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Comic Riffs: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

The Political Cartoon: When Satire Misses a Twist

In Sunday's Style&Arts section of The Washington Post, we discuss the art of the political caricature with three Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonists: Steve Breen, Signe Wilkinson and Mike Luckovich. In the course of our interviewing Luckovich, he shared his thoughts on...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 2, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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The Morning Line: That Vexing "Family" Tree

FAMILY CIRCUS: Who's the better gag writer: Bil or Billy? (King Features) Enlarge Comic Do not be fooled. Oh, "Family Circus" pretends to be a mild-mannered, stuck-in-the-'60s comic panel, but that is a mere ruse. Under the cloak of simplicity,...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 2, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The E-Mailbag: Now Taking Your Cheeky Comments...

The Top Ten List: We respond to your questions and comments... We were wrong, apparently, to call this blog Comic Riffs. Given our collective preoccupations in recent days, we should have dubbed it Comic Midriffs. The Week That Was, you...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 1, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Morning Line: "Beetle's" Buck[Naked] Privates

We read "Beetle Bailey" -- with its painfully dated gags -- and only one word comes to mind. Not "funny." Nor "quaint." No, the only term that often resonates is this: "pervy." BEETLE BAILEY: This man's army loves its privates...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 1, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Interview: 'Pearls Before Swine's' Stephan Pastis

Stephan Pastis: Will Larry the Croc go Hollywood? And more important: Will Stephan let us invest? . The Washington Post, it seems, likes to ask a bit more of "Pearls Before Swine" creator STEPHAN PASTIS than do other papers....

By Michael Cavna  |  July 31, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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The Morning Line: Garfield -- Bring on the Crazy

Enlarge Comic | Dr. Liz may administer her own lip injections, but her shots at Garfield are getting toothless. (Universal Press Syndicate) Oh, we once had hope for Liz. Given her intelligence, education and access to large animal-prodding implements,...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 31, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The E-Mailbag: Dr. Duncan, Studmuffin

WARNING: This blog-post contains saucy material that might be inappropriate for impressionable young (or not-so-young) souls who could reasonably be offended by such words as, oh, "studmuffin." We at Comic Riffs were remiss in one regard yesterday when prattling on...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 30, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: When Parents' Bedrooms Attack

Big Nate: Funny, funny. Now: We think we just threw up in our mouth a little bit. (NEA Inc.) . We cannot lie: Today's "Big Nate" so took us by surprise, we almost choked on our wheat Chex. And...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 30, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Seven Rules for Reading This Blogger

We had a feeling this would happen. We just didn't expect it to be quite so soon. Namely: We have offended one of our cartooning idols for apparently all the wrong reasons. Oh, we stand by our criticism, such as...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 29, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Morning Line: "Judge Parker," Laff Riot

Judge Parker: A sly guffaw? Hardly par for the course. (North America Syndicate) . Ladies and gentledudes of the court: Let the record show that today, Tuesday, July 29, for the first time this year, we -- ahem --...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 29, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The E-Mailbag: 'Tooning In to Obama & McCain

Ever since The New Yorker's Obama cover, we've received e-mails and comments about how political candidates are depicted in cartoon form: What's fair, what goes too far -- and does Mitt Romney really look like a character out of "Mark...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 28, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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"Pearls Before Swine's" Stephan Pastis

If you've ever laughed aloud at Rat and Pig, then it's time to act now -- and be bold, lest the Lionesses not respect you. The man behind those reliably funny animals in "Pearls Before Swine" -- Stephan Pastis --...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 28, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Morning Line: Cartoonists -- No Vacation for You!

Non Sequitur: Old news is good news if you're a cartoonist needing a little time off. (Universal Press Syndicate) . Baldo: Cutlery aside, running your reprints can cut both ways. (Universal Press Syndicate) . The writers of "Non Sequitur,"...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 28, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Morning Line: Carlin in the [Censored] Comics

Doonesbury: How much did George Carlin inspire us? There's so much we just can't say. [click to enlarge](Universal Press Syndicate) George Carlin had his Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television. According to today's "redacted" "Doonesbury," drawn in...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 27, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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