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Tibet, Through the Lens of Comics

Friday, December 09, 2011

Conceptions of Tibet are the subject of a new exhibit at the Rubin Museum of Art that aims to examine the region through the lens of comics.

The exhibit, "Hero, Villain, Yeti," includes more than 50 comic books from the U.S. Europe and Asia and features characters like the Green Lama and Bugs Bunny.

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The Takeaway

A Conversation with 'Maus' Creator Art Spiegelman

Friday, December 09, 2011

In 1973, Art Spiegelman published a three-page comic strip in a small underground publication called "Funny Animals." It was the first installment of what he called "Maus," the biography of Spiegelman's father, Vladek — a Holocaust survivor — with anthropomorphic mice standing in for Spiegelman, Vladek, and his fellow Jews. The complete graphic narrative was eventually published in two volumes. In 1992, nearly twenty years after he began work on the project, "Maus" was given a special award from the Pulitzer Prize Committee — to date, the only graphic novel honored by the Committee.

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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

Thursday, December 08, 2011

WNYC

The intersection of Tibet and comic books at the Rubin, a Brazilian street artist at Jonathan LeVine, a (sort of) final showing at a Bushwick space and optical illusions in an empty West Village storefront. There's plenty of interesting stuff going down in New York this week. Here's what we're looking at.

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Truth, Jawlines And The American Way: The Changing Face Of Superman

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Our comics blogger looks at the changing face of the Man of Steel, from his original smirk through his bad haircuts and flirtation with the '80s up to his newest incarnation.

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Features

New York's Comic Con Kicks Off in Manhattan, Superheroes and All

Friday, October 14, 2011

If you see a superhero walking around Midtown Manhattan this weekend, chances are he or she is here for Comic Con. The convention kicked off Thursday, and it is about more than just comics. Movies, television shows, books and video games — not all of them based on comics — are represented, and so are the fans.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Art Spiegelman and Hillary Chute on MetaMaus

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Art Spiegelman revisits his Pulitzer prize–winning Maus, published 25 years ago. In MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus, edited and based on interviews by Hillary Chute, he probes the questions that Maus most often evokes—Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics?—and gives us a new and essential work about the creative process. MetaMaus includes a DVD with audio interviews with his survivor father, historical documents, and a trove of Spiegelman’s private notebooks and sketches.

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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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Peter Parker Replaced By Miles Morales: The New Spider-Man

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The latest issue of the long-running Spider-Man comic book series comes out today, and there's a brand-new protagonist. Miles Morales, a half-Latino, half-African-American teenager is taking over the blue and red tights from Peter Parker, who was killed off recently. Marvel creators seized the opportunity to diversify the beloved American superhero series. Will comic enthusiasts come to love the new, multiethnic Spider-Man?

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This Week: Must See Arts in the City

Thursday, November 04, 2010

WNYC

The graphic paintings of a punk artist, pulp-fiction inspired collage, geometric street art, Nigerian popular videos and a very dirty rendering of Plato at an art book fair in Queens.

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Features

Goodbye, Cathy, and Good Riddance (for Some)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cathy Guisewite announced this week that she’ll be ending her “Cathy” comic strip on October 3. The creator described her decision to kill off Cathy (the character) as an “excruciating” one. Is it the end of an era? Or a victory for women everywhere?

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The Takeaway

Inside Comic-Con with Gerard Jones

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Today through Sunday, tens of thousands of people will descend upon San Diego for the 41st annual Comic-Con International Convention. The largest such convention in the world, Comic-Con has gone from attracting a small handful of comic book enthusiasts to serving as one of the premier pop culture events in the world, with stars like Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie stopping by to present their latest projects.

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Features

Bloomsday Seen and Heard

Friday, June 18, 2010

James Joyces' Ulysses chronicles the wanderings of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day: Thursday, June 16, 1904. The 16th has become known as Bloomsday, and literary types and fans of Joyce celebrate the occaision with pub crawls, readings, and re-enactments.

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The Takeaway

The Best Graphic Novels Right Now

Thursday, May 27, 2010

This week, thousands of book industry retailers, agents, authors, and hangers-on have been gathering in New York for the annual BookExpo America conference.

Patrik Henry Bass, senior editor of Essence magazine, is among those attending the show. And what he’s noticed is that the enormous popularity of graphic novels is continuing to grow even bigger.

He explains why graphic novels are so huge right now, and walks us through some of his favorite titles from the past year.

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The Takeaway

'Kick Ass' Creator on Watching his Characters on the Big Screen

Friday, April 16, 2010

We talk with John Romita, Jr., co-creator of the "Kick-Ass" comic book series, and regular illustrator on "Daredevil," "Iron Man," "Wolverine," and "Spider Man." Romita tells us how it feels to see his characters make the transition from print to screen; what it was like producing "Kick-Ass" and directing its animated flashback scene; and why fans seem to identify so strongly with the self-made superheroes Hit-Girl, Red Mist, Big Daddy, and, of course, Kick-Ass.

And we want to know, If you could be any super hero, who would it be?

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Features

Brooklyn Cartoonists Make A Scene

Friday, December 04, 2009

 This weekend, cartoonists will get to escape their drawing boards for a day of artist signings, discussions and live music.

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Studio 360

Watchmen

Friday, March 06, 2009

Alan Moore's ambitious graphic novel Watchmen wowed a generation of readers when it came out in 1986. Twenty-three years later, it's making its big-screen debut. Meanwhile, some of its key innovations have shown up in other movies; is the Watchmen too late to save itself? Produced ...

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Love and Rockets

Friday, October 31, 2008

Comic book author-illustrator Jessica Abel has a gift for depicting paralyzing awkwardness. She works from experience: a punk-rock teenager, Abel went to college in a Midwestern town and found herself an outsider in a sea of blue jeans and sweatshirts. Then she went to the local comic ...

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Studio 360

You're a Complicated Man, Charlie Brown

Friday, October 17, 2008

At its peak, over 350 million people around the world read the Peanuts comic strip. Its creator Charles Schulz led a much darker life than anyone ever realized, and he put his troubles into the funny pages every day. Kurt Andersen talks with Schulz's biographer, David Michaelis, ...

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Studio 360

You're a Complicated Man, Charlie Brown

Friday, November 02, 2007

At its peak, over 350 million people around the world read "Peanuts" every day. Its creator, Charles Schulz, led a much darker life than anyone realized, and he put his troubles into the funny pages. Kurt talks with biographer David Michaelis about how ...

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Studio 360

Pride of Baghdad

Friday, November 17, 2006

Brian K. Vaughan is one of the most interesting graphic novelists working today. In his series Y: The Last Man he depicts an apocalyptic future in which the male half of humanity has been wiped out, with one man surviving in a world populated only by women. In his ...

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