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John Maher

  1. best of 2021
    The Best Animation of 2021 (So Far)New twists on classic characters and the looming end of a definitive anime kick off a year shaping up to be a big one in contemporary cartoon history.
  2. animation
    Craig McCracken Talks Taking on Serialized Superheroics in Kid CosmicFor his first streaming series, Netflix’s new Kid Cosmic, animator Craig McCracken didn’t want to just make “another campy parody of superheroes.”
  3. vulture recommends
    Winter Time Is Hilda TimeThe Netflix series is the hygge of all-ages animation.
  4. how everything works
    How to Make an Animaniacs Song That Truly Captures Life in 2020More than 100 people and 240 hours went into the catchy opening segment of the revival.
  5. hardest things
    The Hardest Thing I Ever AnimatedSixteen animators and artists from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, BoJack Horseman, Rick and Morty, Toy Story, and more recall their toughest gigs.
  6. animation
    What a Cartoon! Allowed a Generation of Animators to ‘Take Back Our Cartoons’The anthology series and talent incubator What a Cartoon! tapped animation’s past to push the form into a new ’90s golden age.
  7. animation
    10 Tragically, Irretrievably Lost Pieces of Animation HistoryFrom Disney’s Martha to a Russian version of The Hobbit, some of the most intriguing cartoons have vanished into history’s great scrap heap.
  8. good cries
    Movies About Life Are Movies About Death. Ask the Director of Land Before Time.Don Bluth on depicting life’s tragedies alongside its moments of tenderness and joy.
  9. vulture lists
    The 100 Most Influential Sequences in Animation HistoryFrom Bugs Bunny to Spike Spiegel to Miles Morales, retracing 128 years of an art form that continues to draw us all in.
  10. close reads
    Steven Universe: The Movie Is All About Doing the WorkLike the beloved series that precedes it, the movie is a beautiful, ambitious users’ manual for those learning to love themselves and others.
  11. profile
    Kristen Arnett, Queer Meme Master, Does Not Want to Explain Ravioli to YouThe internet’s favorite librarian talks about her debut novel, Mostly Dead Things.
  12. kids these days
    For the Country’s Best Teen Poets, Poetry Is ActivismHonorees of the National Student Poets Program, threatened under Trump, fight for the personal and political power of verse.
  13. money
    Michelle Obama Memoir Continues to Steamroll Every Other Book Released This YearAnd more tour dates were added.
  14. on the books
    Did Michelle Obama Really Sell 2 Million Books in 15 Days? An Investigation.The former First Lady’s book is already this year’s biggest seller. But how do we know the exact numbers?