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Comic Riffs: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

The E-Mailbag: YOU May Already Be a "Cul de Sac" Contest Winner!

There once was a furball named Danders... Readers capture the many faces of the Otterloops. (UPS) As "Cul de Sac" celebrated its first birthday in syndication this month, Comic Riffs invited readers to show their short-form poetic appreciation for the...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 17, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: The Survival of the Funniest

What's the most enjoyable comic strip of the week? By a country mile -- or however far those crocs are absolutely walloping the ball -- it's gotta be "Pearls Before Swine." The game of his life. (UFS) Enlarge Comic I'd...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 17, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The E-Mailbag: Vote NOW for Character-in-Chief...

We've kicked off the nominating process. Now it's time to get serious about your presidential candidates. (And no, we don't mean Joe the Plumber -- thanks for flagging the funny and uber-timely New Adventures of Queen Victoria, "jimbo1949".) Which cartoon...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 16, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Morning Line: McCain Needs to Seek This Media 'Circus'

Some polls say John McCain is trailing badly in the presidential race, but my friends, do not put all your stock in such capricious surveys. No, to monitor the heart of the electorate, one must look for subtler signs. The...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 16, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Which Cartoonist KO'd Obama or McCain?

By Nate BeelerEnlarge Comic It's a cliched campaign battle-cry that politicians, pundits and newscasters inevitably resort to when Election Day looms near: "Now, the gloves are off!" By Mike LuckovichEnlarge Comic But as the nation's editorial cartoonists ramp up to...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 15, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Morning Line: Why Palin Beats Obama in the Funnies

The complaint comes in strong and frequent. "How can you media elitists live with yourselves," goes the common kvetch to The Post, "when you run so many BIG pictures of Obama yet so many teensy pictures of McCain -- when...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 15, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Five Webcomics to Keep Your Eye On...

Here in the land of Comic Riffage, whenever the subject of online comics comes up, some passionate readers will take one of two tacks. Either: 1. "You guys at WaPo should really run THIS cool webcomic in print!"; or 2....

By Michael Cavna  |  October 14, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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The Morning Line: The Surefire Solution to Surviving Comic Cutbacks

The news grows more gruesome by the month: Many newspapers keep cutting back their funnypages, in some misguided hope that they aren't also losing hundreds or thousands of comics readers in the process. The whole thing smacks of killing one...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 14, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Riff: How Cartoonists Can Cushion Our Pocketbook Pain

When cartoonists are the windows to our soul -- and wallet. (TMS) Enlarge Comic In these difficult and trying financial times, we thusly issue this heartfelt editorial -- nay, our open plea -- to our cartooning colleagues: When in the...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 13, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: The "Gotcha!" Cartoon

It's such ripe fodder, I'm half-surprised it hasn't wended its way into every third cartoon today. "Gotcha!" Bonus points for correctly using "media" as a plural verb. (TMS) Enlarge Comic "No mainstream media liberal games! You, Katie Couric, are the...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 13, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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