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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Comic-Con: ‘Overjoyed’ Rep. John Lewis wins ‘the Oscar of comics’ for his civil-rights memoir (+ winners’ list)

SIX DECADES ago, Congress was weighing whether comics were fostering deliquency among America’s young. On Friday night, on the opposite coast, a sitting U.S. congressman was honored for his creative commitment to educating through comics. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was a cartoon-reading teenager when the Comics Code Authority began issuing its protective stamp of […]

‘I Am Setsuna’ review: A JRPG with heart

I Am Setsuna Developed by: Tokyo RPG Factory Published by: Square Enix Available on: PC, PlayStation 4 I can be a little grumpy when I start playing a game. Though I try to keep an open mind when reviewing something that falls outside my usual interests, some games stir me with less enthusiasm than others. […]

Here is the true secret to mocking newly minted nominee Donald Trump

NOW THAT Donald Trump has officially accepted his party’s nomination, one profession in particular has its work cut out for it. Pity America’s cartoonists. Sure, mocking the Donald might seem like gleeful sport to many, but what to do next if you’re a professional? For more than a year now, editorial artists all along the political spectrum […]

Comic Con: Netflix/Marvel entice with ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Iron Fist’ trailers — and confirm ‘Daredevil’s’ return

Some of the first major reveals of Comic Con 2016 come from Marvel’s Netflix universe. “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” brought new trailers to San Diego, showcasing series stars Mike Colter and Finn Jones as Marvel’s indestructible hero and martial-arts expert, respectively. Bring it. #LukeCagehttps://t.co/J04pZrEGPQ — Luke Cage (@LukeCage) July 22, 2016 With a musical […]

The fanboy review: How does ‘Star Trek Beyond’ measure up to the films that boldly went before?

“THING HAVE started to feel a little episodic,” Capt Kirk, as played by Chris Pine, says with a verbal wink in the opening moments of “Star Trek Beyond.” And with that, the latest Trek outing, which opens Friday, doesn’t so much nod to the previous dozen films in the franchise, as it does bow knowingly to the […]

Exclusive: New DeLisle and Trondheim graphic memoirs to be offered in English, via Drawn & Quarterly

SOME CARTOONISTS excel at conveying a profound sense of displacement, when the physical begets the psychological. Two of the best creators around at painting this mental state are the French-language cartoonists Guy DeLisle — whose true-life...Show More Summary

Comic-Con: Eisner nominee Tom King turned five months in Iraq into a Vertigo Comics hit

For Tom King, writing about superheroes in impossible situations comes easy. But sifting through his memories of his time in Iraq and finding a story to tell would prove much more difficult. King, a Washington-area native who most recently had the challenging task of becoming DC Comics’ new Batman writer following Scott Snyder’s popular run, finally […]

Comic-Con: How one of comics’ funniest observational artists says she sees the world

ONE OF the funniest observational artists around hardly sees herself as such. “I’m still surprised when other people think I’m funny,” Lisa Hanawalt, the comics author (“My Dirty Dumb Eyes”) and producer/production designer (Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman”), tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “I just learned to make jokes as a way of moving through the world.” […]

The GOP convention’s pomp, circumstance and plagiarism, according to cartoons

THE BALLOONS. The star-spangled banners. The posters touting the man of the hour with his fashionable young family. Then again, all that could simply be Melania Trump recalling the 2008 Democratic convention. Yes, this week’s parade of RNC political figures in Cleveland has included a spouse speech’s plagiarism, as well as Ted Cruz perhaps upstaging […]

How Star Trek embraced diversity 50 years ago — and continues to do so today

JOHN CHO was in the United Arab Emirates, seeking an Asian husband. “Star Trek Beyond” was shooting in Dubai, and Cho’s character, Sulu, would come out as gay in the new movie. The filmmakers had decided on a simple, brief scene of family reunion in which we glimpse the warm, quiet embrace of the starship Enterprise helmsman, his co-parent […]

‘Star Trek Beyond’ castmate is heartbroken over Anton Yelchin, whose Chekov role won’t be recast

YOU CANNOT knowledgeably watch “Star Trek Beyond” without the pang of awareness that this is the last we’ll see of Anton Yelchin’s Chekov. Now, producer J.J. Abrams says, it’s the last we’ll see of Chekov, period. At least in terms of new work within Abrams’s run on the rebooted film franchise. “Star Trek Beyond” premieres […]

DC Comics’ beloved superhero Nightwing returns — no longer a spy, but still undercover

Few comic-book characters have had as many iterations as Dick Grayson, which should come as no surprise when you consider he’s been a superhero since childhood. From Batman’s kid sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder, to member of the Teen Titans, an adult vigilante life as Nightwing, and most recently, faking his death while secretly being […]

Wait — just how did Ohio become the cradle of great cartoonists?

OHIO just can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight this year, whether its Cavaliers win big, its Indians are winning big or Donald Trump takes the Cleveland stage on Monday evening to promise a win that will be “so big.” Yet as delegates and pundits descend on Ohio for this week’s Republican National Convention, […]

How the rest of the world views American violence and police

BATON ROUGE. St. Paul. Dallas. The latest case in Baltimore. And back to Baton Rouge. Violence involving American police officers and civilians and snipers can read like a never-ending tour of death in 2016. And with the past weekend’s latest fatal eruption in Louisiana, ahead of the Republican and Democratic political conventions, many people say […]

Faith and politics will collide when Hillary Clinton appears in Valiant Comics

Faith and politics will meet head-on in November. Hillary Clinton will appear in the fifth issue of Faith, one of Valiant Comics’ most popular characters, in a special election-edition issue that will hit newsstands real and digital on Nov. 2. Clinton will be on the front of the comic book (with cover art by Paolo Rivera) and […]

From boyhood to Hollywood: Jeff Bezos, who played Star Trek as a kid, has a role in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

ONE QUIRK of working at The Washington Post is that, on occasion, you glimpse one of your bosses — or an iteration thereof — smack in the middle of a Hollywood film, from “All the President’s Men” to “State of Play” to last year’s Oscar-winning “Spotlight.” But this is the first time I can recall […]

Exclusive: Iranian cartoonist opens up about her captivity — and new freedom. #Draw4Atena

OF THE THOUSANDS of artists I have interviewed over the years, few have been as demonstrably brave as Atena Farghadani. Atena was already an experienced activist in her 20s when she drew a cartoon mocking Iran’s parliament to protest her native nation’s anti-birth control policies. She was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard in the summer […]

See the art that streams forth in visual mourning for Nice

YET AGAIN, we turn our mourning eyes toward France. Yet again, so soon after the last massacre in a hurting nation, another attack of apparent terrorism strikes, this time along the French Riviera. And again, we try to absorb the toll exacted by murderous evil targeting innocent civilians. Some say, “Remember Brussels,” but we haven’t […]

Gotta see ’em all! The best of this week’s Pokémon Go cartoons

MANY ARTISTS just cannot resist drawing popular cartoon characters; it’s simply too much fun. And when those characters find a new type of virality across national borders, well, then it becomes like skewering fish in a barrel. So when the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go exploded since the release of its app last week, cartoonists were […]

The writer who helped kill Superman is bringing him new life

Dan Jurgens is perhaps most famous as the person who wrote and drew one of the biggest moments in the history of comic-books back in 1992, “The Death of Superman.” He is now writing the DC Comics series that gave birth to the superhero era: Action Comics, in DC’s new “Rebirth” era. Jurgens takes the first word […]

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