Michael Cavna

Washington, D.C.

Covering visual culture and storytelling: cartoon art/illustration, comedy/satire and animation.

Education: University of California, San Diego, BA in Literature/Writing

Writer-artist-recovering-syndicated-cartoonist Michael Cavna is a man of many hyphenates. His articles on visual artists and comic art/illustration have been honored by the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the National Headliner Awards and the international Harvey Awards. Cavna is creator of The Post's Comic Riffs online column, which has twice been named the best newspaper blog in the country by the Society for Features Journalism. A San Francisco native and University of California at San Diego graduate, Cavna wrote the main text for the Eisner Award-nominated anthology book "Team Cul de Sac: Car
Latest from Michael Cavna

Three Pulitzer-winning cartoonists let go in one shocking day

McClatchy, citing ‘continuing evolution’ for the firings, says its newspapers will no longer publish daily opinion cartoons.

July 12, 2023

Social media keeps spoofing Wes Anderson. Here’s why he’s not watching.

With his "Asteroid City" out this weekend, Wes Anderson says he tunes out social media that is reductive of his textured style.

June 24, 2023

Our definitive ranking of modern movie Batmen, from Michael Keaton to Robert Pattinson

“The Flash” has helped cement the legacies of Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck. How do they stack up against Robert Pattinson, Christian Bale and others?

June 21, 2023

How do you solve a problem like Ezra Miller? For ‘The Flash’ PR, silently.

Ezra Miller’s disturbing off-set behavior has created a unique PR problem for Warner/DC, which is banking on “The Flash” to revive its universe of superhero films.

June 14, 2023

A Black father wrote a book about ‘the talk’ — to show why it’s necessary

“You don’t want to take away any of their innocence. But you have to,” said artist Darrin Bell, whose memoir reveals how he taught his son about racism in the U.S.

June 6, 2023

‘American Born Chinese’ joins the conversation on bullying and stereotypes

Gene Luen Yang’s acclaimed 2006 graphic novel, “American Born Chinese,” becomes a Disney Plus show illuminating the Asian American experience.

May 24, 2023

The best movies about screenwriters to watch during the writers’ strike

As the WGA strike wages on, check out these films that prominently feature Hollywood writers, including “The Player,” “Adaptation” and others.

May 17, 2023

Two funny New Yorker artists lured us into their mind-bending worlds

New Yorker cover artist Bruce McCall and cartoonist Sam Gross changed our perspective on humor.

May 9, 2023

Could AI help script a sitcom? Some striking writers fear so.

Hollywood's writers don't all see AI as an immediate creative threat -- but the seeming hardline stance of the studios does trouble them.

May 6, 2023

The last writers’ strike, when streaming was new and Conan grew a beard

The 2007-2008 writers’ strike affected “The Office,” James Bond and the L.A. economy. “It was necessary,” said one writer. “Did we get everything? Of course not.”

May 4, 2023