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Kimberly Brooks on ‘Voltron’ and ‘opening doors’ through diverse casting

Note: spoilers for season three of Netfilx’s “Voltron: Legendary Defender.” Kimberly Brooks has been a voice actress for over 20 years and has given her vocals to television (a computer on “Big Bang Theory), video games (“Fallout 4”, “Halo 5”) and animation (“Rugrats,” “Shimer and Shine,” “Steven Universe”). But it is her current role voicing […]

Dick Locher, RIP: ‘Dick Tracy’ cartoonist also won the Pulitzer for his Reagan-era satire

NOT TOO many comic artists attain one world-class career, let alone sustain two. But then, Dick Locher, the former Air Force test pilot turned “Dick Tracy” cartoonist, was a rare bird. It was 60 years ago that “Dick Tracy” creator Chester Gould tapped Locher to be his inking assistant on the strip. “I got to […]

Ryan Reynolds reveals an image of Cable from ‘Deadpool 2,’ and we still have lots of questions

DeadPool 2: Your premium #Cable provider. #DeadPool2 — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 7, 2017 Ryan Reynolds is once again hard at work as the official social media intern of “Deadpool 2,” this time posting the highly-anticipated first look at Josh Brolin as the time-traveling mutant Cable on Twitter. Show More Summary

Marvel needs to stop the bad buzz surrounding ABC’s ‘Inhumans’

MARVEL’S “INHUMANS” is going to need awfully positive word of mouth when the ABC series’ expanded pilot hits theaters next month. Because its word of marketing so far is positively awful. And the harder the show’s sales force tries to scrub the early stench, the more the entire enterprise stinks to some Marvel fans. “Inhumans,” […]

How President Trump will spend his summer vacation, according to cartoons

AS PRESIDENT TRUMP has kicked off his 17-day vacation, a few things can be seen as certain, according to visual pundits. There will be plenty of golf — even when his handicap that keeps him from turning in an honestly good score is apparently his inability to turn in an honest score. There will be tweeting, […]

‘Tacoma’ focuses on story over action and that’s just fine

Tacoma Developed by: The Fullbright Company Published by: The Fullbright Company Available on: PC, Xbox One Four years ago the Portland-based developer, The Fullbright Company, released “Gone Home,” a game about a young woman who returns from college to find her family’s home mysteriously vacated. At the time, the idea of a story-driven video game […]

Black lion down: What to expect when ‘Voltron’ returns to Netflix for a third season

As the third season of “Voltron: Legendary Defender” debuts on Netflix, you might assume that by this point, Voltron and the team are seasoned vets at joining and saving the universe. But the producers are taking a slower approach. Instead, the new season of “Voltron” (available to stream Aug. 4) starts with the paladins (the pilots of the […]

What does Domino’s reveal mean for ‘Deadpool 2’ and future X-Men movies?

Ryan Reynolds just gave us a possible preview of what an X-Force movie could look like. Reynolds tweeted the highly-anticipated first official image of Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”) as Domino, who will appear in “Deadpool 2? when it hits theaters in summer 2018. Some people just know how to work a red carpet. #Domino #DeadPool2 — Ryan […]

A new Cartoon Network show finds inspiration in Columbia, Md., the animator’s home town

ON TUESDAY evening, when Cartoon Network debuts its series “OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes,” viewers can spot signage that might seem to spoof almost any suburban strip mall in America. But creator Ian Jones-Quartey’s scenes of highway-spliced commercial centers are inspired by one very particular place: the terrain of his Maryland childhood. “The world that ‘OK K.O.!’ […]

‘Rick and Morty’ creators reveal the long creative road to tonight’s Season 3 return

THE QUESTION had hung over Adult Swim’s animated smash “Rick and Morty” for so long that when the show’s creators took San Diego’s Comic-Con International stage a week ago, any answer was spoken in the tone of implied half-apology. Fans had lined up for hours to see creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, but that […]

From Scaramucci to health care, how cartoonists lampooned Washington’s wild week

SURE, NEW White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci peppered a fresh news cycle with his colorful four-letter words. Yet back in the heart of Congress on Friday, as the health-care “skinny repeal” battle dragged toward predawn, Sen. John McCain spoke the two most influential letters of the week: “N-O!” Elsewhere, President Trump tweeted out his […]

‘The Emoji Movie’ has a zero score on Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s how critics are eviscerating the film.

THERE IS perhaps no single emoji to reflect just how savagely film critics are trashing “The Emoji Movie.” A succession of skulls and dumpster fires would only begin to suggest the intensity of the verbal carpet-bombing. Reviews began strafing the movie Thursday like drone strikes, one day ahead of the Sony flick’s big debut. And […]

Donald Trump animated series headed to Showtime, thanks to Stephen Colbert

PRESIDENT TRUMP has been such a comedic boon to Stephen Colbert that the late-night host is expanding his Trump portfolio. Variety is reporting that Showtime has signed on for a still-untitled animated series based on the current White House, with Colbert serving as executive producer. Colbert not only saw his CBS show eclipse Jimmy Fallon’s […]

RIP, June Foray: ‘First lady’ of animation acting voiced ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ and ‘Tweety’ roles

THE QUEEN of American voice acting has died, just weeks short of her centennial. We mourn her life even as we smile because she gifted the world with seven decades of animation-sprung laughter. Comedically, could anyone say “Dahlink” quite like June Foray, who not only voiced Natasha Fatale on Jay Ward’s “Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” […]

MAD magazine skewers Trumpcare with this scathing Al Jaffee ‘fold-in’

AL JAFFEE, at age 96, has a few words for Donald Trump about how the president is handling health care. A few pictures, too. Jaffee is not only the longest-working cartoonist in comics history, as recognized last year by Guinness World Records, but the MAD magazine legend is also the father of the “fold-in,” the publication’s […]

‘Maus’ creator Art Spiegelman sheds light on a lesser-known graphic novel visionary

IF WORDLESS visual narrative can be a kind of music for the eyes, then Si Lewen’s 1950s graphic masterwork “Parade” is a stunningly affecting dirge. “Si Lewen’s Parade: An Artist’s Odyssey,” a 2016 “director’s cut” version edited by the Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, was up for an Eisner Award last weekend — fittingly, for best […]

‘Wonder Woman 2’ has a release date. Now it’s time to sign conquering director Patty Jenkins.

ON SATURDAY, Warner Bros. won over Comic-Comic’s big hall by announcing the sequel to this summer’s “Wonder Woman.” Late Tuesday, the studio won the Internet by announcing the release date for “Wonder Woman 2.” Now, WB just needs to continue the winning streak by signing up “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins for the sequel. It’s […]

Matt Groening is developing an animated medieval series for Netflix

MATT GROENING is headed to where original animated series like “BoJack Horseman” and “F Is for Family” already thrive. The creator of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” will develop a medieval adult fantasy titled “Disenchantment” for Netflix, the streaming service announced Tuesday. And yes, like his previous hits, “Disenchantment” will be animated — though this time, […]

Fun and well-paced, ‘Pyre’ is the rare game that wants players to embrace their slip ups

Pyre Developed by: Supergiant Games Published by: Supergiant Games Available on: PC, PlayStation 4 Historically, most video games based around quick reflexes have rewarded perfectionism. Racking up a high score on a leaderboard or getting to a new stage generally requires zealously avoiding mistakes. Plenty of games use negative reinforcement — in the form of […]

From Kushner to Scaramucci, cartoons skewer a Trump White House in turmoil

THE TRUMP White House, like Trump Tower, has very busy revolving doors these days. With Sean Spicer having made his exit, new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is moving toward a “possible staff purge” at 1600 Penn, as The Washington Post reports. Meanwhile, President Trump is taking swipes at his “beleaguered A.G.” Jeff Sessions, […]

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