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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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SMALL PRESS EXPO: Dean Haspiel’s ‘Fear, My Dear’ is a hard-boiled dish, best served bold

LAST MONTH, I sat in a darkened theater, all alone, to screen a preview of “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Rarely have I longed so much to have another person in the multiplex — anyone — to crack a joke or breathe a little warmth into this airless experience. Read full article >>

LEO TOLSTOY: How inspired Google Doodle artist takes novel approach to rendering a legend

IF MUCH OF the world didn’t know Roman Muradov’s enchanting art prior to today, now millions more will appreciate his graphic magic. Muradov is a master interpreter, pulling from enormous universes of prose just the right reflected lights he needs to represent a moment that visually speaks volumes. Show More Summary

BOX OFFICE: Amid dismal season, ‘Guardians’ becomes only 4th four-time champ in a decade

“GUARDIANS” might be able to save the galaxy, but Star-Lord can do only so much to boost the dimmed starpower of the early September box office. Disney/Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” won its third straight weekend — and fourth overall — by grossing $10.2 million domestically, according to studio estimates. Final numbers are due later today. Read full article >>

2014 HARVEY AWARDS: Broadway producer’s ‘The Fifth Beatle’ yields ‘humbling’ twin honors [+FULL WINNERS LIST]

GROWING UP, Vivek Tiwary didn’t just want to meet comics creators. Standing there in the autograph line, Tiwary wanted one day to become a comics creator. On Saturday night in Baltimore, in a roomful of cartoonists, he achieved another milestone in having arrived at that very dream. Read full article >>

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON: First-ever Kurtzman Hall of Fame award to go to Charles Schulz at tonight’s Harvey Awards

WHEN A CARTOONIST is second to none, it is only right and proper to put him forth first. And on Saturday night in Baltimore, the Harveys ceremony will do just that. The executive committees for the Harvey Awards and Baltimore Comic-Con...Show More Summary

Thomas Pynchon made a personal edit to his lines on ‘The Simpsons’ out of loyalty to Homer

“The Simpsons” has hosted hundreds of guest stars to voice characters or themselves over the course of its epic 25-year run. Show executives recently shared the story of how one was bold enough to change his lines to defend the honor of one of the characters. Read full article >>

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON 2014: Here are Comic Riffs picks for three days of nerd fun

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON pulls into the Inner Harbor this afternoon for three days of artist close-ups, cosplay and illustrative sessions at the Baltimore Convention Center. To help you navigate all the fun between now and Sunday, here are a few of our don’t-miss picks: Read full article >>

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: ‘Mike’s Place’ will render the tale — and toll — of fatal Tel Aviv bombing in graphic-novel form

IT WAS to be a story of the normalcy amid the madness. Instead, picked from the shards of violence, it became a mosaic of life before and after an oasis was targeted, and lives were lost, and that fierce normalcy was reclaimed like a phoenix. Read full article >>

RIP STAN GOLDBERG: Hall of Fame artist (Marvel, Archie) was ‘great cartoonist’ and ‘great friend’

HOW MUCH MORE can you say of a man, really, than the testament that he was abundantly generous as both a professional talent and a personal friend? Ask those who knew Stan Goldberg well, and they will tell you that whether he was at the drawing table or the dinner table, he was just a pleasure to be around, and converse with, and know. Read full article >>

COLUMBUS’s NATE BEELER: The backstory behind the uplifting DOMA cartoon that just won the Fischetti

UNCHANGED BY journalism’s ever-shifting technology is the magic of the distilled idea — that thunderbolt of inspiration that a cartoonist can deliver with an emotional jolt by way of a single image. And that’s part of what makes theShow More Summary

Read This: Gene Luen Yang’s rousing comics speech at the 2014 National Book Festival gala

SOON, IT WILL be on video. For now, it’s absolutely worth reading in print. Over the weekend, the acclaimed author Gene Luen Yang delivered a speech to an esteemed assemblage of National Book Festival gala guests and organizers and sponsors at the Library of Congress. Show More Summary

Comic Riffs’ Michael Cavna to host the National Book Festival’s first-ever Graphic Novel Night (Check this talent lineup)

IN AN OPEN, free Super Session hosted by The Washington Post’s “Comic Riffs” columnist/cartoonist Michael Cavna, such headlining graphic novelists as Jeff Smith and Bryan Lee O’Malley will talk about their art as part of the National Book Festival’s first-ever Graphic Novel Night — at 6 p.m. Show More Summary

Hello Kitty, Goodbye Your Childhood: The reveal that the character’s not a cat leaves us feline glum

THE MAKERS OF Culturally Significant Creations have got some nerve. Now, I gradually accepted the revelation last year when Steve Wilhite, the brains behind the Graphics Interchange Format, informed the world that it was saying the shorthand word wrong. He decreed: “It’s pronounced JIF, not GIF.” Read full article >>

SPX 2014: From alt-weekly to webcomics, Small Press Expo announces programming slate…

. SATURDAY’S PROGRAMMING Alt-Weekly Comics Roundtable (noon-1 p.m.) Until recently the media landscape has been augmented by alternative weekly newspapers. Beginning with the Village Voice in the 1950s and including a wave of papersShow More Summary

INTERVENTION CON 2014: Co-founder Oni Hartstein cultivates D.C. region as geek-rich soil

ONI HARTSTEIN has already succeeded where many Washington-area festival organizers have failed: She has stoked the growth of a cultural convention past the five-year mark. “We are accomplishing exactly what I had hoped — we are empowering...Show More Summary

MICHAEL BROWN CARTOON: How the New York Times turned Matt Bors’ satire into real prescience

BECAUSE CARTOONIST MATT BORS is a cultural critic, journalism often find itself square in his cross-hairs — whether some fellow editorial cartoonists are reflexively drawing the late mogul/Buddhist Steve Jobs at the gates of St. Peter, or a news networks report a massive factual error that ends up personally drawing him into a story. Read full article >>

ALTHEA GIBSON: As U.S. Open begins, Google Doodle salutes pioneer who broke tennis’s ‘color line’ there

HOW FITTING THAT Google is celebrating tennis great Althea Gibson right as the U.S. Open kicks off today, for it was at this tournament that her example began to make all the difference. Today would have been Gibson’s 87th birthday, and Google salutes her with an animated Doodle that deftly reflects her “tall and sinewy” reach and grace at the net. Read full article >>

BOX OFFICE: Tale of 2 comic adaptations: ‘Guardians’ wins again; ‘Sin City 2? opens DOA

A WEEK AGO, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez told Comic Riffs that they hoped enough people would flock to see “Sin City 2? so that a second sequel could be greenlighted. Barring a miracle of a turnaround, the co-directors’ crime-noir franchise just slammed stone cold instead into a red-light district. Read full article >>

Rare Superman book draws record $2.2-million bid: The Long Journey of a Record-Setting Comic

THE “HOLY GRAIL” of comic-book collectibles has just received a record-breaking bid — yet the seller would be none too pleased is that’s as high as the offers climbed. Action Comics No. 1 — better known as the book that essentially launched...Show More Summary

ROBIN WILLIAMS TRIBUTE: All this week, ‘Candorville’s’ Darrin Bell movingly reflects on what the legend meant to us

IN THE IMMEDIATE WAKE of Robin Williams’s reported suicide, struggling to fully absorb the news, I chose the psychological salve that many friends also applied: Read full article >>

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