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Batgirl Crosses the River into Gotham's Brooklyn

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Batgirl's latest reboot takes her across the river into Gotham's Brooklyn, giving her a style and sensibility that spells "Williamsburg."
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Studio 360

The Green Turtle Rises

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang revives a mysterious figure from the Golden Age of comics — the first Asian-American superhero.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Kevin Smith: Comic Man

Monday, December 31, 2012

Kevin Smith, screenwriter, actor, producer, director, and comic book writer, talks about New York Comic-Con and the new season of his show, "Comic Book Men," set in his comic book shop in Red Bank

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Kevin Smith: Comic Man

Friday, October 12, 2012

Kevin Smith, screenwriter, actor, producer, director, and comic book writer, talks about New York Comic-Con and the new season of his show, "Comic Book Men," set in his comic book shop in Red Bank. Smith appears at the Gramercy Theatre tonight.

 

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Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency: Comic Books, "Soda-pop," and Societal Harm

Friday, August 24, 2012

WNYC

This is "not a subcommittee of blue-nosed censors," the chairman Robert Hendrickson claims, in his introductory remarks at these famous Congressional hearings on the link between comic books and juvenile delinquency, broadcast over WNYC on April 21, 1954.

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The Takeaway

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a... Real-Life Superhero?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

There are over 300 registered superheroes in the United States. Coming from all walks of life, they patrol the streets, stop crimes, and do community outreach in homemade costumes. While each real life superhero has a different reason for taking up the cause, the one thing that's certain about this eccentric bunch of concerned citizens is that their ranks are growing: The New York Initiative, a New York City-based collective of superheroes, has gone from four members to 12 in 2011.

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The Takeaway

The Date's Set for a Gay Wedding in 'Archie'

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Kevin Keller, the first gay character in the history of the Archie comics, was introduced to Riverdale and the world in April of last year. Kevin quickly became one of the most popular characters in the comic's 72-year history, starring in his own miniseries over the summer. And now he's getting married. The January issue of Life of Archie will feature the marriage between Kevin and Clay Walker, a doctor he meets while recovering in a military hospital’s physical rehabilitation unit.

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The Takeaway

Will an American Audience Embrace Muslim Heroes?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In a recent piece for The Philadelphia Inquirer Naif Al-Mutawa, a clinical psychologist and father of five, wrote about the absence of positive Muslim characters in American entertainment. "Of all the diverse fictional characters who have inspired us," he writes, "Muslim protagonists remain very rare in American entertainment." Faced with a dearth of Muslim heroes in American media, Naif Al-Mutawa decided to create "The 99" to provide his sons with role models. It's a comic book series starring 99 superheroes, who each represent one of the 99 attributes of Allah, and use their powers to battle evil. After two years of looking for an American distributor, Mutawa has been unable to get his program broadcast in the United States.

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It's A Free Blog

Super Delegates: Who Would our Comic Brethren Endorse?

Friday, October 14, 2011

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Studio 360

DC Comics Overhauls Superheroes

Friday, September 23, 2011

With the proliferation of big-budget superhero movies, it’s easy to forget about the pulpy comic books on which the characters are based.  But it seems many people have: sales of comics are way down.  As fanboys have become fanmen, publishers are desperate to find new — and younger — readers ...

Slideshow: Inside Bergen Street Comics and the "New 52"

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Studio 360

Batgirl Sheds Her Wheelchair and Loses a Fan

Friday, September 23, 2011

In 1966, Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham's police commissioner, began fighting crime in DC Comic's "Batgirl." Then, in the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, she was shot by The Joker, paralyzing her from the waist down. And so Batgirl became the paraplegic character called Oracle ...

Slideshow: A New Batgirl

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The Takeaway

Peter Parker to Miles Morales: A New Spider-Man Is Born

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Everybody was talking about Spider-Man this week. But it wasn't the dangers of the Broadway show, or the latest actor to be playing Spidey on the silver screen. Most conversation revolved around the comic book itself, and the death of longtime character Peter Parker in the Ultimate Spider-Man series from Marvel. He's been replaced with a new protagonist: a half-Latino, half-African-American teenager named Miles Morales. We had two expert guests on the show to talk about their perspectives: Vice Magazine's Nicholas Gazin, and Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. See how our coverage of the new Spider-Man character developed, what listeners and guests had to say. 

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Features

Marvel Comics Unveils New Biracial Spider-Man from Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

A comic book that hit shelves on Wednesday will introduce the world to a new Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a Black, Latino 13-year-old from Brooklyn, New York.

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The Takeaway

'The 99': Superheroes and Comics in the Islamic World

Monday, August 01, 2011

When times are tough, Americans often turn to comic books. The so-called Golden Age of Comics in the U.S. began with the Great Depression, when out-of-work Americans were desperate for superheroes and role models. Our appetite for Superman and the Green Lantern only grew as Hitler marched across Europe. And Americans aren’t the only ones who need superheroes in difficult times. Our guest for this segment is the author of "The 99," a comic book series published in Kuwait and translated into nine languages. "The 99" follows Islam-inspired superheroes as they fight evil dictators and extremists.

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Comic Book Masters at the Whitney Museum

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Listen to Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware and Gary Panter talk comics at the Whitney.

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Features

Comic Book Theater Festival Brings Superheroes to the Brick's Stage

Friday, June 03, 2011

Spider-Man isn't the only comic book character hanging out onstage this summer. The first-ever Comic Book Theater Festival, which runs through July 1 at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, features nearly a month of plays that bring beloved pen-and-ink figures to life in front of an audience.

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WNYC News

Niche Market | Inside the Anime Castle

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

WNYC

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity.

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The Takeaway

Super Heroes, Super Powers: What's Your Favorite?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Comic Con is approaching! The convention, which starts next week in San Diego, is the biggest geek summit in America. What's your favorite comic, comic book character and comic book movie? Or tell us which super power you wish you had.

What's your take? Leave a comment or record your story at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE.

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Studio 360

Kyle Baker's Nat Turner

Friday, August 15, 2008

As a kid, Kyle Baker was obsessed with comic books and built a career in kids’ animation working on shows like Looney Toons and Rugrats. Baker’s new book, Nat Turner, is the furthest thing from kid stuff. It’s a graphic retelling of the violent 1831 ...

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Studio 360

The 99

Friday, October 19, 2007

The 99 are Muslim kids with superpowers trying to protect the world (a critic calls them "X-Men in Middle Eastern drag"). They're the stars of a comic book that arrives in America this month. Brooke Darrah Shuman talked to creator Naif Al-Mutawa.

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