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New York Times
Comics can be a very powerful medium, either as a catalyst for change or as a way to--even inadvertently--uphold stereotypes.
A New York Times cartoon about India's recent, successful mission to send an orbiting spacecraft to Mars fell into the latter category, angering so many people that the newspaper had to openly apologize.
The newspaper comics page often has a surprising amount of political (and simply depressing) content in its colorful panels, but a comic about the feminist #YesAllWomen hashtag and “men’s rights activists” by Get Your War On‘s David Rees and Tales Designed to Thrizzle’s Michael Kupperman proved to be too much for the New York Times editorial page.
With Diamond releasing its lists for the top 500 comics and graphic novels of 2012 today, there's no time like the present to examine the equally interesting -- if more archaic -- New York Times best seller rankings from last year...
Here at ComicsAlliance, we've been eagerly anticipating the release of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical since we first heard that amazingly terrible title, and this weekend the moment came that we've been waiting for: The very first preview performance.
Opening night is still a few weeks away -- barring any further delays like the ones that kept it from opening as planned last February, it'll hit the stage for real on January 11 -- but yesterday's preview was open to both the public and the press. Sadly, I wasn't able to attend, but as is always the case with headline-making events, The New York Times was there with an article that might just end up being a late favorite for the funniest thing to hit newspapers all year.
Seriously, this thing paints a picture of a theatrical train wreck so amazing that it might as well have been written by J. Jonah Jameson himself. If you're a fan of schadenfreude, and believe me, I am, the whole thing's worth a read, but for the high points, here are my ten favorite quotes:
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman talks about the collective self-congratulation of economists that went before last year's terrible economic fall at The New York Times, with supporting illustrations by Jason Lutes, the creator of the critically-acclaimed "Berlin" graphic novels...