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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ director James Gunn applauds Marvel’s growing embrace of low-budget storytellers

WITH THE announcement this week that “Captain Marvel” has found its directing team in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Marvel Studios continues to extend its trust in directors known more for low-budget storytelling than blockbuster effects. James Gunn, who himself was best known for smaller films like “Slither” before signing with Marvel, applauds the trend. […]

As North Korea tensions mount, cartoonists engage in their own build-up of military symbols

THE LOUDER the clatter of saber-rattling, the more frequent become the familiar symbols of war. Recent days have seen a build-up of militaristic images in many of the world’s editorial cartoons, as surface-to-air commentary on global tensions increases. And as the headlines heighten in their urgent tone about such hot spots as North Korea and Syria, […]

Marvel steers toward directors who specialize in more than spectacle

MARVEL STUDIOS deals in so many large moving parts these days, it can seem as if it’s in the business of delivering huge interlocking narratives — like a freighter loaded down with requisite story threads the size of shipping containers. Assume the captain’s chair and you’ll know what you’ll be towing. Yet that is precisely […]

Bill O’Reilly’s big ouster from Fox News, according to these biting cartoons

AS SLOW as the build-up was, the final cut seemed to come quick. On Wednesday evening, even the word “O’Reilly” seemed to have been scrubbed from the Fox News show logo so hastily that the on-air “The Factor” graphic look rather ill-considered and crude. Then again, ill-considered and crude might be how some detractors describe […]

‘Captain Marvel’ film finds its directors, the duo behind ‘Half Nelson’

MUCH AS Warner Bros. and DC sought a top female director to guide one of its main superheroines, Marvel has studiously sought one for its Captain Marvel movie. Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman” opens in June, giving WB/DC the first solo superheroine film within their connected comic-book universe. And now Marvel is announcing that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck […]

D.C. artist’s poignant tale of immigration ‘purgatory’ wins National Headliner Award

FOR JUANA MEDINA, the journey isn’t over. The Washington-based artist and author must wait another year to apply for U.S. citizenship and then, she still hopes, the chance to vote. But this week, Medina adds to the recognition she’s received for how poignantly she documents that journey. Her comic published on Fusion a year ago […]

‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ will have five post-credits scenes. Yes, five.

JAMES GUNN is sending out his social-media missives in recent days as deftly as he deploys Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot. Ahead of next month’s release of his “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” the director said on Twitter that there are five — count ’em, five — “post-credits” scenes bundled with his new movie, abundant even for […]

‘Teen Titan: The Judas Contract’ turns a classic DC Comics tale into an animated hit

So much time has been spent analyzing Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s recent attempts to make live-action movies with their iconic library of superheroes that it can be easy to forget the connected, straight-to-DVD, animated universe they have built over the years. It should come as no surprise that this multi-movie animated world is well-put […]

‘The Last Jedi’ and ‘Force Awakens’ trailers look very similar when you put them side-by-side

DISNEY HAS long known to trust its time-tested formulas, from character arcs to story beats to the Pavlovian precision of its marketing materials. And now that Star Wars flies a Disney flag, we’re getting a striking example just how exactingly the studio can hit its promotional marks. As Star Wars devotees dissected the first trailer for Rian […]

The five most fascinating revelations about ‘The Last Jedi’ at Star Wars Celebration

FOUR DECADES ago, a Star Wars presentation to launch a fan base was a tiny session run on the cheap at San Diego’s Comic-Con. Now, ahead of December’s Episode VIII, it can be a four-day blowout in Orlando with every hiccup of a half-rumor documented and dissected by international media. Still, from film to animated […]

Fan-favorite artist Dan Parent is bringing back Archie’s classic look — with a twist

Classic Archie is back with a new style. Archie Comics has gotten a couple of revamps recently, but now a new comic book series will debut this summer featuring the classically cartoony art style Archie fans have known for decades. Fan-favorite Archie artist Dan Parent is returning with “Your Pal Archie,” which will debut in print and digitally on […]

The first ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ trailer reveals Luke Skywalker as reluctant hero

“It’s time for the Jedi to end.” We would expect those words — as uttered at the end of the first trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” that debuted today — from a rogue Kylo Ren. Yet instead they come from Jedi legend Luke Skywalker. Is Luke Skywalker himself indeed the last Jedi? Is […]

Jake Tapper achieves a childhood dream by drawing for the new book ‘MAD About Trump’

  JAKE TAPPER remembers it well, the way certain childhood memories remain as indelible as the deepest India ink. It was the bicentennial year, when he was an impressionable 7-year-old, and staring back at him from a glossy magazine cover was the Fonz, as rendered by the late great MAD artist Jack Rickard. The moment […]

Surgeons re-create New Yorker cover to raise awareness about women in medicine

SOMETIMES AN artist, like a surgeon, triggers a surprise reflex by touching the heart of the matter. When Malika Favre rendered the recent animated cover of the New Yorker’s health issue, she told The Post’s Comic Riffs last month, “I wanted to convey simply the feeling of losing control — the sensation in your body […]

Star Wars puts its heroines in the spotlight in the new ‘Forces of Destiny’ animated series

WHEN J.J. ABRAMS’s “The Force Awakens” debuted in late 2015, the franchise’s new character Rey (Daisy Ridley) couldn’t even score a spot in the Star Wars Monopoly game. What a difference there is in Disney and Hasbro’s planning ahead of this December’s “The Last Jedi.” Hasbro delayed its Rey rollout for Monopoly in 2015 — […]

Sean Spicer: How he’s feeling the full-court press of satire

IT’S BEEN the week of the ramped-up apology. From “the friendly skies” to the less-than-friendly White House press briefings, ill-considered decisions have led to viral video clips sparking international uproar. In the case of press secretary Sean Spicer, he kept digging the hole deeper this week […]

Josh Brolin will star as Cable in ‘Deadpool 2.’ Will he also join an X-Force movie franchise?

There Cable was all this time, hiding in an Avengers movie. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report that actor Josh Brolin has been cast as Cable as production prepares to begin on “Deadpool 2,” which will arrive in theaters in 2018. Artist Rob Liefeld, who co-created Cable and Deadpool, instantly posted his approval […]

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ trailer: Optimus Prime goes rogue

It looks like Optimus Prime will be the Autobots’ biggest foe in “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Paramount released the newest trailer for what will be the fifth toy/cartoon inspired “Transformers” movie, directed by Michael Bay and arriving in theaters June 23. The trailer begins by showing that the Transformers had a knight-like presence in medieval […]

So Trump’s a visual learner? You can send your message to him now with #MyDoodle4Donald

THIS MONTH, we are discovering the degree to which President Trump is a visual learner. Amid the ongoing tragedy in Syria last week, The Washington Post reported that Trump’s team made a request in January: Could the intelligence briefings please be delivered with less verbiage and more visuals? Ramp up the graphics and pictures, in […]

Marvel pulls X-Men comic that had a hidden Koranic message. Says the artist: ‘My career is over.’

Not content with merely saving the world from godlike despots, genetic cleansing and global annihilation, the X-Men have spent the past half-century tackling a large swath of social issues. Iceman, one of the original X-Men, is one of several to come out as gay. One X-Men movie centered on biomedical ethics. And Magneto once said he intends to fight […]

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