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Why it matters that ‘Avengers’ stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner insulted Black Widow

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” comes out May 1, so naturally, the cast is making their way through a slog of interminable press days — with varying degrees of success. (Just yesterday, Robert Downey Jr. made news after walking out on an interviewer who kept asking him about his checkered past.)Read full article >>

New Yorker’s Roz Chast stunned by $250,000 Heinz Award for her ‘uncompromising’ work

TWO MONTHS AGO, Roz Chast got the call. The person on the line was phoning on behalf of some group called Heinz. Hmm. As if by reflex, the New Yorker cartoonist thought perhaps these folks wanted her to donate a drawing.Read full article >>

2015 Pulitzer Prizes: Behind Adam Zyglis’s banner year sits this little secret weapon.

MANY MONTHS before Adam Zyglis won a Pulitzer Prize this week, he helped develop a secret weapon. The journalist brought home a little something in the fall of 2013 that seemed to instill him with a certain power beyond most mortals:Read full article >>

2015 Eisner Award nominations announced, and the early winner is…Little Nemo

FOR LITTLE NEMO, today is the stuff dreams are made of.Several books about “Little Nemo in Slumberland” and its legendary creator, Winsor McCay, received multiple nods this afternoon as the Eisner Award nominations were announced.Read full article >>

‘Batman v Superman’ trailer: So was the post-leak IMAX event really worth it?

AFTER AN Internet leak and a resulting early-release trailer from Warner Bros./DC Entertainment, the main question among dedicated fans who ventured to this week’s IMAX trailer release of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” was: After a trailer hits the Web, are these sorts of events worth it?Read full article >>

MAD inspired young ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic. Today, as 1st guest editor, he exacts revenge

IT’S NOT QUITE fair to say that MAD magazine put “Weird Al” Yankovic on the road to a career in parody.It was, the entertainer says, “more like going off a cliff.”Read full article >>

Affordable Space Adventures: Where innovative design meets an elegant universe

Affordable Space Adventures Developed by: KnapNok Games Published by: KnapNok Games Available on: Wii U eShopWhile the Swedish game designer, Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren, was working on his 2-D adventure game “Knytt Underground,” he began brainstorming ideas for a game based around a unique input device. Show More Summary

Loch Ness Monster: Google Doodle plumbs the depths of our fevered fascination [+Google Maps lake view]

IF THEY build it, we will come. Again and again, for at least eight decades, because such is the churning power to want to believe.Today, Google offers what would be one of the more baffling Doodles in its history — if you didn’t know the story behind the famously grainy ’30s photo that persists like a bigfooting cultural icon.Read full article >>

‘Gotham’ TV recap (Ep. 20): Penguin’s not-so-happy feat, and a bloody charming Ogre

ON THIS WEEK’S episode of “Gotham,” we see the Ogre focusing his killer touch on Jim Gordon’s former fiancee, Barbara; Bruce and Selina on the trail of corruption at Wayne Enterprises; and Edward Nygma taking the first step toward his inevitable criminal career.Read full article >>

‘Fantastic Four’s’ new trailer: So close to the Marvel source material, and yet so far

SURE, STORYTELLING based on interdimensional travel is interesting. But in terms of traversing distance, yet more intriguing is whether a Marvel comics property can stray as far from the look of the source material as “Fantastic Four” has — and still succeed in a superhero cinematic world dominated by Marvel Studios.Read full article >>

2015 Pulitzer Prizes: Buffalo News’ Adam Zyglis wins for Cartooning honor

FIVE DAYS AGO, I wrote that Adam Zyglis was having a banner week on the medals podium.Today, that became a banner year.Read full article >>

‘Batman v Superman': Like a Caped Crusader, the first trailer drops — early! [Video]

FIRST, IN a well-devised tweet this week, director Zack Snyder guided fans to register online for next week’s limited-seating IMAX screening of the first full-and-official “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer. But now, as Snyder...Show More Summary

Presidential Doodles: What we see when we look closely at the hand of power.

IT WAS an intriguing offer — one too good to refuse:Hey, how’dja like to critique some presidential doodles? “Blind taste-test” style?You kiddin’? An exercise that combines two of my favorite activities: Being critical of cartoon art...Show More Summary

‘Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens': The beautiful new trailer has landed.

To all UPF’s — or Ultra-Passionate Fans, as Mark Hamill called the Star Wars diehards today at the Star Wars Celebration panel in Anaheim:“We’re home.”Read full article >>

Wonder Woman film changes directors; Patty Jenkins (‘Monster’) moves into the chair

WARNER BROS. AND DC Entertainment wasted little time in making sure that news about their highly anticipated Wonder Woman movie didn’t have time to go negative.Shortly after it was announced that Michelle MacLaren would no longer beShow More Summary

Buffalo News cartoonist Adam Zyglis humbled by Aronson Award [+PORTFOLIO]

IT’S ONLY Wednesday, and Adam Zyglis is already having a banner week on the medals podium.Zyglis, the editorial cartoonist for the Buffalo News, has just been named the 2015 recipient of the Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience, as presented by Hunter College in New York.Read full article >>

Mortal Kombat: Shawn Kittelsen is just the player to turn the game into the comic

Shawn Kittelsen had worked on “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” the videogame franchise turned popular digital-first comic-book series for DC Comics. He had experience with NetherRealm, the Chicago-based video-game developer behind “Injustice.”...Show More Summary

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is a remaster that proves not all change is progress

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First SinDeveloped by: From Software Published by: Bandai Namco Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PCA message appeared throughout the original “Dark Souls,” a 2011 game that combined mythic splendor with masochistically opaque combat to incite a pathological love from its players. Show More Summary

Of Trudeau and Hebdo: How 15 top cartoonists really feel about satirical ‘red lines’

IN 2011, I ran two photos of the French cartoonist Charb, to illustrate a Comic Riffs column that had this lede: “Satirist dies in retaliatory religious violence.”That opening line was then explained in the second paragraph: “It’s a headline I hope never to see, of course — yet I grow increasingly concerned I might.”Read full article >>

‘Doonesbury’s’ Garry Trudeau on free speech, responsible satire and Charlie Hebdo

ED. NOTE:In February, Comic Riffs reported that “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau was being announced as the first cartoonist to receive the George Polk career award. Last Friday, in picking up that award, Trudeau gave an acceptance...Show More Summary

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