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Recent articles by Michael:

Without movie theaters, we’re missing communal laughter: ‘You lose a check-in with humanity’

Comedy with an audience can be cathartic and therapeutic. → Read More

The Grim Reaper shows up often in pandemic cartoons — whether to provoke or provide dark humor

Some cartoonists try to deliver a political shock. Others want to deliver levity in this trying time. → Read More

We’d like to see the artwork you’re creating during the coronavirus crisis

Submit your visual art here. We'll publish some of the submissions. → Read More

How cartoonists are ridiculing Pence’s Mayo Clinic visit without a mask

The vice president's visit inspired reactions from cartoonists on both sides of the political aisle. → Read More

A New Yorker cartoonist got covid-19. So he drew this public warning.

New York humorist Jason Chatfield chronicled his experience with the illness, from symptoms to recovery. → Read More

‘The Incredibles’ director Brad Bird picks what to watch in isolation

Here's how the new Turner Classic Movies "Essentials" guest — the man behind "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille" — has been influenced by Hitchcock, '50s sci-fi and James Bond. → Read More

Newspaper comics hardly ever feature black women as artists. But two new voices have arrived.

Steenz and Bianca Xunise have entered a field that has long overlooked the voices of African American women. → Read More

‘Girl With a Purell Earring’: How artists are tweaking famous paintings for our coronavirus era

Artists are creating social-distancing versions of Vermeer, da Vinci, Michelangelo and more. → Read More

Mort Drucker’s legendary Mad magazine caricatures spoofed Hollywood — and Hollywood loved them

Artist Mort Drucker, who inspired generations of humorists with his Mad magazine film and TV parodies across five decades, passed away Wednesday. → Read More

5 tips to spark your creativity while working alone, from artists who do it all the time

The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" author, a "Peanuts" studio creator and others explain the ways they're staying creative during a pandemic. → Read More

The New Yorker cover and political cartoons are saluting coronavirus responders as heroes

Mike Luckovich's popular Iwo Jima cartoon is also celebrating those on the front lines of the fight against covid-19. → Read More

Seven ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes that are eerily timely during the coronavirus pandemic

"The Twilight Zone" delved into how human behavior changes in times of crisis. → Read More

How the world’s political artists are depicting the covid-19 pandemic

Symbolism, face masks and the Grim Reaper abound. → Read More

Fan conventions are being postponed amid covid-19 concerns — but Comic-Con is still a go

Big fan-culture events in Florida and California have just been postponed. May's Awesome Con D.C. takes a wait-and-see approach. → Read More

Pixar movies keep asking big questions about the afterlife — using Chris Pratt and khaki pants

"Onward" and "Soul" deal with the eternal and the ethereal. → Read More

Bloomberg insulted Trump with a Darth Vader tweet. Here are six other times Star Wars converged with politics.

From Ronald Reagan's "evil empire" to Mark Hamill battling Ivanka Trump. → Read More

Pete Buttigieg, comic-book hero: How one company is bringing the Democratic candidates’ stories to life in pictures

TidalWave Productions is releasing Buttigieg and Bloomberg comic books to sit alongside its Warren biography. → Read More

New Yorker coronavirus cover shows Trump with a mask over his eyes

A Newsday cartoon also uses the same image to satirize Trump's response to the virus. → Read More

Cartoonists share their secrets to drawing the Democratic candidates, from Bernie’s hair to Klobuchar’s smile

“People who have the most exaggerated features tend to make the worst caricature subjects, and in that sense, I hate drawing Bernie,” says one. → Read More

Harley Quinn’s flailing ‘Birds of Prey’ suddenly changes its title

The film grossed only $33 million in its domestic debut. → Read More