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.
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:
Here at ComicsAlliance, there are few things we love more than comics about awesome historical figures, so it was a particular treat to see the recent Ben Franklin comic by Maira Kalman, who has an ongoing illustrated column in The New York Times about American democracy...
It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on .
To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you.
To activate your account, please confirm your password.
When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.
It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://comicsalliance.com using your original account information.