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Filed Under:Entertainment / Comic Books
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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK: No ‘Bone’ or ‘Neverwhere’? Here’s why we can’t afford to shelve the debate

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last winter, Comic Riffs wrote an essay (“The Trial Balloon”) on educators tapping the power of graphic novels — a report that was partly inspired by the banning of certain comics in schools. So Comic Riffs especiallyShow More Summary

‘EL DEAFO’: With her first (and so funny) graphic novel, deaf Va. artist CECE BELL hopes her tale will help others

IT IS A STORY Cece Bell knew she wanted to tell, and believed it was something she should share. But it took decades of discovery and experience, and then artistic growth and parenthood, to get to a place where she was ready to put it to paper. Read full article >>

FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN 2014: Google Doodle shows how inspired fall artists use the leaf of paper

. BACK IN MARCH, Eisner-nominated artist Eleanor Davis created a beguiling animated Google Doodle to celebrate the budding Spring Equinox. The watering of the letters in “Google” by a “blob lady” resulted in the blooming Doodle, Davis (“How to be Happy”) told The Post’s Comic Riffs. Read full article >>

‘Gotham’ recap, series debut: Q. Will this Bat-show keep riddling us with riveting questions?

WHAT CAN WE take away from a show that wants to be a part of TV’s current superhero boom, but doesn’t have a superhero? Is young cop Jim Gordon’s rise through a corrupt, sometimes inept police department enough to keep us tuned in week...Show More Summary

‘GOTHAM’: 5 Bat Takeaways from the new Fox series

CAN A BATMAN television show without Batman be the small screen’s next superhero hit? This is a golden age for comic-book-inspired television. The success of the CW’s “Arrow” has spawned more shows that leap from the favorite pages of fanboys. Show More Summary

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: O ‘Destiny’—its beauty lies in the eye of the consoler

EDITOR’S NOTE: Starting today, Style will occasionally offers video-game reviews. Here is the first one, from freelance contributor Christopher Byrd, for the new game DESTINY. DESTINY Reviewed by Christopher Byrd Read full article >...

‘THE VALIANT’: Lemire, Kindt & Rivera thrilled to team on ‘the coolest thing that we could’

THE VALIANT COMICS universe might be experiencing its Big Bang moment. Not that Valiant’s 21st-century modernization of ’90s classics and successful 2012 relaunch doesn’t qualify as a universe-building moment. But with this summer’sShow More Summary

‘BLACK COMICS’: Fresh off milestone Eisner Award, (Howard alumna) scholar goes deep beneath black-and-white of comics page at Fall for the Book [Q&A]

. A QUARTER-CENTURY AGO, the late comics creator and pioneering minority-owned-business leader Dwayne McDuffie wrote a mock proposal for a new comic series, “Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers.” The Marvel memo unfurled a string of sharpShow More Summary

2014 MacARTHUR ‘GENIUS’ GRANTS: For groundbreaking ‘Fun Home’ cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the latest twist in her ‘really crazy’ year

SITTING IN ITALY, basking in the peaceful and rejuvenating world of an artist’s retreat in Umbria, Alison Bechdel was tempted not to acknowledge the call. “I actually didn’t want to pick up the phone,” Bechdel tells The Post’s Comic Riffs this morning from Italy, of the call that came three weeks ago from Chicago. Show More Summary

CARTOON OF THE DAY: Signe Wilkinson memorializes her mentor, Tony Auth (RIP)

SIGNE WILKINSON not only knew Tony Auth, sharing the perch of “political cartoonist” with her fellow Philadelphia artist for decades. She was also mentored by him. Auth “relished egging on other cartoonists, including young ones starting out, including me,” Wilkinson told The Post’s Comic Riffs on Sunday evening. Show More Summary

THE CW’S ‘ARROW’: As Season 3 nears, here are 4 reasons that today’s new Blu-ray hits the mark

IT’S A FITTING time to reflect on just how far the CW’s superhero hit “Arrow” has traveled in just two seasons. As “Arrow’s” second season becomes available Tuesday on Blu-ray, DVD and digital devices — ahead of the third-season premiere Oct. Show More Summary

RIP, TONY AUTH: Colleagues salute Pulitzer-winning Philadelphia journalist as a singular, big-hearted artist

“IT’S BEEN a great ride.” Those were Tony Auth’s words just two years ago, when the Pulitzer-winning cartoonist talked about his decision to retire, ending his remarkable four-decade run and reign at the Philadelphia Inquirer. At that time, Auth was brimming with joy and enthusiasm about the next phase of his career and life. Show More Summary

SPX: SMALL PRESS EXPO: Here are your 2014 Ignatz Award winners…

SOME MULTI-DAY comics conventions seem to breed fatigue, like a lean-in, shoulder-to-shoulder war of artist-alley attrition and sketchy nutrition. The marathon demands second and third winds. You come, you see, you’re conquered. Read full article >>

SMALL PRESS EXPO: Dean Haspiel’s ‘Fear, My Dear’ is a hard-boiled dish, best served bold

LAST MONTH, I sat in a darkened theater, all alone, to screen a preview of “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Rarely have I longed so much to have another person in the multiplex — anyone — to crack a joke or breathe a little warmth into this airless experience. Read full article >>

LEO TOLSTOY: How inspired Google Doodle artist takes novel approach to rendering a legend

IF MUCH OF the world didn’t know Roman Muradov’s enchanting art prior to today, now millions more will appreciate his graphic magic. Muradov is a master interpreter, pulling from enormous universes of prose just the right reflected lights he needs to represent a moment that visually speaks volumes. Show More Summary

BOX OFFICE: Amid dismal season, ‘Guardians’ becomes only 4th four-time champ in a decade

“GUARDIANS” might be able to save the galaxy, but Star-Lord can do only so much to boost the dimmed starpower of the early September box office. Disney/Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” won its third straight weekend — and fourth overall — by grossing $10.2 million domestically, according to studio estimates. Final numbers are due later today. Read full article >>

2014 HARVEY AWARDS: Broadway producer’s ‘The Fifth Beatle’ yields ‘humbling’ twin honors [+FULL WINNERS LIST]

GROWING UP, Vivek Tiwary didn’t just want to meet comics creators. Standing there in the autograph line, Tiwary wanted one day to become a comics creator. On Saturday night in Baltimore, in a roomful of cartoonists, he achieved another milestone in having arrived at that very dream. Read full article >>

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON: First-ever Kurtzman Hall of Fame award to go to Charles Schulz at tonight’s Harvey Awards

WHEN A CARTOONIST is second to none, it is only right and proper to put him forth first. And on Saturday night in Baltimore, the Harveys ceremony will do just that. The executive committees for the Harvey Awards and Baltimore Comic-Con...Show More Summary

Thomas Pynchon made a personal edit to his lines on ‘The Simpsons’ out of loyalty to Homer

“The Simpsons” has hosted hundreds of guest stars to voice characters or themselves over the course of its epic 25-year run. Show executives recently shared the story of how one was bold enough to change his lines to defend the honor of one of the characters. Read full article >>

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