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‘The Punisher’ will debut on Netflix on Nov. 17 — the same day ‘Justice League’ hits theaters

After an intentionally secretive advertising campaign featuring trailers with no release date, as well as canceled appearances after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Netflix has finally revealed when “The Punisher,” sure to be the streaming service
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‘The Punisher’ will debut on Netflix on Nov. 17 — the same day ‘Justice League’ hits theaters

After an intentionally secretive advertising campaign featuring trailers with no release date, as well as canceled appearances after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Netflix has finally revealed when “The Punisher,” sure to be the streaming service’s most violent Marvel show, will debut. The series, inspired by the comic book and starring Washington native Jon Bernthal as the lethal anti-hero, will be released Nov. […]

‘The Invisible Hours’ gives new hope to those who might have started to sour on VR games

The Invisible Hours Developed by: Tequila Works Published by: GameTrust Available on: Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, HTSC Vive In recent months, I’ve seen a number of people point to the Gartner Hype Cycle graph to illustrate a general perception of virtual r
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‘The Invisible Hours’ gives new hope to those who might have started to sour on VR games

The Invisible Hours Developed by: Tequila Works Published by: GameTrust Available on: Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, HTSC Vive In recent months, I’ve seen a number of people point to the Gartner Hype Cycle graph to illustrate a general perception of virtual reality (VR) among the public and industry skeptics. According to the graph, we’re over […]

Santa Rosa cartoonist draws ‘a dispatch from the front’ after his house burns down

IT WAS after midnight, and Brian Fies could see the fiery glow from the next county. He wasn’t so concerned, but his wife, Karen, had awakened to the smell of smoke. Within several hours, where they stood would be reduced to ash and ruin. Fies returned
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Santa Rosa cartoonist draws ‘a dispatch from the front’ after his house burns down

IT WAS after midnight, and Brian Fies could see the fiery glow from the next county. He wasn’t so concerned, but his wife, Karen, had awakened to the smell of smoke. Within several hours, where they stood would be reduced to ash and ruin. Fies returned to his Santa Rosa neighborhood a week ago Monday, […]

How a lifelong fan’s passion led to a Google Doodle celebrating Selena Quintanilla

THE IDEA began two years ago, but the fascination began two decades before that. “Every kid has somebody they look up to — their heroes,” says Perla Campos, the global marketing lead for Google Doodles. “Mine were my mom and Selena.
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How a lifelong fan’s passion led to a Google Doodle celebrating Selena Quintanilla

THE IDEA began two years ago, but the fascination began two decades before that. “Every kid has somebody they look up to — their heroes,” says Perla Campos, the global marketing lead for Google Doodles. “Mine were my mom and Selena.” “Selena,” of course, was Selena Quintanilla, the Grammy-winning icon and beloved “Queen of Tejano […]

Google Doodle salutes Selena, the ‘Queen of Tejano,’ with stunning musical animation

IN THESE divided times, icons who stand for cross-cultural unity can be an especially inspiring force. On Tuesday, Google is celebrating such a figure with a joyous musical animation that pays moving tribute to Selena, the trendsetting musician who rose in t
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Google Doodle salutes Selena, the ‘Queen of Tejano,’ with stunning musical animation

IN THESE divided times, icons who stand for cross-cultural unity can be an especially inspiring force. On Tuesday, Google is celebrating such a figure with a joyous musical animation that pays moving tribute to Selena, the trendsetting musician who rose in the ’80s to become the “Queen of Tejano Music.” “I think in our culture, we […]

There is only one eyewitness artwork of Lincoln’s death. Here is the creator’s story.

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, Teresa Roberts Logan, an artist and author, was dining at the now-shuttered Bistro D’oc restaurant in Northwest Washington and feeling a special connection to its brick and plaster that have held so much history. That sensation made s
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There is only one eyewitness artwork of Lincoln’s death. Here is the creator’s story.

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, Teresa Roberts Logan, an artist and author, was dining at the now-shuttered Bistro D’oc restaurant in Northwest Washington and feeling a special connection to its brick and plaster that have held so much history. That sensation made sense; the building ran in her family. In the 1880s, this site was the Logan […]

‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz’s home burns down in Santa Rosa fire

CHARLES SCHULZ once drew his iconic dog Snoopy losing everything in a house fire. This week, for Schulz’s widow, that scenario became all too real. Jean Schulz safely escaped the fires as they began sweeping through Santa Rosa, Calif., before dawn Monda
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‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz’s home burns down in Santa Rosa fire

CHARLES SCHULZ once drew his iconic dog Snoopy losing everything in a house fire. This week, for Schulz’s widow, that scenario became all too real. Jean Schulz safely escaped the fires as they began sweeping through Santa Rosa, Calif., before dawn Monday, but the blaze burned to the ground the home where she and the […]

‘South Park’ aired a brutal spoof of Facebook, fake news and Mark Zuckerberg

EVEN FOR “South Park,” Wednesday evening’s episode had a dizzying array of satiric targets. Facebook. Netflix. Putin. Weinstein. Big-box stores. And the sprawling commerce of superhero film universes. All were intertwined in the “Franc
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‘South Park’ aired a brutal spoof of Facebook, fake news and Mark Zuckerberg

EVEN FOR “South Park,” Wednesday evening’s episode had a dizzying array of satiric targets. Facebook. Netflix. Putin. Weinstein. Big-box stores. And the sprawling commerce of superhero film universes. All were intertwined in the “Franchise Prequel” episode that is building to a “The Fractured But Whole” arc tied to the Oct. 17 release of the “South […]

The best cartoons about the Harvey Weinstein scandal

IT IS called a longtime “open secret” in Hollywood, yet it took the exposés by the New Yorker and the New York Times over the past week to push the scandal and its attendant dialogue fully into the open. Miramax and Weinstein Co. founder Harvey Weinstein
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The best cartoons about the Harvey Weinstein scandal

IT IS called a longtime “open secret” in Hollywood, yet it took the exposés by the New Yorker and the New York Times over the past week to push the scandal and its attendant dialogue fully into the open. Miramax and Weinstein Co. founder Harvey Weinstein, for decades one of Hollywood’s most powerful moguls, faces […]

How the porgs are becoming the new stars of ‘Star Wars’

JUST IN time for the holidays, the porgs are having their moment in the Ahch-To sun. This week’s release of the latest “Last Jedi” trailer lets us hear just what a screaming space porg sounds like — as we see the furry critter riding in the Millen
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How the porgs are becoming the new stars of ‘Star Wars’

JUST IN time for the holidays, the porgs are having their moment in the Ahch-To sun. This week’s release of the latest “Last Jedi” trailer lets us hear just what a screaming space porg sounds like — as we see the furry critter riding in the Millennium Falcon with the “walking carpet” that is Chewbacca. […]

New funicular to boost development of tourism in Armenia's south

An initial batch of $6.1 million will be invested in the project which will benefit the development of tourism in the region.
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New funicular to boost development of tourism in Armenia's south

An initial batch of $6.1 million will be invested in the project which will benefit the development of tourism in the region.

The ‘Last Jedi’ trailer seems to evoke ‘Empire Strikes Back.’ Or is it tricking us?

EITHER THE next Star Wars film is as blueprint-simple as the new “Last Jedi” trailer suggests, or this latest teaser is an exercise in deftly edited misdirection. As such, we can’t watch this 2 ½-minute clip without wondering whether Disney and Luc
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The ‘Last Jedi’ trailer seems to evoke ‘Empire Strikes Back.’ Or is it tricking us?

EITHER THE next Star Wars film is as blueprint-simple as the new “Last Jedi” trailer suggests, or this latest teaser is an exercise in deftly edited misdirection. As such, we can’t watch this 2 ½-minute clip without wondering whether Disney and Lucasfilm are creating clever illusions purely for the sake of the trailer — ones […]

The White House as ‘adult day-care center,’ as skewered by cartoonists

ANOTHER WEEK, another viral term that paints the current administration in a rather harsh light. Last week, it was the word “moron,” as reportedly deployed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over the summer to describe his top boss. (The State Departme
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The White House as ‘adult day-care center,’ as skewered by cartoonists

ANOTHER WEEK, another viral term that paints the current administration in a rather harsh light. Last week, it was the word “moron,” as reportedly deployed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over the summer to describe his top boss. (The State Department denied the verbal bomb.) Now, amid a weekend of Twitter tussling, we have Republican Sen. […]

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ trailer beguilingly teases a young warrior’s path forward

“I NEED someone . . . to show me my place in all this.” Rey (Daisy Ridley) utters those resonant words as her journey emerges as a crucial arc throughout the new 2½-minute trailer for Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which debuted du
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ trailer beguilingly teases a young warrior’s path forward

“I NEED someone . . . to show me my place in all this.” Rey (Daisy Ridley) utters those resonant words as her journey emerges as a crucial arc throughout the new 2½-minute trailer for Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which debuted during “Monday Night Football” on Disney-owned ESPN. The trailer begins where we left […]

McDonald’s botched its ‘Rick and Morty’ Szechuan sauce stunt, and fans are not happy

JUSTIN ROILAND, the co-creator of Adult Swim’s smash hit “Rick and Morty,” told Comic Riffs this summer, only partly in jest, that while writing the show, he has feared angering its millions of hardcore fans. Perhaps McDonald’s should take
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McDonald’s botched its ‘Rick and Morty’ Szechuan sauce stunt, and fans are not happy

JUSTIN ROILAND, the co-creator of Adult Swim’s smash hit “Rick and Morty,” told Comic Riffs this summer, only partly in jest, that while writing the show, he has feared angering its millions of hardcore fans. Perhaps McDonald’s should take the cue, because on Saturday, the burger chain managed to do just that. In April, Roiland expressed his nostalgic love for […]

‘The Simpsons’ hilariously spoofs the comics industry

A DECADE AFTER its then-greatest triple “get” of cartoonists, “The Simpsons” matched that feat by reflecting one of the biggest shifts in comics readership since then. Dan Clowes, Alan Moore and Art Spiegelman were guest voices for the 2007 episode
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‘The Simpsons’ hilariously spoofs the comics industry

A DECADE AFTER its then-greatest triple “get” of cartoonists, “The Simpsons” matched that feat by reflecting one of the biggest shifts in comics readership since then. Dan Clowes, Alan Moore and Art Spiegelman were guest voices for the 2007 episode “Husbands and Knives,” in which the three comics legends show up for the book signing […]

SNL: Gal Gadot spoofs Wonder Woman’s lesbian lore with Kate McKinnon kiss

FOR A SKETCH centered on sexual desire, it was as much about subtext as sublimation. A full “Wonder Woman” bit loomed as inevitable during much of this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” given that Gal Gadot was host and her next superher
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SNL: Gal Gadot spoofs Wonder Woman’s lesbian lore with Kate McKinnon kiss

FOR A SKETCH centered on sexual desire, it was as much about subtext as sublimation. A full “Wonder Woman” bit loomed as inevitable during much of this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” given that Gal Gadot was host and her next superhero film, “Justice League,” arrives next month. So when a “Wonder Woman” spoof finally landed, […]

Final Justice League trailer almost gives us the return of Superman

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment knew everyone would be looking for Superman in the final “Justice League” trailer, which debuted online this morning with the buzz of the last day of New York Comic Con behind it. And that’s exactly what they gave f
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Final Justice League trailer almost gives us the return of Superman

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment knew everyone would be looking for Superman in the final “Justice League” trailer, which debuted online this morning with the buzz of the last day of New York Comic Con behind it. And that’s exactly what they gave fans. Kind of. Superman did indeed return in the opening moments of […]

The latest New Yorker cover pays poignant tribute to the Las Vegas massacre victims

DAVID PLUNKERT, whose post-Charlottesville artwork of President Trump went viral in August, has a poignant new cover for the New Yorker — one that frames another American tragedy in starkly intimate terms. And the challenge in responding to this week’
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The latest New Yorker cover pays poignant tribute to the Las Vegas massacre victims

DAVID PLUNKERT, whose post-Charlottesville artwork of President Trump went viral in August, has a poignant new cover for the New Yorker — one that frames another American tragedy in starkly intimate terms. And the challenge in responding to this week’s Las Vegas massacre, the Baltimore-based artist said, was to find an idea for the image […]

‘The Punisher’ has canceled its Paris and New York Comic-Con events after Las Vegas

NETFLIX HAS canceled twin Saturday events intended to promote its new Marvel series “The Punisher,” in the wake of Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting massacre. The streaming titan and the Disney-owned studio said that it was canceling a Paris event called
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‘The Punisher’ has canceled its Paris and New York Comic-Con events after Las Vegas

NETFLIX HAS canceled twin Saturday events intended to promote its new Marvel series “The Punisher,” in the wake of Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting massacre. The streaming titan and the Disney-owned studio said that it was canceling a Paris event called “Nuit Noire (Black Night)” at the Cirque d’Hiver monument, Variety reported Thursday morning. The news […]

How the world’s cartoonists view American gun violence in the wake of Las Vegas

IN AMERICA, after each and every massacre, we debate what time’s the right time to “politicize” gun violence. Meanwhile, most of the rest of the world cannot understand the way of the gun on U.S. shores. And they cannot comprehend why almos
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How the world’s cartoonists view American gun violence in the wake of Las Vegas

IN AMERICA, after each and every massacre, we debate what time’s the right time to “politicize” gun violence. Meanwhile, most of the rest of the world cannot understand the way of the gun on U.S. shores. And they cannot comprehend why almost any post-massacre words beyond “thoughts and prayers” can seem to ignite a new controversy. […]

How a comic about getting superpowers from sex became an unlikely hit

At the beginning of their Eisner Award-winning run on “Sex Criminals” back in 2013, writer Matt Fraction and artist Chip Zdarsky thought they were just writing a miniseries. Their comic had an intriguing premise — a passionate librarian named Suzie and
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How a comic about getting superpowers from sex became an unlikely hit

At the beginning of their Eisner Award-winning run on “Sex Criminals” back in 2013, writer Matt Fraction and artist Chip Zdarsky thought they were just writing a miniseries. Their comic had an intriguing premise — a passionate librarian named Suzie and an actor named Jon discovering they have the ability to freeze time when they’re […]

A look back at Tom Petty’s memorable ‘Simpsons’ appearance

AS A SCREEN actor, Tom Petty, the Hall of Fame rocker who died Monday, popped up in an array of eclectic places over the decades, from Kevin Costner’s apocalyptic “The Postman” to Garry Shandling’s HBO comedy “The Larry Sanders S
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A look back at Tom Petty’s memorable ‘Simpsons’ appearance

AS A SCREEN actor, Tom Petty, the Hall of Fame rocker who died Monday, popped up in an array of eclectic places over the decades, from Kevin Costner’s apocalyptic “The Postman” to Garry Shandling’s HBO comedy “The Larry Sanders Show.” But Petty was an especially entertaining presence in cartoon form, and seemed particularly fond of […]

How cartoons are arguing for gun control after the Las Vegas massacre

WITH EACH modern American massacre, from schools to theaters to music venues to places of worship, one way to grieve and unite is through art. Creatively, cartoonists are often the first responders. In the immediate wake of Sunday night’s shooting in L
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How cartoons are arguing for gun control after the Las Vegas massacre

WITH EACH modern American massacre, from schools to theaters to music venues to places of worship, one way to grieve and unite is through art. Creatively, cartoonists are often the first responders. In the immediate wake of Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and hundreds injured, there has been a torrent of […]

Special website launched to shed light on Four-Day War in Karabakh

The site covers everything starting from military operations and the lives of those who perished to the current stage of the Karabakh conflict.
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Special website launched to shed light on Four-Day War in Karabakh

The site covers everything starting from military operations and the lives of those who perished to the current stage of the Karabakh conflict.

Led by the smash ‘It,’ Hollywood rediscovers the public thirst for R-rated films

AS THE WEEKEND’S top three domestic films duke it out within a hairbreadth of each other commercially, there’s a larger convergence to notice. The surprise is not that the Stephen King horror hit “It,” the Tom Cruise crime thriller “America
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Led by the smash ‘It,’ Hollywood rediscovers the public thirst for R-rated films

AS THE WEEKEND’S top three domestic films duke it out within a hairbreadth of each other commercially, there’s a larger convergence to notice. The surprise is not that the Stephen King horror hit “It,” the Tom Cruise crime thriller “American Made” and Matthew Vaughn’s comic-book sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” each grossed $17 million over […]

‘The Gifted’ is an X-Men show with no X-Men. But it still works.

Being gifted is all about showing potential. That’s something Fox’s new X-Men series has plenty of. “The Gifted” (which debuts Monday at 9 p.m.) is an X-Men show with no X-Men; the series doesn’t connect to the long-standing and lightly
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‘The Gifted’ is an X-Men show with no X-Men. But it still works.

Being gifted is all about showing potential. That’s something Fox’s new X-Men series has plenty of. “The Gifted” (which debuts Monday at 9 p.m.) is an X-Men show with no X-Men; the series doesn’t connect to the long-standing and lightly rebooted movie universe. Instead, producers say it takes place in an alternate reality in which […]

Arms delivery under Armenia-Russia loan deal to conclude 'by year-end'

"Now we have such solutions that are competitive price-wise and have no analogues on the international market," Sargsyan said.
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Arms delivery under Armenia-Russia loan deal to conclude 'by year-end'

"Now we have such solutions that are competitive price-wise and have no analogues on the international market," Sargsyan said.

The Nation’s new ‘kneeling NFL’ cover aims to pierce a nation’s historical amnesia

IT CAN sometimes take weeks — months, even — for Eric Drooker to hit upon an artistic interpretation that fully takes shape. But the events across the NFL last weekend inspired him immediately. For the striking new cover of the Nation, Drooker has rendere
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The Nation’s new ‘kneeling NFL’ cover aims to pierce a nation’s historical amnesia

IT CAN sometimes take weeks — months, even — for Eric Drooker to hit upon an artistic interpretation that fully takes shape. But the events across the NFL last weekend inspired him immediately. For the striking new cover of the Nation, Drooker has rendered, in graphite and digital tints, a silhouetted football player taking a […]

‘Figment’: A bright adventure through the human mind

Figment Developed by: Bedtime Digital Games Published by: Bedtime Digital Games Available on: PC In recent years, video game developers have re-purposed familiar genres to wring fresh emotional takes out of familiar setups. Such is the case with “Figment,
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‘Figment’: A bright adventure through the human mind

Figment Developed by: Bedtime Digital Games Published by: Bedtime Digital Games Available on: PC In recent years, video game developers have re-purposed familiar genres to wring fresh emotional takes out of familiar setups. Such is the case with “Figment,” the new adventure game from the Danish studio Bedtime Digital Games. This whimsical game has a […]

TCM’s ‘Noir Alley’ host wins his dream role: Fighting crime alongside comic-book Batman

EDDIE MULLER, the bourbon-voiced host of “Noir Alley” on the Turner Classic Movies channel, relishes watching Bogey and Robert Mitchum play classic gumshoes. But before he discovered their characters, it was the Spirit, the shadowy crimefighter fr
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TCM’s ‘Noir Alley’ host wins his dream role: Fighting crime alongside comic-book Batman

EDDIE MULLER, the bourbon-voiced host of “Noir Alley” on the Turner Classic Movies channel, relishes watching Bogey and Robert Mitchum play classic gumshoes. But before he discovered their characters, it was the Spirit, the shadowy crimefighter from vintage newspaper comic pages, who really left him riveted. Noir films, detective fiction and chiaroscuro comics are “all a […]

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