Comic Riffs
Frida Kahlo empowered an actress to fight harassment. Now she voices Frida in ‘Coco.’
November 22nd, 2017, 12:00 PM
Frida Kahlo empowered an actress to fight harassment. Now she voices Frida in ‘Coco.’
NATALIA CORDOVA-BUCKLEY is a voice actor in the new Disney/Pixar movie “Coco,” but it was her voice that led her to first experience the trauma of sexist taunts. She was bullied because she spoke with a low tone — deeper than her father’s by age 6, she says — that was judged to be less than feminine. “Machismo harmed […]
Cartoonists’ Thursday strips will be auctioned off to benefit hurricane relief
November 22nd, 2017, 12:00 PM
Cartoonists’ Thursday strips will be auctioned off to benefit hurricane relief
IF YOUR comics pages look a little different to you Thursday, it’s for a good cause. More than 125 cartoonists are donating their original art to benefit the victims of recent hurricanes and other U.S. disasters, including in Puerto Rico. The auction campaign, called Thanks + Giving, includes such syndicates as King Features, The Washington […]
Do ‘Justice League’s’ post-credits scenes actually mean anything for the future of the franchise?
November 21st, 2017, 12:00 PM
Do ‘Justice League’s’ post-credits scenes actually mean anything for the future of the franchise?
Note: Spoilers ahead for “Justice League.” There was one question lingering in audiences’ minds after watching “Justice League”: Do the two very cool and surprising post-credits scenes mean anything for the future of DC on the big screen, especially after the film’s sub-$100 million opening weekend? The first after-credits scene was mostly just a nod to hardcore fans: The Flash (Ezra Miller) and […]
How ‘Justice League’s’ Ray Fisher took on fan-favorite Cyborg as his first major movie role
November 20th, 2017, 12:00 PM
How ‘Justice League’s’ Ray Fisher took on fan-favorite Cyborg as his first major movie role
The role of Cyborg in “Justice League” is Ray Fisher’s first performance in a major motion picture, but he does have experience playing legendary characters. Before filming his first movie, Fisher was a theater actor, performing as the Duke of Burgundy in an Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of “King Lear,” and as Muhammad Ali in […]
Johns and Frank’s ‘Doomsday Clock’ marks first big gamble by DC Comics in the ‘rebirth’ era
November 20th, 2017, 12:00 PM
Johns and Frank’s ‘Doomsday Clock’ marks first big gamble by DC Comics in the ‘rebirth’ era
It has been almost a year to the day since Geoff Johns helped lead DC Comics to one of its most successful relaunches with the new “rebirth” era. Johns is again asking for fans to believe in him while he takes care of some of their most sacred characters. The first issue of “Doomsday Clock,” a 12-issue […]
How a Star Wars video game faced charges that it was promoting gambling
November 18th, 2017, 12:00 PM
How a Star Wars video game faced charges that it was promoting gambling
Imagine buying a new chess set. Chess is your favorite game. Also you love “Star Wars.” It’s a Star Wars chess set! Now imagine playing your friend who spent $200 for the random chance that his pawns obtain the board-clearing powers of a queen. Plus his king looks like Darth Vader and yours still looks like […]
As ‘Punisher’ debuts, Jon Bernthal reveals why veterans relate to his Netflix character
November 17th, 2017, 12:00 PM
As ‘Punisher’ debuts, Jon Bernthal reveals why veterans relate to his Netflix character
As Jon Bernthal began preparing to shoot the first season of “The Punisher” (now streaming on Netflix), he noted the textured approach that writer-producer Steve Lightfoot was taking to depict Frank Castle, who’s otherwise known as Marvel’s most lethal vigilante. When Bernthal debuted as the Punisher last year during the second season of Netflix’s “Daredevil,” he […]
Meet the ‘Justice League’ villain that does the most damage: Mr. CGI
November 17th, 2017, 12:00 PM
Meet the ‘Justice League’ villain that does the most damage: Mr. CGI
THE HAIRIEST PROBLEM with “Justice League,” which opens today, is cleanly represented by the great and disturbing case of the missing whiskers. Because Superman, who died at the end of last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” inevitably appears in flashback in the new film, it is no plot spoiler to comment on Henry […]
Could ‘Justice League’ signal Ben Affleck’s departure from his Batman role?
November 16th, 2017, 12:00 PM
Could ‘Justice League’ signal Ben Affleck’s departure from his Batman role?
THERE IS a moment in the new “Justice League” when the Caped Crusader urges Wonder Woman in the ways of team leadership — Batmansplaining, if you will, but with a well-intentioned purpose. And in that scene, it is easy to wonder: Is the Dark Knight simply grooming the Amazon to be his replacement boss — or […]
A classic title featuring Wonder Woman and Batman returns to DC Comics
November 16th, 2017, 12:00 PM
A classic title featuring Wonder Woman and Batman returns to DC Comics
“The Brave and the Bold” is returning to DC Comics in a new miniseries that will feature Batman and Wonder Woman. The classic DC team-up title — which debuted in the 1950s, was most recently published by DC in 2009 and appeared as an animated show in 2008 — will be written and illustrated by Liam Sharp. […]