JUST IN: Indian, Palestinian cartoonists win CRNI’s 2014 Courage in Editorial Cartooning award [UPDATED]

The Cartoonists Rights Network International has just announced that Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra and Palestinian cartoonist Majda Shaheen are the 2014 winners of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning. The CRNI presents the honor to “a cartoonist in great danger who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the exercise of free-speech rights under extraordinary circumstances.” […]

SMALL PRESS EXPO: Here are your nominees for the 2014 SPX Ignatz Awards…

Kim Deitch, Nick Drnaso, Sophie Goldstein and Jason Shiga are among the multiple nominees for the 2014 Ignatz Awards, the Small Press Expo announced Monday. The Ignatz, named for George Herriman’s famed “Krazy Kat” character, honors “excellence in independent comics.” The ballot is created by five cartoonists, and this year’s jurors were Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham […]

BOX OFFICE: Comic books rule again, as ‘Ninja Turtles’ ($28M) and ‘Guardians’ ($25M) top weekend box office

  FILMS SPRUNG from comic books have now won every weekend in August. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” grossed $28.4-million, according to studio estimates Sunday, to top the domestic box office for the second straight week. Final numbers are due Monday. The runner-up was Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” ($24.7-million domestic), which had won the month’s […]

‘BATMAN: Assault on Arkham’: 5 Takeaways from the new animated adventure

  The future of the Warner Bros./DC Comics live-action cinematic universe that will follow “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” might still be a mystery, but when it comes to animated features, DC Comics continues to deliver in the present. With the recent releases “Justice League: War” and “Batman and Son,” DC has shown fans […]

AFTER ROBIN WILLIAMS: D.C. humorist’s thoughts on finding the funny while battling depression

EDITOR’S NOTE: When I first met cartoonist/illustrator and standup comedian Teresa Roberts Logan, I was impressed by her warm humor and blazing-quick wit. When I learned that this Memphis-sprung comedian (HBO, Comedy Central) had worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Carey and Paula Poundstone, it made complete sense. She is deeply funny. And when […]

BILL WATTERSON AUCTION: ‘Pearls Before Swine’ creator cites ‘the power of Bill’ as collaboration art raises nearly $70K for Parkinson’s

WHEN BILL Watterson and Stephan Pastis decided to collaborate on three “secret” comic strips for charity, they didn’t know just how much they might raise for Parkinson’s research. Over the weekend, to their surprise and satisfaction, they got their answer. Three separate collectors paid more than $74,000 total for the original cartoons, according to Dallas-based […]

WATERGATE AT 40: Words of wisdom beneath the Watergate plumbing [A VISUAL REPORT]

ARTIST’S NOTE: From the 1972 break-in at Democratic headquarters to President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation 40 years ago this weekend, the media have marked Watergate anniversaries by re-examining the events of that era tied to the scandal. Today, Comic Riffs offers a fully illustrated report that recalls one such event. –M.C.   ON THIS EVENING, […]