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Comic Riffs: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

YOUR Vote Here: What Should Replace "Opus"?

Opus has packed his bags. Now is your time to yopp. Who will inherit Opus's dandelion-filled real estate? (WPWG) For those of you who remember your Seuss, you instantly recognize the reference to "Horton Hears a Who." Well, like the...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 10, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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The Morning Line: Get Out the Joke

As we open the envelope, this week's Riffys resonate with electoral humor. Whether the results are rigged or not, the high court that is Comic Riffs stands by these results: The insults flew fast and spurious. (UFS) Enlarge Comic FAVE...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 10, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Riff: Time to Vote, My Friends: Who Should Be Character-in-Chief?

Now, nation, as we as all know, presidential politics have provided some of America's greatest slogans: "Tippecanoe and Tyler, too!" "I Like Ike!" "You could do worse ... and always have!" That last one -- still our personal fave --...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 9, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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The Morning Line: When Humanity Goes to the Dogs

We were weaned on Snoopy's thought balloons, then graduated to talking penguins and pooches. Now, we don't even blink when "Get Fuzzy's" Rob Wilco, aka the Virtual Agoraphobe, has extended dialogue with his shut-in pets and no one appears with...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 9, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Riff: The Funny Bone's Connected to the...Mind's-Eye

For our deeper laughs today, the funnypages are all about the visuals. Does Sherman cross the line? (KFS) Enlarge Comic "Sherman's Lagoon," for one, wades into comic-strip cross-pollination by invoking that famous -- and to some, infamous -- dotted line...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 8, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: Obama! Palin! Who's Got the Best Line?...

As pundits and the press provide instant reaction to the political debates, there's one group that labors to keep up with this rapid campaign cycle: the nation's political cartoonists. Or, as artist Ruben Bolling says of cartooning during this quickly...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 8, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Riff: Is "Beetle Bailey" Like "Mad Men" Without the Wink?

One is a fresh, Emmy-winning show with serious buzz. The other is a hall-of-fame cartoon that is often derided as stale and past its prime. So what could AMC's slick "Mad Men" and Mort Walker's old-school "Beetle Bailey" possibly have...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 7, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Morning Line: When Pastis Goes for "Peanuts"

Yesterday, "Pearls Before Swine's" Stephan Pastis was on the same wavelength as "Candorville." Today, he is on the same wavelength as Monday's baseball-themed "Peanuts." Deja-vu all over again. (UFS) Enlarge Comic Good grief, gnarly Rat. (UFS) Enlarge Comic Apparently Pastis...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 7, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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This Just In: OPUS, and Breathed, to Retire Next Month...

Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed is announcing today that not only will he retire his weekly strip "Opus" on Nov. 2 -- right before the election -- but that he himself is also walking away from his 30-year career in cartooning. His...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 6, 2008; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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The Riff: Appreciating a Great Post Journalist

Gather 'round, friends. There's plenty of room in the back, near the water cooler and the wall o' Pulitzers. It is time now to take a moment to pay our respects to one of The Washington Post's most famous and...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 6, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Morning Line: When 'CNN' Is the Cartoonist News Network

Hey, kids, it's the official multiple-choice question du jour... News anchor Anderson Cooper appears in not one but two comics today because: (a.) CNN is the official choice of comic strippers the world over. (b.) Keith Olbermann wanted royalties and...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 6, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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