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What cartoonists will miss most about drawing ‘scruffy’ Steve Bannon

WE GATHER here today, friends and cartoonists, to mourn the passing of Steve Bannon’s visage as a White House caricature. Pity the poor editorial artist, readers, because with Friday’s news that Bannon is no more as an official adviser to Presiden
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What cartoonists will miss most about drawing ‘scruffy’ Steve Bannon

WE GATHER here today, friends and cartoonists, to mourn the passing of Steve Bannon’s visage as a White House caricature. Pity the poor editorial artist, readers, because with Friday’s news that Bannon is no more as an official adviser to President Trump, the dogged political cartoonist loses one of the most interesting Oval Office faces […]

The best cartoons about the eclipse — and why it fascinates us

ECLIPSE CARTOONS, unlike the celestial event itself, require no special glasses from NASA. To appreciate the lunacy of a good lunar joke, all you need is the patience not to jump ahead to the punchline first, and the wisdom not to stare directly at the gag un
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The best cartoons about the eclipse — and why it fascinates us

ECLIPSE CARTOONS, unlike the celestial event itself, require no special glasses from NASA. To appreciate the lunacy of a good lunar joke, all you need is the patience not to jump ahead to the punchline first, and the wisdom not to stare directly at the gag until it’s ready to be sprung. In the next […]

Next week’s striking New Yorker cover shows Trump traveling with the KKK

THE NEW YORKER has gone after President Trump with withering satire all year, so the magazine wasn’t going to pull any punches after the commander in chief’s “on many sides” rhetoric in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesv
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Next week’s striking New Yorker cover shows Trump traveling with the KKK

THE NEW YORKER has gone after President Trump with withering satire all year, so the magazine wasn’t going to pull any punches after the commander in chief’s “on many sides” rhetoric in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville. “Trump and KKK on the cover of The New Yorker? It has come to that,” New […]

Captain America was punching Nazis in 1941. Here’s why that was so daring.

IF THERE’S one superhero character whose rise might be most tied to the events of World War II, it is Captain America, who emerged from the minds of legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby and sprung forth from an iconic 1941 debut cover on which Cap smacks H
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Captain America was punching Nazis in 1941. Here’s why that was so daring.

IF THERE’S one superhero character whose rise might be most tied to the events of World War II, it is Captain America, who emerged from the minds of legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby and sprung forth from an iconic 1941 debut cover on which Cap smacks Hitler right in the kisser. Captain America is so […]

SPX Ignatz Award nominees: Books tackling bigotry top ‘the Spirit Awards of comics’

EMIL FERRIS continues to have a breakthrough year. Her debut graphic novel “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters” has just received three Ignatz Award nominations, Small Press Expo is announcing Thursday. The Chicago-sprung creator’s coming-of-age “sketc
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SPX Ignatz Award nominees: Books tackling bigotry top ‘the Spirit Awards of comics’

EMIL FERRIS continues to have a breakthrough year. Her debut graphic novel “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters” has just received three Ignatz Award nominations, Small Press Expo is announcing Thursday. The Chicago-sprung creator’s coming-of-age “sketchbook” tale, published by Fantagraphics, has already been called “one of the most profound, ambitious and accomplished creative works to appear […]

Stan Lee created superheroes who fight hate. Here’s what he has to say after Charlottesville.

MORE THAN a half-century ago, Stan Lee began to help create Marvel characters who responded through allegory to the protests and violence and racial hate he saw playing out on America’s streets. “I always felt the X-Men, in a subtle way, often touche
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Stan Lee created superheroes who fight hate. Here’s what he has to say after Charlottesville.

MORE THAN a half-century ago, Stan Lee began to help create Marvel characters who responded through allegory to the protests and violence and racial hate he saw playing out on America’s streets. “I always felt the X-Men, in a subtle way, often touched upon the subject of racism and inequality, and I believe that subject […]

How cartoons are mocking the president’s Trump Tower press conference

“I’M NOT putting anybody on a moral plane,” President Trump said Tuesday during his heated news conference from the lobby of Trump Tower, as The Washington Post reported, while speaking to last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville. “There was
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How cartoons are mocking the president’s Trump Tower press conference

“I’M NOT putting anybody on a moral plane,” President Trump said Tuesday during his heated news conference from the lobby of Trump Tower, as The Washington Post reported, while speaking to last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville. “There was a group on this side, you can call them the left — you’ve just called them the left […]

Trump’s deleted cartoon dramatically altered the message, says Indianapolis Star creator

ACROSS THE political spectrum, cartoonists ranging from Lisa Benson (on the right) to Clay Jones (on the left) have turned to a “Trump train” as visual metaphor. But it was a doctored version of Gary Varvel‘s presidential locomotive that was retweet
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Trump’s deleted cartoon dramatically altered the message, says Indianapolis Star creator

ACROSS THE political spectrum, cartoonists ranging from Lisa Benson (on the right) to Clay Jones (on the left) have turned to a “Trump train” as visual metaphor. But it was a doctored version of Gary Varvel‘s presidential locomotive that was retweeted — and then quickly deleted — by President Trump himself Tuesday morning. Nonprofessionals, of […]

Wonder Woman, passing $400 million, is now DC’s most dependable movie superhero

As “Wonder Woman” soared past the $400 million mark at the domestic box office recently, DC Comics’ most popular heroine can also take claim to a new title: Warner Bros. top live-action superhero. WB/DC’s first undeniable hit with both fans and crit
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Wonder Woman, passing $400 million, is now DC’s most dependable movie superhero

As “Wonder Woman” soared past the $400 million mark at the domestic box office recently, DC Comics’ most popular heroine can also take claim to a new title: Warner Bros. top live-action superhero. WB/DC’s first undeniable hit with both fans and critics since Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy (only “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” […]

Hip-hop history: Google creates epic musical Doodle to kick off 44th birthday jam

THE DAWN of hip-hop can be traced to a fateful Bronx back-to-school party in August 1973, so to celebrate the symbolic 44th birthday today, Google has teamed with two superstars to provide an epic global interactive jam. Team Google Doodle includes lifelong f
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Hip-hop history: Google creates epic musical Doodle to kick off 44th birthday jam

THE DAWN of hip-hop can be traced to a fateful Bronx back-to-school party in August 1973, so to celebrate the symbolic 44th birthday today, Google has teamed with two superstars to provide an epic global interactive jam. Team Google Doodle includes lifelong fans of hip-hop spanning from California to Indiana to Louisiana, and its artists […]

Why the Onion’s ‘Kelly’ is the best bad cartoonist in America

NOTE: As the comics industry enters the heart of its book-awards season, Comic Riffs spotlights some of its favorite eligible books with its “Shelfies” column. POLITICAL CARTOONING sometimes gets knocked for over-relying on century-old tropes that can fee
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Why the Onion’s ‘Kelly’ is the best bad cartoonist in America

NOTE: As the comics industry enters the heart of its book-awards season, Comic Riffs spotlights some of its favorite eligible books with its “Shelfies” column. POLITICAL CARTOONING sometimes gets knocked for over-relying on century-old tropes that can feel spun from spider webs. And perhaps no working cartoonist today feels more dusty than Stan Kelly, the […]

Are the Porgs in the new Star Wars the next Ewoks — or the next Jar Jar Binks?

Can we get Harrison Ford to voice this Porg and give it a little vest? pic.twitter.com/30jPCq5Q1q — Charlie Ashby (@CMWAshby) August 9, 2017 ONE OF the more long-lasting battles in Star Wars history is the fight over how far to push “the cute.” Now
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Are the Porgs in the new Star Wars the next Ewoks — or the next Jar Jar Binks?

Can we get Harrison Ford to voice this Porg and give it a little vest? pic.twitter.com/30jPCq5Q1q — Charlie Ashby (@CMWAshby) August 9, 2017 ONE OF the more long-lasting battles in Star Wars history is the fight over how far to push “the cute.” Now, with the introduction of the Porgs in December’s “The Last Jedi,” […]

New Disney and Netflix deals are about streaming — but they take cues from box office

ANIMATED FILMS, live-action adaptations of animated classics and superheroes dominate the global box office each year. So it’s no real surprise this week that the burgeoning streaming-service industry is steering hard to attract fans of those films. Net
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New Disney and Netflix deals are about streaming — but they take cues from box office

ANIMATED FILMS, live-action adaptations of animated classics and superheroes dominate the global box office each year. So it’s no real surprise this week that the burgeoning streaming-service industry is steering hard to attract fans of those films. Netflix, which already is in business with Marvel Studios with series like “Luke Cage” and “Jessica Jones,” on Monday […]

‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’: A game with remarkable emotional intensity

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Developed by: Ninja Theory Published by: Ninja Theory Available on: PS4 and PC We’re all prisoners of our minds to some extent, though some of us more so than others. “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” opens with a warning:
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‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’: A game with remarkable emotional intensity

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Developed by: Ninja Theory Published by: Ninja Theory Available on: PS4 and PC We’re all prisoners of our minds to some extent, though some of us more so than others. “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” opens with a warning: “This game contains representations of psychosis. People with experience of psychosis as well as professionals […]

How Trump and North Korea are skewered by the ‘fire and fury’ of cartoonists

“LIFE’S BUT a walking shadow, a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage / And then is heard no more: It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury / Signifying nothing.” — “MacBeth” When President Trump replie
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How Trump and North Korea are skewered by the ‘fire and fury’ of cartoonists

“LIFE’S BUT a walking shadow, a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage / And then is heard no more: It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury / Signifying nothing.” — “MacBeth” When President Trump replied Tuesday to the escalating nuclear threat posed […]

Kimberly Brooks on ‘Voltron’ and ‘opening doors’ through diverse casting

Note: spoilers for season three of Netfilx’s “Voltron: Legendary Defender.” Kimberly Brooks has been a voice actress for over 20 years and has given her vocals to television (a computer on “Big Bang Theory), video games (“Fallout 4”, “Halo 5
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Kimberly Brooks on ‘Voltron’ and ‘opening doors’ through diverse casting

Note: spoilers for season three of Netfilx’s “Voltron: Legendary Defender.” Kimberly Brooks has been a voice actress for over 20 years and has given her vocals to television (a computer on “Big Bang Theory), video games (“Fallout 4”, “Halo 5”) and animation (“Rugrats,” “Shimer and Shine,” “Steven Universe”). But it is her current role voicing […]

Dick Locher, RIP: ‘Dick Tracy’ cartoonist also won the Pulitzer for his Reagan-era satire

NOT TOO many comic artists attain one world-class career, let alone sustain two. But then, Dick Locher, the former Air Force test pilot turned “Dick Tracy” cartoonist, was a rare bird. It was 60 years ago that “Dick Tracy” creator Chester Gould tappe
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Dick Locher, RIP: ‘Dick Tracy’ cartoonist also won the Pulitzer for his Reagan-era satire

NOT TOO many comic artists attain one world-class career, let alone sustain two. But then, Dick Locher, the former Air Force test pilot turned “Dick Tracy” cartoonist, was a rare bird. It was 60 years ago that “Dick Tracy” creator Chester Gould tapped Locher to be his inking assistant on the strip. “I got to […]

Armenia refutes opening fire towards Azerbaijani village, injuring teenager

Armenian defense ministry press secretary Artsun Hovhannisyan in a Facebook post refuted the claims as completely fasle.
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Armenia refutes opening fire towards Azerbaijani village, injuring teenager

Armenian defense ministry press secretary Artsun Hovhannisyan in a Facebook post refuted the claims as completely fasle.

Ryan Reynolds reveals an image of Cable from ‘Deadpool 2,’ and we still have lots of questions

DeadPool 2: Your premium #Cable provider. #DeadPool2 pic.twitter.com/LboS0iVDqZ — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 7, 2017 Ryan Reynolds is once again hard at work as the official social media intern of “Deadpool 2,” this time postin
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Ryan Reynolds reveals an image of Cable from ‘Deadpool 2,’ and we still have lots of questions

DeadPool 2: Your premium #Cable provider. #DeadPool2 pic.twitter.com/LboS0iVDqZ — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 7, 2017 Ryan Reynolds is once again hard at work as the official social media intern of “Deadpool 2,” this time posting the highly-anticipated first look at Josh Brolin as the time-traveling mutant Cable on Twitter. The image has all the requirements that […]

Marvel needs to stop the bad buzz surrounding ABC’s ‘Inhumans’

MARVEL’S “INHUMANS” is going to need awfully positive word of mouth when the ABC series’s expanded pilot hits theaters next month. Because its word of marketing so far is positively awful. And the harder the show’s sales force tr
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Marvel needs to stop the bad buzz surrounding ABC’s ‘Inhumans’

MARVEL’S “INHUMANS” is going to need awfully positive word of mouth when the ABC series’s expanded pilot hits theaters next month. Because its word of marketing so far is positively awful. And the harder the show’s sales force tries to scrub the early stench, the more the entire enterprise stinks to some Marvel fans. “Inhumans,” […]

How President Trump will spend his summer vacation, according to cartoons

AS PRESIDENT TRUMP has kicked off his 17-day vacation, a few things can be seen as certain, according to visual pundits. There will be plenty of golf — even when his handicap that keeps him from turning in an honestly good score is apparently his inabi
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How President Trump will spend his summer vacation, according to cartoons

AS PRESIDENT TRUMP has kicked off his 17-day vacation, a few things can be seen as certain, according to visual pundits. There will be plenty of golf — even when his handicap that keeps him from turning in an honestly good score is apparently his inability to turn in an honest score. There will be tweeting, […]

‘Tacoma’ focuses on story over action and that’s just fine

Tacoma Developed by: The Fullbright Company Published by: The Fullbright Company Available on: PC, Xbox One Four years ago the Portland-based developer, The Fullbright Company, released “Gone Home,” a game about a young woman who returns from college to f
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‘Tacoma’ focuses on story over action and that’s just fine

Tacoma Developed by: The Fullbright Company Published by: The Fullbright Company Available on: PC, Xbox One Four years ago the Portland-based developer, The Fullbright Company, released “Gone Home,” a game about a young woman who returns from college to find her family’s home mysteriously vacated. At the time, the idea of a story-driven video game […]

Black lion down: What to expect when ‘Voltron’ returns to Netflix for a third season

As the third season of “Voltron: Legendary Defender” debuts on Netflix, you might assume that by this point, Voltron and the team are seasoned vets at joining and saving the universe. But the producers are taking a slower approach. Instead, the new seas
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Black lion down: What to expect when ‘Voltron’ returns to Netflix for a third season

As the third season of “Voltron: Legendary Defender” debuts on Netflix, you might assume that by this point, Voltron and the team are seasoned vets at joining and saving the universe. But the producers are taking a slower approach. Instead, the new season of “Voltron” (available to stream Aug. 4) starts with the paladins (the pilots of the […]

What does Domino’s reveal mean for ‘Deadpool 2’ and future X-Men movies?

Ryan Reynolds just gave us a possible preview of what an X-Force movie could look like. Reynolds tweeted the highly-anticipated first official image of Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”) as Domino, who will appear in “Deadpool 2″ when it hits theaters in s
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What does Domino’s reveal mean for ‘Deadpool 2’ and future X-Men movies?

Ryan Reynolds just gave us a possible preview of what an X-Force movie could look like. Reynolds tweeted the highly-anticipated first official image of Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”) as Domino, who will appear in “Deadpool 2″ when it hits theaters in summer 2018. Some people just know how to work a red carpet. #Domino #DeadPool2 pic.twitter.com/llCc8JfKT6 — Ryan […]

Research shows 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night could prevent obesity

In the study, experts found that sleeping an average of six hours a night adds up to three centimeters to the waistline.
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Research shows 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night could prevent obesity

In the study, experts found that sleeping an average of six hours a night adds up to three centimeters to the waistline.

‘Rick and Morty’ creators reveal the long creative road to tonight’s Season 3 return

THE QUESTION had hung over Adult Swim’s animated smash “Rick and Morty” for so long that when the show’s creators took San Diego’s Comic-Con International stage a week ago, any answer was spoken in the tone of implied half-apolog
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‘Rick and Morty’ creators reveal the long creative road to tonight’s Season 3 return

THE QUESTION had hung over Adult Swim’s animated smash “Rick and Morty” for so long that when the show’s creators took San Diego’s Comic-Con International stage a week ago, any answer was spoken in the tone of implied half-apology. Fans had lined up for hours to see creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, but that […]

From Scaramucci to health care, how cartoonists lampooned Washington’s wild week

SURE, NEW White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci peppered a fresh news cycle with his colorful four-letter words. Yet back in the heart of Congress on Friday, as the health-care “skinny repeal” battle dragged toward predawn, Sen. J
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From Scaramucci to health care, how cartoonists lampooned Washington’s wild week

SURE, NEW White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci peppered a fresh news cycle with his colorful four-letter words. Yet back in the heart of Congress on Friday, as the health-care “skinny repeal” battle dragged toward predawn, Sen. John McCain spoke the two most influential letters of the week: “N-O!” Elsewhere, President Trump tweeted out his […]

‘The Emoji Movie’ has a zero score on Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s how critics are eviscerating the film.

THERE IS perhaps no single emoji to reflect just how savagely film critics are trashing “The Emoji Movie.” A succession of skulls and dumpster fires would only begin to suggest the intensity of the verbal carpet-bombing. Reviews began strafing th
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‘The Emoji Movie’ has a zero score on Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s how critics are eviscerating the film.

THERE IS perhaps no single emoji to reflect just how savagely film critics are trashing “The Emoji Movie.” A succession of skulls and dumpster fires would only begin to suggest the intensity of the verbal carpet-bombing. Reviews began strafing the movie Thursday like drone strikes, one day ahead of the Sony flick’s big debut. And […]

Armenian serviceman wounded in fresh Azerbaijani fire

Artur Mayranyan (had his arm bones broken and received soft tissue injuries in his back, an assistant to the village chief, Sargis Margaryan said.
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Armenian serviceman wounded in fresh Azerbaijani fire

Artur Mayranyan (had his arm bones broken and received soft tissue injuries in his back, an assistant to the village chief, Sargis Margaryan said.

Donald Trump animated series headed to Showtime, thanks to Stephen Colbert

PRESIDENT TRUMP has been such a comedic boon to Stephen Colbert that the late-night host is expanding his Trump portfolio. Variety reports that Showtime has signed on for a still-untitled animated series based on the current White House, with Colbert servin
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Donald Trump animated series headed to Showtime, thanks to Stephen Colbert

PRESIDENT TRUMP has been such a comedic boon to Stephen Colbert that the late-night host is expanding his Trump portfolio. Variety reports that Showtime has signed on for a still-untitled animated series based on the current White House, with Colbert serving as executive producer. Colbert not only saw his CBS show eclipse Jimmy Fallon’s NBC late-night […]

RIP, June Foray: The ‘queen of animation’ voiced ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ roles

THE ‘QUEEN of animation” died Wednesday, just weeks short of her centennial. We mourn her life even as we smile because she gifted the world with seven decades of laughter through her voice acting. Could anyone say a Russian-inflected “Dahlink
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RIP, June Foray: The ‘queen of animation’ voiced ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ roles

THE ‘QUEEN of animation” died Wednesday, just weeks short of her centennial. We mourn her life even as we smile because she gifted the world with seven decades of laughter through her voice acting. Could anyone say a Russian-inflected “Dahlink” quite like June Foray, who not only voiced Natasha Fatale on Jay Ward’s “Rocky and […]

MAD magazine skewers Trumpcare with this scathing Al Jaffee ‘fold-in’

AL JAFFEE, at age 96, has a few words for Donald Trump about how the president is handling health care. A few pictures, too. Jaffee is not only the longest-working cartoonist in comics history, as recognized last year by Guinness World Records, but the MAD m
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MAD magazine skewers Trumpcare with this scathing Al Jaffee ‘fold-in’

AL JAFFEE, at age 96, has a few words for Donald Trump about how the president is handling health care. A few pictures, too. Jaffee is not only the longest-working cartoonist in comics history, as recognized last year by Guinness World Records, but the MAD magazine legend is also the father of the “fold-in,” the publication’s […]

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