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Comic Riffs: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

Painting Sarah Palin in a Comic Light

Comic-book artists have already portrayed the candidate as Sarah Palin the Book-Burner. Now they'll depict the veep candidate as Sarah Palin the Positive Female Force. TALES FROM THE CRYPT: Palin portrayed as a flaming censor. (Papercutz)Enlarge Comic Comic Riffs reported...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 24, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Mmm. Maryland Donut Shop Is Ready for Its Closeup

Zippy may be a pinhead, but give him this: the head of that pin is pushed into one really accurate map. Bill Griffith, you see, goes for true geographic realism. A Maryland toon can rest on its Laurel. (KFS) Enlarge...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 24, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Draw Your Own Obama/McCain Conclusions...HERE.

I've heard the sentiment expressed more than once. A week. And almost always, it's very well-meaning: "Hey, I've got a great idea for a political cartoon. Now, I don't draw so well myself, so maybe you could draw it. Listen...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 23, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: One Story for the Price of Two

Somedays, "Mark Trail" and "Judge Parker" seem like similar strips. Except for today, that is, when they are the EXACT same strip. Even the tree rodents know what lies ahead. (NAS) Enlarge Comic Do not forget the name "Jim Yelich"!...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 23, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Interview: "Opus's" Berkeley Breathed

For a fella accursed with wings that won't work, few creations have soared as creatively high as Opus the Penguin. And joining him for that three-decade ride in such rarefied air has been his creator, BERKELEY BREATHED (who, we should...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 22, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: From Bill Watterson to Bil Keane

Somewhere, the lean, bespectacled Bill Watterson is sitting by a babbling heartland brook, delicately painting the changing October foliage while free of deadline or syndicate demands. We picture him peaceful, basking in nature's resplendent glory. Only then -- as we've...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 22, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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This Just In: 2009's 'Black Panther' News Is a Bombshell...

The first modern black superhero is about to get a serious facelift -- even if we can't yet see under the mask. Marvel Comics tells us that come 2009, the Black Panther will have a new look. As an "exclusive"...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 21, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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The Morning Line: 'Zippy' Creator Draws on Real (Pungent) Maryland

I'm occasionally asked how I read "Zippy the Pinhead." Not why I read "Zippy," but literally, HOW I read it. My answer is always some variation of two elements: 1. I toss aside expectations of a traditional comic-strip "progression" to...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 21, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The E-Mailbag: Your Vote Here--What Should Replace Opus?

Some 200 newspapers are deciding what to do once Opus waddles off into the sunset next month -- and off their Sunday pages for the last time. As the fateful day nears, who will fill his flipper-sized shoes? (WPWG) So...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 20, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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The Morning Line: Readers, Time to Write Your Own Plotline

Judging by the ol' sundial on the wall, "Judge Parker's" dilettante sleuth Sam Driver has now been hanging in an exotic dancer's home -- under the pretense of helping on a murder case -- since, oh, 2005. Or so it...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 20, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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