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Comic Riffs: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

The Political Cartoon: Vote for YOUR Favorite Obama...

Many of the world's political cartoonists literally drew inspiration this week from Obama's presidential ascension. Thankfully, many illustrators rose to the historic challenge. Comic Riffs noted earlier this morning that Tom Toles's day-after cartoon was superbly poignant -- and particularly...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 7, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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The Morning Line: And the Riffy Award Goes to...

Time once again, cartoon fans, for the Riffy Awards. And as we open the first envelope, the winning comic for Fave Weeklong Strip is... Emotional (animal) rescue. (KFS) Enlarge Comic "Mutts." This week, Patrick McDonnell calls his series of animal-shelter...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 7, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Morning Line: Bucky Katt v. The English Language: We're the Winners.

If it please the court, we'd like to pose a question about comic justice: Why, when "Frank & Ernest" unleashes wanton wordplay, it often pains us -- yet when Bucky Katt goes on a mad punning spree, we're utterly tickled....

By Michael Cavna  |  November 6, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Drawing Obama: To Political Cartoonists, a Call to Arms

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NATION'S POLITICAL CARTOONISTS It's been a long, sometimes daunting road to Obama's presidential victory. Artistic mistakes were made along the way, and occasionally, some cartoonists did not display the necessary vision. But those mistakes are...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 6, 2008; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Political Cartoon: Your Obama-Beats-McCain Caption HERE.

Here and now, let Comic Riffs state for the record that we enjoy MIKE LANE's political cartoons in the Baltimore Sun, and that this recent cartoon -- McCain peering through the mouth of Obama -- caught our eye. In the...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 5, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama's Victory: 'Doonesbury' Prediction Didn't Win Over Every Precinct

Garry Trudeau might have felt comfortable "calling" Obama's victory in this morning's "Doonesbury," but not all the cartoonist's 1,400-plus clients were so at ease with a "Doonesbury Defeats Truman" scenario had John McCain won. Days before the actual win, Trudeau...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 5, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reader Contest: And the Winning Cartoon Candidate Is...Palin!

Even in political cartoons, readers still cannot get enough of those conjoined cultural icons, Sarah Palin and Tina Fey. Last month, we invited readers to submit their own political cartoons -- perhaps the second-purest form of voters having their voice...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 4, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Morning Line: You've Got Jokes. And Then You've Got the Vote.

Today, my fellow comics readers, is of course an historic day. It's a day when many cartoonists, like the rest of the nation, feel the importance of our democratic right -- nay, our obligation -- to vote. So today, we...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 4, 2008; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Calvin or Pogo--Who Should Be Character-in-Chief?

With the presidential election a day away, Comic Riffs opens the polls to the OTHER big election: Namely, the finals for the "Character-in-Chief" readers survey. (UPS)Enlarge Comic Earlier this month, we asked readers to nominate which cartoon creations had just...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 3, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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My Fellow Americans, Hear a REAL Comical Speech

The ability to deliver a brilliant political speech with soaring oratory? It's a rare and awe-inspiring thing. Soon shall we see a "Cynical Act," a "Cynical Missile" or -- gasp -- the New England Cynics? (Creators) Enlarge Comic Behind the...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 3, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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