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Comic Riffs: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

The Morning Line: Blondies Have More Puns

Blondie: Could the end be near? As the late-great Warron Zevon said: "Enjoy every (Dagwood) sandwich." (King Features) No, no, this cannot be. Dagwood is going seriously existential on us. The plaintive gaze, those soul-bearing eyes staring right through...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 26, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The E-Mailbag: Pearls Before Feline

The time is now, fellow comic fans: Stephan Pastis is ripe for recruitment. This week, in our "Bucky Katt v. Garfield" rant, we proposed that the perfect cartoonist to draw a showdown/throw-down between these comic-cat titans is Pastis, aka the...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 25, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The Morning Line: "Sherman" Survives a Snark Attack

No lame or flat-lining punchline consumes us today, and the badly drawn panel holds no perverse allure. Like flecks of gold in the creekbed, three strips catch our eye and fancy this morning, each mined for small joys. So without...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 25, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Interview: Marvel Comics' Joe Quesada

Joe Quesada: The man who helps make big Marvel projects and readers' "nerd-gasm fantasies" come true. (Marvel) As Comic-Con kicks off today, the event banks on six-digit attendance over four days and the glare of international attention -- but...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 24, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , Superheroes  
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The Morning Line: Hands Don't Lie

The eyes might be the windows to the soul, but when it comes to cartooning, the hands are the dead giveaway as to an artist's attention to detail, time-spent and talent. "Zits' " Jim Borgman does stylish hands that "read"...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 24, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Rant: Bucky Katt v. Garfield

It's not a matter of if any longer, but only a matter of when. And the sooner it happens, the sooner we can all relish the thrilling spectacle: Bucky Katt and Garfield must throw down. Paw-to-paw combat for comic-feline supremacy,...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 23, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The Morning Line: Losing All Perspective

Quick riffs on today's toons... Perspective, shmerspective! "Beetle's" slacking off again. (King Features) Perspective and proportions are so staggeringly askew in "BB" today, we can say with almost absolute certainty that Mort Walker himself did not personally draw this comic....

By Michael Cavna  |  July 23, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Interview: 'Boondocks' Creator Aaron McGruder

"I'm way too invested in" this presidential election, says "Boondocks" creator Aaron McGruder. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Television, Kyle Christy) Let the record show that The Washington Post, on occasion, withheld Aaron McGruder's now-defunct syndicated strip "The Boondocks" back in...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 22, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Animation  
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The Morning Line: Go 'Forth' and Multiply

Some mornings if we're not careful, the comics -- especially prior to that first jump-start cup of coffee or Darjeeling -- can really play with our sense of Commonly Accepted Reality. Text doesn't match facial expression, or sequential time is...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 22, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The E-Mailbag: Beyond the Irony Age

"Oh, irony. We do not get that here. ... We haven't had irony here since about, uh, '83, when I was the only practitioner of it ... and I stopped as I was tired of being stared at." --Steve Martin,...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 21, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Morning Line: Honey, They Shrunk the Strips

Cartoonists have joked for years -- through gritted teeth and inky fits of frustration -- that newspapers publish their strips so small that the occupation has been reduced to scribbling on stamps. But some days now, when we look at...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 21, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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(Illustration by Michael Cavna) Comic Riffs (comicriffs@washpost.com) is devoted to you, the fan of comics, animation, sci-fi film or fanboy culture. Grab a seat and an opinion as we celebrate, contemplate, eviscerate and pontificate on cartoons -- from strips...

By Nancy Kerr  |  July 20, 2008; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Morning Line: Do You Do 'Derivative'?

Drawing wacky single-panel toons is treacherous work in "The Far Side's" long wake. (Universal Press Syndicate) "Imitation is the sincerest form of syndication." -- Anonymous* (* okay, we coined that -- but "anonymous" lends that certain authoritative air, no?)...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 20, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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