Review: ‘Loki,’ on the Light Side of the Marvel Streaming Universe

After “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” the Norse god’s Disney+ series lets some laughter in.

#comic-books-and-strips, #disney-plus, #hiddleston-tom, #loki-tv-program, #marvel-entertainment, #mbatha-raw-gugu, #mosaku-wunmi, #television, #wilson-owen

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In ‘Sweet Tooth,’ a Taste of Fantasy Rooted in Reality

Based on a comic book about a pandemic-fueled apocalypse, the new Netflix series is actually full of big-hearted whimsy. Thank the remote-controlled ears.

#anozie-nonso, #comic-books-and-strips, #convery-christian, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fractured-fx-inc, #lehmann-grant, #lemire-jeff, #mickle-jim, #netflix-inc, #new-zealand, #puppets, #schwartz-beth-screenwriter, #sweet-tooth-tv-program, #television

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Dan Frank, Adventurous Book Editor, Is Dead at 67

As head of Pantheon, he nurtured prize winners and best sellers, rescued Joseph Mitchell from obscurity and helped establish graphic novels as a literary genre.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #comic-books-and-strips, #deaths-obituaries, #frank-dan, #graphic-novels, #mitchell-joseph, #pantheon-books, #up-in-the-old-hotel-book, #writing-and-writers

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Kentaro Miura, Creator of Epic Manga ‘Berserk,’ Dies at 54

For more than 30 years he reached tens of millions of readers worldwide with a fantastical tale of vulnerable characters in an apocalyptic world.

#art, #berserk-book, #comic-books-and-strips, #dark-horse-comics, #deaths-obituaries, #japan, #miura-kentaro-1966-2021, #writing-and-writers

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Marvel Announces a New Black Panther Series

The writer Ta-Nehisi Coates ends his run this month and the screenwriter John Ridley begins in August.

#black-panther-book, #black-people, #coates-ta-nehisi, #comic-books-and-strips, #marvel-comics, #ridley-john

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It’s Time to Sweat It Out and Get Pumped With Alison Bechdel

In her new graphic memoir, “The Secret to Superhuman Strength,” Bechdel turns to her relationship to exercise and a lifelong interest in what connects mind and body.

#bechdel-alison, #books-and-literature, #comic-books-and-strips, #content-type-personal-profile, #exercise, #health-clubs, #sweating, #the-secret-to-superhuman-strength-book

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How One Graphic Novel Looks at Anti-Asian Hate

In “Cyclopedia Exotica,” the artist and writer Aminder Dhaliwal created a fictitious community facing xenophobia, fetishization and media misrepresentation. It’s resonating with her thousands of Instagram followers.

#beauty-concept, #books-and-literature, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comic-books-and-strips, #content-type-personal-profile, #cyclopedia-exotica-book, #dhaliwal-aminder, #drawnquarterly, #eyes-and-eyesight, #television, #writing-and-writers

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What Can Comic Book Heroes Teach Us About Black History?

A yearlong Narrative Projects series offers a fresh perspective on Black history, looking beyond the familiar lessons you may have learned in school.

#black-people, #comic-books-and-strips, #ewing-eve-1986, #giovanni-nikki, #gustines-george-gene, #marvel-entertainment, #narcisse-evan

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Two Creators on Inventing (and Reinventing) Black Superheroes

We asked Eve L. Ewing and Evan Narcisse to share perspectives on the politics of being a Black comic-book writer and the Black superheroes you may have missed.

#black-history-continued-2021, #black-panther-movie, #black-people, #coates-ta-nehisi, #comic-books-and-strips, #dc-comics, #ewing-eve-1986, #green-lantern-fictional-character, #marvel-comics, #marvel-entertainment, #narcisse-evan, #race-and-ethnicity, #women-and-girls

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A Black Superman? It’s Happened, and Could Again.

As renewed rumors of a Black Superman movie swirl, here is the complicated history of reimagining the most iconic comic hero as a Black man.

#black-history-continued-2021, #black-people, #coates-ta-nehisi, #comic-books-and-strips, #dc-comics, #jordan-michael-b, #oneal-shaquille, #oneil-denny-1939-2020, #superman-fictional-character, #writing-and-writers

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Joye Hummel, First Woman to Write Wonder Woman, Dies at 97

For almost 70 years, her contributions to one of the comic-book world’s most enduring characters went largely unappreciated.

#comic-books-and-strips, #deaths-obituaries, #hummel-joye-1924-2021, #lepore-jill, #marston-william-moulton-1893-1947, #the-secret-history-of-wonder-woman-book, #women-and-girls, #wonder-woman-fictional-character

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‘Transformers’ and a Zombie Comedy: What ‘Invincible’ Is Made Of

The writer behind the Amazon Prime superhero show ‘Invincible’ shares the films, comic books and characters he drew on to create the new series.

#amazon-com-inc, #comic-books-and-strips, #invincible-tv-program, #kirkman-robert, #television

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Gary Panter’s Jagged, Shape-Shifting Antihero Was Made for Our Moment

In his Graphic Content column, Ed Park looks at the work of Panter, a living legend for comics fans, and his singular creation, the character Jimbo.

#books-and-literature, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comic-books-and-strips, #crashpad-book, #jimbo-adventures-in-paradise-book, #panter-gary

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‘Invincible’ Arrives on Amazon Prime With a Young Hero for Mature Audiences

The animated version of the comic book series cocreated by Robert Kirkman — with mayhem, destruction and gore — is now on Amazon Prime Video.

#amazon-com-inc, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comic-books-and-strips, #image-comics-inc, #invincible-tv-program, #kirkman-robert, #oh-sandra, #simmons-j-k, #television, #yeun-steven

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The Black Nerds Redefining the Culture

By pushing back against centuries-old stereotypes, a historically overlooked community is claiming space it was long denied.

#2-dope-queens-radio-program, #bell-w-kamau, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #burton-levar, #butler-octavia-e, #comic-books-and-strips, #diggs-daveed, #discrimination, #green-misha, #jemisin-n-k, #lovecraft-country-tv-program, #race-and-ethnicity, #television, #watchmen-tv-program

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Lucky Luke, the Comic Book Cowboy, Discovers Race, Belatedly

For the first time in the Franco-Belgian comic book classic, Black characters have full-fledged roles and are drawn without the racist depictions that marred the genre.

#a-cowboy-in-high-cotton-book, #berjeaut-julien-1974, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #colonization, #comic-books-and-strips, #discrimination, #france, #lucky-luke, #race-and-ethnicity, #reeves-bass, #tintin-in-the-congo-book

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S. Clay Wilson, Taboo-Breaking Underground Cartoonist, Dies at 79

His drawings were so outrageous that, on first encountering them, his fellow cartoonist R. Crumb recalled feeling that “suddenly my own work seemed insipid.”

#art, #comic-books-and-strips, #deaths-obituaries, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #wilson-s-clay, #zap-comix

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Beyond ‘Black Panther’: Afrofuturism Is Booming in Comics

A bumper crop of graphic novels and comic books melds African culture and science fiction, with influences as wide-ranging as space travel, Caribbean folklore and Janelle Monáe.

#africa, #after-the-rain-book, #black-panther-book, #black-people, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comic-books-and-strips, #fielder-tim-illustrator, #graphic-novels, #infinitum-time-travel-noir-book, #jennings-john-author, #movies, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #okorafor-nnedi, #science-fiction, #womack-ytasha-l, #writing-and-writers

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Can a Comic Book Contain the Drama and Heat of Activism?

In his Graphic Content column, Ed Park looks at “The Black Panther Party,” a new history of the group, and “Come Home, Indio,” a memoir about growing up part Native American.

#anderson-marcus-kwame, #black-panther-party, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #come-home-indio-book, #comic-books-and-strips, #content-type-personal-profile, #native-americans, #newton-huey-p, #seale-bobby, #terry-jim-author, #the-black-panther-party-book, #walker-david-f-1968

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Marvel’s Latest Frontier? In ‘WandaVision,’ It’s the Suburbs

Marvel’s first series for Disney+ is part drama, part homage to vintage sitcoms, following the misfit heroes played by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany to some weird places.

#actors-and-actresses, #bettany-paul, #comic-books-and-strips, #disney-plus, #feige-kevin, #marvel-entertainment, #marvel-studios, #movies, #olsen-elizabeth-1989, #television, #walt-disney-company, #wandavision-tv-program

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Superheroes and Trailblazers: Black Comic Book Artists, Rediscovered

A new book examines the lives of these trailblazers, who paved the way for subsequent generations of illustrators but were invisible to the mainstream in their own time.

#art, #black-people, #comic-books-and-strips, #greene-sanford, #herriman-george-1880-1944, #invisible-men-the-trailblazing-black-artists-of-comic-books-book, #jackson-jay-paul, #middleton-owen-charles, #quattro-ken, #stoner-elmer-c

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Wonder Woman and Her Evolving Look

She remained steadfast in her decades-long fight for justice, but her costumes ranged from a golden-eagle emblem and skirt to a W logo breastplate and leggings.

#comic-books-and-strips, #movies, #wonder-woman-fictional-character, #wonder-woman-movie

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A History of the Cheetah in ‘Wonder Woman’

This villain, played by Kristen Wiig in “Wonder Woman 1984,” has had a long, complicated relationship with her rival.

#comic-books-and-strips, #gadot-gal-1985, #movies, #wiig-kristen, #wonder-woman-fictional-character, #wonder-woman-1984-movie

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Managing Movie Superheroes Is About to Get a Lot More Complicated

Walter Hamada, who runs DC Films, is overseeing a dizzying number of projects, part of a swarm of comics-based stories coming from Hollywood.

#batman-fictional-character, #comic-books-and-strips, #dc-comics, #emmerich-toby-1963, #marvel-entertainment, #movies, #superman-fictional-character, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #wandavision-tv-program, #wonder-woman-fictional-character, #wonder-woman-1984-movie

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How the New Spider-Man Game Gets Miles Morales Right

Evan Narcisse, a writer for the new Spider-Man game for PlayStation 4 and 5, worked to make the hero’s connections to his Afro-Latino neighborhood feel as authentic as possible.

#comic-books-and-strips, #computer-and-video-games, #marvel-entertainment, #narcisse-evan, #race-and-ethnicity, #spider-man-fictional-character

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They Are Also 2 Wild and Crazy Guys

Steve Martin wanted to make cartoons, but he can only draw stick figures. He teamed up with the illustrator Harry Bliss, and the result is their new book, “A Wealth of Pigeons.”

#a-wealth-of-pigeons-book, #bliss-harry-illustrator, #books-and-literature, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comedy-and-humor, #comic-books-and-strips, #content-type-personal-profile, #martin-steve

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Quino, Creator of Beloved ‘Mafalda’ Cartoon, Dies at 88

Joaquín Salvador Lavado drew the comic strip of the six-year-old Argentine girl, who was curious about the world and finely attuned to its injustices.

#argentina, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comic-books-and-strips, #deaths-obituaries, #quino-1932-2020

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‘The Walking Dead’ Is Set to End in 2022

The show, which is based on the popular comics by Robert Kirkman, will conclude in 2022 after 11 seasons. But some of its characters will live on in a new spinoff series.

#amc-tv-network, #comic-books-and-strips, #gimple-scott-m, #kirkman-robert, #reedus-norman, #skybound, #television, #the-walking-dead-tv-program

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Central Park Birder Turns Clash Into Graphic Novel About Racism

The impressionistic novel from Christian Cooper features a Black teenager who looks at birds through binoculars and instead sees the faces of Black people who have been killed by the police.

#cartoons-and-cartoonists, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #comic-books-and-strips, #cooper-amy-may-25-2020-central-park-incident, #cooper-christian-birder, #dc-comics, #graphic-novels, #martinez-alitha-e, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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Comic Books Flourish on Crowdfunding Sites, Drawing Big Publishers

Prominent arrivals include Boom Studios, which is working with Keanu Reeves on a Kickstarter project. But critics are questioning whether projects from established publishers are crowding out others.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #boom-studios, #comic-books-and-strips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crowdfunding-internet, #image-comics-inc, #kickstarter, #mcfarlane-todd, #reeves-keanu

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Robert Pattinson Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Halting ‘Batman’ Production

Work on the film first shut down in March because of the pandemic, which has staggered the entertainment industry.

#california, #comic-books-and-strips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #london-england, #movies, #pattinson-robert, #tests-medical, #the-batman-movie, #warner-brothers-pictures

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Welcome to the Covid-19 Mental Health Struggle

An artist with schizoaffective disorder shares her strategy for self-care.

#comic-books-and-strips, #creativity, #graphic-novels, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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The Unschooled Artists

Taking lessons in creativity from my kids.

#children-and-childhood, #comic-books-and-strips, #creativity, #graphic-novels, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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How to Dress for the Protest

“On a daily basis I think about what I’m wearing.”

#black-lives-matter-movement, #comic-books-and-strips, #creativity, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #graphic-novels, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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When John Lewis Cosplayed at Comic-Con as His Younger Self

For several years, Mr. Lewis would lead a group of children in a march across the San Diego Convention Center.

#alabama, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #comic-books-and-strips, #comic-con-conventions, #graphic-novels, #lewis-john-r, #selma-ala

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I Am Stuck Between Two Lives During This Pandemic

An artist battles anxiety by trying to stay present.

#anxiety-and-stress, #caterpillars, #comic-books-and-strips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #grief-emotion, #happiness

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An Artist Captures 4 Months of Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

The next messages are yours for the making.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #comic-books-and-strips, #creativity, #graphic-novels, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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David Lee Roth Is Letting His Art (Mostly) Do the Talking

Since the Covid-19 pandemic forced him off the road, the singer has been making comics at his Los Angeles home, and calling it performance therapy.

#art, #comic-books-and-strips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #roth-david-lee

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Gemma Correll’s Pandemic Diary: Just Like Her Normal Diary

The illustrator spends time with her pugs and counteracts social media with calm reality TV.

#careers-and-professions, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comic-books-and-strips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correll-gemma, #dogs, #graphic-novels, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #social-media

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Sweet Dreams: Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman Becomes an Audio Drama

The author’s dark fantasy about the adventures of Morpheus has long resisted movie and TV adaptations. So it’s materializing as an Audible series.

#comic-books-and-strips, #dennings-kat, #gaiman-neil, #graphic-novels, #mcavoy-james, #the-sandman-radio-program

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‘The Far Side’ Cartoonist Gary Larson Shares First New Work in 25 Years

In a note on his website, Mr. Larson thanked a clogged pen for pushing him to create digital cartoons on a tablet. “I’m just exploring, experimenting, and trying stuff,” he said. “New Stuff.”

#cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comic-books-and-strips, #larson-gary-1950, #the-far-side

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A Summer Without Superheroes

A real-world catastrophe has forced us to hit pause on enjoying the spectacle of our own domination. Maybe that’s a good thing.

#comic-books-and-strips, #dc-comics, #marvel-entertainment, #movies

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400 Hours. $500.

When I learned about the death of Latasha Harlins, I decided to make an appointment with myself.

#comic-books-and-strips, #graphic-novels, #harlins-latasha

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Don’t Forget That Joel Schumacher Briefly Saved Batman

Schumacher’s flash and style may well have rescued the franchise. (And then, two years later, nearly sunk it.)

#batman-forever-movie, #batman-returns-movie, #batmanrobin-movie, #burton-tim, #carrey-jim, #comic-books-and-strips, #dc-comics, #jones-tommy-lee, #kidman-nicole, #movies, #schumacher-joel, #warner-brothers

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20 Questions

What is it I want to know? Why do I want to know it? What makes asking questions so hard?

#comic-books-and-strips, #graphic-novels

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How Do We Wrap Our Heads Around Something This Big?

On listening to oneself in a world of crisis.

#comic-books-and-strips, #graphic-novels

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We Need a Trick to Feel Our Joys as Deep as Our Griefs

A true story.

#comic-books-and-strips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #grief-emotion, #happiness

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Comfort Viewing: Three Reasons I Love ‘Riverdale’

A bananas show for a bananas moment, it somehow mirrors what America actually feels like right now.

#comic-books-and-strips, #riverdale-tv-program, #television

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Domestic Rites

An assignment for all of us to help capture an extraordinary time.

#comic-books-and-strips, #graphic-novels

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How to See, in Four Minutes

An assignment for all of us to help capture an extraordinary time.

#comic-books-and-strips, #graphic-novels

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