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Comic Riffs: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

The Riffys: The Envelope, Please ...

As Sarah Palin gags began to subside from the funnypages, a new wave of topicality rushes in to fill the void -- namely, takes on life with Obama, life without a job and, as always, shtick about dropping one's drawers....

By Michael Cavna  |  December 5, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Morning Line: The Art of Young Love

Two would-be hormonal Romeos, suddenly smitten with the dewy objects of their schoolboy desires. This week, we're particularly diggin' on how "Zits' " Jeremy Duncan and "Cul de Sac's" "Peter Otterloop," given their very different personalities, respond so in-character to...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 5, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The E-Mailbag: Vote for Your "Mark Trail"

Yesterday, 'Riffs put out the casting call for "Mark Trail: The Movie" -- the sendup flick that, in a just universe, should be made. Today, it's time to cull the hotly touted candidates, courtesy of commenters, e-mailers and the Caribou...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 4, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: Rate That Mustachioed Menace

Some comic characters may fear layoffs in these troubled times, but certainly not the stock villains straight from Central Casting. In recent days, these mustachioed men are thick on the ground in the funnies, with work abundant and nefarious antics...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 4, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Another Cartoonist Layoff Today? Here's Your Call to Arms

Most of us can recite how Dr. Seuss, in grand sociopolitical metaphor, asked all of Who-Ville to be heard. The matter was dire, a community's very survival at stake, no matter how small. Ted Geisel, who did his share of...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 3, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Morning Line: Time to Cast 'Mark Trail: The Movie'

Thanks to commenter "staxowax," Comic Riffs has its sights set on The Next Big Film Project. Mark Trail, get ready for your closeup. Your time has come. If only he can get loose from his contract -- and Salty. (NAS)...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 3, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Riff: How to Avoid the Day-Old Gag

Comedy is all in the timing, the saying goes. The aphorism is usually understood to refer to tempo and pacing. Comedy, though, can also be in the timing of the cultural cycle. A word or phrase that plays for maximum...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 2, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: The Ultimate "Slight" of Hand

Comic Riffs has long said that how an artist draws hands is a telltale sign: Deftly rendered digits reveal an admirable attention to detail, if not a signature style. Along those lines, we have noted here before that "Sally Forth"...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 2, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Riff: Which Strip Should Be Hollywood-Bound?

As the holiday season's movie trailers assault my senses, they still, somehow, manage to pique my curiosity. What's coming up between now and Pixar's next biggie, "Up," I mull, in the world of animation. Scanning the pre-"Watchmen" filmscape, one category...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 1, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Morning Line: Voiceover: "In a World of Cinematic Comics..."

Comic Riffs comes here today not to bury, but rather to praise the cinematic cartoon. Whether a product of shrinking comics or changing reader tastes (or both), the funnies, overall, are far less cinematic in look than decades ago. And...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 1, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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