Comic Riffs
Will ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ harm the franchise? The reviews raise the question.
September 21st, 2017, 10:50 AM
Will ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ harm the franchise? The reviews raise the question.

EVERYTHING ABOUT “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” which opens Friday, reeks of such overkill that even the film’s reviewers keep resorting to the word “overkill.” The Hollywood Reporter bemoans the sequel’s running time, writing: “The spirited continuation of Matthew Vaughn’s disarmingly clever 2015 introduction of the bespoke-suited British secret agent … has already begun to err […]
‘South Park’ skewers our heightened state of anxious Trump-era distraction
September 21st, 2017, 10:50 AM
'South Park' skewers our heightened state of anxious Trump-era distraction

IN THE age of the viral put-down, the creators of “South Park” know we can’t just #PutItDown. We are the ones living like wired lab rats, and our tweeting leaders, hurling fresh insults with each news cycle, can be the Big Cheese. “Put It Down” was both the title and imploring message of Wednesday’s “South […]
‘The Punisher’ trailer tries to eliminate bad memories of previous adaptations
September 20th, 2017, 10:50 AM
'The Punisher' trailer tries to eliminate bad memories of previous adaptations

Netflix has released the first full trailer for “Marvel’s The Punisher” series starring Jon Bernthal. Bernthal returns to the role he made his own (Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson all starred in “Punisher” movies; none were able to merit a sequel) when he initially debuted as Frank Castle/The Punisher (one of Marvel Comics most […]
How Trump’s U.N. ‘Rocket Man’ speech sparked ridicule from cartoons
September 20th, 2017, 10:50 AM
How Trump's U.N. 'Rocket Man' speech sparked ridicule from cartoons

DURING THE AMERICAN midcentury of nuclear infancy that birthed Donald Trump, legendary sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury published his short-story collection “The Illustrated Man.” Two decades later, one of those short stories about a fatal mission, titled “The Rocket Man,” would inspire songwriter Bernie Taupin to pen hit lyrics for Elton John. On Tuesday, as President Trump […]
You can now watch ‘Wonder Woman’ at home. Here’s a look back at its top 5 moments.
September 19th, 2017, 10:50 AM
You can now watch 'Wonder Woman' at home. Here's a look back at its top 5 moments.

Note: If you still haven’t seen “Wonder Woman,” you don’t need the Lasso of Truth to remind you that reading this post might not be a good idea. Spoilers ahead. The biggest superhero movie hit of 2017 is finally available at home, as “Wonder Woman” comes out today on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD, following its […]
Amalia Hernandez, the revolutionary Mexican dance pioneer, gets a Google Doodle salute
September 19th, 2017, 10:50 AM
Amalia Hernandez, the revolutionary Mexican dance pioneer, gets a Google Doodle salute

SOME DANCERS find their mastery by executing step after step in the studio. For Amalia Hernandez, the crucial pivot toward becoming a dance legend and cultural icon required countless steps to the far corners of her country. In such movement, she found her revolutionary muse. Today, on the centennial of her birth, Google celebrates Hernandez […]
Emil Ferris’s graphic novel ‘Monsters’ tops diverse slate of 2017 Ignatz Award winners
September 18th, 2017, 10:50 AM
Emil Ferris's graphic novel 'Monsters' tops diverse slate of 2017 Ignatz Award winners

EMIL FERRIS, having brought exquisite craft to her debut graphic novel at age 55, brought extreme gratitude to the stage over the weekend, as she was twice honored at the 2017 Ignatz Awards in suburban Washington. “Shame on SPX and a whole lot of cartoonists … you made an old lady cry,” Ferris told The […]
How Emil Ferris became the breakout graphic novelist of the year
September 16th, 2017, 10:50 AM
How Emil Ferris became the breakout graphic novelist of the year

OF ALL the new and emerging comics talents who will be featured at this weekend’s Small Press Expo in suburban Washington, debut graphic novelist Emil Ferris might have had the longest, most harrowing road here. Nearly 15 years ago, Ferris contracted West Nile virus from a mosquito bite — a perilous event that has exacted […]
‘Arrow’ wants to address Black Lives Matter. Here’s why it should back off.
September 15th, 2017, 10:50 AM
'Arrow' wants to address Black Lives Matter. Here's why it should back off.

Marc Guggenheim, executive producer of the once groundbreaking superhero show “Arrow,” recently made it known that he’d like to address the Black Lives Matter movement in an episode of the CW show. The CW will never be accused of being the blackest of networks, but its DC Comics-inspired shows have given it some of its […]
How cartoonists are capturing President Trump’s new spirit of bipartisanship
September 15th, 2017, 10:50 AM
How cartoonists are capturing President Trump's new spirit of bipartisanship

FOR SO long, the world’s editorial cartoonists have been working to master their interpretations of President Trump’s face. In recent days, though, some have been tackling how to interpret Trump’s political about-face. Take DACA. The president and leading Democrats are now hammering out a deal to protect hundreds of thousands of dreamers. As The Washington […]