BOX OFFICE: ‘Captain America’ 2 soars into rarefied Marvel air

  THE QUESTION NOW becomes: Can Captain America pull off the four-peat? Because hero Steve Rogers is now soaring to one place not even Marvel-mate Tony Stark has managed. The sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” grossed $26.6-million in its third weekend out to again remain the domestic box-office champ, according to studio estimates released […]

New report: ‘Bone,’ ‘Captain Underpants’ among ‘most challenged’ books for banning

  ACROSS THE nation, numerous adult readers continue to get in a tizzy about their kids’ picture books. In 2013, Jeff Smith’s fantasy/adventure graphic-novel epic “Bone” was among the works that received the most complaints and requests for restricting or de-shelving, according to the American Library Association’s annual “State of the Libraries” report published Sunday. […]

2014 PULITZER PRIZES: Charlotte Observer’s Kevin Siers calls his Editorial Cartooning win ‘surreal’

  A QUARTER-CENTURY AGO, when he was new to the Charlotte Observer newsroom, Kevin Siers saw veteran political cartoonist Doug Marlette win the Pulitzer. “Everyone was very happy [here] when he won in 1988,” Siers tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “Then, after 26 years, I forgot what that felt like.” On Monday afternoon, all these […]

BOX OFFICE: In sequel showdown, ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ holds off ‘Rio 2′ by a few bills

  IN A SHOWDOWN of franchise sequels, the red-white-and-blue Cap held off a male blue macaw. A week after its record-setting April opening, Disney/Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” grossed $41.4-million its second weekend out, to edge the debut of Fox/Blue Sky’s tune-happy cartoon, “Rio 2″ ($39-million), according to studio estimates released Sunday. Final numbers […]

COMICS LIT AWARDS: Gene Luen Yang, Ulli Lust among big winners at L.A. Times Book Festival Prizes

  TWO TOP graphic novelists came away winners this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Gene Luen Yang’s twin-volume epic “Boxers & Saints” (First Second/Macmillan) won for Young Adult Literature, and Ulli Lust’s life-on-the-edge travel memoir “Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life” (Fantagraphics) won for Graphic Novels/Comics. […]

PERCY JULIAN: Google Doodle salutes pioneering chemist as a man utterly in his elements

  HAS ANY AMERICAN, professionally and personally, ever more greatly embodied the concept of “better living through chemistry”? Time and again and again and again, Percy Julian — the grandson of slaves and the father of Julian Laboratories Inc. — used his brilliance and perseverance and innovation in science to overcome obstacles raised before him […]