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

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MICHAEL BROWN CARTOON: How the New York Times turned Matt Bors’ satire into real prescience

BECAUSE CARTOONIST MATT BORS is a cultural critic, journalism often find itself square in his cross-hairs — whether some fellow editorial cartoonists are reflexively drawing the late mogul/Buddhist Steve Jobs at the gates of St. Peter, or a news networks report a massive factual error that ends up personally drawing him into a story. Read full article >>

ALTHEA GIBSON: As U.S. Open begins, Google Doodle salutes pioneer who broke tennis’s ‘color line’ there

HOW FITTING THAT Google is celebrating tennis great Althea Gibson right as the U.S. Open kicks off today, for it was at this tournament that her example began to make all the difference. Today would have been Gibson’s 87th birthday, and Google salutes her with an animated Doodle that deftly reflects her “tall and sinewy” reach and grace at the net. Read full article >>

BOX OFFICE: Tale of 2 comic adaptations: ‘Guardians’ wins again; ‘Sin City 2? opens DOA

A WEEK AGO, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez told Comic Riffs that they hoped enough people would flock to see “Sin City 2? so that a second sequel could be greenlighted. Barring a miracle of a turnaround, the co-directors’ crime-noir franchise just slammed stone cold instead into a red-light district. Read full article >>

Rare Superman book draws record $2.2-million bid: The Long Journey of a Record-Setting Comic

THE “HOLY GRAIL” of comic-book collectibles has just received a record-breaking bid — yet the seller would be none too pleased is that’s as high as the offers climbed. Action Comics No. 1 — better known as the book that essentially launched...Show More Summary

ROBIN WILLIAMS TRIBUTE: All this week, ‘Candorville’s’ Darrin Bell movingly reflects on what the legend meant to us

IN THE IMMEDIATE WAKE of Robin Williams’s reported suicide, struggling to fully absorb the news, I chose the psychological salve that many friends also applied: Read full article >>

Crowd-Funding of the Week: ‘Batkid Begins’ film to celebrate 6-year-old cancer survivor’s globally viral story

“One of his doctors told us that with this disease, they just become like a fighter, you know — they have to be. They fight for life. And so I think he sees the good vs. evil battle in superheroes, and just relates to it.” Read full article >>

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON: Today’s the last day to vote for the 2014 Harvey Awards

A QUICK REMINDER: If you’re a comics-industry pro and you haven’t voted yet, today’s your last chance to cast your ballot for the esteemed Harvey Awards. The awards, hosted by Baltimore Comic-Con, honors top writers and artists in nearly two-dozen categories. Show More Summary

JUST IN: Indian, Palestinian cartoonists win CRNI’s 2014 Courage in Editorial Cartooning award

The Cartoonists Rights Network International has just announced that Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra and Palestinian cartoonist Majda Shaheen are the 2014 winners of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning. Read full article >...

SMALL PRESS EXPO: Here are your nominees for the 2014 SPX Ignatz Awards…

Kim Deitch, Nick Drnaso, Sophie Goldstein and Jason Shiga are among the multiple nominees for the 2014 Ignatz Awards, the Small Press Expo announced Monday. The Ignatz, named for George Herriman’s famed “Krazy Kat” character, honors “excellence in independent comics.” Read full article >>

BOX OFFICE: Comic books rule again, as ‘TMNT’ ($28M) and ‘GOTG’ ($25M) top weekend box office

FILMS SPRUNG from comic books have now won every weekend in August. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” grossed $28.4-million, according to studio estimates Sunday, to top the domestic box office for the second straight week. Final numbers are due Monday. Read full article >>

‘BATMAN: Assault on Arkham’: 5 Takeaways from the new animated adventure

The future of the Warner Bros./DC Comics live-action cinematic universe that will follow “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” might still be a mystery, but when it comes to animated features, DC Comics continues to deliver in the present. Read full article >>

AFTER ROBIN WILLIAMS: D.C. humorist’s thoughts on finding the funny while battling depression

EDITOR’S NOTE: When I first met cartoonist/illustrator and standup comedian Teresa Roberts Logan, I was impressed by her warm humor and blazing-quick wit. When I learned that this Memphis-sprung comedian (HBO, Comedy Central) had worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Carey and Paula Poundstone, it made complete sense. Show More Summary

BILL WATTERSON AUCTION: ‘Pearls Before Swine’ creator cites ‘the power of Bill’ as collaboration art raises nearly $70K for Parkinson’s

WHEN BILL Watterson and Stephan Pastis decided to collaborate on three “secret” comic strips for charity, they didn’t know just how much they might raise for Parkinson’s research. Over the weekend, to their surprise and satisfaction, they got their answer. Show More Summary

BOX OFFICE: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ ($69M) wins weekend; joins ‘Guardians’ to boost August

HOW OFTEN do you see a box-office champ seem to taunt its newcomer challenger within the dialogue of the film itself? Early in Marvel Studio’s smash hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” our outlaw hero Peter Quill (the self-dubbed Star-Lord)...Show More Summary

SHELFIES: Revisiting Rutu Modan’s new Eisner winner: Post-Holocaust longings in ‘The Property’

ED. NOTE: Last month, Comic Riffs launched an occasional feature, dubbed “SHELFIES,” in which we pull a favorite graphic novel or other comic off our personal shelves that’s ready for a fresh close-up. Here is our second installment. — M.C. Read full article >>

PAUL POPE: With ‘Escapo’ and ‘Battling Boy,’ 2014 Eisner winner deftly blends the old with the new

PAUL POPE is surveying The Washington Post newsroom, gauging the range of objects from colorful to gray as he strolls past the gleaming cameras and illuminated control-room knobs. There, near the electronic glow, sits a stack of yellowing newspapers, a resilient symbol of information delivery against the technical sheen. Read full article >>

JOHN VENN: How Google artist Mike Dutton overlapped artistry + concept for birthday Doodle

MIKE DUTTON is one of my favorite Google artists not only for how he brings high creativity to his each project, but also for how he illuminates his path to finished product. On Monday, Google is celebrating the 180th anniversary ofShow More Summary

‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’: Marvel’s latest super-team tops box office with record-setting $94M debut

AS A RELIABLE NAME BRAND, Marvel apparently is the new Pixar. And fortunately for Disney, it’s in the business of distributing both. Surprisingly far more of the professional box-office guessers than the fanboys, it seems, “Guardians of the Galaxy” grossed a whopping $94-million this weekend — a record-setting August opening for a domestic debut. Read full article >>

‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’: 10 Takeaways from the debut of Marvel’s next big franchise

EDITOR’S NOTE: We here at Comic Riffs have been monitoring it for so long now: How “Guardians at the Galaxy” seemed to be wending its way onto the broader public radar with just the right mix of speed, thrust and velocity — like a sleeper hit gradually building to a sure thing. Show More Summary

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