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Comic Riffs: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

The Riff: When the Funnies Go Verbose

In the middle of an interview some years back with Pulitzer-winning political-cartooning legend Paul Conrad, I asked about his extreme pithiness. The messages of his cartoons were often conveyed with striking visuals and short captions, and he loathed word balloons....

By Michael Cavna  |  December 19, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Morning Line: Riffys for Inspired Art and Cameos

Let's get right to it, Cartoon Nation -- time for this week's Riffys: In a week awash in Santa strips -- from cheesy mall Clauses to online naughty/nice lists -- 'Riffs' fave this week was "NON SEQUITUR." (UPS) Enlarge Comic...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 19, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Interview: 'Candorville' Cartoonist Darrin Bell (Pt. 2)

Comic Riffs spoke with Los Angeles-based cartoonist DARRIN BELL , who yesterday shared thoughts here about his strip, as well as the comic industry at large. Today, we continue with Part 2, in which Bell talks more in depth about...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 18, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: When Art Goes to Hell in a HAND Basket--Or Not.

Comic Riffs has said before that, artistically, hands are our ultimate telltale sign. Masterfully rendered digits are their own small visual joy, while hamhanded palms, as it were, can drive to distraction. On this count, I must give a special...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Interview: 'Candorville' Cartoonist Darrin Bell

When Los Angeles-based cartoonist DARRIN BELL takes aim at a comic target, it's refreshingly difficult to predict just where he'll take you in his strip "Candorville." One week, the ghost of George Carlin is lecturing on humor and society; weeks...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 17, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: 'Marimba' Is Music to Cartoonists' Ears

What are the odds, really? First, 'Riffs reads today's "Zippy" and learns that "God" does not play the kettledrum (as fittingly imposing as that might be) but rather the marimba. (KFS) Enlarge Comic Then in short order, we turn to...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 17, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Political Cartoon: Eyes Closed, Time Magazine Picks Its Top-10

Time magazine, in its swell of year-end lists, has selected its Top 10 Editorial Cartoons of 2008. To which Comic Riffs can only shake its head and wonder aloud: Is this some sort of well-meaning prank? A mischievous lark or...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 16, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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The Morning Line: Pick-Five: What Strips Should The Post Add?

Comic Riffs has little patience for ancient, frozen-in-amber comic strips that long ago died creatively -- whether or not their creators have. 'Riffs hasn't cast "Blondie" into that slag heap, however. Not that I wouldn't relish the chance to freshen...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 16, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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The E-Mailbag: Which Legacy Strip Should Get the Boot?

As 'Riffs increasingly gets word of new strips that syndicates are lining up to launch in the new year (next up, we hear: the cheeky action-adventure strip "Rip Haywire"), I can't help but wonder: Should The Post decide to pick...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 15, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The Morning Line: The Don't-Miss List: Today's Top Five

You might breeze through your comics at lightning speed, or you might mull them leisurely over your waffles or lox. Either way, in today's Post funnypages, there are Five Things Not To Be Missed. As a reader service, 'Riffs counts...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 15, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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