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How cartoonists are satirizing the latest Anthony Weiner scandal

THERE IS an art within the art of satire when the comedy curdles and the “Pagliacci” clown moves beneath darker clouds. Spoofing Carlos Danger is all fun and games, in other words, until children enter the picture, as it were, and the man’s continued addiction hits like an ax at the very roots of a […]

Richard Thompson: The art of a being a smart, humane artist in a vitriolic wired world

ON SATURDAY EVENING in Northern Virginia, just west of the home of cartoonist Richard Thompson, the guitarist Richard Thompson took the stage. Somehow, the symmetry of the day was fitting. The British singer-songwriter, who performed that night at Wolf Trap in Vienna, is often called “the guitarist’s guitarist” — a moniker that speaks volumes about the […]

Did Ben Affleck just reveal the next major villain in the DC movie universe?

Live-action footage of DC Comics villain Deathstroke on the internet is nothing new — we’ve seen the character on the CW show “Arrow,” portrayed by actor Manu Bennett. Live-action Deathstroke footage being tweeted out by Batman himself, Ben Affleck, well, that’s something else entirely. In Batman-like stealth fashion, Affleck dropped a tweet with what looks […]

‘Yuge!’/’Doonesbury’ cartoonist Garry Trudeau: ‘If Trump wins, I’ll miss civilization as we know it.’

GARRY TRUDEAU has been drawing electoral commentary for nearly a half-century, as well as rendering GOP nominee Donald Trump for the majority of those years. And for the “Doonesbury” creator, the current presidential campaign stands out as distinct from any other. “What I once regarded as harmless buffonery is in fact dangerously symptomatic,” the left-leaning […]

On #NationalDogDay, a celebration of our favorite cartoon dogs

IN THE world of animal metaphors and phrases, the dog often gets the short end of the fetched stick. In the span of a single “dog day afternoon,” for instance, we might “work like a dog” till “our dogs are tired” and, hounded by demands till we feel like one sick puppy, it seems as […]

Here are the cartoons Mike Pence drew while in law school

LONG BEFORE he was trying to draw crowds along the campaign trail for the White House, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was trying to draw humor out of the law-school experience. Hitting the books wasn’t so easy, the Republican vice-presidential nominee has acknowledged in interviews. After thoughts of pursuing the priesthood (he reportedly applied to D.C.’s […]

New Google Doodle beautifully salutes the 100th birthday of the National Park Service

IN 2009, I hosted filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan at The Washington Post as they came to explain their passion behind their latest project, the documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” What most stuck with me from that day is their belief that we are not merely customers and consumers of America’s parks; we […]

#CartoonsSoWhite? Disney’s ‘Moana’ points the way forward for actor diversity in animated films

WHEN THE Disney film “Moana” lands this November, it will feel fresh to many moviegoers for an unusual reason: It is a mainstream Hollywood animated film that casts featured voice actors of color who represent the culture being depicted. “Moana” centers on the adventure of a young woman looking for a fabled Pacific island, with demigod […]

Here’s why geek culture is underrepresented in this century’s ‘100 greatest films’

WE HAVE blockbuster geek-culture films and we have high-art films. But in this millennium, amid modern market forces, can the twain ever really meet? Especially if the name emblazoned on the director’s chair does not read “Nolan”? BBC Culture has just released its list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century, based on the […]

Trump magazine was one of America’s funniest publications. Why did it disappear?

LONG AGO, a Trump magazine was born as an emblem of American greatness. It was glorious. It was glossy. And it had absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump. No, Trump the high-energy Republican nominee was still a 10-year-old Queens lad in short pants when Trump the high-quality periodical was launched 60 years ago this January. […]

He came to D.C. from Nigeria — and created his own African comic-book universe

Roye Okupe didn’t read comic books growing up in Lagos, Nigeria. Comic book shops weren’t around. Instead, Okupe was introduced to superheroes through Saturday morning cartoons such as “Transformers” and “X-Men.” So when he set out to create his own Nigerian superhero, he thought animation was the way to go. That idea led Okupe on a journey that culminated in […]

The art of deception, as inspired by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

BACK IN the mid-Aughts, as the American government was signaling that it hadn’t yet been able to locate the oft-invoked Weapons of Mass Destruction, the comedian Lewis Black began to incorporate a question into his standup act. “Why did they stop lying now?!” Black asked of our elected officials, in a fit of pique. “I […]

‘I’ve had a good life': Donna Wold, the ex-flame who inspired the Little Red-Haired Girl in ‘Peanuts,’ dies

LAST SUMMER, day after day, I called the Little Red-Haired Girl. And night after night, I wondered whether I would ever actually get to talk with her. The Little Red-Haired Girl — actually, the real woman who inspired the iconic “Peanuts” character — was Donna Johnson Wold. And she proved as elusive as Charlie Brown’s […]

Hugo Awards for science fiction: Netflix’s ‘Jessica Jones,’ Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman: Overture’ win big

“THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE,” which Comic Riffs lauded as one of the best graphic novels of last year, was a big winner over the weekend at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon II, in Kansas City. DC/Vertigo’s “Sandman: Overture,” written by Neil Gaiman, won the esteemed Hugo Award for best graphic story. Gaiman thanked the […]

The biggest winners and losers of the summer movie season, from superheroic box office to creature sequels

NOW THAT the Dog Days of Summer have given way to the “War Dogs” of the August gloaming, the movie season’s winners and losers have come into sharper focus. WB/DC’s “Suicide Squad” reigned over North America for the third straight weekend, with a $20.7 million take, according to studio estimates Sunday. And Sony’s “Sausage Party” […]

Rio sketchbook: How do you solve a problem like Ryan Lochte?

HOW DO you solve a problem like Ryan Lochte? No, not the problem of Lochte and his junior cohorts as international incident. And not the ugly aftermath of the new poster child (not certainly not “poster kid”) for the standard Ugly American. The puzzler is: How do you solve the slippery issue of trying to […]

Forget what anyone says: Zendaya would be a perfect Mary Jane in the ‘Spider-Man’ movie

Zendaya may be swinging from webs in the near future. If the rumor first reported by Heroic Hollywood founder and current The Wrap reporter Umberto Gonzalez is true, the singer and Disney Channel star won’t be just any supporting character when she appears in Marvel Studios/Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” next summer. Show More Summary

Inside the stop-motion magic of ‘Kubo,’ which looks like a lock for an Oscar nod

  IF THE new film “Kubo and the the Two Strings” receives an Academy Award nomination — and I believe it likely will — there is one scene that will be one of the main reasons. It is early in the film, when Kubo is being established as a boy artist whose origami animals seem to come […]

The rise of Travis Knight, the son of Nike’s founder who built an animation powerhouse

EARLY IN life, Travis Knight received two especially treasured gifts from his parents. One came to him, and the other required traveling far. When she was pregnant with Travis, Knight’s mother, Penny — a lover of epic fantasy adventure — would read “Lord of the Rings.” Knight believes that imbued him with a love of […]

Small Press Expo: Clowes, Tomine and Walden among leading 2016 SPX Ignatz Award nominees

OUTSTANDING ARTIST finalists Daniel Clowes, Kevin Huizenga, Noah Van Sciver and Tillie Walden are all multiple nominees for the 2016 Ignatz Awards, the Small Press Expo is announcing today. Other multiple nominees include Adrian Tomine, Simon Hanselmann, Kim Deitch and Carolyn Nowak. Here is the full list of nominees for the 2016 Ignatz Awards, which will […]

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