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Comic Riffs: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

The E-Mailbag: Bucky and Beetle? Them's Fightin' Words

BEETLE BAILEY: No war, but a real commentary on war. (KFS)Enlarge Comic Some weeks ago, I offered thoughts on how to revivify "Beetle Bailey's" relevance. One of my toss-off suggestions: Have Beetle go to war. So imagine my surprise...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 3, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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The Morning Line: All Palin, All the Time!

On the morning after the big debate, Sarah Palin continues to outpoint Joe Biden in at least one regard: The number of cartoon references she is inspiring. From the "Tales From the Crypt" series comes at least one book that...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 3, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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The Interview: Alt-Political Cartoonist Ted Rall

Ted Rall: alt-cartoonist, reporter, new association prez, syndicate executive -- the portfolio still grows... (TED RALL) When we caught up with "alternative" political cartoonist TED RALL recently, his resume was as long as our arm -- and since then,...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 2, 2008; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: The "Cul de Sac" Contest--YOU May Be a Winner!

CUL DE SAC: Be the first on your block to win a "Cul de Sac." (UPS)Enlarge Comic If you love the writing in "Cul de Sac," then it's time to do a little writing of your own. As the...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 2, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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The Interview: "Iron Man" Writer Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction got his shot at Iron Man -- and sought to embrace new fans and honor the die-hards. (MARVEL) As the monster hit film "Iron Man" comes to DVD this week -- and Marvel and Paramount reach a...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 1, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: Market Blues? Political Strips Need to Bail Us Out

We're entertained by Tina Fey's latest eerie take on Sarah Palin. We smile as Stephen Colbert skewers failed bipartisan bailout efforts. We laugh at Bill Maher's new election-themed interview with Chris Rock. Healthy campaign humor abounds on the screen, but...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 1, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Riff: "Garfield's" Jon Arbuckle: Unlucky Chap or Self-Loathing Sicko?

Comic strip or particularly sordid episode of VH1's "Behind the Music"? Judging by the rogues' gallery of single women who make up Jon Arbuckle's creepy dating history, it's a close call. Now showing: the gruesome dating history of Jon Arbuckle....

By Michael Cavna  |  September 30, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Morning Line: Brad Pitt & the Art of Body Language

As Brad Pitt coolly strode past us in the newsroom, my co-worker sighed, "I would marry him in a heartbeat." "But can he cook?" I teased. "Who caaares?!" she replied without pause, as the word "cares" hung in the air,...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 30, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The E-Mailbag: The Final Smackdown: Which Comic Would YOU Drop?

Comic Riffs inquired and, with wit and passion and indignation, you delivered. Last week this blog took on The Post's print comics, page by page, polling readers about which comic they would drop. Some 1,500 votes later, one thing became...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 29, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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The Morning Line: The New Power Rankings Are In...

A week ago we unveiled our first Power Rankings, based not on which strips are necessarily best, but on which current storylines are most engaging us. This ridiculously subjective formula is called the Story Line Attachment Quotient , or The...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 29, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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