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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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‘Gotham’ TV recap (Ep. 17): Of Red Hoods, a black past and prison-bar blues

A WEEK AFTER revealing a character who may or may not become the Joker, “Gotham” gives us the debut of the Red Hood Gang, adding further speculation as to just whether the Joker has already made an appearance on the Bat-prequel show.Read full article >>

Oscars: ‘Birdman,’ or: What we talk about when we talk about Hollywood’s love/hate of comics

“EVERYBODY HERE are holdouts against a tsunami of superhero movies that have swept this industry,” writer-director Dan Gilroy said over the weekend at the Spirit Awards, while clutching a trophy for his “Nightcrawler” before a crowd that included veterans of Batman, Spider-Man and Hulk films.Read full article >>

The Order: 1886 reviewed — A beautiful, boring disappointment

The Order: 1886 Developed by: Ready at Dawn Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment Available on: PlayStation 4The Victorian era ended with Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, but seldom has it relaxed its grip on the popular imagination. Show More Summary

The Oscars: Here’s what to expect from host Neil Patrick Harris…

HOW CAN YOU not appreciate Neil Patrick Harris as an awards host? In the post-Carson and Hope era, he’s got the song-and-dance skills of Hugh Jackman, the crack timing of Billy Crystal, the warmth of Ellen DeGeneres — and better recovery skills than Rob Lowe’s Snow White.Read full article >>

Aquaman: Until Jason Momoa lands, we can dive into ‘Justice League’s’ Man From Animation

ED. NOTE: With Friday’s viral image reveal of Jason Momoa in costume as big-screen Aquaman, Comic Riffs looks at the Arthur Curry we already have before us: The Man From Animation. —M.C.WHEN Comic Riffs spotlighted Warner Bros.’ animated...Show More Summary

The Oscars: How Ireland’s Tomm Moore deep-dived into 2014?s most transporting animated film: ‘Song of the Sea’

IN THE WINTER of 2010, when I first spoke with first-time Academy Award nominee Tomm Moore, the Irish animator who crafted that year’s “Secret of Kells” said he hoped to return to the Oscars circle in three or four more films.Read full article >>

The Oscars: Want to know why ‘LEGO’ was really snubbed? All 5 animated nominees share this trait.

Cavna’s Caveat: Thar be spoilers. Because host Neil Patrick Harris is already rewriting those “Fifty Shades of Grey” jokes (“Whoa, folks, talk about your ‘WHIPlash’!”), we can’t wait any longer for the rest of the class. Onward to Oscar. Read full article >>

First look: Jason Momoa’s Aquaman hits the aqua ‘Net. How Zack Snyder united the fanboy seas

SO, AQUAMAN has hit the Aqua-’Net.What, you were expecting Vinny Chase?From the director who provided the most chiseled Superman suit so far?This is not your HBO’s Arthur Curry.Read full article >>

RIP, Harris Wittels: ‘Parks and Rec’ producer, @Humblebrag author was a genuinely gifted wit

IN THE SUMMER of 2012, Comic Riffs emailed TV producer and author Harris Wittels. The Washington Post Magazine would be holding a readers’ humor contest. Did Wittels want to help judge it?The email reply came as quick and entertaining as you’d expect from an A-list comedic mind:Read full article >>

Gene Luen Yang ‘honored’ to be among inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award finalists

LAST SUMMER, at the National Book Festival’s swank kickoff at the Library of Congress, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang gave a rousing speech about diversity, and the late creator Dwayne McDuffie’s place as a pioneer, that subsequently went viral.Read full article >>

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: How Marvel’s new Spanish-language stories help build a welcome bridge

ED. NOTE:Marvel Comics has just announced that on May 2, for national Free Comic Book Day, the publisher will offer for the first time a free, multi-story Spanish-language edition featuring the work of Nick Bradshaw, Jonathan Hickman and Charles Soule, among others. Show More Summary

RIP, DAVID CARR: Eisner-nominated cartoonist Derf pays tribute to his staunch alt-press ‘champion’

AT SOME POINT, on some level, most cartoonists need a champion — some clear-eyed soul who not only can detect talent in your hand and mind that maybe you yourself weren’t even fully aware of, but who also can see your gifts within a bigger picture. Show More Summary

ALESSANDRO VOLTA: Father of the electrical battery sparks inspiration for Team Google Doodle’s new artist

NEW KID’s got spark. Google just plugged him into the lineup, and he delivered.The tech titan’s newest charge is Mark Holmes, and today, the artist trots out one beautiful Doodle — his second one ever.Read full article >>

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, an extension of a 30-year love affair

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DDeveloped by: Nintendo Published by: Nintendo Available on: Nintendo 3DSOn the scale of artistic achievement, perhaps the rarest feat a person or group can accomplish is to create a genre. Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has done just that. Show More Summary

SKETCHBOOK: These words of a detained Malaysian cartoonist resonate after Charlie Hebdo and Copenhagen

THEY ARE the four silliest words I often, as occupational hazard, hear. “It’s just a cartoon.” Silly because a good cartoon is one of the clearest and most concise ways to communicate an idea, an intellectual laser-beam of a thing that hoodwinks the brain’s misdirected critical filters and kidnaps the cortex like the nastiest of Nastian cartoons. Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’ TV RECAP (Ep. 16): Dusting for Prince: Are we witnessing the tears of a Clown?

WE ALREADY know that Haly’s Circus will provide half of the Dynamic Duo. As the famous DC Comics circus makes its debut in tonight’s “Gotham,” the question that overshadows any Robin the Boy Wonder origin story is: Did Haly’s produce the Joker, as well?Read full article >>

GARRY TRUDEAU: ‘Doonesbury’ creator becomes first cartoonist ever to receive George Polk career award

IN A CAREER of many firsts, Garry Trudeau has just notched another one.The “Doonesbury” creator has just been announced as the recipient of the George Polk career award — the 33rd person to garner the honor, but the first cartoonist to do so.Read full article >>

BOX OFFICE: Another comic-book movie slays ‘em as ‘Kingsman’ ($35M) soars to second place

WE ALL KNEW “Fifty Shades of Grey” would dominate, as it were. But blimey, what about Matthew Vaughn’s latest upstart action flick?Yet again, a “comic book” movie has exceeded many expectations.Fox’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” opened...Show More Summary

Copenhagen attack: Amid this ‘brutal war,’ Cartoonists Rights director stresses echoes of Charlie Hebdo

ROUND AFTER ROUND was fired today into a Copenhagen cafe, and the deadly burst rang with echoes of Paris. In the hail of bullets, some heard a familiar sound: freedom of expression again coming under attack.Read full article >>

Fifty Shades of Black-Grey: How dynamic married duo created Harley Quinn/Batman issue for Valentine’s Day

HAVING WORKED together on multiple issues of Harley Quinn, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti were the perfect candidates to put together a special Valentine’s Day issue, starring DC Comics’ comedic femme fatale. The fact that the two comics-industry veterans are married to each other just made the collaborative process that much more fun.Read full article >>

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