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Trump’s deleted cartoon dramatically altered the message, says Indianapolis Star creator

ACROSS THE political spectrum, cartoonists ranging from Lisa Benson (on the right) to Clay Jones (on the left) have turned to a “Trump train” as visual metaphor. But it was a doctored version of Gary Varvel‘s presidential locomotive that was retweeted — and then quickly deleted — by President Trump himself Tuesday morning. Nonprofessionals, of […]

Viral ‘Game of Thrones’/Star Wars video is just the fan mash-up we’re looking for

GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE makes even fan mash-up videos better. Because Christie plays both Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Captain Phasma in Disney’s Star Wars films, there is perhaps no one better (armor-)suited to star in a short that combines both fight-happy pop phenomena. YouTube user Omid G. has garnered more than 1.6 […]

How Trump’s moral leadership went AWOL in Charlottesville, according to cartoons

RARE IS the issue that you can get nearly all political cartoonists to agree upon. But an exception, as far back as Bill Mauldin’s heyday, has been Nazis. In the wake of Charlottesville, President Trump has found a way to unite America’s cartoonists. He has even sparked a growing reaction among satirists on foreign shores. President […]

‘Deadpool 2’ stunt rider is killed in on-set crash, Vancouver police say

A stunt rider was killed Monday morning on the set of “Deadpool 2? in Canada, the Vancouver police department said in a statement. The woman, whose name has not been released, died while attempting a motorcycle trick, police said. Local news station CTV Vancouver reported that the woman was carried to an Advanced Life Support […]

One author pored over Trump’s tweets for months. These are the conclusions he drew.

  SHANNON WHEELER has spent much of this year poring over thousands of President Trump’s tweets, and just when he believes he’s lost the ability to be shocked, @realDonaldTrump hits a fresh nerve. “I keep thinking I’ve been inoculated,” says Wheeler, an Oregon-based cartoonist, “but then I read something new that [hits] like an adrenaline […]

DC Comics’ ‘Dark Nights: Metal’ kicks off with an unexpected Vertigo Comics surprise

Editor’s note: This post contains spoilers for the first issue of “Dark Nights: Metal.” When Scott Snyder began plotting the first issue of DC Comics’ “Dark Nights: Metal” more than a year ago, he had a dream scenario. He just wasn’t sure he’d be able to make it happen. At that time, Snyder already knew […]

Wonder Woman, passing $400 million, is now DC’s most dependable movie superhero

As “Wonder Woman” soared past the $400 million mark at the domestic box office recently, DC Comics’ most popular heroine can also take claim to a new title: Warner Bros. top live-action superhero. WB/DC’s first undeniable hit with both fans and critics since Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy (only “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” […]

Google creates a truly epic interactive Doodle to celebrate hip hop’s 44th birthday jam

THE DAWN of hip hop can be traced to a fateful Bronx back-to-school party in August of 1973, so to celebrate the 44th birthday today, Google has teamed with two superstars to provide an epic global interactive jam. Team Google Doodle includes lifelong fans of hip hop spanning from California to Indiana to Louisiana, and […]

Why the Onion’s ‘Kelly’ is the best bad cartoonist in America

NOTE: As the comics industry enters the heart of its book-awards season, Comic Riffs spotlights some of its favorite eligible books with its “Shelfies” column. POLITICAL CARTOONING sometimes gets knocked for overrelying on century-old tropes that can feel spun from spiderwebs. And perhaps no working cartoonist today feels more dusty than Stan Kelly, the intentionally […]

Are the Porgs in the new Star Wars the next Ewoks — or the next Jar Jar Binks?

Can we get Harrison Ford to voice this Porg and give it a little vest? — Charlie Ashby (@CMWAshby) August 9, 2017 ONE OF the more long-lasting battles in Star Wars history is the fight over how far to push “the cute.” Now, with the introduction of the Porgs in December’s “The Last Jedi,” […]

New Disney and Netflix deals are about streaming — but they take cues from box office

ANIMATED FILMS, live-action adaptations of animated classics and superheroes dominate the global box office each year. So it’s no real surprise this week that the burgeoning streaming-service industry is steering hard to attract fans of those films. Show More Summary

‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’: A game with remarkable emotional intensity

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Developed by: Ninja Theory Published by: Ninja Theory Available on: PS4 and PC We’re all prisoners of our minds to some extent, though some of us more so than others. “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” opens with a warning: “This game contains representations of psychosis. People with experience of psychosis as well as professionals […]

How Trump and North Korea are skewered with satire’s ‘fire and fury,’ according to cartoons

“LIFE’S BUT a walking shadow, a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage / And then is heard no more: It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury / Signifying nothing.” — “MacBeth” When President Trump replied Tuesday to the escalating nuclear threat posed […]

Kimberly Brooks on ‘Voltron’ and ‘opening doors’ through diverse casting

Note: spoilers for season three of Netfilx’s “Voltron: Legendary Defender.” Kimberly Brooks has been a voice actress for over 20 years and has given her vocals to television (a computer on “Big Bang Theory), video games (“Fallout 4”, “Halo 5”) and animation (“Rugrats,” “Shimer and Shine,” “Steven Universe”). But it is her current role voicing […]

Dick Locher, RIP: ‘Dick Tracy’ cartoonist also won the Pulitzer for his Reagan-era satire

NOT TOO many comic artists attain one world-class career, let alone sustain two. But then, Dick Locher, the former Air Force test pilot turned “Dick Tracy” cartoonist, was a rare bird. It was 60 years ago that “Dick Tracy” creator Chester Gould tapped Locher to be his inking assistant on the strip. “I got to […]

Ryan Reynolds reveals an image of Cable from ‘Deadpool 2,’ and we still have lots of questions

DeadPool 2: Your premium #Cable provider. #DeadPool2 — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 7, 2017 Ryan Reynolds is once again hard at work as the official social media intern of “Deadpool 2,” this time posting the highly-anticipated first look at Josh Brolin as the time-traveling mutant Cable on Twitter. Show More Summary

Marvel needs to stop the bad buzz surrounding ABC’s ‘Inhumans’

MARVEL’S “INHUMANS” is going to need awfully positive word of mouth when the ABC series’ expanded pilot hits theaters next month. Because its word of marketing so far is positively awful. And the harder the show’s sales force tries to scrub the early stench, the more the entire enterprise stinks to some Marvel fans. “Inhumans,” […]

How President Trump will spend his summer vacation, according to cartoons

AS PRESIDENT TRUMP has kicked off his 17-day vacation, a few things can be seen as certain, according to visual pundits. There will be plenty of golf — even when his handicap that keeps him from turning in an honestly good score is apparently his inability to turn in an honest score. There will be tweeting, […]

‘Tacoma’ focuses on story over action and that’s just fine

Tacoma Developed by: The Fullbright Company Published by: The Fullbright Company Available on: PC, Xbox One Four years ago the Portland-based developer, The Fullbright Company, released “Gone Home,” a game about a young woman who returns from college to find her family’s home mysteriously vacated. At the time, the idea of a story-driven video game […]

Black lion down: What to expect when ‘Voltron’ returns to Netflix for a third season

As the third season of “Voltron: Legendary Defender” debuts on Netflix, you might assume that by this point, Voltron and the team are seasoned vets at joining and saving the universe. But the producers are taking a slower approach. Instead, the new season of “Voltron” (available to stream Aug. 4) starts with the paladins (the pilots of the […]

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