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Comic Riffs: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

The Interview: HBO Animator Steve Dildarian

Rising HBO animator STEVE DILDARIAN has never feared sacrifice in the name of gainful employment. He has toiled over scalding asphalt. He has been locked in a cage. And he has voiced a talking toilet. The man is fearless, if...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 19, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Morning Line: The Riffys Go "Forth"...

Nothing like a tantalizing storyline -- a plot brimming with sudden sexual heat -- to re-stoke one's interest in a comic. Sally Forth, you have our complete attention. Or in this case: Ted Forth does. Someone is sure sallying forth....

By Michael Cavna  |  September 19, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The E-Mailbag: Is Opus the Penguin Playing His Swan Song?

It musn't be easy being Berkeley Breathed's editor these days. What with being peppered by one constant question: (WPWG)Enlarge Comic "Hey, is 'Opus' ending soon or what?" We know that Breathed's editor, Amy Lago, has patiently endured our frequent badgering...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 18, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Morning Line: Decode Your Own Cartoon Name.

We noted recently that you can't swing a Sudoku puzzle over your head without hitting a woman named "Carmen" on the comics pages. Something about that name bewitched the cartoonists behind "Pooch Cafe," "Baldo" and "Prickly City." But what's in...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Rant: Stop "Frank & Ernest" Before They Pun Again...

We are the first to admit it: We love a good pun as much as the next reader. Which is precisely why something must be done about "Frank & Ernest" -- because we love a good pun as much as...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 17, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Morning Line: Six Degrees of Stephan Pastis

Look closely in the last panel of today's "Brewster Rockit." No, closer. Pigs in space? A strip with zero gravity. (TMS) Enlarge Comic Yep, right there on the T-shirt is "Pig" from "Pearls Before Swine." What in the name of...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 17, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Rant: When 'Cathy' Haters Are Staler Than the Gag

Is there anything staler than a "Cathy" gag about her latest chocolate binge? Why yes -- yes there is. That one thing would be: Bashing a "Cathy" gag about her latest choco-binge. Sorry, late-haters, but you're tardy to the party...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 16, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Morning Line: "Doonesbury" Sings the Newspaper Blues

Even "Doonesbury" isn't immune from the print newspaper blues. When Garry Trudeau's "Washington Post" begins a round of buyouts this week, it can't help but hit close to home. (UPS) Enlarge Comic In the pages of The Washington Post this...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 16, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The Morning Line: When Palin Populates the Funnies

"Doonesbury." "Candorville." "Prickly City." Even "Get Fuzzy." The Sarah Palin phenomenon has escalated to Category 5 so quickly -- not just politically, but comedically (witness Tina Fey's "Saturday Night Live" take over the weekend) -- that the candidate even seems...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 15, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Interview: Ex-BET Chief Reg Hudlin of "Black Panther"

When REGINALD HUDLIN was ousted last week as programming chief at BET, the network cited Hudlin's desire to "get back to his roots." Which, in his case, means his longtime interest in movies. Reginald Hudlin calls Black Panther "the baddest...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 15, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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