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Filed Under:Entertainment / Comic Books
Posts on Regator:1047
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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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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

Riffing with RICHARD LINKLATER: Our illustrated interview about the director’s brilliant ‘Boyhood’

ARTIST’S NOTE: With his feature films “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly,” director Richard Linklater helped popularize digital-effects technology (known as “interpolated rotoscoping”) to animate live-action footage. In visual tribute...Show More Summary

COMIC-CON EISNER AWARDS: What the winners say in the afterglow of the honor

THIS YEAR’S Eisner Awards, which were presented over the weekend at Comic-Con International in San Diego, lived up to being especially applause-worthy for the diversity of the recognition — as the honorees included richly rendered graphic novels, strongly voiced digital comics and gorgeously archived comic strips. Read full article >>

COMIC-CON EISNER AWARDS: ‘The Oatmeal’s’ Matthew Inman honored after creative shift: ‘Writing these comics was risky for me’

MATTHEW INMAN‘s “The Oatmeal” first became hugely popular as a satiric online feature, but the creator Infrequently did more autobiographical, narrative comics. More recently, the cartoonist set out to change that. Read full article...

COMIC-CON EISNER AWARDS: Israeli graphic novelist Rutu Modan draws upon war—as she hopes for peace

IN HER SUPERB graphic novel “The Property,” Israeli author Rutu Modan writes of war’s devastating effects from the long view of multiple generations, even drawing upon the experiences of her ancestors in Poland. Read full article >>

COMIC-CON 2014: Here are your Eisner Award winners…

Here are the 2014 Eisner Award winners from this weekend at Comic-Con International in San Diego: BEST SHORT STORY: Untitled, by Gilbert Hernandez, in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 (Fantagraphics) BEST SINGLE ISSUE (OR ONE-SHOT): Hawkeye #11: Pizza Is My Business, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel) Read full article >>

COMIC-CON 2014: A closer look at ‘Arrow’s’ upcoming season: From Arsenal to Ra’s al Ghul

NOTE: The usual caveat: Thar be “Arrow” Season 2 spoilers below; if you’re not caught up, proceed knowingly. THE HOOD, bow and arrow and domino mask are all there, but when the third season of the CW’s superhero hit “Arrow” begins Oct. 8, there will be another hand reaching for a quiver. Read full article >>

COMIC-CON 2014: 3 Takeaways from Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman reveal for ‘Batman vs. Superman’

WARNER BROS. wasted little time giving fans what they had been waiting for Saturday during the studio’s presentation before San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H throng of 6,500-strong. Although there was no official confirmation of any big developments in Zack Snyder’s “Batman vs. Show More Summary

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