‘BLACK COMICS’: Fresh off milestone Eisner Award, (Howard alumna) scholar goes deep beneath black-and-white of comics page at Fall for the Book [Q&A]

.   A QUARTER-CENTURY AGO, the late comics creator and pioneering minority-owned-business leader Dwayne McDuffie wrote a mock proposal for a new comic series, “Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers.” The Marvel memo unfurled a string of sharp sardonic points, including the pitch twists that this “new series” would feature skateboard-riding black superheroes with such names as […]

ALISON BECHDEL: ‘Thrilled’ graphic novelist breaks yet more ground with MacArthur ‘genius’ grant

  SITTING IN ITALY, basking in the peaceful and rejuvenating world of an artist’s retreat in Umbria, Alison Bechdel was tempted not to acknowledge the call. “I actually didn’t want to pick up the phone,” Bechdel tells The Post’s Comic Riffs this morning from Italy, of the ring that came three weeks ago from Chicago. […]

SPX: SMALL PRESS EXPO: And your 2014 Ignatz Award winners are…

  SOME MULTI-DAY comics conventions seem to breed fatigue, like a lean-in, shoulder-to-shoulder war of artist-alley attrition and sketchy nutrition. The marathon demands second and third winds. You come, you see, you’re conquered. Small Press Expo, on the other hand, refuses to be so grueling. It’s the party guest that shows up promptly with a platter […]

LEO TOLSTOY: How inspired Google Doodle artist takes novel approach to rendering a legend [UPDATED]

  IF MUCH OF the world didn’t know Roman Muradov’s enchanting art prior to today, now millions more will appreciate his graphic magic. Muradov is a master interpreter, pulling from enormous universes of prose just the right reflected lights he needs to represent a moment that visually speaks volumes. He engages. He excavates. And somehow, […]