Comic Riffs
New ‘Simpsons’ short shows Trump talking to Nixon’s ghost about his ‘tapes’
May 26th, 2017, 12:21 PM
New ‘Simpsons’ short shows Trump talking to Nixon’s ghost about his ‘tapes’
“I HAVE just one piece of advice: If you have tapes, burn ’em!” So intones the ghost of Richard Nixon, sparking President Trump’s insistent reply: “There are no tapes!” Thus unfolds the latest animated short from “The Simpsons,” as the show continues to skewer the controversies surrounding the White House. The nearly two-minute short includes […]
‘Rime’ is an eye-catching, ‘Zelda’-like puzzle-adventure
May 26th, 2017, 12:21 PM
‘Rime’ is an eye-catching, ‘Zelda’-like puzzle-adventure
Rime Developed by: Tequila Softworks Published by: Grey Box Available on: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One “Rime” is a game about the acceptance of loss. In a 2014 interview with Polygon, Raúl Rubio Munárriz, the game’s creative director, recalled how the idea for the game came to him while he was drowning […]
How ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ rebooted its middle-school film franchise with a whole new cast
May 26th, 2017, 12:21 PM
How ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ rebooted its middle-school film franchise with a whole new cast
THE PROBLEM with wimpy kids is that they don’t stay wimpy kids. More than seven years ago, the filmmakers behind the first “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movie chose young Zachary Gordon to be their Greg Heffley — the titular, relatable boy of Jeff Kinney‘s half-billion-dollar “Wimpy Kid” publishing empire. Today, taller and more chiseled […]
A look back at Wonder Woman’s feminist (and not-so-feminist) history
May 26th, 2017, 12:21 PM
A look back at Wonder Woman’s feminist (and not-so-feminist) history
DURING World War II, as Superman and Batman arose as mainstream pop symbols of strength and morality, the publisher that became DC Comics needed an antidote to what a Harvard psychologist called superhero comic books’ worst crime: “blood­curdling masculinity.” Turns out that psychologist, William Moulton Marston, had a plan to combat such a crime — […]
Star Wars at 40: Fans recall the magic of seeing the film during that first summer
May 25th, 2017, 12:21 PM
Star Wars at 40: Fans recall the magic of seeing the film during that first summer
“COMING TO Your Galaxy This Summer,” blared the lobby posters like a John Williams trumpet cue. It was early 1977, and anticipation for a curious coming attraction called “Star Wars” was building slowly but steadily. Twentieth Century Fox wasn’t quite sure what it had on its hands — this effects-heavy space serial by young George […]
In the new ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trailer, Spidey has a spiffy new costume — designed by Iron Man
May 24th, 2017, 12:21 PM
In the new ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trailer, Spidey has a spiffy new costume — designed by Iron Man
In case you’re wondering just what Tony Stark/Iron Man’s impact will be in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” look no further than Spider-Man’s spiffy new Spidey-suit. Sony and Marvel Studios released a new trailer for their joint Spider-Man movie effort (in theaters July 7), and it begins with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) trying on a Spider-Man suit designed […]
Artists respond to the Manchester tragedy with powerful strokes of emotion
May 24th, 2017, 12:21 PM
Artists respond to the Manchester tragedy with powerful strokes of emotion
TWENTY-TWO innocents die because they ventured into the world to enjoy live music. The threat level rises to “critical,” and our emotional level returns to the too-common place of horrified. The concert-venue attack Monday hit Manchester, and the shock waves strike us all. Another suicide bomber, another set of arrests, then another determination to return […]
Zack Snyder turns over ‘Justice League’ to Joss Whedon after daughter’s suicide
May 23rd, 2017, 12:21 PM
Zack Snyder turns over ‘Justice League’ to Joss Whedon after daughter’s suicide
COME NOVEMBER, fans and reviewers will likely see WB/DC’s Justice League” and weigh the work as directed by Zack Snyder and completed by Joss Whedon. The wheels of commerce and criticism will demand it. But for the moment, out of respect and sympathy, let us set aside the deep preoccupation with the sometimes cold machinery […]
Our expectations for a Venom movie were low. Then Tom Hardy was cast.
May 23rd, 2017, 12:21 PM
Our expectations for a Venom movie were low. Then Tom Hardy was cast.
A collective fanboy scream of joy was heard all over the Internet after it was announced that Marvel Studios would co-produce new “Spider-Man” movies with Sony. But Sony’s ambitious goals of a connected, live-action, Spider-Man movie universe need more than just a quick fix from Marvel to succeed. A couple of co-productions and Tom Holland’s appearance as Spider-Man […]
As female cartoonists respond to Trump era, a political anthology gains momentum
May 22nd, 2017, 12:21 PM
As female cartoonists respond to Trump era, a political anthology gains momentum
RESIST!, THE comics anthology launched in response to President Trump’s election, will be more than a one-shot wonder. The political zine, co-founded by New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly to spotlight female creators and issues they view as important, made its debut at the Women’s March in Washington. Today, Resist! is announcing that a second […]