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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs
Filed Under:Entertainment / Comic Books
Posts on Regator:999
Posts / Week:5.7
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

ANIMATION OF THE DAY: Line for line, PBS’s Philip Seymour Hoffman short is a poignant gem

WE HERE at Comic Riffs are longtime believers, of course, in the animated interview — whether we’re rapping-with-and-rendering Stan Lee or Neil Gaiman, Lynda Barry or Congressman John Lewis. And as a fan of the form, Comic Riffs appreciates...Show More Summary

‘MALEFICENT’: Angelina Jolie’s villainous screen return soars with $70M debut at box office

ANGELINA JOLIE’s CGI cheekbones cut clean through the competition at the box office. With Jolie returning to the screen for the first time in four years — as the reimagined “Sleeping Beauty” in Disney’s latest visual dazzler — “Maleficent”...Show More Summary

ERIC SHINSEKI: 9 Eye-Catching Cartoons on the VA Hospital Controversy

AS VETERAN AFFAIRS Secretary Eric Shinseki pleads to save his job, if not his current department, the calls for his swift ouster are reaching a fever pitch. Oh, we’re not talking about from lawmakers, lieutenants or the White House. Read full article >>

Image Comics’ ‘C.O.W.L.’ finds heady fun on the big shoulders of ’60s Chicago

IS THE WORLD a safer place if its heroes are punching a time clock? That’s a question at the heart of C.O.W.L. — short for Chicago Organized Workers League — a new creator-owned series from Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel and Rod Reis and published by Image Comics. Read full article >>

See: RIP MAYA ANGELOU — ‘A Woman of Her Word’ [QUICK SKETCH]

THANK YOU, Maya Angelou, for turning your life into literature, and your literature into shared legacy. Rest in Peace. Read full article >>

RACHEL LOUISE CARSON: Google lets fly a Doodle true to environmental writer’s nature

HERE IN MARYLAND, it is impossible to travel too far in any direction without seeing something that celebrates the legacy of author and environmentalist Rachel Carson. There is a greenway trail and a conservation park named for her here,...Show More Summary

MEMORIAL DAY: Bestselling author Max Brooks hopes ‘Harlem Hellfighters’ brings rightful spotlight to all-black WWI regiment

MAX BROOKS says he hasn’t told this full story before, but it is one that informed his early interest in writing about race. In 1964, Max’s mom, the Oscar-winning actress Anne Bancroft, presented an Academy Award for Best Actor to Sidney Poitier, for his performance in “Lilies of the Field” — the first black performer ever to win this prize. Show More Summary

X-MEN: ‘Days of Future Past’ ($91M) wins weekend box office, powers past quarter-million in worldwide gross

“X-Men: Day of Future Past” was plenty magnetic enough to draw Memorial weekend audiences. The fifth “X-Men” film grossed $90.7-million in its domestic debut over the three-day weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Final holiday-weekend numbers are expected Tuesday. Read full article >>

2014 NCS AWARDS: Reuben winner Wiley Miller (‘Non Sequitur’) appreciates honor’s esteemed legacy

ON SATURDAY NIGHT in San Diego, “Non Sequitur” creator Wiley Miller won what he calls “a once-in-a-lifetime award.” Miller means that both wryly — because a cartoonist can win this honor only once ever — but also sincerely, because he appreciates the prize’s rich past. Read full article >>

NCS REUBEN AWARDS: As artists honor each other tonight, a keen memory about one ‘outstanding’ cartoonist

TONIGHT IN SAN DIEGO, scores of cartoonists will don cummerbund and gown to salute each other at the National Cartoonists Society‘s Reuben Awards — considered to be one of the tops honors in comics. The Reubens — which date back to the...Show More Summary

ALL-FEMALE ‘X-MEN’: Editor cites ‘tradition of empowered, beautifully realized, complex female characters’ (You listening, Goyer?)

FROM THE Phoenix Saga to the movie-inspiring Days of Future Past, women have played major roles in some of the greatest moments in the history of the X-Men universe. So it should come as no surprise that an all-female team would be assembled for another X-Men comic book. Read full article >>

‘X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST’: The Six-Point Fanboy Review of a First-Class Film

THERE ARE NO woefully misguided creative mutations this time around. The X-Men franchise is back at full cinematic force. With “X-Men: Days of Future Past” open this weekend, Fox is back to rivaling Marvel Studios at how to deftly adapt iconic comic-book characters for the big screen. Read full article >>

X-MEN: In Cullen Bunn’s new Magneto run, writer goes for the gruesome

WHEN CULLEN BUNN was asked by Marvel Comics editors what his take on Magneto for a solo series would be, he knew there was only one word to describe the tonal approach he wanted to take: Gruesome. Read full article >>

TONIGHT’S RFK AWARDS: Rep. John Lewis ‘happy and thrilled’ to receive special honor for ‘March: Book One’

“I AM very happy and thrilled that ‘March: Book One’ has been recognized and has received such a great honor from the RFK Foundation.” So says civil-rights icon Rep. John Lewis, speaking to The Post’s Comic Riffs ahead of tonight’s awards ceremony at D.C.’s Newseum, as presented by the Robert F. Show More Summary

SHE-HULK co-creator Stan Lee weighs in on David Goyer debate: ‘Only a nut would even think of that’

SEEMS DAVID GOYER had some, um, thoughts on She-Hulk. Well, now Stan Lee — Marvel mastermind and co-creator of the superheroine — has a response to Goyer’s comments that might best be summed up in Hulk-speak: Read full article >>

MARY ANNING: Google digs into history to salute British paleontologist with Doodle

IT WAS the best of finds, it was the worst of times. Mary Anning was a pioneering paleontologist two centuries ago, at a time when a number of notable women were pursuing the science of finding fossils. Yet it was also an era when, as women, they could not be rewarded with the highest professional recognition for their work. Read full article >>

EDWARD SNOWDEN: As NSA leaker gets his own comic book today, the writer ‘leaks’ her inspiration and motivations

FOUR YEARS AGO, Valerie D’Orazio was writing a story about a character who knows too much. Whom people want silenced. And who ultimately delivers all her files to the media, via email, so the whole world shall know these dark secrets. Read full article >>

‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’: New trailer packs humor, star power — and the rise of Rocket Raccoon

ED. NOTE: When it comes to which Marvel character will have the summer’s highest profile as a brand, this may not be the summer of Spidey, Wolverine or Magneto when all is said and done and McSpent. It could yet be the season of quick-talking Rocket Raccoon. Show More Summary

RUBIK’S CUBE INVENTION: Google celebrates toy puzzle’s 40th anniversary with interactive (and addictive) Doodle

IF YOU ARE among the relatively few who can solve a Rubik’s Cube in mere seconds, then you are one of the lucky ones. And if you can resist the call of the tint-spinning toy, then you, too, can consider yourself fortunate. Read full article >>

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