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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs
Filed Under:Entertainment / Comic Books
Posts on Regator:1077
Posts / Week:5.7
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

‘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 >>

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON 2014: Here are Comic Riffs picks for three days of nerd fun

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON pulls into the Inner Harbor this afternoon for three days of artist close-ups, cosplay and illustrative sessions at the Baltimore Convention Center. To help you navigate all the fun between now and Sunday, here are a few of our don’t-miss picks: Read full article >>

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: ‘Mike’s Place’ will render the tale — and toll — of fatal Tel Aviv bombing in graphic-novel form

IT WAS to be a story of the normalcy amid the madness. Instead, picked from the shards of violence, it became a mosaic of life before and after an oasis was targeted, and lives were lost, and that fierce normalcy was reclaimed like a phoenix. Read full article >>

RIP STAN GOLDBERG: Hall of Fame artist (Marvel, Archie) was ‘great cartoonist’ and ‘great friend’

HOW MUCH MORE can you say of a man, really, than the testament that he was abundantly generous as both a professional talent and a personal friend? Ask those who knew Stan Goldberg well, and they will tell you that whether he was at the drawing table or the dinner table, he was just a pleasure to be around, and converse with, and know. Read full article >>

COLUMBUS’s NATE BEELER: The backstory behind the uplifting DOMA cartoon that just won the Fischetti

UNCHANGED BY journalism’s ever-shifting technology is the magic of the distilled idea — that thunderbolt of inspiration that a cartoonist can deliver with an emotional jolt by way of a single image. And that’s part of what makes theShow More Summary

Read This: Gene Luen Yang’s rousing comics speech at the 2014 National Book Festival gala

SOON, IT WILL be on video. For now, it’s absolutely worth reading in print. Over the weekend, the acclaimed author Gene Luen Yang delivered a speech to an esteemed assemblage of National Book Festival gala guests and organizers and sponsors at the Library of Congress. Show More Summary

Comic Riffs’ Michael Cavna to host the National Book Festival’s first-ever Graphic Novel Night (Check this talent lineup)

IN AN OPEN, free Super Session hosted by The Washington Post’s “Comic Riffs” columnist/cartoonist Michael Cavna, such headlining graphic novelists as Jeff Smith and Bryan Lee O’Malley will talk about their art as part of the National Book Festival’s first-ever Graphic Novel Night — at 6 p.m. Show More Summary

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