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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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9/11 remembered: Jimmy Margulies saw the smoke, then drew upon our unity

JIMMY MARGULIES felt so many sensations at once. The planes had hit the towers, and from his newsroom, looking out on the New York skyline, he was witnessing the tragedy, absorbing the shock and horror and confusion, in real time and place.Read full article >>

Hawkman and Hawkgirl have landed: ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ offers 1st look

IT’S A BIRD. Or, more precisely, two birds.Today, the CW has provided a first look at the next set of heroes to soon debut in DC Comics’s ever-growing and interconnected television universe: Hawkman and Hawkgirl.Read full article >>

A new King Kong vs. Godzilla showdown? Naturally, in ‘under one roof’ Hollywood.

OF COURSE we couldn’t keep the big guys away from each other much longer. And by “big guys,” I of course mean the Hollywood suits who know that the easiest way to sell dramatic tension is to slap a “vs.” between two behemoth franchises.Read full article >>

Seth Rogen gets a fresh crack at comics with AMC’s ‘Preacher’

THERE ARE NO second acts in American lives, that ol’ sport F. Scott Fitzgerald observed. Fortunately for Seth Rogen and Ryan Reynolds, then, that they’re Canadian.Even more fortunate, of course, is a factor that speaks to this observation: If you’re well-liked enough by the right people, then there’s often a second chance in comics.Read full article >>

Netflix’s first ‘Jessica Jones’ trailer provides window into Marvel superhero’s debut

AFTER THE successful debut of Hells Kitchen’s man without fear, “Daredevil,” Marvel and Netflix have announced are teasing when fans can dive into another superhero binge, this time with Jessica Jones.Read full article >>

As AAEC shifts, Jack Ohman weighs challenges facing modern political cartoonist

MANY POLITICAL cartoonists are individualists by nature. Even if situated in a newsroom, they might well be set off in a divided room or space, surrounded by a small fortress of sable brush sentries and a large drafting table as drawbridge, a computer screen flanking their side lest an intervening editor mount a surprise offensive. Show More Summary

Calling Neil Gaiman fans: Author’s rarities to go on Humble Bundle to back CBLDF

AN UNFINISHED “Sweeney Todd” graphic novel. Controversial comics anthologies. And a hotly collected, never-reprinted rock book from early in his journalism career.Humble Bundle will announce this afternoon that Neil Gaiman is makingShow More Summary

RIP, Brad Anderson: His syndicate editor remembers the ‘Marmaduke’ creator

LIVE WITH a character long enough, feeding your creation in a deep symbiosis over decades, and you can sometimes detect your creature’s needs, unspoken but clear, like a muted mission bell.Several decades ago, Brad Anderson and wife Barbara set off on a Mediterranean cruise, and so he got ahead of his deadlines at work. Show More Summary

Noted: The ‘other’ Dennis the Menace sets a Guinness record for weekly comics

ALTHOUGH THERE seems to be a record for most everything, it’s certainly worth noting a milestone for a “D.C.” comic that’s been around about as long as Superman.The publisher in this case is the Scotland’s D.C. Thomson & Co., and the...Show More Summary

Star Batman writer rises to the occasion in re-teaming with an early believer

WHEN SCOTT SNYDER learned that frequent collaborator and longtime friend “Jock” would be filling in on art duties for Greg Capullo on Issue No. 44 of Batman (which hits shelves physical and virtual tomorrow), the acclaimed writer seized...Show More Summary

Marvel’s new Korean Hulk could begin to smash recent criticism over diversity

WE’VE GOT to applaud the move.With the news of Marvel’s forthcoming Korean superhero, the publisher is not only continuing to bring new color to its characters, but is also diversifying its creative bullpens after some recent scrutiny. And for this next assignment, Amadeus Cho meets Frank Cho, the acclaimed Maryland-area artist.Read full article >>

Tonight, graphic novelists move from page to the National Book Festival stage

TONIGHT, for the second straight year, the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival will host an evening program for its Graphic Novels Pavilion. Over three hours, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, seven cartoonists will take the stage to illuminate their inspirations — spotlighting what moves them to do just what they do.Read full article >>

National Book Festival: Miss Lasko-Gross enchantingly taps the art of our unease

ED. NOTE: Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Comic Riffs will host and emcee the Graphic Novel Night pavilion at the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival. The participating cartoonists will include Lalo Alcaraz, Keith Knight, Diane Noomin, Stephan Pastis, Trina Robbins and Scott Stantis. Show More Summary

#ForceFriday spoilers: Stars may be mum, but ‘Star Wars’ toys are doing the talking

MOST SHOW UP for the toys. But some come for the clues.Just as the Star Wars filmmakers have been withholding some full character names in “The Force Awakens,” lest we piece together the familial connections, even the tonnage of consumer goods entering the marketplace today — billed as #ForceFriday — can be shipped with minor spoilers.Read full article >>

National Book Festival: Pioneer Trina Robbins ever a vital voice for women creators

ED. NOTE: Tomorrow night, beginning at 7, Comic Riffs will host and emcee the Graphic Novel Night pavilion at the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival. The participating cartoonists will include Lalo Alcaraz, Keith Knight, Miss Lasko-Gross, Diane Noomin, Stephan Pastis and Scott Stantis. Show More Summary

Titan-sized deals: One-two punch greatly builds comiXology’s manga library

COMIXOLOGY HAS LONG been well-aware of how absolutely massive the manga-reading audience is in the West, and the digital-comics company has worked to expand its library of manga titles. But now, especially, the New York-based publisher has bolstered its offerings considerably.Read full article >>

Team ‘Peanuts’ thrilled as new stamps will celebrate ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

“PEANUTS” executive producer Lee Mendelson grew up in World War II-era America, in his native San Francisco, enjoying a range of childhood hobbies. One of his favorites was collecting stamps.Now, 50 years after he helped bring “A Charlie...Show More Summary

‘Beyond Eyes’ review: An interesting concept with visual appeal, but little to hold a player’s attention

Beyond Eyes Developed by: Tiger & Squid and Team17 Published by: Team17 Available on: Mac, PC, Xbox OneIs there a space in the commercial video game marketplace for sketches — not just short games but experiments that lay the groundwork...Show More Summary

So Spielberg says superheroes will go ‘the way of the Western.’ Not so fast, Steven.

THERE IS a moment in the opening of “Austin Powers in Goldmember” when Mike Myers’s title spy dares question a filmmaking decision by Steven Spielberg, whose retort to the criticism is to hold up a gleaming Oscar statuette and say pithily,...Show More Summary

The Taste Test: Pastis and Piccolo rail against the tameness and timidity of comics

ED. NOTE: On Monday, Comic Riffs published a column about the thankless work that can go into being a newspaper comics gatekeeper. (A piece you can read here; and Part 2, about judgment calls and substitute strips, is here.) Today, in Part 3, we talk about the “taste test” as applied to the funny pages, from the perspective of frustrated cartoonists.Read full article >>

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