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Exclusive Comics Excerpt: ‘Amelia Rules’

All week on the Comics Page, we're excerpting a special Independence Day issue of Jimmy Gownley's wonderful all-ages comic Amelia Rules, "The Things I Cannot Change," a funny and touching story of duty to family, to country, and to friends.

Exclusive Comics Excerpt: ‘Amelia Rules’

All week on the Comics Page, we're excerpting a special Independence Day issue of Jimmy Gownley's wonderful all-ages comic Amelia Rules, "The Things I Cannot Change," a funny and touching story of duty to family, to country, and to friends.

Exclusive Comics Excerpt: ‘Amelia Rules’

All week on the Comics Page, we're excerpting a special Independence Day issue of Jimmy Gownley's wonderful all-ages comic Amelia Rules, "The Things I Cannot Change," a funny and touching story of duty to family, to country, and to friends.

Harry Potter Theory of the Day: Harry Must Die!

Theory: Harry Potter will die in order to defeat Voldemort. The argument for: J.K. Rowling has shown herself willing to kill beloved characters before, from Sirius Black to Dumbledore.

Is ‘Transformers’ Better Than Sex?

There's nothing like a summer blockbuster to bring out passion in the critics. Should these flicks be judged with the same standards as, say, an Ingmar Bergman or Brad Bird film, or are they simply escapist teenage fun where plot and character are rendered irrelevant? Michael Bay's Transformers has left many in the critical establishment reaching for earplugs and aspirin, while fan sites have declared it mind-blowing. Just as Decepticons face off against Autobots, so is the pride of the critical establishment pitted against hyperbolic online magazines.

‘John From Cincinnati’: The Problem With Cass

In our John From Cincinnati daydreams, the show is a perfectly calibrated mix of memorable characters engaging in entertainingly streetwise banter to express their thoughts about the supernatural events complicating an epic family drama.

Who Drew Those Cool Little Taste Explosions in ‘Ratatouille’?

With Ratatouille hitting No. 1 on the box-office charts this past weekend — though its $47 million take notably fell short of the openings of past Pixar hits Cars and Monsters, Inc. — animator and comics artist Michael Gagné sheds light on one tiny but delightful aspect of the film.

The Multitasking Buddha

Rudolf Stingel, the art critics' darling whose highly anticipated retrospective opened this weekend at the Whitney, has a funny way of exploring artistic process. While he's best known for his colossal minimalist constructions (Styrofoam "canvases," transformative installations — both of which are on view at the Whitney), we kind of like the look of this multitasking Buddha: a tranquil (though perhaps maniacal) take on artistic apprenticeship.

Werner Herzog Would Watch You Reading the Phone Book

"If you're purely after facts, please buy yourself the phone directory of Manhattan. It has four million times correct facts." –Werner Herzog on how he reacts to accusations that he's taken factual liberties in some of his documentaries