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Recent articles by Michael:

Spider-Man comic-book page sells for a record $3.36 million

From movies to comic-book art, Spider-Man is the hottest character with consumers with right now. → Read More

An artist wants to curb the spread of Black mug shots online — so he’s asking people to post photos with mugs

Keith Knight, the "Woke" co-creator and cartoonist, has launched a social-media campaign to upend "biased" search results and news coverage. → Read More

‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ just entered the public domain. Here’s what that means for fans.

New stories using the original Winnie-the-Pooh character are now permitted, though Disney still holds rights to works that came after 1926. → Read More

For ‘Licorice Pizza,’ Paul Thomas Anderson returned to the place that shaped his childhood

Through Paul Thomas Anderson's native eyes, the once-maligned San Fernando Valley is a source of inspiration for “Licorice Pizza.” → Read More

How cartoons are capturing anxieties about the omicron variant

In addressing the reactions to omicron variant, political cartoonists are focusing on fatigue and fear. → Read More

How Lin-Manuel Miranda became a go-to songwriter for Disney

For his new film "Encanto," Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired by family, Colombian instruments and the Disney songbook. → Read More

Cartoonist Ray Billingsley has been portraying Black family life for decades — and now he’s getting his due

The "Curtis" cartoonist Ray Billingsley has brought heart and humor to such serious subjects as covid-19 — and his peers just gave him the Reuben Award for outstanding cartoonist of the year. → Read More

How cartoonists are skewering Facebook after the latest revelations

Visual satire targets Facebook's controversial actions, as revealed in documents from a whistleblower. → Read More

Ruthie Tompson, who died at age 111, was a Disney trailblazer in ‘a man’s world’

Disney's “Snow White” helped launch Ruthie Tompson on a four-decade career in animation. → Read More

Emma Allen is redefining what a New Yorker cartoon can be

Allen, the New Yorker's 33-year-old cartoon and humor editor, is recruiting a broader range of artists, including more women, people of color and LGBTQ voices. → Read More

How the Wilhelm scream became Hollywood’s ultimate ‘secret’ sound effect

Netflix’s new “Attack of the Hollywood Cliches” spotlights how a in-joke effect ended up in hundreds of films, including “Star Wars” and “Toy Story.” → Read More

How cartoonists are taking on the Texas abortion law

Visual commentators invoke references to Texas livestock, Afghanistan and "The Handmaid's Tale." → Read More

John Oliver is helping museums through the pandemic — by lending them rat erotica

Oliver’s collection of paintings — which also includes a portrait of Wendy Williams eating a lamb chop — has begun a national tour. → Read More

Ed Asner’s most beloved roles were curmudgeons with soft hearts

Asner, the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Up” actor who died Sunday, knew how to be irascible with a humane twinkle. → Read More

Roger Federer may be out with an injury, but he’s present — and forthcoming — in a new book

‘The Master’ pulls back the layers on the legendary player who thinks of himself as a ‘regular guy.’ → Read More

William Shatner, at 90, keeps seeking that next personal frontier

The pandemic has barely slowed the beloved "Star Trek" icon, who dreams of going to space himself. → Read More

How ‘Breaking Bad’ has inspired artists — who taught Vince Gilligan lessons about his own show

Gilligan has curated an art book that explores Walter White's world, from math to meth. → Read More

Sylvester Stallone as a shark king? A guide to nine oddball characters in ‘The Suicide Squad.’

“The Suicide Squad” enlists Sylvester Stallone and Pete Davidson, among others, to play some lesser-known characters from the DC Comics library. → Read More

John Lewis finished this graphic memoir as he died. He wanted to leave a civil rights ’road map’ for generations to come.

The civil-rights icon, who died last summer, co-wrote his sequel memoir "Run" and chose a new artist. → Read More

Al Hirschfeld: Drawing entertainers with pen and ink, elegance and wit

The illustrator best known for black-and-white caricatures had a colorful life of his own. → Read More