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Comic Riffs: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

Colbert Speaks: So What DO He and Obama Have in Common?...

Stephen Colbert, our favorite fake-news anchor on TV (he once stood still long enough to let us caricature him in person), is no mere mortal. Not since he's been immortalized in "Spider-Man." Early this year, Marvel honcho Joe Quesada, appearing...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 14, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: Rick Redfern Ghostwrites Our Riffys...

Oh, "Prickly City," will your barbs at the "elite media" never cease? Life as a "former Washington Post guy"... (UPS) Enlarge Comic Today, the coyote casually mentions that he's hired some "former Washington Post guy" to handle his ghostwriting. Oh,...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 14, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Requiem for the Staff Political Cartoonist (2009)

The dire headlines come so fast and infuriating these days, it's rather like watching those sepia-toned, World War II-era newsreels -- the ones with the bold, fly-by headlines and clipped voiceover narration. We can imagine: "Newspaper Cartoonists on the March...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 13, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Morning Line: When We're With 'Sally,' Time Seems to Stand Still

Some days, we gallop through the funnies at a healthy clip, smiling while not breaking stride and then suddenly ... we hit "Sally Forth" and come to a full stop. Bam! All momentum is lost. But here's the thing about...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 13, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Riff: Obama Satire...Too Soon?

It finally happened. Six days after the election, Comic Riffs encountered our first official Obama Joke. Now, by "official" Obama Joke, let us be clear: We mean a professional humorist who makes a joke ABOUT President-elect Obama, in the wake...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 12, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: Comic Language Still on a Low-Salty Diet

Standup comic Lewis Black loves to curse the censors. Literally. We were reminded of this the other night when chatting with Black after a performance. Black's philosophy, as he makes clear in his act: Among adults, there are no "bad"...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 12, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Superheroes: Spidey Spins Into a New Direction: Sex

Aside from establishing itself as one of Marvel's premier titles, Ultimate Spider-Man has become the definitive source for all things Spidey for at least one generation of fans. So you can imagine the hoopla when it was announced this month...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 11, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Morning Line: A Day That Shall Live in 'Beetle' Infamy...

Today, "Frazz's" class -- by showing class -- deserves a good star. A cartoon nod to our veterans... (UFS) Enlarge Comic "Frazz" is the only strip on the Post's print funnypages noting that today is Veterans Day. Not that we...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 11, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Sketchbook: Building a Better Obama Caricature

Our call to the nation's cartoonists went out last week: Now that Obama's won the election, it's time to raise their game when caricaturing the president-elect. But such a call to arms -- or drawing hands -- has zilch-o cartoon...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 10, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Morning Line: The Funnies Feed Our Campaign Fix

It's not a phrase that's crossed our lips before, but we find ourselves chanting it today: Thank goodness for Al Franken. Yes, without the satirist-turned-politician -- and the recount in his race against Minnesota's Sen. Norm Coleman -- we would...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 10, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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