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Comic Riffs: August 24, 2008 - August 30, 2008

The E-Mailbag: Obama, Clinton and the Caption Contest!

As the Democratic Party streamers and donkey-emblazoned banners get swept up today at Invesco Field, it's time to announce this week's Caption Contest winner for the Obama/Clinton illustration. Conventional wisdom. (Newark Star-Ledger) Enlarge Comic Judging the surrogate captions for the...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 29, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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The Morning Line: Taking Lynn Johnston's Spot on The Post Pages Is...

When we announced Wednesday that The Post will drop "For Better or For Worse" from the print-edition's funnypages, many of the nearly 200 responses we received included at least two of these three questions (and we paraphrase wildly): 1. What...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 29, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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The Riff: When Comics Literally Show Their Age...

As a cartoonist, when you create a gag-a-day comic panel that has no continuing characters, you occasionally gaze at the strips that do have characters and think: How much easier would THAT be? Even when such a feature is not...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 28, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Morning Line: Turn Your Head and Coif...

This blog at last has its blessed mantra:"I don't feel it's healthy to keep your faults bottled up inside me." Ahh. One twisted pronoun, but pure poetry. Those inspired words are spouted by the crazy-eyed kitty that is Bucky, who...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 28, 2008; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Interview: 'For Better or for Worse's' Lynn Johnston

"I just want to be happy with my job," says cartoonist Lynn Johnston.Enlarge Image Nearly three decades after launching "For Better or For Worse" from the small Canadian community of Lynn Lake, LYNN JOHNSTON has decided it's time to tell...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 27, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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The Morning Line: When Lio Chooses Stewie

Oh, is little Lio all too typical of far too many tykes these days? V.T. Hamlin first created ol' "Alley Oop" 76 years ago, and the time-travelin' cave-man with the war hammer long did a commendable job of satirizing modern...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 27, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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The Riff: Where Cartoonists Go to Die in The Post...

As near as anyone can tell, it is by freak occurrence and in no way by design. Yet somehow, it is quite tidy in its cosmic, comic segregation. Namely: Nearly all the dead guys are buried in the same corner...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 26, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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The Morning Line: Brewster Rocks Our E-World

We were in Caribou Coffee, but it could have been any kaffeeklatch in which frazzled workaday folk seek WiFi and a piping four-buck beverage served McQuickly. The customer striding up to the counter was talking mile-a-minute into her Bluetooth, adrift...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 26, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Rant: A Showdown to Whet Our Appetites

If Garfield won't fight other critters, then we implore him to put up his paws and display the one activity he has shown a talent for: Eat, you zaftig kitty! Eat! Feline, meet fusilli. Fusilli, feline. (UFS)Enlarge Comic There's just...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 25, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: Finding Political Strips to Nominate

As the Democratic National Convention gets into gear, often will we hear the impassioned chant: "O-bam-a!" And when Sen. Clinton has her Denver moment, her Greek chorus of diehard followers will chant: "Hil-la-ry!" To those names we'd like to submit...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 25, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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