fascinating graphic-narrative books that Comic Riffs recommends for your reading list this summer: “Dream Jumper“ […]

After watching teens play ‘Pokémon Go,’ I’m convinced it shows the future of gaming — and more

ON SUNDAY, a parent I know took a group of teenage girls to Washington’s Newseum, ostensibly for them to learn about the news-gathering business. Instead, one of the girls said that they spent “about 60 percent of the time playing Pokémon Go.” Perhaps, though, the girls were on to something, because relatively few news stories have been […]

As ‘Secret Life of Pets’ ($103M) soars, say hello to Hollywood’s newest animated franchise

AND JUST like that, the Minions, those little lemon laborers, won’t have to do all the heavy lifting anymore. That’s because their daddy, Illumination Entertainment, has just birthed a new franchise. Illumination/Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” outpaced expectations to gross $103.2 million in its domestic debut, according to studio estimates — not only winning […]

Draw your best Donald Trump and share it with us via #PostMyTrump

THERE IS just something about Donald Trump. From rhetoric to hairstyle, he has that certain, oh, je ne sais coif. And the world’s cartoonists can’t help themselves. Ahead of the Republican convention in Cleveland, you can join in the visual joy, too. The project: Show us your Trump! Some actors simply spawn impersonators, and some public […]

Sketchbook: The lasting Wimbledon image that renders Roger Federer a greatly relatable figure

I FIRST began sketching tennis players when I hit my teen years, right about the same time I also began hitting a tennis ball competitively. It was instructive to study not only how the top players strike the ball, but also how they pivot and back-pedal and scramble and lunge and recover. To better understand […]

The state of Black Lives and police violence, according to American cartoonists

I AM READING an advance galley copy of Rep. John Lewis’s civil-rights memoir “March: Book Three” this week and seeing perilous ’60s scenes unfold, as white police attack black men in the South. I take a break from the brutality to flip on the news, and in the modern-day South, Alton Sterling has just been […]

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