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Comic Riffs: August 31, 2008 - September 6, 2008

The E-Mailbag: Jim Borgman & This Week's Riffys...

ZITS (KFS)Enlarge Comic It's time, once again, for this week's Riffy Awards. Let's go right to the winners: 1. FAVORITE ART: The supremely gifted Jim Borgman announced this week that this fall, he's going to leave behind being the Cincinnati...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 5, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Morning Line: When Cartoonists Draw the Identical Gag

You ever read a comic and you could just swear you've heard that joke before? Well in this case, you probably have. This is the Thursday gag... (KFS) Enlarge Comic ...and this is the Friday gag. Yes, we're serious. (KFS)...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 5, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Remembering 'Peanuts' Animator Bill Melendez...

"What a sweet, sweet guy!" That is how comics editor Amy Lago remembers BILL MELENDEZ, the sublimely talented animator who collaborated with Charles Schulz on 70 or so "Peanuts" productions. Melendez, who died yesterday at 91, made the warmest...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 4, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The E-Mailbag: Let's Vet the Presidential "Caption Contest"...

A dog, a cat, a doctor's labcoat and a clipboard. What more does one need for hilarity to ensue? The (operating) tables are turned. (Creators)Enlarge Comic In this case, perhaps your caption. That scene is the setting for a recent...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 4, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Morning Line: 10 Things You Might Not Know About "Dennis"

TEN THINGS You Might Not Know About "Dennis the Menace": 1. Despite decades of rumor to the contrary, Dennis is not a lifelong root-beer addict, hopped up on Hines. Today's panel perpetuates this vicious rumor -- which some believe to...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 4, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Interview: 'Hulk' Writer Jeph Loeb

When Marvel Comics decided to do a Hulk mystery story, it knew it had the perfect man for the job: Jeph Loeb, who's one of the comic industry's best mystery writers. Loeb -- who has put Batman through such adventures...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 3, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Morning Line: On the 'Trail' of Love, Lust and Caution

Twin damsels in distress! One shining white knight, radiant with Brylcreemed hair! The snarling threat of Mother Nature! And o, that ever-treacherous cavern! Pell-mell arrives the "other woman," Kelly Welly. (NAS) Enlarge Comic You could read the current "Mark Trail"...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 3, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Riff: When a Hurricane Hits the Comics

Many days ago, a hurricane began to hurtle toward "Pooch Cafe." (UPS) Enlarge Comic Forget the hurricane zone. We've just entered "The Twilight Zone." Weeks and weeks ago, before Hurricane Gustav was upon us, the cartoonist Paul Gilligan wrote the...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 2, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Morning Line: The Secret Files of "Judge Parker"

"Judge Parker's" Dewey Cheatham has been toe-tagged for days now, but as witnessed by today's strip, the details around this gruff duffer's life are still vague. Who was Dewey Cheatham, exactly, and more important: what shortcomings caused this golfer to...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 2, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Riff: Sarge or Hagar, Who Is More 'Macho'?

Once upon a VHS era, "Saturday Night Live" had an inspired game-show parody titled "?Quien Es Mas Macho?" -- in which Bill Murray quizzed contestants about who most embodied the manly heights of machismo. When we read "Beetle Bailey" and...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 1, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: From Cartoonists, the School of Hard Knocks

Cartoonists, one could surmise, are a cruel and spiteful lot. How else to explain why so many of them are teasing the tots with today's back-to-school taunts? Hey, kids! Read the funnies and let us quasi-grownups pepper you with scholastic...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 1, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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