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Comic Riffs: August 3, 2008 - August 9, 2008

The Interview: Political Cartoonist Mike Luckovich

Mike Luckovich: "If Obama wins, he's going to be difficult. Maybe he'll have an idiot vice president." Politically speaking, this year has given much. From "Saturday Night Live" debate sketches to New Yorker magazine's controversial cover, political humorists have...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 8, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  
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The Morning Line: When Laffs Are an Olympian Task

TANK McNAMARA: Let the synchronized-tween-gymnasts-on-steroids jokes begin. (UPS)Enlarge Comic As the glorious Olympic torch is raised aloft tonight and the world's ultimate athletes bask in the heart-warming glow of international camaraderie before battling friend, foe and Beijing "air," there is...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 8, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Interview: Political Cartoonist Signe Wilkinson

Signe Wilkinson: So why is Obama so enjoyable to caricature? "He's got great eyebrows and a great mouth and he's a lean, skinny guy. He came pre-packaged!" For Sunday's Post Style&Arts piece on political caricature, we talked shop with...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 7, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  
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The Morning Line: Our First Caption Contest

RHYMES WITH ORANGE: Your caption here. Literally. (King Features) Enlarge Comic We knew this fateful day could come. We've been biding our time -- waiting, waiting patiently for that just-right cartoon for Comic Riffs's first o-ffic-ial Caption Contest. And this,...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 7, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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The Afternoon Line: When "Brewster" and "Sally" Collide

BREWSTER ROCKIT (Tribune Media) Enlarge Comic SALLY FORTH (King Features) Enlarge Comic So we're zipping through today's "Brewster Rockit," as our favorite space guy dissolves into a flashback loop, when suddenly we are struck by an intense flashback of our...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 6, 2008; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Interview: Political Cartoonist Steve Breen

Steve Breen. For Sunday's Post piece on political caricature, we talked shop with STEVE BREEN, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist. Here's the full interview, in which Breen also shares his thoughts on his artistic idols, reader complaints,...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 5, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  
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The Morning Line: "Judge Parker" & the Lemon Law

JUDGE PARKER: A smooth drive turns into one shifty proposition. (North America Syndicate) Enlarge Comic Damn you, "Judge Parker" -- you confound us and bedevil us like no other. You tempt us with sleek lines and winning curves, but then,...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 5, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Political Cartoon: An Endangered Line of Work

First, thanks for your e-mails of appreciation for the Political Caricature article in Sunday's Washington Post. Now, as promised, we continue the conversation about political cartooning ... For many years we heard the mid-decibel buzz that newspaper political cartoonists were...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 4, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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The Morning Line: The Eternal Search for "Calvin's" Kin

BIG NATE: Some readers come seeking Calvin 2.0. (NEA) Enlarge Comic Ever since Bill Watterson packed up his toys and went home, the deep longing for his creations to return doesn't seem to subside. Devoted fans hold out hope, commiserate...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 4, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The Morning Line: When Frazz Razzes Rockwell

During his life, Norman Rockwell's name was rarely associated with controversy, and most of the debate since has centered on whether the Art World should recognize him as an "artist" and not just a mere illustrator. But it is refreshing...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 3, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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