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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs
Filed Under:Entertainment / Comic Books
Posts on Regator:1108
Posts / Week:5.8
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 6): A new old villain gets their Goat

THIS WEEK’S episode of “Gotham” gives us a killer (the Goat) who seems to have come back from the dead; a look into Bullock’s surprising good-cop past; a make-up session between Jim Gordon and his still-angry fiancee, Barbara; and Montoya’s final push to put Gordon behind bars. Read full article >>

‘AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’: Teaser trailer sets studio record with whopping 35M views in first day

SO MUCH for superhero-film fatigue, at least in 2015. Judging by the tale of this week’s teaser trailer, the appetite is perhaps even higher than anticipated for the Avengers sequel. Read full article >>

‘AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’: Our 6 Takeways from the trailer debut…

THE AGE of Ultron is here. The first trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to the top-grossing superhero movie ever, made a whale of an online debut come midweek — first being leaked, then with Marvel Entertainment offering the official trailer debut. Read full article >>

RIP, BEN BRADLEE: Drawing on my favorite conversation with The Post legend [AN ILLUSTRATED TRIBUTE]

ARTIST’S NOTE: For a tribute to Benjamin C. Bradlee that has sweep or scope or deep-sourcing, you can read such wonderful writers as Robert Kaiser or Martha Sherrill. What follows here, by contrast, is a quirky and humble memory of the legendary Post editor, who died Tuesday evening at age 93. Read full article >>

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Bayonetta 2 is an unhinged masterpiece

Bayonetta 2 Developer: Platinum Games Inc. Publisher: Nintendo Available on: Wii U Ethical considerations have been the source of some of the most interesting discussions about video games in the last few years. Arguments about the role of women — and, to a lesser extent, ethnic minorities — in games have attracted scrutiny. Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 5): From Fish schemes to Penguin dreams, Gotham’s streets are high opera

. THE FIFTH EPISODE of Fox’s “Gotham” provides more clues behind the murders of Bruce Wayne’s parents, and introduces a drug on the streets that has major ties to Batman’s family past and future. Here are Comic Riffs’ Nine Takeaways from the episode: 1. Show More Summary

COMIC CON INDIA: ‘Fifth Beatle’ creator Vivek Tiwary carries message of arts-career dreams to young Hyderabad fans

AS A YOUNG Indian American business student, Vivek J. Tiwary felt the pressure of family expectation. His parents made clear which career paths were deemed acceptable to choose. But Tiwary knew his mind, and his passion, and knew he’d have to blaze his own family trail. Read full article >>

NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS: Roz Chast admits it’s ‘exciting’ to be 1st cartoonist to be nonfiction finalist

EVER SINCE Roz Chast told Comic Riffs several years ago that she was working on a graphic novel about her parents and eldercare, it’s been a joy to follow the journey of her masterful memoir. On Wednesday, the New Yorker cartoonist’s...Show More Summary

THIS JUST IN: WB/DC announces stand-alone Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman films, dates in ambitious 10-picture slate before 2021

WARNER BROS. has just publicly pulled the trigger. As part of what it calls a “massive expansion” of its superhero film slate, the studio has just announced that 2016?s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will kick off a 10-film slate...Show More Summary

‘ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER’: Felipe Smith brings creative muscle to the reborn Spirit of Vengeance

THE TORCH has been passed, but the flame still burns bright for Marvel’s Ghost Rider. Perhaps the blazing spring debut of “All-New Ghost Rider” flew under your fanboy radar with so many other major events happening at Marvel this year...Show More Summary

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: “Alien: Isolation” involves more cowering than killing

Alien: Isolation Developer: The Creative Assembly Publisher: Sega Available on: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One “You look like hell,” a friend of mine said when she visited me on the day I finished “Alien: Isolation.”...Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 4): The Cobblepot Plot: March of the Penguin

THIS WEEK’S EPISODE of Fox’s “Gotham” gives us a mystery involving a contract killer of politicians, deeper drama between Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his fiancee, Barbara (Erin Richards), and the emergence of Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) as criminal mastermind. Read full article >>

SKETCHBOOK: Last Call at the Corcocan: The Art of the Final Hour [A VISUAL NARRATIVE]

ARTIST’S NOTE: Last week, on the final hour of its final day, I headed over to the Corcoran Gallery of Art to get a sense of the turnout, as well as the mood of its rooms. Would the tone feel funereal — would there be a general air of...Show More Summary

‘BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2014?: Guest editor Scott McCloud illuminates the range of modern brilliance in new must-read [Q+A]

SCOTT McCLOUD knows that “best” is an impossible term. He also knows that anything less — “notable”? “eminent”? — is far too great a hedge to sound sexy. And so McCloud, the much-more-than-notable comics scholar (“Understanding Comics”)...Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’ RECAP (Ep. 3): Vigilantes, violence and vengeance! Why, look who popped in.

IT TOOK ONLY three episodes, but Gotham City finally has a vigilante. We can’t get too excited yet. Bruce Wayne has yet to discover the significance of tricep pull-downs, so we know it isn’t the Bat. Instead we get…..Balloonman. Read full article >>

SKETCHBOOK: For Julia Pierson, the Secret Service…or Secret Circus?

BY EARLY in the week, amid the latest revelations of massive security lapses, it became clear that Julie Pierson would be canned as director of the Secret Service — or rather, that she would be granted a “Washington resignation,” which simply means that she falls on her own petard without us seeing who delivered the official final push. Read full article >>

CARTOONS OF THE YEAR: Chicago Tribune’s Scott Stantis reveals own child abuse in powerful, ‘wrenching’ essay [Q+A]

AS SCOTT STANTIS followed the news of recent domestic violence and child abuse cases in the NFL, the anger welled up inside him. The details struck deeply, on a profoundly personal level. Right down to the core of his secret. Read full article >>

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” is challenging, but unabashedly bookish

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Developer: The Astronauts Available on PC $19.99 Rarely while playing video games do my thoughts turn to a poet’s musings, but as I tramped my way through The Vanishing of Ethan Carter — the first game from...Show More Summary

Obama watermelon-toothpaste controversy: Apologetic Boston Herald cartoonist says, ‘I detest’ racist humor

TODAY’S INSTANTLY INFAMOUS “watermelon-flavored toothpaste” Obama cartoon (above) was not only published in the Boston Herald. Jerry Holbert’s shocking commentary was also sent out to his clients by his syndicate, Universal Uclick. But here’s the toothpaste-toon capper, if not the real twist: Read full article >>

Tonight’s Thurber Prize: New Yorker cartoonist LIZA DONNELLY strikes apt chords with ‘Women on Men’ [Q+A]

LIZA DONNELLY, the ever-talented New Yorker cartoonist of several decades, is a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, for her latest insightful collection of cartoons, “Women on Men.” Comic Riffs caught up with DonnellyShow More Summary

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