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Recent articles by Michael:

‘Little Miss [Blank]’: How a kid-book meme became viral comedy

Parodies of the Mr. Men and Little Miss franchises let users share confessional declarations on social media. → Read More

How cartoonists are chronicling the ‘wild’ Jan. 6 hearings

From fiery tweets to ketchup memories, here is what cartoonists are satirizing as they watch the Jan. 6 hearings. → Read More

Garry Trudeau dives into NFTs, selling ‘Doonesbury’ strips in an auction

"Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau embraces an NFT experiment as strips and collectibles are being sold in a charity auction. → Read More

‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ creator Kazuki Takahashi dies at 60

Takahashi, whose body was found Wednesday, created the comic "Yu-Gi-Oh!" -- which became a multibillion-dollar goliath. → Read More

How cartoonists are taking on gun culture after Highland Park shooting

Cartoonists are finding ways to comment on gun culture after the Fourth of July parade mass shooting in Highland Park, Ill. → Read More

A New Yorker cartoonist chronicles the rise of a socialist state senator

Artist Sofia Warren shadowed New York legislator Julia Salazar to write the graphic memoir "Radical: My Year With a Socialist Senator." → Read More

Cartoonists passionately take on the Supreme Court’s abortion decision

Some cartoons express anger, pain and resilience after the Supreme Court's abortion decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health overturns Roe v. Wade. → Read More

‘Lightyear’ same-sex couple is part of an evolution at Pixar

"Lightyear" restored a same-sex kiss after Disney's Florida controversy. → Read More

8 cartoons that shaped our view of Watergate — and still resonate today

Herblock, Garry Trudeau, Patrick Oliphant, Paul Conrad and others created memorable cartoons that skewered Nixon and Watergate, making the era a boom time for political satire. → Read More

Popeye is getting a makeover at age 93

Texas cartoonist Randy Milholland wants to put his inventive mark on the comic while respecting why Popeye endures as both a character and an idea. → Read More

New Yorker cover channels powerful emotions after Uvalde shooting

Eric Drooker chose visceral symbolism for his New Yorker cover following the school shooting in Uvalde, Tex. → Read More

How Kristen Schaal became the queen of quirky voice acting

"Bob's Burgers Movie" voice actor Kristen Schaal says she's drawn to projects that are weird. → Read More

He was fired for reading a ‘Butt’ book. Will his life return to normal?

Mississippi assistant principal Toby Price’s dismissal over a book called “I Need a New Butt!” was just upheld, the latest in a controversy that has made him part of the national conversation over children’s literature. → Read More

Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz wants to expose our nation’s inhumanity

Lalo Alcaraz, the first Latino winner of the Herblock Prize for cartooning, is a singular voice in political art, as shown in his works about immigration, vaccine hesitancy and more. → Read More

Turns out Aimee Mann is really good at painting, too

Aimee Mann coped with pandemic stress by creating comics — and portraits of first ladies — that reveal her anxieties and passions. → Read More

‘Flee’ makes Oscar history, and resonates with the refugee crises

The mostly animated documentary "Flee" is relevant to both the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. → Read More

A Ukrainian artist left his home amid the war — but is still drawing cartoons taking on Putin

Ukrainian cartoonist Vladimir Kazanevsky says his work is a way to fight the "information war" over Russia's invasion of his country. → Read More

Moms often disappeared in animated Disney movies. Now they’re increasingly front and center.

"Turning Red" on Disney Plus shows how the company's animated movies are embracing mother-daughter relationships. → Read More

The ‘Peanuts’ team is creating scholarships to support diversity in the arts

Peanuts Worldwide and "JumpStart" cartoonist Robb Armstrong are looking to help the next generation. → Read More

’Homer at the Bat’ at 30: The landmark ‘Simpsons’ episode that pushed the show’s boundaries

As “Homer at the Bat” turns 30, Wade Boggs, Steve Sax and others recall the legendary “Simpsons” episode from Season 3. → Read More